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Gas tax repeal effort advances By Steve Puterski

New Urban West was given permission by the property owner to raze the fire-damaged Escondido Country Club, which came down last week. The City Council has approved New Urban West’s plan to develop the property, but a homeowners group has sued to stop the project. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

Demolition a step forward for country club plan By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The saga over the Escondido Country Club is moving toward a close. On April 26, New Urban West Inc. began demolition of the club in preparation for its impending residential development. NUWI said it received permission from property owner Michael Schlesing-

er to raze the dilapidated building, which was destroyed in a November 2017 fire. Last fall, the Escondido City Council approved NUWI’s plan to develop the property with 380 units, a $10 million clubhouse with a restaurant, bar, pool and banquet facilities, and a 29-mile greenbelt. In all, 44 percent of the property

will be preserved as open space. The clubhouse, along with the adjoining golf course, was closed in 2013 due to poor financial performance. A long battle over the property and Schlesinger and its development has been a source of contention with some residents. Several years ago, a group of resi-

dents formed the Escondido Country Club Homeowners to fight against several plans to redevelop the area. “While we have yet to take ownership of the property, we want to help the community move beyond what has been a very unTURN TO DEMOLITION ON 11



REGION — The push to repeal the state of California’s most recent gas tax is moving forward. On April 30, former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, gubernatorial candidate John Cox, Diane Harkey, a republican candidate for the 49th Congressional district, and Kris Urdahl, a Carlsbad District 3 candidate, carried boxes of signatures to file with the San Diego County Registrars of Voters to repeal the In 76th 12.5 cent tax Gas tax a on the Novem- hot topic at ber ballot. candidate D e M a i o forum — said he and his Page 9 group, the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative, collected more than 940,000 signatures, which is nearly 400,000 more than required by state law. The ROV must certify the signatures before the initiative is placed on the ballot. The repeal aims to override Senate Bill 1, which would raise an estimated $52.4 billion over the next 10 years for transportation projects. DeMaio also dismissed Proposition 69, which directs and protects gas tax funds specifically toward transportation projects, which he called, “snake oil.” “There is no lock,” he TURN TO GAS TAX ON 6

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Why Solutions for Change refused to adopt Housing First model By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — It doesn’t take all that long to figure out that Chris Megison, the CEO and president of Solutions for Change headquartered in Vista, is a straight shooter. He has a relentless passion for helping others, and when he believes something isn’t quite right, his inner conviction takes hold. Solutions for Change is a nonprofit that helps the homeless in North County. It decided to turn away government funding after federal and state policy changes enforced a Housing First protocol in 2016. Solutions for Change provides a drugfree and sober housing environment whereMegison as Housing First does not. Solutions for Change refused to restructure its program model and principles for government funding. “What has happened is that California, and our entire public system, has operationalized our whole response to homelessness with a co-dependent mindset,” Megison said. “We drew a line in the sand for Solutions for Change. We said we’re not going to convert to Housing First and we gave up hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Megison said Solutions for Change turned away $600,000 in government funding because it would not allow narcotic and drug users in its program. Before Solutions for Change

Solutions for Change owns an organic farm that produces 120,000 pounds of certified organic food per year sold to local school districts, which helps with the nonprofit’s costs. Courtesy photo

became a part of Megison’s life, he was a drug and alcohol counselor. When Solutions for Change was established in 1999, it was decided that the nonprofit must find permanent solutions, not temporary ones, for families. “It starts with why we must get these families out of these horrible conditions and into a position where they never will be homeless again,” Megison said. “And the way we have to do that is going deep and finding out what caused it.”

Megison said what troubles him is the way the state of California is viewing dependency. “They (state of California) are normalizing drug use through the different bills that are coming out and the laws that they’re passing,” he said. “There is a cadre of us who see this and who’ve been in this (industry) for years that are just incredulous on how bad it has gotten.” He added that the laws lean toward reduction methods. According to Megison, one

example of harm reduction is Housing First. Megison said that a homeless provider is not even incentivized to help addicts because the state government gets this population off the street and behind a door. “ … (the state government) is literally paying for their housing thereby essentially containing them, which I use a definition of a containment model,” said Megison, calling it catastrophic. “This is essentially creating an entire society of people who have



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just given up, and the government now is enabling them in creating a co-dependent system.” Megison pointed out that about 40 percent of the entire homeless population is made up of families. Here in San Diego County, there about 9,000 homeless people. In North County alone, that number is in the neighborhood of 2,000 homeless mothers, fathers and their children. Megison said that the government design of Housing First is rather compelling. He said people have asked him that if a mother is using drugs and cannot get on her feet, why she can’t stay at Solutions for Change and be checked up on every couple of days. Sure, it sounds like it’s a compassionate way of doing things, Megison said, but it’s not their way of doing things. If someone is addicted to drugs, Megison said they help them get into a treatment center, and once they are sober, they can go to Solutions for Change. Megison said there is no exclusion — their nonprofit is there for people in need. However, the decision to stop using drugs is a choice that people need to make to be part of Solutions for Change. “Our parents that come to us ask for safe, sober drug-free housing,” he said. “They’ve lived in housing where people are using drugs, and they have had horrible experiences with drug addiction — many of which have lost their kids and been taken from Child Protective Services. Now, they got their kids back. They want and need to be in drug-free housing.” Megison said things can get TURN TO SOLUTIONS ON 18

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Opinion & Editorial

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Manson memory must live in minds of governors


Getting sensible about public safety By Marie Waldron

Recent changes in California’s criminal statutes resulting from passage of Propositions 47 and 57 have reclassified many serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. These changes have reduced the justice system’s ability to keep criminals off the street, impeded criminal investigations by restricting DNA collection and redefined the definition of violent crimes for incarcerated criminals up for parole. While prisoners convicted of violent crimes often are not eligible for early parole, there are problems with the violent crime definition under current law. Human trafficking of a child, rape of an unconscious person, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle, assault with a firearm, serial arson, solicitation to commit murder, exploding a bomb to injure people, and many more — are not considered violent crimes. Who would have known? Most would consider a midnight break-in to be a serious and potentially violent crime. Not anymore. When a burglar breaks into your home and steals property valued under $950, it’s a misdemeanor. If the same burglar returns night after night and steals property valued under $950 each time, every one of those

break-ins would still be a misdemeanor. If apprehended, the burglar would be cited and released. And of course, no DNA would be collected, so if the burglar has committed other crimes there would be no way for the police to know, at least not by using DNA evidence. Reclassifying felonies to misdemeanors has greatly reduced DNA collection, degrading law enforcement’s ability to investigate many serious crimes, including rape and murder. Feel safer now? But change could be coming. An initiative, the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act,” may be on the November ballot. California’s voters may get another chance to decide which crimes are violent, which are misdemeanors and which are felonies.

Fentanyl effort

ule II drugs currently results in county jail sentences of 3 to 5 years. Under my bill, the amount of fentanyl needed to trigger prison is lowered, recognizing that it only takes a small amount to kill or injure someone. Violators would be sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for trafficking in 20-plus grams of a substance containing fentanyl — the sentence would increase to 20 years to life if serious bodily injury or death occurs. If the drug trafficker has two or more felony convictions involving a controlled substance, they’d get life without parole. The fentanyl problem has exploded in recent years. Our young people especially are at risk, because they may unsuspectingly take a pill from a friend or acquaintance that looks like Advil, but in reality was bought off the street and contains fentanyl. With a death reported every 19 minutes, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Fentanyl, the latest poison on our streets, is adding to that sad statistic.

