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County sets mark for new COVID cases By City News Service

CONSTRUCTION CREWS have begun the process of dismantling the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad. According to an agreement between NRG Energy and the city, the entire facility, including its iconic smokestack, is scheduled to be torn down by the end of 2021. Photo by Anthony Mata

Outdoor fitness court opens Psychologist lays out tools for struggling kids By Tigist Layne

By Steve Puterski

REGION – Life during a pandemic has led to many changes, especially concerning children and they can struggle to adapt to a new way of life. Encinitas child psychologist and Cal State San Marcos adjunct professor Kristine Brady, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, said she’s experiencing a rise in depression versus anxiety. She said at first, she expected to see more cases of anxiety, but from her clients to the available research, it has been depression kids are battling due to more isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she said more teenagers are calling for treatment from a psychologist, something

Brady said she has never witnessed in her two decades-plus as a licensed therapist. “I was expecting to get a lot of anxiety, but I got the opposite,” she explained. “I’ve had at least five people call me saying their teenage boy has specifically asked for a therapist. I’ve never experienced that in my entire career.” Brady said those teenagers are at a vulnerable age as they are beginning to separate from the adults through going to school, with their friends and at home. But now, those opportunities are fewer because the teenagers are stuck at home, she said. It’s called individuate, which is the formation of TURN TO KIDS ON 13

ESCONDIDO — North County’s first free outdoor fitness center is now open in Escondido’s Mountain View Park as part of a nationwide initiative by the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) to build more accessible healthy infrastructure. The NFC is “a quality of life consulting firm that partners with cities, schools, corporations and design firms to fund and build outdoor Fitness Courts to improve the quality of life in America,” according to its website. The seven-station court allows visitors to work on their agility, core and bend, as well as focus on other activities like lunges, squats, pulls and pushes. A free mobile application is also available to help guide particiTHE FREE outdoor facility at Mountain View Park in pants during their workout. The city is also currentEscondido is part of a nationwide initiative to create accessible, healthy infrastructure. Photo courtesy of National Fitness Campaign


REGION — San Diego County public health officials reported a record 1,546 COVID-19 infections Nov. 24, the 14th consecutive day that more than 600 new cases were reported, along with 16 additional deaths. The county’s coronavirus death toll stands at 984, and the cumulative case total rose to 74,361. The previous one-day case record was Saturday, when 1,478 new COVID-19 cases were logged, topping the previous record of 1,091 set the day before. On Sunday, 939 new cases were reported. San Diego County fell deeper into the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-tiered reopening plan Tuesday with an unadjusted 21.5 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. Even with an adjusted rate of 13.1 per 100,000 due to significant testing increases by local health authorities, that number far exceeds the strictest tier’s baseline of seven daily cases per 100,000. A total of 17,329 tests were reported Tuesday and 9% of those came back positive, raising the 14-day rolling average of positive tests to 5.3%. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to rise, with 518 hospitalized in the county and 151 in intensive care, more than double the numbers of a month ago. Of the total number of cases in the county Tuesday, 4,435 — 6% — have required hospitalization and 1,002 patients — 1.3% of all cases — had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. A total of 15 new community outbreaks were confirmed Tuesday. Over the previous seven days, 73 community outbreaks were confirmed. A community outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days. San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten advised caution as the Thanksgiving holiday looms. “There should be a small number of people and gatherings should be short in duration,” she said. “We are asking people to please follow the public health guidance to provide a safe experience for everyone attending the gathering.”


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Church to hold indoor services despite health order CSUSM names new dean By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — A San Diego church with multiple locations throughout the region has said they will continue to hold indoor services despite receiving a cease-and-desist order from the county last week. Awaken Church has received two cease-and-desist orders since the pandemic began, once at its Balboa campus in July and the latest one on Nov. 16 at the church’s Carlsbad location. The order came just a couple of days after San Diego was moved into the most restrictive “purple” tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-level matrix for governing business operations. Despite the county’s action against the church, however, Awaken says it will continue to hold indoor and online services. The church is even planning on holding a grand opening event on Nov. 29 for its new

will continue to offer the safest in-person & online services this weekend. “Our campuses will continue to be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC standards. We have invested over $100,000 in state of the art ‘Polar Ionization units’ that kill 99.4% of pathogens and viruses in the air, making our church locations one of the ‘safest’ places to be in San Diego. “In keeping with our first amendment right we will continue to minister to those who are most greatly impacted by the COVID-19 lockdowns, namely those struggling with depresAWAKEN CHURCH still plans to hold its sion, anxiety, hopelessness suicidal San Marcos grand opening, although thoughts and addiction. “It has been proven beyond any the mayor will not attend. Courtesy photo reasonable doubt that in times of criSan Marcos location at 1760 Descanso sis the light of the church, and the Ave. uplifting power of the gospel restores The church sent this statement to The Coast News: “Awaken Church TURN TO CHURCH ON 7

‘Breaking and Entering’ brings holiday to families By Staff

VISTA — On Dec. 1, over 150 recently homeless parents and their children will walk into a dramatic transformation of the Solutions for Change campus they left just a few hours earlier. Hundreds of volunteers from dozens of local groups sign up a year in advance to be part of the day. Volunteers “break and enter” into a unit equipped with a personal bio of the family, then deck out the unit with holiday cheer — stocked refrigerators, new handmade quilts, personal notes of encouragement, gifts under a fully personalized and decorated Christmas Tree. Families return to their homes to find them magically transformed into a Christmas wonderland. “Tears flow freely as parents recall past holidays filled with the chaos and disappointments that

accompany homelessness, many are overcome by the love of others who they’ve never met. It’s a very special moment here at Solutions that drives home one of our key messages,” said Chris Megison, founding CEO. “You are part of a larger community, it’s not us and you, it’s all of us together as one us.” "Breaking and Entering was truly magical for my family,” said Shannon Anderson, Solutions program graduate whose family was the recipient of Breaking & Entering in 2018. “After years of hopelessness, tragedies and heartbreak, I saw the pure joy and delight in their faces. This was the beginning of our healing process together, and we are forever grateful for Solutions for Change and all the wonderful Volunteers who came together to bless our family.”

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Opinion & Editorial

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Time to think seriously about breaking up utilities


Edison panel should build trust, not stone walls


By Cathy Iwane

outhern California Edison’s ratepayer-funded Community Engagement Panel is a sham. The panel’s brand of public outreach is quick to advance the utility’s agenda but sluggish, if not silent, in responding to tough questions. At this point, panelists have taken to ignoring my questions altogether. I have attended a dozen of their meetings. The perspective I bring is unique: My family fled Japan after the Fukushima meltdowns. You would think I could get the ear of panelists who purport to be a two-way conduit to manage concerns. But my questions crash right into stone walls, including: • Please explain how damaged spent nuclear fuel canisters can be repaired with nickel-based paint, as the utility has suggested. What evidence can be shown that this method works? • The utility discharges radioactive liquid into the ocean and has done so


for more than 50 years. The public should be able to pose questions about cumulative radiation exposure — especially to women, children and fetuses — to someone with medical credentials. Why does the Community Engagement Panel not include a physician? • Can someone explain the references in liquid batch release reports that state monitoring equipment was out of service for more than a month? What was the exposure and risk profile during that period? • The spent fuel pools at SONGS are approved for demolition. Help us understand what, how and where the utility would repair a spent fuel canister and repackage the waste once the pools are gone. • Can the utility show proof that it can safely transport a damaged canister? • Can it show an emergency plan in the event of canister damage caused by an earthquake, terrorism or flooding?

The public deserves answers to these questions. An acceptable answer would sound something like this: “Dear Mrs. Iwane. Thank you for contacting us. Your questions are important and deserve the benefit of a substantive reply. In cooperation with the utility and its consultants, we will provide that reply with supporting data within 10 days. In addition, we will make all of it available to the public on our website.” I expect I will need to find my information someplace else. Instead of building trust, the Community Engagement Panel builds stone walls. Instead of producing good data in response to serious questions, the panel produces slick videos and commentaries that trumpet a trust relationship that simply does not exist. Cathy Iwane is a member of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation Board of Directors.

