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By Steve Horn


NOV. 29, 2019

Study: Palomar at ‘high risk’ of insolvency

Board amends Newland Sierra ballot measure REGION — In a 3-2 tally, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Nov. 19 in favor of amended language for a contested ballot measure centering around a long-contested North County housing project. Unless successfully legally challenged, the new language will now be voted on by the county’s electorate on March 3. The project, Newland Sierra, was originally approved by the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 26, 2018, in a 4-0 vote. Just weeks after that vote, though, opponents of the project gathered the legally required number of signatures they needed to put a referendum item in opposition to the project on the ballot. But the language of that ballot measure came under question by its opponents, namely Newland Sierra, in the aftermath of polling work done by the developer. In response to the findings, the company’s legal team wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors on July 31 requesting a language change under threat of legal action. The Board of Supervisors would a week later hold a closed session meeting and vote on the amended language options on Aug. 6 in response to that letter. The agenda for that day’s meeting lists the agenda item as "Conference with Legal Counsel — Anticipated Litigation," with no other details offered. To those present at the Nov. 19 meeting, the ballot measure seemingly came at the proverbial 11th hour. One attorney present on behalf of proponents of the initial ballot measure language even called the arrival of the language change “weird” during the public comments portion of the meeting. But Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, a Republican who represents large sections of coastal and inland North County, said that this was

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SAN MARCOS — At its Nov. 12 meeting, spanning over four hours in length, Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team Deputy Executive Officer Michelle Giacomini said that Palomar College faces a “high risk” of fiscal insolvency. Presenting the results of a six-week analysis done by the state agency to assess financial risks faced by the college, Giacomini displayed FCMAT’s findings in front of the Palomar College Governing Board and an overflow crowd which poured into an outside seating area and library audio room set up to accommodate the large audience. She said the college now faces “tough questions” in the months ahead as it attempts to steer its economic ship in a different direction. FCMAT is a state agency which does fiscal risk analyses at K-12 public schools and community colleges. Giacomini served as the overseer for FCMAT’s analysis for Palomar College. Calling the fiscal health risk analysis “one of the fastest I've ever done,” Giacomini lauded the college’s staff for quickly transmitting documents over to her and FCMAT staff to complete the inquiry. She also called the college “brave” for putting itself through the ringer of the analysis. Giacomini added that she thought that might signify that the college may not face much fiscal danger. But Giacomini thought wrong, she said, pointing to the college’s $12 million financial deficit “That's concerning and usually I trust my gut reaction more,” she said. “And it was wrong.” For the fiscal health risk analysis report, Palomar College earned a score of 44.5%. For FCMAT, a score of 40% or higher connotes facing a “high risk” of driving off the fiscal cliff. “At the current pace, salary and benefit costs will consume 100% of the unrestricted general fund revenues in three years,” reads the FCMAT report. “In two years, the district will have consumed all reserves and will be forced to borrow $6.5 million from an external source to remain solvent. The district has now



STUNT DOGS SOAR IN ESCONDIDO Suhey Perondi, part of the husband-wife team that runs Stunt Dog Experience, with one of the stars of the show, which came to the California Center for the Arts for two performances this month. STORY ON PAGE 13. Courtesy photo

Scammers gear up for Cyber Monday By Tawny McCray

REGION — Cyber Monday is around the corner and with the recent email scam that affected 300 million Amazon customers, it’s important to know how to safely navigate shopping online. Mark Cristobal, who with his wife Mary Ann, owns CMIT Solutions, which serves Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, said last month’s Amazon swindle was a fresh spin on the tried-and-true email scam. “Phishing messages that appeared to be legitimate notifications from the online retail

giant attempted to trick users into sharing their account credentials, private logins, and financial information,” Cristobal said. “The fake requests required a response within 24 hours, threatening to permanently disable access to Amazon if they weren’t met.” Cristobal said that extra push worked, tricking thousands of unsuspecting users into clicking an “Update Now” button embedded in the email. That then led to a convincing simulation of Amazon’s login page, which asked for account name and password followed by name, address, city, state,

ZIP code, phone number and date of birth. From there, users were prompted to enter their credit card or bank account information as a final form of identify confirmation, which led to an automatic logout and redirect to the real Amazon website. “It’s a classic phishing scenario, one that is repeated time and time again with minor variations on different platforms and websites,” he said. “But it’s also one that you, your colleagues, and your company can avoid with planning, communication, and cybersecurity education.” Cristobal said he


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Vista in the black as FY 18-19 ends By Steve Puterski


San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones was on hand Nov. 13 to honor youngsters for their free throw shooting skills. The winners, from left, were Owen Craig, Adan Gonzales, Jonathan Hernandez, James Peoples, Alex Louie, Erin Murphy, Carlin Murphy and Ximena Oltean. Boys and girls ages 8 to 13 competed for trophies and other prizes provided by the Vista Elks Lodge 1968. Kids from the San Marcos Boys & Girls Club and from club teams practicing at the Corky Smith Gym took home trophies. Winners will compete in the district competition at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas on Jan. 11. Courtesy photo




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VISTA — The city had a strong financial fiscal year in 2018-19, netting a $4.5 million surplus and giving the City Council some room to address other areas such as its General Fund reserve account. Vista Treasurer Mike Sylvia reported the good news to the council during its Nov. 12 meeting, covering the 2018-19 fourth quarter financial report. He said the city’s main revenue sources are property and sales taxes, which increased by 2.7% and 2%, respectively, Sylvia said. The final amounts received for the year for property tax revenues totaled $23,190,885 or 2.7% above budget projections. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, actual sales tax receipts also exceeded projections by 2%. However, the total was a 3.2% decrease ($18,081,904) when compared to the prior fiscal year ($18,691,650), according to the staff report. The decline is primarily due to the loss of a single business, which was not named, which contributed a large portion of sales tax revenues. One goal for the council has been to increase its General Fund reserve account to 35%, and each year the council has steadily climbed the ladder. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby said the city’s reserve account was “in the single digits” after she was first elected. Now, the account has $23.6 million, or 31%, after the council approved more than $1.8 million be directed to reserves. “We are in a good position and are steadily increasing our reserves,” Rigby said. “This is money our taxpayers have worked very, very hard to earn for us.” Councilman John Franklin said the city’s up-

ward trajectory has it in good position for when the next economic downturn hits. General Fund expenditures projections for all city departments came in under budget, Sylvia said. “I fully advocate that we continue to go down the road we are so when the rainy day comes, we’re prepared,” he added. “I think we all want to end the year with a surplus.” Outside revenue sources totaled $86,780,197, Sylvia said, with a total of $88,264,042 available to the General Fund. Still, City Manager Patrick Johnson said there are other revenue increases and will be evaluated next quarter. “We will make a request to increase those revenues,” he added. The valuation of building permits issued in Vista (July 2018 through June 2019) for residential units totaled $121,187,885 for 634 residential units, as compared to the prior year of $31,635,392 for 241 residential units. The valuation of building permits issued for new non-residential buildings totaled $13,683,292 for 24 buildings for the fiscal year. This is compared to $8,447,531 for 36 buildings for the same period last year. As of June 2019, the city of Vista’s labor force was 45,106 with 43,467 employed, giving Vista an unemployment rate of 3.6%. In June 2018, the Vista unemployment rate was 3.9%. Single Family Detached (SFD) median home prices in Vista zip codes increased 1.6% in June 2019 to $558,750, compared to $550,000 in June 2018. Single Family Attached (SFA) median home prices in Vista zip codes increased 9.7% to $364,000 in June 2019 compared to $331,750 in June 2018.

Info sought after bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver ESCONDIDO — A 36-year-old bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Escondido, police said Nov. 24. The collision happened at 11:52 a.m. Nov. 23 on La Honda Drive, a mile from Daley Ranch Road, Sgt. Ryan Fien of the Escondido Police Department said. The 36-year-old man was riding south on La Honda Drive and collided head on with a dark-colored Toyota sedan, which was driving north on La Honda Drive,

said Lt. Scott Walters of the Escondido Police Department. The bicyclist, who suffered multiple traumatic injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene, Walters said. The dark-colored Toyota sedan was later recovered in the 600 block of Aster Street, he said. Escondido police asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at 760839-4465. — City News Service

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Casa de Amparo to collect gifts for over 1,000 kids By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — The statistics are staggering: Roughly 1,900 American children are victims of abuse or neglect every day. In San Diego County, more than 40,000 children have reported abuse or neglect in a single year. That data, provided by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Child Welfare, is what drives the mission of longtime, San Marcos-based nonprofit Casa de Amparo. This December, the nonprofit, which was created in 1978, hopes the public will support its efforts in bringing holiday cheer to the more than 1,000 children and 750 families it serves in North County. “With every holiday gift, we strive to bring hope and comfort to Casa kids who have experienced trauma throughout their lives,” Nicole Chandler, public relations and marketing specialist for Casa de Amparo, said. “Our drive is unique because community members have the opportunity to respond to a wish list that includes items specific to a youth served in our programs.” Casa de Amparo hopes to collect an array of brand-new items for their children and families, ranging from cleaning supplies to kitchen appliances to baby gear such as car seats and highchairs. The nonprofit will also need wrapping paper, bows and tape to gift the items. However, public support is crucial for making the wish list a reality for the children and families in need, Chandler said. “It takes a community to raise a child — especially children who have experienced trauma and may not have the opportunity to spend the holidays with their family,” Chandler said. “Community support is crucial to helping these youth feel cared for, safe and special during the holidays and throughout the year. Support from

Annual Winterfest set for Vista Dec. 8 By Lucia Viti

CASA DE AMPARO, a longtime San Marcos nonprofit, is accepting holiday gifts to give to children recovering from abuse or neglect. Courtesy photo

the community helps our youth understand that there are individuals who care about their lives and ensuring they have positive childhood experiences.” Chandler said the nonprofit has several programs catered to pregnant women up to 25-year-old adults who have experienced abuse or neglect. Programs include a 24-hour residential care and therapeutic services, subsidized housing and foster care support to help individuals achieve independence. “Each of Casa de Amparo’s programs address and respond to mental health concerns and ensures youth and their families receive access to physical and mental health care,” Chandler said. Through the years, individuals who have received assistance from Casa de Amparo have gone on to graduate from high school, attend higher education institutions or enter the workforce, Chandler said. Alyssa Sandoval, an administrative assistant at Casa de Amparo, said she has been inspired by the program’s

participants since joining Casa de Amparo four years ago. “I admire these children because they are strong and continue to grow stronger every day, despite these setbacks,” Sandoval said. “Our hope is to make a hard situation, a little bit easier for them because all the children here are part of our family and we want to make sure they know that as well.” But public support is crucial — not just during the holidays — throughout the year as well. “Public support is very important because we can’t do it all on our own,” Sandoval said. “The generous donations and support from the community allows us to support these children who have been affected by child abuse and neglect. It is our job as an agency and community to give them the support and love they need.” Casa de Amparo will accept holiday gifts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19 at 250 North City Drive #9, San Marcos, CA 92078. For more information, go to or email

VISTA — Discover Vista will kick off its annual Winterfest — an afternoon replete with holiday festivities — through historic downtown from 2 to 7 p.m. Dec.8. Touting its theme, “A SoCal Christmas,” the event, now in its eighth year, will be jam-packed with entertainment for the entire family. “The magic of the holidays start in Vista Village,” said Stephanie Morris, community coordinator of Discover Vista. “Think sunshine, sunglasses, flipflops, palm trees, everything that’s about the SoCal vibe to be enjoyed in Vista.” Mr. Elvis will emcee an afternoon of holiday reverie between two stages filled with live music, Christmas choirs, carolers and school presentations. An ornament painting station, a wreath-making booth plus a plus popcorn stringing in the Cinépolis Vista will be among the many on-site activities. Santa and a mariachi band will roam among the many vendors selling holiday wares. The best tamale — ever! — making contest and an ugly sweater contest will take place between a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, holiday movies and a full holiday bazaar. The Young Marines

will present the American flag, sing the National Anthem and orate America’s Pledge of Allegiance Discover Vista is a nonprofit that began as the Vista Village Business Association more than 40 years ago. Today, the entity works as a team of five volunteers “fueled by a passion to invigorate Vista’s historic Downtown, the Village and the Cinépolis Plaza.” “We’ve worked to form a tight-knit community of amazing people, activities and public events to collaborate with businesses and property owners to revitalize our growing community,” said Morris. “We are team players and collaborators who invite everyone to get involved.” Morris said that in their continuing efforts to support local charities, Winterfest 2019 will benefit Got Your Back San Diego, a nonprofit North County organization that provides weekend food assistance — in backpacks _ to children who lack a reliable access to a sufficient amount of nutritious food. “We’re asking everyone to please bring a nonperishable food item to Winterfest to support this outstanding charity,’ said Morris. Visit for more Winterfest information.