Our young people are facing dangers that many parents aren’t aware of. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, can be disguised as over the counter medications like Xanax or aspirin, but kids have Minority Floor Leader been killed who unknowMarie Waldron, R-Escondido, ingly take them. This session I intro- represents the 75th Assembly District in the California duced AB 3105 to increase Legislature, which includes penalties for selling fentanEscondido, San Marcos yl, a controlled Schedule II and Vista. drug. Trafficking in Sched***

Dangerous farm legislation will restrict states’ rights U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced a dangerous “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” (H.R. 3599/H.R. 4879), which was previously defeated when he tried to add it as an amendment to the 2014 Farm Bill. This act seeks to restrict states’ ability to enact higher levels of farm animal welfare standards and would nullify existing state

standards. States would be forced to allow commerce in all agricultural products — even those produced through abhorrent and previously state-banned means like gestation crates and battery cages. This act would be devastating and has a multitude of negative consequences due to its vague wording. State food safety laws, farm

worker protections, environmental regulations and even puppy mill laws could be undermined. This irresponsible legislation undermines the progress that has been made for animal welfare. Please urge Rep. Darrell Issa and all of Congress to reject this amendment. Gail Prizzi Vista

ever again” is a common slogan popping up appropriately during Holocaust remembrance observances and after repeated fatal shootings in schools or whenever survivors want to comfort one another with the thought their efforts can deter future tragedies. But “never forget” might be a more effective motto, where one generation succeeds another in places of high authority and responsibility. In fact, “never forget” would be a very appropriate mantra for whoever becomes the next governor of California when it comes to surviving members of the Charles Manson gang and other especially cruel and deliberate mass murderers. Forgetting is definitely possible with the Manson “Family,” as his motley and deadly gaggle of followers was known during its heyday in the late 1960s. Very few grieved when the sometimes mesmerizing gang leader Manson died in prison last November and not much of a crowd turned out for his funeral this spring in Porterville. Manson, understated the pastor presiding over that ceremony, “made choices that brought great consequence and negatively impacted other people for many, many years.” The first to be “impacted” were some of the men who hung out with the “Family” during the months the group squatted on the now-defunct Spahn Movie Ranch in the northwest Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth. One was musician Gary Hinman, whose ear Manson slashed off with a sword before his henchmen killed

california focus thomas d. elias Hinman. Another was movie stuntman Donald (Shorty) Shea, whose body was found in pieces on the ranch. Then, in their more notorious murder spree, Manson’s followers on his orders invaded the Beverly Hills-area home of actress Sharon Tate, brutally killing her along with coffee heiress Abigail Folger, movie director Voytek Frykowski, hairdresser Jay Sebring and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s caretaker. A day later, in the Los Feliz neighborhood a few miles east, they stabbed to death grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, leaving behind messages scrawled in the blood of the victims. Yes, as the preacher said, Manson’s choices surely impacted the lives of all those people. He took however many years they all might have had left, costing at least a century’s worth of human experience, not to mention potential offspring and the friends and families affected by their deaths. The roster of infamous Manson Family killers still in prison includes Leslie Van Houten, Bruce Davis and Charles (Tex) Watson, all of whom come up for parole periodically. State parole officials occasionally recommend freedom for them on grounds of good behavior and achievements while imprisoned. But can anything they do ever outweigh the harm they did almost 50 years ago? Brown, who lived in the Laurel Canyon section

of Los Angeles at the time and experienced some of the horror that infused the area while the gang was on the loose, has vetoed their paroles repeatedly. Similarly, he would not be likely to succumb to any temptation to release other killers like Juan Corona, who killed 25 farm workers before his skein ended; or Edmund Kemper, the Santa Cruz area’s “Coed Killer” during the 1970s; or Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, who raped, kidnapped, tortured and murdered five young women in 1979 in Southern California. But Brown leaves office at year’s end. What about his potential successors, folks like Democrat Gavin Newsom, a child at the time of the Manson slaughters, or Republican John Cox, who moved to California in 2011, long after these crimes? For them, the “never forget” mantra is crucial. That’s because, while most elderly convicts pose little risk on parole, putting this kind of criminal on the streets would justifiably cause many to look over their shoulders while walking down streets or even sitting at home. If Manson’s death and funeral do nothing else, they should renew the sense of horror at the crimes he instigated and committed and add pressure to keep his remaining followers and others like them where they can do no more harm. Any future governor who does forget that these folks long ago forfeited their right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness will deserve whatever political consequences might follow. Email Thomas Elias at

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San Marcos OKs residential project By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — An 89-home subdivision in the northwest corner of San Marcos received the blessing of the San Marcos City Council, but it was not unanimous. The Council voted 4-1 on April 24 to approve the project known as Murai, which will be built on 91.6 acres just west of the northern terminus of Las Posas Road adjacent to Santa Fe Hills. Councilman Chris Orlando voted against the proposal. Proponents of the project said the new homes are badly needed to help address the regional housing

shortfall. Opponents argued that the development as proposed would further constrict one of the last large coastal sage scrub habitats, which would restrict the movement of wildlife. Several state wildlife agencies appeared to echo some of the concerns about the wildlife corridor, disputing the findings of the developer over the impacts to the corridor. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Services wrote a letter to the city disputing the environmental report’s characterization of the project as a “stepping stone” for wildlife

movement, rather than a key habitat corridor. The agency recommended the city approve an alternative provided in the report that would call for only 68 homes to be built, rather than 89. A group of biologists, spearheaded by Palomar College biology professor Lesley Blankenship-Williams, urged the city to reject the current project iteration until the Department of Fish and Wildlife Services, city, developer and community were “all on the same page.” Other speakers expressed concern about the impact the project would

have on traffic conditions and on local schools, questioning the number of students the developer estimates the project will generate. Mayor Jim Desmond said he believed that even if the council approved the entitlements and environmental report, the project would not proceed without the permits from the environmental agencies. “They still have to get permits,” Desmond said. “If they can’t, they will be back before us with changes to the project or no project. The burden is still on the applicant to get that resolved.”

Vista discusses taxicab insurance regulations By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Taxicab companies have requested the city lower its insurance requirement. This prompted Vista Deputy Mayor John Aguilera to add regulation as a discussion item at the April 10 City Council meeting. An uptick in ride-sharing services was the impetus for the taxicab companies’ request. According to Aguilera, in 2011 the city of Vista raised the insurance requirement to $1 million for taxicabs to operate in the area, which is the amount that was required by the county and other cities. Aguilera said since that time, ride-sharing transportation models have changed with companies such as Uber, Lyft and Bounce. “The issue is getting to the point where taxicab companies are not playing on an even playing field,” said Aguilera, noting the upsurge of competition. “The city of San Diego has just recently lowered their (taxicab) insurance requirements down to $350,000. They (taxicab companies) are asking that we do the same in order for them to survive.” Aguilera also noted that taxicab companies in North County had cut their vehicle inventory in half. Aguilera admitted he has used Uber in

The issue is getting to the point where taxicab companies are not playing on an even playing field.” John Aguilera Vista deputy mayor

the past and noted the convenience of the service. Still, he said he didn’t want taxicabs eliminated in Vista because the older population in the community are more than likely to use cabs versus Uber or Lyft. Aguilera reiterated that the taxicab companies were hoping the city of Vista would lower those insurance requirements to make them more competitive and allow them to remain in business. “In addition to that, I would also like to discuss the idea of either a

JPA being set up for taxicabs either through the cities getting together or putting it to some other agency like NCTD (North County Transit District),” Aguilera said. He cited the passage of bill AB-1069, which requires that taxicabs be regulated by an agency or JPA. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby asked whether any taxicab companies were headquartered in Vista, to which Aguilera replied they were only operating in Vista. Rigby said she would need to have more information before making a decision. She said she understood that $1 million is a lot of money, but wanted to know the reasoning behind the amount. “I’m all for doing what we can to help businesses be more competitive,” Rigby said. “I don’t want to overburden them, but on the other hand, I want to know what was the justification to do it in the first place.” Council members decided to bring back this topic for discussion and asked staff for supportive information. Mayor Judy Ritter said she would likely support the taxicab insurance request.

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CRUSADERS KEEP VISTA CLEAN A group of Caped Community Crusaders in Vista picked up 10 bags of trash and two bags of recyclables April 15, as part of the Only Losers Litter cleanups that began January 2017. The next Only Losers Litter TrashWalks will be at 4 p.m. May 20 and June 10 with locations to be announced on Facebook and There have been four trashwalks in 2018 with 98 participants. Courtesy photo



said of Proposition 69. “The reality is there is no lock box, there is no guarantee on the gas tax increase. That proposition allows the governor to divert all monies without a vote of the legislature.” “This is all about mismanagement,” Cox added. “They’ve been spending money like drunken sailors and that’s an insult to drunken sailors. California spends four times as much as Texas to build a mile of road. That is waste and corruption.” Drivers in California were hit the new tax on Nov. 1, 2017, which added 12.5 cents per gallon for unleaded and 20 cents for diesel fuel. DeMaio, a Republican, began the repeal campaign in San Diego holding several protests and petition drives where several gas stations slashed prices to between $1.99 and $2.49 per gallon earlier this year. More than 45 events have been held across the state to continue to grow the public awareness of the effort, DeMaio said. He said estimates suggest the tax will cost $700 or more per family, per year and vehicle registration fees will increase between $25 and $175 per year, depending on the value of the vehicle.