Happy Thanksgiving

don’t think there’s ever been a more important Thanksgiving than this year. Now more than ever is a time for reflection, for sitting down and thinking about all the things for which we are grateful. I was grateful to sit down with my family this year, have a wonderful meal and just spend time with each other. It’s been a hectic year and we haven’t had enough opportunity to all sit down, talk about our lives and be together. I was grateful to talk to my extended family over Zoom, and hear about my brother’s fight against pancreatic cancer. I was grateful that even if we all couldn’t be together, we could see each other. No matter how or where you spent your Thanksgiving this year, continue to

around the county Jim Desmond be grateful. Be grateful for whatever you want, for me, I’m grateful for my family’s health, safety and living in the greatest country in the world. I’m grateful for my experience in the United States Navy and for all of our Veterans and especially the active members of our military deployed over the holidays. I’m grateful for first responders and law enforcement personnel and their unwavering commitment to very difficult jobs.

I’m grateful for my 34 years as a pilot, and for all of the great people I flew and worked with along the way. I’m grateful for the people of San Diego’s North County, and their resilience and willingness to care for one another. I’m grateful to live in a country where we can be independently minded, actively debate issues and respectfully express differences of opinion. And I’m hopeful that those in need, those with any number of struggles, will find strength and support this holiday season. And, I’m grateful for my incredible wife and our family. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

he most annoying part of living in the myriad potential wildfire areas around California lately has been a series of PSPS’s (public safety power shutdowns) imposed by companies like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. The stoppages, sometimes lasting as long as three days, are plain acknowledgements from the companies that their equipment and their maintenance practices are unsafe, inadequate to protect individuals from harm and possible death. This renders service provided by the companies unreliable. Yet, no one seriously threatens the survival or monopolies of these companies, which admit they’ve killed upwards of 100 persons over the last three years, while not one of their executives has served a single minute in jail for their destructive decisions. The bulk of the admitted deaths came in the 2018 Camp Fire which incinerated the city of Paradise in Butte County. PG&E pleaded guilty this year to manslaughter charges for 85 deaths. There could have been more such guilty pleas in other places, but no district attorney outside Butte County has brought criminal charges against any of the utilities or their executives. Yes, there have been penalties. Most famously, PG&E went through bankruptcy and paid billions of dollars in cash and stock to a trust representing many of its victims. The company’s board of directors was cashiered and replaced. But some top executives escaped with gold parachutes worth millions of dollars to go along with their guilty

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consciences. Now come two further authoritative condemnations of the companies, especially PG&E. In one, the ratepayer advocacy division of the state Public Utilities Commission recommended fining the company $167 million for its poor communication with customers about impending shutdowns aimed at preventing new fires. Said one division lawyer, “When a utility fails to provide hospitals, fire departments and people with medical conditions with adequate warning of its decision to execute a shutoff, it is endangering lives.” This doesn’t appear to bother PG&E, according to the Chicago-based law firm monitoring the company’s legally required attempts to make power lines and transformers safer. The monitor’s report noted that PG&E’s safety effort has been worse in 2020 than before. “The monitor team has not seen a meaningful improvement in the quality of work (on vegetation trimming),” said the report from the Kirkland & Ellis law firm. “On a per-mile basis, (we are) finding more missed trees in 2020 than… in…2019.” So PG&E is not only failing to tell key customers far enough in advance when power cutoffs are coming, it also has not notably increased safety, despite all its at-fault fires of the last four years. There is no such monitor for Edison or SDG&E, but Edison admitted its

power lines likely caused two large October blazes in Orange County. All of which leads some to believe it’s high time Gov. Gavin Newsom activates a law known as SB 350, which he signed June 30, authorizing the state to take over and/or force the selloff of parts of utility companies failing to discharge their duties. These companies have done precisely that. They cut off power when it suits them. They do not compensate victims of those shutoffs, customers sometimes paying for electricity they never get. So far, Newsom does not take seriously the notion of breaking up any utility, even PG&E. When this question arose during an October news conference, Newsom claimed PSPS notifications are improved. “It’s a different day,” he said. “But we do have the ability to take (PG&E) over. We now have oversight and safety committees.” He did not respond to the questions of why utilities should be allowed to keep deciding how and when to warn customers and when to do shutoffs. Nor did he respond to one customer who complained that “Every time I pay my electric bill, I feel like I’m helping a murderer.” Others are ready and waiting to take over parts of PG&E. The many relatively new publicly-owned community choice aggregation outfits around the state, for example, would love to take over power lines they now must rent. It’s time Newsom took this seriously. If he does not, he can expect his inaction to be used against him when he seeks reelection in 2022. Email Thomas Elias at

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Escondido council OKs bike park named for Masson By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and approved funding to build the John Masson Memorial Bike Park inside of Jesmond Dene Park. The council also heard from outgoing Councilmember Olga Diaz as she reflected on her three-term tenure on the council. The council approved using $271,303 in Prop 68 Per Capita grant funds to build the bike park, which will be named in honor of the councilmember who passed away in March. The park will be located in Masson’s district and near his home. Diaz became emotional during the meeting as she remembered Masson and spoke of how appropriate it is to be honoring him with a project he’d be passionate about. “He was such a big part of the spirit of the city, and

Fishing licenses available By Staff

REGION — California anglers can now purchase 2021 fishing licenses and related items directly through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website or authorized license agents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, license sales counters at CDFW offices remain temporarily closed to the public. The cost of a 2021 annual resident fishing license has been set at $52.66, while a one-day license will cost $17.02. For the first time, anglers have the option to sign up for auto-renewal of their annual sport fishing licenses, report cards and validations. “More than a million anglers purchase annual licenses to fish California waters and for many of them, this will be a welcome feature,” said Josh Morgan, chief of CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch. “Signing up for auto-renewal helps ensure that you won’t end up on the water with an expired license.” Anglers must enroll in the auto-renewal program through CDFW’s online sales website. License agents cannot enroll customers in the auto-renewal program, but customers who make purchases in person from license agents can go online later and enroll themselves. Not all CDFW products for sale are eligible for auto-renewal at this time, although the feature will be expanded to other items in the future. For more information and a complete list of items available for auto-renewal, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions about auto-renewal on CDFW’s website.

his work on skate spots and the bike park idea, these were his passions,” Diaz said. “I think he would be proud to know that we’re taking this action and m a k i n g this investment.” Mayor Paul McNamara also spoke about Masson and MASSON emphasized his enthusiasm for the city. “He was our friend … his enthusiasm for Escondido and trying to move it forward in the right direction was contagious and genuine. We all miss him,” McNamara said. According to the staff report, the bike park will require environmental review, Planning Commission consideration and final City Council approval before it can be incorporated into the Jesmond Dene



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Emily Midgley, of Carmel Valley, recently participated in Hamilton College’s Fall Main Stage Production of “In War With Time, From the Sonnets of William Shakespeare” as a member of the cast. The partly live and partly recorded production was presented on YouTube and included a cast of 13 Hamilton students and alumni performing a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets. PICKLEBALL HALL OF FAMER

Park Master Plan. Staff will return to the council in January 2021 for final approval. The council then heard from Diaz, who will be leaving City Council in a few weeks after serving three terms on the council. Diaz said that she chose to step away to give other city residents a chance to lead and to also give herself time to refresh her perspective on what truly matters. “I ran for office in 2006 to push back against racist, anti-immigrant and xenophobic policies … even though I lost, I didn’t quit,” Diaz said. In 2008, Diaz ran again and won, beating a two-term incumbent and becoming the first Latina elected in the history of Escondido. Diaz went on to thank a handful of her mentors, colleagues, friends and supporters. She reflected production wine store that will offer close to 100 varieties of vino. browse the selections of wine artisan meats and cheeses either in person, or on Cork & Knife’s website, Cork & Knife will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with outdoor seating. There will also be a second location opening in Rancho Santa Fe, as part of Nick & G’s, at 6106 Paseo Delicias. HONORS FOR SAN MARCOS

