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Vista council approves economic recovery plan By Steve Puterski

SALUTING HEROES ON MEMORIAL DAY Navy Seaman Jacob Gay holds a salute during a performance of taps on Memorial Day at Oceanside Municipal Airport. The “rolling salute” event, during which attendees stayed in their cars to observe social distancing guidelines, honored those who have died in service to their country. Volunteers at the event provided more than 2,000 military personnel and their families with boxes of food. STORY ON PAGE 3. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

VISTA — Slowing the financial bleeding for local businesses is a top priority for the city leadership. During its May 26 meeting, the Vista City Council approved seven measures to help spur economic activity as a result of the shutdown orders for non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the Vista Economic Recovery Plan Enhancements, the city is moving forward with a seven-step plan to jump-start local businesses through several platforms. The council also approved an amended budget to include $107,371 to cover the program. “This is about how residents can support businesses,” said Kevin Ham, Vista’s director of economic development. “We want to be prepared and put solutions and practices in place to help businesses.” The city, and sever-

al marketing agencies, will promote its “Vista is Open” online through a dedicated website, social media, newsletters and a special business edition of Our Vista Magazine, a city publication distributed to 34,000 people three times per year. One goal is to highlight every small business reopening in Vista, along with promotions, a loyalty program, events (within county guidelines), allowing outdoor public and private space for retail, restaurants and breweries to serve customers with social distancing protocols in place. Ham said the fees for the Central Vista Business Improvement District for Fiscal Year 2020-21 will be eliminated. The city will also form a task force regarding the economic fallout and assist with recovery efforts. Additionally, the counTURN TO RECOVERY ON 3

Restaurants begin to reopen as COVID-19 restrictions ease By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — As statewide stay-at-home orders begin to loosen, restaurants and stores in San Diego County are allowing customers inside for the first time in months. Several dining establishments in Escondido including Filippi’s Pizza Grotto and Swami’s Café are now open for dine-in service. Local favorite Stone Brewing is following close behind with an

opening set for June 1. Stone Brewing’s VP of Hospitality Greg Frazer told The Coast News that the restaurant has had a reopening plan in place for months but didn’t want to rush into opening their doors just yet. “We didn’t want to open right away because opening into a Memorial Day weekend just didn’t feel like the best decision for us in terms of safety,” Frazer said. “We wanted to make sure we had

ample time to get team members back and get them trained on all of the new safety protocols.” These protocols, announced by the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, outline specific measures that restaurants must follow in order to operate. These include requiring restaurant employees and customers to always wear a face covering A SIGN outside of Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Escondido announces that the TURN TO RESTAURANTS ON 3

restaurant is now open for dine-in service. Restaurants can reopen but they must follow county safety protocols. Photo by Tigist Layne


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‘Rolling salute’ honors the fallen on Memorial Day By Caitlin Steinberg

OCEANSIDE — In the midst of COVID-19, veterans, active-duty soldiers and their families honored the sacrifices of American troops while following social distancing guidelines from the safety of their vehicles during a “rolling salute” on Memorial Day at the Oceanside Municipal Airport. The mobile event, presented by Patriot’s Voice Foundation and Power of One Foundation, was one of a few Memorial Day ceremonies in San Diego County allowing spectators and visitors of any kind. Four iconic San Diego locations, including Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Miramar Cemetery, Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and the USS Midway Museum, streamed live virtual commemorations due to restrictions on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. In Oceanside, the rolling tribute was hosted by Emmy-nominated actor Jack Scalia and featured guest speaker Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and live music by musician Jeff Senour — all of which was broadcast through car radios. A “missing man” table was

set up near the stage, honoring the lives of POW and MIA soldiers. Gretchen Heffler, a member of Bugles Across America, played taps several times and singer Sabrina Von Bogenberg performed the national anthem. A caravan of vehicles, many adorned with American flags, circled the airport parking lot while stopping at four stations where volunteers, including members of Veterans Association of North County (VANC) and Team Rubicon, provided 100,000 pounds of food to approximately 2,107 military members and their families. Volunteers also delivered boxes of food to disabled veterans unable to attend the event. VANC President and veteran Chuck Atkinson remarked how coronavirus fundamentally changed 2020 Memorial Day commemorations. “Normally, groups like the Boy Scouts are allowed to place flags on the gravestones in military cemeteries but this year they’re not,” Atkinson said. “We can still honor their service and sacrifice but things are just different this year.” Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss addressed families and volunteers, thanking

ABOUT 100,000 pounds of food was distributed to over 2,000 members of the military and their families during Monday’s event at Oceanside Municipal Airport. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

them for their service and sacrifice before singing and playing his guitar. Retired Army Sgt. Kevin Kothlow, who is also a Team Rubicon administrator for Southern California, organized and led volunteers delivering food. “We’re honored to be asked to help out,” Kothlow

said. “We are typically a disaster response organization but with {coronavirus] happening we’ve been helping out with food banks, however we can. “This operation is amazing not only because we are helping families get the food they need but we’re also filling that sense

of tradition in being able to honor those that have fallen.” This Memorial Day will be remembered for not only changes in schedule and tradition, but also a dangerous increase in health risks for veterans. According to the CDC, during the height of corona-

virus infections in the U.S., individuals over the age of 65 made up over 81% of provisional death counts. Veterans who served in Vietnam and Korea and during WWII have a statistically higher chance of having co-morbidities associated with fatal coronavirus cases, such as heart and kidney disease and various cancers due to exposure of toxic substances during their military service. Furthermore, there is mounting pressure on the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the risks of COVID-19 facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with compromised respiratory systems due to their exposure to toxic burn pits. Despite the fog of coronavirus, Atkinson reiterated the importance to holding on to whatever pieces of tradition remain possible. “This is a day that everybody should remember,” Atkinson said. “Those who have lost their lives for this country and the freedoms of everyone in it should be honored no matter what.” Each month, VANC hosts a food drive for all active-duty and veteran families. Any person interested in registering or volunteering for the event can visit

Escondido extends eviction moratorium, OKs recovery strategy By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — At their last regular meeting of the month, the Escondido City Council met on May 20 to extend the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions to June 30, 2020. The eviction moratorium, which was set to expire on May 31, was adopted by City Council on April 8. The mandate followed an executive order that was issued a few weeks earlier by Gov.

Gavin Newsom creating a statewide eviction moratorium. Newsom’s executive order only applies through May 31 and has not yet been extended. The ordinance makes it unlawful to evict a residential or commercial tenant in Escondido if the tenant has provided notice to their landlord that they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19.