DeMaio also took aim at Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, saying fraud and special interests eliminated the ability for the public to vote on the tax, which was approved through the state legislature. “They raised our taxes without a vote of the people,” DeMaio said. “California voters know there is already fraud going on with the existing gas tax today. It’s diverted by Sacramento politicians to go to their pet projects, the pension system, to salaries and benefits for bloated bureaucracies.” Another big issue is the collection and disbursement of funds generated by the tax. Tax revenue goes into the state's General Fund, meaning there's zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation "fixes" they claim will happen, DeMaio added. California had the second-highest gas tax in the nation before Senate Bill 1. Supporters of the tax, meanwhile, counter DeMaio’s arguments as political spin. Catherine Hill of the League of California Cities, which is part of the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation, said the state is already engaged in more than 4,000 projects statewide. On May 1, the Califor-

nia Transportation Commission (Caltrans) recommended the San Diego region be awarded $311 million in funds to be generated by the passage of Senate Bill 1, which recently increased the state gas tax to fund a wide variety of transportation projects throughout the state, according to a press release. The California Transportation Commission will consider the recommendation when it meets in San Diego on May 16 and May 17. Recommendations include $195 million for the North Coast Corridor Program, $82 million for the California-Mexico Border System Project and $10.5 million for the Sorrento to Miramar Double Track Project. Commission staff recommendations also included about $24 million for other local transportation projects; such as $12.5 million for the city of Escondido, approximately $6 million for the Port of San Diego and $6 million for the city of San Diego. “We have about a $160 billion backlog,” Hill said. “This money will go to fixing potholes, resurfacing our streets, bridge construction as well as state highways. It’s a public safety issue. This is new money to do this and Prop. 69 is going to constitutionally protect it as a lock box.”

Downtown project breaks ground By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The 100 Main Street project officially broke ground on April 9. Jay Wentz of JCG Development and StreetLights Residential have partnered together for the mixed-use, five-story project located on the corner of Vista Village Drive and South Santa Fe Avenue. Vista City Council members, along with project developers, were on hand for the big day. WDG Architecture designed the building. On the upper floors, 100 Main Street will include 126 residential units ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments. Residential dwellers will also have access to a pool on the second floor. The lower level will offer 14,500 square feet of commercial space while another floor of the building will be dedicated to parking. “The city required a certain amount of parking spaces for residential and commercial,” said Andrea McCullough, city communications, adding that there will be 268 parking spaces. Thirty-three of those spots will be dedicated to retail customers of 100 Main Street. According to McCullough, the property site,

The 100 Main Street development five-story project is expected to be completed in March 2020 will offer both residential and commercial units. Courtesy rendering

which was a city-owned property, was purchased by the developers a little over two years ago. She said the project complements the city’s vision for continuing the growth of the downtown area. “The City Council vision is for a walkable and vibrant downtown,” she said. “And we have seen this in the last couple of years as the craft breweries came in — restaurants are opening still.” This project will add more activity to the downtown area. The estimated time of completion for 100 Main Street is March 2020. McCullough noted that this project was a long time in the works. Developers who were interested in this highly visible corner in the past were not able to move forward for one reason or another. One primary reason was the recession. “The lot had stayed vacant for quite a while, and it is our gateway property to

the downtown,” she said. McCullough said for years the property served as a dirt parking lot. However, in April 2016, a new parking lot was created on Citrus Avenue, on the corner of Broadway. Both parallel and angular spaces were designed to accommodate more than 130 spots for the downtown area. The timing of Citrus Avenue parking spots coincided with when JCG Development and StreetLights Residential purchased the property. The Planning Commission approved the development in October 2016. McCullough said the 100 Main Street project is part of the bigger picture regarding how the city of Vista is trying to bring more foot traffic to downtown. “This, of course, will bring vitality and people into the restaurants and the shops,” she said. “This will create a more vibrant downtown area and a great experience for visitors and residents.”

Star track coach to retire SAN MARCOS — Twotime Olympian Steve Scott, the only cross country and track & field coach in Cal State San Marcos’ history, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season. A member of the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, Scott has guided the Cougars’ cross country and track & field programs since their inaugural season in 1999. Scott started the cross country and track & field programs from scratch, turning CSUSM into a perennial powerhouse; he guided the women’s cross country team to three straight NAIA national titles from 2009 to 2011. Scott is among the most decorated runners in

U.S. history. He won the 1,500-meter Olympic trials in 1980, but wasn’t able to compete because the U.S. boycotted the Games. He competed in the Olympics in 1984 and 1988. In 1981, Scott set the American record for the mile (3 minutes, 48.68 seconds) and the 1,500 meters (3:31.96). He bettered his mile record to 3:47.69 the following year, setting a mark that stood for more than 25 years. The CSUSM Department of Athletics will host a farewell open house in Scott’s honor from 2 to 4 p.m. May 10 in the courtyard of The Sports Center, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road. The celebration is open to the public.

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What other clinics don’t tell you about coverage, density OCEANSIDE — The decision to move forward with hair restoration can be life-changing. Key to a successful procedure is the patient having the knowledge necessary to balance their desired results. “Our goal here is to make sure our patients are informed,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, said. “So many men approach their hair restoration without asking the right questions, and are left without answers that are crucial to them having realistic expectations.” One of the most important facts that patients should be aware of is how their doctor arrived at their hair restoration plan. “In other words, your doctor should tell you how they quantified what you need, what factors went into your plan,” Wagner said. “You shouldn’t assume that a doctor’s experience and judgement is all that is needed



Tickets are available now for the Carlsbad Kiwanis Club will hold its semi-annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon May 6, during the Carlsbad Street Faire at the Old Train Station parking lot, along Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $9 at the door; children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased from members of the Kiwanis Club, Key Clubs at Carlsbad and Sage Creek High Schools, and Scouts in Cub Scout Pack 740 and Boy Scout Troop 784.





in order to get a great hair transplant.” The specialists at MyHairTransplantMD spend time during the initial free consultation differentiating between coverage and density for each patient. “Some men want their hair full and thick, while others just want to cover up a bald spot,” Wagner said. “We formulate our hair restoration

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business climate in the city’s Business Parks, with the help of local volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 8. To volunteer, contact Scott Ashton at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at scott@oceansidechamber. com or (760) 722-1534 or at or (760) 435-3351.


The San Diego North County African Violet Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. May 8 in the Vista Public Library Community Room, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. For additional information, contact Barb Conrad,


Carlsbad City Library hosts free Good Life lectures from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. May 8 with “Prepare to Parent Your Parent” at Schulman Auditorium, located at 1775 Dove Lane.


The Single Travelers Club meets from 5 to 7 p.m. May 8 at Hunter Steakhouse, 1221 Vista Way, Oceanside. The discussion will be “Unusual Cruise Lines Equal MAY 7 Bargain Prices.” Call Jackie SUMMER INVENTION CAMPS Camp Invention will be at (760) 438-1472 to RSVP. held the week of June 18 June 22 at Coastal Academy SUMMER FUN IN VISTA City of Vista Summer in Oceanside, Del Sur Elementary School in Rancho 2018 program guide is now Santa Fe the week of June available and registration is 25, and San Marcos Elemen- open. All classes are held at tary the week of June 18. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 A program of the National Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the Unit- COLLEGE FOR KIDS ed States Patent and TradeRegistration is now mark Office, Camp Inven- open for the 2018 College tion challenges children in for Kids at MiraCosta Colgrades K to 6 to find their lege, offering five weeks of inner inventor by learning learning and exploration for the process of innovation. youngsters ages 6 to 17. RegFor additional information ister at (760) 795-6820, in or to find a camp near you, person at 2075 Las Palmas, visit
 Carlsbad or at miracosta. edu/instruction/communityservices/collegeforkids/ REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET The Lake San Marcos index.html. Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon at 11 HOW’S BUSINESS?? a.m. May 7 at the St. Mark The city of Oceanside Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo and the Oceanside ChamDrive, Lake San Marcos. ber of Commerce are holdCost $32. Reservations at ing the inaugural Oceans(760) 744-0953. ide CAREs Business Walk, conducting a survey of the


Intermediate Genealogy Class continues 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 8 at the Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad. For more information, e-mail or call (760) 4769289.



The city of San Marcos’ annual 4th of July celebration is dependent on community donations. Send tax-deductible donations by June 27 to: San Marcos Fireworks Fund, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 92069 or online at


Drop by for “Stories Shakespeare Stole,” with storyteller Marilyn McPhie at 1 p.m. May 9, at the Civic Center Library Foundation Room, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information, visit or call (760) 435-5600.