North San Marcos recently received top honors from the California Association for Local Economic Development with an Award of Excellence for its innovative, collaborative foundation and creation. Each Tuesday afternoon, the streets of North City offer live music, artisans, food vendors, flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables at the weekly Farmers Market, run by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Hamner, a 30 year Carlsbad Resident was inducted into the 2020 “Pickleball Hall Of Fame” Competitor category. Alex has compiled 21 gold medals at USAPA Nationals, US Open IRRIGATION EXCELLENCE Pickleball Championships Vista Irrigation Disand Tournament of Cham- trict has been presented pions. with the Certificate of Achievement for ExcelSTOP THE SCAMS lence in Financial ReportAs the shopping sea- ing by the Government Fison gears up Utility Scam nance Officers Association Awareness is being high- of the United States and lighted. SDG&E joined Canada for its comprehenelectric, water and natu- sive annual financial report ral gas utilities to educate for fiscal year ending June customers about utility 30, 2019. This certificate imposters who prey on peo- is the only national award ple’s reliance on essential for public sector financial services to cheat them out reporting. of money. With more people staying at home or possibly BOYS & GIRLS CLUB GRANT facing financial difficulty, The Boys & Girls Clubs scammers try to take ad- of Oceanside has received vantage of the situation. a $10,000 grant from the Visit Rest Haven Children’s article /sdge-joins-nation- Health Fund for our Food al-campaign-raise-aware- and Snack Program. As ness-utility-imposter-scams school closures continue, for more information on this much needed program common scams we see and provides nutritious lunches what customers should do and snacks to youth attendto protect themselves. ing BGCO’s Back2School Program. NEW CORK & KNIFE

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on her years on the council when she was the only Latina, the only Democrat and the only woman. The councilwoman also noted the issues she has supported during her time on the council including smart growth, climate action, public parks, public services, youth engagement and the Escondido Creek Restoration. The staff then read several comments from the public wishing Diaz well and thanking her for her years of service. The other councilmembers and the mayor also shared words of gratitude and admiration for Diaz. Diaz said that along with her work on several nonprofit boards and ongoing work at a local college, she will be starting a doctoral program at University of Southern California. The installation ceremony for the new council will be held Dec. 9. ing nine individuals and businesses making a significant, positive impact over the last year in the community, the San Diego region, or local water systems. D&H Water Systems was recognized as Business of the Year for its critical part in recent upgrades to systems at OMWD’s David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant.

MORE THAN 30 cats were taken in by the San Diego Humane Society after being abandoned in Escondido. Courtesy photo

Humane Society rescues 30 cats By City News Service

law enforcement division responded to the home and found 31 cats living in “unsanitary conditions” inside the unit, SDHS spokeswoman Nina Thompson said. The cats were taken to SDHS campuses in Escondido and Oceanside for extensive medical exams, Thompson said. One cat had to be euthanized and a majority of the cats were found to be suffering from numerous medical conditions, including upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, ear infections and heart murmurs.

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portation corridors on Nov. 18. The San Diego Regional Litter Abatement Subcommittee provides input and guidance to the SANDAG Board of Directors on future actions and policies to support the reduction of litter in the region. The meeting included a presentation from California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kyle Johnson, with an overview of the agency’s operations, response and enforcement statistics, and procedures.

ESCONDIDO — More than 30 cats were taken in by the San Diego Humane Society after they were left behind inside a condominium in Escondido last month, the agency announced Nov. 18. The property manager of a condominium complex in the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue called the group on Oct. 22 to report that one of the condo’s tenants had abandoned the cats after being evicted, according to the SDHS. Officers from SDHS’


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VUSD seeks ‘creative’ solutions to combat falling grades By Steve Puterski

have been recorded. As for the two models deployed by VUSD, the virtual model is reporting 22.3% of students with 50% or more F’s, and the in-person, or classic, model, is at 19.1%. “These slides have gotten a lot of attention and can be taken out of context,” said Nicole Allard, executive director of educational excellence and innovation. “It’s a progress report. It’s not part of their transcript. This is really a nationwide epidemic and every school district is talking about this data.” Even though San Di-

ego County has moved into the purple tier regarding COVID-19 restrictions, school districts already employing in-person models can remain with that path, according to district officials. Allard said in-person learning is having a positive impact, adding it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this gap widen between classical and virtual. She said a large jump in the number of F’s is likely due to disengagement from students. However, Allard said the district is working to get more granular data from each school to identify the

demographics and students with the most need. She said the district will use resources to create a tiered action plan to re-engage their students. Allard said intentional planning at each school site will be conducted and each school will continue this for each grading period. “I think it’s all kids," Trustee Martha Alvarado said about students struggling during the pandemic. “It’s just not how some people thrive. We need to set up some drop-in tutoring. It’s urgent. We have to get creative and look at Palomar or (California State


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VISTA — Schools around the region are being hammered by a surge of failing grades. During its Nov. 12 meeting, the Vista Unified School District Board of Education discussed its massive rise in students earning a D or F letter grade. According to data disclosed by the VUSD, secondary program students with 50% or more F’s is at 20.7%, an increase of 430% compared to the same time in 2019-20. More than 2,000 high school students have at least one D grade, while more than 6,000 F grades

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The Escondido Library offer the Grub Book Club (via Zoom) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30. The club is reading “How to Make Friends with the Dark” by Kathleen Glasgow. Sign up to attend at https://library. and you will receive a copy of the book (to keep) and the Zoom meeting link will be e-mailed the day prior to the event. One attendee will be chosen to win a food-related gift card.

Wild Holidays begin at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, supported by California Coast Credit Union with safe, festive fun for the entire family, with a DJ for music, Safari Base Camp Light Show and more, from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. Nov. 27 to Nov. 29; Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, Dec. 19 to Dec. 23, Dec. 26 to Dec. 31and Jan.1, 2021. Visit WildHolidays. HELP SUPPORT CASA KIDS Casa de Amparo hosts its annual Holiday Donation Center on Dec. 16 through SEAS ‘N GREETINGS Dec. 18, and Dec. 21 at casaOn Nov. 28, Birch Aquar-’s annual holiday cele- tion-center/. You are invited bration, Seas ‘n’ Greetings, to help make a happy home kicks off with seasonal mu- for all Casa Kids by contribsic and décor for the whole uting. family. All Seas ‘n Greetings activities are included with LOVE YOUR LIVER admission. More informaPalomar Health Virtu-

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Escondido Public Library invites kids to its Virtual PJ Storytime from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Register at https://library.escondido. org/. Listeners can wear P.J.s and bring a favorite stuffed animal to this evening storytime.

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Every first Wednesday, the Rock Church San Marcos is hosting a community food, diaper and supplies distribution to help connect resources with those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The drive-thru set-up is designed for easy pick up. The distribution of groceries and supplies begins at noon and ends when supplies run out for the day. Contact or visit for more information.

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The Escondido Public Library offers an Inclusive Virtual Art Club and a Meet the Author event Dec. 4. During Children’s Storytime at 2 p.m. Dec. 4, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy stories and create art from favorite picture books. Pick up craft kits at the Youth Services Desk at 239 S Kalmia St., Escondido, while supplies last. The Virtual Author Chat Series presents Jacquelyn Middleton from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Dec. 4. Register at

Now in its seventh year, the Reel Women’s Film Festival films about women comes to the screen online Dec. 6, with trailers and tickets at For questions, or details on spon- WHEN CHRISTMAS IS SAD sorships or tickets, e-mail The annual Blue Christmas Service of Remembrance at the Village Church will be held online at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 by the Village Community PresbyLIGHT UP A LIFE Join Hospice of the terian Church in Rancho North Coast for its annual Santa Fe. This service is for Light Up A Life Memorial everyone grieving the loss of from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. loved ones. The service will The event will be virtual. offer words of encourageDonations to support end-of- ment, beautiful music and life care are greatly appreci- the reading of the names of ated and personalized Light those who have passed on. Up A Life Ornaments avail- For more information, conable for donations above tact Pastor Farley at janf@ $100. Connect at https://hos- or HospiceNoCoast.