Once the moratorium expires, tenants will have up to three months to pay all of the rent owed. Escondido Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez expressed the importance of the moratorium extension at the May 20, meeting pointing out that other cities are also extending it by one month. Martinez added that she is open to “revisiting this issue monthly, on an as-needed basis, consider-

ing the circumstances.” The City Council also gave a final vote of approval to temporary regulatory and non-regulatory measures to support local business recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Recovery Strategy allows for things like permit extensions, more and longer outdoor displays and sale events, the off-site sale and delivery of alcohol, repurposing off-street parking for

restaurant carryout zones, temporary signage relief and more. The plan was approved as an urgency ordinance, allowing it to take effect immediately. The council also voted to appoint Martinez to serve on the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Supervisors as a representative of the city. The council’s Consolidated Plan for 2020-24 and 2020-21 Annual Action



(customers can remove face coverings while seated at their table), placing tables 6 feet apart, implementing staggered seating times and installing markings 6 feet apart for areas where customers must stand in line. Many restaurants like Stone Brewing will serve customers through reservations only. Others, like Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, are accepting customers on a firstcome, first-served basis. Restaurants are also required to limit the number of people at a single table. At Filippi’s, for example, each party can have up to six people. “We’ve already had a significant amount of people calling and reserving and we haven’t even opened yet,” Frazer said. “However, our priority is to ensure the safety of our team and our customers, so the intelligent way to do it is a slow and deliberate, kind of methodical opening, versus just throwing the doors wide open.”

cil approved allowing businesses to use additional signage, such as banners and window signs, in a manner consistent with reducing blight. Also, the city will provide reopening assistance and information to local businesses through webinars and other mediums to ensure all guidelines are delivered and will be enforced. “I’m concerned about our small businesses and those that have been here for decades,” Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said. “It would be great for the city to highlight them.” Councilman John Franklin added a tentative sunset date for the program to run through Dec. 31 or 90 days after the city’s emergency declaration expires, whichever comes first. The council will also allow City Manager Patrick Johnson to move forward with several other



STONE BREWING is using ground markers to help customers maintain 6 feet of distance as they wait to enter the restaurant. Photo courtesy Stone Brewing

Restaurants that violate the county’s guidelines may be issued fines or may even be ordered to close. Violations can be reported online at publichealthorder or by call-

ing your local police department’s non-emergency line. “At Stone, we want to be the leaders, not the followers,” Frazer said. “If you want to get a draft beer, Stone knows what the hell

they’re doing, and they’re doing it right. We can’t 100% guarantee safety, but we can do everything in our power to create the safest environment we can.”

Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (EGS), and HOME Investment Program funds were also approved. The plans detail the needs of the low- and moderate-income areas of the community and how funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be used to address those needs. aspects of the plan to expedite the process without council approval, although some items may come back to the governing body due to cost or other issues. Mayor Judy Ritter stressed the city must act fast, noting “we’re behind the curve on this” and championed allowing businesses to use parking lots and certain right-ofway roads to allow them to meet capacity demands reduced by county and state health orders. The city will not enforce parking violations for those businesses using parking lots or other roads approved by the council or staff. Previous to the city’s economic discussion, Johnson reported the state would unveil its Stage 3 plans for reopening on May 27, including information on summer and athletic camps. However, San Diego County approved allowing one-on-one athletic instruction to commence, he added.


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State schools brought kicking, screaming into the 21st century By Kathleen Hermsmeyer

Money, race linked to virus problems in senior homes


he headlines make it clear. So do the statistics on who is most likely to be infected and then killed by the novel coronavirus: Residents of homes for seniors are most at risk, whether the facilities are nursing homes, skilled nursing or something else. Minorities are not far behind, especially when they live in nursing homes. About half the roughly 4,000 persons killed by the virus in California so far lived in such facilities during their declining months and years. Simultaneously, the percentage of African American and Hispanic Californians in the COVID-19 infection and death statistics significantly exceeds their percentages of the overall populace. Of course, an outsized portion of those groups also suffers from pre-existing conditions including obesity, lung disease and diabetes. There is almost certainly overlap between death statistics at senior homes and overall numbers for minority infections and deaths, as Gov. Gavin Newsom well knows while mulling an attempt by the senior housing industry to gain legal immunity for all its virus-related actions, even criminal behavior. If there’s statistical overlap, it’s probably because — as several studies since 2007 indicate — care is often inferior in nursing homes catering primarily to minorities compared with ones whose residents are mostly Caucasian. This is true in California and nationally. Figures published in mid-May revealed that people in homes with more than 25% minority residents are more than twice as likely to contract the virus than residents of homes catering mainly to whites.

california focus thomas d. elias Studies comparing quality of care come from accomplished outfits like the Center for Public Integrity (“Nursing homes serving minorities offer less care than those serving whites”) and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (“Nursing homes in minority neighborhoods provide poorer quality care”). Their findings are partly because nursing homes serving minorities depend more on funding from Medi-Cal or Medicaid than those mostly dealing with whites. The same studies find that the greater a facility’s dependence on low-income public health funding programs, the more fiscal pressure on it. How severe is that pressure? Medi-Cal payments for nursing home patients average about $217 per patient per day, state figures show. That’s far below the cost of hiring an in-home caregiver for 24-hour coverage, which patients should get in nursing homes. This sad picture demonstrates a strong need for a thorough state investigation of senior home treatment of minorities — during the current crisis and before. This should be a major priority for Newsom, whose administration has been largely passive while nursing homes in locales as varied as Riverside and Tulare suffered clusters of coronavirus deaths. Meanwhile, senior homes are active in a broad lobbying effort by the health care industry to convince Newsom he should shield such facilities, plus doctors and hospitals of all types, from lawsuits and

prosecution, even if their conduct led to COVID-19 fatalities. With legal immunity, plaintiffs would have to prove willful misconduct to win a lawsuit. Even without immunity, California has a decades-old maximum of $250,000 in pain and suffering damages for medical malpractice. States like Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Iowa have already granted varying levels of immunity. But Newsom gets more pressure than most governors from nursing home reformists and families who have lost loved ones. Said Michael Conners, an advocate with the watchdog group Californian Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (via email), “Giving nursing homes license to commit elder abuse right now is a recipe for disaster. What’s more, the scope of immunity being sought is not limited to nursing homes that accept COVID-19 patients.” Added Oakland civil rights lawyer John Burris, “(Immunity) incentivizes bad conduct.” Reformists say that rather than granting immunity (it’s uncertain that even emergency powers give Newsom that authority), the state should move to ensure uniformly thorough sanitation in all senior homes, better pay to help draw higher quality caregivers and adequate personal protection equipment for them to use. So far, there are no signs of change or an investigation, despite the dramatic evidence of racial and economic differences, especially in nursing home care. The bottom line: It’s high time state government examines both the many senior home fatalities and their apparent racial and economic components. Email Thomas Elias at

The pandemic has catapulted California schools kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Public schools will likely never return to the onesize-fits-all rigid “seat minutes” structure of just a few months ago. And it’s about time. For 25 years many charter school leaders including me have been working to redesign schools to more flexibly serve students in the modern world. Nevertheless, our movement has been denounced, criticized and minimized by the educational old-guard. The traditional public school system is slow to change and unwilling or unable to recognize the benefits of a more flexible school environment for many of their students and families. Now that parents, students and teachers have experienced distance learning — with both its pros and cons — they will be reluctant to go back to an uncompromising system of education. While traditional schools have spent weeks scrambling to get some temporary distance learning in place for students, our students at Springs Charter Schools never missed a day of “class.” As a charter school, we are a tuition-free public school of choice that specializes in “personalized learning,” or tailoring the curriculum and environment to the individual student. For us and many other charter schools that provide hybrid classroom and home-based models, it was just a matter of expanding the existing program we already had in place. And, because we are

familiar with distance learning, we know how to do it well. Keep in mind that high quality distance learning, at least in the way that Springs defines it, is not merely a child on a computer with a headset. It is a balanced multi-method approach, developed over many years, that includes live online discussions through a Zoom-style platform, pre-recorded lessons requiring student interaction, as well as paper and pencil, workbook and textbook assignments. In addition, our computer programs use diagnostic tools to help us identify and target skills each student needs for personalized instruction. That is why in March, as the state’s classrooms were closing, many parents contacted us seeking support to continue their children’s learning at home. While the pandemic prevents us from accepting any new students until the fall, we were able to share our experience with concerned parents by launching our OPEN Classroom, a free online public classroom for students in grades K-12 that allows children to continue their education at home with daily lessons.