The Gloria McClellan Center is offering Soul Line Dance classes Wednesdays, May 2-23 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The cost for four classes is $33 for Vista residents, $39 for non-residents. Reserve online at or call (760) 643.5281. Pre-registration is required.

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Cal State San Marcos men's track & field freshman Jonathan Burton ran a perfect race for a personal best in the 400 high hurdles at Azusa Pacific's Bryan Clay Invitational on Friday, April 20. Burton recorded a time of 53.96 to finish in 22nd place.


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cinitas/La Costa office, 740 Gimbel, a fourth-grade stuGardenview Ct., Suite 100, dent from Tri-City Christian School, received $100 and Encinitas.
 first-place honors for his entry in the 2018 Water Awareness HONORS AT COMMENCEMENT Cal State San Marcos Poster Contest. Andrea Merwill award honorary degrees cado from Alamosa Park Elto Esther and Jan Stearns, ementary School received a Lydia Villa-Komaroff and second-place award of $50 and Jimmy Wayne during com- Arielle Nolan from Tri-City mencement ceremonies May Christian School received a 18 and May 19. The Stearns, third-place award of $25 for supporters of CSUSM’s ACE their entries in the contest. Scholars Services program, will receive a Doctor of Hu- NEW CENTER FOR CHILDREN mane Letters. Villa-Komaroff, Officials will break a molecular biologist, will ground on the Dave Langlois receive a Doctor of Science. Children’s Center, a multi-use Wayne, a country recording office space serving the youth artist, will be awarded a Doc- and families of A Step Beyond tor of Fine Arts. at 11:30 a.m. May 4 on campus at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. EsPALOMAR WORKFORCE STAR Eleven Palomar Col- condido Blvd., Escondido. The lege programs have earned after-school program helps the California Community underserved youth, offering Colleges’ Strong Workforce dance training, academic supStars recognition for improv- port, and family services to ing student employment and students from Escondido and wage outcomes through the San Marcos. For more inforcollege’s innovative career mation, visit a-step-beyond. education courses. Strong org. Workforce Stars is an annual recognition for career educa- PALA RV PARK RATES HIGH tion programs, also known as The RV Resort at Pala career technical education, Casino Spa & Resort has rewithin the California Commu- ceived a perfect 10/10/10 ratnity Colleges system whose ing for quality and service for graduates show significant 2019, according to Good Sam, gains in factors important the national RV Resort rating for advancing social mobil- service. This marks the third ity – a substantial increase consecutive year the Pala RV in earnings, attainment of a Resort has received Good living wage and a job close- Sam’s highest rating since its ly matched with the field of opening in 2016. study.

Unveiled Bridal, at 205 W. 5th Ave., Escondido, has made it a requirement to have fun at your bridal appointment. Owner of Unveiled Bridal, Danielle Springer, carrying stock sizes 14 to 30, had enough of watching bridal meltdowns regarding body image. All prices are lower than in specialty shops and no extra fees for larger sizes. “We cater to the curves,” Springer said. Call (858) 602-2386 or e-mail info@unveiledbrides. SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS com. Vista Irrigation District has presented awards to student winners of two separate SUPPORTING CASA AMPARO In honor of Child Abuse district‑sponsored contests. Prevention Month, the En- Dylan Soto from Vista High cinitas/La Costa office of School received first-place Coldwell Banker Residential honors and was awarded a Brokerage will be collecting $1,500 scholarship, for his donations through May 15 entry in the district’s 2018 for Casa de Amparo, a non- scholarship contest. Maggie profit focused on treating and Cincotta and Bryce Thayer, preventing child abuse and of Mission Vista High School, neglect in San Diego County. were awarded $750 scholarDrop off donations at the En- ships as runners-up. William


San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization with office locations in Escondido, has been awarded an $18,000 grant as part of the first annual NBC Project Innovation challenge. San Diego Oasis was selected for the criteria of outstanding program that leverages technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming.


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Final ‘resistance rally’ before 49th primary By Aaron Burgin

VISTA — Around 200 people gathered in front of the Vista office of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), like they have every Tuesday for the past 65 or so weeks. This time would be their last. Indivisible 49, the organization behind the so-called “resistance rallies,” started staging protests outside of Issa’s office in January 2017, and have held one each week since. Organizers said it is believed to be the longest running and largest resistance protest in the country. But on April 24, organizers said it was time to focus on the June primary election, in which a crowded field of Democrat and Republican candidates are looking to fill the seat being relinquished by Issa, who announced in January that he would not seek re-election. “I have such mixed feelings about it, I am going to miss seeing these people every Tuesday morning,” said Ellen Montanari, one of the protests’ chief organizers. “Yet, it also frees up about 40 hours of my time ... and I’m going to take all of that time and putting in this last push, these last 30 days to get out the vote.” As was the case in January, when a large impromptu rally broke out to celebrate Issa’s retirement announcement, Democratic candidates for the seat could be seen in the crowd, including Sara Jacobs, Paul Kerr and Chrissy Levin, the wife of candidate Mike Levin. Levin echoed Montanari’s sentiments about the bittersweet

nature of the final rally. “It is a combination of sadness and excitement,” Levin said. “Sadness because this has been such a unifying event for everyone, and really a point for people to come together regardless of which candidate they supported, to come together to support a common mission. And excitement, though, because it means we are on to the next phase, and something exciting and hopefully a Democrat in Congress.” Meanwhile, as rally attendees cheered and applauded as Montanari and other speakers addressed the crowd, Steve Hasty, a Trump supporter, spoke over an amplified sound system in an effort to drown out the other side. He was joined by two other men, including James Hawkins, who said it was important to show the counterpoint to the Indivisible 49 rally. “It is very important because politics decides who gets what, and some people want stuff of other people and they don’t care who gets hurt,” Hawkins said, alluding to policies championed by Democrats. “So it’s important to come out and influence politics any way you can and one way (is to) come out be seen and give your opinion.” Kerr said, however, that the large disparity between rally attendees portends what’s to come in the primary and general elections. “I think it is rather than symbolic, it’s emblematic of what the election is going to be like,” Kerr said. “Democrats are activated, they are engaged, they are ready to make this happen.”

MiraCosta hosts 76th Assembly hopefuls Only one of the candidates on hand defended the state gas tax By Aaron Burgin

OCEANSIDE — All but one of the the candidates for the State Assembly 76th District seat said they opposed the state's controversial gas tax — including one of the two Democrats running for office — at a political forum Wednesday night. MiraCosta College played host to six of the candidates in the 76th State Assembly District race, as they fielded questions on topics ranging from support of the so-called gas tax to how to improve California's business and tourism climates. The candidate forum, hosted by the MiraCosta Colllege Associated Student Government, featured all but two of the candidates for the seat currently held by Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, in the district that encompasses Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas and Camp Pendleton. Republicans Phil Graham, Amanda Rigby, Thomas Krouse and Brian Wimmer and Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Tasha Boerner Horvath answered questions fielded from the student government group, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and audience members over the 90-minute panel. Republican candidates Maureen Muir and Jerome Stocks, who committed to attend the event, canceled on Friday, MiraCosta College officials said. One of the highlights of the event was when candidates were asked if they supported Senate Bill 1, which increased gas taxes by 12 cents and also increases vehicle registration fees to pay for

Jury: Escondido man sane when he killed friend in ‘Snapchat slaying’ REGION — An Escondido man who killed a friend after challenging the victim to a fight in a park, then posted sounds of the victim crying during the attack on a social media site, was sane at the time of the homicide, a jury decided May 1. Salvador Sanchez, 20, was convicted last week of first-degree murder in the April 2017 death of 20-yearold Maithem Alfuraiji. In the sanity phase of trial, two court-appointed doctors testified that Sanchez was sane at the time of the murder. A third doctor said Sanchez was bipolar and experiencing a manic episode at the time. Sanchez faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 30 at the Vista Courthouse. Escondido police Detective Greg Gay said friends of the two men were alarmed by messages posted on the defendant’s Snapchat account on April 27, 2017, in which Sanchez can be heard telling the victim “tell them what you did.” Police said Sanchez dressed in all white and lured Alfuraiji to Mountain View Park, and later challenged the victim to a “fight to the death.” Sanchez told police he targeted the victim because Alfuraiji was “making decisions and meeting with people” that put everyone they


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infrastructure and road repairs. All of the candidates except for Boerner Horvath said they opposed the tax, which they said would impact the state's working class families the most. Taxpayers, they said, have already paid a gas tax that was supposed to go to road repairs but has been diverted to other projects. Warren broke from fellow Democrat Boerner Horvath to express opposition to the tax. “So I'm probably the only Democrat in California who is opposed to the gas tax,” Warren said. “I think we need to go somewhere besides people who have no choice but to commute, small businesses who have to get their goods from one place to another, people who are working very hard who live in Escondido, but work in the coastal cities and have to commute every single day. “We are nickel and diming working people and small businesses into poverty,” she said. Boerner Horvath said she supported it because the price tag for repairing the roads was cheaper than waiting longer to fix them. “If we do not have roads and bridges and the infrastructure we need to get from A to B, we will have major costs for businesses and major costs and delays for individuals,” Boerner Horvath said. The two Democrats broke from their four Republican counterparts on support of the state's so-called sanctuary laws, which the Trump administration has challenged in federal court.