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Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

Can money, new dwellings stem homelessness in state?


Understanding the powerful CPUC By Marie Waldron

California has many powerful state agencies that impact the lives of millions. One of the most powerful, but perhaps less known or understood, is the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC was created in 1911 after a constitutional amendment was approved by voters to reorganize the Railroad Commission, which was established decades earlier to regulate the state’s powerful railroad industry. In 1912, the Legislature passed the Public Utilities Act, expanding Railroad Commission authority to regulate utilities such as gas, electric and telephone companies. In 1946, voters approved renaming the Railroad Commission the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC has sole authority to establish rates charged by investor-owned utilities under its authority through its “revenue requirement,” based on the costs of maintaining, operating and financing utility operations. This requirement is the basis for determining rates paid by customers. CPUC responsibility extends beyond utility rates. For example, the Safety and Enforcement Division oversees safety requirements for rail crossings, private carriers including charter bus lines, limousines, and companies like Uber and Lyft. The CPUC’s five commissioners, who must be approved by the Senate, are appointed by the Governor

to staggered six-year terms. Currently, three of the five commissioners were appointed by Gov. Brown, and the remaining two, including President Marybel Batjer, were appointed by Gov. Newsom. CPUC authority does not extend to government-run utilities and common carriers. Many transit agencies, such as the North County Transit District or the Riverside Transit Agency are not regulated by the CPUC, though they must follow certain CPUC regulations. The CPUC also has authority over many state programs and initiatives including the California Solar Initiative, greenhouse gas emission standards, zero net energy goals for new construction, and many more. If you have questions or concerns about utility-related issues, visit the CPUC’s website at

remains one of my highest priorities in Sacramento. Earlier this year, I was honored that the National Federation of Independent Businesses recognized me as a “Guardian of Small Business” for my work supporting California’s entrepreneurs. California’s small businesses employ over 7 million people, and make up over 95% of all businesses in this region. Earlier this month, the California Chamber of Commerce issued its annual legislative report for the first half of the 2019-2020 legislative session. CalChamber identified 20 priority bills that would have a major positive or negative impact on our economy. I am very pleased to report that I joined just six other Assemblymembers who achieved a 100% score for our votes to support business and jobs in our state. The surest path to prosperity for anyone is through a secure, well-paying job. Our state has a lot going for it — after all, we’re the world’s fifth largest economy. On the other hand, we also have the highest poverty rate in the country, which means there’s a lot more we can be doing to encourage business formation and retention, and to attract more businesses to our state so those jobs will be available.

Supporting people, jobs My husband and I have owned our small retail business for over 25 years. The problems we encountered running that business were some of the primary reasons I first ran for public office. Since joining the Legislature, I have supported a wide range of legislation that would stimulate business formation and provide greater employment opportunities, more workAssembly Republican force training and greater Leader Marie Waldron, job growth. Reducing burR-Escondido, represents the densome regulations and 75th Assembly District in the needless bureaucracy also California Legislature.

Letter to Editor: It’s time to lower drug prices Dear The Coast News, I'm an American citizen and veteran. I find it appalling that this issue hasn't been resolved. How many letters do you need from people who appointed you to uphold the law and the office that you now reside in? You were chosen because we expected you to hear and protect us (the people). In your heart you know that the high prices of prescription drugs are wrong in every aspect. Many lives

depend on medication and many can't afford them. Why has it come to be where monetary gain for pharmaceutical companies values more than a human life. What has our USA become? It's no longer a place that people from all over the world consider to be an American dream and that opportunity to be whatever you want to be is achievable. People who have made this country what it used

to be, sacrificed their lives for a better America so that their families could have a better life, today can't even afford the medicine to give them life. Let’s hope their losses and sacrifices weren't in vain. I hope and pray that you all who have the power to change things for the better, find it in your heart to do so. God bless. Howard Cooper Vista

alifornians are about to find out whether money and new apartment-style dwellings can do much about the state’s expanding and seemingly intransigent problem with homelessness. As ad hoc encampments proliferate, featuring everything from small pop tents to excrement in the streets and chop shops where parts are taken from stolen bicycles and sold, politicians have begun throwing money at the depressing scene. The newest state budget allocates $650 million to local governments for helping the homeless, while another $1.7 billion-plus is earmarked for drug and mental health treatment and other homeless services. Los Angeles alone has more than 10,000 new rooms under construction or in the planning phase for use by the currently homeless. There’s little doubt about the severity of the problem or its causes, ranging from job losses to recent prison releases, low wages, drug addiction, alcoholism, family disputes, rent increases, domestic violence and mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorders affecting war veterans. The scope is enormous. Of the more than 570,000 people sleeping in American streets, cars or other places unsuited for human habitation, more than 114,000 are in California. That puts one-fifth of homeless Americans here, while the state has only a bit more than 10% of the national populace. So far, providing small dwelling units for them has not solved the problem. Said one city official in the homeless mecca of Santa Monica, “For every one we

california focus thomas d. elias manage to house, two more will arrive shortly after.” Or, as a member of the state’s new commission to investigate homelessness remarked in a radio interview, “If we house 33 people in new units, another 150 will arrive on the streets the next day.” The problem drew tweeted attention from President Trump, who caught sight of a couple of homeless encampments as his motorcade drove last fall from a helicopter at the Santa Monica Airport to several Los Angeles fund-raisers. He saw others on a fund-raising visit to San Francisco. Trump blasted state and local officials, mostly because almost all are Democrats who usually oppose him. Meanwhile, he proposes reducing the federal investment in housing vouchers which are probably the foremost tool cities and counties can use to provide private space for the unhoused, many of whom shy away from mass homeless shelters lacking privacy or partitions. And yes, California’s state and local investment in fighting homelessness amounts to more than onethird of the $6 billion the federal government spends on the problem. City and county officials here say their problem could be eased considerably if Trump and Housing Secretary Ben Carson provide 50,000 new rent vouchers through two existing programs. A letter to Trump from Gov. Gavin Newsom and other California officials after Trump’s blast

at the state’s homelessness also suggested the value of vouchers should be upped because of high rents. Newsom asserted those vouchers could “eliminate veteran homelessness in the state,” where about 15,000 former military personnel sleep outside or in cars every night. So far, no response from Trump, who appears preoccupied with staving off impeachment. The Department of Housing and Urban Development also did not respond. So as winter approaches, there is no significant relief in sight for the homeless, despite all the state tax dollars being spent and a new state law exempting proposed developments to house the homeless from environmental reviews until 2025. Lest Californians rely on the urban myth that most of the homeless prefer to stay that way, one recent study showed that 34% of them say their problem would be solved with employment assistance and another 31% say all it would take to get them inside is substantial help paying rent. Without doubt, some state money now going to cities and counties will go to rent subsidies. But it’s uncertain that will be enough. No one knows how many of the homeless will want to move into new housing if it looks like dormitories or barracks. No one knows how many will agree to drug or mental health treatment, problems that together afflict almost half the current homeless. Which suggests all the new money may help a bit, but probably won’t rid the landscape of many current scruffy encampments. Email Thomas Elias at

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North County Food Bank holding open house for new Vista home By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Just in time for the holidays, the San Diego Food Bank is ready to unveil its crown jewel in North County. The food bank is hosting an open house Dec. 5 for its new 30,000-square-foot facility at 1445 Engineer Street, Suite 110. The event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable items or cash donations. The new facility is a major upgrade for North County and the San Diego Food Bank, CEO Jim Floros said. Previously, the North County Food Bank was housed in a 5,000-square-foot building, lacking the capability for expansion and more robust services, he added. “We are so excited … and the amount support we’ve gotten from the North County community has been remarkable,” he said. “They’ve embraced the fact that they have their own food bank.” Four years ago, the SDFB acquired the North County Food Bank in San Marcos from North County Community Services. Floros called it “the friendliest acquisition of all time,” also noting the SDFB saw the need for a hub to reach more people and nonprofit partners. SDFB’s hub is located on Miramar Road in San Diego, which was a hardship for the more than 100 nonprofits dependent on the food bank, he said. Concurrently, Floros and his operation had a big vision for North County, along with SDFB, and moving into a larger facility was a must. There were several issues with the San Marcos facility including no loading docks and refrigeration units too small to fit pallets through. “How am I going to do a million more pounds of fresh produce in North County with refrigeration you can’t even put a pallet through?” Floros asked rhetorically. “It took a little bit longer than anticipated and we had to line up our funding.” It took about a year after the acquisition to find a location, which is a temporary “resting” place for the next three years, he added. The vision, Floros said, is to find another location, which he said would be a “megafacility” for North County, rounding out the SDFB’s three-phase plan dubbed the North County Hunger Initiative. Perishable donations from the public, though, cannot be accepted due to health and safety concerns and regulations, Floros said. The final hub, he said, will include wrap-around services in addition to distributing food. The Vista facility will allow the food bank to push much more produce, along with having the appropriate refrigeration for frozen foods. “We can do way more fresh produce, frozen products and serve more people,” Floros said. “We wanted to capitalize, we wanted people during the holidays

when everybody is focused on hunger. We wanted North County residents to know that the North County Food Bank is stepping up to the plate.” Chris Carter, vice president of communications for the SDFB, said the Vista facility, which was leased for three years, allows for more fresh food. Additionally, it will also house the regional diaper bank to provide for low-in-

come families. As for Dec. 5, Carter said the open house is designed to introduce the new initiative and facility to the community, as elected leaders, nonprofits and others have been invited, although it is open to the public as well. “We really want to encourage businesses to come and volunteer at the facility,” he added. “We want to try and get more engagement with the community.”

THE NORTH COUNTY Food Bank will celebrates its new 30,000-squarefoot facility at 1445 Engineer Street, Suite 110 in Vista with an open house on Dec. 5. Photo by Steve Puterski


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vendor showcase featuring artisanal businesses selling creative, hand-crafted Know something that’s going products ranging from jewon? Send it to calendar@ elry to home goods, flowers and succulents, woodwork, clothing, accessories, bath and body products, paper goods and art. To learn more ADOPT FAMILY AT HOLIDAYS visit Shop Local Oceanside North County Lifeline or call (760)-754-4512. will once again sponsor its holiday “Adopt-a-Family” WIZARD’S BEERFEST event. You can sponsor a Taking over Del Mar family in with coworkers, Fairgrounds & Racetrack family, church, neighbors from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. and groups. Sign up at 30 is The Wizards Beerfest Deliv- with live music and perforer gifts or mail gift cards mances, and food vendors. to North County Lifeline, Tickets at Adopt-a-Family program, the-wizards-beerfest-tick200 Michigan Ave., Vis- ets-75237672905?ff=eds&ta or call (760) 842-6254. discount=sdville. The North County Lifeline is a fairgrounds will be transcommunity-based human formed into the wizarding services organization that universe of Harry Potter serves low-income and un- with attendees dressed as derserved populations in their favorite wizard. There San Diego County. will be beer and photo opportunities including the Grand Hat, who can give participants their wizard SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY name and house affiliation. Carlsbad Village Association has holiday events planned starting with Small Business Saturday FOOD FOR FINES from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Pay off library fines the Musical Kickoff To The with canned food through Holidays from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Escondido Nov. 30 in downtown Carls- Public Library, 239 S. Kalbad at the Village Faire mia St., Escondido. Clear Shopping Center Court- up to $20 in fines from liyard, 300 Carlsbad Village brary accounts by donating Drive, Carlsbad. non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged food. Each MERRY MAKERS FAIR food item counts as $1 toMainstreet Oceanside ward reducing fines. The kicks off the holidays with food is donated to Escondiits Merry Makers Fair from do’s Interfaith Community 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Services and distributed Dec. 1. The Merry Makers to local needy families. All Fair is a two-day pop-up donations must be given