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Join the virtual Between the Covers Book Club 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Escondido Public Library. Meet the author of “Would I Lie to the Duke? The Union of the Rakes Book 2” by Eva Leigh. Leigh will answer questions and chat about her books. Reserve a copy from the Library’s catalog. Contact Librarian Jessica.

Amigos De Vista Lion’s Club is unable to hold its Novemberfest at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens this year, so is hosting a virtual Novemberfest fundraiser. For each $25 donated, earn a raffle ticket to be drawn in early December. Visit https:// donate-widget/24238 or send donation to the Amigos de Vista Lions Club, P.O. Box 2679, Vista.

University) San Marcos for volunteers to drop in.” As for the virus, the district has recorded at least two dozen cases. Craig Wiblemo, executive director of student support services, said in all but two tests, there is a strong suspicion those came from outside the district. Those two tests, though, haven’t been able to tie it back to schools. He said the case rate is about 10 cases per 100,000 residents, but with 10,000 students in the district, VUSD has had about 23 cases in 23 days, which is in line with the county av-

erage. According to the secretary of California's Health and Human Services, gatherings in homes are the No. 1 reason for cases going up, Wiblemo said. “The county has had a 46% increase in cases in last two weeks, but our area codes haven’t seen that,” Wiblemo said. “However, there have been no deaths and low hospitalizations for kids 0-19.” If one student or teacher in a specific class tests positive, the entire class is quarantined for 14 days and must transition to virtual learning.

The Cooking Muse returns

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erhaps the Cooking Muse was fired up from all the major quarantine cooking that has been going on for the past nine months. Perhaps she was just weary of her usual devotees and wanted a challenge. Whichever the case, she decided to swing by my house this weekend and she was bursting with holiday spirit. The timing was perfect, as I have not been bursting with holiday spirit nor considered baking just for fun. I was downright astounded to wake up with an overwhelming urge to bake cookies. It is, however, an urge I never argue with. I was at the grocery store by 8 a.m. getting supplies, and by noon, I had whipped up and baked a batch of traditional chocolate chip cookies, then tried out a new, fromscratch oatmeal cranberry cookie recipe. And if you doubt that the Cooking Muse was paying very close attention, everything was baked to perfection. “Perfection” is a word rarely bandied about in my kitchen. We usually settle

for “edible.” OK, I did burn just the last five-cookie batch, experimenting to pinpoint where in the oven things bake best. I see it as my way of letting the Cooking Muse know I am still humble. I also now know not to bake on the bottom shelf, should the muse ever drop by again. She wasn’t, apparently, content with just cookies, and kept me on a roll of slicing and sautéing mushrooms and onions to garnish lunch later. To have pulled all this off without smoke filling the house is a solid win and I am relishing the victory. I may now be recklessly tempted to bake Christmas cookies like my mom used to. I’d better check the muse’s schedule. I also did my best to teach by example for the other cooks in the house. I scrubbed up all my spoons, bowls and pans, leaving a sparkling kitchen behind. A girl can dream, can’t she? The very best thing, aside from munching my cookies, is that my conscience is clear to spend the rest of the afternoon in a comfortable, prone position, reading. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer with a mouthful of cookie, marveling at the mercurial nature of the muse. Contact her at jean@

‘Only Losers Litter’ effort returns with Vista cleanup By Staff

VISTA — The “Only Losers Litter” campaign of picking up trash around Vista was started back in January 2017 by Sarah Spinks — with a further effort by a November group. After quiet summer months, more than 50 participants with gloves and bags donned masks and kept social distance to clean up the town. The group received instructions from coordinator Alexis Panchevre, and then spread out from Frazier Farms in all directions, including Vista Village Creek.

An amazing array of unsightly dumped detritus was gathered by the masked community crusaders: plastic and glass containers, cigarette butts, beer cartons, straws, takeout containers, and lots of paper. Frazier Farms allowed the Only Losers Litter group to fill their dumpster to overflowing. The next Only Losers Litter trash cleanup will be at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The location will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

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Oceanside corgi at heart of new children’s book By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — A new picture book written by a retired Lincoln Middle School teacher has eternalized a friendly corgi as an unofficial Oceanside mascot. Deborah Burggraaf, formerly known as Miss Waller at Lincoln Middle School, is the author of “Bhante: The Corgi of O’side,” a new picture book that tells the story of a beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog as he sightsees around Oceanside. Bhante was a real dog who lived in Oceanside and went virtually everywhere, according to his owner, Chuck Fasilis. “He attended so many activities in Oceanside,” Fasilis said. “He was at every Iron Man, Super Woman and any of the walks … we would take him to the live theater and no one would even know he was there because he would be so quiet.” When people did notice Bhante, they were instantly attracted to him. “We would take him to restaurants and the way little kids would immediately attract to him — ‘Oh it’s a corgi, it’s a corgi’ — and they always wanted to pet him,” Fasilis said. Bhante would even go to church and the doctor’s office with his family.

OCEANSIDE’S MOST famous corgi, Bhante, on the Oceanside Pier. Award-winning author Deborah Burggraaf, a former middle school teacher in Oceanside, focuses her 16th book on Bhante, who died in March at age 16. Photo by Chuck Fasilis

“Doctor’s offices don’t usually let dogs in, but they would let Bhante in, and they would want to babysit him while we were there,” Fasilis said. “That’s what kind of dog he was from the beginning.” Bhante was a trained service dog who could always sense when someone was sick, according to his owner.

“He would sense when my sugar was off and would come lay by my side,” said Fasilis, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Before she moved to Florida, Burggraaf would babysit Bhante while his parents were traveling. She would take him to his favorite spots — the pier, the harbor, and all of the other highlights of downtown

Oceanside. “He was so friendly with everybody, and everybody would want to pet him,” Burggraaf said. “He and I became very close.” One time when Bhante’s parents were away, Burggraaf sat down and began writing his story. “They came back home and I had this really rough draft that I showed to

them,” she said. She teamed up with Fasilis, who is also a photographer, to put together a collection of photos of Bhante for the book. Besides showcasing a happy little corgi, the book also promotes Oceanside and has a message that emphasizes love and kindness. “We all need love and kindness right now, and Bhante always gave love and kindness to everyone he met,” Burggraaf said. Bhante lived to be 16 years old. He died in March. “He was feisty ‘til the end,” Fasilis said. Though he may be gone, Bhante’s story and his friendliness live on in Burggraaf’s book. “Bhante: The Corgi of O’side” is Burggraaf’s 16th book. Burggraaf has won several awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards. Burggraaf taught in Oceanside for 10 years. She now lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and Burggraaf’s website, The book also features a QR code inside that takes readers to Bhante’s autobiography on YouTube, narrated by Fasilis.

Stone Brewing donates over $140K to laid-off employees By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Stone Brewing announced last week that it would be donating more than $140,000 to its former employees who were laid off due to COVID-19 shutdowns. This is the second round of disbursements from what the company calls the Team Stone Relief Fund. Back in April, Stone laid off more than 300 employees after statewide orders forced them, and numerous other businesses, to close down in March. The brewery, which has two World Bistro & Gardens locations, including one in Escondido, as well as several taprooms in San Diego County, reopened their doors at the beginning of June, but faced criticism for not hiring back the majority of their employees. “Immediately following our layoffs caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, we created a fund to support all laid-off employees,” said Gregg Frazer, Stone’s VP of hospitality, back in June. “Our co-founder, Greg Koch, contributed his entire 2020 salary. Co-Founder Steve Wagner, CEO Dominic Engels and other executives also contributed. “We opened it up to the rest of Team Stone and are proud to have offered additional support to these employees during this time.” Soon after The Coast News reported on these claims that Stone mishandled company layoffs,

Stone’s laid-off employees who applied for the Team Stone Relief Fund received $1,000 each, totaling a $250,000 contribution. In a second round of disbursements, Stone will donate $140,000 to former employees by the end of the month, totaling nearly $400,000 in funds. Lizzie Younkin, Stone’s director of public relations and communications, told The Coast News that they decided to do a second round because they had expedited the first round to address the immediate needs of their former employees, but they continued to receive donations to the Team Stone Relief Fund after the first distribution. “Like many businesses, Stone Brewing has not been spared by this pandemic,” said Greg Koch, executive chairman & co-founder. “Laying off team members who helped build this company really hurt… it still hurts. “But we’ve received many grateful and touching notes from the folks who received the funds, letting us know that the money went to things like rent, health insurance and childcare. This is what Team Stone is all about. I’m honored to work alongside those who dug deep into their own pockets to make a difference for their colleagues.” The announcement comes as San Diego enters the most restrictive Purple level in California’s system of coronavirus tiers.