Rigby, Krouse, Wimmer and Graham said they didn't support Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, because it stifled cooperation between state and federal agencies to ensure that undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes do not return to local streets. “It's illegal, it’s dangerous and it’s unconstitutional,” Graham said. Krouse said that while the law carves out exceptions for violent crimes, some of the non-violent crimes covered under the law are actually very serious crimes, and cooperation between state and federal agencies should not be stifled by state law. There were some questions where all of the candidates found common ground, including the issue of reforming the state’s environmental quality laws. Each of the candidates said they believed that the state Environmental Quality Act, while crafted with good intentions, has been used by special interests to stifle development. They also agreed that the state should ensure that it can fund a recent bill that guarantees a free first year of community college. Warren said she would re-institute the so-called estate tax to pay for the cost of free community college. Graham, who along with Rigby railed against the state's anti-business environment, said he would cancel the proposed high-speed rail, which he called a “high-speed boondoggle,” to pay for community college.


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15-month-old Serafina was among 300 residents who attended Wings of Hope, a butterfly-release ceremony hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice on April 15 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Attendees honored the memory of their loved ones by releasing butterflies during a ceremony that included inspirational messages and musical performances. Photo by Jennifer Regnier Photography

App matches homeowners with lawn care services By Promise Yee

REGION — Need your lawn mowed? There’s an app for that. GreenPal, which was launched in 2012 in Nashville is now available to homeowners in Oceanside, San Marcos and Escondido. The phone app links homeowners with local lawn care professionals, provides bids on yardwork and enables payments. When homeowners log on, a friendly on-screen character leads them through the process to describe their needs, request a date of service and add their location. Lawn care experts who service the area receive a ping on their phone and can bid on the work. Once a lawn care service provider is selected, work is completed within a two-day window and a time stamped photo is sent of the finished job. Homeowners then pay via the app. Gene Caballero, cofounder of the app, said he experienced the ups and downs of running a small lawn care

business, and then learned the technology to help operations. For the service provider, the app addresses advertising, a cohesive route and prompt payment. Caballero said having a service route of homes within a 10-mile radius is beneficial to lawn care providers. “If they're driving, they're not making money,” Caballero said. The app also provides an appointment calendar of scheduled jobs. “We make it really easy to run a business seamlessly, and get paid,” Caballero said. Caballero said the app was created to help lawn care experts grow their business. He added it also has a lot of benefits for homeowners. For the homeowner, the app vets service providers, creates a best price bidding war and allows payment without having to be home or leave a check. Lawn care professionals are screened by GreenPal through a

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phone interview to assure they have commercial grade equipment, a business plan, references, and “they are who they say they are,” Caballero said. The app also provides service ratings, reviews and photos of previous work. Caballero said for homeowners the app beats tracking down service providers on Craigslist or scouting the neighborhood for crews who want to take on an extra job. There is no charge for homeowners to use the service. Lawn care professionals pay 5 percent of their earnings to GreenPal. Caballero said when the app was first launched six years ago, phone apps for services were fairly new. “There has been a dynamic shift in consumer behavior, things are on demand now,” Caballero said. The app is available in 40 markets across 15 states. Caballero said marketing research determined where the app has been launched.

s my regular readers are aware (I know there are at least two of you out there), I am enjoying school immensely. Each day, my current personal curriculum has the primary emphasis on reading. Yes, I continue to blissfully read my way through the fourth, fifth and sixth grades … again. It’s my job. It is quite true that I feel like Brer Rabbit just after he got thrown into his beloved briar patch. I am what is now called a media center aide. To those of you still speaking pre-‘90s English, I work in the school library. I am immersed in the delicious world of children’s literature, my card catalog is all on computer, and I am surrounded by wide-eyed, curious readers. It is nirvana for this former English literature major. Why am I spending taxpayer money reading, you ask? I assure you, it is not on company time. While on duty, I am far too busy checking books in, checking books out, working the Dewey decimal system, reshelving books, tracking down books that aren’t where they should be, looking for that “book with the purple flower on the cover” and generally supporting the flow of literature. The district lit a fire under the fourth- and fifth-graders by setting up a competition to see who could read the most books awarded the John Newbery Medal. The Newbery award is an enormously presti-

gious award given annually since 1922, for the most distinguished contribution to American juvenile literature. On top of that, I make a point to read anything recommended by a fifth- or sixth-grader. As part of my ongoing learning curve, I try to read a few at a time, to get familiar and perhaps recommend one, if asked. These can be the kind of books that keep you up until 2 a.m. Fairy queens kidnap heroines and take them deep into an underground world. The description was so vivid, my claustrophobia kicked in. There are ones that educate you gently about things like synesthesia. I loved another one about a boy who wakes up on his 11th birthday to find he alone holds the key to the final defeat of all the evil forces of “The Dark.” Another was a fabulous adventure of a 13-year-old girl who sails from an English boarding school to Philadelphia and gets swept up in a mutiny. I watch now for the student who begins to browse. I pounce, offering them all my synopses. I was really tickled when one young lady graciously told me how much she, too, loved one I had suggested. That is the best feeling in the world. Meanwhile, each year’s various award winners are like a box of my favorite candy. I sneak them home and can’t wait to get to the next one. No, wait. It’s actually, it’s horrid, exhausting, tedious work — but I’m willing to make the sacrifice. I’m just that kind of gal. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer just waiting to share a list of book titles with a 10-year-old. Contact her at

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FAR LEFT: Orange Glen High School students make dishes for local restaurants and Uber Eats for a class project this week in Escondido. Pictured left to right: Ivan Soria, Monica Luna, Jose Fabian, Celia Delatorre, Joanna Payan, Alma Anguiano and Alec Ellsworth. LEFT: Students make specialty cookies in their culinary arts class this week. Photos by Shana Thompson

High school program partners with Uber Eats, local eateries By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Fans of Uber Eats can now indulge their sweet tooth courtesy of Orange Glen High School. The two partnered as part of Uber Eats’ campaign to branch out to high school culinary arts programs. Orange Glen accepted the offer and its students began to study how to create a menu, pricing, marketing and selling food through the mobile app, according to Uber Eats General Manager Ben Story. In addition, the school partnered with Los Primos Mexican Food restaurant and The Cravory to create the school’s signature food. The signature foods were chosen from entries of competing student groups. As a result, Orange Glen released its Tres Amigos burrito with help from Los Primos and the Razzle Dazzle cookie in conjunction with The Cravory. The cookie, which is a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake cookie, is available on the Uber Eats

app throughout May. The burrito, meanwhile, was only available from April 25 through May 2. The Cravory, based in Carlsbad, will also be selling the Razzle Dazzle on its May menu in its store and website. “It started off as this grandiose idea,” said Culinary Arts teacher Kristi Sovacool. “Those restaurants lent us help into what we were going to make. The kids had to come up with their best Mexican dish … and the cookies.” Eighteen-year-old senior Monica Luna said the concept for the burrito was simple. With two other partners, they chose three proteins (grilled chicken, sirloin adobada and sauteed shrimp) to represent their friendship and favorite meats, and called it the Tres Amigos. The burrito also includes sour cream, guacamole and french fries. As for the cookie, Alma Anguiano, also an 18-yearold senior, said because the competition started in February, they went with a love

