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Faculty Senate votes to oust Blake

An outdoor fitness first in North County?

By Steve Horn

By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — The Palomar College Faculty Senate voted nearly unanimously, with only one member abstaining, for a resolution in support of removing college President Joi Lin Blake at its Nov. 4 meeting. The resolution voted on at the meeting calls for the Palomar College Governing Board to “thoughtfully but expeditiously remove the Superintendent/President and immediately seek an interim replacement.” The Faculty Senate will next present the resolution to the Governing Board at its Nov. 12 meeting. The vote came less than two weeks after a poll of Faculty Senate members showed that 91.56% of those 237 members surveyed gave Blake a “vote of no confidence.” The resolution was crafted as a direct response to that survey, according to the Palomar Files Blog, a website maintained by several faculty labor union activist contributors. At the meeting, Faculty Senate members performed a close read and edit of the resolution’s 31 “Whereas” clauses and its final “Be it resolved” takeaway paragraph. The Faculty Senate eventually struck out some of the clauses and edited others, with each clause serving as an outline of a grievance about Blake held by the Faculty Senate. In particular, the resolution raises concerns about college budgetary matters, shared governance protoTURN TO BLAKE ON 10

EXPERIENCE BATTLE OF SAN PASQUAL ON DEC. 1 San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association will host the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park’s Battle Day, re-creating and commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido. Learn about the bloodiest battle fought in California during the Mexican-American War. This free event includes living history activities, a military encampment, period demonstrations and entertainment. Courtesy photo

ESCONDIDO — At its Nov. 6 meeting, City Council voted 5-0 to approve receipt of a $150,000 grant aiming to make the city home to North County’s first free outdoor “fitness court.” The grant came from the National Fitness Campaign, a group which began in San Francisco in 1979 and has a “simple goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles,” according to its website. The city of Escondido aims to place such a facility at Mountain View Park, which is located on the city’s east side, and then eventually build four other such facilities at other city parks. Joanna Axelrod, director of communications and community services for Escondido, said the National Fitness Campaign aims to bring in people of “all fitness levels” into the fold during her presentation about the grant. “Even though this calisthenics-based fitness has been around since the ‘70s, we’re really seeing TURN TO FITNESS ON 10

First two medical marijuana dispensaries open in Vista passage of Measure Z in VISTA — Going green 2018. The ballot item legalhas taken on a new mean- ized medicinal marijuana ing. after the City Council votAbout three weeks ago, ed to ban marijuana sales the first two legal medici- and uses after the passage nal marijuana dispensaries of Proposition 64 in 2016, opened in Vista, also be- which legalized recreationcoming the first such legal al marijuana. shops in North County. Measure Z allows for FloraVerde, 954 S. San- up to 11 dispensaries within ta Fe Ave., and Tradecraft city limits, and the city was Farms Vista, 732 E. Vista able to balance its budget Way, opened within days thanks to the tax revenue of each marking a mile- estimations from the disstone for the city after the pensaries.

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“Being a serial entrepreneur, I jumped in to see what the opportunity is,” Christman said. “You want to take advantage of being an early mover and being one of the first ones because we are competing against some big corporations.” He said being one of the first to open is an advantage to secure a consistent client base along with branding and awareness. Christman said the dispensaries also give Vista an

edge as they are the first in North County to open, thus having access to thousands of patients who don’t want to drive to San Diego or other areas. At his shop, Christman has a range of products including flower, CBD, edibles, vape cartridges, wax, dabs and pre-rolled joints. As for business, though, it has been slow as a result of the medicinal component, he added. Christman said because of the black

market, it has been a struggle to inform residents of the law. However, sales doubled in the second week of operation, he said, noting the shop is trending upward. Another challenge, though, he said is taxes, where his effective rate is 70%, thus making it a difficult industry to turn a profit. After Measure Z passed, the city was floodTURN TO MARIJUANA ON 10


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‘Dan the Man’ still working hard for Escondido By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Escondido may be a growing city with a booming population of 150,000, but one face still stands out among the crowd: Dan Naylor or as he’s lovingly known, Dan the Man. Naylor, 32, made headlines a year ago after he was fired from his city of Escondido job while wearing his uniform off the clock at a local wine bar. The news prompted residents to gather together to demand the city manager reinstate Naylor. The firing was heartbreaking for Naylor, who is devoted to Escondido and previously volunteered for the city for four years before being hired as an employee. But that was a year ago and Naylor told The Coast News it’s now “all good.” “Everything is all good,” said Naylor, whose job is to keep the parks clean. “I love Escondido. I love my job. The city is treating me well.” Naylor, who has cerebral palsy, is a lifelong San Diego County resident. He was born in Vista and briefly lived in Oceanside and Mira Mesa before making Escondido his home eight years ago. Naylor’s love for life, people and the city of Escondido comes from a near-fatal car accident as a child, he

DAN NAYLOR, known as “Dan the Man,” is a popular face in Escondido, where he works three jobs and also volunteers. Photo courtesy of Katherine Zimmer/ PhotoArt

said. “Twenty-four years ago, I was hit by a car,” Naylor said. “I died for 10 minutes and was in a coma for six months. So, I treat every day and everybody as a blessing.” And, Naylor does live every day to the fullest. His

passion for interacting with people shows as he works additional jobs at Kettle Coffee & Tea and the farmers market in Escondido. He said being able to work every day gives him the opportunity to see friends while meeting new faces. Katherine Zimmer,

tourism manager for the city of Escondido, said Naylor has done more for the city than the city has done for him. “I think if you ask anyone on Grand Avenue and beyond, they will tell you what a positive force of nature Dan is,” said Zimmer, who met Naylor in 2013. “We don't see his disabilities anymore and sometimes forget what he has to endure to consistently show up day after day. His love for this city and dedication to making it better is unrelenting.” Zimmer said Naylor not only help the city keep public areas clean, but he’ll also help local businesses. But, more than that, his presence has made a warm impact on the public. “He impacts my daily life in so many ways ... always bringing positivity and showing how important it is to connect with each other,” Zimmer said. “I look forward to my Dan moments and no matter what's going on, he makes me laugh and think about life. He brings joy and gratitude wherever he goes.” But he truly loves working for the city of Escondido, Naylor said. “My job means a lot to me because I love seeing everybody,” said Naylor. “I love being a part of the city. I love helping everybody out. I know I am just the low man

on the totem pole, but my job means a lot to me.” Naylor means a lot to the city of Escondido too. He’s been given awards multiple times by former Mayor Sam Abed. He’s also received an award from the state of California for his commitment to the community. Naylor, who speaks proudly of his accolades, said he’s “very proud” of what’s able to contribute to the city and its residents. “My favorite part about living in Escondido is all the opportunities,” said Naylor, who noted he’s currently brainstorming ideas with the city manager on how to tackle homelessness in the city. “I have a lot of opportunities to do work for Escondido. It’s a beautiful city.” When Naylor isn’t working one of his three jobs, he said he enjoys spending time in his beloved community. He enjoys watching movies, riding his bike and hanging out on Grand Avenue, the home to trendy restaurants and hangouts. Naylor said he predicts he’ll live in Escondido for as long as possible. “I plan on being in Escondido for as long as I can,” Naylor said. “And, I hope my legacy will be that Dan the Man worked as hard as he could and did the best job he could for the city of Escondido.”

Traffic, noise impact of San Marcos Creek project questioned By Stephanie Stang

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos is looking to hear from you before officially “digging in” with the San Marcos Creek project. Construction is slated to begin in January 2020 on the 214-acre project. However, the city is reaching out to the public with several meetings and informational sessions during the pre-construction phase. “We are meeting one-on-one with local businesses,” San Marcos Communications Manager Robin Rockey said. “We gave out information at the Harvest Festival. We posted updates on our social media.” Recently 50 people attended the first public session with city leaders, armed with a list of questions and potential problems.

San Marcos resident Barbara Perry wanted to express concerns about the traffic. “Right now, it’s congested,” she says. “And that’s with everything open but when they close down Vera Cruz and Bent, it’s going to destroy it, you can’t get through it,” Perry said. At the initial outreach session, groups were broken up by concern: noise, traffic, safety, access, environment and communication. Project manager and San Marcos principal civil engineer Isaac Etchamendy estimates it will be difficult to predict all of the problems, especially when disrupting the environment and area by this magnitude. “I do think that getting the input from the people and knowing what their concerns are will help us address it in construction,” Etcha-

mendy said. The project will address a flooding problem that has been plaguing the area for years by raising roadways and bridges over the creek at Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz. Traffic problems will be eased along Discovery Street when it’s widened from two lane to four lanes. The city will add another park and trail to its existing 35 parks and 36 trails. Plus, there will be 1.5 miles of restored and preserved creek habitat. In fact, an endangered species, the least Bell's vireo bird must remain protected during the process. The construction project, headed by 4Leaf Construction Management and SEMA, is estimated to take at least two years. The budget for the entire development is $104 million with $61.5 million dedicated


to construction alone. “Because we are building it a piece at a time and in various components, people can probably expect nine months to a year of getting impacted by construction that will be right up against them,” Etchamendy said. He added leaders have yet to determine how traffic will be re-routed n congested area. The city hopes to send out text alerts during traffic delays. Text SMCreek to 484848. Additionally, a project hotline where comments are appreciated, and updates are given can be found at 877-SMCREEK. “Whether it’s good, bad or ugly, we need to hear it all,” Etchamendy said. “I was very glad to see a good turnout. We heard a lot of good things and we also want to hear what’s your worst fear.”