AN AERIAL VIEW of the new Awaken Church campus in San Marcos. The church is having its grand opening on Sunday, including a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. Courtesy photo



that much needed, lifesaving hope & faith that carries the human spirit through all trials & tribulations!” According to the county, if a cease-and-desist order is ignored, the next step would be a closure order. Then, law enforcement would get involved by giving citations with a $1,000 fine for each violation; then the case goes to either the San Diego County District Attorney or City Attorney. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, who was orig-

inally supposed to lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the church’s grand opening event on Sunday, told The Coast News that she will no longer be participating because she will be out of town this weekend. “It’s a very difficult position right now. We have health orders that we must comply with, and businesses are trying to just make it through the pandemic,” Jones said. “While I’m sympathetic, I would never suggest that anyone not follow the county health orders because I follow them myself.”

Jones has consistently been vocal about her desire to keep the county and its businesses open, but she maintained that if the City of San Marcos is asked to respond to a complaint, they wouldn’t hesitate to do so. “I believe we should cautiously open up everything and be applying safety protocols across the board, and then figure out how to help businesses become successful,” Jones said. “However, we all know what the health orders are and we all need to follow them.”

Vista Unified looks at new bond projects By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The Vista Unified School District (VUSD) pivoted from one project to potentially include two others at Lake Elementary and Madison Middle schools. The Board of Education directed staff during its Nov. 12 meeting to research cost estimates for two new projects to take the place of the pedestrian pathway at the schools. Those include more restrooms at Lake and more shade structures at Madison. However, Phase III of Measure LL, the $247 million bond passed in 2018, already has a restroom project at Lake scheduled for $1.3 million, according to the itemized list. The cost for shade structures at Madison is unknown must be researched by staff. The pathway project is also part of the project labor agreement approved by the district in 2019. The cost for that project was estimated at $1.6 million, according to Superintendent Matt Doyle. “This is the information we’re getting back from the community, so I don’t see why we don’t go along with this,” said Trustee Cipriano Vargas. The board, district officials and principals, though, shared concerns over the location of the pathway and a lack of visibility of students. The safety challenges could exacerbate poor behavior, especially as the pathway exits into a nearby shopping center, Doyle said. However, Doyle said the City of Oceanside is considering expanding the sidewalks in front of the schools, thus one reason the board opted to look at the other projects. Staff will return in late January or early February to present its findings, according to John Wathen, executive director of facilities and operations. As for other projects, he said the completed projects include the softball field at Rancho Buena Vista High School and the Vista High School sports complex. In design are the new classroom buildings and landscape designs at Vista High School. The landscaping includes stormwater collection and treatment as required by state law, Wathen said.

Ex-Vista Chamber of Commerce board chair dies By Staff


VISTA — Former Vista Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Nick Ljubic passed away Nov. 19. Ljubic was on staff as Membership Director for 1.5 years before taking over his family businesses and then serving on the Vista

Chamber Board for two terms. He was board chairman in 2018-2019. Chamber CEO Rachel Beld said, “Nick was passionate about his Chamber family and was quick to offer advice, support, and big bear hugs. He also knew every line of our bylaws.

“He was incredible resource and a source of light in challenging times. The ripples of this loss are felt throughout our community yet we know his legacy of kindness lives on. Our prayers are with his family, especially his mother, Maria Ljubic.”


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MIKE BRADFORD and Colleen Kollar Smith in the scene shop at Moonlight Amphitheatre, where scenic elements of “Jingle Terrace Park” are being constructed. Courtesy photo

Vista celebrates the holidays By Staff

VISTA — The launch of a new holiday light drive-thru experience and an audio streaming musical radio play promises to brighten the holidays this year as the City of Vista’s Cultural Arts Division announces “Jingle Terrace Park” and Moonlight Stage Productions’ audio-streamed performance of “Miracle on 34thStreet: A Musical Radio Play.” This new, annual, free drive-thru event will feature holiday-themed light displays along the driving loop in Brengle Terrace Park. “Jingle Terrace Park” runs Dec. 5-28 (except Dec. 24-25) from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly. Visitors will be captivated by the displays of holiday lights depicting

many of Vista’s special and unique amenities. Along the nearly 1-mile loop, guests will drive through “lands” highlighting the City’s Recreation & Community Services programs, including: Ahoy to the World (the Wave Waterpark), Steal Home for the Holidays (Youth Sports), ‘Twas the Moonlight Before Christmas (Moonlight Stage Productions), Winter Solstice (the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe), Merry and Flight (Vista’s Public Art Program), and Santa’s Workshop (Senior Services). Vista’s craft beer scene and the Vista Fire Department will also be featured. While it is still too soon to welcome audiences back to the Moonlight Amphi-

theatre for live stage entertainment, The Moonlight is bringing holiday cheer into homes this year with the audio streaming performance of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Musical Radio Play,” adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast. Tickets are available for $25 per household. An audio download link will be made available on Dec. 10 for all ticket holders to listen within the comfort of their homes. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Moonlight Cultural Foundation in their support of The Moonlight’s year-round programming and extensive youth arts education program. Information: or call VisTix at (760) 724-2110.

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CSUSM professors receive grant to help Latinx STEM students succeed By Tigist Layne

ty of any gender and still succeed and one shouldn’t have to compromise their identity to be able to succeed in STEM,” Haddad said. Haddad and Woodcock’s research will offer four free workshops, each about three hours long, to families of incoming Latinx students that have chosen a major in the sciences. The workshops, which will be virtual and in Spanish, will teach parents about what their child goes through in their chosen major, how much higher salaries are, how they can progress in their career

once they graduate, what resources and support systems are available to their child at school, etc. Families will also hear from alumni of CSUSM’s STEM programs, those who went on to graduate school, as well as those who found successful jobs and careers in the local community. “We really stress the fact that role models do exist and we connect the students with faculty that have done well and that are Spanish speaking because if you don’t really see yourself succeeding, then it’s harder for you to succeed,” Haddad said.

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Jobless rate in county drops to 7.7% in Oct.