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fortunate chapter,” Jonathan Frankel, New Urban West project manager, said in a statement. “Getting rid of this eyesore will help do just that.” However, one more hurdle remains as Escondido Country Club Homeowners filed a lawsuit after the council’s vote. Media reports speculate the suit may not have merit after the group’s board resigned and a new board was installed. The case is scheduled to be heard May 4 in the Vista Superior Court. According to Escondido Country Club Homeowners’ website, though, the issue over the former board and its tax returns has been rectified and the

group’s legal status has been restored. “The ECCHO Board of Directors is pleased to report that the issue relating to ECCHO’s legal status has been corrected and ECCHO’s legal status has been fully restored,” the group said in an April 3 statement on its website. “Following an investigation, the current ECCHO Board determined that former ECCHO Board Members were given inaccurate professional advice regarding the filing of tax returns. That administrative error has been fully corrected. ECCHO will continue to pursue its legal efforts to set aside the improper approval of a 380unit project on the former site of the Escondido Country Club.” Release: Date: April 2, 2018 4:23 PM

will determine the finalist in each category,” he said. “There will be a minimum of three finalists per category.” The deadline to submit a clip is May 20. The top three people in each category will take part in the contest, which will be held at the AVO Theatre the morning of the Strawberry Festival. The top three winners picked will then perform later in the day at the Strawberry Festival stage. The first-place winner will walk away with $500. Second place will receive $200 followed by third place at $100. Schanzenbach pointed out that the winners are overall, not per category. “Expanding our talent contest beyond just individual soloist singers was the whole goal of morphing that contest into Vista’s Got Talent,” he said. “The Strawberry Festival is all about bringing people to Vista. So, if somebody from outside our area wants to submit a link, that’s great.” Those interested in taking part in Vista’s Got Talent are asked to email their two-minute link to CEO For more details, visit


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VISTA — Got some talent to showcase? Then the 2018 Tri-City Medical Center Vista Strawberry Festival wants to see it for Vista’s Got Talent. Team members for this talent segment are now accepting two-minute audition links for potential contestants of all ages. Talent categories range from singing, dancing, musical and comedy to theatrical such as acrobatics and optical illusions. Vista’s Got Talent isn’t open just to Vistans — it’s open to everyone. The goal is to find the top three performers to perform at the May 27 Strawberry Festival. According to Vista Chamber of Commerce CEO Bret Schanzenbach, the festival used to have what was called Strawberry Idol. “It was popular, but we just decided that we wanted to expand the contest beyond just singing,” he said. “We wanted to freshen it up and keep it interesting, so we switched to Vista’s Got Talent.” The cost is $10 to enter. “After someone sends us their link to a two-minute video of themselves doing their talent with their entry fee, our committee


how to bring it to market. The two advanced classes were divided into groups — 13 for the cookie and 16 for a Mexican dish — and they didn’t disappoint. Gardiner said the students were creative and competitive, although they didn’t realize what the judging process would be like. Judges from the restaurants and Uber were pitched and tasted each product and ultimately landed on the two winners. Although the other teams were disappointed they didn’t win, some were able to leverage their creations for other competitions. Still, the excitement around the school is palatable, Gardiner said. Teachers and administrators ordered the burrito to share with other students, as well as friends, family and other Escondido residents. “Admin was all over it,” she added. “It’s been very exciting for the exposure we have for this program. This project has taken on a life of its own.”

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and friendship theme. So, their cookie is a white chocolate, raspberry cheesecake creation. The restaurants, though, make and deliver each dish once it is ordered through the app. Proceeds from sales through the app, and the in-store and online sales from The Cravory, are donated back to the Orange Glen program. “We just decided burritos because everyone likes burritos,” Luna said. “I’ve made the burrito like a million times. It’s been wild.” “It’s different when it comes to baking,” Anguiano added. “We wanted to do something that wasn’t a regular chocolate chip cookie. We wanted to have a little fun with it.” As for the partnerships, Sovacool and Laura Gardiner, two of the teachers, said Uber Eats approached the school and they gladly accepted. The program began several months ago and the students partnered with the restaurants to learn about creating a menu item and

The experience has been a positive one for the school, students and program, the teachers said. The two are hopeful the program will partner with Uber Eats next year, while the food

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ere in the Strait of Magellan, at the bottom of South America where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, it’s all about the weather. The captain and crew of the Ventus Australis have said repeatedly that if weather conditions aren’t right — and much of the time they aren’t –—we won’t be boarding Zodiac rafts to get an up-close look at some of the 4,000 Magellanic penguins who call Tucker Islets home. But good fortune is with us; winds and waves are conducive to landing at the penguins’ doorstep and the loveable birds don’t disappoint. They waddle and toddle and do their penguin things despite the rafts loaded with bundled-up humans observing them. It’s mid-March and time for teenaged birds to fly the coop – or more accurately, leave the colony. We can identify teen birds because their black-colored bands are not yet distinct. And as far as I can tell, much like their human counterparts, they aren’t going anywhere. Today is the second day of our five-day cruise on the Ventus Australis, a 200-passenger expedition ship that makes repeated voyages around the end of the South American continent. The cruise is part of the Odysseys Unlimited 17-day Pata-

gonian Frontiers Tour that starts in Santiago and ends in Buenos Aires. In between, in addition to the cruise, the tour takes visitors to several national parks in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. I admit it; I’m pretty excited to be in this part of the world, only 600 miles from Antarctica. We’ve heard tales from others who’ve taken this cruise through the mess of waterways, islands and fjords between Puntas Arenas and Ushuaia. While the scenery is spectacular, weather conditions are unpredictable and can be treacherous in this stretch of water discovered by Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, and explored further by Sir Francis Drake of Britain in the 1500s. Charles Darwin sailed this way in the 1830s. “Don’t ask the captain what the weather forecast is,” one crew member told us. “They never predict more than two hours out.” So far we’ve been lucky. We’ve had only one rocky night, some strong winds on land, and snow flurries early this morning. On this fourth day of the cruise, we hold our collective breath. Finally, our landing at Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) is a go. After the Zodiacs arrive on the beach, it is our job to climb the 160-plus steps to the top of this giant, treeless rock. After emerging from

Named after explorer Ferdinand Magellan who first saw and described them in 1519, these Magellanic penguins enjoy life on Tucker Islets, small rocky outcroppings in the Strait of Magellan. A visit with these much-loved birds is part of the 17-day Patagonian Frontiers Tour offered by Odysseys Unlimited.

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Weather conditions permitting on Cape Horn, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, visitors can climb the 160-plus steps to the 22-foot-high monument. Designed by a Chilean artist and made of steel plates that are supposed to withstand 200-mph winds, the monument was blown down in December 2014. The artwork depicting an albatross memorializes the hundreds of sailors who have died in the turbulent waters below.

the protection of the thickly vegetated cliffs (it rains here between 50 inches and 80 inches annually), an


icy wind blasts our layered wear. Within a few minutes, my fingers are too frozen to work my cell phone camera, so I hand it to my husband whose internal heater works much better than mine. Before is Cape Horn’s 22-foot steel monument with its albatross silhouette. It looks like a massive Christmas tree ornament, standing solidly against the rolling dark clouds. Occasionally a beam of sunshine breaks

through and provides even more drama. I can’t imagine this structure blowing over as it did in December 2014. A photo in front of the monument is a must, then we peak into the tiny, rustic Capilla Stella Maris (Chapel Star of the Sea), a respite from the frigid wind. Then it’s time to meet the Chilean naval officer/lighthouse keeper and his wife, who home-schools their daughter in this lonely outpost.

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In more-than-adequate English, he explains that you have to win a lottery to get this post. Yes, he chooses to be here. “I like this because I can spend time with my family,” he explains. “Otherwise, I’m gone all the time on a ship.” We step out of the lighthouse and are blasted straight-on by tiny ice pellets. My face feels as though hundreds of pins are coming at me. I’m torn between wanting to stay to experience this unusual weather and thinking we should get the heck out. The choice is made for us. Our guides are waving us on, indicating that we must hurry, because the weather is going to get even crazier. I guess we’ve pushed our luck as far as we should. For information on Odysseys Unlimited tours, visit https://odysseys-unlimited. com. For more photos and commentary, visit www. /elouise.ondash.