It runs through the end of the school year, and features weekly lesson plans, materials, answer keys and credentialed teachers who present livestreamed lessons four days a week. So far, 4,942 nonSprings students and 183 non-Springs teachers from all over the world have been using our content. I realize that full-time distance learning has not been a positive experience for everyone, but it can be a highly effective component of a well-rounded education. I would encourage parents to explore the options available for their children, particularly those offered by charter schools that know how to do distance learning right. Distance education provides children with academic skills, experiences for future success in the 21st century workforce and a chance to spend quality time at home. Schools that adopt flexible models combining learning at home with classroom experiences will create better schools than our nation has ever had. Kathleen Hermsmeyer is Superintendent of Springs Charter Schools serving many students who live in North County.

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Yankin’ my chains


never thought I’d say this, but I miss shopping. It was a challenge before, but after this unintended hammer to businesses, large and small, the chore now seems a luxury. I am not one of those who ever chose shopping as my No. 1 diversion. I particularly dislike window shopping when I’m broke. I think it’s the same as the pointlessness of looking at pictures of sexy men. I don’t care how pretty it is if I can’t take it home. My real problem is that I tend to shop when I need something specific and, as chain stores continue to close, this will require even more footwork. Before I could even get back out there and be frustrated, JCPenney announced its departure. This store was my friend. From college days to kids’ clothes, it was my go-to. I truly do want to support the local small businesses, and will, but when I’m looking for a black cardigan sweater, I prefer to cut to the chase. And I will never be happy buying clothes online. Is it ever what you expected it to be? I would rather spend hours trying on everything in the store than have to fuss with return mail and printing out return labels. My girlfriends and I all lamented the gradual carnivorous merging or closing of one department store after another. We aren’t elitist. We even miss Woolworth’s. While I chafe at schlepping miles of mall comparing prices, sizes, styles and quality, I still can’t bear to buy without seeing every possible choice. I revel in capitalism at its best. But that was when we had a choice of major department stores, each with its own personality and style. We got dreamy-eyed as we reminisced about Bullocks Wilshire and its Tea Room. We each remembered riding an elevator to the top floor of a Buffums or The Broadway or Saks Fifth Avenue with our moms or grandmothers. Oh yeah, you were some kind of grown-up then. One mentioned her love of San Francisco, because you can still find Neiman’s, Saks and Nordstrom. Another fondly recalled Kansas City as the Hallmark center of the universe. New York has Bloomingdale’s. But in recent years, Federated Stores absorbed I. Magnin and Bullocks. It then ate Robinson’s, which ate May Co., and then had some impact on Macy’s. And now Penney. East Germany had a better selection after World War II. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get excited about a Walmart tearoom. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who misses her choices. Contact her at jean@


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San Marcos extends temporary eviction moratorium By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council voted May 12 to extend the city’s temporary eviction moratorium to June 30, 2020. The measure, which was initially enacted on March 24, temporarily suspends evictions of residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent. It makes it unlawful to evict a residential or commercial tenant in San Marcos if the tenant has provided notice to their landlord

that they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. The time period in which tenants should notify landlords of inability to pay has been shortened to seven days from the previous 30-day notice period, to be consistent with Gov. Gaving Newsom’s statewide eviction moratorium that was issued on March 27. Newsom’s executive order only applies through May 31 and has not yet been extended. “This extension was

an important step, and we did it prior to the governor taking that action on the state level,” said San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. “We are always trying to figure out how to best serve our citizens JONES and we didn’t want to wait for someone else to do something. If there’s something we can do locally, we’ll do it.” The moratorium does not absolve residential

and commercial tenants of the rent they owe to their landlords, however that rent will be deferred until after June 30, 2020. Tenants must provide documentation and written notification to their landlords within seven days after the rent is due showing that COVID-19 is the cause of their inability to pay. “This was an urgent need,” said San Marcos City Attorney Helen Peak. “Housing security is something that we feel is very important at this time, and we feel that our community

needed that safety net.” The council also approved its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Federal Program Consolidated Plan for 2020-25 and the Federal Program Annual Action Plan for 2020, which detail the needs of the low- and moderate-income areas of the community and the planned use of CDBG funding to address those needs. The council authorized submission of the plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Seeing the world from a different perspective


he piece of thick cardboard, once a box, had been flattened and now served a second purpose — a makeshift cutting board. Our Arctic-hunter host was preparing to perform a familiar ritual — at least for him. Lying on the cardboard was a dead seal, and I knew what was coming next. The hunter would carve up the carcass and offer each observer a portion of the raw meat. It was difficult to watch the hunter slice through the seal’s fur, then scrape through the layers of flesh even though he did so with a prayer, offering thanks for the kill. I had to keep telling my white-lady brain that living off the ocean’s bounty is life and religion for the Inuit who inhabit Nunavut, Canada’s far northern province. I really, really wanted to take part in this ritual of


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The city of Oceanside invites Oceanside residents to participate in the South Morro Hills Community Plan Survey. Input will help shape the future of South Morro Hills in Oceanside. Find the survey at onwardoceanside. com. The survey must be completed by May 31. The South Morro Hills Community Plan will build on previous planning processes and will direct future growth and development in the area. The city asks that you send the link along to friends and family in Oceanside.