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Snow Princess (Dec. 26 through Dec. 30), a twinkling light tunnel, holiday crafts, a scavenger hunt, a real snow play area, food truck court, holiday shopping bazaar plus hot chocGOP WOMEN OF CALIFORNIA olate, coffee and hot apple There will be decora- cider. tions, opportunity drawing baskets and items for sale, along with speaker Mark Meuser, former candidate ALL ABOUT ORCHIDS for Secretary of State at the Chuck McClung, a local Republican Women Of Cal- botanist, gardening consulifornia – San Marcos club tant will speak to the Vista meeting at 11 a.m. Dec. 2 Garden Club on orchid care at St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 6 in the San Pablo Drive, Lake San Azalea Room at the Gloria Marcos. Mail or deliver McClellan Senior Center, check for $30 made payable 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, to RWC-SM to Susie Glass, Vista. Fingertip lunch is at e-mail noon followed by business or call (760) 473-6855 by meeting at 12:30 p.m., and Nov. 27. program at 1:45 p.m. Visit or Vistagardenclub@ GOLF FOR AINSLEY’S ANGELS e-mail Come join the second for more inforannual golf tournament, mation. silent auction and banquet to benefit the mission of UGLY SWEATER LUNCH Ainsley’s Angels of AmerThe Gloria McClellan ica in Southern California, Center will hold an “Ugly starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 Sweater Luncheon” at 11 at Shadowridge Golf Club, a.m. Dec. 6, at 1400 Vale 1980 Gateway Drive, Vis- Terrace Drive in Vista. ta. Register at https://ains- Lunch served at noon. gested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reserve by 1 p.m. one day prior at (760) 643BOTANIC WONDERLAND San Diego Botanic Gar- 5288. den presents Botanic Wonderland: Holiday Nights in the Garden 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays HOLIDAY PARADE TIME beginning Dec. 3 until Dec. It’s time again for En30. there will be a beer and cinitas’ favorite holiday wine garden, musical light tradition, the Encinitas show, kids’ fun zone with Holiday Parade with floats, nightly “snowfall,” visits on foot, in cars, and marchwith Santa, visits with the ing in bands, stepping off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 along Coast Highway 101. The parade entries will roll, march, cycle, scoot and cruise down

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reached a point at which it is not possible to solve its fiscal distress through enrollment growth and related revenue increases.” FCMAT also wrote in the report that the college missed the boat on boosting enrollment over a decade ago, and now will need to find other ways to balance the budget. The alternative is reaching insolvency, which means the school would face a state takeover. Further, FCMAT calls for faculty, staff, administrators and the Board of Governors all to sit at the table and hash out the hard decisions ahead. “Sustainable change will require that the entire district make a major paradigm and cultural shift in the manner in which it administers and manages its financial resources in all segments of the institution,” the report reads. “For the district to remedy its current financial condition, it will require contributions, input and solutions from all, with a focus on finding and implementing solutions.” Responding to the report, Palomar College President Joi Lin indicated potential “health and welfare” cuts for faculty and staff. “During times of transition like these, an organization can expect an uprising

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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido with its free Winter Wonderland Festival at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lyric Court, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and rendezvous with CHRISTMAS COMES TO VISTA live reindeer, Santa Claus The Vista Chamber and carolers, stilt walkers of Commerce presents the and storybook princesses, 62nd annual Christmas along with food trucks. Parade 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, in downtown Vista. This year’s theme is “A SoCal Christmas” with march- HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR ing bands, cheerleaders, The Vista Communihorses, children’s schools ty Clinic annual Holiday and clubs, car clubs, floats, Homes Tour will be Dec. Star Wars characters, mas- 8. This will mark the 33rd cots and Santa Claus on a year the event, a benefit fire engine. The route will for the VCC Kare for Kids travel Civic Center Drive, Fund to provide medical to Eucalyptus, to Santa Fe, services to underprivileged and to Main Street, ending children. Tickets to the tour in front of the Wave Water- are $25 in advance and $30 park. on the day of the tour. To purchase tickets, visit vcc. ‘HARRY POTTER’ MAGIC org or call (760) 631-5000 , Join in with Harry Pot- ext. 1139. ter’s “I’ve Got the Magic in Me” at the Oceanside Public Library at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Civic Center JINGLE & MINGLE Library, 330 N. Coast HighCommunity Resource way, Oceanside. Enjoy a Center’s Jingle & Mingle free Harry Potter-inspired 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the theatrical performance Del Mar Fairgrounds Help by the El Camino High make spirits bright for famSchool Drama Department, ilies in need during our Seathen personalize a wand, son of Hope. Join CRC for get sorted into a Hogwarts this festive fundraiser feahouse, and learn about turing: Behind-the-scenes potions and herbology, tours of Holiday Baskets, defense against the dark Music from DJ Darchon, arts and care of magical Festive food & drink, Rafcreatures. This program fle with great prizes.

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of emotion and criticism by those most impacted by the potential changes,” said Blake in a press statement shared with The Coast News. “We, as a College, must initiate immediate changes that will positively impact our fiscal health.” Beyond the publishing of the FCMAT report and accompanying presentation, the Governing Board meeting also featured the presentations of two “vote of no confidence” resolutions calling for the ouster of Blake. One of them was voted on by the Faculty Senate at its Nov. 4 meeting, while the other was presented and read for the first time by Anel Gonzalez, president council of Classified Employees Local 4522, a union representing the college’s staff members. Blake responded at the meeting by saying she “gets it,” further stating that the college’s economic situation has forced her to lead in a way not always popular among faculty and staff. “I understand why you don’t have confidence in my leadership,” she said. “Because, you know what, I would be derelict in my responsibilities as CEO of this college if I continue the practices that we have engaged in over the last decade.” Blake added that Palomar has “one of the richest health and welfare packag-

es in the state of California for employees,” that “action has to be taken immediately” and that she is “unapologetic for the decisions” she has made leading up to the FCMAT report. But Governing Board member Nina Deerfield offered a rejoinder to this notion. “I feel like cuts and fiscal responsibility should start at the top and not at the bottom, which is what it feels like we’re doing.” she said to applause. Rocco Versaci, an English professor at Palomar College and active member of the Palomar Faculty Federation union, agrees with Deerfield. “President Blake’s fingerprints are all over our financial woes — even the issue of salaries: any budgetary spike in that area has much to do with the fact that President Blake authorized the hiring of thirty-five faculty members above what the school was obligated to hire, to the tune of an additional $3.9M,” he wrote on the faculty advocacy blog Palomar Files. “There’s a narrative at work here, and it’s one that’s all too familiar in corporate America: a CEO runs a company into the ground and the workers both get blamed and pay for it.” The Governing Board will convene again on Dec. 10.


support for college staffing and counseling for Marines in training, as well as internet hot spots and laptop carts for classrooms at Business news and special Camp Pendleton and Twenachievements for North San Diego County. Send information tynine Palms. via email to community@ PATAGONIA BACKS PRESERVE The Escondido Creek THE GIFT OF LIFE Conservancy was awarded The holidays are a busy $8,000 from Patagonia to time of year, but the Amer- help with the restoration ican Red Cross is mak- of the 693-acre Mountain ing it easy and rewarding Meadow Preserve. The Prethrough Dec. 18 to give the serve was acquired in 2018 most important gift on some as part of the Conservancy’s patients’ wish list – a life- Save 1000 Acres campaign, saving blood donation. In and is owned by San Diego thanks, the Red Cross will County Parks & Recreation give you a $5 and the Conservancy, but Gift Card via e-mail, cour- managed by the Consertesy of Suburban Propane. vancy. Patagonia funded, Make an appointment on- Growing the Future, a volline at, unteer-powered native seed or by calling (800) 733-2767. collecting, processing, and storing operation to initiate GRAND OPENING restoration on degraded agCoast Highway Trading ricultural lands at the Precelebrates a Grand Opening serve. from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at 530 S. Coast Highway, Encini- CSUSM VOLLEYBALL SHINES tas. They will be providing Cal State San Marcos food and drink, Pura Vida volleyball's Olivia Aguilar, bracelet giveaways, live Grecia Cordero-Barr, Madmusic by local musicians, dy Newcombe and Emily and a raffle with prizes. Vander Weide were each named All-California ColAMTRAK HOLIDAY CHANGES legiate Athletic Association Coinciding with the (CCAA) honorees Nov. 11. Thanksgiving holiday Aguilar, Cordero-Barr and weekend, the North County Vander Weider each earned Transit District will offer second team honors while Day After Thanksgiving Newcombe was designated Service Nov. 29 and the as an honorable mention. Coaster will offer a Saturday service schedule. ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Sprinter, Breeze, Flex, and Bixby & Ball FurnishLift will offer a normal ser- ings at 214 S. Cedros Ave. vice schedule. There will in Solana Beach has invited be an Amtrak Rail 2 Rail artist Wade Koniakowsky Blackout: Amtrak Pacific to be their first Artist in Surfliner trains will not ac- Residence. See his work at cept Coaster fare through Dec. 2. During this time, Coaster passengers that HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS utilize the R2R program The week of Nov. 18, will need to purchase Am- Helen Woodward Animal trak fare for Amtrak trains. Center celebrated the Blue Check Buffalo Home 4 the Holm ap s - s c he du le s / s c he d - idays campaign by welules/ or Rider’s Guide for coming rescue partners to accurate scheduling infor- receive holiday meals for mation during the holiday orphan pets. Nov. 21, Blue weekend. Buffalo, supplied nearly 230,000 pounds of dog and PALOMAR HELPS MARINES cat food to San Diego and As soon as next fall, New York City shelters. Marines at Camp Pendleton Since its start, Home 4 the will be able to articulate Holidays has helped place their classroom time in U.S. more than 16 million pets Marine Corps Sergeants (from over 4,000 participatSchool into Palomar College ing global rescue partners) credit, thanks to a $499,643 into loving homes. The progrant from the California gram seeks to encourage Apprenticeship Initiative. families to find their fourThe new program, known legged family members at as the Military Leadership a shelter, rather than a pet Apprenticeship, or MIL, store or breeder, during the will also secure for each holiday season when more Marine who enrolls 2,000 families choose to bring on-the-job training hours home a new pet. for their time in Sergeants School. The grant includes OMWD BEST PLACE TO WORK Olivenhain Municipal Water District has been named one of San Diego’s “Top Workplaces.” The recognition is provided to those San Diego County employers best demonstrating workplace excellence based on anonymous surveys completed by employees. OMWD employees frequently cited the meaningfulness of their work and OMWD’s spirit of innovation as leading drivers of their job satisfaction. Employees also celebrated OMWD’s high morale, values, ethics, interdepartmental coordination, open-mindedness, work-life balance, and engaged leaders.



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Vista nonprofit offers job assistance to vets By Stephanie Stang

VISTA — Hundreds of veterans are transitioning successfully into civilian life thanks to a newly created job assistance program based out of Vista. VetCTAP, which stands for Veteran Career Transition Assistance Program, recently received a prestigious grant. The Pillars of Freedom from the USS Midway Foundation grant is by invitation only and will continue to help meet the group’s mission of “preparing our heroes for today’s workplace,” Executive Director Janis Whitaker said. San Diego County has one of the highest veteran unemployment rates in the country and one of the highest veteran per capita demographics in the country as well (living and working here). For veterans with 10 years or more of military experience living in North County, the 5013c VetCTAP offers an eight-module workshop focusing on mock interviews, resume writing and social media profiling. “That particular population is overlooked, so if you were to look at other organizations — and there are about 250 of us that all serve veterans — we are the only organization that serve senior military,” Whitaker said. “People think, oh they don’t need the help but actually we are finding they need a lot of help.” It’s a common misconception that senior-level military professionals maintain active resumes or even have them at all. “You’d assume with so many skills these veterans would have decent resumes but that is so far from the truth,” Whitaker said. Although the military helps folks in the military

GRADUATION DAY: Recent VetCTAP graduates celebrate after completing a series of workshops. Courtesy photo

transition with a program called TAP, recent VetCTAP graduate Med Baheta said this was 10 times better. He found out about the workshops through a buddy. “I thought let me take this course and see what it’s about,” he said. “I’ll do anything that will help set up my future.” The supply officer was in the Marine Corp for 23 years and now works as a program manager for a defense contractor. He enlisted when he was 18 and never had to have a resume until recently. “They helped me draft my first one, brought people who worked in the corporate world and made recommendations,” he said. “It was a pretty in-depth class.” Carlos Gallardo, another Marine veteran, is re-

tiring in January and will soon work for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a supervisory agent. “Transitioning after a lengthy military career is a difficult thing to do — VetCTAP helped prepare me for the challenge,” he said. “Learning how to deal with the different aspects of career transition has been very beneficial for me and helped to ease the enormous amounts of anxiety that come with leaving military service.” “When we do the mock interviews and have them dressed up in suits and ties, they are scared to death,” Whitaker said. “They have the education and experience but lack the confidence to succeed during the interview process.” Many veterans have

dealt with millions of dollars of equipment, managed hundreds of people and had a high level of responsibility. However, walking away with confidence to enter the civilian workforce is possibly the biggest part of the equation in a successful program Whitaker said. Veterans are given the tools to succeed and overcome many roadblocks they didn’t know exist. VetCTAP was started by a human resource executive, who watched fellow veterans attempt to interview with inadequate resumes. Baheta said he encourages any senior veteran to look into the program. “If I hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have landed the job I’m in now, which I love,” he said.

