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Council approves country club plan

Two indicted over canceled San Marcos High band trip REGION — A Florida couple who operated a Georgia-based travel agency were indicted in San Diego on embezzlement and other charges involving a canceled high school band trip to Japan that resulted in nearly $100,000 in losses for students at four area campuses and their parents, officials announced on Nov. 15. Bradley Matheson, 52, and Margaret Matheson, 43, together operating as Harmony International, are charged with 93 felony counts, including failing to maintain passenger funds in a trust account and failure to provide refunds, according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. A grand jury in San Diego handed down the indictment against the Mathesons last month, finding that the total loss involving band students from San Marcos High School, Del Norte High School, Eastlake High School and Mission Hills High School was $99,000. “These defendants took money from the students and their families, then turned around and spent it on business and personal expenses instead of honoring their agreement,” Stephan alleged. “Our Consumer Protection Unit’s investigation has been thorough, and it’s our hope that these charges will not only hold the defendants accountable but will also result in restitution for the victims.” Bradley Matheson was arrested in Florida last Friday, but Margaret Matheson remains at large, according to authorities, who asked anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact the California Department of Justice at (800) 952-5225 or (916) 210-6276. In December 2014, Bradley Matheson met with one of the high school band directors at a band conference in Chicago and offered to make arrangements for a school band trip to Japan through his company, Harmony International, according to court papers. In January 2016, he provided band students and their parents with a brochure explaining the trip details and also appeared via Skype during a parent informational meeting to generate interest in the trip, which was scheduled for July 11-18 TURN TO BAND TRIP ON 14

Developer wants to build 380 homes By Steve Puterski

HONORING MILITARY VETERANS Guests of the city of San Marcos’ Veterans Day Ceremony greet retired Navy veteran Edward Bridges, left, after his presentation highlighting personal experiences of his military service. STORY ON PAGE 5. Photo by Mark Marquez

ESCONDIDO — After nearly five hours of presentations, resident feedback, discussion amongst the City Council and an overflowing audience, New Urban West, Inc.’s proposal for the Escondido Country Club was approved Nov. 15. In a close tally, the council voted 3-2 to move forward with the plan calling for 380 homes, 48.7 acres of open space including a massive green belt, a new clubhouse and four miles of trails. Each home will also be 100 percent powered by solar energy. “We are extremely grateful to the City Council for their vote as well as to the hundreds of residents who shared our commitment to restoring this community to the healthy and vibrant place it once was,” said Jonathan Frankel, project manager for New Urban West. “We now look forward to continuing our work with the community, including the members of ECCHO (Escondido Country Club Homeowners), as we revitalize this once-prestigious neighborhood.” TURN TO COUNTRY CLUB ON 10

At Vista High, students can make it and dish it out By Promise Yee

VISTA — An ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, homemade roasted tomato soup and a mixed berry crumble topped with vanilla gelato are on the November menu at the student-run Panther Cafe. For the past seven years, Vista High School culinary arts and agriculture classes have teamed up to grow, cook and serve fresh meals for the community. Culinary students use what is grown by agriculture students, along with other ingredients, to create bimonthly lunches served at the school’s cafe. Lunches include soup or salad, an entree, a dessert and a beverage. “We mostly use salad greens, herbs, flowers and a few vegetables in our Panther Cafe meals,” Chef Kim Plunkett, Vista High School culinary arts teacher, said. Planning for meals starts months ahead of time. Plunkett and agriculture teacher Sara Benner discuss menus. Benner follows

Chef Kim Plunkett, Vista High’s culinary arts teacher with, from left, Omar Nieto, Marcelo Lopez, Humberto Moreno, Jair Pena and Antonio Blas. Photo courtesy Kim Plunkett

up and purchases seeds that students plant and grow. Updates on when crops will be harvested are shared and menus are finalized. All culinary students are involved in preparing and serving the bimonthly lunches. “We begin on Wednesday with a list of tasks that need to be done to prepare for the meal,” Plunkett

said. “I break the recipes down into small steps and students work in groups of two to four.” Preparation work shared by students includes washing, chopping and preparing food. Students also polish silverware, level cafe tables and set out the host sign. Choreographed lunch operations involve 119 students from

five class periods. The day of the lunch more than a dozen students sign on for positions of cooks, servers and hosts. The fourth period class, which meets right before lunch, is tasked with readying to-go orders. “We serve everyone at 11:50 for our 35-minute lunch period,” Plunkett said. “Our meals have to go basically all at once.” The $10 lunch is a big hit with local residents. “Our guests enjoy the meals,” Plunkett said. “We make something different each time. No repeats.” In addition to bimonthly lunches served from October to May, an annual farm-to-table tasting event is held each February. Meats from student-raised livestock are part of the dining experience. Last school year 40 recipes were served, and cooking demonstrations were done on site. TURN TO STUDENTS ON 7


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Arianna Houshmandi is one of three San Diego County teens enrolled in an international Chevrolet program called Goal Keepers. Courtesy photo

Soccer trio among Chevrolet ‘Goalkeepers’ By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — When Theresa Houshmandi heard several months ago about a Chevrolet program aimed at inspiring young female soccer players to achieve their goals on and off the pitch, she immediately thought of her daughter, Arianna. Arianna is a ninth-grade student at Mission Hills High School, and plays for the San Marcos Revolution soccer club. She also wants to be a corporate attorney. Flash forward to today, and Arianna is one of 11 girls chosen from around the world by the car company for the “GoalKeepers” program, which gives the girls the opportunity to attend a Manchester United soccer match before embarking on an eight-month, one-on-one mentoring program with a Chevrolet employee in the girl’s field of interest. The Houshmandis just returned from the trip to England, where Arianna got to meet the 10 other GoalKeepers — two of whom were also from San Marcos and another from El Cajon — and meet the Manchester United players and step foot on the hallowed pitch before the club’s match against Tottenham Hotspur. “It was really amazing, it was so great to interact with girls from all over the world, we have a special bond that will never be broken,” Arianna said. “We got to meet the teams and the entire Manchester United Team, which was really amazing. They were super nice and welcoming and that was really fun, and we got all of their autographs on a jersey, which was a bonus. “It was an unforgettable experience,” Arianna said. Chevrolet has hosted the GoalKeepers program for four years, teaming up with the Women’s Sports Foundation to encourage female empowerment through the initiative, which is designed to demonstrate the possibilities sports can provide to millions of girls worldwide. The girls over the next eight months will receive guidance from their mentors and will produce a project in their respective fields of interest. Theresa Houshmandi said she learned about the

opportunity from an email from the soccer club, and she filled out the initial application on her daughter’s behalf. When she learned that Arianna made it through the initial screening, she let her daughter take over. “We learned about this program that was available for girls 11 to 15 years old, and how they could take a trip to Manchester, and do all of these cool experiences,” Theresa Houshmandi said. “The whole thing sounded so appealing, how can you not go for this?” Arianna said the next round of the application process included a questionnaire, followed by an in-depth interview with the program coordinators via Skype. After being selected, the girls were paired with their mentors, and recently completed an introduction in which the girls learned more about them, and vice versa. Then came the trip to England. Emma Cashman, 12, is another of the 11 GoalKeepers. The El Cajon girl, who plays for the Oranje Voetbal Club, said the trip allowed her to bond with the other girls through a series of goal-setting and achieving workshops. The future interior designer who loves to watch “Fixer Upper” and “Property Brothers” said they also got to train at the Manchester United training facility with the team. She said her favorite highlight was being able to walk on the field with them during the pre-match festiv-

ities, with each player wearing a jersey with the name of one of the GoalKeepers emblazoned on the back. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a midfielder for Manchester United, donned Emma’s name. “It’s not every day that one, you get to meet Manchester players, and, two, they know your name,” Emma said. “It was really happy and (I was) really surprised.” Over the next eight months, Emma said she is excited to work with her mentor, Ven Lai, who is a creative designer at Chevrolet. “I want to learn more tips about interior design, and she used to be a fashion designer and worked for Gap and a bunch of other really big businesses, so she is definitely experienced in the whole thing,” Emma said. Both Emma and Arianna’s mothers said that they see the experience as giving them a “leg up” over their peers toward achieving their goals. “It is kind of exciting to get to try all of it out to make


sure this is what she wants to do when she grows up,” Theresa Houshmandi said. “They are definitely getting a leg up on everyone else, which is cool.” And even if they don’t go into their current fields of interest, both parents said they are hopeful the skills they learn will translate to other fields later in life. “It teaches them life skills and to think outside the box,” Emma’s mother Cheryl Cashman said. “I definitely would like them to be flexible, and the principals to be taught within this particular career industry can be overlapping to other industries.”

ESCONDIDO — A man was in custody after a shooting Nov. 10 in a parking lot in Escondido. About 9 p.m., officers responded to a report of a gunshot heard near the 1500 block of South Juniper St., according to Lt. Mark Petersen of the Escondido Police Department. Officers were unable to find any sign of a shooting, Petersen said, but about 10-15 minutes after it was reported, employees at Palomar Medical Center contacted police to inform them a gunshot victim was at the hospital. Petersen said officers then returned to the area where the gunshot was reported and were able to

find a witness to the shooting, determined to have occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1580 S. Juniper Street. After an investigation, officers identified a specific apartment believed to be associated with the shooting. While police waited for a warrant to search the apartment, a suspect returned to the scene and was arrested. That suspect was identified as 23-year-old Rene Alfaro. Petersen said the victim — identified as a 20-yearold man — was taken into surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest immediately after arriving at the hospital Friday. — City News Service

13-year-old arrested in Xanax case that sent six to hospital ESCONDIDO — Escondido police announced Nov. 4 that an arrest has been made in connection with an incident in which six children were found to have taken Xanax at school. Officers said a 13-yearold juvenile student at Rincon Middle School was arrested on Oct. 31 on suspicion of distribution of illegal substances. The six students who were found to have taken

the drug also attended the same school, police said. The Oct. 25 incident sent two of the children to an emergency room and one to urgent care. None of the six have experienced any lasting damage, and all have fully recovered, police said. The 13-year-old suspect was released to the custody of his parents after his arrest, police said. — City News Service