The San Dieguito Union High School District announced Amy Olson as its 2020 Teacher of the Year and Cindy Skeber as its 2020 Classified Employee of the Year. Olson is in her fifth year teaching science at Earl Warren Middle School and her 10th

hit the road e’louise ondash hospitality — to eat the raw seal meat. After all, the village hunting party had killed the seal just for us — but I didn’t want gastrointestinal issues to interfere with the remainder of our trip through the Arctic. But I was grateful for the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the Inuit and contemplate the miracle of their existence in this mostly inhospitable environment. Seeing other ways of life and cultures is why we travel, but do we ever stop to consider how visitors to our country view our culture? year overall in the district. As the Science Department chair, Olson teaches eighth-grade science while also leading the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) elective for seventh and eighth graders. Skeber, executive assistant to the Associate Superintendent of Business Services, is approaching her 20th year in the district in 2021. She began working part-time as an instructional assistant at Earl Warren Middle School before moving to a similar role and eventual full-time position at the district office. SOROPTIMIST GRANTS

Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland handed out $18,000 in grants to six local women who are single moms supporting families while attending local colleges. 2020 Awardees are: Rochelle Orozco-Vargas, Xochitl Dybbro, Jaimee Johnson, Stephanie Cagle, and two other women who asked that their names be kept private for security reasons. The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards help women cover costs of education and training programs needed to improve their employment prospects. For more information about Soroptimist

Here are some opinions about our way of life that come from friends, visitors and online comments. Some might be difficult to read, but here they are: • From a Japanese visitor: Americans are friendly – maybe too friendly. Complete strangers greet you and the concept of small talk is intimidating. There is too much informality with authority figures and elders. • From a Romanian: Americans have too much choice. The vast quantities of products for sale is overwhelming. • From a Norwegian: People have too much stuff and people eat too much stuff. I’m shocked at the obesity. • From a Spaniard: Too many fast food restaurants and everything has sugar in it. • From several foreign visitors: We can’t be-

lieve stores are open Sundays and some 24 hours. • From a Parisian: I don’t like self-serve everything — gas, checkout, frozen yogurt; carrying one’s luggage into hotels. And why no bidets? • From a South American: I was pleasantly shocked at how many free services are provided in schools. • From a Czech: The food portions are so huge, but I like free refills, free condiments, free bread and free chips and salsa. • From an Italian: It’s strange that motorcycles are used mostly for recreation, not transportation. • From many foreign visitors: The United States has so much open country, vast space and diversity of landscape. • From a Mexican: When people say, “How are you?” they don’t really want to know how your life

is going. It’s really just a way of saying hello. • From several Europeans: Free public toilets are a good thing but they are often not as clean as our public toilets. We like all the public water fountains, too. • From an Austrian: Outside of a few big cities in the United States, there is a lack of efficient public transportation. You often need a car to go anywhere, and the cars are big. • From an Indian: It’s amazing the way traffic behaves without any intervention from traffic policemen. It’s orderly; everyone following the rules. • From a Brit: Your hotels are cheaper and they offer so many free things: breakfasts, Wi-Fi, parking. • From an Italian: Who eats dinner at 6? • From a New Zealander: Guns. Not good.

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the Oceanside community. BEER AND HAND SANITIZER

Although Carlsbad’s Rouleur Brewing Company would much rather be brewing craft beer, it is now also making hand sanitizer. While Rouleur Brewing Company is still providing beer-to-go, it is also producing one-gallon and five-gallon hand sanitizer options that meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Visit them at


Things are opening up in downtown Encinitas. Prager Brothers has opened downtown. Culture Brewing reopened May 22, curbside pick-up only. As of May 29 they will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Beachside Bar and Grill has reopened, to-go orders only from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 3rd Corner is open for wine sales and to-go food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Detour Salon Shop is doing curbside pickup of items from its online store. Shop at Shoppers will receive instructions via e-mail or text as to next steps.


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Dr. Hurt and San Marcos Dental Center bring vibrancy, care to dental community Amidst all that is going on in our world, it is nice to know that there is a friendly and reliable dental practice in your community. Dr. Gregory Hurt and the San Marcos Dental Center have been providing quality dental and health services for San Diego and the general Southern California region for the last 30 years. Based in San Marcos, Dr. Hurt and his practice have developed a large base of satisfied clients who take pride in their healthy and impressive smiles, as much as his team takes pride in creating and maintaining those smiles. His practice keeps up with the leading technologies within the dental field and they feel confident that their services will satisfy your expectations. Dr. Hurt’s work ethic is grounded in his strong family roots. His father and grandfather were farmers until they collaborated in the invention of the farm multi-spread system. His father Oscar took flying lessons at 16 with his earned pay, and after high school he took the Army Air Corps (Forces) entrance exam and entered as a cadet, most Ca-


dets had at least 2 years college. He eventually became United Airlines’ first flying General while moonlighting for the California Air National Guard. Dr. Hurt younger years included chores, helping his mom and dad remodel houses as they moved more frequently as an air force “brat,” and developing a love of baseball. After high school he even was invited to pursue a baseball career, but his father reminded him of his responsibility to our nation and the pitfalls of having a baseball career that may falter from injury, and they did not make much

Losing a pet can be difficult for some. The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is offering a no-cost, interactive online Euthanasia & Grief webinar and support group from 3 to 4 p.m. May 29. Register at, under news & events.

nity Presbyterian Church Summer Theater Online Camp begins June 1. A team of professionals from theater, writing, and music will work with students grades 7 through 12 to develop characters from provided outlines, studying acting, voice, and expression to communicate the story. Registration is open to all - singers will be auditioned at the start of Camp in June. Tuition is $100. To register go to and look for Camp tab with sign-up and payment information.



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What is the “5 Big Moves” and why is it important to you? North County needs better transportation. In 20 minutes, find out what the San Diego region’s “5 Big Moves” are, and what they can mean. Join either of two Zoom opportunities, noon June 1 and 6 p.m. June 2. To register, contact Craig Jones, Alliance for Regional Solutions at AllianceDIAPER DRIVE-THROUGH or Miracle Babies will be hosting diaper drive- call (858) 354-1785. through events from 10 a.m. to noon May 31 and June 13 at separate locations in San Diego. Register at VIRTUAL EDUCATION SUMMIT North County Works Diapers will be loaded di- will offer a Virtual Educarectly into families’ vehicle tion Summit from 10 a.m. for a no-contact experience. to 1 p.m. June 4 at https:// Visit for The Summore information on Mir- mit will offer a report from acle Babies and the diaper the San Diego Workforce drive-throughs. Miracle Partnership on the priorBabies is a non-profit orga- ity sectors in North Counnization that supports fami- ty to find out what the top lies with critically ill babies industries are right now. in local neonatal intensive This will be followed by an education panel that will care units (NICUs). showcase the variety of educational options available to North County residents. This event is free but regisSUMMER THEATER CAMP The Village Commu- tration is required. Lux Art Institute hosts a free livestream Artist Talk with the artists of Radical Inclusion Traveling Art Exhibition from 6:30 to 7 p.m. May 29, with music by Jungle Poppins at 7 p.m. Sign up at