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Financial obligations weigh on Escondido By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Addressing the city’s growing pension debt liability is, perhaps, the top priority for the City Council. On April 25, the council voted unanimously for a deposit of $14 million to its newly approved Section 115 Irrevocable Pension Trust, which was passed on Feb. 14. The trust allows the city to prefund future pension costs, mostly from one-time sources. The $14 million comes from the Successor Agency Loan Repayments over the next four years and will be added to the $1,984,000 from the initial deposit. Funds in the trust are permanently committed to the pension obligations. The council also discussed contributing funds from city real estate sales and any surplus from the General Fund. Those points, however, will be considered when they occur so the council can decide what percentage, if any, will be deposited into the trust and ensure services will be funded. “We need to be constantly watching this or else you will have no other options than to default or start laying off employees,” Escondido City Attorney Jeff Epp explained to the council. “Your options would become none or drastic.” Escondido’s growing need to fund its CalPERS requirements stems from analysis estimating a 63 percent increase (about $11 million) for its pension contributions in the next five years, according to Joan Ryan, the city’s assistant finance director. She said Escondido is facing a potential $14 million budget deficit by Fiscal Year 2020-21. By FY 2023-24, however, the total skyrockets to $35 million per year as the average contribution per year, which is double ($17.4 million) what the city cur-

rent pays. For FY 2018-19, the city is on the hook for $19.2 million. The $14 million is a way for the city to at least buy time and use it as a means to cover any differences the General Fund cannot cover. “I don’t think any of us were anticipating this type of a recommendation, which is somewhat severe,” Councilman Mike Morasco said. “This is what we are going to need ongoing to achieve the goal. It’s probably what we need to do.” The city’s operating budget, Ryan said, is expected to increase by about 2 percent each year for the next five years. As for the fund, Epp said returns are expected to be at about 5 percent versus the city’s reserve fund, which would be about 2 percent, Epp said. To start FY 2018-19, there was a projected $5 million gap, Ryan explained. However, department budget cuts, outsourcing library operations and smaller CalPERS contributions, and other means, totaled $2.9 million to lessen the obligation. “If we put it in the General Fund, the council can do whatever it wants,” Mayor Sam Abed said. “I appreciate the staff making really bold and solid recommendations to us.” He said he is concerned for services for the city, while the council is not confident the state will fix the pension concerns. Councilwoman Olga Diaz said the $14 million wasn’t counted on by the city, so it makes sense to put into the fund. Additionally, she said the money in the fund is safer so future councils cannot use the money for other projects. “My inclination is to sock away as much money in the 115 as possible,” Diaz said. “I would say protect and hide the money.”

Driver guilty of lesser charges in crash that killed Escondido man A jury deadlocked April 20 on murder and manslaughter charges against a motorist who was drunk when he fatally struck a Lyft driver tending to a sick passenger on the freeway shoulder of state Route 94, but the panel found the defendant guilty of DUI causing injury, hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. Jurors told Judge Kenneth So they were deadlocked 6-6 on a second-degree murder charge and 10-2 for guilt on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter against Steven Cervantes Quintero, 25, who has a prior DUI conviction from 2015. A status conference is scheduled May 4 to determine what's next in the case. Quintero's attorney told the judge she will ask the court to dismiss the deadlocked counts. As a group of friends headed home about 1 a.m. in a Lyft car driven by 41-year-


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old Henry O. Reyes of Escondido, passenger Sarah Smith got sick and Reyes pulled onto the shoulder of the eastbound freeway near 28th Street to get her out of the car and give her some water, passenger Kelly Hoffman testified. Minutes later, the Lyft car was hit from behind and Reyes — an aspiring dentist and the father of a 2-yearold child — was killed as he walked around the car to get back in. According to court testimony, Quintero was entering the freeway at 25th Street when he slammed into the back of Reyes' Kia. Quintero walked away from the collision but was arrested nearby a short time later. The defendant's blood-alcohol content was between 0.14 and 0.16 percent at the time of the accident, according to court testimony. — City News Service

Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary prepares for charity dog walk By Christina Macone-Greene

OCEANSIDE — On May 19, Mance Buchanon Park in Oceanside is the place to be for the fifth annual Tails on the Trails. The charity dog walk will benefit pet causes as well as attendees looking to clock in those steps for the day. Sponsoring and hosting the annual event is the Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary. “Our goal is to make this a fun event for the community and an opportunity for dog owners to come out, have fun and stay healthy and active just by spending a fun morning walking their dogs in the park,” said event chair Mary Gleisberg. While pet parents can take the San Luis Rey trail and walk as far as to the

beach, most stay within the park perimeters. On-site will also be dog activities such as an agility course and even a scavenger hunt for the kids. Gleisberg said a police K-9 demonstrations will be provided by Oceanside and Carlsbad police departments. Pet adoption booths will also be a hub of activity. Gleisberg said Tails on the Trails is a special day for both people and pets. “When we first started this five years ago, we wanted to offer something to the Tri-City community area where families could come out and spend the morning having fun with their dogs,” she said. “Another one of our goals is that we do like

to promote the nonprofits in the community that are doing the great work such as dog adoptions and the various types of service dog training.” Nonprofits taking part in the day are The Humane Society, MGM Animal Foundation, FACE Foundation, Tender Loving Canine Assistance Dogs, Love on a Leash and Kennel Comforters. Gleisberg said proceeds from the event will benefit the Oceanside and Carlsbad Police K-9 units, Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Love on a Leash North County, Special Care Foundation for Companion Animals for cancer research and scholarships for nursing students.

Gleisberg reminds pet parents who are participating that their dogs must be on a leash at all times — retractable leashes are prohibited. Event sponsors for the day include Tri-City Medical Center, California Veterinary Specialist Hospital, Pacific Animal Hospital, and Oceans Eleven. Registration is $20, and the event will open its doors at 8 a.m. The kickoff is at 9 a.m. Those interested in attending can sign up at tailsonthetrails.eventbrite. com or contact Gleisberg at for additional information. Mance Buchanon Municipal Park is located at 425 College Boulevard in Oceanside.


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Masked gunman held in string of robberies VISTA — A masked gunman robbed four Vista businesses in quick succession before fleeing into a nearby vacant field where a sheriff’s dog brought him down until deputies arrested him, authorities said April 24. The Monday night crime spree was allegedly carried out by Jose Antonio Altamirano, 22, who was in custody today in the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of six felonies and a misdemeanor, including five felony counts of robbery, jail records showed. He was booked into jail early on April 24 and was being held in lieu of $545,000 bail. It all began shortly after 6 p.m. April 23 when Altamirano, dressed in

dark clothing and a camouflage mask, allegedly used a black handgun to rob four businesses in the 2500 block of South Santa Fe Avenue in unincorporated Vista, San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. Al Gathings said. After making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot into a nearby vacant field, where deputies began to search for him with patrol dogs and the sheriff’s helicopter, Gathings said. At some point during the search, deputies “observed a man matching the suspect’s description running through the field,” the sergeant said. A sheriff’s dog found the man, later identified as Altamirano, lying in thick brush.

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Sheriff’s officials provided few details of the arrest, but the dog “contacted” the suspect and pinned him down until deputies arrested him, Gathings said. Altamirano was later treated at a hospital, but the sergeant did not say if he was treated for dog-bite injuries or something else. Witnesses identified Altamirano as the robbery suspect, and deputies who searched him found cash matching the amounts stolen from the four businesses, Gathings said. Gathings said investigators believe Altamirano may also be responsible for other recent robberies in the area. — City News Service

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Police make arrest in 1986 killing Suspect accused of stabbing Escondido man 31 times By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Police Department held up its end of a promise to the family of Richard Finney it would find the 75-year-old’s killer. On April 23, Chief Craig Carter announced the arrest of Nathan Eugene Mathis, 62, of Ontario, for stabbing Finney 31 times on Nov. 13, 1986, at his apartment on 326 E. Mission Ave. Through improved technology, fingerprints and DNA, the cold case team of a retired Escondido Police detective and former FBI agent and the crime lab cracked the case. “That’s the best part of this job is when you have a family that recognizes that you don’t give up,” Carter said. “What we were able to get back in 1986 was two different blood types … it wasn’t enough to get a hit.” The scene, he added, was gruesome but enough evidence was preserved at the scene to allow for Mathis to be arrested 32 years later. Carter said Mathis was arrested at his Ontario apartment on April 18 and appeared April 20 for his arraignment. He was living with his wife and two grandchildren. According to Carter, Mathis showed no emotion during the arrest and was transported to the Vista Jail where he is being held on $3 million bond. Police also believe two knives were used in the murder. The break came when now-retired fingerprint expert Cassuandra Barnes was able to photograph and enhance original crime scene photos of a fingerprint on a bathroom sink faucet, Carter said. From there, the DNA and fingerprint were uploaded into national databases. The fingerprint, which was pulled CROP in 2016, unveiled Mathis, .93 who spent much of his career as a security of.93 ficer. DNA testing, though, 4.17 caused a delay before the 4.28 police department was able to confirm the identity of Mathis to make the arrest with the assistance of Fontana and Ontario police. At the time of the murder, Carter said it is believed Mathis

TOP: A bloody hand print left at the scene of a 1986 homicide was linked to Nathan Mathis, who was arrested at his residence in Ontario, in San Bernardino County, on April 18. Mathis was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on one count of murder; he is being held on a $3 million bail. Courtesy photos ABOVE: Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter speaks to the media about the arrest of Mathis last week in Escondido. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

was living in Escondido. He also spent time in Texas, the chief added. As for a motive, Carter said the department is withholding to avoid jeopardizing the case for the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. Finney is survived by some family including three grandchildren. “It means everything to us that you continually worked the case for 32 years. I don’t know how to repay someone for their efforts other than I will never forget what you did for our family,” said Finney’s granddaughter, Catherine Turi Hollis. Retired Escondido detective Chuck Gaylor and retired FBI agent Normal

Wight are the two former law enforcement officials who reopened the case in 2007. Gaylor said he relayed to Finney’s family the team would do whatever they could to bring the killer to justice. Gaylor was on duty on Nov. 11, 1986, although he was a sergeant in the patrol unit. Still, he said it was his duty in 2007 to work for victims and their families in cold cases, specifically Finney’s murder. “We made a promise to that family several years ago that we would do everything we could within this police department … to solve the brutal slaying of their 75-year-old grandfather,” Gaylor said.