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Opinion & Editorial

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Proposition 54: A ballot initiative that worked California Focus By Thomas D. Elias There’s nothing politicians and lobbyists in this state hate more than the ballot initiative process to which they all pay hypocritical verbal homage every chance they get. It’s easy to see why they don’t like lawmaking by the public, the essence of initiatives: The process takes important issues out of their hands. It can alter their working conditions in ways they don’t like. Sure, politicians will occasionally make use of initiatives, as Republican businessman John Cox and Orange County GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen are doing now in making pet initiatives the centerpieces of their underdog campaigns for governor. Cox is pushing a measure to multiply by 1,000 the number of state legislators, while Allen has virtually appropriated the effort to repeal the state’s new gas tax increase. Similarly, ex-Gov. Pete Wilson used the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 to prop up his reelection campaign in 1994 and current Gov. Jerry Brown used the 2012 Proposition 30 tax increases to balance his budgets. But politicians generally hate ballot initiatives unless they’re making such use of them. Brown, for example, opposed the landmark 1978 Proposition 13 property tax cuts because they interfered with his own efforts at tax reform. Most legislators fought tooth and nail against Proposition 20, which created the Coastal Commission and has limited development near beaches and view areas. But it’s hard to find an initiative that has affected legislators more than Proposition 54, which passed just over one year ago and requires that proposed laws cannot be passed unless they’ve been available in print or via the Internet for at least 72 hours before passage. Because of Prop. 54, voters could see the final form of Brown’s proposal for California to join a Western regional electricity grid before it actually passed, rather than having to react after the fact as has happened with many last-minute bills in recent years. Because of that notice and the possibility this plan might cause a new energy crunch, opponents could organize loud protests and the proposition died – for now. Similarly, a plan to exempt a new

My plan for economic development in North County By Jerry Kern

Recently, I released “A Blueprint for Prosperity,” my plan for economic development in North County. Should I be fortunate enough to serve as your next County Supervisor, it’s my goal to hit the ground running and immediately begin working to strengthen our regional economy. As an Oceanside Councilmember for more than a decade, I’ve had the opportunity to play an important role in the economic boom that Oceanside is now experiencing. Not only have we been able to bring new shops, residences and restaurants to Oceanside, but we did so with community buy-in and support. When it comes to North County as a whole, the challenges are much more unique and of greater scale. Accordingly, it’s important we develop a regional, collaborative approach among our numerous and diverse communities. My plan for economic development has several facets, but together form a unifying vision for the region. First, I believe we must strengthen and grow our regional relationships. North County is home to multiple cities, communities, and tribal governments. We have a wide array of industries in-

Why pardon a turkey? President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates. This Wednesday, he plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys. The other 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have not been so lucky. They were raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes were clipped to

cluding manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, biotechnology, green technology, health care, education and many others. By working together and ensuring we’re on the same page, we can identify opportunities, avoid duplicated efforts and leverage our resources to better serve the local economy. Second, we must do what we can to recruit and retain businesses, both large and small. Part of this process includes finding ways to reduce the cost of living, to make North County a more appealing place to relocate or expand. We should also be using county grant funding to invest in the next generation of workers to ensure North County nurtures a healthy pool of workers. Third, we need to do what we can to support agriculture and tourism throughout North County. Our region has more small farms than any other county in the nation, and it’s important we have policies that make it easier -- not harder -- for family farms to succeed. A strong agricultural economy means a strong North County economy. In addition, North County is home to countless tourism opportunities, including Legoland, the Flower Fields, Bates Nut Farm, dozens of ••• prevent stress-induced aggression. At 16 weeks of age, slaughterhouse workers cut their throats and dumped them in boiling water to remove their feathers. Consumers pay a heavy price too. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate risk of chronic killer diseases. Intense prolonged cooking is required to destroy deadly pathogens lurking inside. Now, for the good news: Per capita consumption of turkeys is down by a whopping 34 percent from a 1996

wineries, pristine beaches, scenic hiking, and countless other attractions. We need to support these local attractions and continue promoting North County as a destination for visitors. Finally, we need to cut red tape at the County and make it easier to start and grow a business. One of the most significant steps we can take is to remove costly and burdensome regulations, which cost time and money, putting an extra strain on young businesses. Part of this process includes allowing residents to “flag” any regulations they believe are unnecessary or overly costly. Should a regulation receive a sufficient number of flags, it should go through a required review by the county to determine if it should be modified or eliminated. We have tremendous opportunity for long-term, sustained economic growth in North County. By working toward a collaborative vision, focusing on our strongest industries and getting government out of the way, we can ensure that opportunity becomes a reality.

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Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern is running to represent the 5th District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. high of 303 million, as one third of our population is actively reducing meat consumption; our supermarkets carry a rich variety of convenient, delicious, healthful plant-based meat products, including several oven-ready roasts. This Thanksgiving holiday, as we give thanks for life and good fortune, let’s also skip the gratuitous violence and grant our own pardon to an innocent animal.

Inglewood arena for the Los Angeles Clippers from provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act also was shelved because it became obvious when the plan was exposed to a little daylight that it could set a bad precedent, despite Brown’s distaste for CEQA. His signature was a virtual certainty if this one had passed, like several prior stadium and arena exemptions favoring developers and big business. No one can be sure just how many lousy measures Prop. 54 spared Californians, because the notorious gut-andamend proposals that have been common in recent decades were drastically lessened this fall. In that process, legislative proposals which already have a name and number have often been totally changed to cover subjects unrelated to those affected by the original bill. When that’s done at the last moment, the public has no chance for any input. By forcing legislators to make such changes at least three days before final votes are taken, Prop. 54 moved up the amendment process, often by months. The result ought to be better legislation, although only time will tell how that will pan out. All this does not mean California’s lawmaking process is now perfect. With legislators voting on hundreds of bills during the final week of their session, it’s impossible for them to cast informed votes on most items. One result is that party-line votes become more common, with members of the Assembly and state Senate taking their cues from their leadership. It’s a problem very similar to what went on with health care this fall in Washington, D.C., where senators were forced to vote on Republican proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare – the Affordable Care Act – without knowing how many Americans they would deprive of health insurance. Here’s a suggestion for a future initiative to further improve state lawmaking: Stagger the deadline for bill passage, with firm limits on the number of bills legislators can consider during any one week. Yes, this might cut down the number of bills proposed in any one session, but does anyone really believe we need all the proposed laws now being put forward each year?

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San Marcos ceremony honors veterans for their service By Julie Gallant

SAN MARCOS — A small park in San Marcos served as the venue for a big-hearted ceremony recognizing the many contributions of U.S. military personnel and their families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The large group of community volunteers and civic-minded citizens who convened at Helen Bougher Memorial Park to honor those who have served in times of war and peace included members of the San Marcos Lions Club, the San Elijo Middle School Gig Jazz Band, the U.S. Marines Corps, the Cal State University San Marcos Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. The San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony was sponsored by the city of San Marcos, which took over the annual proceedings from a grassroots citizens committee about seven years ago. For the event’s featured speaker, Edward Bridges, a retired Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman who served 21 years of active duty, this year’s theme of “Celebrating Our Local Heroes” signifies a moment of time to reflect on the many sacrifices military members have made over the years. “It’s a remembrance of people I have served with — good people,” he said. For the estimated 400 people gathered at the event, Bridges recounted his experiences that earned him a Purple Heart. It happened in Vietnam in 1967 when he was assigned to ride in supply helicopters to deliver cigarettes to field people. One day he was awakened early to get on a

Johnny Keys plays the bagpipes during the San Marcos Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at Helen Bougher Memorial Park. Other musical performances included Doreen Treadwell singing the National Anthem, Fred McDowell playing a rendition of “Taps” on the bugle and the San Elijo Middle School Gig Jazz Band entertaining the crowd with patriotic songs. Photo by Mark Marquez

helicopter to evacuate two survivors of a six-man reconnaissance team behind enemy lines. “It was still very dark. I heard pop, pop, pop,” he said. “The head crew chief went down. I felt a punch in my back. My body was hit with an enemy round. The pilot was hit, too, and he came out of the cockpit and laid down beside me.” Bridges said he spent the

next three years recovering from injuries he sustained from the shrapnel. Now his bravery in action is recognized on the San Marcos Veterans Memorial Park Wall of Remembrance that was dedicated at the Helen Bougher park in January 2009. One of 267 tiles on the wall honoring 325 honorably discharged service members contains the names of Edward Bridg-

es, who served from 1953 to 1974, beside the name of his father Ralph E. Bridges, who earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart while serving in the Army from 1944 to 1945, and his son-in-law Erick S. Kendl, who served in the Navy from 1985 to 2006. The memorial wall, designed by artist Glen Schmidt, was created to provide a place for solace, reflection and to honor those that

have served our nation in various branches of the military. Names on the tiles also include those of 12 killed in action, five missing in action and six prisoners of war. During the Veterans Day ceremony, certificates of recognition were awarded to Edward Bridges along with event organizers Greg and Heidi Rassatt on behalf of California State Assembly members Joel Anderson and Marie Waldron. San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond was also on hand to issue a certificate of appreciation and gratitude for the Rassatts and a proclamation to “gratefully honor, sincerely appreciate, and whole-heartedly thank” Edward Bridges on behalf of the San Marcos City Council. “Greg and Heidi put in multiple hours of service every year,” Desmond said. “It’s a phenomenal event that brings everyone together. It’s a great effort. Hopefully, they’ll continue this for many years. We want to honor you for your commitment to our veterans and to the city of San Marcos as well.” Among the many other volunteers who joined in supporting the Veterans Day event was the San Marcos High School Air Force Junior ROTC. Master Sgt. Michael Lazare said the Junior ROTC has been changing out the American and POW flags at the event every year since 2010 and it is one of the three big city events it participates in along with the Memorial Day ceremony in May and the annual holiday parade, which will be held Dec. 3 this year. “The high school kids come out here to participate and do the right thing,” Lazare said. “It’s volunteers that make it happen.”






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Shortfall in funds for needed dam repairs was built in 1895 to create a reservoir for the city’s water supply. It was a rock-fill structure, 76 feet high. In 1924, attempting to increase the reservoir’s capacity, the city added 24 feet of hydraulic fill to the top of the dam. That’s the portion where the seismic analysis found potential instability. City officials thought they had the final piece of the funding for a new dam in early 2016, a $25 million loan from the state’s revolving fund program for water. But that went by the boards when it was discovered that an obscure regulation prohibits money from that fund to be used for dams. Once the City Council approves an environmental impact report, the city will apply for another loan from the final construction bids. McKinney said there are a couple of places to look for the additional money. One possibility is federal funding for infrastructure programs. More certainly, the city could go to the State Infrastructure Bank. McKinney said the water utility has good credit and ought to be able to borrow the money at 3.5 to 4 percent interest from the infrastructure bank. He said that would be better than paying 4.5 to 5 percent on the bond market, but it still would have been better if the money could have come from the revolving fund program, which would have charged 1.5 to 2 percent interest. McKinney said that as of about 2012, it was thought Originally built in 1895, Lake Wohlford Dam was expanded in 1924 to add to the reservoir’s capacity. The that the project would cost 93-year-old addition is now in need of reconstruction. Photo courtesy Escondido Public Library $30 million. But that was In 2007, a seismic analy- And it’s our storage not just another state source, along before the design process sis indicated that the upper for water, in general, but for with the permits needed to got rolling and planners went into the unforgiving portion of the dam could be our local supply. It allows us finish the project. The city already has set details. Among those details unstable in the event of a to have some water indepenaside $8.5 million for the is the need for a southward dence.” major earthquake. The original earthen dam new dam. The state has pro- re-alignment of Oakvale “The risk comes if there vided a $15 million match- Road, which runs along the ing grant, which originally dam. “As we finished the decame with a deadline that has been extended. So, the sign, it was clear there was city still is $25 million short, going to be a lot more done give or take, depending on in terms of preparation and

By Bill Peterson

ESCONDIDO — Ten years after learning of the need to replace or repair the dam at Lake Wohlford, officials at the city of Escondido are still trying to raise the money. It’s a substantial sum — $45 million to $50 million — and they’re about halfway to it. Completion of the project would enable the city to store about twice as much water as it now can in the man-made reservoir and still prevent flooding from the structure in the event of a big earthquake. The dam is located east of the city. Because it also is about 900 feet higher than the city, a failure of the upper portion could flood the city if the reservoir were filled to capacity. But it isn’t.

is a greater than 7.5 magnitude earthquake in close proximity to the dam,” city Utilities Director Chris McKinney said. The city quickly drew down the reservoir to about 40 percent of its full capacity, which is 6,500 acre feet (an acre foot equals 325,851 U.S. gallons). City officials say this is not an optimal solution. “There are a couple of reasons why it’s better to run it at full capacity,” McKinney said. “The first is that when there is more water in storage, it allows us to ride out a period of drought. Second, water quality is improved. It’s better to have a deeper reservoir than a shallow reservoir. Operation at our water treatment plant is more efficient if we have a deeper reservoir ...

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A vintage postcard, printed between 1930 and 1945, plugs Kuebler’s Camp on Lake Wohlford. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library

excavation of the bedrock, which is expensive,” McKinney said. “ ... You have to dig to the point of finding good stable bedrock. The realignment of Oakvale is about $8 (million) or $9 million. As we’re moving the road, we’re excavating that part of the dam abutment.” City officials now hope the project can begin next summer. Escondido Director of Community Development Bill Martin said an environmental impact report will go before the City Council for approval next month. “Once we start building a new dam, we have to take down some of the trees,” Martin said. “ ... There has been habitat that has grown during the draw-down period.” The city’s Notice of Preparation for the project said the construction will involve building a new dam that will crest about 200 feet west and downstream from the existing dam. Hydraulic fill composing the upper part of the existing dam will be removed and the new dam will be constructed from roller-compacted concrete. Once the new dam is complete, the reservoir can be

filled to its historic capacity, which would submerge what remains of the existing dam. To establish a suitable foundation and solid surfaces for the abutments, material would be excavated from the downstream canyon floor and rocky slopes, perhaps by blasting and hydraulic drilling to remove rock. The new dam would rise to about 125 feet above its foundation grade, which would be 1,490 feet above mean sea level. The crest would span about 650 feet from its north abutment to its south abutment. The dam crest would feature an access path to accommodate vehicles and pedestrians for maintenance purposes only. The portion of the existing outlet tower that’s more than 1,442 feet above mean sea level would be demolished and the rest of that tower would be filled and abandoned. A new outlet tower will be built in its place. Before any of that can happen, the city will first have to do the Oakvale Road adjustment. That will involve excavation into the existing hillside to make room for the re-alignment.

Ribbon cut on latest Creek District project By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The latest project in the burgeoning Creek District in San Marcos has opened its doors as city officials continue to weigh the district’s future. Eastgate, a 42-unit affordable housing complex, celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 15. Mayor Jim Desmond was among the dignitaries in attendance. The project is the second major development to open in the area of town city officials are retooling in the wake of the changing economy. The Promenade at Creekside Apartments opened in June 2016 to similar fanfare. Officials with Affirmed Housing, the project developer, touted tax-exempt bonds and the tax-credit program, the financing mechanisms that makes projects like it and other affordable housing developments

Officials celebrating the opening this month of Eastgate, a 42-apartment complex designated as “affordable housing.” Courtesy photo

throughout San Marcos possible. James Silverwood, president of Affirmed, said that the House GOP’s budget includes the elimination of the bonds, which would strip cities and developers of a tool to revitalize their communities. “As the House of Representatives considers cutting

this program, we suggest they reconsider the negative impacts this repeal will have for persons of lower means here in California and throughout the country,” Silverwood said. While the ribbon-cutting for Eastgate was Nov. 15, developers have already filled the 42 units, including 11 for veterans who qualify under

the income guidelines. Among the project’s amenities are a clubhouse with kitchen, tech stations, a tot lot, barbecue areas and laundry facilities. Residents will also have case management services and access to educational programming. It also includes eight commercial spaces for local businesses. Meanwhile, city officials continue to work on an overhaul of the city’s Creek District plan that yielded Eastgate and the Promenade apartments. Originally slated to have 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 590,000 square foot of office space, city officials last year began updating the district’s plan to reduce the amount of retail and office as consumers have flocked to online shopping. The Creek District oversight committee next meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

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Palomar Health CEO announces retirement ESCONDIDO — Palomar Health announced the retirement of president and CEO Robert Hemker on Nov. 7. Hemker, who said he wanted to spend more time with his family, was an executive with the North County health care provider for 16 years. He was chief financial officer when promoted to the top spot in June 2014. His departure follows an August survey in which 97 percent of 1,300 unionized nurses at Palomar Health said they had no confidence in Hemker, contending that the operator of three hospitals in Escondido and Poway

was beset by staffing and supply shortages, as well as high employee turnover. Diane Hansen was appointed interim president and CE) while a national search is conducted. Hansen has been Palomar Health's executive vice president of finance the past three years. “The Board of Directors is deeply grateful for Bob’s leadership of our organization,” said Palomar Health board Chairwoman Dara Czerwonka. “His life and career have been guided by his compassion and caring for others.” — City News Service

Chase ends with crash into car wash (Left) Hector Numez, Angel Chavez and Yeritza Flores are among the Vista High culinary students involved in preparing and serving the bimonthly lunches for community members and school staff. (Right) Yara Castillo Reyes displays her handiwork. Photos courtesy Kim Plunkett

Panther Cafe lunch dates are announced in a group email invitation. Community members who would like to be added to the invitation list are asked to send a request to


“We served rabbit, several different sausages, pork roast, pork chops, pork steaks, ham, pork, barbecue sliders,” Plunkett said. Stuffed mushrooms, quiche and beef heart stew were also served to diners. The lessons learned by students are many. Food used in the meals are jump-

ing off points for instruction. “My culinary 2 students and I plan and design the menu to align with what culinary 1 and culinary 2 students are learning in class the week before the cafe,” Plunkett said. Rigorous coursework includes the topics of building a career in the industry, food safety hygiene and cleanliness and culinary math. “Our curriculum is writ-

Council OKs funds for Solutions for Change By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — During an Oct. 24 City Council meeting, council members voted to approve a $140,000 onetime contractual allotment to Solutions for Change, a Vista-based nonprofit that helps the homeless in North County. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby opposed the decision. The discussion first began on Aug. 8, when Solutions for Change CEO Chris Megison spoke at a Vista City Council meeting to ask if the city could financially help the organization. Megison explained the nonprofit was unable to receive homeless assistance funding following federal and state policy changes. Solutions for Change offers a drug-free and sober housing environment, whereas Housing First, which is supported by federal funds, does not. Solutions for Change has sought financial help from Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and

Escondido. According to Megison, the $140,000 will be used to help bridge a $700,000 monetary deficit since Solutions for Change returned the federal money. Currently, Solutions for Change is assisting 163 homeless families. In a letter to Mayor Judy Ritter, Megison shared that historically Vista homeless family enrollment is at around 28 percent. Even though Rigby opposed the decision, she said she appreciated that the monies would be a contract with Solutions for Change and not a charitable donation. She also insisted on accountability on behalf of Solutions for Change. To date, only the city of San Marcos and the city of Vista have offered funds to Solutions for Change. With that said, Rigby noted she had concerns about how Solutions for Change would rectify the deficit if the other North County cities did not participate.

ten by the National Restaurant Association Foundation to prepare students for college and careers in the hospitality and foodservice industry,” Plunkett said. Many graduated students work in the industry locally in Vista, Carlsbad, San Marco and Escondido. Others have spread their wings and gained industry employment in Napa Valley, Virginia, North Carolina

and Minnesota. Panther Cafe lunch dates are announced in a group email invitation. Reservations are taken until the 26 inside seats and 14 patio seats are full. Lunches are also delivered to school staff. Community members who would like to be added to the invitation list are asked to send a request to

ESCONDIDO — A stolen car crashed into a car wash Nov. 13, following a police chase that encompassed an entire lap around Escondido. The driver was arrested. He was later identified as Donald Morrow, 33. The chase began about 7:20 a.m., when officers ran the license plate of a car near Washington and Ash streets and realized it had been reported stolen, according to Sgt. Eric Olson of the Escondido Police Department. When officers attempted

to pull over the vehicle, the driver “immediately took off,” Olson said. The suspect led police on a pursuit for about 10-15 minutes. “He basically did an entire lap around our city,” Olson said. The chase ended with a crash into a car wash at South Centre City Parkway and West 9th Avenue. Morrow was not injured in the crash. But he ran away, and was arrested a short distance away, Olson said. — City News Service

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City of Vista project wins countywide award By Christina Macone-Greene

Paseo Santa Fe Project in Vista was honored with an award from Circulate San Diego. Courtesy photo

VISTA — The city of Vista’s Paseo Santa Fe Project received a Circulate San Diego Momentum Award during an Oct. 25 ceremony at the San Diego History Museum. The awards identify projects within San Diego County that reflect a more vibrant community at various levels. Vista Councilman John Aguilera was on hand to receive the award. Aguilera explained how the Paseo Santa Fe Project had been a vision for the city

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of Vista for more than 20 years. “The completion of the first phase of the Streetscape Improvements Project has moved us closer to achieving our goal of creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, shopping and dining district in our downtown core,” Aguilera said. “Equally significant, the public investment in Paseo Santa Fe has helped generate new, private development in the area. “Thank you for recognizing the transformation of our community in our Paseo Santa Fe Project,” he said. “It is an honor to be recognized by Circulate San Diego for the work we have accomplished and to be among this select group of recipients.” The Paseo Santa Fe Project is located along South Santa Fe Avenue, between Vista Village Drive and Civic Center Drive. The city adopted a visioning document named the Downtown Specific Plan, which included the Paseo Santa Fe Project and the movie theater area in downtown Vista. Skip Hammann, a consultant project manager for the city of Vista, shared that the purpose of the visioning document was to help improve the economic viability and livability of the area. There is a total of three phases. “Phase one included the Gateway arch, the street improvements, upgrading and relocating existing underground infrastructure such as sewer water and storm drain facilities to be the master plans for those facilities,” he said. According to Hammann, surface improvements consisted of enhanced landscaping and hardscaping to create a more walkable, livable street corridor to enhance all forms of transportation for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles. The construction of phase one took roughly two years and finished in June 2016.

Hammann went on to say that complete streets offer a different philosophy or approach to transportation. “In the past, transportation officials and professionals looked at the road corridors mainly just from the point of view of moving vehicles through the area as quick as possible with travel time as basically the criteria for evaluating the performance of these roadway corridors,” he said. “So now, with the shift to looking at complete streets, it takes a more holistic approach to viewing the success of a transportation corridor — instead of just looking at how fast vehicles move through a corridor, they also look at all modes of transportation.” Phase two of the project is anticipated to start in December. Part of phase two extends from Ocean View Drive to Terrace Drive. A roundabout is planned at the current traffic signal located at Guajome and Terrace Drive. Upgrades to sewer and water pipes are on the list as well as storm drain improvements, Hammann said. He also wants residents to know how overhead power lines and cables will be installed underground from Ocean View to Civic Center Drive. Construction of phase two is also anticipated to last a couple of years. “The streetscape improvements are already benefitting the existing businesses and are attracting new development into the area,” Councilman Aguilera said when accepting the award. “This investment is already paying off with the Flying Pig, Belching Beaver Brewery and the other building renovations currently taking place in the downtown area. The next two phases will continue these efforts.” For more on this project, visit http://www.cityofvista. com/services /city-departments / eng i neer i ng / construction-projects/paseo-santa-fe-improvements.

Kitchen fire damages Escondido restaurant

ESCONDIDO — A kitchen fire damaged a Mexican eatery in Escondido, but a sprinkler system helped suppress the flames before firefighters arrived and made quick work of it, a battalion chief said Nov. 16. The blaze was reported just after 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at Paulita's Restaurant at 636 N. Broadway, Escondido Battalion Chief Art Holcomb said. The first crews on scene found smoke coming from a large vent pipe on the roof of the small diner that was already closed for the night. “The units on scene made access to the building and located a small fire that was being held in check by

a commercial kitchen suppression system,” Holcomb said. “Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes.” The cause of the fire was still under investigation today, but it likely started near a stove in the kitchen, Holcomb said. Firefighters reported moderate damage to the kitchen and minor to moderate smoke damage throughout the rest of the restaurant. No injuries were reported and there was no immediate estimate of the cost of damages. — City News Service

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Women and hair loss: There is good news for a remedy OCEANSIDE — When it comes to hair loss, it’s safe to say men tend to fare better than women. Male hair loss is more common and acceptable to discuss, while a level of shame and embarrassment can occur for women that prevents them from seeking help. Female hair loss can occur in a few different areas including the sides of the head, the top of the head, the front of the head and the eyebrows. While female hair loss can be the result of a medical condition, it is often due to surgery, damage from hair processing and — when it comes to eyebrows — from overplucking. “The majority of women we see have had prior surgery such as a facelift or a forehead lift,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, said. “If a woman is experiencing thinned out hair over their entire scalp, that is something that should first be addressed medically. If the hair loss is in a distinct pattern or patch area, we can help.” Facial surgeries such as facelifts or forehead lifts will move back a woman’s hairline, which is

“If a woman is experiencing thinned out hair over their entire scalp, that is something that should first be addressed medically. If the hair loss is in a distinct pattern or patch area, we can help,” says Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside. Courtesy photo

something the specialists at MyHairTransplantMD are able to reconstruct. “It is common for us to see women who have had prior cosmetic work,” Wagner said. “While they have managed to fix one problem area, it can create another one.”

In addition to cosmetic surgery, extensive hair processing is another leading cause of hair loss in women. Bleaching, perming and even excessive blow drying can result in scalp and hair follicle damage. “We see a lot of women who have experienced hair loss due to

chemicals and blow drying,” Wagner said. “When they find us they are excited because they had believed their situation was hopeless. During our consultation we show them exactly how we can help them remedy their hair loss once any burns that have occurred heal. They leave our office with a plan. And once the plan has been executed, their confidence is restored.” When it comes to eyebrow thinning, tweezers are usually the culprit. “Whether trying to keep up with trends in eyebrow shaping, or just a result of aggressive plucking, many women live with thin to nearly non-existent eyebrows. Makeup and tattooing are common solutions, and many women mistakenly believe they are the only ones. “Makeup and permanent makeup in particular can be effective, but they don’t produce the most natural-looking results,” Wagner said. “At MyHairTransplantMD we are able to use the same techniques that can restore hair to the scalp and adapt them to restore the full, natural appearance of your eyebrows.” Procedures for

eyebrow hair transplants start at $3,500, depending on the extent of the hair loss. Wagner invites anyone who is experiencing hair loss and is interested in a solution to contact MyHairTransplantMD for a free consultation. “We want you to come in and see us,” he said. “We will ask you to describe your problem, and if necessary we can do a consultation with your physician if a medical issue has created your hair loss problem.” He also urges women to let go of any humiliation they might feel associated with their hair loss. “Female hair restoration is more common than you might think,” Wagner said. “We will make you feel comfortable and when you leave our office you will have a clear vision of what your next step is. We aren’t just restoring hair here; we want to restore your confidence.” MyHairTransplantMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. Visit their website at or call the office at (800) 262-2017 for more information.

5 Ways Technology Can Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays The holidays can be many things: magical, family-filled and joyful, or hectic, busy, and stressful. This year, use technology to simplify your life so you can spend more time on the things that matter. Here are five ways technology can prepare you for the busy season ahead.

off the heater or coffee pot before you left the house, Cox Homelife allows you to control your thermostat and small appliances remotely.

in town, always make sure your network is secured and password protected. An unsecure network could open you up to potential hackers or allow others to use up your plan’s data. It’s better to give your guests your password while they’re in your home than unknowingly give strangers down the street access to your WiFi.

1. Automatic Lights and Thermostat Settings. Fall may mean earlier sunsets, but you don’t have to come home to a dark home. With Cox Homelife, you can turn lights on and off remotely using your smartphone, or program them to turn on and off at certain times each day, even your porch light for that added security. And if you can’t remember whether you turned

2. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. As the holidays approach, and the weather changes, so does the increase in fire and carbon monoxide related injuries and deaths. Make sure you have a working smoke 4. Music Choice. No alarm and carbon monoxide need to download classic detector. And, if you have and current holiday songs, a security and automation or go searching for that box system like Cox Homelife, of holiday CDs. With a selecyou’ll be able to protect, contion of holiday stations on trol, and monitor your home Music Choice, you can pipe for smoke and carbon monthe perfect yuletide music oxide. directly from your TV. Just go to your Cox Contour TV 3. WiFi for Overnight guide, choose one of the MuGuests. While you may be tempted to unsecure your in- This holiday season, use technology to simplify your life so you can sic Choice holiday channels, and check one more thing home WiFi while visitors are spend more time on the things that matter.

News of the Weird

Officer (and fun sucker) Sebastian D'Elia deadpanned: "It's great until the first person falls and sues the county." Or puts an eye out. [, 10/26/2017]

Good-Natured Weirdos Three teenagers from Rahway, New Jersey, who call themselves the Rahway Bushmen, have been discouraged from their signature prank: dressing up as bushes and popping up in Rahway River Park to say "Hi!" to unsuspecting passersby. reported in October that the Union County Police Department warned the Bushmen that they would be arrested if caught in action. The high school students started by jumping out to scare people, but decided to soften their approach with a gentler greeting. "We were trying to be harmless," one of the Bushmen said. "It's more or less an idea to try to make people smile." But Union County Public Information

Animal Troublemakers -- Pilots were warned of "low sealings" at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiagvik, Alaska, on Oct. 23 because of an obstruction on the runway: a 450-pound bearded seal. Meadow Bailey of the Alaska Department of Transportation told KTVA-TV that the city, also known as Barrow, was hit by heavy storms that day, and airport staff discovered the seal while clearing the runway. However, staff are not authorized to handle marine animals, so North Slope Animal Control stepped in, using a sled to remove the seal. Bailey said animals such as musk ox, caribou and polar bears are common on the runway, but the seal was a first. [KTVA,

10/25/2017] -- About two dozen car owners in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Snellville, Georgia, were perturbed in late October by what they thought was vandalism: Their cars' side mirrors were being shattered, even in broad daylight. Finally, according to WSB-TV, one resident caught the real perpetrator: a pileated woodpecker who apparently believes his reflection in the mirrors is a rival. Because pileated woodpeckers are a protected species, neighbors had to get creative with their solution. They are now placing plastic bags over their side mirrors while the cars are parked. [WSB-TV, 10/24/2017] Undignified Death Nathan William Parris, 72, met his unfortunate end when a cow he was trying to move turned against him at his farm in Floyd County, Georgia, on Oct. 25. Parris was pinned against a fence

by the recalcitrant cow, reported the Rome News-Tribune, which caused him severe chest trauma. First responders tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the Redmond Regional Medical Center emergency room. [Rome News-Tribune, 10/26/2017] Ironies -- Workers at a Carl's Jr. in Santa Rosa, California, were busy filling an order for 165 Super Star burgers for first responders to the Fountaingrove area wildfires on Oct. 26 when a grease fire broke out in the restaurant. The fire started in the char broiler and then jumped to the exhaust system. Franchise co-owner Greg Funkhouser told The Press-Democrat the building was "completely torn up. ... We made it through the big one, only to get taken out by this." When the person who placed the order arrived to pick it up, he saw six Santa Rosa

Fire Department trucks in the parking lot and left, so Funkhouser handed out free burgers to "anyone around." [The Press-Democrat, 10/26/2017] -- A Henrietta, New York, gifts and oddities store earned its name on Oct. 24 when a garbage truck rolled between two gas pumps and across a road to crash into the 200-yearold building where the store had opened in June. Jeri Flack, owner of A Beautiful Mess, told WHAM-TV that her building is "wrecked in the front so bad that I can't open back up." Witnesses say the truck driver pulled into a spot at a Sunoco station across the street and got out to use the restroom. That's when the truck rolled away and barreled into the business. Sunoco employee T.J. Rauber said, "I see a lot of crazy stuff up here, but I ain't never seen nothing like that." [WHAMTV, 10/24/2017]

off your holiday party To Do list. 5. Voice-Controlled Remote. Take the guess work out of TV watching for your houseguests. Use voice commands to change channels, find your favorite holiday movie, or get show and movie recommendations with the Contour voice-controlled remote. Say “holiday movies” into your remote, and you’re sure to find your favorite among the title options. Whether it’s automating your home, entertaining visitors and children, or keeping your family and home safe, Cox Homelife, in-home WiFi, and Contour can help this holiday season. Visit Least Competent Criminal Burglary suspect and career criminal Shane Paul Owen, 46, of South Salt Lake, Utah, was on the run from police on Oct. 24 when he dashed into a vacant church. A Salt Lake City SWAT team held a standoff at the church for more than six hours -- until Owen called 911 to say that he was locked in the church's boiler room and couldn't get out. "Can you hurry?" he asked the dispatcher. "I need to talk to them first so they don't ... shoot me," Owen pleaded. The Deseret News reported he was booked on outstanding warrants for retaliation against a witness, drug distribution and identity fraud. [Deseret News, 10/24/2017]



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Survivors of Cedar Fire reach out to help Sonoma, Napa fire victims the challenge, Barbara Nelson organized a file system to give stacks of required forms, receipts and documents a home. The Nelsons thought the file system could help other fire victims. “It was helpful information we gained over our experience,” Charlie Nelson said. Their goal was to make and distribute 1,000 file boxes, dubbed the Out of the

rent fire victims are going through. They also have a strong sense of gratitude for the kindness and support that was shown to them as they went through recovery and rebuilding. Charlie and Barbara Nelson spearheaded the local assistance efforts that began in 2007 to help those who lost homes in the Witch Creek Fire. They repeated assistance efforts with a core group of volunteers following the recent Sonoma County and Napa County fires. When the fires struck the Nelsons’ first thoughts were of how could they help other fire victims. What came to mind was how overwhelming paperwork was for insurance, city zoning, building permits and health risks. To deal with

Ashes Fire Recovery Organization System. To get the idea off the ground the couple reached out to an email support group of Cedar Fire survivors, named Fire Folks. Initial efforts in 2007 were described by Charlie Nelson as a spontaneous, hands-on, grassroots operation. An assembly party was organized to put together labeled file folders and boxes at a central Scripps Ranch elementary school. Charlie Nelson said a real joy was shared among volunteers putting the boxes together. “Everybody showed up. Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Fire Folks,” Charlie Nelson said. Once boxes were completed they were trucked to the Rancho Bernardo local assistance center and set up next to Red Cross, FEMA and city permit help tables. In a short

time the 1,000 boxes were in the welcome hands of Witch Creek Fire victims. Charlie Nelson said fire victims were thrilled to have the file organization systems, and were touched that the boxes came from fire survivors. “The same thing happened in Santa Rosa, the 1,000 boxes were very welcome,” Nelson said. Recent efforts to help Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and Napa County fire victims included transporting materials across the state. First file folder information and labels were assembled by hand by close to 200 local volunteers. Then a couple of volunteers drove the file folders to a Santa Rosa business that was lent out as a packing site. Sturdier, larger file boxes were ordered and sent to the packing location. Once file folders and boxes arrived, Santa Rosa volunteers put the file boxes together. Half of the boxes were distributed at a workshop for fire victims in Santa Rosa, where Barbra Nelson and other Fire Folks share their survival experiences. The remaining boxes were distributed at Sonoma County and Napa County assistance centers. “It was truly an amazing community effort,” Barbara Nelson said. Charlie Nelson added all of this was all done in a week’s time. The result in both 2007 and recent efforts was smiles and gratitude from fire victims who received the blue file boxes. “We’re bringing back hope,” Charlie Nelson said. “We’re letting people know they’re not alone.” The local volunteer group has been approached by other volunteers who have asked permission to mimic the file boxes, and by companies interested in developing a similar file system for businesses. Charlie Nelson said the group would like to keep efforts philanthropic. The group is asking for community support. A GoFundMe page has been set up at ys8x6a-fire-relief. As of Oct. 31, more than $14,500 of the group's $16,000 goal has been raised.


munity,” Abed said. “You don’t bring together a community where the developer gets everything and the residents get nothing.” A constant theme throughout the evening was anger and disgust from residents and the council toward the property owner, Michael Schlesinger. He is infamous for dumping tons of chicken manure and letting the property go to waste after a bitter dispute with the city and residents along the golf course. Masson argued the city should not settle or be “forced, blackmailed even” into this project with rumors and speculation a much larger project of 600 to 800 homes could replace New Ur-

ban West’s plan. Masson said the alternative plan of 158 was more in line with the area and style of lot sizes currently on site. “I think we can all go away winners at 158,” he said. “We got one shot to get this right. I think we need to take the time and energy to get it right.” Councilmen Mike Morasco and Ed Gallo, along with Councilwoman Olga Diaz, said the project is in line with city standards and would be a benefit for those residents. All three cited the needs for additional housing, amenities and traffic and road improvements. Diaz said if the project wasn’t approved, there is no guar-

By Promise Yee

REGION — Local residents are paying it forward by helping out victims of the recent Sonoma County and Napa County fires. What is unique about the group’s efforts is that most of the volunteers are survivors of the 2003 Cedar Fire. The fire survivors have a unique understanding and empathy for what cur-

A grateful couple were among hundreds of Sonoma and Napa County fire victims who received file boxes from a group of San Diego County volunteers. Courtesy photo


Mayor Sam Abed and Councilman John Masson, who represents District 2 where the club is located, both voted against the project. Masson, a civil engineer, said the project doesn’t fit the needs of the community and railed against the architecture style and unmitigated traffic plans, among other issues. Abed also chided the project for its massive scale and hammered about how no Escondido City Council had ever before voted for a development project with an unmitigated traffic plan. “You do not do this to a very well-established com-

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Council reverses off-leash dog rules in Buena Vista Park By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Working through a maze of modified park ordinances, the Vista City Council unanimously agreed to amend its Aug. 22 off-leash rule decision at its Oct. 24 meeting. The off-leash dog rules in Buena Vista Park are officially rescinded. The Aug. 22 decision allowed unleashed dogs at Buena Vista Park during the hours of 7 to 10 a.m. and then again from 3 p.m. to dusk in the open areas as well as the trails. The new Oct. 24 vote will ultimately change this. The new ordinance will go into effect 31 days following the vote. Unleashed dogs will no longer be allowed in the open areas and trails of Buena Vista Park. Now, the ordinance indicates that off-leash dogs along the natural areas served by the trails are only allowed in South Buena Vista Park. These off-leash rules are in effect from 7 to 10 a.m. and then again from

4 p.m. to dusk daily. On Oct. 24, Deputy Mayor John Franklin shared that he underestimated the interest of the community in this issue. It was for this very reason that he brought up the amendment matter during an Oct. 10 Vista City Council meeting. Since that time, staff created a new ordinance to reflect those changes. Since then, Franklin believed there should be a more succinct process. “In the future, when changes do come to our parks, I think it’s so important that we do post signage at the park, and that we announce where citizens can provide their input about proposed changes, and that we offer the ability to attend a meeting in the park,” Franklin said. Franklin shared that Vista parks are amenities to residential properties and are valuable to residents both on a financial and emotional level. He also noted that while animal incidents against

people and other animals are rare, constituents did reach out to him explaining that the off-leash rules did sway them away from the trails. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, who opposed the Aug. 22 leash rules at Buena Vista Park, shared that this issue came about because the process was not followed through to its mandated conclusion. “There was not adequate notice to the community, the surrounding community and there weren’t any meetings held,” she said. “So many people had no idea that a change was happening which is why we needed to rewind this, so we could do this process correctly and allow everybody’s voice to be heard — not just a few people. So, I appreciate that we’re doing that.” The City Council also directed staff members to have the Parks & Recreation Commission explore the issue and seek further community input.

Center readies for Thanksgiving feast By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — In Vista, seniors are welcomed to attend a holiday feast on Nov. 22 — a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition at the Gloria McClellan Center. Before the buffet, The Blue Pharaohs will provide musical entertainment for an hour. Gloria McClellan Center Meester Program Manager Donna Meester said this group was brought back by popular demand. At noon, the music will stop, and the Thanksgiving feast will begin overflowing with turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. antee a smaller plan would be proposed, noting road improvements and the amenities would most likely be scrapped. “This is the best proposal we are going to have,” Morasco said. “We have to base the project on merit,” Gallo added. “There is a critical need for housing.” Residents and neighbors, meanwhile, discussed how they have been pitted against one another. Two groups formed — ECCHO and Renew Our Country Club (ROCC) — and nearly 70 residents spoke during the meeting. Supporters from ROCC detailed how the project will revitalize the neighborhood,

“Many of our seniors that regularly attend and nonregulars for the meal program don’t have a lot of families around. So, they’re not making a big dinner, and they’re not getting the traditional Thanksgiving feast,” Meester said. “Coming here affords them the opportunity to have that Thanksgiving meal and spend time with kind of their new family they have made here.” Meester said many of the seniors who frequent their center have become much like their extended family. The center provides everyone with social opportunities, entertainment and meals. On a personal level, Meester said new seniors who visit the center for the

very first time feel so welcomed they become regulars in no time at all. “Some have tears in their eyes because they’re just so excited they found this place and how everybody treated them so great,” she said. “Without this place, seniors tell us they don’t know what they’d do.” For many, the Gloria McLellan Center is their second home. They are there Monday through Friday enjoying their friends and complimentary lunches. “It makes us happy to know that our whole goal is helping seniors by giving them a place they can come to while they can still stay in their homes where they’ve grown to love, understand and feel comfortable,” she said. “Our center is an extension of that comfort we provide, and our Thanksgiving b For information, call 760.643.5288. Reservations are required for the buffet, which begins at 11 a.m.

improve traffic and safety, remove blight and address the dilapidated clubhouse. ECCHO’s concerns rested on scale, a lack of traffic improvements, density, safety, pollution and flooding. The group’s attorney, Everett DeLano, said his clients were disappointed in the outcome of the council vote. He noted the issue isn’t over and a lawsuit may be filed in the future. He said there are significant discrepancies with the project and the General Plan. “I think Councilman Masson had that exactly right. He hit the nail on the head,” DeLano said. “It was an interesting vote. You had Councilwoman Diaz who said she is sympathetic to

the community. It’s disappointing. There is a compromise somewhere.” Several years ago, the city lost a lawsuit brought against Schlesinger when it declared the golf course open space. The settlement allowed for the city to choose a new developer, which included a clause the new developer would buy the property from Schlesinger upon city approval of a new project. “We have great respect for ECCHO and all they’ve endured over the years in their battle with the property owner. With him now out of the picture forever, it’s time for the community to heal and move forward together,” Frankel added.

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K, so I know I recently wrote extensively about fried chicken in my Crack Shack column but I should note that I recently came across a version by chef/owner William Eick at 608 in Oceanside that has cracked my top 3 list. It’s a bit more of a gour

met presentation but the basic concept is the same. Yes, Lick the Plate is obsessed with fried chicken and the 608 version When I heard it was a breast is right up there. Photo by David Boylan I almost passed, as I tend to prefer dark meat when goished and gentrified any day. ing fried on my chicken but In the center of it all is 608, had to give it a shot. They on Mission Avenue just east brine it in a buttermilk overof Coast Highway 101. It’s a night, which makes it moist restaurant known for its adand tender with a delicate venturous, yet familiar apcrunch on the outside. It’s proach to food. Eick, execuplaced on cornbread with tive chef-owner, opened it in local honey, jalapeno, green 2016 and at 28 can easily be onion and their own twist on labeled one of San Diego’s potato salad and it’s delightrising culinary stars. ful. More on the food later Eick hails from San Jose but I had to get that one out and learned to cook for himthere. self at a young age. What I can’t really call the started as a necessity turned Oceanside restaurant scene into a passion; Eick enrolled resurgent any more as it’s in culinary school to purbecome a dining destination sue a career in cooking, but — one that I find refreshing found the costs prohibitive in its diversity and non-preand the kitchen training tentious vibe, while still a that was becoming availbit rough around the edges. William Eick able to him a very suitable Give me a bit of grit over pol- Photo by Rob Forsythe route. Smart move William!


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His calling was clear and he joined the popular Tomiko restaurant in Encinitas as a line cook in 2012. Over the next few years, he gained an extra layer of culinary aptitude working at Bistro West in Carlsbad (where he met his wife, Jessie) and George’s California Modern, where classical technique and responsible sourcing influenced Eick’s own standards. In May 2015, Eick became executive chef of Solana Beach’s Real Bar and Bistro, and was promoted to executive chef in June. After a year in the role, his culinary stars aligned quickly so to speak and an opportunity presented itself to open his own place and 608 came to be. There are numerous influences in Eick’s style at 608 — Japanese and Italian come to mind for sure. But the beauty of this restaurant is that Eick is one of those really talented chefs who have a style all their own, so let’s call it 608 style. It’s a given that when you have a chef of this caliber at the helm, the menu is seasonal and local when possible. His signature dish is being called the braised short rib, though in my opinion his menu is full of standouts. He marinates the rib in soy and rice wine, and then plates it with roasted carrots over a panang curry sauce. It’s another example of him taking a dish that can be found on just about every menu these days and making it his own with delightful results. A dish that he described to me during our radio interview but I’ve yet to try is his 608 Burger. It just happens to be dry aged with fermented chili aioli, crispy onion, pickles and sharp cheddar. Who is using dryaged beef for burgers these days? And yes, there is plenty of marbling in that blend. I will probably have been back to try this before this column goes to print. Another cool 608 thing worth noting is the first Thursday of every month: $35 multi-course meal featuring chef’s whim — evTURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 26

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outhern Glazer and its American Spirits division may not mean much to you at first blush, but this worldclass distributor brings to market and sells to eager restaurants, markets, wine shops and even cruise ships, some of the finest and most desired wines and other beverages. Southern’s wine clients read like a who’s who, with names like Banfi, BV, Caymus, Constellation Brands, Daou, Ferrari-Carano, Coppola, Joseph Phelps, Jordan, Justin, Louis Latour, St. Michelle, Stags Leap and a lot more. The occasion was the

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Lines drawn over Safari Highlands Ranch proposal By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Another development battle is brewing, this time over Concordia Homes’ proposal of 550 estate homes dubbed Safari Highlands Ranch. The area is just north of the San Diego Safari Park and the city of Escondido held an open house Nov. 7 to allow residents the chance to view a draft of the environment impact report, which is about 4,000 pages. Resident may comment on the EIR until Dec. 7. Concordia Homes would Solana Beach-based Concordia Homes is proposing 550 estate homes east of Escondido for its Safari need the city of Escondido to Highlands Ranch development. Courtesy image

annex the land, which is currently owned by the county of San Diego and zoned for just 27 homes. “Safari Highlands Ranch is committed to delivering a high-quality residential community in Escondido that will improve public safety, enhance local roads and infrastructure and preserve more than 700 acres of permanent open space,” said Ken Moore, a spokesman for Concordia Homes. “We put together a comprehensive project … they include the golf course, public safety improvements and traffic improvements.” The plan is detailed as Concordia Homes also plans to build a new fire station at no cost to the city with equipment, although Moore did not have further details. As for open space, the project calls for 70 percent of the site, or 700 of the 1,098 acres, to remain designated as such with nine miles of trails, which will be maintained by the homeowners association. Safari Highlands Ranch will also help build or fund a new clubhouse for Eagle Crest Golf Club. A new signal would be added at State Route 78 and Summit Road, while the intersection at SR78 and Cloverdale Road would be renovated to ease traffic flow into the valley. Concordia Homes also said it will provide nearly $3 million in development school fees dedicated to the San Pasqual Union School District and more than $7 million in overall school fees. “We have developed a project that we stand behind,” Moore said. “Safari Highlands Ranch was designed to fulfill the vision of the city of Escondido’s general plan and will provide needed housing for our region. The release of the draft environmental impact report and public comment period is an important milestone that will provide local

residents with the opportunity to provide feedback on this critical project.” However, the San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance is pushing back against the project. NeySa Ely, CEO of the SPVPA, said the group has many concerns, notably with the blasting and moving of millions of cubic feet of dirt, only having one access road into the project, subpar traffic improvements and the tripling of traffic on Rockwood Road, which would lead into the development. Ely said one significant concern is there is only one road leading into the project, which would run between the Rancho Vistamonte and Rancho San Pasqual communities. There is an emergency access road planned for the northwest part of the project, but it would not be available to the public. “We didn’t really see or hear anything we didn’t already know,” Ely said. “It’s still very rural land zoned for 27 houses. That’s what they bought, that’s their land and they are looking for a mechanism for which they can flip that into being worth, and able, to put 550 houses with the same one road in and one road out.” As for the timeline, the estimated completion isn’t until 2026-27. The proposal must first be approved by the city, to which Concordia Homes is expected to submit its EIR and plans in 2018. If approved, the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission must approve the annexation. Moore said the ground breaking likely wouldn’t start until 2021. Ely, who lives in the Rancho Vistamonte community, said the added traffic, threat of wildfires and debris created makes the project untenable. “If you were doing fewer houses, there wouldn’t be concerns about the impacts of construction, the permanent impact of traffic and the fire danger,” she added.


trip took place, the Mathesons sent an email to parents telling them that the trip was canceled. At a school meeting the following month, the Mathesons’ attorney told parents the company had filed for bankruptcy and could not issue refunds. The indictment alleges that Harmony International and Bradley and Margaret Matheson were not registered as sellers of travel in California, and did not hold the funds for the Japan trip in a trust account and did not provide refunds. Each defendant faces 48 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said. — City News Service


of this year, according to authorities. The tour cost was $3,687 per person, which could be paid in installments over several months. The brochure stated that the trip included free travel Insurance for early sign-ups, but parents later learned the Mathesons never actually purchased the insurance, the indictment alleges. The indictment lists 32 alleged victims, though as many as 60 students were signed up to participate in the Japan trip. In April 2017, before the

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Loading up on ammo Step Up For Breast Cancer raises nearly $6K this cold and flu season By Christina Macone-Greene

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’m writing this from behind a barricade of various cold-prevention treatments. I’m trying to keep my head down, as I am surrounded by hordes of vicious, viruses scavenging endlessly for a purchase in our ears, nose, throat, stomach or lungs. As I write this letter from the battlefield, I want you to know that I am not only fighting this war for myself, but for all the folks back home. No matter who in the house has a cold or flu, the mom suffers. So far, we moms have pretty much held our ground, in spite of being short of ammunition. We’ve been told that if we take proper precautions, chances of taking a hit from a flu sniper are pretty low. We moms are all rather skeptical, though, since the precautions are to wash our hands every 10 minutes and to hide under our beds. I was considering that, but I had to help a child who was vomiting get to the nurse’s office and then run across town to the only drugstore that carries the Gummi Bear throat lozenges. I have been washing my hands like they suggested, and now they closely resemble the backside of a chapped alligator. While cases of flu have exploded here and there, the biggest worry here at the front is the cold viruses. They outnumber us about a zillion to one. Don’t worry about me, though, because I have stocked my personal armory with one or two remedies that have made me almost bulletproof so far this winter. I have battled back two direct attacks with my favorite concoction, which is an orange-flavored fizzy tablet that you put in water and drink every few hours, as soon as you realize you’ve been exposed. It is loaded with all those herbs I can scarcely pronounce, like forsythia and Chinese vitex plus vitamins. While it still

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sort of seems like magic, it works. Back this up with some nighttime cold capsules, and I am good to go. This last attack was a close one, though. The virus had me pinned to my pillow all day Sunday, but after quarts of fizzy drink and a handful of the capsules, I drove the invaders back past the DMZ. My nose is still a little drippy, but I’ve shaken that overall crummy feeling you get when the enemy first starts to set up camp. I love the smell of orange drink in the morning. Meanwhile, I am constantly checking out the other items in our arsenal. There are some enormous Echinacea tablets, but I’m not sure I could swallow them. There are also bags and bags of zinc lozenges. I know they are powerful and they are cherry-flavored, but they still taste like you’ve been sucking on a mouthful of nickels. I do love to load up on the vitamin C armor, though, which lets me rationalize spending $3.50 for a bottle of designer smoothie. Once I run out of money, I switch to frozen cranberry juice. Well, I’d better get some shut-eye. Those viruses can spot sleep deprivation at 100 yards. Write when you can and thanks for that package of chicken soup. Sarge says it doesn’t do any good, but it sure makes us feel better. Love, Mom

VISTA — Soul line dancers strutting their moves underneath a wave of pink balloons was the scene at the Vista Elks Lodge on Oct. 29. The afternoon was all about raising breast cancer awareness and raising funds for women needing financial assistance undergoing cancer treatments in San Diego County. StepNicely Dance, a North County business, championed the “Step Up for Breast Cancer” event, collecting nearly $6,000 for the cause. Pamela Jackson, the event chair and owner of StepNicely Dance, called the afternoon amazing. It was the type of event that naturally reinforced one’s faith in people, she said. The executive director of Breast Cancer Angels, Debbie Stroman, was thrilled with the funds raised. “It was so wonderful to partner with Pamela Jackson of StepNicely Dance,” Stroman said. “We are so grateful to them for helping us spread the word about our organization. The group really had a great time dancing and learning new moves.” Even with the World Series playing that day, StepNicely Dance attracted more than 75 guests for its debut fundraiser. Jackson was also quick to point out how she and her committee only had six weeks to plan the event. Jackson said she could

not have done it without her team of people. “There were just seven of us,” she said. “We all had the right set of strengths to get the job done, and there was no overlap.” Soul line dancing is a “no partner” style of dance and no experience is necessary. All Jackson asks is that people have fun. At Step Up for Breast Cancer, attendees said they had a memorable time. “I have been getting feedback all day long,” said Jackson, a day after the event. “We got positive responses about our agenda, the specific activities we had, people loved the opportunity drawings and silent auction items.” Silent auction items included a two-night stay at the Inn at Rancho Sant Fe, a two-night stay at Estancia La Jolla and more. The dance floor was also a hub of activity. “People who thought they couldn’t dance did learn how to dance,” Jackson said. Because of the feedback, Jackson said more than likely this will be an annual event that breast cancer supporters can look forward to every October. “My other goal is that Step Up for Breast Cancer will become bigger and better and more successful than the year before,” she said. “Look what we did in just six weeks, can you imagine what we could do in 12 months?”

The sister of one of the Step Up for Breast Cancer committee members, Diana Fine, from Gig Harbor, Washington, attended the event. Last year, she was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer which metastasized to the bone because she had not had a mammogram in more than 30 years. Fine’s sister and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer at 45 years of age or younger. “I’ve come all this way to please remind you to get your mammograms,” Fine said. “Please don’t do what I did and get your initial diagnosis at Stage IV.” Jackson said she was moved by all the kindness and compassion from all

who participated. This also included event sponsors plastic surgeon Dr. Glynn Bolitho, Brunton & Jagger, Dr. Cheryl Ricketts-Mulvey and Dr. Finbarr Mulvey of Olde Mission Chiropractic, Classic Chariots, Realtor Raini Gordy of Carrington Real Estate, Cavalier Forwarding, Bob Hillery of CR Properties Real Estate Services, Ciao Restaurant, Palomar Investigative Group, A.C.T. Business Group, Nutrilys Del Mar and Performance K9 Training. “This event was a true testament to how people can be so kind and giving,” Jackson said. “It is really just a matter of allowing your heart to experience it.”


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f Kathy Kinane can figure it out, why can’t our politicians? “If you want great health care you need to have an active lifestyle,’ Kinane said. “So when families say they want to get together, why not do it over a run or a hike instead of eating too much or drinking too much?” That’s food for thought as we enter the holiday season. And among its highlights is the 12th Oceanside Turkey Trot, which gets some 9,000 people moving before mowing down their grub on Nov. 23. “We really try to make it fun, like a festival,” said Kinane, the Turkey Trot’s race director and a longtime North Coast resident. “We really want it to be for everybody.” Bodies in shape and out, with birth certificates ranging from young to old, will tackle the scenic course. It comes with Pacific Ocean views and a wave of good vibes, which is why Runner’s World Magazine selected it as one of the nation’s best Thanksgiving runs. “We were blown away by that,” Kinane said. A stiff breeze can arrive by watching runners blaze through downtown Oceanside in the 10K and 5K. “We have really good elite competition,” Kinane said, The reason this event has soul is the various soles traipsing over the courses. For many it’s as much about attending an annual reunion as the run. Unfortunately last year’s oldest participant, Mickey Stolzoff, passed away recently at age 96. “She did the 1-mile walk with her great, great, grandchil-

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dren,’ Kinane recalled of watching Stolzoff, a 1936 Oceanside High graduate. “And at the end of it she was beaming like a lighted Christmas tree.” To continue Stolzoff’s legacy, 35 family members are running in her honor and then huddling for her memorial on Nov. 26. “They delayed the service until then because they knew all the family would be at the run,” Kinane said. “I think that is so cool.” So is Kinane. And it’s not because the experienced race director who cut her teeth with a Santa Barbara run in 1991 choreographs a good event. She’s also instrumental in the Move Your Feet Foundation. It introduces area youngsters to the benefits of running which can last a lifetime — Stolzoff’s family will confirm. It’s one of the 60 nonprofits in Oceanside that has received nearly $300,000 from the Turkey Trot. “It’s a win-win for the community,” Kinane said. Collin Jarvis, who was a standout at Rancho Buena Vista High and the University of California, will bring his winning times and attitude to this year’s race. Years ago Kinane was impressed with Jarvis but also saw he was exhausted after competing. “I noticed how he ran out of gas, and he was in great shape,”

Kinane said. “He should never be that tired.” Jarvis was later diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic intestinal disease. Jarvis was told he would need to wear a colostomy bag. But Jarvis didn’t let that slow him down. He remained a regular at the Turkey Trot races. In 2012 he won the 5K in 14 minutes, 57 seconds and he placed second in the 5 Mile with a time of 26:16 in 2014. “It’s been a long road but I’ve had the support of so many people,” Jarvis said. “When I was sick, there was an element of the unknown. I felt so incapacitated. But as I grew stronger, I realized it wasn’t the illness that could stop me, it was only me who could do that. I made the decision not to stop, but to keep running.” Jarvis now serves as vice president of marketing operations for StealthBelt, a company that makes osmotic belts that fit securely and discreetly. “It’s exciting to see Collin and his family every year,” Kinane said. “He gives hope to people who have faced obstacles. Collin represents what is best about our race: the chance to team family and friends with physical activity, and enjoy the day.” It’s a day like no other in Oceanside, as people from 46 states converge for fun, run and sun. “We’ve made Oceanside a tourist destination on Thanksgiving weekend,” Kinane said. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports

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July 12, 1991 November 10, 2012 I can’t believe it’s been five years since you died, Casey Pup. I miss you more with each passing day, not less. I wonder what you would be doing these days. No doubt working as a sous chef or a musician, or probably both. Your talent, for one so young, was impressive. Unfulfilled dreams, unfinished lives, all because of drugs. To the parents out there reading this: Be aware. Be Afraid. Be vigilant. As you no doubt already know, the opioid crisis is out of control in this country, and in our own community. Our young people are dropping like Sandra Lee Hadley, 75 Encinitas November 8, 2017 Roy Ruben Amparano, 62 Oceanside November 7, 2017 Clyde Augusstus Pane, 94 Oceanside November 3, 2017

flies. Drugs are dirt cheap now, and they are everywhere. The next drug crisis is fentanyl. This drug is 100 times more potent than heroin and incredibly deadly. It can be ordered online and come to your home in the mail. Even if you don’t think you need to, check your teenager’s belongs/backpack/bedroom. Search regularly. If you think it can’t possibly happen in your family you may be sadly mistaken. Better safe than sorry. My Casey

was a singer, dancer, actor, musician, animal lover and Boy Scout on his way to Eagle Scout when he got mixed up with drugs, Do not worry that this is an invasion of their privacy, it’s not. It’s actually an invasion of your love. Please go there fearlessly. To the youth/teenagers out there reading this: Life is worth living. No high is worth the loss of your life. If the price of popularity or being in the in-crowd is drug use, the price is too high. The

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Ethan Alvano always knew his way around the basketball court. Now in Year Two, he can confidently traverse the Cal State University San Marcos campus, too. “It’s definitely good to have that experience,” Alvano said. The Cougars, ranked No. 3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason poll, are good with having Alvano as they opened their season last weekend. Cal State San Marcos split two games in the CCA A / Pacwest Conference Challenge, with Alvano scoring 42 points in a 103-86 loss to Concordia on Nov. Ethan Alvano 11. The Cougars host Azusa Pacific on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. All the action is at the sparkling Sports Center at Cal State San Marcos, which, like Alvano, is also in its second season. “We’ve got four starters back so we are definitely a veteran team,” Alvano said. “And we can do a lot of things on offense.” That includes Alvano, a transfer from Eastern Michigan University. He arrived on campus last year and quickly showed his game played well out west. “We make sure the ball is in his hands,” said coach B.J. Fos-

drugs available today are astonishingly potent and unfailingly deadly. If you don’t want to risk becoming an addict, don’t experiment with drugs. Your parents love you. My son’s death from heroin has left a hole in my heart that will never heal. Not ever. His father, brother, sister, grandparents, and all of his extended family and friends carry around profound sadness with the weight of missing him so. Please use your intelligence and don’t mess with drugs. Just don’t start. And if you already have a problem, seek help right now. Stay alive. We’ll all be glad you did. To my Beloved Casey-Patrick: No mother ever loved her son more. I miss you with all of my heart and soul. Be well, my precious son. Til we meet again. Love, Mommy.

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ter, who’s had the interim tag stripped from his title. Hands down, Alvano was the spark that paced last year’s Cougars to an 18-12 record and a 12-6 mark in the CCAA. He supplied the clutch baskets, he made the tricky passes and he gave the Cougars hope as they officially became a Division II athletic program this season. In most games Alvano went off, although sometimes he wasn’t sure of the direction. “Last year I didn’t know what to expect,” said Alvano, a prep star at Corona High. “I didn’t know about the whole grind of the CCAA.” The conference requires teams to often play on consecutive days and that can be draining. Or if you’re Alvano, you just keep sinking your jumper and hustle back on defense. The 6-1, 180-pound senior guard paced the CCAA in scoring (17. 9 points) and assists (5.6) per game. He set a then-Cal State San Marcos record when collecting 36 points in a thrilling double-overtime win at Cal State East Bay. He tied a school standard with 14 assists in a triumph at Stanislaus State. TURN TO CSUSM ON 21


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MUSIC BY THE SEA Violinist Annelle Gregory will be joined in concert by cellist Benjamin Lash at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas as part of the Music by the Sea concert series. Tickets are $14 at or by calling (800) 595-4849. NEW HOME FOR GREEN ART The Green Art House has relocated to Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook. For more information, visit

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Is it any wonder when the Cougars bus departs for games, Foster makes sure Alvano is aboard? “He won the CCAA Newcomer of the Year Award and now he’s come back in great shape,” Foster said. “And he’s a terrific leader.” Alvano directs a squad that includes Joe Boyd, a 6-8, 215-pound bruiser on the boards, and Josh Spiers, a sweet-shooting guard from Australia. With Alvano, those three are the core of the Cougars. With Boyd’s numbers, teammates are reminded of a hamburger joint: he averaged a double-double: 13 points and 10 rebounds a game. His rebounding average and total of 280 established school marks. Spiers is from Down Under but he usually burns rivals with his play up above the 3-point arch. His 10 3-pointers at Cal State Los Angeles was a school record and the 6-7, 195-pounder had the conference’s second-highest shooting percentage from behind the stripe. “If he has a big guy guarding him, he can drive around him,” Foster said. “And if he has a smaller guy on him, he can step back and hit the 3. He’s versatile and has really improved his game.” Everyone can get better, even Alvano. “I think I can improve a lot on my defense and rebounding,” Alvano said. “Obviously I did well scoring the ball last year but I want to do the other things to help the team.” It’s a team, and program, that is headed in the right direction.



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probably wondered if they Jonny Lang says his new would ever again hear analbum, “Signs” is an exam- other Lang album made ple of just letting an album up primarily of hard-hitbe what it wanted to be mu- ting blues rock. That’s because with the albums that sically. “I don’t know what will followed “Wander This come next,” Lang said in an World,” the singer/guitarearly November phone in- ist’s music took a notable terview. “But yeah, this one turn. Beginning with third alwas just the record that felt bum, 2003’s “Long right in this seaTime Coming,” son of my life.” Lang began to in“Signs” is the LIVE/ corporate strong kind of album LOCAL elements of soul, that’s likely to funk, Motown and please a lot of Who: Jonny Lang gospel into his long-time fans What: Blues, sound, and by the who first heard gospel and rock time of his previLang when he was When: Dec. 6 ous album, 2013’s in his teens and Belly “Fight For Your releasing the al- Where: Up Tavern, 143 Soul,” blues-rock bums “Lie To Me” S. Cedros Ave., had taken a back in 1997 and “Wan- Solana Beach seat to more of a der This World” a soul-based sound. year later. So the turn back toward With his fiery blues-rock sound, his accomplished blues and a more guitar cenguitar playing and a rough tered sound on “Signs” will and tumble singing voice come as a surprise to many that sounded decades older fans. But the shift came than his actual age – 15 at about naturally. “I just kind of got re-inthe time he recorded “Lie To Me” – Lang was tout- spired, I don’t know if re-ined as the next Stevie Ray spired (is the right word), but I had been listening to a Vaughan. “I think there are a lot of lot of Howlin’ Wolf and Tom people who want us to make Waits, just like that open our first record over and room sound, like live in the over again. But it’s obvious- studio, not too producer-rely not the way of things,” fined stuff,” Lang said. “I Lang said. “So yeah, I think was like ‘Man, I think that it made some of those folks should be the approach on kind of happy to hear some this next one (album).’ It just a more raw approach to just felt like the right way to go. But that was pretty the music (on “Signs”) The fans Lang mentions much the only thought that By Alan Sculley

Jonny Lang, a teenager when he released his first album in 1997, plays the Belly Up Tavern on Dec. 6. Photo by Daniella Hovsepian

I had or guideline that I had going into it. The songs themselves, the style of the songs, wasn’t something I tried to guide in that direction. It was more from a production standpoint, the approach I wanted to take.” The raw approach is apparent from the opening chords of “Make It Move,” the opening track on “Signs,” as shards of acoustic guitar chords greet a pained vocal from Lang before the gospel-ish song takes on more of a rock edge. The next song, “Snakes,” sets more of the rock tone of the album, with a driving beat and plenty of stinging guitar. The rest of the album delivers burly rock on “Last Man Standing,” a

tense mix of rock and soul on the standout title track, percolating funky rock on “What You’re Made Of” (a tune that evokes memories of Bill Withers’ “Use Me Up” or the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There”) and some slow-burning blues on “Wisdom.” The only songs that dial things down a bit is the impassioned ballad “Bring Me Back Home,” a track recorded in Nashville with producer Josh Kelly, and the acoustic-laced “Singing Songs.” The way “Signs” came together supports the idea that Lang and his collaborators weren’t forcing their creativity or any preconceived ideas on the project. Most of the songs were

written with Lang’s co-producers for the album, Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders, in about a week and the basic tracks were recorded live in the studio in just three days. “All of the rhythm guitars, bass and drums and keys were pretty much 100 percent, what you hear there is within one to three takes in the studio,” Lang said. “Then we went to Nashville a couple of different times to do vocals and some guitar overdubs. But that was pretty much it.” Now Lang is getting the chance to see how his new songs – as well as his lyrics -- translate to live performance – something that should be fairly effortless

considering his touring rhythm section of Barry Alexander on drums and Jim Anton on bass played on the album and most of the tracking was done with the musicians playing together live in the studio. “We’re doing five or six (new songs) right now at the moment, depending on the night,” Lang said of his set list. “And we want to try to put stuff in from previous records, too, that folks kind of want to hear. So we do about a two-hour show. To fit everything in is a little challenging, to pick the songs. But yeah, we’ve been doing a lot of new stuff. “It’s going pretty well live,” he said. “It’s working out well.”

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Calling all hikers: Coast to Crest Trail Challenge By Angela McLaughlin

REGION — From mountain summits to intertidal lagoons, hikers come from near and far to trek through the wilderness areas of Southern California. The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy was determined to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and motivate people to experience more of them by beginning the Coast to Crest Challenge in July of this year. Running through June 30 next year, adventurers will have the opportunity to hike five specific trails within the Coast to Crest Trail system for a chance to win prizes for completing all of them. Hikers may tackle the trails in any order, but they must be completed before the deadline. The five trails include: San Dieguito Lagoon, Del Dios Gorge, Clevenger Canyon South, Volcan Mountain and Bernardo Mountain. “We picked these five

specific trails because they represent the diversity of the 55-mile-long (as the crow flies) River Park — from urban areas to more remote locations,” said Trish Boaz, executive director of San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Described as some of the “most iconic spots,” the trails take hikers through a vast array of habitats and terrain, offering prime wildlife viewing opportunities along with the adventure of the hikes themselves. According to the conservancy, “The intertidal marsh habitat at the San Dieguito Lagoon is among the most rare and threatened habitat in California.” And this is just one of the locations trekkers will have the chance to experience. Volcan Mountain, on the other hand, is the headwaters of the San Dieguito River, and offers a summit of 5,300 feet — from low to high, visitors will experience it all. Since initiating the

challenge, 84 people have successfully completed the task — including two dogs. And Boaz says they would love to get that number up to 100 before the end of December. “We want to get people outside to discover the beautiful landscapes in our backyard,” Boaz said. “Many of the people who have completed the challenge made the comment that they never knew places like this existed in San Diego and want to share their experiences with their families and friends. That’s why

we refer to them as ‘SDRVC Champions.’” Each trail has a designated “selfie” spot, where hikers must photograph themselves to show they’ve completed the journey. Once all five hikes have been accomplished and photos have been verified, participants will receive a special certificate and decal, along with $10 in Adventure Bucks from A16, a 20 percent discount coupon from REI and all the bragging rights they can handle — not to mention the fact that they’ve had a chance to visit

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Constellation, the corporate drinks giant, stepped up and offered $315 million for Meiomi. Joe, at 34, now has enough funds to make Copper Cane a launching pad for many other brands, some of which were on display at the trade show with fruit from several key vineyards they had bought with the proceeds of the sale of Meiomi. Other Pinot Noirs I liked include the 2015 Elouan from Oregon with fruit from the Willamette Valley, Umpqua and the Rogue Valleys with intense structure and rich earthiness ($24, a Top Ten Taste of Wine this year). The other remarkable Pinot was BOEN, a beautiful Russian River Pinot 2015 with fresh flavor of cherry and blueberry and hints of smoked meat ($30). It’s a deep ruby red with a perfected flavor profile. (Taste of Wine credits much of the Joe Wagner profile to Wine Spectator and its feature article on Joe Wagner. See more about his enterprise at

NEWPORT BEACH WINE & FOOD The most beautifully orchestrated of the many wine and food festivals I have covered is the two-day extravaganza in Newport Beach annually the end of each September. You get the picture when the first encounter at the entrance is the sight of dual Aston Martin vehicles of James Bond fame. Guests are further star struck by the lineup of world-class network-quality chefs and area restaurants that offer gourmet samplings of their award winning cuisine. And with banners emblazoned with the ID and location, each of their super famous wines popped their latest release wines. There were 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft beers to select from over a two-day spread. Relaxing and enjoying live jazz music, I had a chance to sink into oversized sofas with cocktail tables and lean-back chairs, in the outdoor venue at Newport Beach’s City Hall

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THE SIMPLE BREAKDOWN: 1) If you have Medicare Advantage (medical care and prescription drug coverage), you can continue with your current plan, switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan, or drop it and choose traditional Medicare (also called Medicare A & B). 2) If you have traditional Medicare, you can join a Medicare Advantage plan. 3) If you have traditional Medicare, you can join a Medicare Part D (prescription plan). 4) If you already have Medicare Part D, you can change Part D plans. Please note that if you have Medicare Advantage, you do not need Medicare Part D, as Medicare Advantage includes prescription drug coverage.

If you are already enrolled in Medicare Advantage or Medicare Plan D and don’t want to make changes, you don’t need to do anything during open enrollment. However, be aware that your coverage/benefits could change yearly, so look for “Annual Notices of Change” and “Evidence of Benefits” mailers that health plans send this time of year. WHAT FACTORS TO CONSIDER: PHYSICIANS, HOSPITALS This is your opportunity to select the primary care physician, and the specialists, that you prefer who will provide you with care for the following year. The hospital you prefer may also be a consideration. Remember that if you select a Medicare Advantage plan, it will be at least one year before you can change networks, meaning you, your primary care physician, specialists, and the hospital of the network you choose will be in basically a oneyear relationship, which could be wonderful, or something you’ll need to tolerate for a year. Choosing a network with a primary care physician who will be a good fit for you is important. Studies have shown that people value physicians who listen carefully to their concerns, spend necessary time if needed, and value communication. PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE If you currently have prescription drug coverage through Medicare Advantage or Part D, review your current medications and cross-reference with your plan’s 2018 formulary coverage, as formularies can change year to year. This is important if you

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It’s that time of the year again. Yes, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, with Christmas and other wonderful cultural holiday season festivities and traditions. But it’s also that time of the year called Medicare Open Enrollment season. Medicare Open Enrollment is the annual period of time in which current Medicare enrollees can re-evaluate their Medicare coverage, and decide whether they want to keep or change their current plans. While not as exciting as getting together with family and friends and feasting, Medicare Open Enrollment season is important because this is the only time of the year that you can select a new Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan and make decisions to get the most out of your Medicare healthcare coverage, including potentially choosing a new primary care physician. You can also save money, by making sure your favorite physicians are in-network and choosing prescription drug plans that cover your current medications. This year, as it has been since 2011, open enrollment is from October 15 to December 7, for an effective coverage starting January 1, 2018.

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have an extensive or expensive prescription list. In evaluating Plan D programs, be aware that although some Plan D coverage premiums may be more expensive, you may recoup those costs if your expensive medications are covered in their formulary. SUMMARY It’s Medicare open enrollment time. Choose a plan that suits your individual needs, that gets you the physicians you want to take care of you, and that will cover your prescriptions. Then you’ll have the peace of mind that you’ve made the right decision for you in 2018. And, before the end of the year, don’t forget to get your influenza vaccine and your annual Medicare wellness exam! Dr. Wilson Liu has been practicing Family Medicine since 1993. His medical interests including providing care for the entire family including pediatrics, geriatrics, preventive medicine, orthopedics, dermatology and mental health, In his free time, Dr. Liu enjoys live music, sports, exercise, travel, Japanese culture, gardening, cooking and exploring San Diego. He speaks Taiwanese, basic Japanese, and medical Spanish. To find out more about Dr. Liu or to schedule an appointment visit or call 855.222.8262. Medicare Open Enrollment Information Sessions are also available free of cost to the community on November 17 at the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad 10 a.m.-12 p.m., or November 29 at Tri-City Medical Center from 3-5 p.m. Learn more about attending an info session by visiting Tricitymed. org/choices


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learn about your ChoiCes 8 plans - one eVent Have your questions answered by representatives from 8 leading healthcare plans and learn how they can help you. Questions answered include: • • • •

How much would my medication on each plan be this year? What would be my co-pay for primary care visits? What would be the costs of lab visits & urgent care? What are the specific differences between each plan compared to last year?

Formal presentation to be held during the first hour on all available plans. Representatives will be on-hand to answer personal questions and assist with updates or changes during the entire session. Spanish speaking representatives will be available. Attend one of the following events with a friend or family member.

November 17 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (presentation begins promptly at 10 a.m.) Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad November 29 • 3-5 p.m. (presentation begins promptly at 3 p.m.) Tri-City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 855.222.8262 OR VISIT TRICITYMED.ORG/CHOICES

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