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$ in 1969 professionally. He ultimately volunteered to join the Air Force where he was trained as an instrument/auto-pilot specialist. He cross-trained into the dental field as a dental technician and he also passed his physical and pilot qualifications for Cadet school. The passage again divides… and again, after careful contemplation, he decided on Dentistry.. Dr. Hurt graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biology and continued doing a Masters in Kinesiology when he applied for Dental School. He was a serious candidate for Loma Linda, USC, UCLA and Washington University… but one of his best friends talked him into going to Georgetown. His dad was happy too, although he had a concern. While building a fence on the family’s avocado ranch in Bonsall, his father turned to Greg about five minutes after informing his dad of his decision and said “Son, I think it’s great that you’re going into the dental profession… but I think your grandfather wouldn’t mind if you decided to change the spelling of your

last name!” Dr. Hurt countered that he was tempted to change his middle name to “Doesn’t”! Soon after that, he was at Georgetown University studying dentistry. At Georgetown, Dr. Hurt trained under Dr. Gustav Kruger, the father of oral surgery, and graduated in 1983. It was again a great school and this helped pave the way for Dr. Hurt leading to the successes that he is experiencing today. Throughout his journeys, he has treated a variety of patients. Some in prisons, some down in Mexico, some through the “Flying Samaritans,” a voluntary program. He notes that there is no better feeling than that of helping people, and not just in dentistry. While as a student he also worked as a community leader in in Westlake Village and was one of the leaders forming that community’s swim teams in the area. As a dad he volunteered in coaching baseball, helped form LCYO, and coached soccer as well. While enrolled at UCLA he worked as the Assistant Aquatics Director teaching swimming classes and SCUBA classes with his




The San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA) and Border Voices Poetry Project present a combined online reading and open mic session at 7 p.m. June 12. Hear San Diego Poet Laureate Ron Salisbury and Garden Oak Press author Al Zolynas. To sign up, e-mail Michael Klam at mkklam@gmail. com. Zoom info: SDPA Celebration Zoom Meeting and Open Mic. Join the Zoom Meeting at, Meeting ID: 509 513 7393.



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Escondido Arts Partnership announces the Panache Art Auction Fundraiser to benefit the EAP is now live on-line. Bidding ends June 11 at midnight. Visit panacheartauction to see artwork donated by San Diego artists and an original signed serigraph by artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

PADI Instructor’s License. Dr. Hurt has a long career of community involvement. Today, Dr. Hurt and the San Marcos Dental Center do so much. His practice has the unique skill of being able to handle a broad spectrum of treatments, whereas other general practices frequently sub-contract to other specialist. He has extensive experience in endodontics (root canals) as well as most areas of treatment including cosmetic dentistry, laser whitening, laser surgery, implants, periodontal disease, crown and bridge work, dentures and surgery for simple and more complicated extractions such as wisdom teeth. Even with his talents, Dr. Hurt prefers to refer some cases, such as complicated orthodontics, surgery, periodontics and endodontics. You can always feel “safe” with his recommendations and treatment. Ironically enough, “Dr. Hurt” makes all of his patients feel comfortable. Ultimately, he does not want to “hurt” people and, when asked, tells them the story of his father and how the respect for his grandfather

and the family has always been important.. Dr. Hurt holds certifications in Implantology, Principles of Osseointegration and Jaw Reconstruction, Advanced Periodontal Surgical Techniques, and Esthetic Materials and Techniques. His training allows him to provide treatment for almost any dental emergency and his use of conscious sedation techniques allows him to put those patients who “fear dentistry” at ease prior to and during their visit. Their practice is a 24-hour Emergency Dentist Center and there for you whenever an emergency arises. San Marcos Dental Center is centrally located and easily accessible just south of Hwy 78 at 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Rd. in San Marcos. If you are looking for a new, professional, and courteous team to treat your dental needs then look no further. Please call 760-7344311, email at or visit their web site at, and ask about their $89 cleaning, x-ray and exam special for new patients.

match, choose your own adventure and go at your own pace. The four weeks cover age groups for Preschool Play (ages 3 to 4), STEAM Games (ages 5 to 8), Around the World (ages 6 to 11) and STEAM Explorations (ages 9+). The crates can be purchased individually (prices range from $24.95 to $29.95), or buy a five-pack VISIT THE GALLERY “The Reveal,” the for the week. MiraCosta College annual student art exhibit, is YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS available at kruglakgallery. Playwrights Project is See the art- seeking submissions to its work being achieved in the 2020 California Young PlayMiraCosta College art pro- wrights contest for Califorgram. The exhibit “Women nians under the age of 19. Work” is also available on- There is no entry fee, and line. every young writer who requests feedback on their script receives an individuMEALS FOR SENIORS Gloria McClellan Cen- alized letter with accolades ter continues to offer daily on the strengths of their $4 meals for 65 and older, script and suggestions for distributed from 11 a.m. to future revision. The subnoon Mondays and Wednes- mission deadline is June 1; days. To reserve your meals guidelines and entry forms call (760) 643-5288. Pick up are available at playwrightmeals at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista.

all the colors of the rainbow, whether a whole skein or just a few yards left over. Full of project-inspired art supplies, each OMAmagination Box will bring hands and minds together for some offline artistic creativity. Kits will include artist Gloria Muriel’s fantastic coloring sheets and Katie Ruiz’s inspired pom-pom making—and supplies to create both. E-mail for more information on donating.

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Kids for Peace, a Carlsbad-based organization, has created a host of things to do at home during the stayat-home order at https:// k idsfor peaceg loba / COVID-19/. The list includes taking a Breather Break, cardboard creations, in-house scavenger hunt, A VETERAN’S STORY send a hug to loved ones and From the voices of local more. U.S. veterans, MiraCosta College presents the theatri- CAMP IN A CRATE cal event “Coming Home,” a Signups are now availpresentation of 24 mini movable at for Kiies with each actor filming wiCo Camp in a Crate with one veteran’s story. “Comhands-on activities, proing Home” is available now gramming and content, set on YouTube and does feato kick off in early June. ture some adult language. Each camp week is meant Watch it at to cover 5 days, 4 hours each hYeTkBA4_Jc.
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Replay some of Oceanside Museum of Art’s virtual events at virtualoma/. Check out replays of OMA’s live stream lectures, “The Dazzling World of Art Theft” and “Jaw-Dropping Art and Its Censorship.” Listen in on the conversations artists from OMA’s Sidewalk Activism exhibition are having right now in response to COVID-19. Watch the recording Artist Responders. Engage his month’s Slow Art Day activities at https:// CHAT WITH THE STARS North Coast Reperto- ry Theatre has added Mark Christopher Lawrence, host ONLINE FUN WITH LEGOS of Tuesday Night Comics, The LEGOLAND Calto its “Theatre Conversa- ifornia Resort has created tions,” an ongoing selection an online site filled with of interviews with various instructional videos and acactors and others from the tivities promoting learning, theater world. Subscribe to creating and play. Through the NCRT YouTube channel the resort’s website, famiat or lies can access the new site e-mail NCRT at conversa- called “LEGOLAND ing Challenge” at legoland. com/llcbuildingchallenge/. Every Wednesday, the Park ‘OMAGINATION’ BOXES The Oceanside Muse- will announce a new theme um of Art is creating all-ag- and release a new instruces, hands-on art boxes to be tional “how to build” video delivered to families at the hosted by a Master Model Women’s Resource Center Builder. On Fridays, the to bring inspiration and park will highlight builds hours of creation. How can posted by followers on its soyou help? Donate yarn in cial media sites.