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his year, the calendar was not kind to retailers; Thanksgiving came late, and that means that the traditional window of holiday shopping is shorter than usual. Of course, online shopping has changed traditions in oh-so-many ways, but what hasn’t changed is our penchant for procrastination and our anxiety over finding the perfect gift. If there are travelers on your list, perhaps these suggestions will help. Overnight Bag by Urban Originals The bag is the thing for travelers, even for those heading out for an overnight. Urban Originals offers this easily cleanable version in waxed canvas (“vegan leather”) that has three internal and three external pockets to hold

all those essentials. Has both a handle and detachable shoulder strap. $128. ht t ps : / / uobags .com / collections/travel-bags. Also available: the Moon Overnighter, slightly smaller and made of soft nylon material with vegan leather trim. $108 https://uobags. com/search?q=moon+nylon (Courtesy photo) Collapsible Outdoor Cooking Pot For backpackers, it’s all about weight, and this Collapsible Outdoor Cooking Pot by Bear Minimum will add little to the load. A marvel of engineering,

the pot snaps together for cooking, then folds flat so you can carry it in a pocket or backpack. The interior surface is durable Teflon and cleans easily, and the handle is fashioned of sturdy 550 paracord. Three sizes. Starts at $29.95. https://www.thegrommet. com /products / bear-mini mu m - col laps ible - outdoor-cooking-pot. (Courtesy photo) Archer & Olive Travel Journals Do something wild and retro next time you take a trip and keep a journal. Beautiful notebooks from

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Archer and Olive are made for recording memories, thoughts and impressions. The journals come in various sizes and colors. Each has dot grid pages, a pen holder, a band to keep the book closed, and two ribbons to mark the pages. And perhaps best of all, the journals lie flat. https:// collections /b6-signaturedot-grid-notebooks. (Courtesy photo) ‘A Transcontinental Affair’ Novelist Jodi Daynard takes us along on a ride from Boston to San Francisco in 1870 on the inau-

Wine Condoms Yes, you read that right. Wine Condoms are a funny but functional and effective way to protect that open bottle of wine when transporting it or just storing it in the frig. The 100%, food-grade latex cov-

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gural cross-country train trip. Those who can afford it spend their nights in the Pullman Hotel Express, luxurious passenger sleeping cars. Daynard gives us a sense of both the conveniences and dangers of 19th-century train travel through two women from different worlds who are brought together on this nine-day, history-making journey. The author has done her research and readers might do well to first

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‘Compass of the Ephemeral’ Attending Burning Man is on my bucket list, but in case I don’t make it, there’s “Compass of the Ephemeral,” a beautiful collection of photos and essays about the annual August communing of 70,000plus free spirits in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Author, artist, environmentalist and Burning Man co-founder Will Roger details the event’s origins, growth and the herculean effort it takes to stage the intense-but-ephemeral convergence. Roger’s breathtaking aerial photos provide perspective on the building of a city, then making it disappear. Burning Man is a place where “everyone is human . . . there is no class, no color,” Roger says. “You become family: human family, world family, global family.” https:// compassoftheephemeral. com. (Photo by Will Roger)

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Kids can’t stand it when Mom’s on the phone


need to consult a biography to be certain, but I have a hunch that when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, his children were already grown and gone. If there had been anyone in his house under the age of 10, he would have taken a sledgehammer to the revolutionary invention within a week and we would all still be tapping out Morse code. Before my children had even a tiny clue what this contraption was for, they reacted to it. I swear I could have had a one-way conversation with the blender, the toaster or my hairbrush, and my children would have merrily continued to drool and color on the walls. But the minute I picked up that telephone receiver, something began to happen to them. Their little heads snapped around and if their ears could prick up like a dog’s, I am certain they would have. Their eyes glazed over and they began that desperate chant of “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!” I might have just spent a full hour giving them my undivided attention, smoth-

small talk jean gillette ering them with kisses watching their somersaults, pushing them on the swing, reading books, whatever. The faint buzz of the dial tone must be like a screaming siren to those little ears. It somehow seems to say, “I have your mommy now and you may not get her back.” When they were toddlers, I could rationalize the behavior. Suddenly Mom is silent, or distracted with making words into this funny thing by her head. She is not looking at you anymore, not focusing on you for the moment. It’s a clear threat. But I am at a complete loss to explain why, seven years later, my daughter still reacts the same way. This is the child who refuses to let me interrupt her while she chats with her grandparents. She understands how annoying it is yet will blithely stroll up to me when I am

in the middle of a serious phone conversation and simply begin talking. If I wave her off, she simply talks more loudly. When I take a swipe at her, she just ducks deftly and becomes more insistent. A frenzy of body language and mouthed threats on my part go unnoticed. She refuses to recognize that my phone conversation, and the person on the other end of the line, might perhaps take precedence, even briefly, over her immediate needs. Before you presume she is simply a spoiled horror, I must add that the phrase, “Just a minute. I’m busy,” is my personal motto. When spoken firmly, under other circumstances, it will quiet her for a bit — unless I have that phone to my ear. This dilemma has set my hair on fire repeatedly during the past eight years, until I spoke with a clever fellow writer I bumped into recently. She has the ultimate child/phone challenge. She works at home — during the day. This means that her children are dancing on one leg and doing the “Mommy”

chant from across the room while she is trying to negotiate a business call with a calmly modulated tone of voice and professional manner. So, she told me, she has perfected what she calls “the slipper toss.” She first offers the standard series of various facial expressions and wild hand motions, but when those fail, she has developed the extraordinary skill of reaching down, silently pulling off her slipper and flinging it accurately at the offending youngster. This is done without so much as a ripple in her, “All right then, cut paragraph 4 and insert line 12, Page 3. Yes, Wednesday, March 4 at 3 p.m. would be splendid — thank you so very much.” As for me, I’m scouring the bottom of my closets for old slippers and reviewing trajectory skills from my skeet-shooting days. Go ahead, give me a call. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who might be responsible for passing on her impatient nature. Contact her at jean@

Suspect charged with killing Escondido man found in car trunk ESCONDIDO — A convicted sex offender was charged Nov. 20 with killing a man whose body was found wrapped in a tarp inside the trunk of an abandoned Lexus in Anaheim — and police said they found another kidnapping victim inside the suspect's home when they arrested him. Antonio Silva Lopez, 27, was charged with murder, along with a felony count of kidnapping for ransom-extortion or to commit

robbery or a sex crime, according to court records. Lopez is accused of killing Adrian Darren Bonar, 34, of Escondido, on Oct. 4, according to court records. Bonar's body was found inside the trunk of a Lexus that was discovered abandoned Oct. 17 on Santa Ana Canyon Road west of Gypsum Canyon Road, underneath the connector road of the Riverside (91) Freeway to Foothill (241) Toll Road. California Highway

Patrol officers were preparing to tow the car but found “suspicious” objects that led to the discovery of the body. Friends said Bonar served in the Army and was deployed to Iraq. Police said that when they arrested Lopez on Monday, he was allegedly holding another man for ransom, prompting the kidnapping charge against him. That alleged victim has

not been identified, and is referred to only as John Doe in the criminal complaint. Police said drugs and weapons were also found inside the home. According to court records, Lopez pleaded guilty in October 2014 to statutory rape of a 12-year-old female relative in Santa Ana and was sentenced to a year in jail, according to court records.

How to help Santa Claus answer his Christmas letters REGION — Every year, U.S. Post Offices receive thousands of letters addressed to Santa from children asking for everything from toys and gadgets to basic necessities and help for themselves or loved ones. Have you ever wondered what happens to those letters? Some Postal Service facilities have employees who respond to the letters with a handwritten response, signed by Santa. Others respond by purchasing gifts. Through USPS Operation Santa, the general public now has the opportunity to make someone’s holiday wishes come true.

When you go to, you can read the letters that Santa can’t get to and adopt a letter (or two!) that speaks to you. To adopt, you will be required to go through a short registration and ID verification process. Adoptions can be made online or in person. Right now, you have the option to adopt a letter on your own. But coming Dec. 4, you will be able to get friends, family, and co-workers involved when you adopt a letter as a team. Once you pick a letter, you can shop for gifts, pack them, and then ship them from any participating Post Office by Dec. 21.

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Plenty of local holiday cheer on tap craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


MOLLYDOOKER WINES’ Samantha Williams displays a bottle of The Boxer Shiraz. Photo by Frank Mangio

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ur commitment to our viewers is to bring “Smart Information to Your Table.” This also happens to be our tagline. One of ways that we stay abreast of the wine industry is to attend events such as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Trade Show. The San Diego event showcased over 100 suppliers and vendors. I was able to visit about a dozen booths. The highlight was a booming crowd at the Mollydooker from

Down Under booth. Mollydooker Vineyards hail from Adelaide in Southern Australia’s McLaren Vale region and is led by owner Sarah Marquis. The company responsibly grows its high-quality fruit using the self-created Marquis Vineyard Watering Program along with their Marquis Fruit Weight. The fruit weight is a sensory term that measures how far back from the tip of the tongue the velvety sensation of the fruit goes. They then use these fruit weights to classify the wines into five classes: Fun Wine, Lefty Wine (Mollydooker is Aussie for left hander), Family Wines, Love Wines, and its Signature Velvet TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 22

t’s the most wonderful time ... for a beer! If you are like me, you enjoy the holiday season. The long stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s provides plenty of opportunities for getting together with friends and family. And nothing goes with celebration like beer. It can bring a party to life, and it can give you life if Aunt Becky is getting on your last nerve. Either way, there is a long tradition of specialty Christmas beers and the brewers of North County have you covered. If you didn’t spend your whole holiday budget at big box stores on Black Friday, remember that Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday. Our local small businesses, including our local small breweries, could use your patronage at this time of year. Probably, after braving those crowds, you could use a drink, too. So, head on down to your local brewery. While you are there you can pick up some bottles or cans to bring to your office party or family dinner. And don’t forget that beer swag makes a good gift for the beer lover in your life — brewery shirts and hats are perennial favorites, and you can’t go wrong with a brewery’s branded stainless-steel growler. (A growler is a reusable togo container for beer that you can get filled at a local brewery. The downside, or upside depending on your mood, is that you have to finish your growler within a couple of days before the beer goes flat.) Here’s a holiday tip for new parents: Santa doesn’t have to drink milk with his cookies. For all your kids know, he drinks beer. Seri-

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ously, if you were Santa and spent all year cooped up in a dirty workshop — at the North Pole, of all the desolate places — making fiddly little toys alongside those annoying elves, wouldn’t you want to cut loose on your one night out of the house? How else could Santa stay so jolly and redcheeked all the time? More to the point, wouldn’t you enjoy a beer after the stress of buying presents, wrapping them, hiding them, and lying to your kids about the fat guy? One of the original California holiday beers is San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, brewed with a different recipe every year since 1975. You can likely find it at your favorite bottle shop. Nearly as famous is Santa’s Little Helper, an imperial stout with flavors of chocolate and coffee, plus a nice warmth from the 10% ABV, by San Marcos’ Port Brewing. That beer is currently available on tap at the brewery, in both the standard and barrel-aged versions, but bottles are currently sold out. There should be another run ready before Christmas, however.