In Vista, Streetscape work rolls on By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A major overhaul to downtown is entering the final stretch. The Paseo Santa Fe Streetscape project, which is changing the look, feel and movement of the area, is expected to be completed in less than one year. The City Council approved a change order during its Nov. 12 meeting to ensure construction continues after the discovery of a concrete road under the current pavement. The order also includes a $2.5 million grant from the San Diego Association of Governments Smart Growth Incentive Program, according to Greg Mayer, a Vista city engineer. The cost of the new order is more than $7.4 million and it is the fifth such order since construction began in 2017. Paul Mochel, the city’s construction manager, said one of the challenges for the contractor, Dick Miller, Inc., has been laying utilities underground and the discovery of concrete pavement, or a small road, under the surface. “The council is pretty excited that we can keep this contractor effectively, and literally, rolling down the street,” Mayer said. “Phase two is what is currently under contract and what you see out there today. Phase two is basically repeat of phase one." According to Andrea McCullough, communications director for the city, the first vision for the project came about more than 20 years ago. About 12 years ago, it started to become a reality but due to the Great Recession, it took a backseat. However, the city was able to put together funding and greenlit the streetscape in 2015, and phase one was completed in 2016. Due to funding con-

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Should California triple electric vehicle subsidy?


Thank you to our firefighters


he past few weeks have seemed like a ticking time bomb. While the winds howled and the temperatures rose, the likelihood increased that a major wildfire could devastate our region. Two fires broke out a couple of weeks ago, one in Ramona and the other in Valley Center. Each had the potential to grow into major events, except within a few minutes, helicopters were in the air and boots were on the ground. During my first 10 months on the Board of Supervisors much of my time has been spent on fire safety. County staff works comprehensively with Cal Fire, preparing for the worst. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the key to

around the county Jim Desmond fire safety is getting ahead. That’s why I initiated Board of Supervisors action to enter into an agreement with SDG&E to have a helicopter that’s pre-positioned in North County. In March, Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and I brought forward a proposal to increase fire safety enhancements to strengthen fire safety for existing and future communities. Most importantly, we are using the newest technologies to help identify

and fight fires. Two of the biggest differences between now and the past fires that have devastated our region are: First, we can identify fires seconds after they start around the County and, second, we have the air support to work 24/7. These tools can’t prevent fires, but they give our brave men and women more assets to use in their response. I want to thank all those who battled the Santa Ana conditions to keep San Diego County safe and I will continue to fight to get whatever is necessary to protect lives and property in our region. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

What’s up with daylight saving time? By Marie Waldron

Last November, 60% of California voters passed Proposition 7, aimed at eliminating the bi-annual tradition of moving clocks back in the fall and forward in the spring. Daylight saving time was first imposed as a temporary energy saving measure during World War I, and was re-instated during World War II. After World War II ended, states were allowed to decide the issue, and in 1949, voters approved Proposition 12, permanently establishing daylight saving time in our state. Since the voters authorized daylight saving time, only the voters could approve any changes. Under the terms of Proposition 7, California voters asked the Legislature to introduce a bill changing the times and dates of daylight saving time, in compliance with federal laws. As a result, Assembly Bill 7 was introduced last year by Assemblyman Kansan Chu (D–San Jose), to authorize permanent yearround daylight saving time. AB 7, which required a

two-thirds vote, passed the Assembly without opposition, but the Legislature adjourned for the year before the Senate could take action. The Senate is likely to hear the bill early next year, but once AB 7 becomes law, there will still be one more hurdle. Federal law allows states to adopt year-round standard time (as in Arizona), but the law does not permit year-round daylight saving time. California is one of 14 states that have recently introduced legislation to shift to permanent daylight saving time, and several bills are pending in Congress that would allow states to make this move. AB 7’s prospects look bright next year, but we will still need an OK from Congress. Was this the last time we’ll need to “fall back,” or will next spring be the last time we “spring forward”? Time will tell.

every student wants to go to a traditional college. Even so, California schools often focus on sending kids to colleges and universities, with less emphasis on trades. We have a skilled worker shortage in California, and we need to make sure that high school students have the opportunity to learn technical skills that can lead to well-paying jobs after they graduate. That’s why Career Technical Education is so important. To help meet this need, last session I was an author of AB 1111, which will help ensure students have access to quality technical courses that provide the training to work for companies requiring highly skilled workers and $15 million in the budget to pay for it. With almost 20% of California’s population living below the poverty level, we should do all we can to expand the pool of skilled, well-paid workers.

Opportunity for all Access to a quality eduAssembly Republican cation is the best way to enLeader Marie Waldron, sure our students a bright, R-Escondido, represents the successful future. But one 75th Assembly District in the size does not fit all, and not California Legislature.

hil Ting is adamant about it. California needs to triple its subsidies for electric vehicles right now. But he might have to reduce his goal for the subsidy if he expects his bill to pass the Legislature when it returns from its current recess. For sure, the subsidy expansion plan from Ting, a Democratic assemblyman from San Francisco, will be back. As proposed, it would triple a typical car buyer’s rebate for buying an electric auto to $7,500, with reductions over time as California gets closer to its stated goal of 5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2030. Said Ting, a former county assessor/recorder of San Francisco reelected to the state Assembly with an 80 percent majority last year, “California still has a long way to go — at the beginning of 2019, there were only 550,000 clean cars … on our roads.” But tripling the state rebate for EVs raises other questions, mostly about fairness and equity. Because electric vehicles generally cost thousands of dollars more than comparable gasoline models, the Ting proposal amounts to a subsidy for the well-to-do. In fact, it would make up for the federal EV and plug-in hybrid subsidies President Trump has set out to eliminate as early as next year. Already, federal subsidies for Tesla and General Motors EVs have run out, because those companies long ago passed the 200,000-unit sales level at which the U.S. support ends, intended as it was to jump-start new concepts

california focus thomas d. elias into public acceptance. Ting may not have thought much about the issue of fairness — why should someone who can afford a $50,000-plus Tesla get a subsidy for driving a luxury car while the less wealthy struggle to buy conventional used cars for $5,000 to $10,000? But remember, Ting was once the property tax assessor in the city that ranks either first or second in America in real estate prices, with no ceiling in sight on those. The high prices of EVs may not look so hefty to him, living as he does in his city’s Sunset District, where it’s hard to find a fixer-upper house for under $1.3 million. In fact, a 2018 study by the conservative Pacific Research Institute found 79 percent of electric and plug-in tax credits were claimed by households with adjusted gross incomes topping $100,000 per year, while a 2015 UC Berkeley study similarly found that “the top income quintile (top 20 percent) has received about 90 percent of all EV credits.” But Ting is convinced putting more EVs on the road is the key to combating climate change. “Forty percent of greenhouse gas emissions stem from transportation,” he said on introducing his plan, known legislatively this year as AB 1046. “We need bigger incentives now to get more zero emission vehicles on the road and slow our climate crisis.”

Ting said he deliberately designed his proposal so rebates would drop gradually. “There is no real incentive to buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) right now if consumers know the rebate level will be the same year after year,” he said. “But if consumers have certainty that the rebates will diminish as time goes on, they might act sooner rather than later.” That logic might in fact increase ZEV sales. But it doesn’t speak to the fact government rebates for expensive products mean that poor and middle-class Californians are subsidizing the rich. Maybe the $100,000plus income level typical of EV buyers doesn’t look high to Ting, but it surely does to many others. One 2018 poll found two-thirds of voters did not want to pay for wealthier people to buy electric vehicles. The website of the Washington, D.C.-based Energy Equality Coalition (funded in part by the oil-centered owners of Koch Industries) declares that EVs today are “Built by billionaires, bought by millionaires (and subsidized by the rest of us).” There’s also the fact that EV owners pay no gasoline taxes, so they do little to help pay for the roads on which they drive. In short, Ting wants an essentially unfair program in hopes it will make EVs a major automotive factor. But that has not yet happened despite half a decade of subsidies, state and federal. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit www.

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Coders encouraging new skill sets San Elijo Hills’ ‘heart’ beginning to fill up

By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A gap exists between those entering the workforce and those looking for talented workers in the tech industry. About five years ago, Dan Hendricks opened the Open Source Makers Lab in Vista, which is a maker space, incubator and co-working research and development facility. And as the membership has swelled to nearly 50, he saw the need to close that gap. He met Kevin Brewer through the San Diego Tech Hub earlier this year and the two came up with a solution, Open Source Saturday. The weekly gathering allows those coders, and those with a novice level wanting to learn, to collaborate and grow their skillset so they can break through the challenges of landing a job. “We had a brainstorming session … and just came up with an idea and started it that Saturday,” Brewer said of he and Hendricks’ February meeting at the tech hub. “There are a lot of coding boot camps out there … and they’re not quite ready for the workforce. The idea was to give people an on-ramp post-boot camp, pre first job to give them practical experience.” The work consists of giving those individuals the right tools and best practices, Brewer said. Additionally, it connected recent graduates, and boot camp grads, with industry professionals for mentorship opportunities while working on real projects, he added. Brewer said open source projects are massive and difficult to work on, making it impossible to read all the lines of code. He said it ties into the professional world as job with large companies are similar in scope. “It’s a twofold purpose here,” Hendrick said. “It’s like a technical gym to exercise the skills you’ve learned in the coding camps or university.” He said some will be focused on

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DAN HENDRICKS, left, owner of Open Source Makers Lab in Vista, listens as Andrea St. Julian, middle, and Aaron White discuss her business goals at the weekly Open Source Saturday gathering on Nov. 2. Photo by Steve Puterski

code, while others will be discussing resume building, interview skills, while pulling people into the workforce. Yet, another chance meeting, this time with Steph Huynh, founder of Vulcan Design Studio, has led to a pair of events, including Reframe/Reboot Coding Challenge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Vista and Escondido, in partnership with the San Diego Code School. Huynh connected with Hendricks and Brewer for Hacktoberfest, a global, two-day event dedicated to opensourced coding. The trio also collaborated with SDCS, Learn Academy and SoftStack Factory to organize and host the event. The local Hacktoberfest had about 50 people participate and was one of the only such events in the county, Huynh said. “It’s this great collaborative group

that came together and pulled it off,” Huynh said. “It was a great event.” And due to the success of Hacktoberfest, Huynh said Brewer came up with Reframe/Reboot as a way to encourage coders to explore new coding languages. OSML and the SDCS will play host. “There are about 20 different languages … and there are exercises that help you build off that to learn that new language. We really want people to expose themselves to other languages.” Meanwhile, Hendricks and Brewer are eager to grow Open Source Saturday. They said there is potential for growth such as connecting with one of the colleges in North County or a cohort program. In addition, Hendricks said focus programs such as Hacktoberfest or Reframe/Reboot will remain a staple of Open Source Saturday.