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VET Tv helps veterans amid COVID Budget cuts loom over Vista Unified as pandemic promises state funding cuts

By Catherine Allen

CARLSBAD — In 2017, streaming network Veteran Television (VET Tv) began producing comedy shows that brought together a community of veterans. Now facing COVID-19 isolation, VET Tv calls for an even greater push for social connection. Based in Carlsbad — home to nearly 6,300 veterans — VET Tv produces multiple military comedy shows for an audience of about 41,000 monthly subscribers. Responding to the pandemic, VET Tv recently launched campaigns to educate and encourage veterans to strengthen relationships virtually. “We’re reminding people that we have to stay connected to each other and to our greater military community during this time, or our mental health will suffer even further,” VET Tv founder and Marine Corps veteran Donny O’Malley said. “This is so important, and this is actually the foundation of everything we do, which is just to try to facilitate connection. Doing that now is all digital.” Each VET Tv episode ends with a reminder for the viewer to text someone they served with. Referring to hundreds of reviews and testimonials, O’Malley says this simple outreach reestablishes powerful connections based on a shared military experience.

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DONNY O’MALLEY, of Carlsbad, is a Marine Corps veteran and founder of VET Tv. Courtesy photo

Virtual connection is becoming a greater necessity for isolated veterans. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veteran Crisis Hotline experienced a 12% increase in calls, 20% of which were directly related to COVID-19. Organizations are developing new resources to aid veterans, including the VA’s COVID Coach app, which helps veterans cope with stress and anxiety. But as far as building a community across all military jobs, from administration to aircraft mechanics, VET Tv is the first to do so. “[Donny’s] seen a lot of things in his military experience, so I thought there’s no reason that he wouldn’t be a great resource to talk about what’s going on around coronavirus,” said Scott Yoffe, VET Tv’s PR specialist. “Social isolation is a big cause of suicides in the military.

Everything [Donny] does is about building community to bring veterans together. “... With COVID we’re being told to socially isolate, so it’s a good opportunity for Donny to get out and talk about some of the things that veterans can do to help stay engaged so they don’t fall into that dark place.” To foster social connections, O’Malley and Yoffe are developing new content for VET Tv. Shows may range from animation to audience submissions — including a show for bringing veteran musicians together virtually. “At our core, that is the power we have as a television network and as a media source — we can re-create experiences for these people that no one else is doing,” O’Malley said. “I believe that is the power of comedy and the power of Veteran Television for this community.”

VISTA — School districts across the state received unwelcome news regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal. The governor’s preliminary budget, which was released May 13, calls for a 10% cut to education as a result of a $54 billion budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vista is estimating a $20 million reduction in funds. All options are on the table, according to the school district’s administrative leadership. The Vista Unified School District board of trustees and administration said during its May 21 special meeting that furloughs, layoffs and other cuts are possibilities. And while Newsom’s budget calls for a 10% cut, VUSD assistant superintendent for business services Ami Shackelford said cost of living adjustment figures push the total reduction to 7.92%. The state must pass its Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget by June 30, which is after each district expects to pass their budgets. Newsom’s budget cuts, though, are tied to the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion bill for coronavirus relief. If the act is signed by President Donald Trump, the funds allocated for states would backfill the proposed cuts by Newsom.

Shackelford, though, said officials are wary of the strategy and are not relying on the funding, given the likelihood that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not act on the bill. In Vista, meanwhile, the district had already cut $13.9 million from the FY 2020-21 budget before the pandemic crushed tax revenues relied on by school districts for funding. VUSD is looking at an additional $20 million reduction in funding, putting the district in a more financially desperate situation. The school district has seen a reduction of about 8,000 students over the past 15 years due to transfers and

charter schools, which has a direct impact on funding. Pre-pandemic, the state used student attendance as one of the main funding formulas, but this year it has been changed to enrollment as schools transitioned to distance learning. Still, Shackelford said VUSD may be able to ease the $20 million reduction through several sources, including up to $2 million less in pension costs and a potential $4.1 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds. “We can also get a temporary loan from the county,” Shackelford said. “The next six weeks there will be a lot of changes and information coming our way.”

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Silvergate Safety Measures Successfully Protecting Residents SAN MARCOS - May 29, 2020 At Silvergate Retirement Residences, the response to the national onset of the COVID-19 crisis was swift and carefully executed. Management worked alongside all of its communities to carefully develop a comprehensive set of protocols following CDC and county health guidelines to keep residents protected and safe from the spread of the coronavirus. Their efforts paid off. To date, none of the Silvergate communities have reported a case of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. “We worked quickly to find the best ways to provide our residents with a protective bubble from the virus,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, Executive Director for Silvergate San Marcos. “We knew we had to manage the risk of exposure to our residents and staff with enhanced safety procedures, increased social distancing, heightened disinfecting, and of course testing once available.” Enhanced Safety Precautions at Silvergate The comprehensive set of protocols and precautions enacted by Silvergate has given residents and their families the peace of mind they need to weather the worries of the coronavirus pandemic. Those precautions include: • Daily temperature readings for nearly 500 residents and staff members. • Restricted, essential-only visitor access. • Screening of all residents, staff and visitors for travel history and recent illness.

• Increased social distancing of at least six feet. • Group activities limited to less than 10 people, while maintaining social distancing. • Staggered dining room mealtimes and/or meals offered in resident rooms. • Increased sanitation to all high-touch surfaces throughout the community. • Augmented staff education concerning health protocols and procedures. • Personal protective equipment required for all caregivers including, face masks, hand washing, etc. • Negative COVID-19 testing results required prior to new resident move-in. “I’ve been incredibly impressed by the preventative steps Silvergate has taken to keep all of us safe from this virus,” said Merrio Izor, who has been living at the senior living community in San Marcos since the beginning of the year. “Not only are the staff checking in on us all the time, they’ve modified our routines so that we’re still able to enjoy everyday life without feeling pinned in. Of course, we’re practicing socially distancing together, but I can still see my friends, enjoy activities and connect with my family without worrying about the virus. I trust the team here.” Silvergate Testing Surpasses Requirements Silvergate continues to enact additional safety measures as they become available, even beyond those required by the CDC. Beginning in June, all Silvergate communities will be

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Food &Wine Revisiting the East Coast goodness of Lobster West lick the plate david boylan

I BRIAN BEAGLE is a local custom homebuilder and host of the Indie Beer Show podcast. Photo via Facebook

It’s not a drink, it’s an opportunity Cheers! North County

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ifteen years ago, my wife and I were sitting in Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans. Another gentleman at the bar had the same camera as us, and we started chatting. He was a barber from Chicago and had a passion for music. He’s become one of our closest friends. A decade ago, my wife and I were having a fairly rousing discussion about the terms used during games of badminton at our local tavern. A couple of eavesdroppers near us interjected to ask, “Did you just say ‘shuttlecock’?” He was a coffee roaster, and she made homemade soap. Today they both work in the tech field, have a couple of kids, and we still meet up whenever we’re back in the Midwest. Chance encounters over a drink can be a great way to get to know interesting people. I am still staying home in an effort to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus, making those encounters more planned, but I’ve still been able to meet some interesting people and learn their stories over a drink. This week I shared a beer virtually with Brian Beagle, local custom homebuilder and host of the Indie Beer Show podcast, where he and his co-hosts each bring beer to try while discussing the ins and outs of the local beer scene. He also hosts the annual Sore Eye Cup beer awards and a successful food drive every holiday at Society Brewing Company called Sore Eye Sudmas.