SAN MARCOS — Two professors at California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) were recently awarded a grant for a three-year research project called Families for STEM Success, which will aim to educate families of Latinx science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students while simultaneously helping students balance the two stereotypically incompatible identities. CSUSM mathematics professor Dr. Kamel Haddad and psychology professor Dr. Anna Woodcock re-

ceived the $830,000 grant from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences after applying for it back in 2019. With the money from the grant, Haddad and Woodcock, in collaboration with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), will create a series of workshops for the families of incoming Latinx STEM majors in order to teach them about their child’s major, get them to be more involved in it and hopefully lead them to be fully supportive of it. Woodcock said that it all started with the two

professors having two separate, but parallel ideas. “Dr. Haddad had already been working on this idea of including families into the academic process in order to help support their kids in STEM,” Woodcock said. “On the other hand, I’d been doing research looking at identity balance and helping people with stereotypically incompatible identities try to make them compatible.” Woodcock added that by identity balance, they mean the balance between the student’s STEM identity and their ethnic identity. “Sometimes what

happens is that a Hispanic student, for example, who has a strong STEM identity… they implicitly might not identify ethnic with STEM,” Haddad said. “What they end up doing to succeed and achieve balance is they end up reducing or decreasing their ethnic identity so they can be in a balanced state.” Haddad said that this is one of the issues this project will attempt to address. “This is not what we want. We want to show that it is possible, that there isn’t one cookie-cutter picture of what a scientist looks like. One can be of any ethnici-

By Dan Brendel

DEL MAR — While its immediate outlook improved somewhat, the Del Mar Fairgrounds continues to face major financial difficulties, not only related to COVID-19, but also to structural deficits and, potentially, several pending lawsuits. Restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 “obliterated” the Fairgrounds’ business model, which “is almost exclusively reliant upon events and mass gatherings,” according to a Nov. 4 financial report. Some activity has picked up. The horse racetrack’s fall meets opened Oct. 31, without live spectators. But overall wagering is up, thanks to internet wagering. That’s “very encouraging,” since fall horseracing must compete for an audience with football season, Josh Rubinstein told the 22nd District Agricultural Association board at its Nov. 10 meeting. Rubinstein serves as president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which runs races under an operating agreement with the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds put on its annual “Scream Zone” through October, this year as a drive-through event. Several other events are slated through November and December, including a drive-in concert series, Christmas tree sales, a gun show and horse shows. Still, revenues for the calendar year through September tanked to $13 million — $65 million under budget — for a net $10 million operating loss. “Efforts to-date to mitigate this financial crisis have included … reductions in temporary and seasonal employees, termination or renegotiation of service agreements, significant reductions in energy and utility needs, and cancellation of capital improvement projects not yet underway,” according to the financial report. “Permanent employees were reduced from 153 to 62” — “the bare minimum needed to maintain and secure the property.” In April, the Fairgrounds estimated it needed “$25 million to survive until the end of the calendar

By City News Service

THE FAIRGROUNDS hopes to receive state funds under AB 75, a state budget augmentation approved in June, and a distribution the Food and Agriculture Department announced in September. Its fingers are also crossed for federal dollars from the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, HR 7883, introduced in July. Photo by Dan Brendel

year.” After cost savings, it now estimates it needs “less than $24 million through the end of the entire fiscal year, June 30.” That figure represents an “unfunded target based on a sort of ‘worst-case scenario’ of ‘no events,’” Fairgrounds spokeswoman Jennifer Hellman said. “Alas, here we are, back in the purple tier,” the most restrictive of four state-defined COVID risk categories. The Fairgrounds hopes to receive certain state monies under AB 75, a state budget augmentation approved in June, and a distribution the Food and Agriculture Department announced in September. Its fingers are also crossed for federal dollars from the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, HR 7883, introduced in July. The Fairgrounds’ financial woes are to some extent structural in nature, long predating the pandemic, in part due to declining revenues from horse racing, as The Coast News recently reported. Those declining revenues in turn need to support tens of millions of dollars of

capital improvement debt through 2038. The organization has posted operating losses and a declining net position, or bottom line, pretty steadily since at least 2013, according to recent financial statements. The San Diego County Fair consistently turns a profit, but not all events do likewise. For instance, the annual Del Mar Horse Show — a three-week affair each spring but canceled for 2021 — “has not seen positive returns” for “the last couple of years,” said Katie Mueller, Fairgrounds business services officer, on Nov. 10. Hellman said staff is “working with our municipal financial advisor” but “wouldn’t want to speculate” whether he felt the Fairgrounds faces the risk of defaulting on its bonds. The board aims to renew a strategic planning effort, on hold due to COVID, “in a way applicable to the environment that we live in today,” according to October minutes. The City of Del Mar recently asked the Fairgrounds, a separately governed state agency, to

identify some portion of its property for affordable housing development. Such a deal could help the city meet state-mandated housing targets, and also provide the Fairgrounds new revenue, Del Mar City Councilman Dwight Worden said in an August interview. Deputy District Attorney Josh Caplan, who acts as the Fairgrounds’ counsel, is preparing a memo for the board, outlining whether and how a housing deal could happen. He estimates he’ll have it done early in the New Year. Though the board will likely discuss it only in “closed session,” that is, not in public. Potentially piling onto other financial woes, “based on existing facts and circumstances,” the Fairgrounds faces “significant exposure to litigation,” the Nov. 4 financial report says. One civil case alleges several people — including young children, one of whom died — contracted E. Coli from animal exhibits at the 2019 San Diego County Fair, due to Fairgrounds negligence, according to a

complaint filed Oct. 9. John Gomez, the plaintiffs’ attorney, believes a jury could award damages “well in excess of $10 million,” he told The Coast News. Another lawsuit alleges the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club wrongfully banned a horse trainer from competing in Del Mar meets. The ban “irreparably” damaged the trainer’s reputation and business, to the tune of “tens of millions of dollars,” said Drew Couto, the trainer’s attorney. The operating agreement between the Fairgrounds and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club requires the latter to indemnify the former “to the fullest extent permitted.” It also requires the Thoroughbred Club to maintain insurance coverage — at least $10 million for bodily injury and property damage liability combined, plus lesser amounts for other liabilities. Hellman declined to comment on the Fairgrounds’ financial means to pay potential damages or settlements due to litigation.

REGION — The unemployment rate in the San Diego-Carlsbad Metropolitan Statistical Area dropped to 7.7% in October, a drop of 1.2% from September, according to figures released Nov. 20 by the state Employment Development Department. According to the EDD, total non-farm employment in San Diego County increased by 21,500 jobs month-overmonth — from 1,386,600 to 1,408,100 — while farm employment contracted from 9,600 to 9,500. According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership, many of these represent typical seasonal hires. Adjusting for those typical monthly gains, last month’s seasonally adjusted advance was a more moderate 13,200. The unemployment rate at this time last year was 3%. The region lost 106,500 non-farm jobs and 400 agricultural jobs over the year. The region’s unemployment rate rose to 15% in May during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to EDD data, while data from the San Diego Association of Governments showed rates of nearly 30% unemployment in May. In September, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 9% from 10.8% the previous month, and the nation’s decreased to 6.6% from 7.7%. Professional and business services led all industry sectors in month-over-month job gains at 5,200. The majority of job gains were centered in professional, scientific and technical services — up 3,400 — while 1,000 jobs were posted in scientific, research and developmental services. Government jobs grew by 4,300, with 2,700 in local and 2,500 in state government gains. The federal government lost 900 jobs locally.


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Not All Stroke Centers Are Created Equal Provided By Dr. Gene Ma, Chief Medical Officer, Tri-City Medical Center

“My dad had a stroke and he can’t speak but there’s nothing more that can be done.” These were the helpless words of a friend who called to share with me that his dad had lost valuable time wandering around his wholesale membership warehouse store because he had suddenly been unable to communicate. By the time he was taken to his local hospital, it was too late to treat him with a clot-busting medication often used in severe stroke cases. “Ask the doctor if there’s a thrombectomy capable stroke center in the region and if there is, request an immediate transfer,” I responded. Stroke care has evolved dramatically since I started practicing emergency medicine almost 25 years ago. What remains a constant, however, is that time is critical. Delays in seeking care can be catastrophic, as would have been the case here. I’ve witnessed time and again the miraculous recovery after a stroke victim arrives paralyzed on one side of the body and is treated with tissue plasminogen activator(tPA). For patients who seek care within 3 hours of a stroke, this life-altering, clot-busting medication helps open up a clogged artery in the brain responsible for loss of function. My friend’s experience impressed upon me how important it is for patients to recognize that stroke care no longer stops at 3 hours. Fortunately, for his dad, a regional Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center was nearby. As the human brain is exquisitely intolerant of diminished oxygen flow from a stroke, he was expeditiously transferred to the regional facility where specialized doctors called neuro-interventional radiologists used a small artery to tunnel a catheter into the arteries in his brain and retrieved the blood clot.