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos continues to see record growth especially in one development that is nearing completion. The community of San Elijo Hills is blossoming, especially around the heart of its community known as the San Elijo Town Center. Two new restaurants will be opening in the next couple of months and next year construction will begin to offer a variety of office spaces. One restaurant will offer Spanish cuisine inspired from Barcelona while another will feature traditional American food with recipes from Colorado. The restaurateurs are looking to provide more upscale, finer cuisine compared to the casual dining currently offered on the town square according to Duncan Budinger, director of retail development from Ambient Communities. “It will have a completely different cuisine and will be a completely different experience too,” he said. “This is going to be date night. You are going to take your wife or significant other. You can sit on the patio.” Plus, more options for small retail businesses will be coming soon too when construction begins on a

lot owned by Ambient adjacent to the square. Some of the options for the space include a fitness center, veterinary office, cryotherapy and physical therapy. “I’d say somewhere at the end of the first quarter of next year we will probably break ground,” Budinger said. “We’d like to create a space for weddings and small events for rentals.” Several folks have expressed an interest in a sushi bar but Budinger said convincing some small businesses to lease a space and see the bigger picture has been difficult. “Convincing retailers that there is market here for them is a challenge,” he said. “They see this as just a small little place. There’s not enough people around to support the business.” “The restaurants that are there now have done really well,” Tess Sangster from the city of San Marcos Economic Development division said. “I think it’s been a little harder to lease out quickly because I think people or potential tenants have a hard time anticipating how much visibility they are going to have.” There are 33,000 homes in the area and many drivers cut through TURN TO SAN ELIJO HILLS ON 8






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will once again sponsor its holiday “Adopt-a-Family” event. You can sponsor a family in with coworkers, family, church, neighbors and groups. Sign up at Deliver gifts or mail gift cards to North County Lifeline, Adopt-a-Family program, 200 Michigan Ave., Vista or call (760) 842-6254. North County Lifeline is a community-based human services organization that serves low-income and underserved populations in San Diego County.

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Nominations are open for the 2020 Heroes of Vista awards to be held Feb. 29, 2020. All nominees must be current Vista Chamber of Commerce members in good standing. Forms must be received by Nov. 22. The chamber is looking for companies that are successful in their industry and have made an impact in the community through community involvement, employer benefits and practices and more. Use one form per nominee. Self-nominations are welcome and acceptable. E-mail nominations to with subject line: Nominee for Heroes of Vista. Find forms at /26b0b4b 5 0 01 / 5 5 8 a70 5f- 42 a 0 4a65-872a-b4fd4b030223. pdf. For more information, call Vista Chamber of Commerce at (760) 726-1122 or

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College panel discusses ‘prison-industrial complex’ By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — In San Diego County, putting people behind bars is a business, a panel of experts on the subject argued at a Nov. 6 Palomar College forum. With San Diego County possessing a slew of incarceration facilities including jails, a state and federal prison and a federal immigration detention center, the guests invited by the student group M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) posited that broader societal forces have fomented such infrastructure. And they argued that people of color, as well as those with lesser economic privileges, have borne the brunt of the punishment under that system. The name of that business? The “prison-industrial complex,” is a term first defined and conceptualized by Angela Davis, according to one of the panelists. Davis was a leading civil rights activist for the Black Panther Party in the 1960s who now works as a professor emerita at the University of California-Santa Cruz and panelist Brian Harris offered her definition to describe the sociological phenomenon. “Plain and simple, the prison-industrial complex is basically a term to describe the overlapping interests of government, industry and the use of surveillance, policing and imprisonment as a solution for economic, social and political problems,” said Harris, a professor of sociology at Cal State San Marcos. There is an economic class element at work for who serves time in prison and who does not, too, Harris said. “The interests of the system with the state and law are really there to promote the interests of the economically dominant class,” he said. “So, the prison system is really there to privilege people that are privileged and disenfranchise people that are not privileged and that’s kind of how we see it work.” Yusef Miller, one of the panelists and a leader within the Islamic Center of North County, referred to carceral facilities as akin to “gated hotels” without any of the leisurely elements included. And he described what he said are some of the economic incentives in place to put bodies in prison cells. “For example, if a for-profit prison is not full to capacity, the city or state has to pay that prison because they don’t have enough capacity,” said Miller. “This incentivizes prison and law enforcement to incarcerate people over minor issues, so that they can fill these prisons and keep them occupied and keep them full ... They’re making money off of incarcerating people.” Another of the panelists, Genevieve Jones-Wright — a local criminal justice system reform advocate who ran as a challenger against incumbent District Attorney Summer Stephan during the

2018 election cycle — said that the economic incentives of the “complex” extend beyond the for-profit prison realm. She also pointed to contracts that companies land with jails and prisons, including for phone calls and commissary goods, as examples of “monetizing everything” within the prison system. “It doesn’t just end with who owns the building, it’s who they contract with, it’s who they get services from,” said Jones-Wright, who now works as legal director for the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, an immigration advocacy organization. “And everything about it is monetizing off of freedom ... They’re monetizing everything.” Jones-Wright also slammed the concept of immigration detention centers, such as the one privately owned by the company CoreCivic along the U.S.-Mexico border region in San Diego. “I wasn’t going to touch this topic, but we have to understand that right now in our country, immigration is being criminalized,” she said. “And so, when we’re talking about the prison-industrial complex and when we’re talking about for-profit prisons, we also have to talk about for-profit detention facilities which are nothing but jails for immigrants. People who are coming to this country pursuing safety, a better life and we have incarcerated them.” Jones-Wright also argued that incarceration in the county has a racial element beyond immigration detention centers, too. She said that, although African American people only make up 6% of the county by population, 25% of those incarcerated in the county are African American. In total, San Diego County is home to about a dozen different incarceration facilities. Only one of them, though, is in North County: the Vista Detention Facility. That facility, a jail located next to the county courthouse for North County, is administered and funded by San Diego County. A recent grand jury report concluded that subpar conditions exist at the Vista site, including lack of adequate sunlight for inmates and insufficient outdoor recreation space. Many have concluded that these conditions, as well as overcrowded facilities, worsen mental health conditions for inmates who often enter in need of treatment. In 2019 alone, 14 people have committed suicide in county jails. In the past decade, 142 people have committed suicide in county jails, a rate far above the state average. These numbers have sparked an investigation, with County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Dianne Jacob calling for the county to review “best practices” for its jail operations. That probe will be completed by next year.

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Be a Santa Giving kids with special needs a shot at basketball to a senior By Stephanie Stang

VISTA — The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the Vista community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Be a Santa to a Senior is a true community program, with support from Vista businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Vista and surrounding areas has also partnered with Walmart to help with gift collection and distribution. It’s easy to take part. Visit a Walmart at 1800 University Drive, Vista; 3405 Marron Road, Oceanside or 732 Center Drive, San Marcos. At each location there is a Be a Santa to a Senior tree display from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays. “While it may seem like a small act of kindness, it can really make a difference for someone this holiday season,” said Dziuban. “Watching seniors open the gifts they received through Be a Santa to a Senior and seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.” For more information about the program, visit or call (760) 639-6472. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Be a Santa to a Senior program has mobilized more than 60,000 volunteers, provided approximately 1.2 million gifts

SAN MARCOS — A special needs basketball program based out of San Marcos continues to make every player feel like a star. The program is designed to teach kids the fundamental skills of basketball while making everyone involved feel like a winner. When San Marcos resident Rick Clark and his wife started the Shooting Stars program, it was so his autistic son, Jacob could play basketball. “He played the other sports, but he really liked basketball,” Clark said. “When he was at school playing with his one-to-one aid — and we tried to do the regular basketball — but he couldn’t understand the competitive concept.” That’s when Shooting Stars was started in coordination with the San Marcos Youth Basketball League. Children and adults with physical and mental challenges practice and compete in basketball games in a fun atmosphere for an entire season. “Our program is probably 75 to 80% autistic kids and there’s some kids with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. This biggest challenge for them is the social side,” Clark said. “The thing that a lot of these kids are lacking as far as opportunity is the ability to play on a team and the social interaction or building a relationship with someone.” That’s why every player is paired with what’s called

HEAD COACH Rick Clark and player Liam Hope take a break during practice at Corky Smith Gym in San Marcos. Hope recently started playing with Shooting Stars, a team designed to teach kids with special needs the game of basketball without the pressure. Photo by Stephanie Stang

a buddy, who is typically a high school student volunteering to serve as an unofficial mentor to the rules of the game. Buddies will usually walk or run the court with the player. “I think it’s more beneficial for the buddies. They come away empathetic probably when they weren’t exposed to the world of special needs,” says mother Lindsay Kemper, who started bring-