He was drinking a LeBron Haze IPA from Pariah Brewing, and I a local classic, Pizza Port’s Chronic Amber. Brian offered great insights into the struggles facing local businesses, including major changes in the availability of supplies for homebuilders and the financial impact of the pandemic on local breweries. His passion for all things local was inspiring, and he shared a helpful and comprehensive list from the San Diego Brewers Guild listing which breweries are open, whether they’re serving in-person, takeout or delivery and what their requirements for purchasing beer are. The list is updated in real time by your favorite breweries and is easy to navigate. You can find the list right on the front page of A cup of coffee, a craft beer or cocktail isn’t just a drink. It’s an opportunity to take a moment to learn something new, meet someone new and be inspired. TURN TO CHEERS! ON 11

first wrote about Lobster West seven years ago in Lick the Plate and was thrilled to have them in the burgeoning restaurant scene in Encinitas. Since then, it’s been added to what I call my “go back list,” which are restaurants I cover for LTP that need to be worked into my regular mix. Before I get into the many reasons why they made that list, I have some updates from the family behind Lobster West. Besides the flagship Encinitas location, Lobster West now has locations in Coronado and Carlsbad at the Windmill Food Hall. The owners chose to close their restaurants for the past two months because of all of the unknowns of COVID-19, but they recent-

THE NOR’EASTER combo plate at Lobster West restaurant in Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Lobster West

ly reopened Encinitas and Coronado for lunch takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. They hope to open all three of their locations for dine-in and full hours soon, with early June being the target date. When I say it’s a family affair at Lobster West, it truly is and worth a quick refresher. It’s a collaboration involving Kim Locker, her husband Joel, brother Chad, mother Debbie, and friend Larry. Kim shared a memory of her first bite of a lob-

ster roll while on vacation with her mom in Cape Cod, and it officially became her favorite food of all time. When Kim moved to Encinitas, there was that lingering question of where to go for East Coast-style seafood and, in particular, lobster rolls. After a thorough search of the area, which uncovered few places that would satisfy her craving, her family decided to take matters into their own hands and Lobster West took shape. One of my favorite parts

of their story involves their commitment to quality and responsible sourcing. The family dedicated a substantial amount of time touring facilities up and down the coast of Maine to find the best lobster resources. They spent mornings on fishing boats, met with all the suppliers who personally ship their product and inspected their facilities. They chose the most delicious lobster they could find that adheres to the strict standards of Maine lobster fishing industry regulations. They take pride in saying that they can trace each and every lobster back to the specific harbor from which it came. Their Maine lobster is 100% certified and sustainable. While the focus is on lobster rolls, Lobster West offers fresh crab rolls, shrimp rolls, seafood and clam chowders, amazing coleslaw, baked beans, locally grown organic salads and more. I would put their New England-style clam TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 11

Brunello 2015 — the classic wine from Tuscany


ome 40 years ago, farsighted winemakers in the heart of Tuscany, in and around the hallowed heights of the city of Montalcino, were granted Italy’s highest status, DOCG, for their Brunello di Montalcino. It was the first wine in Italy to receive this honor. Brunello’s grape is the best expression of Sangiovese, which is mostly found in Chianti Classico, also from Tuscany. With the physical and chemical composition of Montalcino’s soil, the warm Mediterranean microclimate and winemaker discipline in prepping the wine in barrel and bottle for five years before release, it should not surprise the wine lover that well-made Brunello stands tallest as the sentinel for fine wine in Tuscany, and dare I say it, all of Italy. There’s a lot to celebrate with the 2015 vintage

taste of wine frank mangio of Brunellos. The only other recent great year was 2010. Wine Spectator, the world’s leading magazine for and about wine, had this to say: “The 2015’s are powerful Sangioveses, matching ripe fruit with lively acidity, elegance and harmony. 117 Brunellos were blind tasted in our New York offices. 23 earned classic scores of 95 or higher, while 88 had high ratings of 90 to 94.” Today there over 300 producers of Brunello clustered in the district of choice, Montalcino, with its calcareous soil and abundant rock subsoil. The architect of Brunel-

lo for the American market has been Castello Banfi, founded in 1977 by Italian American importers, the Mariani family. About 50,000 cases of Banfi Brunello ($80) are made. Most of them arrive in America for distribution in the finest restaurants, markets and wine shops. They have an intense ruby red color with garnet reflections and aromas of violet, vanilla and hints of lic-

orice. Tart red cherry flavors abound with traces of spice. Superb concentration with lingering acidity make for a long, persistent finish. About 100 total Brunellos were awarded 93 and higher on the Spectator 100 scale, with two making it to 97: Le Ragnaie Brunello Casanovina 2015 ($180) and San Filippo Brunello Le Lucere 2015 ($90). To learn more, visit

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Sports Former CSUSM baseball coach Pugh dies at 73 program’s third NAIA Tournament appearance. Three of Pugh’s student-athletes were drafted by MLB clubs during his tenure and four others signed as free agents. Prior to spearheading CSUSM’s baseball program, Pugh was the head coach of Mission Bay High School from 1979 to 2006, reaching the San Diego Section finals 10 times and winning eight section titles. Pugh returned to Mission Bay in 2017 and was there until his passing. In addition to baseball, Pugh was the high school’s football coach for 13 seasons and racked up 86 wins and two San Diego Section titles. “Dennis was genuinely a great person. The

schools and make the best decision for myself. I made the right decision in playing for Coach Pugh and CSUSM.” Cougars volunteer assitant coach Mark Wilson, who coached alongside Pugh at Mission Bay as well as CSUSM, said: “I have a very small circle of true friends. Dennis is the center of my circle. Over the 20-plus years together, he taught me how to put a winning attitude both on the field and in the dugout ... how to make everyone feel like they were a part of the team, no matter what role they played. Everything I have in my ‘coaching toolbox,’ he helped me put in there. To No. 17, you truly DENNIS PUGH started the Cal State San Marcos baseball are a legend and my best program from scratch in 2007, and he led the Cougars to 282 friend.” wins during his 10 seasons at the helm. Courtesy photo

impact on the lives of his student-athletes, peers, coaches and the entire Southern California baseball community was unmatched,” said current CSUSM Coach Matt Guiliano. “I was fortunate enough to play against him in high school and coached against him in college. He was a special person and great baseball mind. Dennis is a legend, and he will not be forgotten.” Brandon Bentson, who played for Pugh from 2013 to 2016, said: “He was a great coach, but an even better person. ... Coach Pugh always wanted what was best for his players. I remember when I was deciding between schools, Coach Pugh encouraged me to look into the other