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Thanks to the skill of those specialists at that advanced stroke center, he recovered almost immediately and today, you would never know he was almost left with what would have been a disastrous, life-altering deficit. The data is irrefutable. People are waiting too long at home to seek emergency care when needed, for fear of COVID. We as emergency physicians are witnessing devastating strokes, heart attacks, infections, diabetic complications and many other preventable illnesses because of delays in seeking medical help during this pandemic. The reality is that COVID isn’t contracted in hospitals, but out in the community when we let down our guard(and our masks). Yet heart attacks and

strokes lack the courtesy to wait out the pandemic. Here’s what you can do to ensure the best possible outcomes for yourself and your family during these trying times: • Plan ahead by knowing where the closest Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center is located to you and your loved ones. Tri-City Medical Center is a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center and is located at 4002 Vista Way in Oceanside. • Recognize the symptoms of a stroke with the acronym F.A.S.T.-Facial droop, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911. • Know the symptoms of a heart attack: Chest discomfort with our without jaw or neck pain, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and weakness. Most of all, stay strong Oceanside. The vaccine is imminent, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Together, we’re going to beat this and be with our friends and families again.

lick the plate david boylan ing in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not delusional, but, hey, a Lions fan can dream. Anyway, 25 seemed like a good number to work with, though there were a lot more options for this list than that. I’ll start with finally having a serious New York City style slice and another solid meatball sub in Encinitas at Mr. Moto Pizza. Just down the block is another new addition that has made me appreciate doughnuts again, especially when they are made to order and as creative as those at Broad Street Dough Co. in the Lumberyard in Encinitas. Heading up Coast Highway 101 a few blocks is a place that I am very thankful is still around, Raul’s Shack. It is a slice of old school cool on a corner that is not so old school anymore … and their chicken soup is right up there with the best around. Gelato 101 right next door is a fairly recent discovery and I’ve been making the trip there for dessert on a regular basis. Another repeat inclusion on the list is the Leucadia Farmers Market. I just love this place and had the pleasure of being there during a full-on rainy Sunday recently. Thanks to market manager Ron LaChance for staying open that day and giving us Midwesterners who actually love rain a day to walk through your fabulous market in it. A new discovery in the Farmers Market and one I’m definitely thankful for is Brodino Bone Broth. I have to have my voice sounding good on a regular basis and have found that heating up a cup of this prior to recording gets it sounding really good, even if it is 5 a.m. All you singers and voice people out there should take note of this — and they claim all kinds of other health benefits. One more farmers market discovery and that’s it, but there is a nonprofit

called The Compost Group that creates healthy, vibrant soil from your food scraps — and they pick it up! More on this organization in a future column. I’m thankful for Juanita’s veggie burritos, fish tacos, and calendars on a regular basis still. I think I’m a little too thankful for Valentina as they are luring me in way too often, along with their sibling restaurant Moto Deli up the street. And any thankful list made this time of year would be incomplete without the chicken soup from La Especial Norte. It has healing powers, folks. Thankful for Pandora Pizza and their fun deck that was already in place and is a perfect place to stop by for pizza, salad and a glass of wine while people and car watching at busy intersection of Leucadia Boulevard and Highway 101. Note to Pandora: Would be fabulous if you included your lunch sandwiches on your evening menu, just saying. I’m thankful that I revisited Regal Seagull recently and rediscovered their brats and cheese curds. Plus, it’s just a great place to drink beer and eat sausage. This next one is non-food-related but I just had the opportunity to utilize the Corner Frame Shop in Encinitas, which salvaged an old photograph and framed it beautifully. It’s just such a treat to have such an old-school frame shop that employs framing professionals who really take pride in what they do. The French Corner in Encinitas is another rediscovery and I’ve been back weekly since for their Le Jambon Fromage Sandwich. This simple French staple that consists of a nice baguette, French ham, Gruyere cheese, French pickles cornichons and butter transports me back every time to France, where I discovered these delights. And of course, I’m so thankful for the Chop Stop on El Camino Real providing me with my favorite new chopped salads for lunch at least a couple times per week. I’m thankful that Chin’s TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 12

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Get cozy with a cider cocktail

IT’S TIME to leave the summery cocktails behind. Go pick up a jug of apple cider. Photo by Patrick Fore

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he weather has cooled. The flannel sheets have been put on the bed. The leaves on some of the trees have gone from green to red seemingly overnight. Cleveland National Forest was even blanketed with a layer of wet, clumping snow. SoCal? More like SnoCal. It’s time to leave the summery cocktails behind. Put the margarita mix in the back of the fridge. Cross fresh mint off your shopping list. Hide the Collins glass (I’m dating myself with this one — Google it) and go pick up a jug of apple cider. Things are about to get steamy at the home bar. You could buy your cider already hard saving yourself precious cocktail mixing time. An hour or so to the east of North County you’ll find Julian Hard

Cider right in the heart of apple country. Work your way back toward the coast, and you’ll see Turquoise Barn Cider, Newtopia, Raging Cider and Mead and Twisted Horn. Once your cider is in hand, pop the cap, pour into a glass and enjoy the sweet spice of fall wash down your throat. Want something a little more crafted in the moment? It’s time for a cider cocktail. You’ll have to make some choices to get started. First, hot or cold? If cold, I’m going to recommend one of my favorites — the Irish Apple Cider Mule. Similar to a classic Moscow mule but completely different. I make mine in a Mason jar pint. Not to be cool or hip, but because I’m terrible about breaking glassware. It’s easier just to buy jars by the case. I know copper is the traditional cup of the Mule, but that is a tradition meant to be broken. Fill your chosen cider-holding device with 2 oz. of bourbon or whiskey, add 3 oz. of that delicious, local apple cider, squeeze in the juice from a healthy-looking lime wedge and top with

a splash of ginger beer to taste. In our house, we use Brandenburg or Goslings ginger beer. Garnish with an apple slice. If you’re feeling that winter chill creeping down from Palomar Mountain into the valley and need something to warm you from the inside, I’m going to direct you toward a liquor that is often overlooked on the West Coast — brandy. Fun fact: Brandy is actually made from distilled wine. Fun fact No. 2: Cognac is actually a type of brandy. It’s quite popular in the Midwest, and there is a chance a nip of it was slipped into a cider or two when I was a kid so my parents could get me to sleep. (I DO NOT advocate doing that. It was a different time.) Back to our cocktail. Heat up a cup of apple cider. You could use a microwave, but I prefer to slowly warm it using a saucepan. It makes me feel more like a chef. Just be careful not to burn it. Stir it slowly to get an even heat. In a coffee mug — preferably one not often used for coffee — add 2 oz. of brandy, 1/2 oz. of an orange liqueur like Cointreau or Gran Marnier and fill with your warm apple cider. You could garnish with a cinnamon stick or an orange twist, but I prefer to add a dollop of whipped cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon over the top. Find a comfy lounge chair. Cover yourself with a blanket. Watch a video of a crackling fire and enjoy. Be sure to check out the recent episode of the Cheers! North County podcast featuring my conversation with guests Brandon Hernandez from SanDiegoBeer.News online and Cody Thompson from Beer Night in San Diego. Be sure to follow Cheers! North County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Got an interesting story about your drinking adventures? Reach out! I want to hear it.


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has a Carlsbad location now, more on that in upcoming column. Thankful that The Daily News Café has had such a long run and is still going strong. Le Citron in Oceanside has made me thankful that Gilles Knafo and Francois Pantanchon are back together again re-creating their Leucadia hospitality in a cool new Oceanside location. And speaking of Oceanside, let’s add Switchboard to the list for their innovative twists on Hawaiian classics. Revolution Roasters coffee, also in Oceanside, will never leave my list. I think it’s the best locally roasted coffee going and when I want to splurge on beans, their Holy Goat is my pick. I’ll wrap this up on the far northern reaches of Oceanside where my day job takes me to Pedro’s Fish Tacos a few miles east of I-5 on the 76. Their fish burrito is a beauty and it’s not oversized so it can be handled at lunch without inducing a food coma. In that same area is a joint called Pho House, which provides me with lunch and dinner with just one order of their Rare Steak Pho that words can hardly describe. And that rare steak cooks right up in the hot broth. And there you have it. I’m sure I’m not the only one flying solo this Thanksgiving so I’m not feeling too sorry for myself. I picked up a pre-cooked turkey breast from Trader Joe’s and will whip up some stuffing and mashed potatoes along with cranberry sauce and some Beaujolais Nouveau to go with it. All that was purchased primarily for the following couple of days’ turkey sandwiches on Wonder Bread. Let’s give thanks for what we have this year and make the most of it.