Another top choice at the same brewery, this time from the Lost Abbey side of the house, is Gnoel de Abbey, a holiday brown ale with hints of coffee, cocoa, vanilla and holiday spice. This is the beer Santa will enjoy at my house this Christmas eve. It comes in a large bottle with a pretty green label and a champagne-style cork, making it an elegant gift to bring your hosts if you are invited somewhere for dinner. While you are in San Marcos, swing by Wild Barrel Brewing for their imperial hazy NEIPA called Santa’s on the Juice, available in cans. That’s a good one if you want to tell your kids Santa drinks orange juice, since that’s exactly what it looks like in the glass. Just don’t let the kids sneak a sip. Over at Mason Ale Works, after Dec. 7 you can pick up coordinating packs of “Naughty” and “Nice.” The can art makes the beers look like Christmas sweaters, one red and one green — another fun gift idea. Or, if you keep the Nice and given them the Naughty, a wonderful way to send a passive-aggressive message to someone

you are supposed to love. In Vista, Wavelength Brewing will release a Wee Heavy called Off Kilter at their annual Festivus party (check their website or social media for details; note that the beer is only available on draft). Vista’s Mother Earth Beer Co. just released its 4Seasons series “Winter” beer, an imperial mint chocolate stout, available this year for the first time in 16-ounce cans instead of bottles. In Oceanside, check out Kilowatt Brewing for a draft pour of a Christmas ale that pays homage to another famous holiday beer from Great Lakes Brewing. And, lest we forget, Stone’s specialty Mexican-hot-chocolate-inspired stout, Xocoveza, is available in cans and bottles. You can find it at the main Stone location in Escondido, at the Oceanside taproom, and at various grocery stores and bottle shops. The beer bounty of the season means that you’ll find more holiday beers at just about any of North County’s fifty-four local, independent breweries. Here’s to good “cheers” this holiday season!

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Solid BBQ in the burbs at WR Kitchen & Bar in Carlsbad


will admit up front that it was difficult for me to envision worthy BBQ happening in the suburban enclave of Bressi Ranch. BBQ has always been either an urban or rural experience for me and the in-between joints always seemed to be lacking in some key area. Well those preconceived notions were dispelled as we drove through the maize of parking lots that make up The Square at Bressi Ranch and got a whiff of the wood burning goodness that is a sure sign that BBQ is happening. More on the worthiness of WR Kitchen & Bar in a bit as I have a couple of clarifications to make. I’ve made this clarification in the past while writing about BBQ, but I feel that a brief explanation needs to be made for those folks that still confuse BBQ and grilling. It’s really quite simple, BBQ involves cooking by burning wood and sometimes charcoal at a low temperature, preferably around 225 degrees, low and slow as they say with circumvented hot air with the lid closed. Grilling is done, for the most part with the lid up and cooking with direct heat on the bottom instead of all around the source. I like the example of grilling a steak and barbequing a pork butt, ribs, brisket, etc. In my somewhat snobby BBQ world, the preferred method of BBQ is an offset smoker, where the wood resides in a unit to the side of the long horizontal chamber where the food smokes. I realize it’s much easier to say “we are having a BBQ” but an easy substitution would be “we are having a cookout” to avoid freaks like me showing up and asking where the BBQ is. Anyway, you get my point. All I know is that smelling that wood burning on the drive up to WR Kitchen & Bar in Bressi Ranch was a welcome scent. At 3,900 square feet, the space itself is impressive and has a clean design, what they are calling “an energetic, casually upscale environment.” This place is tailored to the areas more sophisticated, time-challenged residents who demand the speed and efficiency of a fast-casual environment but the authenticity of a deep south BBQ. On the surface, those two would seem an odd mix but WR Kitchen & Bar pulls it off. This location is offshoot of the Southern California-based barbecue chain Wood Ranch that has several locations throughout Southern California. Of course, they feature a wood-fired open kitchen, and an a la carte menu that allows each guest more options to customize their orders with maximum flexibility in the selection of items and portion size. Ordering is done in the fast-casual mode of ordering from

lick the plate david boylan a station at the bar, then choosing a seating option in the dining room, bar or patio where orders are delivered. While that process is fast-casual, servers are plentiful and stop by tables to take additional orders for cocktails, dessert or more of their delicious BBQ. We started with some really nice chips and guacamole and crispy buffalo cauliflower. BBQ selections were tough, so we just

went big as leftover BBQ works nicely for me. Baby Back Ribs with a sweetish WR sauce were delish, and the sliced Tri-Tip and Oak Smoked Brisket were equally impressive. I also love that you can put just about any of these proteins on a salad, taco or sandwich. There is also an extensive list of sides and any BBQ experience for me is not complete without some Smokey BBQ Beans and theirs were delicious. A new BBQ side sensation was the Pan-Roasted Corn with feta, chili and green onion, which I loved. There are about a dozen sides available and they all sounded TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 22

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Possibilities infinite for children at Family Space Night

However, there were a handful of children dressed as astronauts, like 6-year-old Rayna White. Her mother, Robyn White, said she’s been admiring astronauts the past few years. “We read a book one day about being an astro-

naut and ever since then she’s been obsessed with space, gravity and the fact that you can be in a different place,” Robyn White said. “You are just floating. She knows all her planets. She’s never changed.” Raffella Gallone’s two

children dressed as astronauts too. “They are fascinated by the stars,” Gallone said. “It sparks their imagination. They are passionate about traveling and spaceships and I thought they would really enjoy coming here tonight.”

The event focused on space exploration while most exhibits throughout the year circle around S.T.R.E.A.M. “There’s no pressure for them to do well like when you are in a classroom,” marketing coordinator Kathleen Sandoval said. “It’s a little more exciting. Space has always been something that the kids have always loved.” One of the most popular stations included the virtual reality technology where children can wear a screen and interact with a 3D world. The San Diego Air & Space Museum also provided a booth where small handmade craters and rockets were made. “What better way to learn about space — where the discoveries are endless and where the universe is endless,” Raser said. “I think this is a great entry point for kids who are interested in science and technology and engineering and the different ways it’s used

count. Discussion then ensued about the letter, written by San Francisco-based attorney Jim Sutton on behalf of Newland Sierra, which argued that the initial language on the ballot measure was too vague and potentially illegal. It “does not meet the statutory requirement to describe the ‘nature’ of the referendum, does not provide voters with sufficient information to make an informed decision about the referendum, and favors the proponents of the referendum,” Sutton wrote in the letter. At its first closed-session meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted down the proposal to bring a ballot measure language change

to a public meeting for a public discussion and then a vote. Yet subsequently, Supervisor Greg Cox switched sides on the matter by voting alongside Gaspar and Supervisor Jim Desmond — the latter whose district includes North County cities Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos — at an October closed session meeting. “I haven’t talked to the developer, I haven’t talked to their attorneys,” said Cox of his switched vote tabulation. “But upon further reflection, I was thinking more and more on the fact, when we put something on the ballot, we out to make something as concise and straightforward and clear in regards to what people are voting on.”

Christopher Garrett, an attorney for the firm Latham & Watkins representing opponents of Newland Sierra for the ballot measure fight, said he found out about these closed-session proceedings and votes just like how everyone else following the situation did. “We didn’t know about the developer letter or the secret meetings held by the board, or the conversations between the developer and the county lawyers that led to the developer’s lawyers’ letter,” Garrett said. The new ballot measure begins with a question reading, “Shall the San Diego County General Plan Amendment PDS2015GPA-15-001 approved by the Board of Supervisors

for the development of the Newland Sierra Project, be approved?” It is the explanation of what the project is, however, which has riled up project opponents. “The existing General Plan allows 99 homes and up to 2,000,000 square feet of commercial with open space,” that contested language continues. “General Plan Amendment PDS2015GPA-15-001 would authorize up to 2,199 homes and 1,777,684 square feet of commercial. The approved Newland Sierra Project includes a planned community of 2,135 homes, a school site, 81,000 square feet of retail, 36 acres of parks and 1,209 acres of open space.” Initially, the ballot lan-

By Stephanie Stang

ESCONDIDO — Children were able to explore and let their minds wander at this year’s Family Space Night at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum on Nov. 16. Attendees learned about the invisible forces of static electricity, created space slime, and viewed the planets and stars through a real telescope. Those were just a few of the displays typically available at the annual event. The museum closes every year at night for the program and this year’s event sold out with more than 400 people attending. Whitney Raser, the museum’s director of education, said many children at the event are just getting a taste of science. “I think kids really get to let their imaginations run wild, which is really where they get to experiment and discover,” Raser said.


not her intention. Rather, she described it as a function of the rules surrounding closed session meetings. “If you try to follow the process, it lacks transparency,” said Gaspar, who has received $1,100 in campaign contributions from individuals associated with Newland since her first run for the office during the 2016 campaign cycle. “I was under the assumption at the time that our closed session gatherings are reportable and it turns out they’re not.” Gaspar then made a motion to lift the gag on discussing that meeting and the original letter, which the board approved of in a 5-0

THE SAN DIEGO CHILDREN’S Discovery Museum hosted the third annual Family Space Night on Nov. 16. Children learned about static electricity, traveling to the moon, and the planets with hands-on activities. Photo by Stephanie Stang

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in space. It just gets kids excited.” White said it is exciting for children who might be finding a new future. Although, her daughter has found a path, her son hasn’t and Family Space Night could open his eyes to something new. “Women are in space,” White said. “They just had a whole woman crew. I showed her. I think it’s amazing. Anything for our children that we can try to figure out what their passion is and drive is ... she might be an engineer, she might be a mathematician, who knows. But I’m here to support her dreams.” Since the museum serves many Title 1 schools in San Diego County, discounted admission for adults and children receiving government nutritional supplements, known as WIC, is available. The next Family Space Night is scheduled for July 11, 2020. guage was written in bureaucratic language. “Shall the San Diego County General Plan Amendment PDS2015GPA-15-0l, which amends the General Plan Land Use Element Map, Mobility Element, North County Metropolitan Subregional Plan, Bonsall Land Use Map and the I-15 Corridor Subregional Plan in conjunction with the Newland Sierra Project, be approved?” it had read. Desmond, who has received $2,100 in campaign contributions from Newland officials since his first run for the office during the 2018 campaign cycle, said he supports the changes. “This is reasonable balTURN TO NEWLAND ON 13

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Center for the Arts goes to the (stunt) dogs By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — On Nov. 16, dogs took center stage for two performances at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. On a stage generally reserved for human performances in various artistic disciplines, Chris Perondi brought his Dog Stunt Experience to an audience rife with parents, children and some adults couples, as well. The dogs performed a slew of tricks, ranging from clearing high hurdles, jumping over a set of kids ducking on the ground, an agility contest and more. “Our specialized high-energy stunt dog shows are visual, unique in format, professionally presented on the microphone, have seamless transitions, are choreographed to music, and feature the worlds most talented performing dogs,” the Dog Stunt Experience website reads. “It’s guaranteed our productions will leave your audience in awe by offering shows in a variety of themes and formats.” For the sake of entertainment, Perondi — who also emcees the show — runs the show as a twoteam competition. Think of it like an Olympics, but with dogs com-



lot language that explains what the heck it is you’re voting on,” he said. “That’s really what we’re trying to get at. And I don’t think it’s bias and I don’t think it tips the scales.” Under state law, ballot measure language must describe the “nature” of the issue being voted on. “The basic function of the ballot question is to provide voters with information about what they are being asked to vote on,” Sutton wrote in the letter. “Even experienced planning professionals would have no idea how exactly these amendments to County law change what may be built on the Newland Sierra project site.” But Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, said he believes the current language is now biased in favor of Newland Sierra. He came to that conclusion after questioning the Board of Supervisors legal counsel, Thomas Montgomery, on whether he had asked both sides for input on the ballot language. Montgomery said he had only consulted with Newland

DOG STUNT EXPERIENCE founder Chris Perondi said it all started as a hobby. “I wanted a dog to catch a Frisbee,” he said. Courtesy photo

peting and all in a single hour and a half outing. Hailing from French Camp, near Stockton, Perondi told The Coast News that he did not fathom creating a show which tours across the country in his younger years. “It started as a hobby, I want-