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our traditional camp for grades K – 5 that offers plenty of arts & crafts along with games and activities and one field trip per week.

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they agree. Since its inception, Solutions for Change has helped more than 900 homeless families and their 2,500 kids who were living in cars and tents. Megison explained most homeless nonprofits are 50 to 60 percent funded by the government. When Solutions for Change noticed the direction government funding was beginning to shift, the nonprofit started reducing its dependence on those funds. “In 2016, we were only 15 percent funded by the

government,” he said, noting this is very unusual. Solutions for Change set its sights on being 100 percent free of government funding in 2019 to 2020. What helped achieve this goal is that Solutions for Change owns a two-anda-half-acre farm and 30,000 square-foot greenhouse about three miles away from its Vista headquarters. Its farm grows 120,000 pounds of certified organic food per year. According to Megison, theirs is the most extensive aquaponics farm operation in the Western United


t is no secret that each person learns differently. Dimensions Collaborative School is guided by an educational philosophy in which the learner, rather than standards or curriculum, is at the center of a students’ learning plan. Dimensions Collaborative School is a California, tuition-free public charter school established in 2001 to support K-12 independent study students in Orange, San Diego, and Riverside counties. The DCS personalized learning approach, provides multiple pathways for students to master the skills and concepts they need to be successful. Through the guidance of a credentialed Educational Facilitator, a personalized academic plan is designed to align with the learning style, interests, and talents, current skills, and goals of each individual student. The majority of a student’s academic work is completed with his or her parent(s) as the primary guide. The goal is to empower students to develop a strong sense of independence and responsibility for his or her own learning. To enrich the work

done at home by each student, optional group instruction is offered, at one of our resource centers, 2-3 days per week and multiple opportunities are provided for community engagement and real-world learning. The flexible schedule and environment empower students to learn from various mentors in a wide range of environments. Students work in groups and individually

to explore and discover knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential. DCS assists students in their exploration of the world through personalized attention, customized curriculum, and access to a wide variety of materials and experiential opportunities, which include VEX IQ Robotics, AVID, and Project Lead the Way. DCS also offers a full array of other activities and scholastic benefits such as: Mock Trial, Student Expos, Online Classes, Internships, Organized

Schools operates resource centers in Escondido, Encinitas and the Bluwater Crossing development next to the Poinsettia Coaster Station in Carlsbad. DCS is currently enrolling students for fall 2018, please visit www., for more information. If you would like to visit one of our north county resource centers, please contact Greg Hartman (Carlsbad/Encinitas) at 760-560-7664 or Tony Drown (Escondido) at 760-445-5376.

States. “The parents of our program work the farm, and we sell the food to the school districts,” Megison said. “The revenue goes to underwrite the cost for families going through Solutions for Change.” Megison said it wasn’t that Solutions for Change didn’t want to be partners with taxpayers, but the organization just couldn’t comply with the government demands of accepting drug use in its housing. Despite donations and their farm, returning

$600,000 a year to the government was still a lot of money. To narrow that gap, Solutions for Change began a privately led fundraising effort called “Bridge to Freedom.” Graduates from the nonprofit started it. A recurring donation of $24 a month was the goal. At the end of 2016, the Bridge of Freedom campaign raised nearly $450,000, which helped tremendously. But there was still a shortfall. In 2017, Solutions for Change sought financial help from Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos

and Escondido. The city of San Marcos contributed $126,000 and the city of Vista gave $140,000. The other cities declined to help despite Solutions for Change assisting homeless families in those towns. “I told them I’d be back,” Megison said. And Megison is hopeful that his persistence will pay off. To learn more about Solutions for Change and its Bridge to Freedom campaign, visit

Sports, Theater Art, Prom and Grad Night. In December 2017, the San Diego County Office of Education unanimously approved countywide charter petitions for Dimensions Collaborative School and Community Montessori, its sister school. The schools are the first two countywide benefit charters approved by the county in the last 15 years. Dimensions Collaborative

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1 at this payment JG492232 Model not shown. (Standard 2.5i 6MT model, code JFA-01). $1,719 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $23,710 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $21,600 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $7,884. Lease end purchase option is $15,174. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 12,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 5/4/18

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2018 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

5 at this payement (Limited 2.5i model, code JDF-24). Model not shown. $1,500 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $36,482 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $34,982 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Lease end purchase option is $21,939. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, .15¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 5/4/18

5500 Paseo Del Norte, Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 5/4/2018.


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MAY 4, 2018

AMERICAN STROKE AWARENESS MONTH Join Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to learn about how to take care of your heart and prevent stroke. Featuring Tri-City Medical Center Cardiologist, Dr. Karim El-Sherief.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16TH 11 AM-1 PM (lunch will be served) Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 RSVP: 760.931.3171

Proud local sponsor of

North County


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


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Update Course 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

5/18 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

5/31 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Accelerated Course

8-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

5/4, 5/17 Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Visit to register/fee involved.


CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500.

For even more classes & programs visit SUPPORT GROUPS

Better Breathers

1:30-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3055 for more information.

2nd Wednesday of Every Month Women’s Cancer Support Group

10:30-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3540 for more information.

2nd Wednesday of Every Month Mended Hearts Support Group

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.846.0626 for more information.

2nd Tuesday of Every Month Ostomy Support Group of North County

1-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last

Friday of Every Month Diabetes Support Group

Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register.

1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7-9 p.m. Aphasia Support Group

WELLNESS NEW Mi Cardio (Young at Heart to be integrated into Cardio program)

9-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays NEW Mi Ortho (Arthritis Foundation Aquatics to be integrated into Ortho program)

Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 for more information, class schedule, registration/fee involved.

Call for Class Schedule NEW Mi Neuro (Step by Step for Parkinson’s to be integrated into Neuro program) 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays Parkinson’s Exercise

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 for more information.

Meets Fridays Diabetes Self-Management Course

3-5 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.120 for more information.

Meets Wednesdays Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7151 to register.

Breastfeeding Your Baby Class

7-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 619.482.0297 for more information.

Spine Pre-Op Class

7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center.

5/8, 5/23 Total Joint Replacement Class

Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500 to register/fee involved.

5/17 Baby Safe Class - Infant CPR

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved.

Next class 7/19 Baby Care Class

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved.

Next class 7/12 1-Day Child Preparation Class

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5750 to register/fee involved.

5/6 Maternity Orientation

Tri-City Medical Center. Registration required. Call 760.940.5784.

Next open 6/19 6:30-7 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. Orientación de Maternidad En Español

Meets Thursdays Survivors of Suicide Loss

1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month Narcotics Anonymous Meets Fridays & Sundays Bereavement Support Group

2:30-4 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 888.328.4558 for more information.

Meets Wednesdays

WELLNESS “Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop

1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month

ORTHOPAEDICS CLASSES 12-2 p.m.,Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information.

12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information.

5/2, 5/16 Total Shoulder Replacement Class

12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 855.222.8262 for more information.


1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 to register. FREE class.

MAY 19

Next 8-wk class in Fall Stroke Exercise

10-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7272 to register.


10-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

Mance Buchanon Municipal Park 425 College Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92057

Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. 5/12, 3-3:30 p.m., 5/24, 7:30-8 p.m.

Meets Thursdays NEW Mi Strength (Cancer Fitness to be integrated into Strength program)

eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Available 24/7

Meets Wednesdays & Fridays

For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit