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Affordable housing units OK’d for Vista By Steve Puterski

REGION — Thousands of affordable housing units were approved Oct. 15 by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The board unanimously approved the action to move forward with four complexes, along with two from the state, for a total of 675 units in Carlsbad, Vista and San Diego. The county is using funds from its Innovative Housing Trust Fund with an overall target goal of 2,600 units and 5,000 residents by 2025. The fund is a $50 million investment the county uses to build more affordable housing. “I’m going to continue to work with state leaders to try and get RHNA credit for the efforts that we do on county-owned land, on county-owned projects,” Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment credit. “I think it’s unfortunate that under current state guidelines, we don’t get credit for constructing units on our own land.” The board also accepted an update on two additional developments funded through the state’s No Place Like Home program and authorized a second-round notice of funding, according to the county. In some cases, the two funding sources are used on the same development. As for the projects, San Diego will receive four complexes, while Carlsbad and Vista each get one. The fund was established in 2017 to provide TURN TO HOUSING ON 3

People at 3 county schools test positive By City News Service

becoming interested in science. “I like it when it’s a shooting star,” she says. Her mom said, “She wants to be a scientist when she grows up.” The program is designed for young and old says city of San Marcos Parks and Recreation De-

REGION — Health officials announced Oct. 29 that people at three high schools in San Diego County — including San Pasqual High School in Escondido — have tested positive for mumps and may have exposed others to the contagious virus in the last two weeks. One person at each of the campuses — High Tech High School International in San Diego and La Jolla High School are the others — tested positive for the virus, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, which did not specify whether the patients were students or staffers. Students and faculty at the three schools are being advised to be aware of possible mumps symptoms, which can include a fever, headache, earache and salivary gland inflammation. The exposures happened during normal school hours on Oct. 21-22 at High Tech High; Oct. 21-23, 25 and 28 at La Jolla High; and at San Pasqual High on Oct. 17-18 and 21-24. Symptoms can show from 12 to 25 days after exposure, according to the Health and Human Services Agency. “We are working closely with school officials to inform the school communities about the symptoms of




Kailyn Figueroa, from left, and Gabriella Campuzano of San Marcos and Kayla and Sierra Montes of Escondido line up for the Catrina contest as part of Dia de Los Muertos celebration in Solana Beach on Oct. 27. The contest was among the activities at the traditional Mexican celebration held at La Colonia Park to honor family members who have died. California Center for the Arts, Escondido is holding a Dia de los Muertos celebration beginning tonight and running through Nov. 4. For more information, check Arts Calendar on Page 8. Photo by Sean Buffini

Astronomy program has residents seeing stars By Stephanie Stang

SAN MARCOS — Folks in San Marcos are taking the opportunity to learn about the stars while practically sitting among them. For more than a year, the city of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting a star-gazing program for beginners at the high-

est point in the city. Every other month a reserve ranger teaches an hour and half session on astronomy for beginners at Double Peak Park’s Amphitheater. When San Marcos resident Michelle Martinez brought her family to an event called “Star Walk,” they thought it was a hike, but were pleasantly sur-

prised to find out it was a learning event. “It seemed like a good educational thing that we can do for free and that’s always a plus. I’m glad we got here on the earlier side because parking would have been pretty tight otherwise,” Martinez said. Her 5-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is just now

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Once the water temperatures cool down a little, the winter trout season will be jumping at local San Diego County lakes, including Escondido’s Lake Dixon, above, and Lake Wolhford. Greg Gould, Lake & Open Space supervisor for the city of Escondido, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8 meeting of the Senior Anglers of Escondido at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Club members will serve as official weigh masters for the city’s annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby on Nov. 29, open to all anglers age 50 and older. Courtesy photo

87-year-old continues knitting for breast cancer survivors By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Pat Anderson, the 87-year-old founder of Busters, a breast-shaped bra insert provided to breast cancer survivors, isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The Escondido resident, who founded the project in 2017 and gives the accessory to survivors for free, has knitted more than 650 inserts for women across the country. Now, she’s hoping the public will help her further spread the word so that more breast cancer survivors will be able to benefit from the Busters. Anderson, a textile artist by trade, came up with the concept of Busters after she survived breast cancer herself. Anderson underwent a double mastectomy in August 2006, shortly before her 74th birthday, she said. Anderson, who has lived in Escondido since 1982, said the Busters are an “alternative to the commercial silicone prosthetics currently available.” “I also always refer to Busters as ‘accessories not prosthetics’ and since this is such a feminine project, I use only pastels or subtle ombres when making them,” Anderson said. “No depressing beiges or heavy masculine colors, only cheerful and soft yarns for us.” Although hundreds of women have benefitted from receiving the free Busters, Anderson noted that it’s not a charity project. “This is my own, personal project and is not a charity or little housewife’s hobby,” said Anderson, who is originally from Minnesota. Anderson single-handedly creates five to six Busters per week

BUSTERS FOUNDER and Escondido resident Pat Anderson, 87, knits the breast-shaped bra inserts and makes them available for free to breast cancer survivors. Courtesy photo

and has a team of volunteers, who she dubbed “Buzoomers.” Each Buzoomer is an octogenarian, who also survived breast cancer, she said. “I feel very strongly that this is a project for survivors only since we actually wear them and understand what they can mean to another survivor,” said Anderson, who began knitting when she was just 8 years old and made socks for World War II soldiers.

Although she provides the Busters to survivors for free, she accepts donations to help pay for mailing costs. Since creating the Busters two years ago, Anderson has shipped them to women from all walks of life. She’s also received countless notes of gratitude, each of which she keeps in shoeboxes, Anderson said. Nadine Campbell of Sandpoint, Idaho, is one of the thankful


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recipients of the Busters. “It has been a lifesaving change for me,” said Campbell, who previously used prosthesis, which caused hundreds of dollars. “After finding (Busters) I can wear anything.” “I think it is a game changer for all of us,” Campbell said. “I was ready to just stay flat forever and mostly home until Pat saved the day. It has given me so much more freedom and comfort. I think she is my angel and I tear up even now when I think of her and her care and sharing of these Busters. She is definitely a life-changer to me.” Anderson said the topic of breast cancer and “mastectomy is very sensitive and personal.” “Non-cancer survivors fail to realize that every one of us has been faced with the choice between losing our breasts or losing our lives,” Anderson said. “We will live with the physical and emotional consequences of that for the rest of our lives and it should not be trivialized or treated as a novelty. This can be especially difficult for women who are dating or in a relationship — the patient is not the only one affected by mastectomy.” For that reason, Anderson plans to continue self-funding the Busters project to help as many women as possible. “The Busters Project is the most rewarding project I've ever developed and is a fitting finale to a 50-year career in fibers and textiles,” Anderson said. For more information about the Busters or to request one, contact Pat Anderson directly at

SAN MARCOS — If you see something around the city of San Marcos that needs to be fixed, you can always send in a picture using their new “app.” Earlier this month, the city of San Marcos announced at the “State of Your Community” a new app designed to empower residents and visitors to support the city in its effort to keep it clean. “The goal of the app is to connect residents with city staff and make the process of reporting non-emergency concerns more efficient,” says Robin Rockey, city communications manager. Once a work order is submitted by a resident it will most likely be directly sent to a department like the Department of Public Works or Development Services and the user will receive a tracking number eventually letting the person know when it’s been resolved in a timely fashion. One advantage of the app is that it’s more communicative than calling the city’s general directory like folks have done in the past. “I would say this is faster and more direct and you can also upload photos, which is really nice. A picture is worth a thousand words. It really helps us get on the same page with people and helps us pinpoint what we are looking for when we go out,” Rockey said. City Sourced, a private software development company, designed the app in conjunction with the city of San Marcos IT department. So far 50 issues have been submitted including reports of dead animals, trees that needed to be trimmed and water irrigation complaints. One of the app’s features is its ability to “connect” with other neighbors and avoid duplicate requests. It allows a user to see who else in the surrounding area has submitted a request thanks to the GPS system. A resource guide highlighting everything the app offers is available on the city’s website at or download it by searching for “San Marcos City” on the app store.

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Are San Marcos water bills subsidizing new construction costs? By Stephanie Stang

SAN MARCOS — Are residents in San Marcos paying more for their water to fund area development projects? Tom Scaglione, former Vallecitos Water District chief financial officer and current adjunct Palomar College accounting professor, posed the question while leading a discussion Oct. 23 at Palomar College titled “San Marcos Water and Politics: The Price We Paid.” He says new construction costs are being subsidized by San Marcos residents’ water and sewage bills. For example, since 2013, figures he compiled show that residents paid $98.5 million in fees while the separate developer fund was in debt by $13.7 mil-

lion dollars. He estimates customer fees increased by 16% to help offset the cost of developer obligations. Vallecitos Water District General Manager Glenn Pruim says water and sewage prices for residential customers have gone up but only to pay for improvements to existing infrastructure. Those increases are based on a cost service study. “These are monies that we need to pay for future costs that aren’t incurring right now and a lot of those are for replacements,” Pruim said. “So, for example we have pipes in the road that need to be replaced but they may not need to be replaced for 20 years from now. So, we start accumulating funds that we

call our reserves.” Donna Nickel was at the lecture and similar to Scaglione, worked at the district until a new board was elected. “The Vallecitos customers are not aware of what is going on and basically they are getting shafted and they are paying for what developers should be paying for and when I was there, the developers were paying for the fee,” Nickel said. “So, this has come as a reversal. I just know from the meeting I went to it will be really hard to follow exactly what is going on if you are not familiar with the rates and capital facility fees and all the things like that.” Beyond his previous work experience at the district, Scaglione has been fol-

lowing the district closely since he left last year. He’s filed public record requests, listened to board meetings and tracked campaign contributions from developers. He took a look at building permits from 2006 to 2018. He says after 2009’s recession there should have been a surplus, instead the deficit to the development fund continued to increase while the number of building permits skyrocketed. In fact, the Vallecitos Water District is the only one with a deficit in San Diego County. “There is no agency that has accumulated that much revenue from rate payers’ fees,” Scaglione said. “By 2024 there will be a $49.4 million deficit and there is no prevision to pay it back. There is no plan

for the adoption of a reimbursement resolution.” Pruim agrees that there is a deficit; however, these past two months a study assessed what developers will owe and what they will need to pay in the future. “There is $13 million in deficit,” he said. “That was added to the fee that each developer will pay, going forward. For developers it went up by about 20%, so that is an increase that is starting to pay for the future costs and to recover the costs.” An increase in the capital facility fee, which impacts developers, will go into effect by next January. “You have to have the rate payer focus, that’s very important, and adopt the

rates that are needed,” Scaglione said. He encourages people to visit his website Nickel has already joined and hopes more people will become aware of what is going on. “I am a rate payer in San Marcos,” she said. “I want it to stop and I actually am — I’m really hoping that we will find somebody that will run for the board.” Vallecitos Water District board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. They are also aired on San Marcos TV (SMTV). Plus, recordings and minutes are available on their website at http://www.vwd. org/. Pruim said they aim to be “very transparent.”

VUSD board tackles budget, hires Doyle as superintendent By Steve Puterski

VISTA — In recent weeks turmoil has surrounded the Vista Unified School District from its negative operating budget to the removal of former Superintendent Dr. Linda Kimble. During its Oct. 17 meeting, the Board of Education heard from the VUSD classified staff union leader, Bill Faust, president of the California State Employees Association Vista Chapter 389, calling for the district to remove the proposed eighth period at two high schools and cut $5.9 million from the budget. The district is facing a $19 million deficit and brought on the Financial Crisis Management Team to assist with its budget. In addition, Faust also called out the district for its handling of the removal of Kimble, which required a $281,000 buyout of her contract. The board will hold two public workshops regarding the budget on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6. “Since this board took over in January 2019, you’ve had to continue to work with declining enrollment, budget constraints and community discontent,” Faust said. “Our students are not being allowed to succeed. Instead of focusing outward on students we are looking inward at ourselves.” The board decided several months ago to look into an eight-period class day, but the budget constraints required hard decisions and cuts. In February, the board cut about $12 million

Matt Doyle from the budget and the $19 million deficit is for Fiscal Year 2020-21. As the union leader, Faust, among several others, said the concern is for next potential round of job cuts. “We need to take our district back and work together to find solutions,” he added. Ami Shackleford, assistant superintendent of business services, said that without the eight-period day, the total deficit would total $13.3 million. The San Diego County Board of Education is expecting VUSD’s list of potential budget cuts and solutions in December. She said the list of solutions began last September and has been ongoing for the past several months. Some of those cuts include the January professional development day, two instructional days, eight elementary music teachers and several others, which are estimated to save about $10 million. Shackelford also said the district has come up with ideas to generate rev-

enue, such as charging for transportation and increasing out-of-district students, among others. “Nineteen million is going to hurt and it’s going to feel personal,” board President Rosemary Smithfield said. “We’re here for the kids and that’s how we’re going to look upon our cuts.” The board also approved hiring a new superintendent during its meeting, tapping Dr. Matthew Doyle to the position in a 4-1 vote. The long-time district administrator was the interim superintendent in 2017-18 prior to Kimble’s arrival and assistant superintendent of innovation during Kimble’s tenure. Regarding Kimble, Smithfield said the board accepted an agreement on a 4-1 vote, with trustee Rich Alderson against, to accept Kimble’s departure. The district will buy out 12 months of Kimble’s contract at $281,000 and allow her 12 months of district benefits. Additionally, the board called it a “no-fault termination” and Kimble can’t sue. “We thank Dr. Kimble for her services and wish her well going forward,” Smithfield said. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Doyle’s proven leadership, loyalty and love for our district. He’s familiar with our school community.” Doyle, a 29-year veteran of the district, said he was proud to assume the position and will continue to work for the students, parents and administration.

Average gas price rises again after recent run of decreases REGION — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose six-tenths of a cent Oct. 31 to $4.03, one day after a 22-day streak of decreases ended with an increase of three-tenths of a cent. The average price is 3.6

cents less than one week ago and 4.1 cents lower than one month ago, but 23.8 cents higher than one year ago, according to the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has risen 68.9 cents since the start of the year. The average price

dropped 18.5 cents during the streak to its lowest amount since Sept. 28. The decreases followed a run of 19 increases in 21 days that pushed the average price to its highest amount since July 20, 2015. — City News Service


The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC initiated new member China Kellner, from left, welcomed by club Past President Judy Pantazo and member Crystal Gates. Kellner currently serves as co-chair of the Night Owls group, an evening section of the Club for working members. For information on Night Owls, visit or Courtesy photo



$50 million to tackle the affordable housing issue. The board provided $25 million at the launch and an additional $25 million on April 30. According to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, about $12 million has already been awarded to six developments to construct 453 affordable units. To date, 94 units have been built with another 274 under construction. “They will have an affordability period of 99 years,” said David Estrella of Health and Human Services. “The county has been able to leverage other local and private funds to spur the development of more than 750 units to be developed.” The first round of funds for units addresses families and veterans experiencing homelessness and special needs, low-income seniors, and people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse issues and survivors of domestic violence. Those properties are located in San Diego, Poway, San Marcos and Vista, according to the

county. “These are much-needed units that make a significant difference in the lives of needed families and other vulnerable populations for some very at-risk populations we have,” said Supervisor Greg Cox. With additional phases, the Trust Fund investment, when paired with other state and federal funding sources, is expected to create a total of more than 1,500 units. These homes will remain as affordable housing units for a minimum of 99 years. The county has also identified five excess properties that are suitable for development that will include about 800 affordable, multifamily residential units. The state’s No Place

Like Home program will add hundreds more units. Together, those sources will provide for more than 2,600 new units in the region over the next five years. Additionally, the county spends more than $100 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds every year to help local residents with housing subsidies. About 10,400 households and over 24,000 people each month receive housing subsidies through the county’s Public Housing Authority. Together with the Veterans Administration, the county also provides monthly rental assistance to more than 500 veterans and their families through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing.


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San Marcos Creek Project moves forward


he San Marcos City Council recently voted to approve a notice to award for Sema Construction to serve as the primary construction contractor for the San Marcos Creek Project. The project, once complete, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area. This important infrastructure project will benefit our City in the following ways: • Raised roadway and new bridges over the San Marcos Creek along Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz to reduce flooding and enhance safety • Widened Discovery Street to four lanes with a bike lane on the south side • Additional sidewalks and bike facilities

mayor’s minute Rebecca Jones • New community park with spaces and trails for recreation and relaxation • Restoration and preservation of 1.5 miles of creek habitat. The San Marcos Creek project is consistent with the San Marcos General Plan, which is the City’s guiding document for achieving the community vision for the future. The project amenities are guided by the principles of the San Marcos Creek District Specific Plan, originally approved by the San Marcos City Council in 2007. Preliminary construction will begin in late 2019. Active construction is tentatively planned to start in early 2020 and is expected to

take up to two years to complete. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City is committed to proactively communicating with our residents about the project. Before the start of construction, the City conducted a brief survey to understand community awareness of the project and determine the best ways to provide updates about construction. Here’s how you can stay informed: • Visit for project information. • Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates. • Call the project hotline at 877-SMCREEK with any questions, and a team member will respond within 48 hours. • Email the project team at creek@san-marcos. net

Neighborhood Reinvestment Program at work


he Neighborhood Reinvestment Program provides grant funds to non-profit community organizations and public agencies for onetime community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs. I take great pride in being able to allocate funds to some of the wonderful organizations in District 5 and while I wish I could give money to all of them, I wanted to highlight a few of the groups making a difference in District 5. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside has grown tremendously over the past 9 years, serving 1,400 members through nine sites each day. One of the reasons they are able to successfully provide the needed care is a school bus they operate that helps to transport the youth. The State of California has created a new mandate that every

around the county Jim Desmond school bus must meet state regulations, leaving a lot of organizations looking for a new vehicle. I’m pleased to announce that, through the District 5 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside will be getting a new school bus! School safety is a top priority. We cannot send our kids somewhere we don’t believe will be safe. After speaking to Rainbow residents and officials at Vallecitos Elementary School, they voiced their concern over the lack of fencing protecting their school in Rainbow. We need to do everything we can to keep our kids safe, which is

why Vallecitos Elementary School will be receiving a new perimeter fence and entry into the school. Also, we need to maintain our focus on the arts in San Diego County, which is why I’m pleased to support the Oceanside Museum of Art. Their building was long overdue for renovations and I look forward to seeing the new updated building. While there are many organizations also receiving funds and many more that I wish we could support, I encourage you to reach out to Candyce.Yee@sdcounty., our Grants Administrator and see if your organization can receive support. Thank you to all the groups for reinvesting into our community and make San Diego County such a wonderful place to live. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

or the ninth time in the last five years, gasoline prices spiked this fall in California, with per-gallon pump charges briefly leaping above $5.15 at many stations around the state. The escalation of more than $1 per gallon of unleaded regular was largely masked by bigger headlines devoted to wildfires and massive blackouts staged or threatened by the state’s biggest utilities, but it was very real and still is far from fully receding. Meanwhile, there was some consumer protection for Californians when the electric companies cut them off in the interest of preventing fires sparked by power lines whose maintenance they neglected for many years. When a blackout, fire or earthquake strikes, state law prohibits sudden price gouging by merchants and service providers. No such law governs oil companies when they experience gasoline refinery outages, whether they are accidental or deliberately staged — and there is no one now authorized to determine the difference. There ought to be. For now, no one can formally prove the recent price increases meet legal definitions of gouging, which happens when retailers and suppliers respond to disasters with prices much higher than usual, sometimes rising to the level of being both unfair and unjustified. Things very likely met that definition this month when prices jumped about 20% after seven of the state’s 25 major oil refineries either had scheduled maintenance outages or experienced short-term operational troubles.

california focus thomas d. elias No government authority has yet proven collusion between the five big refiners — led by Chevron, Tesoro and Phillips 66 — which control 90% of California’s gasoline market, and also own or franchise 80% of gas stations. But for them all to raise prices hugely at the same moment suggested some sort of cooperation. They can’t all be running up precisely identical costs at the very same moment. Consumers can’t help noticing that when the price rises at a Chevron station, it generally goes up the same amount at the Shell outlet across the street, which often pumps Tesoro fuel. That happened this fall and also in the prior price spikes, including one last spring. Gas station operators can’t be blamed very much — this fall, refiners raised the wholesale price stations pay by about 30 cents per gallon, a cost they pass through to customers. For sure, these sudden price increases increase oil company revenues. Yearly profit statements are not yet in for the big refiners, and only two of the top five break out California results separately from the rest of their worldwide operations. Still, the last time anyone closely analyzed oil company profits, the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group in 2016 thoroughly documented that record profits for the refiners coincided with record-high pump prices throughout this state.

Some industry spokespeople have cited as one cause for the latest spike the brief drop in world gasoline supplies following the September drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest refinery. Worldwide prices did jump sharply just after that, but quickly returned to near previous levels as the facility went back online sooner than expected. Through all this, California oil refiners have kept their inventories low for many years. The rest of the continental U.S., for example, normally has about 24 days’ supply of gasoline on hand at any moment, while California averages between 10 days’ and 13 days’ supply. “Because they keep inventories very low, prices rise immediately when anything happens because of concerns over possible shortages,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “If it’s illegal to gouge after a natural disaster, why not after refinery problems?” No one currently watches over any of this. Just after last spring’s gas price spike, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked for an analysis from the state Energy Commission, whose preliminary conclusion was that at least some “market manipulation” was involved. The full report was due out this month. What’s really needed is a state agency with authority to track oil company prices and profits and clamp down on them when needed. But so far, no state legislator has stepped up to propose anything like that. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit www.

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Woodworking students at New Haven learn new skills By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A cathartic program at New Haven Youth and Family Services gives students a creative outlet to build various skillsets. The nonprofit school assists students with behavioral and learning challenges their public schools can’t address, but through programs such as woodwork-

el, New Haven Woodcrafts, Etc., which the top-level students join to sell the items made in the class, such as pens, cutting boards, yo-yos, ice cream scoops and more. “We do a lot of turning projects,” Sutherland said. “We got a wall there with a lot of pop art. I’m just trying to meet them where they’re interested.” The school received a

THE WOODWORKING PROGRAM at New Haven Youth and Family Services in Vista also has a business component; the students make and sell pens and cutting boards, to name a few items. Courtesy photo

ing, students flourish. Taylor Sutherland, who teaches the woodworking program, said the elective class provides an outlet for students to refocus and work on their creations. In addition, the program also incorporates a business mod-

sizable donation from the late Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padres legend, about 15 years ago to jump-start the program. Initially, Sutherland said, students crafted Adirondack furniture, but with Gwynn’s donation, the

school was able to expand the footprint for the shop. As for the business side, Sutherland said the students must work their way up through the apprenticeship master program. Once eligible, the students are like employees at a typical job, where the must meet the demands of their projects, as well as following safety protocols. Once they complete their items, the products go up on a website dedicated to the program. In addition, the entrepreneur program, which is another component, allows the students to sell their items outside of the school. Sutherland said when a student makes a sale, it brings self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment with it. Also, the students learn aspects the supply chain, which includes the cost of wood, how to competitively price items, market them and eventually make a sale. “It’s not intended to make money, this is a nonprofit,” said Chris Cates, community relations director for New Haven. “It’s to give the kids experience and awareness. A lot of it is therapeutic in the sense that the kids get to go through all the motions of getting orders, making them and they’re the ones to sell them.” Students Hayden Smelcer, a 16-year-old junior, and Luke Records, a 15-year-old sophomore, said

NEW HAVEN Youth and Family Services teacher Taylor Sutherland, left, watches one of his students work in the school’s woodworking program. The program allows students to create and even join an entrepreneurship program. Courtesy photo

they both enjoy the program and the creativity it brings. Smelcer, who also has a home wood shop, is in his third year of the program at New Haven. He has qualified as a journeyman and is now working toward becoming a master through the apprenticeship program.

“It’s definitely a safe environment and it’s a good place to get out of class,” Smelcer said. “It’s a good place to get away from all the stress of work and doing schoolwork.” Records said he gets a lot of support and it helps him cope with the stresses of the day. He, like Smelcer,

has also risen through the ranks to master and is now a teacher’s assistant helping the younger students learn and hone their skills in the room. “It motivates you a lot to be your best,” Records said. “It’s a privilege. You can’t have bad behaviors and come in here.”






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


The Vista Historical Museum and museum office will be closed beginning Nov. 1. The office will reopen Nov. 18 and the museum will reopen Nov. 20.


T he C oast News - I nland E dition to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. The free event is held to raise awareness and support for individuals who provide care to aging family members and family caregivers of younger people who have mental or physical health issues. For more information, visit carefair.html. ‘BIGGEST LITTLE FARM’

The North County Climate Change Alliance will screen “The Biggest Little Farm” from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. At 3:30 p.m., enjoy music with Neils Lund. Film from 4 to 6 p.m. “The Biggest Little Farm” tells of the quest of John and Molly Chester, trading city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream. There will be a silent auction benefitting the North County Climate Change Alliance. RSVP to Nikki Leeds at nikkileeds@


Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation will be having its 14th annual Kayak Cleanup and fundraising event 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. People are invited to help clean up the lagoon and enjoy kayaking waters normally closed to boating. Launch site is on south shore at I-5/La Costa Park and Ride lot, and launches are every two hours. Bring your own kayaks or one will be provided. The cost is $60 per person. Single kayakers must be 12 or older, but children as young as 6 can ride in a tandem with an adult. For more information and to register, visit

Pala Casino Spa & Resort will host a series of monthly charity slot tournaments. Each tournament will benefit a deserving charity. All guest-paid entry fees will be matched by Pala Casino, with all proceeds going to charity, under Pala’s community outreach initiative, Pala Cares. To participate or for more information, call the Pala Casino Special Events team at (760) 510-4555, 9 a.m. to VILLAGE STREET FAIR 5 p.m. Monday through FriThe fall Carlsbad Vilday. lage Street Faire will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. LIFE LECTURES Nov. 3, in downtown CarlsThe LIFE Lecture Se- bad Village, east to west ries continues at 1 p.m. Nov. from Carlsbad Boulevard to 1 at Mira Costa College, 1 Jefferson Street and north Barnard Drive. First, the to south from Beech Avenue Mira Costa Theatre Group to Carlsbad Village Drive. will present a synopsis of It offers 800 vendors live “The Importance of Being music, rides for kids, an inEarnest” followed by Sarah ternational food center and Davis, environmental spe- an old-fashioned pancake cialist, Oceanside Water, breakfast 7 a.m. to noon. speaking on “Pure Water Oceanside.” A $1 parking FIREARM SAFETY CLASS permit is required in Lot This monthly four-hour 1A. Visit class is offered from 10 a.m. or call (760) 757-2121 to 2 p.m. Nov. 3f, or anyone anticipating the purchase WARRIOR PROJECT of, or who already owns, a The Warrior Village handgun, at the shooting Project will hold an Open range, 16525 Guejito Road, House at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Escondido. Handguns and San Marcos High School, ammunition are provided 1615 W San Marcos Blvd, for those but participants San Marcos. For more infor- are encouraged to bring mation, visit https://save- their own. Cost is $60. ister at (760) 746-2868. save-a-warrior.

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The Cal State San Marcos Psychology Department, in partnership with the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM, will host the 17th annual “Because I Care” Community Resource Fair from 9 a.m.

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Grab your clubs and come out Nov. 4 for the FACE dog-friendly Invitational Golf Tournament. Enjoy a day of golf at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. Register at /

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Republican Women of California – San Marcos invite all to its Veterans Recognition and Honoring dinner starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at the St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos. Reservations and payment of $30 per person by Oct. 31 to Susie Glass, San Marcos, Ca. 92078. For information, e-mail Susie at sglass51@ or call (760) 7440953 Checks payable to RWC-SM.


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The first of a series of Hire a Hero, Hire a Veteran (HAH-HAV) Job and Resource events will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the North County Coastal Career Center, 1949 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside. Veteran customers will be given priority service to talk to the employers from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. before opening the event to the public. The events are a part of HAH-HAV events planned throughout the state during the 2019-2020 State Fiscal Year, as part of the governor’s initiative to open employment and education avenues for veterans.

The Rancho Bernardo monthly meeting of the North County Parkinson’s Support Group will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 at San Rafael Church, 17252 Bernardo WINTER RACES Center Drive. Call (858) The winter Del Mar 354-2498 or (760) 749-8234. racing season will run from Nov. 8 through Dec. 1 at the Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del TIME FOR TAMALES Bring your holiday ap- Mar. For more information, https://visitdelmarpetite to the fifth annual visit Tamale Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. horse-racing-season-3/.

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Vista Community Clinic will host walk-in flu clinics for adults 19 and older Tuesdays 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. through Nov. 5 at the Vale Terrace clinic, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The flu vaccine is free for VCC patients; $15 for community residents. No appointments are necessary. For more information, call (760) 631-5000, ext. 1010 (English); ext. 1015 (Spanish).

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Another Kids in the Garden event, “The Magic of Autumn: Trees and Leaves” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista Botanical Gardens, Vista. Class fee is $5 per person, which supports the Gardens. Pre-registration required at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. com or call (760) 822-6824.

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North County Widows and Widowers Club will host a 4 p.m. Nov. 5 Happy Hour at “Wildwood Crossing,” 116 Civic Center Drive, Vista. RSVP to (760) 207-3387. On Nov. 6, the group will attend the 6 p.m. First Wednesday Free Concert at California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Meet at 4 p.m. at Shakey’s Pizza, 355 N. Escondido Blvd. (across the street from concert hall). RSVP to (760) 741-8004.

American Legion Post 149 will host its inaugural Escondido VetFest Veterans Day, at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11, with a parade in Escondido along Grand Avenue, a display of military equipment from Camp Pendleton, information booths from our sponsors, and a free barbeque at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 2230 E. Park Ave., Escondido. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion and the 100th anniversary of the Post 149 in Escondido.

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San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual “Farm & Nursery Expo” will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Register at expo.

The San Diego County African Violet Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. Hear “Splitting and Re-potting Clumps of Baby Violets” by Barbara Conrad. Attendees will each get to take home baby African violets.




The public is invited to a free informational seminar at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club at 15150 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, on estate planning, philanthropy, investing in today’s market and the Center’s Bequest program hosted by Helen Woodward Animal Center. RSVP via e-mail, at or by phone at (858) 756-4117, ext. 339 by Nov. 4.


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The Vista Friends and Newcomers will hold meet for a Membership Coffee meeting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at Pegah’s Kitchen, 945 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. This is a breakfast meeting, so one must purchase breakfast. Come learn what the Vista Friends is all about and meet new friends. Questions, call (760) 758-4120.

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Campa-Najjar holds area meet and greet By Alexander Wehrung

SAN MARCOS — On Oct. 17, Ammar Campa-Najjar appeared at a meet and greet event in San Marcos as part of his latest election bid for the 50th Congressional district of California. Najjar ran last year against Duncan Hunter, narrowly losing with 48% of the vote. Najjar said he was very grateful for the support from North County in an interview with The Coast News. “East County is where we need to work more,” he said, “but I really appreciate the support from North County. I want them to know that I’m going to be there for them when it comes to every issue,” listing farming, small business, crime and gangs as examples. The event was held at a San Marcos residence with a sprawling backyard and view. A few dozen chairs were set up on the lawn, and various finger foods and drinks were laid out for attendees who had come to hear Najjar speak, among them a soldier, an accountant and a documentarian from the Union-Tribune. “I hope to find out if there’s anything new that he’s running on, if there’s any new information from him,” said Kathryn Gray. “I hope to hear from him his ... how he feels about the current impeachment inquiries, how he feels about guns and how he feels about Duncan Hunter and what he’s going through right now,” said Brandon Oleksy, a photographer and substitute teacher who works in Vista and San Marcos. “This community brought me into this world,” Najjar said to the crowd, noting that he was born and raised in San Diego. He also joked that he has been fighting for the same two-year seat for the past three. “I think the reason that we lost, partially,” he said, “was that we were taking on a 40-year dynasty. We had only two years of runway to take this thing off, we have more time this time. And then we looked at the data, and we saw where we lost, and we saw where we won. Everywhere we went, we won, and so just the learning experience is going to more places, having more of these community engagements, and speaking the truth and letting the chips fall where they lie.” When asked about Hunter, Najjar said that all the buzz currently swarming around him due to his upcoming federal corruption trial is a distraction from the larger issues. When asked if Najjar would visit Hunter in prison once he was in Washington, Najjar said that in that scenario, he would listen to what Hunter would have to say, as Hunter would still be one of his constituents. After drawing attention to the current state of politics in Washington, saying that he felt that it is wrong for politicians to consistent-

ly fail at governing and get paid for it anyway, Najjar laid out the beliefs that embody him as a candidate. On education, he said that public funds ought to be going to public schools, there should be a public service system of student loan forgiveness, teachers shouldn’t have to pay for classroom supplies out Campa-Najjar of their own pockets, and special-needs children should not be neglected. When the subject turned to immigration, Najjar said that other potential solutions to reforming immigration should be looked at other than just erecting a wall, and that the United States ought to be hospitable to immigrants, saying that it is profitable to do so. He referred to climate change as “the mother of all problems,” noting that the Pentagon itself has said something to the same effect, on account of the risk of U.S. coastal bases being flooded. Regarding guns, Najjar noted that he is a gun-owner, and wants silencers, bump stocks and weapons of war out of the hands of ordinary citizens. “There’s no silver bullet, no pun intended, to gun reform,” Najjar said. “Taking people’s guns away won’t change it, because people can still purchase guns illegally. And in fact, most criminals do it that way.” When this reporter asked what he would do to combat hate crime, noting the synagogue shooting in Poway as a particular example, Najjar pointed out that a combination of anti-hate education, mental health services and stronger gun laws would be an effective way of combating hate crime. He attributed the spike of hate crime to young people being bullied 24/7 because of the internet and then victims turning to darker parts of the internet for solace and subsequently being exposed to extremist viewpoints. Najjar framed his hope for political progress both as healing the soul of America, as well as a comeback story. “I think for me,” Najjar said, “people really love the notion of country over party. They love the idea that I was running for Congress to represent everybody. Not to just give control to one party over the other but representing everybody.” He noted during his talk that he hasn’t taken any money from corporations. “In Congress I’ll be fighting on fundamental issues, to bring back resources to help make sure that all of North Country and my district is flourishing to its full potential,” he said. Once his talk was over, he took a group photo with attendees, with foregoing “Cheese!” for “Country over party!”

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Homeless plan in Levin touches on several issues at town hall Vista takes shape By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Step by step, the city is moving forward to putting together its homeless strategic plan. During its Oct. 22 meeting, the City Council directed staff to move forward on several issues including plans for addiction, outreach and more. As of the 2019 Point-InTime County, the city had 285 homeless residents. Of those, 174 are sheltered, 143 are in transitional housing, 122 are unsheltered and 31 in emergency shelters, according to a staff report during the council’s June 4 special meeting. Still, it’s a decline in homelessness since 2018, where 490 homeless were counted. In North County, 1,540 individuals were identified as homeless, whether sheltered or unsheltered, according to the count. Amanda Lee, Vista’s housing programs manager, said the city is using data-based information to craft the plan, along with meeting several goals such as improving quality of life, prevention and reduction, enhancing outreach and education and legislative advocacy. The council directed staff to return with more information regarding several issues within its plan. Those include encampment cleanup and housing placement, safe parking with case management, downtown outreach and enhancing community outreach. The lack of housing availability, meanwhile, compounds the encampment issue, staff reported. Due to the lack of housing, whether it’s affordable or transitional, the staff recommended not to implement a specific plan, but did prioritize encampment cleanups, especially in biologically sensitive areas and places with “significant” health and safety risks. Councilman John Franklin said 23 acres be-

hind Costco is an environmental preserve, but dozens of people are camped out. He said the creek has been overrun with garbage and the makeup of the area has changed radically. City Manager Patrick Johnson said the city will engage in an encampment cleanup off Hacienda Drive this month, the area Franklin mentioned. In total, the city has done six cleanups this year removing 16 tons of debris, staff reported. Franklin, though, said the larger problem is substance abuse. “They’ve spent their rent money on heroin,” Franklin said. “Until we help them to address their addiction to heroin or methamphetamine, they’re not going to make decisions to enable them to get into housing, no matter what the cost.” He continued with a passionate speech about moving forward, and quickly, with addressing addiction and mentally ill persons. He said addiction is the No. 1 problem for the chronically homeless, and the debate around high housing costs is a “straw man” argument. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said the county must take responsibility for some of the issues in the city, while Councilwoman Amanda Rigby said it is important for the city to collaborate with other government agencies. In addition, she said the cleanups must remain and would like to see them increased. Rigby also railed against the state legislature and how those who are incarcerated are not allowed, by law, to have court-mandated drug programs. “There are so many different levels and facets to this problem,” Rigby added. “We can’t solve by ourselves by throwing money at and doing it piecemeal. We have to do it together and do it all at the same time.”

Adopt a family for holidays VISTA — The giving season is here and North County Lifeline’s staff and volunteers are busy nominating families for its Adopt-a-Family program. Adopt-a-Family is a holiday giving program for Lifeline’s hard-working yet low-income clients. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals can “adopt” clients by purchasing gifts or donating online, to make the holiday season special. Sign up now to adopt a family by contacting give@ or for more information, visit You can adopt a specific family or donate generally. Lifeline will match you with a family of the right size to fit your giving budget. You can also sponsor

specific items on the Amazon Wish List at https:// /gp /ch/ list/ 95-2794253 /ref= smi_ cl_bc_lol1_lol to help provide gift wrap supplies and holiday decor for families in need. Consider hosting a toy drive to give families a little extra help during the holiday season. You can host at your workplace, church, business or other place of gathering. You can also donate online or with gift cards. Online donations will support families who have not been adopted or who need a little extra support this year. For example, many clients need bus passes to get to school and work. Cards can be mailed or delivered to the Vista office, 200 Michigan Ave., Vista.

REP. MIKE LEVIN, who represents the 49th District, speaks during his Oct. 19 town hall in Vista. Photo by Steve Puterski

licans alike are against offshore drilling. Quigley said she also supports Levin's charge to reform state and local income taxes (SALT) and lower itemized deductions on income taxes, which were increased under Trump’s 2017 tax plan. “I thought it was good and it’s my first town hall,” she said. “I wanted to see

what he was all about and what was going on. I think he did a nice job.” Levin, though, also ripped President Donald Trump for abandoning the Kurds in Syria leading to mass killings of Kurds by Turkish forces. As a result, reports detail the escape of hundreds of terrorists from ISIS. American forces, it

was reported on Oct. 21, were also pelted with vegetables from Syrian Kurds for leaving the country. Still, with all the dramatics surrounding Trump, Levin said good bi-partisan work is being done, citing work on veterans’ issues such as reforming the G.I. Bill, securing funds for homeless veterans and refinancing Veterans Affairs home loans. But for the freshman congressman and former environmental attorney, he said his focus has been on issues specific to the 49th, with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) at the top of the list. He stressed it is vital for the spent fuel of the retired plant to be removed as quickly as possible. One challenge he said, is finding a suitable location for storage. The federal government invested billions into building Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but efforts to relocate spent fuel from across the country has been stonewalled. Levin cited two reasons. First, potential groundwater contamination was identified, and also former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) successfully prevented spent fuel from being stored in his home state for decades. Additionally, Levin said other states have come forward for potential temporary storage but will not commit as they are concerns it will become permanent. “What’s Plan B if we’re not going to use Yucca Mountain?” he asked. Other big issues, he said, concern the Tijuana River and allowing California to stay with its emission standards.

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VISTA — Seemingly every day a new explosive development comes out of Washington, D.C., as the embattled Trump administration fights off numerous scandals and possible impeachment. On Oct. 19, U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano), who represents the 49th District, which spans from Torrey Pines to southern Orange County, held his 10th town hall at the Vista Civic Center. He hosts one town hall per month at various locations in the district. He covered much of the turbulence surrounding Trump, blasting the president for his actions regarding Ukraine, withholding $391 million in aid to prevent further aggression by Russia and Attorney General Bill Barr’s actions and role in the impeachment process. Levin said he was one of the first to call for impeachment hearings, doing so several months ago. “There was no independent counsel or special prosecutor for Ukraine because Bill Barr, the attorney general, after receiving the whistleblower’s report … decided not to proceed with any type of investigation,” he added. “By default, we are doing that work behind closed doors that Bill Barr refused to do. It’s being done fairly and objectively, and it’s what need to get to the truth.” Oceanside resident Katy Quigley, an independent, said Levin’s openness at the town hall was a chance for her to hear about the issues and work being done to solve those. She was appreciative of his attention to SONGS and how democrats and repub-


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Patio Playhouse stages Kate Hamill’s take on ‘Sense and Sensibility’ By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — Patio Playhouse’s current production is Kate Hamill’s stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” The story, written by the famed writer of “Pride and Prejudice,” tells the tale of Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne as they come of age. The play runs through Nov. 17. “Kate Hamill is [a] fresh female voice,” said the production’s director, Kelli Harless. “Her adaptations are clear insights into the crux of the story.” Said crux examines the role of women in the early 19th century, when they could not own property and marrying for love was considered something of an outlandish concept. “Her adaptation is unique and fresh because the focus is on the women — how they individually cope with the situations thrown at them and how those struggles affect their relationship,” Harless said. “Ms. Hamill allows their story to remain the focal point. The other female characters often exemplify variations and are quite strong themselves.” She called the adaptation a

THE CAST of “Sense and Sensibility,” adapted from the Jane Austen novel, which runs through Nov. 17 at Patio Playhouse in Escondido. Courtesy photo

very “fluid” and “playful” adaptation of the novel. Patio Playhouse described the adaptation as taking the Masterpiece Theatre-esque tone of the original story and making it more comic, more energetic; livelier, faster. “Kate Hamill has very successfully streamlined the story — hitting the major plot points and

action — while presenting it in a very playful and engaging manner. I have tried with this production to capture that intent. The characters of Elinor and Marianne are the constants in the dance of the play. All other actors play 2-4 characters.” The cast stars Maisy Holmes as Marianne and Tori Bleher as

Elior, Martie Clark as Mrs. Dashwood, Amy Hypnarowski as Margaret, and Spencer Farmer as Colonel Brandon. “I have been blessed with a very astute and creative cast,” Harless said. “The challenges come in the collaboration process — my vision, the individual cast member vision and the given circumstances of the play. If an ac-

tion or characterization enhances the story — that's a win. Any action that detracts from the story goes away.” “I believe it is important to meet the actors where they are artistically and, ideally, assist them to 'learn and grow' with the role(s) in which they have been cast,” she said. “This production is a great vehicle for that because there are very few constraints — imagination is key. It's a definite break from a traditional play — which has been fun — and challenging at the same time.” Unlike the musical romp that was “Little Women,” “Sense and Sensibility” will be performed in the more intimate space of Patio Playhouse’s black box theater on Kalmia Street in Escondido. But just like “Little Women,” Patio Playhouse will encourage audience members to donate to a charitable cause; in this case, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. The show will play at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets for the show are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, members of the military and students, and $12 for children aged 16 and under.

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A rts &Entertainment Escondido Arts Partnership horror film festival features amateur shorts By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — In the spirit of Halloween and the arts, the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery hosted an amateur-film festival in the late evening of Oct. 25. Executive Director Chrisanne Moats — who wore little rubber snakes dangling from her curly brown hair, Gorgon-esque — hosted the event in the Gallery’s lobby. A total of six short films were screened, all made by filmmakers from the San Diego area. “Film, I think, is an underrated art form,” Moats said. “and it’s looked at like television and movies, they’re kind of ... they can become pedestrian, or they can become so normal, they’re just so go-to or generic that sometimes we don’t look at them like something that anybody could make and work in that medium. So, I like to give people a platform for that.” Moats described the Escondido film community as being somewhat underground, and one that needs to be pried out so that filmmakers will share their works. The first film screened at the festival was “The Ouiji Spot” by Malati Patel and James Byrd. The longest film at nine and a half minutes, the film’s plot chronicles the struggle of two women to summon a satisfactory incubus to sleep with one of them. Afterward, Moats asked attendees (around a dozen total, including the gallery staff) trivia questions, such a where “Candy-

HORROR FILM enthusiasts were treated to six short horror films by San Diego area filmmakers on Oct. 25 at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery. Photo via Facebook

man” took place, and what the name of the actor who played Igor in “Young Frankenstein” was among others. The questions continued throughout the interludes between films, and the person who answered most of the eight questions correctly won a Styrofoam skull. It ended up in the hands of this reporter. The next two films were pro-

duced by Studi Yo Bless. Their first, the nonlinear “Dirt Road,” concerns a woman dressed in ‘50s attire who lives in modern day. After running down an alien in her enormous truck, she attempts to dispose of the evidence. Their second film, “El Bano” — the shortest of the fest at just under a minute — delves into body horror, with unusual pro-

tuberances growing on the main character as she takes a shower. The use of color was sparing; initially only the lone actress’ lips and nails were colored, emphasizing the sudden and horrifying growth that appeared on her body. Peter Benson’s “Fantasmic” is a tribute to early silent films, comprising a single, black

and white shot of one character dressed in early 20th century clothes. As he drinks and smokes, he finds himself face to face with a ghost and must fend off the specter with his hat. The film overall succeeds in capturing the sort of subdued physical comedy emblematic of the art form during the period. Next was Scott Gengelbach’s rib-tickling “Momma Crow’s Revenge.” Gengelbach was the only filmmaker to attend the show, and his work received the most enthusiastic response. Filmed in vertical iPhone style, “Momma Crow’s Revenge” is a one-take short depicting the unfortunate demise of a baby crow (built with household items) at the hands of a trophy hunter (played by an action figure) and the subsequent furious revenge of the mother crow (portrayed via statuette). Gengelbach joked that all his actors were stiff. The final film, Gerald Varney’s Prufrock, is a reading of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock.” The film is set to edited footage from a variety of black and white films, including “Dracula” starring Bela Lugosi. Upon the festival’s conclusion, attendees were invited to explore the gallery. All profits from the event went to the nonprofit gallery itself. “We look to do any kind of fundraising we can, but we don’t really expect a lot from an event like this,” said Moats. “This is more about community outreach and looking to other types of art genres.”


Library First Sunday Music able for $12 at http://artcenSeries presents double bass- Susan Wulff from 3:30 to day-kevin-viner/. Grand Ave., Escondido. Call 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 540 Cor(760) 489-0338 or visit the nish Drive, Encinitas. EAA website at escondidoFUN FINGER PAINTING AUDITIONS The Education DepartCommunity Players will hold auditions for “The Lion ment at the California CenThe Witch And The Ward- ter for the Arts, Escondido MINI-ARTWALK robe,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is hosting another free “2nd The Vista Art FoundaNov. 3 and 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. Saturday” art lesson Nov. 9, tion is partnering with Gua4 at the Community Play- finger painting the king of dalupe Brewery Tap House ers Theatre, Community the jungle using no brushes and Partake Restaurant and Lutheran Church, 3575 E. and only bright acrylic colGastropub for a Mini-ArtValley Parkway, Escondido. ors The first class is from walk, featuring artist David 10 to 11 a.m. and the second Contact Lozeau for Dia de los Muerclass is from 11:15 a.m. to tos, beginning at 3 p.m. Nov. 12:15 p.m. at 340 N. EscondiCHORALE & CHAMBER MUSIC 2 at 631 & 721 Santa Fe Ave., do Blvd, Escondido. For more The Center Chorale Vista. For more information, presents a concert of Reflec- information, visit http://artvisit tion and Hope at 3 p.m. Nov. at the Church of the Res- day-acrylic-lion-finger-paintCULTURA FEST urrection, 1445 Conway, Es- ing/. On Nov. 2, California condido. Tickets $20/Adults Center for the Arts, Esconand $10/Students at escondi- DOO-WOP PROJECT dido is teaming up with locochoralarts/ Moonlight Amphithecal brand The Movement to atre offers some old-time bring back the free Culturock ‘n’ roll with The Doora Fest: Noche de Muertos ORQUESTRA DE BAJA The California Cen- Wop Project at 7:30 p.m. with 40 Latinx artists and vendors from 3 to 8 p.m. ter for the Arts, Escondido Nov. 9 at 1250 Vale Terrace plus Tributo a la Reina, un presents Intimate Classics: Drive, Vista. Ticket Price Homenaje a Celia Cruz at Orquestra de Baja California Range: $15 to $40. For tick8 p.m. Nov. 2 at 340 N. Es- at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Center ets and information, visit condido Blvd., Escondido on Theater at 340 N. Escondido or call the Lyric Court & the Great Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are (760) 724-2110. Green. In addition to ven- $15-$20. Get more informadors, the event will include tion at a beer garden sponsored by event/flor-sin-raiz/. CONTINUED FROM 8

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Need help navigating Medicare Annual Election?

Dr. Perez can help! Dr. Ronald Nino M. Perez is on a mission to bring personalized community care back to patients in San Diego County. A practicing physician since 2012, he made the decision in 2019 to open his own clinic in the Carlsbad area, foregoing an opportunity to practice medicine at Stanford in order to pursue his own dreams. In his daily practice of medicine, Dr. Perez brings a practical, evidence-based, holistic yet personalized approach to deliver on what his patients need — and this time of year, it seems many patients need answers about Annual Election Period and what it means for their Medicare coverage. Note: Tri-City Medical Center has scheduled events to answer your questions about Annual Election Period. Events are scheduled for Nov. 6, 9-11 a.m. at Tri-City Medical Center and Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. at Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center in Carlsbad. Advice for Medicare Patients During Annual Election Period Dr. Perez understands how tricky it can be to navigate the world of insurance coverage these days. Here is his advice for Medicare patients during Annual Election Period: • When you’re looking for a potential family practice provider, look for someone who is willing to go out of their way to care for you and give you advice, whether it’s about your coverage or anything else. • Think about what specialists you want to see, or if there are certain clinics or providers you want to visit. This is especially critical if you have specialists you’ve been seeing long-term, and this can help you identify coverages that include those providers or services. • Remember that you are your own best advocate. Be proactive about finding the right insurance for you. Look at what healthcare services you needed over the last year, and use that information to try to forecast for the coming year. • Look into available education opportunities. You can register for small group meetings, seminars, or even webinars which your local hospital or insurance broker provides. As noted above,

but he chose to come to San Diego instead and start his own clinic because he’s so passionate about personalized care. He places emphasis on evidence-based, quality medicine but at the end of the day, it is still about the patient’s needs, goals and wishes. “Back in the day,” Dr. Perez says, “People felt like they got personalized care — and then that went away. I want to bring that back. I want to be the community doctor in this area. In today’s world, that’s become difficult, but I want patients to know they don’t have to rely on corporate-type medicine. It can still be personal. There can be trust shared between us.” RONALD PEREZ, MD

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Tri-City Medical Center is offering events to answer your questions about Annual Election Period. • Remember that most insurance plans are now more competitive than ever. Some are offering no copays for visits; however, in exchange, they may charge higher fees for tests. Others have higher copays, but the yearly allowances for medications and tests is higher. If you’re taking an expensive medication, it’s good to know how that would be covered under different plans formularies. Ultimately, Annual Election Period is an opportunity for Medicare patients to review any issues they had with their insurance over the last year and take steps to put themselves in a better situation for next year. It’s a great time to get educated on the changes within specific plans as well. Finding the Right Primary Care Provider We’ve written before about how to find the right primary care provider, and we know it’s no small task. Dr. Perez says, “How to find the right doctor? That seems to be the proverbial question right now because there’s an undeniable shortage. I do believe a patient should be discerning in who they entrust their care and lives to.” At Dr. Perez’s clinic, the staff welcomes calls and walk-ins, even if it’s just a prospective patient wanting to meet him. He remembers a day when clinics had meetand-greet events with

patients, and he’s disappointed these seem to be very rare these days. However, his mission is to offer value-oriented service, and he’s happy to indulge a patient wanting to understand who he is before choosing him as their provider. Bringing Personalized Care Back in Focus Over his 7 years in medicine, Dr. Perez has seen lots of changes but stands by his belief that the delivery of care should not change, but rather, adapt with the times. He considers himself a “hybrid” trained physician; he grew up in the Philippines, which as a third-world country has a similar, yet more personal approach to medicine. Later, he went to high school in the DC suburbs, which exposed him to a wide range of diversity. Dr. Perez completed his specialty training at Wheeling Hospital in WV in an unopposed residency training program, which meant he was trained in how to take care of everyone from pregnant women to babies to adults and seniors in the nursing home. He has worked in multi-specialty groups specializing in outpatient medicine, urgent care, home health visit, corporate/occupational medicine, and places in between. Dr. Perez has seen patients on all ends of the spectrum, from the less fortunate to the very affluent. Receiving the offer to work permanently for Stanford Health Care was a “pinnacle moment” for a Philippines-trained physician,

Tri-City Medical Center is Your Community Hospital Dr. Perez chose to affiliate with Tri-City Medical Center over other facilities because here at Tri-City, he found the opportunity to start his own practice despite current conditions in which most clinics are being bought or turned corporate. “I saw Tri-City’s commitment to change and improvement. They understand the needs of this community,” he explains. Want to learn more about Dr. Perez? We’d love to have you as a patient at Tri-City Medical Center! Dr. Perez is accepting new patients and is happy to answer any questions you have regarding coverage or services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here or call 760.896.3030. His office is called My Family Doc and is located at 1207 Carlsbad Village Dr., Suite A, Carlsbad, CA 92008. About Dr. Perez Dr. Perez is a board-certified physician with the American Board of Family Medicine. He has an undergraduate degree in Bachelor in Science Major in Physical Therapy and obtained his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines. He trained at the Wheeling Hospital Family Residency Program in Wheeling WV. He has been in practice since 2012. He enjoys playing basketball, golf, doing DIY projects, stock picking and traveling. He speaks English and Filipino.

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You can take the boy off the farm …


t’s not news that opposites attract. If it weren’t a given, my husband and I would never have made it up that aisle. I submit, however, that he tricked me. When we courted, he wore suits and ties, and looked darned handsome in them. Even when I started hanging around his place, there was not a pair of overalls or hay-covered work boots to be seen. And he had a cleaning lady. Ah yes, the famous sin of omission. Of course, I should have gotten a clue when I learned his parents lived on a small farm in Oregon, and that he had chickens and a pet pig in his youth. But he was wearing that beautifully cut suit and taking me to lovely dinners before we watched intelligent, interesting PBS television. The farmer remained well disguised, living contentedly in the heart of Hollywood as one of the big city’s truest fans. The first shock of truth came when he bought property in Paso Robles to grow Christmas trees. He even built a yurt on the property. I thought it was a lark. Ah, one can be so blind. It was years before I finally understood the stark difference between us. It happened when the pomegranate tree he had planted, burst forth with fruit. Oooh, I thought, what a lovely centerpiece these will make. Perfect for the fall holidays and they will last for weeks. I picked a bowlful and placed them artfully atop the dining table. The next day, my centerpiece was lopsided because two of the fruit were missing. I was puzzled until I opened the refrigerator and saw a jug of pomegranate juice sitting there. For the farmer, there is simply no reason on earth to waste perfectly



mumps and vaccine recommendations,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “Because there is no prevention after exposure for mumps, people should be watching for symptoms and make sure they have all the recommended doses of measles, mumps and rubella immunizations.” County health officials have received reports of 47 mumps cases this year, the most in 25 years. Mumps cases statewide, nationwide and in Baja California are also outpacing the number of reported cases at this time last year. The viral disease is passed through coughing, sneezing or close contact. Severe complications are often rare but can include meningitis, permanent hearing loss, a decrease in fertility and fetal loss for pregnant women in their first trimester. Most mumps patients recover without incident. Health officials encour-

small talk jean gillette good produce for aesthetic reasons. Fruit is meant to be harvested and consumed. End of story. Nothing I said about how beautiful the fruit looked stacked in the bowl and glowing in the autumn sunshine, made any sense to him. Now, every October, pomegranate season leaves my kitchen looking like a scene from an axe murder. The farmer insists on squeezing each and every pomegranate produced by the tree, sending red arterial spray across the walls, counters, cupboards, dish towels and floor — and it stains. Even after his best cleanup efforts, I feel like I’m trying to hide a nasty crime scene. For the farmer, it will always be purely function over form. Making charming centerpieces with anything from his orchard or garden is deemed foolishly frivolous. And I, in contrast, have no problem tossing out rotting, moldy fruit that just never all gets eaten. I continue to grab a few apples, pomegranates and persimmons each year, for at least one gorgeous arrangement, knowing it may disappear at any moment. It appears Shakespeare knew of what he spoke in his second sonnet. Beauty is fleeting when it’s time to harvest the lower 40. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who longs for interior decoration, rather than jars of preserves. Contact her at aged all residents to receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to protect against developing the illnesses. The vaccine is recommended in two doses at 12 to 15 months old and at 4 to 6 years old. Residents can contact the county's immunization program at 866-358-2966 or at for more information on the vaccine.

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Escondido family opens home to help County GOP doesn’t others find healthy, affordable food endorse in 50th race By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Escondido resident Kendra Montijo said she knows firsthand the struggle to find affordable food that’s also healthy. Montijo, the mother of two children with a third baby on the way, said the challenge was enough for her to start her own nonprofit. “More Than Apples was created to solve an immediate problem,” Montijo said. “My own family, as well as friends of mine, struggled to provide quality, healthy food for our families on a consistent basis. Equally important to me though, is the impact of food waste to the environment.” More Than Apples is a food redistribution group that provides canned goods, fresh produce and bread to low-income families for a suggested donation of $30. The food comes from Western Eagle Foundation, a Southern California food bank, which obtains the fare from a number of big retailers. Today, More Than Apples, which launched just last year, feeds roughly 100 families a week, Montijo said. Montijo said the group is made up of volunteers, all of whom are local mothers, who come together every Thursday to sort the food that’s picked up from the Western Eagle Founda-

KENDRA MONTIJO, pictured with her daughter, is executive director of More Than Apples, a food redistribution group that helps local families in need. Courtesy photo

tion. It’s a tight-knit volunteer group, who also bring their children to Montijo’s home to play together while the women work. “We typically need 10 volunteers each week for six hours of the day,” Montijo said. “We unload the truck (with food), sort items inside my garage. All the milk and dairy goes in one area, chips are just

outside the garage and produce is on the large, custom-built produce table my husband, Michael, built us.” After the food is sorted, families then arrive to pick up their boxes of food. Although the target audience is those in need, recipients are not required to share their income. “We trust our community to be honest,” Montijo said. “The boxes are available to anyone. If you don’t have $30, you don’t have to pay that. Some people pay $20 or $10 or nothing. It’s fine.” Cassiopeia Guthrie, an Escondido educator who volunteers for More Than Apples, said the group fulfills an “intermediary need.” “The organization bridges a gap between food that is nearing its best by date and soon headed for the landfills and the many hungry mouths in San Diego County,” Guthrie said. Roughly 13.9% of the population in San Diego County or one in seven

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people are faced with food insecurity, Guthrie said. “Many local families find themselves scrambling to make ends meet while in the meantime stores are forced to surplus excess food,” Guthrie said. “By procuring food and redistributing it to our local community, we are able to help keep food waste from becoming waste to begin with.” Although More Than Apples has filled hundreds of stomachs in the region, Montijo said the group has more goals in mind. “Our ultimate goal is to have a large, permanent warehouse with a commercial cold room and freezer where we can service the public seven days a week,” said Montijo, who also hopes the nonprofit will own its own truck someday. “Currently, we are limited to working Thursdays and using a rented truck.” The nonprofit has an immediate goal of acquiring a commercial fridge and freezer to store food, Montijo said. Those interested in supporting More Than Apples can volunteer their time or donate to support the cause. Donors can also contribute to the group’s Project Rainbow program, where people can buy a box of food for a family in need. Montijo said she volunteers roughly 30 hours of her time each week, along with donating space in her house, to the cause. Although, it’s taxing, the Poway native said it’s also been fulfilling. “The public has seemed incredibly grateful for this service and the impact it has on saving food from landfills,” Montijo said. “I have a heart of service so to be able to give back to the community every, single week has been fulfilling. More Than Apples has been very helpful to families, including my own.” For more information about More Than Apples, go to

By Steve Puterski

REGION — The big news was that no Republican candidate running for California’s 50th congressional seat was endorsed by the county party. During a marathon session on Oct. 14, the San Diego County Republican Party voted to endorse of number of candidates, but did not select one in the 50th District, which features the controversial Duncan Hunter, Carl de Maio and others. The primary is March 3, 2020, as California moved up its primary from June to have more sway in national elections. However, the SDCGOP did endorse Brian Maryott as he prepares to take on Democratic incumbent Mike Levin in the 40th Congressional District, which spans from parts southern Orange County to North County. An endorsement from the county party is critical to the potential success and ability to compete for those seats, as it opens up cash from the party’s coffers to support those candidates. “We will win in November,” Maryott said. “Mike Levin has broken the trust of many voters in our district. When he ran in 2018, Levin won by pretending to be a moderate. Now that he has a congressional record, he can't hide his true self: he's the most reckless and extreme freshman member of the California delegation.” Other North County endorsements approved include incumbent Kristin Gaspar in the District 3 of county Board of Supervisors race, incumbent Marie Waldron for State Assembly District 75, Melanie Burkholder in the State Assembly District 76 race, Mike Morasco to retain his seat in District 4 on the Escondido City Council, along with Ed Musgrove in District 4 for San Marcos City Council. In Carlsbad, the party endorsed Tracy Carmichael, Keith Blackburn

and Phil Urbina for the city’s open council seats. Carmichael is eyeing the open District 1 seat on the council vacated by Democrat Barbara Hamilton, who resigned two weeks ago. The council can appoint a replacement or call for a special election, while residents can also call for a special election by gathering the required number of verified signatures. Burkholder said she is optimistic the AD 76 can be flipped back by the Republicans in 2020. The GOP did not have a candidate in 2018 as Democrat incumbent Tasha Boerner Horvath and Elizabeth Warren, also a Democrat, advanced to the general election. Regardless, Burkholder said the district is about split about evenly between Democrats, Republicans and independents, although the area has long been a stronghold for conservatives. “I knew going into I was going to have to fight every one of those central committee votes,” Burkholder said. “It opens up some funding because people want to give to the viable candidate. It’s absolutely a winnable seat.” As for the Democrats, they did not endorse in one of the more high-profile races, the District 3 Board of Supervisors. In the running are Terra Lawson-Remer, a former Obama administration official, and Olga Diaz, a longtime Escondido city councilwoman. Neither picked up the endorsement, but both were rated qualified. According to SDCDP Chairman Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, the party will endorse whoever emerges from the primary to challenge Gaspar in the general election. He said the seat is winnable, along with holding the 49th and 76th seats. As for municipal races in North County, no city has a primary, so the county party has not levied any endorsements.

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San Marcos teacher transforms young lives through ASL By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — Almost three years ago, Carlsbad resident Katie Rose Bassett said she received one of the biggest shocks of her life: her newborn son, Cade, was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss. At just 2 months old, Cade was given his first pair of hearing aids while Bassett quickly delved into American Sign Language research. Bassett said her life, as well as Cade’s, changed immediately after discovering Jamie Schackman, the founder and owner of Sign, Learn and Play, an American Sign Language class geared toward babies. “Seeing Cade’s transformation was truly amazing,” said Bassett, who took Schackman’s courses multiple times. “His confidence, his excitement to communicate ... I cannot recommend her class enough. Babies are able to communicate through sign before they are able to verbally communicate. This is such a great way to bridge the gap between baby and parent.” Although Schackman, a San Marcos mother of three

able to communicate with each other earlier on just because it was such a great experience for me with my own kids,” Schackman said. “I thought why isn't there anyone providing this in our community.” Schackman’s classes became such a success that she was forced to develop multiple courses for parents looking to learn more than what was offered in the introduction course. “I have watched so many babies communicate with their parents for the first time,” Schackman said. “It’s been a blessing to have the parent come back the next week to class so happy and relieved that their child can finally tell them what they want or need.” Schackman, who offers her classes at Vista’s Babies in Bloom, said she chose to focus on babies and toddlers

because of her own positive experience communicating with her three children through sign language. “I wanted others to have this experience as well,” Schackman said. “All my children were able to cut out any frustration or confusion when they could sign what they wanted or needed.” Schackman said her “ultimate goal” is to give parents the tools they need to be able to communicate with their children. “Whether it’s to sign with the child at a young age before verbal skills have developed or if it’s due to a hearing loss or even a speech issue,” Schackman said, “American Sign Language is truly the key that unlocks that communication barrier and it has been a huge blessing to share this gift with other families.” For those unable to

take sign language courses, Schackman encourages all people to learn basic signs such as those for “hi,” “nice to meet you,” or “thank you.” But for the dozens of parents who were able to take Schackman’s courses, being able to communicate with their children and members of the deaf community has been lifechanging. “I cannot thank Jamie and her class enough,” Bassett said. “It brought all of us together and gave us so much hope and encouragement for Cade’s future. Although Cade is talking up a storm these days, he still continues to love sign language and signs the songs we learned in class often.” For more information about Jamie Schackman or Sign, Learn and Play, go to JAMIE SCHACKMAN started Sign, Learn and Play, an ican Sign Language class geared toward babies. Both of Schackman’s parents were hearing-impaired. Courtesy photo playasl.

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children, created Sign, Learn and Play just two years ago, her knowledge of American Sign Language dates back decades. Schackman, who grew up in Farmington, Minnesota, is the daughter of two hearing-impaired parents. Her mother is hard of hearing and her father is deaf, Schackman said. Growing up with her younger sister, Schackman said American Sign Language was her first language. But she didn’t realize her life was different from others until she became older. “As I got older, I realized so many things were extremely different,” Schackman said. For example, how my friends could simply call their parents to pick them up and I had to call a relay service to interpret what I was saying over the phone to them.” With her knowledge of the American Sign Language, Schackman said she decided to teach the language to others with the inspiration of her oldest daughter, Victoria. “We wanted to teach families and babies to be

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Padres’ Preller rolls dice with hire of Tingler as manager


t was a hiring that was some 14 years in the making. So, while new Padres manager Jayce Tingler needs to be introduced to Padres fans, he’s no mystery to San Diego general manager A.J. Preller. It's also no secret that Tingler, who's never managed at the big-league level, will have a short honeymoon as he tries to convince the doubters that he's the right man for the challenging job. Padres executives have

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tas resident, is confident in Tingler. Preller elected to go with the unknown over more known candidates such as Ron Washington, Buck Showater, Del Mar's Brad Ausmus and Rancho Santa Fe's Mark Loretta in turning to Tingler. Tingler arrives after a stint with the Texas Rangers that has its roots with Preller. It was Preller who acquired Tingler to play in Texas' minor leagues in 2005, the year preceding his last one of a playing career that was underwhelming. That's not to say that Tingler, at 5-foot-8, wasn't an overachiever. He was a grinder in baseball lexicon, the ultimate competitor that was short on skills and physical attributes but compensated for it with grit, hustle and determination. He was also smart, and he could read the writing on the wall as well as he could opposing pitchers when trying to steal bases. Tingler never advanced past the Double A level and he was level with himself in recognizing that the only way he would see the majors was by buying a ticket to a game. That was unless he traded his bats and cleats for a lineup card and a spread sheet. Unless he dove headfirst into coaching, all the while absorbing the chang-

Jayce Tingler ing face of the game that was turning with increasingly speed toward analytics. Unless he learned Spanish, to better communicate with the wave of Latin American players that were filling baseball's rosters. It's that combination of his background on the field (he was a coach on two Rangers playoff teams) and in the front office (ascending to assistant general manager) that outweighed his dearth of managerial days at the game's highest league. That's not to say Tingler is foreign to scribbling out an order. He was the skipper for three Dominican Summer League teams and one in the Arizona League. All of those squads finished in first place, fueled in part by the motivating Tingler getting the most out of his

charges. When Preller came calling in the wake of Andy Green being dismissed, Tingler was directing the Dominican Winter League's Escogido team. Now the question remains how will his hiring play out in Escondido? Or Encinitas? Or any other city that possesses the Padre faithful that is starved for a winner. Preller is on a short leash entering the final year of his contract and Ron Fowler, one of the Padres owners, has promised that “heads will roll” if the local nine produces another stinker. So, while Tingler might not pass the initial sniff test it's only fair that he gets a shot. Everyone began at the starting line sometime during their career and one only has to look at the recent World Series for proof. Both managers, the Houston Astros' A.J. Hinch and the Washington Nationals' Dave Martinez, are in their first gigs on the top step of a major-league dugout. Tingler punches the Padres' clock, but with questions that can't be answered in this column. Those will come and a lot quicker than in the 14 years it took for this decision to be reached.

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Vista nonprofit sees uptick in hungry students By Hoa Quach

VISTA — An all-volunteer group in Vista that helps provide food to hungry students and their families will need more help from the public to continue its mission. The Vista Teen Outreach, a nonprofit created in 2011, was founded to support the students living in poverty within the Vista Unified School District. In the past, the nonprofit has fed roughly 500 to 750 students, but the demand has increased to 900, said Debbie Medrano, who founded the nonprofit eight years ago. “(Our current goal is) to be able to meet the needs of feeding almost 900 kids a month,” Medrano said. “We are struggling with our annual budget to maintain this pace. We’ve had a large uptick in students and are having a hard time keeping up with the demand.” Medrano said she created the nonprofit in 2011 after learning from another community member that a student needed a new pair of cleats to play football. “(The community member) dug deeper and after hearing his story, realized he along with many boys on the team, needed more than cleats,” Medrano said. “They needed food.” Vista Unified School District estimates that roughly 1,800 students within its borders are hungry, homeless or both. The San Diego Hunger Coalition estimates that at least 141,000 children in the county will not receive “enough food for an active, healthy life.” Another 84,000 children are at-risk of food insecurity, according to the coalition.

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VOLUNTEERS with Vista Teen Outreach pack food for hundreds of students and their families in the Vista Unified School District. Courtesy photo

Those staggering statistics are what prompted Medrano and dozens of other volunteers to create a pantry where students and their families can receive the food they need. “Hunger is such a basic need that we all need,” Medrano said. “It’s hard enough to do school, but it’s impossible if you’re hungry. I don’t like being hungry

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and just couldn’t let a child go hungry if I can help it.” Medrano said some of the biggest misconceptions about recipients of the Vista Teen Outreach program are that parents aren’t working hard enough. She gives an example of a mother, who left an abusive situation then had all her belongings stolen. Or a family where both parents work for the

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same company and that company closes its doors. Charlotte Files, president of the nonprofit, said many recipients stand out to her. She said she remembers one family who didn’t have a working refrigerator. “We were able to get them a new (used) refrigerator and deliver it along with their (holiday) basket and additional food for the week,” said Files, a mother of four. “This was a single mom of two, a cancer survivor on disability. She didn’t ask for the help but was completely grateful and couldn’t thank us enough.” Another recipient was a young man who lived in his car and worked two jobs. The student went on to join the military, Files said. As the nonprofit gears up to deliver 200 holiday baskets to families in need this Thanksgiving, volunteers hope to receive enough donations to maintain its current goal of feeding 900 hungry children. “My ultimate goal would be that our services would no longer be needed, that we wouldn’t have hungry kids in our community, but until that day comes, we will continue to do what we can to fill the void,” said Files, who noted the nonprofit spends roughly $1,000 a month to stay afloat. “My goals are to surround myself with people of different strengths all working towards the same goal of bringing awareness of our organization to the community and to destigmatize the food insecurities for our youth.” For more information about Vista Teen Outreach or to donate, go to

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Lost Abbey tasting room in San Elijo Hills opens


ocated at the corner of Elfin Forest Road and San Elijo Road, directly across the street from the small park and fountain in the San Elijo Hills town center, the new The Lost Abbey tasting room brings craft beer to this picturesque though somewhat isolated part of San Marcos. Tomme Arthur, founder and award-winning head brewer at The Lost Abbey (together with its co-brands Port Brewing and The Hop Concept), lives less than a mile away, so he knew the area and recognized the opportunity when it came up. There are still not many places for residents to enjoy food and drink in the vicinity, so demand is high. San Elijo Vine & Tap, Shane’s Pizza and Pints, the Sourdough & Co. sandwich shop, and Lourdes Mexican Food, are the only other food and beverage options in the immediate area. The main Lost Abbey/ Port Brewing brewery is just six miles away over the ridge to the northeast. But as Arthur points out, the mountain is as much a psychological as it is a physical

craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh barrier. Folks in the San Elijo Hills area tend to go toward the coast for entertainment rather than heading farther inland. Having somewhere to go for excellent craft beer nearby, especially somewhere as special as a Lost Abbey tasting room, will be popular with locals. And the Lost Abbey name, plus the fact that the tasting room is lovely in its own right, will no doubt also draw beer lovers from outside the area, too. The tasting room location, inside the former Visitor Center building originally opened in 2001 to house real estate companies selling the nearby housing developments, takes the place of the former Stoked. They will offer 12 beers on tap. That’s many fewer than you’ll find at either the main Lost Abbey/Port Brewing location or at The Con-

fessional tasting room in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. That’s because storage space in the location is minimal and there just isn’t room for more kegs. The rise in popularity of canned beer leads to an interesting opportunity, however: In addition to draught beer they will also offer a selection of Lost Abbey/Port/Hop Concept beers in cans. They will ship cans the six miles from the brewery, ensuring they are always fully stocked and the beer is as fresh as possible. Drinking from a can also prevents beer becoming “light-struck,” a process whereby a lighter beer in a pint glass can become “skunked” in less than a minute of direct sunlight, a feature this location has plenty of thanks to its tall windows on two sides. The layout and design, particularly the back patio, make this Lost Abbey location perfect for events such as parties and receptions. In fact, nine such events have already been booked before the end of the year. Within the next year, The Lost Abbey will open a fourth location, the next one

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THE FORMER San Elijo Hills Visitor Center is still home to a real estate company, but half of the ground floor plus the front and back patios are now a tasting room for The Lost Abbey, one of the most decorated breweries in the country. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

to occupy a former church in downtown San Diego’s East village. The church windows apparently closely resemble The Lost Abbey’s logo’s stained-glass window, so it is a match made in

beery heaven. The Lost Abbey San Elijo will open to the public on Friday, Nov. 1. Check the Lost Abbey webpage and social media channels for details.

A family of wines in a place like home at Coomber taste of wine frank mangio


kip and Maureen Coomber have brought their love of wines to downtown Oceanside. If ever there was a craft winery and tasting room that merits a “wow,” Coomber Craft Wines Oceanside in the “Mid Mission” District is the one! Open less than six months ago with the look and feel of a “Cheers” bar with a lot of an “Austin Texas City Limits” atmosphere, this home away from home is a fascinating place to hang out and have a great time with friends. I first met Skip and Maureen just after they started making premium wines like Cabernet Sauvignon at their wine-making facility in Santa Barbara in 2008. It was when they started branding a fun, family wine called “Skater Girl,” named after their pet English Bulldog who had just learned how to ride a skateboard, and one of their premium wines had just earned a 95 rating in the national wine publication, Wine Enthusiast. Some 20-plus Coomber wines are available in glass, wine flight or bottle. A pres-

ervation system ensures each glass is as fresh as it can be. Will Burtner is the president of the operation, a professional with over 20 years of presenting wine in an entertaining, family atmosphere. He couldn’t say enough about the city of Oceanside’s support and help in the opening of Coomber Craft Wines. “When the city was presented our plans and noted who our contractors were, they fast-tracked it and saved us a minimum gtwo months opening time. They loved the custom work with a sustainably sensitive touch, plus the warm ambience reflecting the Coombers’ charismatic, welcoming character.” I especially loved what I felt was the “inside-outside” feeling of the place. A roll up window next to the entrance allows customers to greet the street and spread the fun around. This community feeling extends to a large outdoor area for wine tasting and live music on stage Thursday through Sunday 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a state-ofthe-art sound system, including a Grand Player Piano. Some 20-plus Coomber wines are available in glass, wine flight or bottle. Food can be delivered in from select restaurants with no service charge. Be sure to ask about the Coomber Collection Wine Clubs, the smart way to join

early bird pricing, lineup announcements and more. Visit newportwineandfood. com. Wine Bytes • Uncorked Derby Day happens from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 as Del Mar racing returns. Over 150 wines and Champagnes are included as well as live music, a costume contest and gourmet food trucks. Prices vary from $65 to $95. Event benefits a local nonprofit. For more, go to • The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery in Temecula is now rolling out their new “Mediterranean Diet” created by Executive Chef Jason Barradas, in time for fall and the movement to planning for your “big meal of the day” at lunchtime, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while enjoying a panoramic vineyard view. RSVP at (951) 676-8231 ext. 4. All winery SKIP AND MAUREEN COOMBER at the newest urban winery details at falknerwinery. and tasting room in booming downtown Oceanside. Photo by com. Frank Mangio

Beach Wine & Food Annual Event Oct. 3 to Oct. 6. Save the date for 2020! Newport Beach Wine & Food will be returning from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, 2020, at a new oceanfront location for the Grand Tasting events. Newport Beach Follow @NewportWine & Food and More than 7,000 guests BeachWineAndFood reported at the Newport be the first to hear about the “Coomber Community.” Hours are Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Learn more at (760) 231-8022 or visit

• The Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido is presenting their annual Grand Wine & Beer Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov 9. Cost is $75. This is a big 75-plus brand, 125-plus pours event including wines, beers and more. Sweet and savory treats from local producers. Raffle drawings throughout. Call ASAP to (760) 745-1200.

ESCONDIDO — Cheval Winery held a fundraiser on Oct. 27 to raise money for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization that provides information, community and support to people living through breast cancer. The Halloween-themed event, titled Breast Fest, had loads of orange and white pumpkins scattered about on tables and haystacks. There was also the fact that the subtitle for the event was “Save the BOObies!” Twenty percent of the event’s proceeds went to Living Beyond; the rest went to the winery. “One of our wine hostesses is a survivor of breast cancer,” said Lisa Kelly, an employee of Cheval, a two-story winery that makes wines, mostly reds, from organic grapes grown on a 6-acre property. “And we have close friends and family that are also … affected by some form of cancer. So, we also support American Cancer Society. This (event) is something that we plan to do once a year for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.” The event took place outdoors in Cheval’s patio area, with plenty of seating for the several-dozen event attendees, and their six-plus dogs. Country music twanged over the speakers, and someone taught several guests how to do a simple six-count line dance, which they then performed to music. Guests helped themselves to finger foods, children (some dressed in costumes) decorated cookies and adults tasted wine inside the winery itself. Courtesy of Scott Condon, Inferno Woodfired Pizza Kitchen carted an entire outdoor pizza oven onto the property via truck to bake personal pizzas for everyone, the smoky smell of the oven wafting toward the patio in the cool fall wind (along with the smell of the horses and alpacas residing on the property). Pink Cheval attire and raffle tickets were also sold to help raise funds. The event was also marked by a performance from Jenny Voss, a soul musician who performed three of her songs, including “Never Know” and “Honey Hips.” She described her style as mixing soul with pop and hip-hop, citing Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Dua Lipa and H.E.R. as major inspirations. “My grandma actually passed away from breast cancer,” Voss said. “It’s definitely in my family, so it’s definitely something that I want to help raise TURN TO CHEVAL ON 17