Sierra on the matter. “One side went through the exercise of doing polling and focus groups to find out what their preferred language would be,” said Fletcher. “And here today as a board, we are taking virtually verbatim the language one side proposed as most favorable to them and putting that on the ballot in the attempt to say we are merely just trying to inform the voters.” Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the other “no” vote alongside Fletcher, called the changing of the language “unprecedented” and said that she has “never seen anything like this before” in her 27 years sitting on the Board of Supervisors. In the aftermath of the vote, Newland Sierra lauded the wording alteration, saying it was “appreciative the Board of Supervisors agreed to consider this matter to ensure voters have the information necessary to make an informed choice.” “We are gratified the Board of Supervisors voted to protect the right of voters to an unbiased, factual ballot question that conforms with state law,” said Newland Sierra spokeswoman Devonna Almagro. “We are confident that when voters

ed a dog to catch a Frisbee,” he said. “I adopted this cute little puppy that changed my life. I taught him to catch Frisbees as far as I could throw them by the time he was 5 and a half months old.” Starting as a Frisbee-only show in 1999 and known at the

understand the choice they are making in March, they will vote in favor of the Better Choice Measure.” Opponents of the ballot measure, though, did not express such gratification. “The Board of Supervisors has once again chosen shady developers over the will of the public,” said Rick Schloss, a spokesman for the opponents of Newland Sierra. “No amount of word-smithing can hide what Newland Sierra truly is — a sprawl development in a high fire risk area with no affordable housing that will add almost 29,000 cars to the freeway every day. We

time as the Extreme Canines Show, the show had morphed into being known as The Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show by 2001. By then, the show was similar to today’s version, “featuring dogs jumping rope, doing tricks, racing, high-jumping, comedy and more,” said Perondi. Today, Perondi says his company — which he runs with his wife, Suhey — does more than 1,000 shows per year and he hopes one day to bring it to the San Diego County Fair. The troupe already performs at events such as the Texas State Fair and Minnesota State Fair, he added. Perondi has taken the dogs on some even grander stages. Those have included the Rose Bowl Parade, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Yet, Perondi was quick to praise the Escondido crowd, as well. Calling them very energetic and saying that they seemed to enjoy the show very much, Perondi did say he had one minor regret: he did not get to spend almost any

time exploring Escondido while there for his two shows. “We were only there for a day and spent most of it in the theater so we didn’t really get a chance to hang out or do anything in the city,” he said. “This is the tough part about doing what we do. The quick turnarounds can be challenging.” The dogs for the show are rescue dogs. And Suhey Perondi told the audience that the trainers for the show only uses positive reinforcement to train them. “They’re our personal pets first, performers second,” she said. “They come home with us every night, they sleep in bed with us and they stay with us even after they retire from shows.” Author of the 2019 book “The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts,” Perondi said his touring season recently came to an end, having been on the road since June. “We will take the winter to rest/releax and train some new dogs and tricks,” said Perondi. “We start back up with shows midMarch.”

are confident the public will see through this sham and vote No on Newland Sierra.” Garrett, the attorney representing opponents of the ballot measure, said the firm is still exploring its legal options. “It is obviously unfair to us, but it may be that the Newland project is so bad that it doesn’t matter what the language is, the voters will say no and it’s not worth it to challenge this language in a lawsuit to challenge this language since there’s so many bad things about the project,” said Garrett. “So, we’re still trying to figure it out.”

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Local band showcases musicians with autism By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The holidays are here and with them come Christmas songs. And one North County band is out in front this holiday season with their debut album. Jungle Poppins is a five-man band, but with a twist — three of the members are on the autism spectrum. However, music is their calling and provides them the social construct to expand their horizons, according to Andrea Moriarty, mother of Reid Moriarty. Reid Moriarty, Ethan Marr and Brendan Kerr are all on the spectrum, but music is just one avenue where they thrive. Moriarty, Marr and Steven Crowle, who is not on the spectrum, formed Jungle Poppins, named for Moriarty and Marr’s favorite movies, “The Jungle Book” and “Mary Poppins,” three years ago. “I met the guys eight years ago,” Crowle said. “I used to volunteer with

JUNGLE POPPINS is made up of, from left, Steven Crowle, Brendan Kerr, Paul Eddy, Ethan Marr and Reid Moriarty. Kerr, Marr and Moriarty are on the autism spectrum. The band is set to release its second album Dec. 5 at Helia Brewing Company in Vista. Courtesy photo

the Music Therapy Center of California. They had all done some sort of music therapy all their lives. Andrea (Moriarty) approached me and thought they were ready … and wanted me to help start a band.” Last year, they added Kerr to the mix and have steadily pumped out

remakes of their favorite songs with a few originals sprinkled in, Andrea Moriarty said. Since then, they have performed more than 20 concerts, including six concerts in December, and released an album, although the band is hosting a release party for its second

album, titled “Christmas,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Helia Brewing Company in Vista. Admission is free. The album features numerous Christmas classics along with a pair of original songs, “No Snow in San Diego” and “Santa Joined Jungle Poppins.” Moriarty co-wrote both songs. “I wrote it with Steve Denyes,” Moriarty said of “No Snow in San Diego.” “But you can find snow in Deer Valley, Salt Lake City or Mammoth.” Moriarty, 25, and Marr, 22, said playing in the band makes them happy and each love to give shout-outs to those in attendance at their shows as well as dancing. Moriarty plays keyboard and is a vocalist, Marr plays drums, Kerr is on the bass, while Crowe and Eddy are on guitar. But musical instruments are not their only talents. Marr and Kerr attend MiraCosta College and Moriarty has perfect

pitch. Moriarty and Marr also participate with New Village Arts’ Monday Night Live! program, which caters to neuro-diverse actors. “It makes me happy,” Moriarty said of playing in the band. “Me too,” Marr added. The band is also looking to record its third album with a local producer with several new original songs, in addition to their covers of soundtracks. Andrea Moriarty and Mary Marr said the Dec. 5 concert has been in the planning stages for months. Two of the Christmas songs were recorded last year, while during the others were recorded over the summer. In July 2018, the band released its debut album at the Belly Up in Solana Beach and also played at the Old Globe in San Diego. In addition, Jungle Poppins was featured on 91X FM hosted by Tim Pyles, Andrea Moriarty said.

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Culture, family inspire museum muralist Moonlight sets summer slate for 40th anniversary season

By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Inspired by his Mexican roots and family, Escondido native Aled Anaya said he’s been an artist for as long as he can remember. Anaya, 28, said he recalls his childhood being filled with outings that galvanized his craft, many of which can be viewed around San Diego County today. “I’ve always enjoyed creating and working with my hands,” said Anaya, now a professional muralist and teacher at Orange Glen High School in Escondido. “I was inspired Aled Anaya by frequent trips to visit family in Mexico, skate and graffiti culture.” Anaya’s murals are now on permanent display in areas such as the city of San Diego’s Chicano Park, Del Lago Academy in Escondido and at Orange Glen High School. In recent weeks, Anaya’s 20-by-16 mural of a vibrant butterfly became available for viewing at the popular San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido as well. “My goal with the mural at the museum is to provide

By Alexander Wehrung

THE SAN DIEGO Children’s Discovery Museum recently unveiled a 20x16 mural created by Escondido educator and muralist Aled Anaya. Courtesy photo

the wonderful community of Escondido with an inviting image representative of the colorful nature of the museum and our fellow community members,” Anaya said. “The inspiration behind my work stems from my Mexican culture, my community, and family upbringing. I strive to capture these influences in most of my work.” Wendy Taylor, executive director for the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, said the public response to Anaya’s work has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The response has been wonderful,” Taylor said. “The mural is mounted on an art wall that was installed in front of a historic tile mosaic on our building. The tile mosaic honors the Battle of San Pasqual, and it still exists behind the art wall. For many years, the community enjoyed the historic mosaic, and the community is excited to experience a new piece of art across from Grape Day Park.” Despite Anaya’s rich talent as a muralist, the now educator said his skills did not develop overnight.

“As a high school student I enrolled in the printing and graphics program — the same class that I now teach at Orange Glen High School,” Anaya said. “That high school graphic design course was the foundation in graphic design software and screenprinting skills I would need to get my career started as an artist.” Anaya, who previously worked in the printing and graphics industry, also credits his experience to art classes he took at Palomar TURN TO MURALIST ON 16

VISTA — The Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista has been around since 1980, and in celebration of 40 successful years, it is putting on five productions for its summer season, which begins May 13. The plays will include, in order of their runs, “An American in Paris,” “Something Rotten!” “Cinderella,” “Ragtime” and “Kinky Boots.” The number of high-profile plays is no issue for the company. “We’re a pretty well-oiled machine,” said Artistic Director Steven Glaudini. “We have an incredible stage-management team and of course, the Moonlight staff is topnotch. So, I think we’re prepared for any hurdle that might throw itself our way.” “An American in Paris” is based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name starring Gene Kelly, itself based on George Gershwin’s 1928 orchestral composition. The production will set Gershwin’s music to a romance story involving an American soldier and a French woman in the aftermath of World War II. The play, Glaudini said, will utilize a turn-table style of rotating set in order to bring Paris to life

for its audience. “It’s so interesting now, because we can go so many more places we couldn’t do with projections,” he said. “And it’s really the new set of the future, that you can have a full 3D backdrop and not have to rely on a curtain or a painted drop.” “Something Rotten!” is a more obscure, original piece. It’s a musical that pays homage and tribute to many other musicals, but its plot is rooted in the 16th century. The story involves the Bottom brothers, a pair of playwrights who are encouraged by a soothsayer to create the world’s first musical in order to one-up William Shakespeare. “When I saw it in New York, I felt like I needed to go back and see it a second time, ‘cause I was laughing so hard I missed so much,” said Glaudini. “The audience is in the palm of the show’s hand, and it’s just incredibly clever how it mash-meshes Shakespeare with musical theater, and it has a huge sense of humor, that I know our audiences are going to love it.” Taking a cue from the television film starring Julie Andrews, the BroadTURN TO MOONLIGHT ON 16

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North Coast Corridor Program focuses on three primary areas As part of TransNet’s “Keep San Diego Moving” project, the North Coast Corridor (NCC) looks to improve the regional mobility and coastal access for county residents. Highway capacity improvements include facilities that move more people, not just by car. This will also improve reliability and capacity along the rail corridor for intercity, commuters and freight rail services while protecting and enhancing the environment. A video overview of the project can be viewed at https:// TransNet is the voter approved half-cent sales tax for San Diego region transportation projects. It is administered by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). During the 60year life of the program, funds have been generated and distributed among highway, transit and local road projects in approximately equal thirds. Partnering with NCC project is the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ). SCPFJ is a true partnership between organized labor and construction management that represents

THE CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION when completed will connect 27 miles of highway through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and San Diego. Courtesy photo

more than 2,750 construction firms who employ more than 90,000 union workers in the twelve counties of Southern California. With a primary focus on Southern California projects, the Partnership advocates responsible investment in public infrastructure projects to help fix our aging transportation networks, water, sewer and storm drain systems, while building for our future needs and economic growth. The Corridor construction started in December 2017 and when completed will connect 12 miles of highway through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and San Diego. This expansion

project in North San Diego County has been made possible through funds from SB1. Through this funding, more than $250 million has been allocated to preserve and enhance sensitive coastal habitats and improve coastal access. “Working in the heavy civil construction industry, you work on a lot of projects that receive opposition from the public,” said Mike Spain, Vice President of Skanska USA Civil. “The North Coast project has been a pleasure to work on since it is so community linked and is improving the quality of life so dramatically.” NCC’s goal is to offer a balanced transportation

system to provide travelers choices for the future while enhancing the quality of life for residents. This program brings together three primary focus areas – the Interstate 5 (I-5) Express lanes Project, coastal rail and transit enhancements and environmental protection. Part of improving Coastal Access is to expand the Regional Bike Network through Interstate 5 and the coastal rail line to reduce barriers to the coastline for bicyclists and pedestrians. The LOSSAN rail corridor is the second busiest intercity rail corridor in the nation supporting commuter, intercity and freight rail services. LOSSAN is a 351-mile

rail corridor that stretches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, connecting major metropolitan areas of Southern California and the Central Coast. Train operations on the line include Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner; the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Metrolink and the North County Transit District’s COASTER and SPRINTER passenger rail services, along with Union Pacific and BNSF Railway freight rail services. As a finished project, which is estimated to be completed by December 2021, it will increase the capacity of the highway and improve traffic. Double-tracks will reduce travel times via rail. There will be a large environmental enhancement to San Elijo lagoon and coastal access is improved through the addition of pedestrian and bike paths in the coastal zones. During the next 20 years, SANDAG plans to construct nearly $1 billion in improvements in the San Diego segment, including a primary effort to double track the corridor from Orange County to Downtown San Diego. The project is also implementing ways to minimize the impact

on the area’s coastal lagoons. As aging rail and highway bridges are replaced with modern structures, the new designs will feature longer spans with fewer piers in the water. The smaller footprint of these bridges will help to improve tidal flow in many of the lagoons, resulting in healthier coastal environments. The Project is working with Caltrans and SANDAG North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program to balance transportation, environmental areas and coastal access projects to improve the quality of life for residents, create a stronger local and regional economy for the future, and enhance the coastal environment. For more than a decade, Caltrans, SANDAG, local cities, resource agencies, and community members have been working together to identify, refine, and implement projects to comprehensively address the needs of the North Coast Corridor. For more information on the North Coast Corridor Project please visit the TransNet website at www. or the Rebuild SoCal website at