Council gives nod to new Panera Bread drive-through By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — It was listed in the public record in advance of the meeting as a request to open a 0.86acre drive-through restaurant owned by the company Jump Ball LLC. But a basketball-themed facility will not be opening its doors anytime in the near future in San Marcos. City Council, instead, voted 5-0 at its Nov. 12 meeting for a land use change that would allow a Panera Bread drive-through restaurant to be located at the northwest corner of San Marcos Boulevard and Bent Avenue. The business incorporation name, however, offered an opportunity for Terry Mathew to explain the byzantine nature of corporate franchise ownership. Mathew, who works as a planner for the San Marcos-based firm Consultants Collaborative Inc. and represented Panera throughout the regulatory and permitting process in San Marcos, said that this site is actually owned by the company Manna Development Group. Manna got off the ground in San Diego in 2003 by Paul Saber and Patrick Rogers. Saber is a former McDonald's franchisee, while Rogers formerly worked as an executive for Ford Motor Company. Under the banner of Manna, Saber and Rogers now operate 133 bakery cafes in six states, 22 in San Diego County, accord-

ing to the Manna website. Technically, the council did not approve Panera, Manna Development Group or Jump Ball LLC. Instead, it was charged with deciding whether to grant the owners the right to change the plot of land from a mixed-use land designation to commercial. Mathew argued that the Panera on this plot of land fits within the character of the surrounding area, one which includes many restaurants, a movie theater and department stores such as Best Buy, Marshall's and Nordstrom Rack. “The mixed use, if you put it on that corner, would be an isolated development amidst other commercial developments,” said Mathew. “It’s small for a mixed-use site and the existing commercial on the north side of San Marcos Boulevard is not anticipated to change anytime in the near future, so it will certainly blend in.” Matthew added that she believes it will add jobs to the San Marcos market, as well, with 10 workers scheduled per shift. She also touted the additional revenue which would come from the sales tax. While it will also have indoor seating space and 325 square feet of outdoor seating space, the Panera will also have a drive-through. Customers, too, can make purchases online and pick up their orders at the store.

ing her son Liam recently after finding out about the program through a friend. Friendship, support and comradery from other parents are key too to Shooting Stars’ success. “It’s so comforting to know your child can play any sport they want to, and you can sit out and be on the sidelines and be a ‘typical’ parent. That’s the most satisfying thing about this and

knowing that he is included but also that he knows that,” Kemper said. Liam couldn’t walk until he was 4 or speak until he was 2 but today Kemper said, “he just finished a game and shot two baskets and unassisted with nothing.” After a kidney transplant at the age 3, Mission Hills High School sophomore Ruben Minjares was also told by doctors to limit his activity. But mom Margaret Minjares says Shooting Stars allows him to be part of a team. “It’s just been a great program,” she said. “I still feel like he’s missing out, but he understands that when he sees a typical basketball team at the high school that he can’t do that, it’s too fast.” Minjares started playing with Shooting Stars more than seven years ago and his mother says she has watched the program grow along with her son. It started with only eight players but now helps more than on 150. Fourteen years later Clark’s son, Jacob, has practically outgrown the program and nearly coaching a team of his own. However, Clark doesn’t plan on leaving something he started anytime soon. “It would be hard to hand it off to someone,” he said. “I enjoy seeing the kids progress year after year.” For more information about the Shooting Stars program, visit

Skybreaking for new health crisis unit ESCONDIDO — Palomar Health staff, elected officials and behavioral health community leaders launched the initial stages of construction on a new Palomar Health Crisis Stabilization Unit with a sky-breaking ceremony Nov. 12 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. Cranes lifted walls into place and workers attached them to the foundation of the prefabricated Crisis Stabilization Unit building, next door to the Emergency Department on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Escondido. A short program highlighted the significance of the CSU to the North County community, how it fits into the larger county strategic plan to serve the increasing behavioral health population and how the CSU should help reduce Emergency Department crowding. There is an increasing population of behavioral health patients throughout San Diego County. The CSU will replace an existing CSU in downtown Escondido. It will serve twice as many patients, is purpose-built to aid in psychiatric care and is strategically located next to the Palomar Medical Center Emergency Department, eliminating the need for patient transportation.

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Arizona’s Canal Convergence celebrates melding of art, water, light


MILES OF the Arizona Canal are kept landscape-free to prevent trees from “drinking” the water and to make maintenance easy, but in the Scottsdale Waterfront area, trees and plants create a park-like environment. A type of carp native to China keeps the canals clean by eating about three-quarters of its weight each day in weeds and algae. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

t’s a balmy November night in Scottsdale’s Waterfront neighborhood. Several thousand people line the sidewalks and bridges that make up the pathways paralleling and traversing the Arizona Canal, which gives this portion of the city its name. Some people are on foot, some on bicycles, a few are stationed in nearby trees, and canal-side restaurants and pop-up beer gardens are full. Visitors and locals alike are waiting for the signature event at this year’s Canal Convergence (https://canalconvergence. com), an annual celebration of the melding of art, water and light. The 2019 theme is “The Story of Water,” and large-scale art installations — pulsating, flashing and flickering – are the big draw.

hit the road e’louise ondash Included in the dozen-plus pieces of art — some bigger-than-life — is Scottsdale’s version of the Loch Ness Monster. The 200-foot, segmented metal Water Serpent appears to be partially submerged in the canal. On the stroke of 8 p.m., huge tongues of searing, yellow flames shoot from the segments, all choreographed to music that reverberates for blocks. The flames light up the water, spectators and buildings, and create a sparkly effect on the serpent’s body. All of this is reflected in the canal waters and glass surfaces of

adjacent buildings. The Water Serpent is artist Kristina Ricci’s nod to Arizona’s history and landscape, which she discovered includes an archeological site in the nearby Hohokam Pima National Monument called Snaketown (not open to the public). The ancient village had an extensive canal system built by residents who inhabited the Valley of the Sun from about 300 A.D. to 120 A.D. Canals continue to be the lifeblood for those who reside in the Arizona desert, and Canal Convergence is a celebratory reminder that water is crucial to the existence of everything in Scottsdale and surrounding communities. There are nine canals (180 miles) that crisscross the Phoenix Metro area; it’s the Arizona Canal branch that slices through Scotts-

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dale. Nearly 36 miles of this canal are hikeable/bikeable. The canal not only carries water for homes and commerce, but also is a major source of leisure and entertainment. Before the opening show of the Convergence, we did what many visitors and locals do any and every day — took a long walk along the sidewalk that parallels the canal. We had plenty of company — other walkers, dogs, cyclists, riders on scooters and rollerbladers. Landscaping — trees, plants, hardscape and futuristic shade structures — provide this Scottsdale Waterfront area with a clean, futuristic, park-like vibe. Five shopping malls nearby are there for those who want to do that. We were headquartered at the historic Hotel Valley Ho (, a 10-minute walk from the waterfront. (Hooray for leaving the car parked.) Built in 1956, the Valley Ho was a favorite of the old-Hollywood elite — Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Zsa Zsa Gabor — and was recently restored to its former midcentury-modern splendor. The rooms and bathrooms, punctuated with the 1950s bright-orange-and-turquoise palette, are spacious with a luxurious feel. The hotel’s indoor/ outdoor ZuZu restaurant and lounge offer cuisine and drinks with a focus on fresh and the chef is glad to tailor entrees to meet special dietary needs. A musttry: the saucy, sweet Mango Tango cocktail. Scottsdale only gets better from here on out. Visit


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the area. However, marketers would like to make it a destination after years of working to make the development a success. “We’re trying to draw people over the hill to North City, our new downtown,” Sangster said. She estimates it’s a slow process but worth the wait. Hallmark Communities recently sold four of its 12 townhomes located directly off the square and has a vacant lot adjacent to the square for future development. “They put some promotional end of the year pricing on some of the larger units,” said Stacy Green, representing Hallmark Communities. Green noted Hallmark didn’t want to speculate on a timeline for phase 2. The townhomes are the last of the new home construction slated to be available in the San Elijo Hills community. Plus, the new restaurants will fill the last of the vacancies on the square. “From the city’s perspective we are really feeling like things are kind of completing, the development is starting to finally come together and will wrap up,” Sangster said.

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Cardiff 101, Encinitas 101 and Leucadia 101 Main Street have teamed up to promote and support Small Business Saturday Nov. 24. It’s a day to shop, celebrate and support businesses owned by local merchants. There will be live music, sidewalk sales, local specials, pop-up art print shops, maker’s popup shops and limited edition prints by Brian Banish, Zach Smith and Artie Mattson as surprise gifts to shoppers who purchase at certain businesses on Small Business Saturday. Stay up-to-date on participating businesses and event hours at Cardiff101. com, and


On the Oceanside Campus, the track and field area and Spartan loop remain closed to student, community, and staff access for ongoing construction activities. Grading continues at the track and field and electrical underground conduits are being installed.


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MiraCosta College has secured $1.5 million in state funding to help equip and furnish a new Veterans Center being planned for the Oceanside Campus. The ceremonial check presentation from state Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, was Nov. 7 on the Oceanside Campus. MiraCosta College each year serves almost 3,500 students who are veterans, active-duty personnel, or military dependents.


Carlsbad native Sarah Katsiyiannis received a $5,000 The Rite Aid Foundation Folds of Honor KidCents educational scholarship. Katsiyiannis was honored during a special ceremony Nov. 7. The Rite Aid Foundation’s charitable giving programs dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.