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Blogger dishes out healthy family recipes By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — Carolann Lucian said she has always enjoyed being in the kitchen. The longtime San Marcos resident said she has early memories of concocting tasty dishes to bring loved ones together, including making pancakes with her grandparents. She’s even hosted a Thanksgiving dinner since she was a teen. “One of my greatest joys is bringing people together and sharing good food,” Lucian said. “Since I was 14, I’ve been hosting a Thanksgiving dinner either for friends or family. I’m always on a search to find the best recipes for this dinner and look forward to it every year.” Today, Lucian is the owner of Apron Warrior, a food blog where she offers recipes to parents struggling to find healthy dishes for their families. Although she’s blogged about food for 15 years, Lucian said her target audience has changed since becoming a mother to two girls. “My previous posts were written for the young woman who wanted to have delicious, from-scratch



awareness for, for sure.” Voss had performed at Cheval multiple times beforehand, befriending Donna Kaufman. Cheval was founded just last year by Donna “Bubba” Kaufman and her husband Randy, who were looking for somewhere to host their show-horses before they found an estate that just happened to have a winery as well. Some of Donna Kaufman’s friends have endured breast cancer. “Their personal expe-

meals to provide their family and friends,” Lucian said. “Now I write for the stay-athome-mom with young kids, who want to connect with their kids and loved ones inside and outside the kitchen. The one who still wants to have home-cooked food even when time is limited and who finds being in the kitchen a time to bond with her kids and make it a learning experience.” And the difference between a single person and a parent is huge when it comes to the kitchen, said Lucian, who develops her recipes from “inspiration.” “Being a mother has really changed how I cook,” Lucian said. “I used to spend hours in the kitchen coming up with new recipes and a variety of courses. This is unrealistic. Now my goal is to have good, relatively quick food, prepared from scratch.” Apron Warrior has proven to be a success in the online world where Lucian has hundreds of followers on Pinterest. Lucian said some of the fan-favorite recipes include Texas-style potato salad and Dublin coddle. Her own favorite dishes include rience has affected me as a friend, as somebody that has … went through the journey with them, through chemotherapy,” she said. “And they have given me strength, instead of the other way around. I thought it was gonna be all about them; they gave me the strength to put on these kinds of events to help women that can’t afford the wigs and the extras for going through chemotherapy, radiation, et cetera.” For more information on Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Cheval, go to and chevalwinery. com.

her mother's lasagna and her grandmother's bonbons. Amy Nolan, a friend who has turned into a reader, said she relies on Lucian for recipes. “Her entries are always relatable, and I enjoy her less-waste, eco-friendly perspective,” Nolan said. “I can always count on her blog for something delicious and creative. I haven't met a recipe of hers I didn't enjoy.” Nolan said some of her family’s favorite recipes from Lucian include the Doro Wat stew and the spicy scalloped yams. “I also find that her recipes are easy to follow and understand and wouldn't prove too difficult to involve my kids in the cooking pro-

cess,” Nolan said. But, Lucian, who has lived in San Marcos since 2007, isn’t looking to just dish out recipes. “I hope to give my readers confidence in the kitchen in regards to making fresh food — even with little ones running around,” Lucian said. “I also want to give them ideas on how to include and encourage their kids in the kitchen with the prep and process of making a dish.” In the future, Lucian said she hopes to connect more to followers and develop more resources for them. She also hopes to create a recipe book. To follow her BLOGGER Carolann Lucian is the owner of food blog Apron blog, go to www.apronwar- Warrior, where she helps parents develop healthy meals for their families. Courtesy photo




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arol Shelton pulls her cell phone from her pocket and shows us a photo that she took two years ago October. The painting-like image shows dark silhouettes of e’louise ondash pine trees against a backdrop of deep orange, red and dabs of yellow. stroll in the vineyard. “This is what it looked “Being a woman in a like just across the parking nearly male-only industry lot,” says the winemaker, has had its challenges,” she explaining events in her says. Sonoma County neighbor“Women weren’t even hood during the 2017 fire. allowed to work in the cellar. The conflagration destroyed They didn’t think we were 8,400 homes and buildings, strong enough. You have to including Shelton’s home push around pumps, haul near this Santa Rosa indus- hoses and shovel out the trial park. tanks. Yeah, it’s hard physiWe are standing in a con- cal labor but women can do crete building that serves as it.” Shelton’s base of operations; Carol Shelton Vinethis is her 20th harvest. On yards is one of 10 my husthe walls hang dozens of band, Jerry, and I, will visit gold and double-gold ribbons in Northern Sonoma County. for wines she has crafted for Our 60-hour stay will bring Robert Strong and Windsor conversations with winevineyards. In 2000, with help makers, farmers, restauranand encouragement from teurs and innkeepers. In husband Mitch Mackenzie, between, of course, there is the veteran winemaker took wine-tasting. the leap and launched CarWe’re headquartered ol Shelton Vineyards (www. at the Haydon Street Inn (, a me19.10 SM CoastGetting News Ad.pdf 1 10/30/19 8:33 AM to this point hasn’t been a ticulously maintained, state-

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ly, blue-and-white Queen Anne Victorian, which stands just a few blocks off Healdsburg’s storybook town square. The early-morning air is still crisp when I find innkeeper and executive chef John Harasty standing at his back yard grill, working magic with ordinary peaches that will be picture-perfect deliciousness on our breakfast plates. During our twoday stay, we’ll enjoy his exquisite from-scratch scones, quiche, strawberry soup and Bananas Foster waffles. (Harasty also provides homemade gluten-free pastries, so I miss out on nothing.) Later in the day, we visit Santa Rosa’s Harvest Moon Estate and Winery (https://, where owner/grower/winemaker Randy Pitts is having a difficult day. He blows through the door of the tasting room, pours three different wines into a large goblet, takes a slow sip and takes a deep breath. “The forklift is broken,” he announces with exasperation, then jokingly asks us, “Would you like a job?”

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GUESTS AT THE Haydon Street Inn, just a few blocks from the town square in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, are treated to gourmet breakfasts prepared by executive chef John Harasty. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

That job would be the backbreaking work of shoveling thousands of pounds of newly harvested grapes into the machine that separates

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here, left resolving never to return. But living in San Francisco “and being a paper-pusher” brought little joy, and eventually he returned to his family’s nineacre ranch where his father had grown grapes for other wineries for years. Now he, wife Sydney and their two children live and work here. It was in 2002, after a wine-making experiment, that Pitts decided he could make his own wine. “My favorite thing about growing grapes and making wine is that I get to make something other people want,” he says. “As we move towards service-based world economies, I get incredible satisfaction knowing I create from the raw material to putting the final product in my happy clients’ hands. Taking my dogs to work is fun as well.” Doing all this “on the dirt where I was born and raised and taking the property to the next level is also very fulfilling,” he adds. By the time we leave, the fork lift is doing its job again and I, for one, feel a lot better. So many wineries; so little time – the dilemma faced by most visitors to Sonoma County, so where to start? Find help at www.wineroad. com. (There are 425-plus wineries in Sonoma County; more than 200 are members of Wine Road.) Click on “Concierge” and a questionnaire (free) will help narrow choices and suggest an itinerary of wineries, restaurants and lodging that match your preferences. Also order the free Wine Road map, too. Alaska Airlines flies non-stop from San Diego to Santa Rosa. For more photos and commentary, visit ondash. Share your travels? Email

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Vista writer and activist details colorful past in memoir By Steve Puterski

VISTA — From protests to courtrooms, Dick Eiden has lived a life unlike many others. The former self-described activist lawyer spent his career fighting for those less fortunate, protesting wars and representing immigrants in court. He also founded a poetry group in North County, the Sunset Poets, but now is celebrating the release of his memoir, “Paying the Rent: Adventures of a Left Coast Activist Lawyer from the Turbulent ‘60s to the Era of Donald Trump,” which was recently published by Lymer & Hart. In addition, Eiden,

74, will appear for a book launch at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Drive. “This one focuses on my political activism,” he said. Publisher Bill Harding, founder of Lymer & Hart, said he was drawn to Eiden’s story because Eiden is so unassuming he never would’ve guessed Eiden lived such a colorful life. However, the challenge for the publisher is shaping those stories into a book and capturing the reader’s attention to maximize Eiden’s tales of activism. Harding said the early reviews have been positive

and hopes it will resonate with many. “We thought breaking it up into small segments would make it easier to read,” he added. “What came out of it was a lot of rich detail and the personal side was woven and his life came together around these issues.” The book begins in 2003 at an Oceanside rally protesting the Iraq War before going back to Eiden’s childhood in Pomona in 1940s and 1950s. Another aspect he gets into some detail about is the history of social movements including the civil rights fight, which began as Eiden was entering college in Santa Barbara in the 1963. However, he flunked out after his freshman year, but during a stint at a local junior college, Eiden said

DICK EIDEN will appear at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at a book launch at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista. Photo via Facebook

he met a philosophy professor who would change the Vista man’s life. “He made me aware of a lot of things that were going on around me,” he ex-

plained. “That’s kind of the start of my political stuff.” He led a peace march at Mount San Antonio College and then went to law school at UCLA. Eiden said the campus was engulfed in turmoil and described an incident where about 100 Los Angeles police officers went to campus to go after students protesting UCLA’s ROTC. “They went in for the demonstrators, but then they went after everybody,” he recalled. “My English professor … he was down there with a group of students having lunch and the cops went after them as well. There ended up being a riot and the cops were there seven hours.” After graduating law school, Eiden went to work as a draft counselor, starting a legal collective to as-

sist people with avoiding being drafted for the Vietnam War. Additionally, he protested the 1972 Republican National Convention and its backing of President Richard Nixon. He also went to Wounded Knee in 1973, joining at least 200 Sioux as part of the American Indian Movement to protest corruption on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The occupation by AIM lasted 71 days and two Sioux were killed by federal agents. Eiden also went to Iran to monitor the trial of 11 revolutionaries after they were jailed for protesting the Shah in 1978. Soon, Iranians would start their own revolution. “It started about three months later, in August,” Eiden said.



partment Reserve Ranger John Walsh. “Astronomy 101 is what we try to do. We try to be as simple as possible and help people teach each other. We try to get the audience interacting as well. There are always a couple of kids that know more than I do.” Cal State San Marcos astronomy student Kiana Bertrand wanted to test out her newfound knowledge at the event. “It’s cool that there’s an event that people can go to and learn more about what’s in the night sky and hopefully we can learn about light pollution and stuff like that,” she said. “I like how there’s more of an initiative in North County San Diego to be out here. It’s typically something that is reserved for further inland like Julian or Palomar Observatory.” The program is usually held on Sundays in conjunction with a special feature, like this past Sunday in coordination with the Orionids Meteor Show. On a clear night, attendees can see a number of planets and constellations. Walsh says in his experience Double Peak’s amphitheater looks as though

SAN MARCOS Parks & Recreation Department volunteer Erica Salmon signs in guests at Star Walk IX. Red lens covers are handed out to cover any flashlights or cellphones and create the optimal night vision. Photo by Stephanie Stang

it was designed with stargazing in mind. “This particular auditorium is great for this kind of activity because it has a direct view of the southern sky,” Walsh said. “We have a front row seat to everything that is happening. There is an imaginary line of 30 to 40 degrees of all the planets and all the signs of the zodiac.”

The city has been looking to start a program like Star Walk for a number of years but couldn’t find someone qualified until Walsh came along. The reserve ranger was originally a navigator in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era and had knowledge about the stars while using them for navigation. That’s why he told

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the crowd about the importance of the North Star. Plus, when he was a child, he taught himself how to not be afraid of the dark and look at the skies as friendly. “If they only learn one thing from it and they look out into the night sky and say I know that constellation or I know that planet. I’d be happy with that,” he said of his volunteer work. Anyone attending receives a star tracker at the end of the presentation. Walsh says at the first program only eight people were in attendance but now there are more than 120. For more information about the next Star Walk check www.san-marcos. net.

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