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way version of “Cinderella” introduces new characters and ideas that keep the film fresh for modern audiences. “It’s still a fairytale, it’s still once-upon-a-time, but it’s never been fully fleshed-out like this. The Prince actually has a name, it’s not just ‘Prince Charming.’ His name is Topher, and it really goes on Cinderella’s relationships with her stepsisters. It’s just really fleshed out with a grand sense of humor, which I really appreciate.” Making its return is one of Moonlight’s more popular productions, “Rag-

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time,” a play about “an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician at the turn-of-thecentury New York,” according to Moonlight’s website. “’Ragtime’ is, in my opinion, it’s one of the masterworks of musical theater,” Glaudini said, noting that Moonlight’s current theater space has a superior sound system and a musical pit (which its previous location did not) that will ensure an invigorating performance of the play. Then there’s Kinky Boots, which combines Cyndi Lauper’s music with the story of a man named Charlie Price, who is try-

ing to rescue his family’s business, and “a flamboyant drag performer named Lola,” who’s the key to saving it. “It’s so uplifting and heartwarming, and it’s kind of what the world needs with tolerance.” “The score is spectacular by Cindy Lauper, and it’s won every award on the planet. And we’re excited because we actually have the Broadway sets and costumes for that show. So, you will see what was seen in New York.” Subscriptions for Moonlight’s 40th anniversary season will go on sale Feb. 24, and single tickets will be sold starting March 16.

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College in San Marcos. Today, the Escondido high school teacher hopes to give the next generation of students the tools they’ll need to pursue their artistic dreams. “My goal with every new group of students and artists is to empower them through the creative process,” Anaya said. “There is a huge benefit to youth being able to comfortably express themselves creatively without fear.” Taylor said Anaya’s work contributes to the museum’s overall mission to inspire children to “learn


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about our world through exploration, imagination and experimentation.” “Aled’s whimsical imagery captures the playful essence of our museum, and invites the viewer to come inside to explore, imagine and experiment through play,” Taylor said. “The artwork also captures the local landscape of our home, Escondido, and honors the land we all share.” Anaya’s artwork also kicks off an upcoming art competition the museum plans to host in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The museum will host the competition in partnership with the Del Lago Academy and will feature a student’s

winning art on the wall next spring, Taylor said. For now, Taylor and Anaya both hope all people who come across the spirited mural in Escondido will be energized. “I hope to continue teaching and help bring forth new public art projects for the community of Escondido,” Anaya said. “My hope is that people can connect in some way and relate to my artwork.” For more information about Aled Anaya or to view his work, follow him on Instagram at @aledthewonderbread. For more information about the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, go to

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Vista artist flies high with ‘Potheads’ collection STAR Repertory goes the

whole hog with ‘Matilda’

By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Vista resident Ashley Gallagher said she became an artist the moment she held a crayon as a child growing up in Escondido. Now, at 36, Gallagher has come a long way since the days of coloring books and Crayola. Gallagher is the artist behind the growing collection of “Potheads,” a popular assortment of pots featuring the faces of everyone from Frida Kahlo to pop culture sensations to someone’s grandchildren. The artistic compilation has gained such a following in San Diego County that Gallagher has been commissioned to create more than 200 potheads over the last couple of years. Gallagher said the concept of “Potheads” came about more than two years ago when she met with a friend to paint. “We were feeling crafty, so I brought over some paint and terra cotta pots,” Gallagher said. “I painted a very simple Mexican artist Frida Kahlo pothead that day and shared it on Instagram. People really reacted to it and I started getting orders for Frida Kahlo pots.” Gallagher said she next painted Egyptian ruler Cleopatra on a pot and posted a photo of the creation on Instagram, which also found raving fans. Since those summer days in 2017, Gallagher said she has created hundreds of “Potheads” and has hosted art shows as well. “Some of my favorite ‘Potheads’ I've done are of Rick Moranis' character Seymour from ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ and I planted a Venus fly trap in his head,” Gallagher said. “I'm also quite fond of my ‘Best Buds’ collection, which are ‘Potheads’ of Cheech, Chong,

ESCONDIDO — STAR Repertory Theatre is bringing the Broadway adaptation of beloved Roald Dahl children’s novel “Matilda” to the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego for a Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 run. Dahl’s book was already famous for having been adapted to film in 1996 — the movie starred Mara Wilson and its own director, Danny DeVito. In terms of story, when the book-loving Matilda is confronted by obstacles — namely her parents and a cruel school headmistress — she uses her telekinetic powers to her advantage. STAR Repertory is playing the production at the Lyceum instead of their usual theater in Escondido because the Lyceum has 400 more seats, for a total of 500. “Once a year, we do shows at the Lyceum,” said STAR Rep’s marketing and PR agent, Doug Friedman. “This year, it’s ‘Matilda.’” He says that STAR will add its own small, nuanced touches on Road Dahl’s story in the production. “The kids and the adults in this cast will blow you away,” Musical Director Benjamin Goniea said. “Everything clicked from the very first sing-through and got even better along the way.” Goniea will conduct an accompanying live orchestra. “This is a show that has it all,” show director Scott Kolod said. “A storyline every child will identify with, a cast of seasoned actors and amazingly talented kids, plus music and dancing that will knock your socks off.” Friedman noted that Kolod’s take on the story mostly adheres to the Broadway play itself, as opposed to the film.

Besides being the San Diego premiere of this musical, the production is also unique in regard to its casting: while the same approximately 50 people act in all the shows, they rotate to create three separate unique casts. Friedman explained that this was done in order to provide cast members with more opportunities to play leading roles. “In one of the three casts, we have, actually, a woman who’s one of the leads with her daughter … with a son in the show, and her father in the show. So … you got three generations in the cast. “So that’s very exciting and unusual; I don’t think you see that in a lot of community theater.” The production rotates the cast over the course of its nine performances that are stretched out across two weekends. Friedman compared bringing together these casts to assembling a jigsaw puzzle. “You’ve got so many talented people and putting them all together into three solid casts is the most challenging, but ultimately can be the most rewarding, because someone can literally come and see the show three different times and get a new, fresh experience from each show. They’ll see things they wouldn’t necessarily see from the night before.” “There’s been an excitement with this show since auditions,” Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, the show’s choreographer, said. “This has been one of the most highly anticipated shows STAR Rep has produced.” Tickets can be purchased at for $29. A limited number of discount tickets are available on

with its own take on seasonal music featuring both CHRISTMAS OLD AND NEW familiar carols in new setSacra/Profana brings tings, as well as new takes reflection, hope, joy and on ancient hymns and texts reverence to the holidays with a Holiday Concert

at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at San Marcos Lutheran Church, 3419 Grand Ave., San Marcos. For tickets, visit brow / event/4302600.

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‘POTHEADS’ is a popular art collection created by Vista resident Ashley Gallagher, who paints faces on plant pots. Courtesy photo

Snoop and Willie Nelson all with cannabis planted in each of their heads.” Gallagher isn’t limited to painting people on pots though. She’s also been asked to paint animals. “A lot of the commissioned potheads I get are of people's pets as well,” Gallagher said. “Those are always really special because sometimes, the pets are no longer here with us. I've gotten very heartfelt messages from collectors regarding their pet ‘Potheads’ and it really brings tears to my eyes. It's an awesome thing to grow life out of the pet tribute potheads.” Inspired by her mother, a seamstress, Gallagher said becoming an artist didn’t happen overnight. In fact, one of her biggest challenges is learning to embrace her own strengths as a creator. “One of the biggest things besides getting technically better with all of the years of practice, is that I've really made a conscious effort to stop comparing myself to other artists,” said Gallagher, who also works as a server at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido. “This is something I really had to battle. I finally told myself ‘Your art is yours. No

“Carols and Lullabies” and “Christmas in the SouthCONTINUED FROM 14 west.” Doors will open 45 in Carpenter and Shawn minutes prior for a pre-conColvin take the stage to- cert chat. gether at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Concert Hall, 340 N. HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR Escondido Blvd., EscondiThe Vista Communido. Tickets are $30 to $60 at ty Clinic annual Holiday, at the Center Homes Tour will be Dec. ticket office, or by calling 8. This will mark the 33rd (800) 988-4253. year the event, a benefit for the VCC Kare for Kids HOLIDAY COMEDY Fund to provide medical The Broadway Theater services to underprivileged presents “The Best Christ- children. Tickets to the tour mas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 5 are $25 in advance and $30 through Dec. 22 at 340 E. on the day of the tour. To Broadway, Vista. Call (760) purchase tickets, visit vcc. org or call (760) 631-5000 , 806-7905 for tickets. ext. 1139. A team of professional designers give their time and talents to create HOLIDAY CAROLS elegant holiday displays in Palomar College pres- four residences between ents The Palomar Chorale, Vista and Carlsbad. Chamber Singers and Palomar Symphony Orchestra performing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, 1140 W WINTER DANCE Mission Road, San Marcos, Palomar College Dance for a program including faculty and students pres-


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Ashley Gallagher one can paint like you and you can't paint like anyone else.’” But Gallagher’s artwork is truly one of a kind, said Kristina Moriarty, senior event sales manager for Stone Brewing Co., who chose to display Gallagher’s work at the brewery. “Not only is Ashley and amazing team member she is an amazingly talented artist,” Moriarty said. “She is able to capture not only the likeness but the identity of her subjects. Her style works so well with our style. There is an authenticity to her talent. You can tell she pours herself into each work and it is a labor of love. When people see her art ,you can tell that it warms their heart and brings a smile to their face.” ents “Winter Dance 2019” directed by Patriceann Mead at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 featuring hip hop, modern ballet, tap, jazz, world dance and musical theater in the Howard Brubeck Theater, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. ‘HOME FOR CHRISTMAS’

The Village Church Community Theater will present “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec.15 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets at

Moriarty said guests often ask about Gallagher’s artwork when patronizing the trendy eatery and brewery. “At her last showing it was elbow to elbow with support from fans, community and team Stone,” Moriarty said. “The staff is so proud to have Ashley on the team that as soon as a guest asks about the artwork the staff runs down Ashley to introduce her.” Gallagher said she hopes to continue to grow her “Potheads” collection and eventually become a full-time artist. “In five years, I hope to solely be making a great living at my craft alone,” Gallagher said. “I hope to become a better businesswoman and really take this thing to the next level.” For now, Gallagher said she’s having the “time of her life” creating art and making people smile with the pots, she said. Gallagher’s work will be displayed at the “Home Grown” event at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information or to contact Ashley Gallagher, send her an email at to 1:30 p.m. Dec.15.