Dashiell Gregory of Encinitas a graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy majoring in music theatre, earned the Jochum-Moll Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. SANDCASTLES OPENS

Sandcastle Tales, children’s bookstore held its Grand Opening Nov. 9 at 1414 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. Sandcastle Tales ofSTAR ATHLETES fers curated books alongRedshirt senior wom- side educational toys, froen’s soccer player Briana zen treats, and other select Daoust and senior men’s family products. cross country runner Joshua Litwiller have been NEW AT CALIFORNIA NATIVE named the Cal State San Del Mar Heights’ CalMarcos Student-Athletes ifornia Native restaurant of the Month for October announced new executive 2019 and was also was one chef Christopher Carrikof 14 amateur and profes- er, who has more than 20 sional athletes named Oc- years of culinary experitober’s Stars of the Month ence, most recently serving by the San Diego Sports as executive chef for MiAssociation. Daoust scored chael Mina (as part of the a team-high four goals culinary launch team for for the month and tallied One Paseo’s International eight points. Litwiller was Smoke) and as executive named the CCAA Runner chef at L’Auberge Del Mar. of the Year after winning the men’s 8K at the 2019 TING COMES TO SOLANA BEACH CCAA Championships with Ting, a division of Tua time of 24:40.28. cows, announced that Solana Beach will be getting FREEMAN AWARD WINNER its fiber Internet. Solana Dyllon Mack of Beach joins Fullerton to beOceanside, was honored come the second Ting Town with the 2019 annual Free- in California and 10th Ting man Award for football. Town in the U.S. Netly (netThe Freeman Awards are is building the presented to a Graceland city-wide fiber-optic netsenior in every varsity work in Solana Beach past sport who, in their junior 7,000 addresses. Residents year, earned the highest and businesses can pre-orcumulative GPA in their der Ting Internet now at sport.

‘MISSING LYNX’ CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES A wildlife cam captures an image of a mountain lion on Escondido Creek Conservancy’s wildlife preserve. The Conservancy has kicked off a campaign that would establish permanently protected wildlife corridors in North County, so wildlife can move freely between preserved areas. The group is seeking public support to protect these corridors, which would help reduce conflicts with human activities. Courtesy photo

Homes bedecked for holiday tour to benefit VCC VISTA — Tickets are on sale now for the annual Holiday Homes Tour sponsored by Vista Community Clinic Dec. 8. This will mark the 33rd year of the event, a benefit for the VCC Kare for Kids Fund to provide medical services to underprivileged children. Tickets to the tour are

$25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, visit or call (760) 631-5000 , ext. 1139. A team of professional designers give their time and talents to create elegant holiday displays in four residences between Vista and Carlsbad.

Ticket holders are offered the chance to tour each home at their leisure and shop at the holiday bazaar where local artisans sell their crafts. Also featured as part of the tour is the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, considered to be one of the best preserved historic structures in the

state, decorated for the holidays as well. A gourmet food truck will also be parked at the bazaar. Online ticket sales are closed Dec. 6, the Friday before the tour, but tickets can still be purchased on the day of the tour at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista.


three, two more stop lights will be removed and replaced with roundabouts to keep traffic flowing, Mayer said. In total, three roundabouts will be installed on South Santa Fe through the

project zone. However, the street was not wide enough to incorporate diagonal parking along both sides of South Santa Fe, Mayer added. So, one side will remain with

parallel parking. Additionally, the city will erect another arch, like the one across Main Street. “It is a revitalization of the entire corridor,” Mayer said.


cerns, the City Council approved the project in three phases, with phase one being completed last year. The approval, meanwhile, ensures the city will accept the SANDAG funds and allows for the continuation of work instead of stopping, due to a lack of money, and having to start the process over again. Phase two, meanwhile, is slated to be finished in the spring and phase three to be completed in the fall 2020. In total, the project will cost $20.2 million. As for construction, Mochel said the challenges have been with undergrounding the utilities and discovering an underground paved road. Despite some of those challenges, Mochel said the work is on schedule, businesses are being accommodated and parking changes has been fluid and smooth. “You don’t know what’s buried and it’s an older city,” he said. “We found a bunch of utilities that nobody knew about and weren’t on any records, which is not uncommon. We found an old concrete road that added to the challenges.” “From a visual blight perspective, having all those wires drop underground is pretty dramatic,” Mayer added. The project is between Main Street and Civic Center Drive on South Santa Fe Drive. It has, and will continue, to reduce the number of lanes from four to two, install new curbs and gutters with decorative sidewalks and pavement, landscaping, street furniture and artwork. During phases two and

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an uptick in its popularity because this type of workout is really accessible to people of all ages, all ability levels and all fitness levels,” said Axelrod. “I really love this type of recreational asset for our parks, as well, because it provides park users who aren’t engaged in organized athletic activity a chance to work on their fitness as well.” Axelrod added that for parents present at the park for their kids’ sporting events, it also provides an easy chance to get in a workout, while also modeling healthy activity as a lifelong habit for their children. According to the National Fitness Campaign, its first fitness courts opened in San Francisco and at Stanford University, getting off the ground due to a sponsorship from Wells Fargo Bank. Axelrod said she thinks that the prospective Escondido version could attract



cols, faculty hiring methodology and the firing of numerous administrators who had worked alongside Blake. On fiscal matters, the resolution points to the concurrent opening of Palomar College satellite campuses in both Rancho Bernardo and Escondido, which the Faculty Senate said happened even as enrollment did not rise on the flagship campus. In turn, according to the resolution, this has “damaged the fiscal stability” of a college now facing

public-private partnerships from community businesses, including Kaiser Permanente — already a sponsor of the National Fitness Campaign — because the company already has a substantial health care industry footprint in San Diego County. The documents for the City Council meeting show that each court costs $130,000 and would be “offset by sponsorships” obtained by the city. The grant will go toward $30,000 for each of the five courts for a total of $150,000. Unlike a traditional gym, National Fitness Campaign features an equipment set-up based entirely around body weight-based movements and lifts. The fitness court would have 30 pieces of such equipment, enabling 28 users to work out simultaneously. It also has a smartphone app, providing exercisers with workouts and related tips and techniques.

Read the full story on an $11.7 million deficit and under investigation by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team California state agency. “Whereas, the decision of opening the two centers simultaneously — instead of staggering their openings over a number of years (which was originally the plan) to ensure the fiscal stability of one before opening the other — has led to these centers’ operational costs far outstripping the revenue they’re generating,” reads that clause. On the shared governance issue, the resolution

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VOLUNTEERS AT FALL FUN FESTIVAL The recent Fall Fun Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens welcomed 47 volunteers from Vista High School who helped with activities and worked with families at the event. Students who are Character Leaders at Vista High also provided a Kindness Rocks activity at the Fall Fun Festival, making the event a success for lots of happy families. Courtesy photo

takes Blake to task for what it describes as leaving faculty out of the decision-making process for creating “middle college” partnerships with both the Poway Unified School District and the Escondido Union High School District. Blake has pointed to “middle college,” a program which exists in 50 school districts nationwide, as a potential way to steer disadvantaged youth into higher education and also as a way to bring revenue into the college’s coffers. The Faculty Senate resolution also states that, when “middle college”

first came up for discussion during a February Palomar College Instructional Planning Council meeting, those present had raised concerns “regarding Ed Code, age of students, social aspects, parental involvement,” among other issues. But the resolution goes on to explain that, after airing those initial concerns, it did not hear about the initiative again until reading an Aug. 21 column published in The San Diego Union-Tribune written by Blake declaring the college’s “intention to open our middle college to students in fall

2020.” The resolution then slammed the action by Blake as a “rush to implement a significant initiative without the proper vetting and approval through shared governance.” Palomar College faculty members Barbara Kelber and Jerry “Rafiki” Jenkins — professors of literature and multicultural studies, respectively — helped to draft the initial “vote of no confidence” petition language. They told Palomar College student newspaper The Telescope that they did so with “sadness and anxi-

ety.” Blake did not respond to a request for comment by press time. But in response to the “vote of no confidence,” she sent out an email to campus faculty on Oct. 25. “I recognize that we live in a nation where freedom of expression is guaranteed to us through the U.S. Constitution,” wrote Blake. “I believe the recent activities on our campus reflect this fact. I also know that the fiscal health of our College is a primary concern. A concern, that together, as a community we must address.”


Instead, and prior to the application process being opened, the city announced it would be a random drawing. Regardless of the suit, the city ruled out enough applicants for Tradecraft Farms to make the top 11. A message left with Tradecraft Farms was not returned. As for the city, Kathy Valdez, the city clerk, said the application process has been relatively smooth. There was an issue with Live Scan, which requires the dispensaries to digitally fingerprint employees, but the businesses were

not allowed access to the results, and the city was not allowed to share with a third party, even though the dispensaries are required to have on file, creating a Catch-22, Christman said. “I called the city and said this is the scenario,” he said. “Kath Valdez … she’s been fantastic throughout all this, called an emergency meeting to get through all this.” Valdez said the city worked with the owners to find a solution and to allow them to be in compliance with the law. Also, she said sever-

al other dispensaries are scheduled to open before the end of the year. “Several others are in the process,” Valdez said. “So far, we haven’t had any problem and are working with folks the best we can and not trying to hold anybody up.” In addition, dispensary owners are required to obtain state and business licenses, certification of occupancy and make improvements to their buildings, Valdez said. Christman said there are specific security requirements each shop must meet as well.


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h, yes. It’s almost that time of the year for giving thanks, isn’t it? Well, OK. We’re waiting. Mothers from coast to coast are waiting. Anytime someone, anyone, would like to thank us for getting on with the low-pay, high-maintenance job of being a great mother, we’re more than ready to drop everything and listen. I realize I’m not the first person to point out that motherhood is often a thankless proposition, but the approach of Thanksgiving week was just too good an opportunity to mention it again. Having come to motherhood straight from a management position, the contrast struck me pretty quickly. Often loving grandparents do their darnedest to fill the gap. Our children do, once in a while, manage a hug, a kiss, even a sincere, “Thanks, Mom,” but it usually follows a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm or Toys R Us. They tend to miss most of the everyday opportunities. Yes, I know. The finger is pointing straight at our poor husbands, but we are not looking for a single scapegoat here today. We all know men are from Mars and hopefully have other socially redeeming parental features. Much of what we’d like some praise for are those extra little things that separate a fair mother from a great mother. It is stuff like wiping the chocolate pudding off the wall and ceiling, cleaning up after the puppy, breaking out the slip-and-slide every summer, and getting gum out of hair. It’s for kids who have clean clothes appropriate for the weather and who know how to use a fork and knife, get their nails clipped, hair washed and teeth brushed. OK, OK. So we knew it wasn’t corporate America when we signed on. We can still have our “thanks so much, Mom” fantasy. We would dearly love to wake up and be greeted by the “company human resources manager” who would tell us to keep next Friday afternoon open because she is taking all us moms out to lunch to thank us for a great month of work. We would adore finding a memo in our email saying, “Congratulations!