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SAN MARCOS — Former Cal State San Marcos head baseball coach Dennis Pugh died May 15 at the age of 73. A legend of the sport in the San Diego area, Pugh started CSUSM’s baseball program from scratch in 2007. When he retired from CSUSM following the 2016 season, Pugh had collected 282 career wins with the Cougars and had a winning season in eight of his 10 years with the program. He crossed the 30-win threshold in five of those seasons. Some of Pugh’s best work occurred in 2015 as CSUSM recorded a program-record 36 wins. The Cougars went on to win their third A.I.I. Conference Championship in five seasons while making the

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REGION — A late September court date is scheduled for ex-San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf, who was arrested in Palm Desert on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. Leaf, 44, was taken into custody about 2 p.m. May 22, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He was booked on suspicion of domestic battery at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and posted $5,000 bail that evening, jail records show. Leaf is scheduled to appear in court at the Larson Justice Center in Indio on Sept. 25, but whether and when charges might be filed is unknown. Legal problems for the former NFL quarterback began when he was indicted on burglary and controlled substance charges in Texas in 2009. Leaf pleaded guilty in 2010 to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance, all felonies, and was sentenced to 10 years probation and fined $20,000. Leaf was sentenced in September 2014 to five years in a Texas prison for violating parole from a 2012 drug possession case, but prosecutors allowed him to use time served in Montana to fulfill the sentence and he was released in December 2014. After getting out of prison, Leaf began working to assist addicts and alcoholics stay sober as a program ambassador for the Los Angeles-based Transcend Recovery Community. Leaf was the second selection in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning. The NFL Network documentary series, “NFL Top 10,” ranked him as the No. 1 draft bust of all time. — City News Service

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the parties, or better put, both, to turn the other cheek. Whatever is keeping baseball from unpacking its equipment needs to be brushed away like dirt from pants following a slide. Sounds easy and simple, although those in the know realize it never is with these two combatants. So before heaving confetti to celebrate baseball’s reemergence, be prepared that baseball might fall victim to greed, and if so, games at Petco Park might have to wait a year. The skinny is that the players thought they had an agreement with the owners, based on negotiations in March. The labor would be paid a pro-rated salary depending on the numbers of games played in an abbreviated season. But there was a caveat in that proposal that said compensation would be revisited if the games returned minus fans. Owners contend that they would lose more money having the games in empty stadiums than if they didn’t Maine. I did not make it to dessert, but they do offer Maine’s beloved whoopie pies. They have also given their locations an East Coast fish joint look and feel that adds to the authenticity of the experience. Stay on top of their hours and locations at and make Lobster West part of your culinary go-back mix for sure.

play them at all. That’s why the bosses asked the workers to instead split the revenues from those games, which won’t having spectators, at least initially, because of the possibility of spreading COVID-19. That risk is real and we’re not here to fault those in uniform about their reticence. Especially those with underlying health conditions like Dodgers Manager and Cardiff resident Dave Roberts, 47, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer survivor. While people focus on players participating in ghost town stadiums, there still needs to be about 100 people present for a game. That also includes

the coaching and medical staffs and any accompanying media to broadcast the contest. With about 80% of the more than 100,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 being at least 65 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that gives pause to many associated with the game. Angels skipper Joe Maddon, 66, is among six managers over 60. The Astros’ Dusty Baker, the league’s oldest manager, will be 71 next month. The dangers don’t end there, although the other caveat isn’t as deadly. The stunningly selfish optics baseball would display if billionaire own-

ers are seen scuffling with millionaire players — as nearly 40 million Americans are without jobs and the nation’s death toll continues to rise — would be disastrous for the game. If players are reluctant to play, we get it and they deserve the choice to not expose themselves and their families. But it the industry can agree on the 67-page, health-and-safety booklet that supplies a plan to get the games started again, and they are stalled because of money issues, baseball will get the black eye that it richly deserves. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports

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1. ANATOMY: What is a more common name for the medical condition called desquamation? 2. TELEVISION: Who uttered the catchphrase “you rang?” in the sitcom “The Addams Family”? 3. GAMES: How many dominoes are in a standard set? 4. GEOGRAPHY: In which city is the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia located? 5. MOVIES: Actress Meryl Streep won her first Academy Award for which movie? 6. LITERATURE: What kind of creature was Bagheera in “The Jungle Book”? 7. FOOD & DRINK: What is the primary ingredient of bouillabaisse, a type of stew? 8. PSYCHOLOGY: What fear is represented in the condition called coulrophobia? 9. MUSIC: What is the name of blues guitarist B.B. King’s Gibson guitar? 10. U.S. STATES: In which state is Elvis Presley’s estate (Graceland) located?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your Aries self-esteem level is high, as is your impatience to see more action come your way in the workplace. Good news, Lamb: It could start to happen sooner than you think. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Changing things now could upset a lot of people. But if you feel you’re acting because you believe it’s the right thing to do, others will understand and even come to support you. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A change of mind might not necessarily be a change of heart. You still want to go ahead with your plans, but you might see a better way to make them happen. So go for it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) An old business dispute could re-emerge and possibly affect upcoming negotiations. Consider opening up the situation to include suggestions from others on both sides of the issue. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some Leos and Leonas might find it somewhat difficult to get their ideas accepted or even considered. But that’s only for a while. Things will soon return to the way you like them. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The pace seems to be slowing down from the hectic on-the-job run you recently enjoyed. But be assured that you’re still in the race to pick up new workplace-related goodies.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Seasonal changes create opportunities for busy Librans. However, be sure to balance your workload with your personal life so that you don’t overdo it on one end or the other. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A former critic could make a surprise turnaround and become a supporter. But if your Scorpion sense suspects a questionable motive, who are the rest of us to doubt it? SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Data on a new project seems less than dependable. But it might turn out to be just the opposite. Consult with someone who knows how you might best be able to check it out. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Capricorneans face many decisions this week, with the Sea Goat’s kids rating high on the consideration scale, especially regarding vacations and upcoming school matters. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Showing that you care is what Aquarians do so well. It’s your very special skill. And this week, you’ll have several chances to show off that gift for a very special person. Good luck. PISCES (February 19 to March 21) That streak of Piscean wariness should serve you well this week should you be among those who come up against a slippery character offering a fishy deal with nothing to back it up. BORN THIS WEEK: You have an artist’s sense of how to help others see, as you do, the beautiful things about the world. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Proudly serving our community since 1961 Tri-City Medical Center has served our community for nearly 60 years and prides itself on being the home to leading orthopedic, spine and cardiovascular health services while also specializing in world-class women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care. Tri-City’s Emergency Department is there for your loved ones in their time of need and is highly regarded for our heart attack and stroke treatment programs. When minutes matter, Tri-City is your source for quality compassionate care close to home.

50 + Community Partners Tri-City Medical Center’s COASTAL Commitment initiative tackles our communities’ most pressing health and social needs.

Leader in North County Technologically-advanced Emergency Department 1st accredited Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center certification, 36th nationwide 1st in San Diego to offer Mazor Robotic Spine Surgery Only Level III NICU


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