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Harmony Grove mother inspires compassion in new podcast By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Mother of three Jami Murnane said she had the most heartbreaking experience more than a year ago: She endured a miscarriage. But rather than keep the saddening struggle a secret, she chose to share it with a group of mothers on Facebook. The warmth and support she received was overwhelming, said Murnane, who was inspired to create a podcast with the hopes that more mothers could share their stories while also providing support to others. “After I shared my story in the group, it sparked a rippling effect and moms began to open up and vulnerably speak about their experiences,” said Murnane, who lives in Harmony Grove. “This JAMI MURNANE with her three children. Her podcast is “The is when I started to realize Compassionate Motherhood Experience.” Photo courtesy of Shi- that there is a huge need of loh Colleen Photography support for mothers. I felt

the best way to get moms to share and listen to these stories is with a podcast.” Murnane, a Santa Clara native, is the creator behind the podcast “The Compassionate Motherhood Experience,” which shares the stories of mothers from different backgrounds. Since launching her podcast in March, Murnane has reached hundreds of listeners as far as Botswana, Russia and Zimbabwe. Murnane said the podcast, and her Facebook group The Compassionate Motherhood Society, fill a void because parenthood is “indescribably hard.” Moreover, keeping those challenges a secret makes it even more difficult, she said. “The goal of the podcast is to unite mothers and make them feel heard and supported by collecting as many stories as I possibly

can,” Murnane said. “The ultimate goal is to have a relatable story for every mother.” As a mother, Murnane said she struggled with everything from breastfeeding to potty training. But sharing the struggles made it easier to cope, she said. “When we don’t open up and share about all of this, then mothers end up feeling like they are bad moms or they aren’t cut out to be moms,” said Murnane, who previously worked in the fitness industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom. “With podcasts like ‘The Compassionate Motherhood Experience,’ we can provide mothers with the opportunity to share their story and listen to relatable stories.” Lisa Choi, Poway mother of a 9-month-old boy, said the podcast has given her insight to all experiences related to motherhood. “I’ve listened to each episode she has released and am always touched by the honesty and vulnerably of her and her guests,” Choi said. “There is a comfort and reassurance that comes from hearing ‘me too.’ That I am not the only one that felt postpartum was challenging beyond my expectations.” Choi said Murnane’s podcast stands out among the hundreds of others

on parenting because the guests are relatable. “(The guests are) ones you see at Target, coffee shops … the moms you see shuffling their kids into the car,” Choi said. “It’s not just a highlight reel of all the worst or the best of motherhood, but just down-to-earth moms who want to share their stories and hopefully, provide support to another.” But Murnane isn’t just teaching the public about motherhood, she’s learned a few lessons too. “I learn something new with every podcast episode,” Murnane said. “Although we may share similar experiences, our experiences are not identical.” Murnane said she hopes someday her podcast will have stories from thousands of mothers of all different backgrounds — all with the intention of helping one another. “I envision a worldwide community of mothers, all with different ways of raising their kids, supporting one another by listening and sharing all the joys and hardships that come with motherhood,” Murnane said. “Imagine all the women that we could help.” To listen to The Compassionate Motherhood Experience, go to jami-murnane.

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Citracado Parkway extension project draws on

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It’s a jungle In there

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Community rallies behind Vista teacher placed on leave

By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Current and former students and parents are demanding a Vista social studies teacher be allowed to keep his job. Vincent Romero, who has worked for the Vista Unified School District since 1990, was placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Rancho Buena Vista High School on March 7. Now, an online petition with more than 1,900 signatures is asking the admin- A social studies teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School was istration to bring Romero placed on administrative leave in early March. The move prompted students and parents to launch an online petition in support of Vincent back to the classroom. Romero. Photo by Hoa Quach On his last day, Romero told students he was sorry leaving because “the orga- the I can’t be with you for do — we’re going to fight nization decided to make a my rest of the year. It’s not until there’s nothing left to choice, but it’s the way fight change.” with. I plan to be back it goes.” for your senior year.” “(They) no longer have confidence in me that I ute In the roughly 4-minRomero also urged his speech to students, an students know what I’m doing,” said emotional to be kind to their Romero vowed new Romero, whose remarks to fight the administration. but social studies teacher were recorded and posted to give “hell” to Princion Facebook. “They don’t ing,”“I’m not disappear- pal Charles Schindler. like what I do. They don’t not said Romero, 55. “I’m Following the angoing away. This is nouncement like the way I do it. So, this something of his deparI can fight, and ture, a petition is what happens. I’m really that’s was created what we’re going to on, urging

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the administration to keep Romero at Rancho Buena Vista High School. A protest was also held at the school. “This makes me so angry,” wrote Jeffrey Bright of Fallbrook, who said he graduated from the school more than 20 years ago. “I already fear that our ed-

ucation system is falling apart. I worry my kids are not going to get a valuable education at public schools anymore.” David Whiddon of San Marcos called the move “shameful.” “This is a teacher that genuinely cares,” Whiddon wrote. “Both of my sons had Mr. Romero and greatly enjoyed his class.” A former student, Jasmine Velare of Vista, said Romero was “an amazing teacher.” “I was lucky enough to get him myself,” she wrote. “He truly cares for what he TURN TO TEACHER ON A15

ESCONDIDO — An amendment to the resolution of necessity for the Citracado Parkway extension project was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Debra Lundy, real property manager for the city, said it was needed due to a clerical error, the omissions of deeds to be attached to the land. The adjustment is the only fee parcel being acquired by the city, which is a necessity, she added. The eminent domain project, which has been in the works for several years, will complete the missing section of the roadway between Harmony Grove, Village Parkway and Andreason Drive. The city conducted a review of the project, which was outlined in the

environmental impact report from April 2012. Alternatives were discussed with residents in four community meetings and a trio of public gatherings. “The project as currently designed was located and planned in a manner that will be most compatible with the greatest public good and least private injury,” Lundy said. She also reported the city and property owners have had more than 35 meetings in the past four years to develop the plan. However, the property owners did not submit a counteroffer to the city’s statutory offer on April 14, 2015. According to Lundy, the owners did not feel the offer matched what the land is worth, alTURN TO EXTENSION ON A3

Republicans endorse Abed over Gaspar

By Aaron Burgin

Krvaric REGION — The Coun- Sam Abed’ssaid. “Clearly long-time and ty Republican Party has steadfast thrown its support behind Republicancommitment to principles and Escondido Mayor Sam values Abed in the race for Coun- port earned him the supof committee memty Dist. 3 Supervisor. bers and we are proud to The Republican Party endorse him.” of San Diego announced Gaspar’s campaign last week that it voted to reached endorse Abed over fellow pressed this week exdisappointment in Republican and Encini- not receiving tas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, nomination, the party’s but touted who is also running for the several key endorsements supervisor seat currently she has held by Dave Roberts, who out the received throughcampaign. is seeking re-election. “While I’m disapAbed, who has been pointed not to get the para polarizing figure during ty endorsement, I’m very his two terms as mayor in proud to have the support Escondido, secured the of Mayor Faulconer and coveted party endorse- the four Republican City ment by receiving more Councilmembers, Senathan two thirds of the tors Bates and Anderson, committee’s votes, the and Assemblyman Rocky threshold required for a Chavez,” Gaspar said. candidate to receive the “I’ve endorsement over a fellow tive been a very effecRepublican mayor in party member. a Democratic city by focus“Endorsing one Re- ing on balanced budgets, publican over another re- economic development, quires a 2/3 vote threshold and quality — and rarely happens,” continue of life and will to do so on the GOP Chairman Tony Board of Supervisors.”



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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There could be an unexpected change in plans for your upcoming holiday travels. But keep in mind that a little flexibility goes a long way in resolving any disappointments. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new relationship might not be responding quite as quickly as you’d hoped. Could you be expecting too much too soon? Try to ease up and let things happen at their own pace. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) As we approach the frenetic pace of pre-holiday planning, take time out now to reconnect with the wonderful people who share your life, especially the one who also shares your dreams. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A misunderstanding should be resolved before you get caught up in the flurry of holiday preparations. Set your pride aside and deal with it, regardless of who might have hurt whom first. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Being told that a colleague might have been trying to undercut your effectiveness might or might not be true. Get all the facts before you even think about acting on this so-called information. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It’s a good idea to start your holiday preparation plans early in order to avoid a time crunch if an unresolved workplace situation causes a problem. That old friend might have some welcome news.

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VISTA — Current and former students and parents are demanding a Vista social studies teacher be allowed to keep his job. Vincent Romero, who has worked for the Vista Unified School District since 1990, was placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Rancho Buena Vista High School on March 7. Now, an online petition with more than 1,900 signatures is asking the admin- A social studies teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School istration to bring Romero placed on administrative leave in early March. The move prompted was students and parents to launch an online petition in support of Vincent back to the classroom. Romero. Photo by Hoa Quach On his last day, Romero told students he was sorry leaving because “the orga- the I can’t be with you for do — we’re going to fight nization decided to make a my rest of the year. It’s not until there’s nothing left to choice, but it’s the way fight change.” with. I plan to be back it goes.” for your senior year.” “(They) no longer have confidence in me that I ute In the roughly 4-minRomero also urged his speech to students, an students know what I’m doing,” said emotional to be kind to their Romero vowed new Romero, whose remarks to fight the administration. but social studies teacher were recorded and posted to give “hell” to Princion Facebook. “They don’t ing,”“I’m not disappear- pal Charles Schindler. like what I do. They don’t not said Romero, 55. “I’m Following the angoing away. This is nouncement like the way I do it. So, this something of his deparI can fight, and ture, a petition is what happens. I’m really that’s was created what we’re going to on, urging

ESCONDIDO — An amendment to the resolution of necessity for the Citracado Parkway extension project was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Debra Lundy, real property manager for the city, said it was needed due to a clerical error, the omissions of deeds to be attached to the land. The adjustment is the only fee parcel being acquired by the city, which is a necessity, she added. The eminent domain project, which has been in the works for several years, will complete the missing section of the roadway between Harmony Grove, Village Parkway and Andreason Drive. The city conducted a review of the project, which was outlined in the

environmental impact report from April 2012. Alternatives were discussed with residents in four community meetings and a trio of public gatherings. “The project as currently designed was located and planned in a manner that will be most compatible with the greatest public good and least private injury,” Lundy said. She also reported the city and property owners have had more than 35 meetings in the past four years to develop the plan. However, the property owners did not submit a counteroffer to the city’s statutory offer on April 14, 2015. According to Lundy, the owners did not feel the offer matched what the land is worth, al-

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Republicans endorse Abed over Gaspar

Krvaric said. “Clearly the administration to keep Romero at Rancho Buena ty REGION — The Coun- Sam Abed’s long-time and Republican Party has steadfast Vista High School. thrown its support behind Republicancommitment to A protest was also held Escondido principles and Mayor Sam values earned him at the school. the supAbed in “This makes me so an- ty Dist. the race for Coun- port of committee mem3 Supervisor. bers and we are proud to gry,” wrote Jeffrey Bright of Fallbrook, who said he of The Republican Party endorse him.” Gaspar’s graduated from the school lastSan Diego announced campaign week that it voted to reached more than 20 years ago. “I endorse this week exAbed over fellow pressed disappointment already fear that our ed- Republican in and Encini- not receiving the ucation system is falling tas party’s apart. I worry my kids are whoMayor Kristin Gaspar, nomination, but touted is also running for the several key not going to get a valuable supervisor endorsements seat currently she has received education at public schools held throughby Dave Roberts, who out the campaign. anymore.” is seeking re-election. “While I’m disapDavid Whiddon of San Marcos called the move a Abed, who has been pointed not to get the parpolarizing figure during ty endorsement, “shameful.” I’m very his two terms as mayor in proud to have the support “This is a teacher that Escondido, secured the of Mayor Faulconer genuinely cares,” Whiddon coveted party endorse- the four Republican and wrote. “Both of my sons had ment City Mr. Romero and greatly en- than by receiving more Councilmembers, Senatwo thirds of the tors Bates joyed his class.” and Anderson, committee’s votes, the and Assemblyman Rocky A former student, Jas- threshold mine Velare of Vista, said candidate required for a Chavez,” Gaspar said. to receive the “I’ve been a Romero was “an amazing endorsement very effecover a fellow tive Republican mayor teacher.” in party member. a Democratic city by focus“I was lucky enough to “Endorsing one Re- ing on balanced get him myself,” she wrote. publican budgets, “He truly cares for what he quires over another re- economic a 2/3 vote threshold and quality development, — and rarely happens,” continue of life and will to do so on the TURN TO TEACHER ON A15 GOP Chairman Tony Board of Supervisors.”

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