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Your steady, resourceful, unflinching attention to detail in mothering has won you Employee of the Month and babysitting, so you can spend the weekend at the company condo in Palm Springs.” It would note that we have once again undercut last month’s budget and have set a company record for nine years of shopping yard sales, Big Lots and Ross Dress-ForLess instead of Nordstrom or F.A.O. Schwartz. I want someone to shake our hand and be thrilled that we buy our chicken in the bulk pack, don’t have our nails done, drive a very old car and frost our hair at home. Oh, all right, then. Keep it simple. Just put us on the front of the four-color, end-of-the year report. Our stockholders need to know. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer hoping for an end-of-year Mom bonus.


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Food &Wine Award-winning Rip Current Brewing offers pedigree, performance


ip Current Brewing (1325 Grand Ave #100 in San Marcos) is in the interesting position of being one of the most highly regarded breweries in the area, having won a slew of medals including the 2016 Small Brewery of the Year award at the Great American Beer Festival, and yet relatively little-known outside of brewing circles. What makes Rip Current so highly regarded? Both pedigree and performance. Paul Sangster opened Rip Current Brewing in August 2011 with business partner and fellow homebrew enthusiast Guy Shobe. Their passion for good beer means they have an exceptional focus on quality at every stage of the brewing process. Sangster’s medal-winning ways began as a home brewer. In the three years leading up to the decision to open a brewery, Sangster won over 150 homebrewing medals. That’s a stunning number in such a short time, but even more impressive is that he won medals in every BJCP beer style category. (The Beer Judging Certification Program defines style guidelines for beers collected into 34 categories as of the 2015 guide-

craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh lines.) He won the Ninkasi award at the 2011 National Homebrewers Competition, which is also called “the best homebrewer in the world award.” Having been a member and officer in both the Society of Barley Engineers and QUAFF, San Diego County’s two largest homebrewing clubs, Sangster is still very close to the local homebrewing community. To a greater extent than I’ve noticed at any other brewery, it is a common occurrence to find homebrew enthusiasts at the bar or coming in when there are special bottle releases. Originally trained and employed as an engineer, part of Sangster’s success as a brewer can be attributed to his close attention to technical details, measurements and consistently repeated processes. His focus on quality can be seen in the fact that instead of opting to use a mobile canning service when Rip Current wanted to start canning beer, they decided to buy

RIP CURRENT Brewing in San Marcos offers a wide variety of beers, many of which have won prestigious brewing awards. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

their own canning line. The large capital outlay was worth it, from their point of view, because owning their own system means being able to control every detail of the process. Sangster told me that one reason San Diego is so well known for West Coast IPAs may be local water,

especially before the desalinization plant came online, is pretty much ideal for that style of beer. Other beer styles need different pHs and mineralities, so even before they opened, Sangster insisted on investing in an expensive reverse osmosis water conditioning system that allows them to

precisely control the water profile of each beer. When I asked Sangster what he thinks people don’t know but should know about Rip Current, his response was that people tend to think of them as specializing in certain styles, but in fact they do pretty much everything, and they have

the awards to prove that they do them all well. When you ask folks about who makes good lagers in the area, Rip Current isn’t always at the front of mind, even though they have probably won more medals for lagers at major competitions than any other brewery in the county. For example, Breakline Bock, a dark German lager, has won 15 medals at major competitions including two golds at the Great American Beer Festival, silver at the 2018 World Beer Cup, and Best in Show out of the 1,266 beers entered into the 2019 California Craft Brewers Cup. Another part of the Rip Current brewing program that people don’t know enough about is that their barrel-aged beers include a variety of sours and fruited beers in addition to bourbon barrel aged stouts and the like. The barrel program is run by Justin Stambaugh, who is also the owner at neighboring Stave & Nail Brewing Co. where the focus is barrel-aged sours. Rip Current’s stouts and porters are my personal favorites. They consistently win medals for those, too: For example, Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout won bronze at the 2019 Great AmeriTURN TO CRAFT BEER ON 15

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Food &Wine Catch Florida stone crab Style and substance at Blade 1936 in Oceanside at Truluck’s in La Jolla taste of wine frank mangio


hen we think about the ocean, everything from giant whales to tiny algae float through our minds. Within this vast collection is savory seafood from flaky fish to shellfish. And then, there is a category all by itself, Stone Crab from Florida! Technical Director Rico and I had the pleasure of visiting the only Truluck‘s in California at San Diego’s Aventine Hyatt Plaza in La Jolla. We were able to enjoy this in-season delicacy that is farmed, poached, ice packed and served fresh the next day in California. General Manager and Sommelier Lee Carre shared, “What makes the Florida stone crab extra flavorful are the warm Gulf waters. The crabs do not have to create a fat layer. Everything under the shell is succulent crab meat.”

We also learned that Truluck’s and its suppliers responsibly farm crab legs by only taking one claw at a time. Crabs can generate new claws that are even larger than the previous. Additionally, no matter the 3-, 5-, or 7-ounce claw, each is just as tender as the other, size does not matter. We learned during our visit that Truluck’s is so dedicated to the quality of the meal, they have a Buy Back Meal Program just in case you don’t like it. We figured this is rarely invoked as both Rico and I agreed, this was the best crab either of us had ever had. No wonder Truluck’s was voted by Zagat’s as Best Seafood in San Diego and Best Restaurant Service in San Diego. The live piano music is a great touch. Following our crab appetizer, which was perfectly paired with Cakebread Chardonnay (Napa) with light citrus and peach nose crispness, we moved onto wedge and chopped salads and Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir with strawberry, cherry and hints of leather, spice, and vanilla on the finish. The

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’ll just come right out of the gate and say how much I’ve enjoyed my two visits to this place. There is a lot to love about Blade 1936, so I’ll start with the basics. First a bit on the historic building as it is of some note. It’s included in the city of Oceanside’s Historical Resources Inventory and was designed by famed San Diego architect Irving Gill in 1936. It’s a mix of modern and art deco and local architect Kennith Chriss has added his touches to the space with rustic, wood and steel elements while keeping the historic look and feel intact. The menus are a take on old newspaper issues, along with framed newspaper articles and a time capsule in the floor. There are two private dining rooms, a hopping central bar and an exclusive lounge area. Future plans include the addition of an outside patio seating area and a rooftop lounge with ocean views, which will be quite nice given the coastal location.

AT BLADE 1936, memorable dishes included Prosciutto and Burrata with 18-month aged Parma ham. Photo by David Boylan

Open now for two months, Blade 1936 is the newest in an impressive list of dining options Oceanside and I would have to say it’s my new favorite. It features a menu created by the restaurants Culinary Director and Partner and Chef Mario Cassineri, who I had the pleasure to get to know over a radio interview recently along with partner, GM and Head Pizza Chef John Carlo Ferraiuolo. Chef Di Cuisine Chris Narvaez also joined us for an episode, so it was fun to get to know the culinary talent responsible for the development and execution of

this fabulous menu. And yes, there is wood stacked everywhere which is nothing new in the area, but this wood is put to fabulous use in the kitchen. On a side note, I’ve long since discarded my gas grill at home and now cook exclusively with wood and charcoal on either my offset smoker or my Weber grill. It hardly takes much more time and is a much more rewarding and delicious way to grill and smoke food. So, I’m completely on board with this trend, especially when talent like that running the kitchen at Blade 1936 pre-

pares it. As with any solid kitchen, they source locally when they can and bring in imported Italian and other fine ingredients that are not available locally. Featured items include house-made Napoli-style woodfired pizzas that feature one of the best crusts I’ve had. A custom-made Stefano Ferrara pizza brick oven from Italy is partially responsible for that crust. That and the housemade pizza dough with imported Italian flour and the fact that pizza chef John Carlo Ferraiuolo has traveled the world perfecting his craft. House-made pasta noodles including spaghetti, ravioli, gnocchi, penne and pappardelle and your choice of sauce including pesto, verdure, Bolognese and formaggi. Bread is baked fresh daily for sandwiches and soaking up their fabulous sauces. Memorable dishes I’ve sampled included the Prosciutto and Burrata with 18-month aged Parma ham that kind of blew my mind. The Tuna Tartare with avocado, tomato, fried onions and ginger sesame dressing was also a treat. The Beef Ribeye came out sliced on a bed of mustard mashed potatoes with Cipollini onions TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 15