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‘Beautify Escondido’ murals on display at city’s Art Walk By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Beautify Escondido Mural Project in downtown Escondido wrapped up just in time for the city’s Second Saturday Art Walk. The white, concrete barriers along Grand Ave. served as the unexpected canvas for the project, which was led by the Escondido Art Association (EAA). Back in July, the City of Escondido expanded outdoor dining by reducing travel lanes on a few streets and placing roughly 100 concrete barriers, acquired through CARES Act funding, throughout the area to mark the new boundaries. A few months ago, Suzanne Nicolaisen and Jinx Lennon, two members of the EAA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and the

community since 1956, decided to paint the barriers outside of the EAA’s Artists Gallery. Soon, other business owners in the area began to ask the two artists to paint their barriers, and thus, a movement was born. Carrie Foster, current president of the EAA, told The Coast News that eventually volunteers, people from the community, local artists and business owners began painting the barriers throughout Grand Ave. “I got to know a lot of the folks out there, and I think, under such weird circumstances that are going on, it really has brightened people’s moods up a lot,” Foster said. “I’ve had so many people stop by just to thank us for making it more positive and more uplifting.”

Foster said that the hundreds of hours it took to paint all 100 of those barriers were all on a volunteer basis. “It wasn’t about commercializing anything; it was about getting everyone involved. Everyone in the community came out and pulled together to make this uncertain situation 10 times better,” Foster said. Amber Tarrac, Escondido’s deputy director of the economic development office, also said that there has been overwhelming support from the community. “The community has seen just how beautiful this whole movement has been. These started as dull looking barriers, but the art community really took it and ran with it,” Tarrac said. “It’s been an extraordinary effort with amazing

volunteers – locals that have Tarrac said that the grown up in Escondido have Downtown Business Associvolunteered so much of ation, the Chamber of Comtheir time to pull this off.” merce, the Rotary Club of

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The Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, welcomes its next Artist-in-Residence, Cuban performance artist Carlos Martiel, who will be In Studio: through Dec. 19 and On View through Jan. 16, 2021. These performances will also be livestreamed via Carlos Martiel's Artist Page at

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A selection of artworks from “The Art of Dr. Seuss” will be on display at EC Gallery 212 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, Nov. 27 through Dec. 31,with a reception at noon, with special live appearances by The Grinch, celebrity book readings and children’s activities. Attendance is free but RSVPs are suggested at (800) 599-7111 or Vis- OLD GLOBE will livestream its 23rd annual production of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole it for Christmas” on KPBS radio in December. Courtesy photo more information. Jazz - Joey Carano on gui- NOV. 30 pal Gallery, presents “The tar, Leonard Thompson on Big Little Art Show” at 262 NOV. 28 piano, and Keith Bishop on NATIVE AMERICAN ART E. Grand Ave., Escondido, A celebration of Native is featuring diminutive artOFF-TRACK SATURDAY SALE baritone saxophone - at St. The Off Track Gallery Michael’s by-the-Sea Epis- American artists during works, as varied in theme artists, 937 S. Coast High- copal Church, 2775 Carls- Native American Heri- as they are in style, no bigway, Suite C-103, Encinitas bad Blvd., Carlsbad every tage Month is being held ger than 12-inches-by-12are offering artworks at up Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. through Nov. 30 at EC Gal- inches, in fiber, ceramic, to 30% off on Small Busi- It is performed outside on leries, 212 S. Cedros Ave. miniature dioramas, art ness Saturday, Nov. 28. If the parish lawn, with masks #104, Solana Beach. This books, paintings and mixed presents media. you cannot come to the gal- and social distancing, and is Retrospective the artwork & sculpture lery, the gallery will come free to the public of Native American artists to you with its online store George Rivera, Raymond DEC. 2 for SDAG at OffTrackGal- CHRISTMAS WITH SWAMI The Shantipuri Friends Nordwall, LX Lewis, Naco- ESCONDIDO ART Foundation presents a na Burgess and Jeremy SwEscondido Arts PartChristmas Concert Celebra- entzell. nership is now showing NOV. 29 tion online at 10 a.m. Nov. 29, “Flor De Terciopelo” by JAZZ AT THE CHURCH with Swami Nirvanananda. DEC. 1 Aled Anaya, along with Art Tom Morey, surfing in- Visit or in Craft Media, a boutique novator, is playing drums for ART MINIATURES DISPLAY of fine functional art at 262 The Escondido Munici- E. Grand Ave., Escondido with Dene Davidson's Cool more information.

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Connielou Caldwell of Leucadia, born July 5th, 1937, wasn’t perfect. Who is? But she would have given you or anyone the shirt off her back. She never knew a stranger and was always happy to chat as if she’d known you forever. Her uproarious stories were frankly legendary. She fiercely loved her neighbors and vise versa. And what a worker she was. Though she never graduated college or was formally

trained, she always had a job and put her all into it. Before retirement, Connielou was a teacher’s aide for special needs children at Torrey Pines High School. Helping her students make it through the day, was the delight of her life. God and church were her other devotion. Her Bible and knees were well-worn. She enjoyed participating in the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 416 and was honored to serve as President and Chaplain for several years. She created beautiful prayer books containing devotional and other inspirational material. She was even happy to accept awards and recognition for her Auxiliary work. But perhaps Connielou’s greatest accomplishment was never giving up on family members, no matter how far we roamed. She was always there, helping, supporting, giving, and waiting with

open arms. And sooner or later, we always seemed to find our way home. Now at 83, Connielou Caldwell has found her way home. So I ask you, who needs perfection after all? She was adored by her husband, Charles K. Caldwell, of “Caldwell Antiques,” who passed on before her, and by all of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. During this time of COVID, in leu of a traditional memorial service, the family will gather one bright, sunny day and celebrate her life by the ocean she loved. Did I mention she once doubled for Sophia Loren in a diving scene? She was chosen out of 200 other young women to swim underwater and gather sea sponges. That was our beautiful mother. Afterward, we’ll enjoy what Connielou talked about and looked forward to most every day—a wonderful meal. It will be perfect. Love you, Mom!

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don’t feel sheepish about looking to spend more time with that special person during the upcoming holidays. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Never mind letting misunderstandings repair themselves. Consider speaking up while the healing process can be shorter and sweeter and leave fewer scars. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Romance is easily awakened in the Geminian heart, especially around the happy holiday season. So go ahead and make those plans with that special someone. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Moon Children can glow with their own inner light as the holiday season magic takes hold. It’s a very special time for Cancers and Libras together. Enjoy. LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s a good time for you fabulous Felines to take pleasure in your special gift for, well, taking pleasure! Look for this holiday season to give you every reason to purr. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time to let others who are in your life get a little closer to you. You’ll both find out what you’ve been missing for far too long. TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Open up your eyes and see some welcome surprises you’ve missed or overlooked for too long. What you find can lead to other favorable changes. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) What you expect to be potentially troublesome might simply be especially challenging and well worth your efforts to check out. Good luck! SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A friendship might not seem as trustworthy as you’d like. OK. Ask your questions, get your answers and settle the matter once and for all. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A family situation moves into a new area because of (or, maybe, thanks to) some decisions you might have felt you could not avoid making. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You could be cutting it very close if you hope to make those holiday plan changes in time to avoid problems. Get a friend or family member to help. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Friends show how important you are to them. Keep these precious relationships thriving. They affect much that will happen to the fabulous Fish in the new year. BORN THIS WEEK: Time spent at home alone nurtures your mystic self. Spending your time with others nurtures them. © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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