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Goldeneye complemented our Pacific Swordfish steak and Sweet and Spicy Wild Striped Bass served with asparagus. Lee was also kind enough to pour the Spanish 2013 Vega Sicilia, Valbuena, Ribera del Duero, named after its five-year aging process (Valbuena) from the Sommelier by the Glass Collection. This was a knockout wine, mostly Tempranillo, with hints of cherry and blueberry. Key at Truluck’s is saving room for the four-layer signature Carrot Cake garnished tableside with a butterscotch sauce with a hint of tumaca spice for heat and topped with toasted pecans. A masterpiece! Visit at trulucks. FLORIDA STONE CRAB served with spicy mustard sauce and lemon paired with Cakebread Chardonnay at Truluck’s. Photo by Frank Mangio com. Justin Winery comes to West End Bar and Kitchen Sal Ercolano, proprietor, West End Bar and Kitchen, Del Mar, teamed up with Paso Roble’s Justin Vineyard for a fivecourse dinner featuring Chef Noe starters, a seafood medley with shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, then pork belly with mango chutney, veal loin with scalloped potatoes, and Gruyere Souffle. Each course was paired respectively with: Sauvignon Blanc, Rose (a crowd favorite for the evening), Cab Sauvignon, signature Isoceles, and hard to


can Beer Festival and gold at the 2019 California Craft Brewers Cup. The day I visited Rip Current for this column was the first day that a batch of a bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale was ready. The previous batch of this beer, Black Lagoon, won silver at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championships. This batch was aged 31 months in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels. Rip Current describes it as, “Silky smooth, having a dark malt character with rich caramel, toffee, and hints of chocolate and dark fruit that melds with the bourbon and oak notes.” I was the first non-employee to get to sample this beer, and I can confirm without hesitation that it is fantastic. The bottles went on sale last Friday, but there may still be a few left if you visit either the San Marcos or North Park tasting room within the next few days. It will also be available on tap while supplies last, but that won’t be long. The good news is, whenever you visit Rip Current Brewing, you are bound to find excellent beers across a variety of styles. *** Stone Brewing is hosting a “Paints and Sips” event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at their main World Bistro and Gardens (1999 W Citracado Parkway, Escondido). For $40, participants will get supplies and a painting lesson, and a beer to enjoy while doing painting under the stars in the gardens. Fifty percent of proceeds will go to support the Arts & Autism initiative. To register, search for Stone Brewing Paint & Sip on etsy. com.


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find Savant. Justin’s Sinia Shaw provided expert commentary for each of the wines. Justin’s winemaking is based on French Bordeaux techniques using small batches, overseen by winemaker Scott Shirley. The Sauvignon Blanc is aged in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation for crisp flavors including hints of pink grapefruit. The Rose (Syrah) is whole cluster pressed and fermented like a white wine, with salmon color with a red fruit, apple palate. Isosceles is named after the triangle and is a left bank blend of

Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) and equal parts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, each 8%. It is aged for 21 months in French oak and is Justin’s flagship wine. It was a special treat to have Savant as a dessert wine. This hard to find wine is a Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blend aged for 19 months in stainless steel with twice daily pump overs. Of note, Taste of Wine and Food is always impressed with the number of wine dinners that Sal hosts each year. The Justin dinner was the 31st dinner for 2019! Congrats to Sal and his

teams at Seasalt and West End. Details at and Wine Bytes • Gianni Buonomo Winery, Ocean Beach, is hosting a Harvest Celebration Dinner / 2015 Sangiovese Release Party. With 30 tons of grapes made into wine and aging in barrels, owner Keith Rolle said it’s time to celebrate with a three-course Wine Dinner featuring Chef Max Farina at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 for $55 per person. RSVP and details at sangio. • With Thanksgiving coming up, there are plenty of great dinners in San Diego. Our initial list includes two events at The Lodge Torrey Pines. For either event, RSVP at • Savor the smoky flavors at The Grill for a prix fixe threecourse meal with optional beer or wine pairings for an additional charge or create your own feast with the a la carte menu. Starting at $60 per person ($35 under 12), Thursday, Nov. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. • Executive Chef Jeff Jackson invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving in A.R. Valentien’s timbered indoor-outdoor dining room with a prix fixe four-course meal featuring the freshest flavors of the season. Starting at $120 per person ($60 under 12), Thursday, Nov .28 from noon to 10 p.m.


and a Barolo demi glace. And while I prefer my ribeye bone-in, this was a very nice dish. Every single pizza on the menu sounds very attractive but we ended up splitting the Salsiccia with fennel sausage. I was really looking forward to the leftovers cold the next morning but because my dining companion, Capt. Mark Mihelich from Boundless Boat Charters had delivered three very large chunks of halibut to me earlier, I reluctantly let him have it. I seriously doubt the leftover pizza made it back to his house. For dessert, they suggested the Blade Sweet Basket, which is an edible bowl of fresh bread, filled with Nutella and Italian donuts. Oh my. This was enough for three to four people and we killed it. I’m still thinking about that dessert. In fact, I’m still thinking about all the food, the space, the unpretentious and eclectic Oceanside clientele, and the fact that I can swing by this place on my way back from my Oceanside office to Leucadia very easily. The restaurant is open for dinner every day and brunch on the weekend, with menus perfect for sharing and a menu tailored for children and those following gluten-free and vegan diets. Find them at www.blade1936. com or 401 Seagaze Drive in Oceanside. Call (760) 231-1456.

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Count on some fun surprises at a just-in-time-forthe-holidays book signing with artist Brian Kesinger from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Oceanside Museum Of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Entrance is $15. Get gift-worthy Kesinger items autographed, including the first in a series of official ”Star Wars” titles he is illustrating. It’s also a great time to see “Dream it Yourself” before it closes CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT on Nov. 24. Books and memMusic By The Sea pres- orabilia will be available ents Baroque & Brass, L.A. for purchase in the Museum Camerata and the Oakwood Store. Brass in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Encinitas Li- CONCERT AND LECTURE brary, 540 Cornish Drive, Greater San Diego Encinitas. Tickets $14. Music Coterie and the VilThe concert will highlight la-Lobos Museum in Rio chamber music by women de Janeiro present a Bracomposers. Visit losangeles- zilian music lecture or https://bit. formance at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 ly/2LkAFyl. at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2993 MacDonald NEW MOVIE SCREENING St., Oceanside. Free admisThe Gloria McClellan sion with free-will donation Center will screen a new at the door. movie release at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at 1400 Vale Terrace CLEVER DOG Drive, Vista. Call (760) Chris Perondi’s Stunt 643-5282 for the movie title Dog Experience will be or log onto performing at the CaliforFree movie and refresh- nia Center for the Arts, Esments. Closed captioning condido at 2 p.m. and 7:30 for the hearing impaired. p.m. Nov. 16, in the Center Theater, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $25 to $55 at artcenter. PAINT SUNFLOWERS org or at the Center ticket Join the San Diego Bo- office or by calling (800) tanic Garden beginners 988-4253. An organ concert by lyric tenor David Troiano will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1450 S. Melrose Drive, Oceanside. The free-will offering event will include American, Spanish and European music. For more information, contact Theresa Harris at or call (760) 758-4100.

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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s November Art Spark art lesson will be oil pastels from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 16 at California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $40 per person and include all art materials, pastries and non-alcoholic beverages, a free museum pass and a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to a 2019-2020 presented season show. For more information, visit art-spark-oil-pastel-poinsettia/.

and Dec. 17 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Join the comedy inspired by the works of Charles Dickens on the teeming streets of VictoriMUSICAL ROOTS Roots Rising! Featur- an London. ing Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno & Liz Vice will be NOON TUNES performing at the CaliforWe d n e s d a y s @ N o o n nia Center for the Arts, Es- presents The Richter Encondido on Sunday, Novem- semble with Rodolfo Richber 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in ter, violin, Jennifer Morchthe Center Theater, 340 N. es, cello and Ian Pritchard, Escondido Blvd., Escondi- harpsichord at noon Nov. do. Tickets are $25 to $55 20 at the Encinitas Library, at, the Center 540 Cornish Drive, Enciniticket office or by calling tas. For. more information (800) 988-4253. on this free concert, call (760) 633-2746 or classic musical takes place in the fast-paced 1920s. Tickets and showtimes at

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Artist Ranka Vukmanic hosts a watercolor art show through Jan. 5 at County of San Diego Library, San Marcos Branch, 2 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. There will be Meet and Greet receptions noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec.15.

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” by Kate Hamill will be staged Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. through Nov. 17 at the Patio Playhouse Theater, 116 S. Kalmia, Escondido. Tickets at or call (760) 746-6669. GARDEN SCULPTURE Sculpture in the GarNORTH COAST REP den X showcases 10 sculpNorth Coast Rep pres- tures from nine talented ents “The Sunshine Boys” artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by Neil Simon and directed through April 30 at San by Jeffrey B. Moss Wednes- Diego Botanic Garden, 230 days at 7 p.m., Thursdays Quail Gardens Drive, Enthrough Saturdays at 8 p.m., cinitas. All sculptures are Saturdays and Sundays at 2 for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. curator. More information through Nov. 17 at 987 Lo- at mas Santa Fe Drive, Solana htm. Beach. Tickets at

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Pianist Vladimir Khomyakov will perform in recital at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the art installation by Ruth Gonzales at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $40 at pianist-vladimir-khomyakov- i n - re c it a l - mu s s orgsky-rachmaninoff-gershwin-tickets-76492225305.

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Bodhi Tree Concerts brings a holiday performance, “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” to North County with a performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 23, at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets $30 general admission, $15 for students and military at

The Gloria McClellan Center is offering Music Appreciation from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Nov. 20 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, hosted by Hank Presutti. Music Appreciation is free and no registration is required. For ENCINITAS ART NIGHT Enjoy an evening of viinformation, call (760) 6435288 or e-mail luigibeetho- sual art from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23, as Encinitas civic and cal art galleries swing open their doors at Art Night EnTHEATER BRINGS HISTORY The Education depart- cinitas. The bi-monthly art ment at the California Cen- open house benefits artists ter for the Arts, Escondi- through the sale of their do hosts their first Center art. Participating Galleries Stage: Performances for include Encinitas Library, Youth show for the 2019- 540 Cornish Drive; Civic 2020 school year with “John Center Art Gallery at City & Juan: History of the Gold- Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave.; en State” at 9:30 a.m. and First Street Gallery, 820 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20, in the S. Coast Highway 101; Off Center Theater. 340 N. Es- Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast condido Blvd., Escondido. Highway 101; Art N Soul John, a native Californian, on the 101, 633 S. Coast and Juan, a Mexican immi- Highway 101; Bliss 101, Lux grant, discover their com- Art Institute and Encinitas mon heritage through 500 Community Center, 1140 years of California history. Oakcrest Park Drive. Tickets are $5 at (800) 988OPENING ART RECEPTION 4253. There will be an Opening Art Reception for Cheryl Ehlers as part of Art Night Encinitas from 6 to LINDSEY ROCKS OCEANSIDE B l u e s - r o c k i n g , 9 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Encisoul-singing drummer, nitas Library, 540 Cornish songwriter and bandlead- Drive, Encinitas, as three er Lindsay Beaver, touring city galleries swing their CROP her Alligator Records debut doors open in celebration of .93 As Love,” will the city’s diverse visual art CD, “Tough perform.93 at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 scene, coupled with live mu4.17 at the Thunderbird Analog sic and refreshments and a 4.28Studio, 1715 S. holiday art sale with items Recording Freeman St., Oceanside. under $100. For more deTickets $20 at (760) 458TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 17 5682.

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ormer L.A. resident John Linthurst, who now resides in Oceanside, has spent the greater part of his life dedicated to entrepreneurial pursuits, and he has had a successful career in business and agriculture. Photography was one of his early avenues of expression and he completed the program at Pasadena City College — and then several additional sections at Cal State Fullerton where he eventually graduated with a degree in English (AMST). In his years in Pasadena he was fortunate to be called into projects by several photographer friends attending nearby ArtCenter College of Design and learned greatly from the collaborations. At his cre-

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e-mail jtmoring@gmail or School at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 call (760) 443-1790. at 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, works by J. S. Bach and others. This concert is GROWN-UPS ONLY Relive your childhood part of the church's annual with this Adults Only show- Music Series, offered as a ing of “Aladdin” 3:30 to gift to the community. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Turrentine Room, Escondido MEET SOPHIA LOREN Public Library, 239 S. KalOscar-winning actress mia St., Escondido. Sophia Loren will captivate audiences with an intimate onstage conversation and Q&A at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido FATHER AND SON CONCERT First United Methodist at 4 p.m. Nov. 24 in the ConChurch of Escondido will cert Hall, 340 N. Escondido present an organ recital by Blvd., Escondido. Tickets at Michael Munson and his (800) 988-4253 or artcenter. trumpeter son, Aaron, a org. Loren’s prolific career senior at San Marcos High spans over five decades.


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Coast Loco is a beach Artist’s statement: The beach culture has a specific series derived style, a vibe, that is peo- from seemingly mundane ple based for sure. I think trips to local beaches and it is grand to photograph collecting unremarkable the quiet lonely beaches of pictures in volume. Later, SD County, but the truth the ploy becomes composof the matter, seldom is iting interesting parts into that seen in the summer a new whole, creating a beach culture fueled with months. Second, people come madness and mass. That down to the sea to cele- residual is what I am after brate. It is a joyful event though. Absurdity is somefor families and individuals to sink the hours in, thing we can both laugh and go home with a little with and at ourselves. Lol! salt on them. I really have See more of John’s work at enjoyed creating my own vision of beach culture

ESCONDIDO — If Target is anything to go by, it’s never too early to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Succeeding their “Sense and Sensibility” show, Patio Playhouse’s next production is “Miracles of the Season,” a pair of one-act musicals written by local playwright Shari Lyon and Deborah Somuano. These pieces tell stories from the perspectives of people celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. “This whole production is about holiday time and family,” said producer Deborah Zimmer. “And inclusion and enjoying the traditions of the holidays.” Watching the cast of seven adults and seven youths of mixed backgrounds become a family, she says, gives her the chills. Bubbe and the Mensch on a Quest tells the story of a mensch (someone who embodies admirable traits) who tries to find their family’s lost menorah. While the mensch is on their quest, Bubbe tells the story of the origin of why Hanukkah lasts eight nights. This production will be the story’s inaugural one and will feature music such as the dreidel song and “Ocho

Kandelikas,” a piece of Ladino music. In Las Posadas (making its San Diego premiere), a choir director falls ill just when their merry bunch of carolers are about to head out and sing. After a caroler volunteers to lead in the director’s stead, they encounter a family decorating their house for Christmas, and learn about the Latinx tradition of Las Posadas. This part of the play will feature original music. Las Posadas (roughly translating to “the lodging”) is a nine-day celebration that starts on Dec. 16 and ends on Christmas Eve. Often, celebrations include re-enactments of the Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem, Christmas carols are sung, piñatas are burst asunder, and merriment is had by all. “We like doing original shows,” said Zimmer. “In the spring, our youth production is going to be two original one-act plays, one by Shari Lyon and one by her husband.” As the producer, Zimmer frequently collaborates with director Victoria Silva-Davis and other members of the production staff

to make sure everything is on track for premiere day. She says she also gets chills from seeing the progress in production. “You know, you start out OK, ‘Here’s your script, here’s your music, here’s your song, and we’ll get with the musical director and she’ll start to teach (the cast) the songs,” she said. “And then they practice and practice and then maybe a couple weeks down the road, we have a rehearsal and we hear it, and you hear the harmonies, and you just watch it get better and better over time. Opening night is magical, always.” Like previous Patio Playhouse shows, the house will ask attendees to donate to an associated charity upon the show’s conclusion: in this case, More Than Apples, Inc. The organization is an Escondido nonprofit that provides food to people in need. It’s a good fit, Zimmer says, since the holidays are “all about food.” The show will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 22 at Patio Playhouse’s black box community theater on Kalmia Street in Escondido. Ticket prices range from $12 to $40.

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San Marcos park rangers help keep educational programs alive By Stephanie Stang

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program that educates the public about astronomy. Also, when Erica Salmon arrived at Jack’s Pond Nature Center one weekend and found it was closed, her kids were devastated. “They loved it and they were going like every weekend. And one day we went, and the doors were not open, and they cried and cried, and I didn’t understand why,” she said. She decided she would volunteer after speaking with the ranger on duty. “He said we can only open if we have a volunteer there to come and open it.” Typically, she spends a few hours every Saturday morning there with her children and likes the idea of them spending more time with nature than in front of the television. Volunteers must be 18 years old and pass a background check along with an interview. They must also have a passion for the outdoors and all things involving nature and enjoy working with the public. Oshinski says it’s a great “office” space for volunteering and they are always accepting applications. “If they are retired, or they have free time and they want to be a good asset to their community. For example, John (Walsh) he’s retired, he has a few days where he can help out, so John just is very passionate about being a volunteer and helping us out. He loves being outside and I mean look at the beautiful setting here who wouldn’t want to love spending their time here.” For more information about volunteering with the city of San Marcos visit





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Silvergate takes local seniors to Temecula wine country T E M E C U L A — Silvergate San Marcos -- a premier senior living retirement community – treated more than two dozen local seniors on Friday, November 1st, 2019 to a wine country excursion in the Temecula Valley to explore the region’s storied past and discover its rich wine-making traditions. The group embarked on a full day of wine-tasting, fun and lively conversation after hearing a local historian speak about the people and history of the region. In just under an hour, the group of Silvergate seniors were whisked up the road for an afternoon luncheon and wine-tasting event at Ponte Winery, one of the premier vintners in the region. Tasting Room Manager, Ty Tyler, led the group through a spirited discussion about the grape varietals grown in Temecula, the art and science of wine tasting and the sheer enjoyment that comes with imbibing the centuries old beverage. He also told the group about how wine country in Temecula has grown from a small hand-full of wineries at its inception to more than 50 wineries

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GUESTS OF SILVERGATE San Marcos and Silvergate Fallbrook spent the day among the vines at Ponte Winery in the Temecula Valley learning about Southern California wine-making as part of a community outing hosted by the senior living community on Friday, Nov. 1. Courtesy photos

lifestyle in retirement. These local residents are already finding out that Silvergate offers so many opportunities to make connections and develop meaningful friendships. We delighted to see future residents meeting one another and friendships blossoming as we all spend time together.” Silvergate organizers shared a look at its upcoming Holiday event with attendees, including a winter excursion to the Hotel Del Coronado for a Holiday Luncheon in

host a Quartermania Fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Vista Optimist Club, 600 Optimist Way, Vista. Tickets cost $25 at (760) 724-9674 or at pat@ or by paying online at soroptimistvista. org, and include bidding paddle and poker chip, and lunch. Quartermania is a cross between an auction and a raffle.

VIRGINIA HARRIS, left, spends time with Joan Rink-Carroll, executive director of Silvergate San Marcos, in the Tasting Room at Ponte Winery.

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Hosting events like this day trip to wine country is likely one of the reasons why Silvergate San Marcos has been voted a “Favorite” by readers of the San Diego Union Tribune in their annual Readers Poll for more than 10 years running. This year, Silvergate Retirement Residence & Memory Care communities were honored in both the Retirement/Independent Living Community and the Assisted Living Community categories. Those interested in seeing a Silvergate San Marcos apartment home or to inquire about availability in the Memory Care Suites of the community, call David Nelson, Marketing Director, to arrange a private luncheon and tour of the property, at 760-7444484. One bedrooms and studios are currently available at Silvergate San Marcos, with a special “All Inclusive Care” offering applicable through the end of 2019. The community is located at 1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA 92078. www.silvergaterr. com THANKSGIVING CAMP

The Boys & Girls Camp of Oceanside offers a Thanksgiving Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 with fall crafts, culinary arts and STEM activities. Cost is $57 (10% sibling discount & scholarships available).

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