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Scam targets local Boys & Girls Clubs

More than 5 acres, but only 29 jobs?

By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Executive leaders from the Boys & Girls Club of Vista are warning the community about donation scams involving their nonprofit organization. The club relies heavily on donations because its kids are from socioeconomic situations where families have an annual income of $25,000 or less. Donations help bridge the gap for membership costs and help kids who may also meet the requirements of free or reduced-cost lunches. According to Boys & Girls Club of Vista CEO Matt Koumaras, they were made aware of the fraudulent activity about three months ago from a parent observing kids asking for money at the Walmart on University Avenue. A few weeks later, more kids appeared at Stater Bros. on North Santa Fe asking for donations for the club. “We’ve been alerted by club parents and volunteers about this scam. We were very upset because the Boys & Girls Club of Vista never does store solicitations involving our club kids,” Koumaras said. “We alerted various grocery store managers around town but these criminals who keep moving from store to store.” To date, Koumaras has been notified of 10 separate fraudulent activities. While two children are collecting the money, adults are also at the scene. “The kids state they are fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club of Vista and Oceanside,” he said. “When confronted, the adult will TURN TO SCAM ON 21

Automation rules at new Exeter Industrial Park By Steve Horn

ONE COOL CAT Cal State San Marcos senior Lisa Flora braved snow and sub-freezing temperatures to finish 12th at the Division II West Region cross country championships in Billings, Montana, this month to qualify for the Dec. 1 national championships in Pittsburgh. It’s the second straight national meet appearance for the Cougars standout, an Escondido High School graduate. STORY ON PAGE 10. Photo by Jenna Martin


ESCONDIDO — Its proponents have billed it the first industrial building in over a decade in Escondido and one of the largest in the city’s history. But the newly minted Exeter Industrial Park will not create many jobs or even put the facility into the top 25 employers in the city. At more than 5 acres and 212,088 square feet in size, the newly opened facility is co-owned by the Pennsylvania-based Exeter Property Group and La Jolla-based Badiee Development. It’s located about a mile from Auto Park Way on Escondido’s west side just off of Interstate Highway 15 and south of California Highway 78 at 1925 and 2005 Harmony Grove Road. It sits as a behemoth within the city’s broader business park area and has been leased out to the Atlanta-based logistics company Veritiv Corporation. Veritiv’s leasing tenancy of the building, however, was not made public until December 2017, well over a year into the regulatory process overseen by the city of Escondido. A company with 8,900 employees nationwide and 170 industrial warehouses throughout the U.S., Veritiv spokesman Phil Taylor told The Coast News that the Escondido facility will create 29 jobs, with six truckers making delivers to and from the warehouse daily. And most of the jobs went to city residents. Over time, those numbers could eventually rise because “San Diego is a growth area,” Taylor said. “As part of our efforts to maintain a leading position in the distribution industry, we regular-

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In-progress Honda dealership gets an early honor By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Even though the Norm Reeves Honda Vista Dealership is still under construction, the company will receive an Award of Excellence from the San Diego North Economic Development Council next month. The 46,000-squarefoot future dealership is located on West Vista Way and is anticipated to create 100 job opportunities. It is expected to open at the end of the first quarter in 2019. The awards luncheon will take place on Dec. 7 at the Student Union Ballroom at California State University, San Marcos. The event will highlight new businesses, as well as business expansion or relocation in North County. Kevin Ham, the director of development for the city of Vista, said it was his Economic Development Team which nominated the new Norm Reeves Honda Vista Dealership. “The San Diego North EDC was looking for projects that really partnered with the cities along the 78, so each of the cities had an opportunity to present different usage in the community,” Ham said. Ham said his team has had a great partnership with Honda Norm Reeves Vista, and that’s one of the reasons council is recognizing the company. “The dealership has been a great group to work with,” said Ham, adding

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NORM REEVES HONDA in Vista is still under construction, but the dealership will be presented with an Award of Excellence on Dec. 7 from the San Diego North Economic Development Council. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

the locale has helped unify a corner. The new dealership is expected to bring in 100 additional jobs, and Ham said the facility will improve property and sale taxes in the area. “Some of the additional benefits to the city as a whole is that when dealerships are located next to each other like that (North County Ford in Vista), both of them tend to benefit from the other’s sales,” Ham said. “One would think in a traditional setting, a dealership across the street from another

would pull from each other’s sales but it’s actually been shown to increase by at least 5 percent to the other dealership’s sales, so we expect to see an additional benefit for Ford by having Honda nearby.” Ham said Honda Corporate from community-minded from the start. It was a work in progress that began nearly nine years ago when showing the corporation a vacant lot adjacent to Food 4 Less Store on Hacienda Drive. When that piece of property didn’t work out, they set their sights on another

location and the timing was ideal. Ham learned that the Vista Entertainment Center on West Vista Way was wanting to close its doors. “The owner of the Vista Entertainment Center was looking for an opportunity to sell her property, so this worked out well for her,” Ham said. “The transaction allowed her to sell the property and spend time with her family.” Richard Fisler, vice president of Facilities and Information Technology for the C.A.R. Group, said he was flattered when hearing about the award for Norm

Reeves Honda Vista. “We are very proud to have the opportunity to develop such a fine partnership with the city of Vista,” said Fisler, noting the new Norm Reeves Honda Vista is expected to open in March 2019. “The city has a phenomenal staff to work with, and they appreciate the investment being made in their city — we look forward to a long and successful relationship with them.” To learn more about the 2018 North County Excellence in Economic Development Awards Luncheon visit

ESCONDIDO — A facility serving socio-economically disadvantaged thirdthrough 12th-graders from Escondido and San Marcos recently cut the ribbon on a new administrative and educational building. A Step Beyond will enjoy a 30-year lease on the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Located next to Escondido Creek and on the edge of Grape Day Park, the newly minted Dave Langlois Youth Center will house A Step Beyond’s administrative offices, as well as its counseling center and academic study space. It namesake, Dave Langlois, worked in the real estate industry in Orange County with Frank Foster, the executive director and founder of A Step Beyond. The two met while doing work together for the Santa Anabased organization The Wooden Floor. Langlois passed away in August from Parkinson’s disease at age 79. His widow, Luana, spoke at youth center’s opening ceremony and also served as the ceremonial ribbon cutter. “All of you, no matter how small your contribution, have conceived and TURN TO ARTS CENTER ON 20

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Lilac Hills Ranch Fairgrounds OKs medical pot event decision postponed By Lexy Brodt

By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors won’t render a decision about a controversial proposed development near Valley Center in 2018, county officials announced. The board was slated to consider the 1,700-home master-planned community known as Lilac Hills Ranch on Dec. 12, when it was also scheduled to weigh in on developments in Otay Ranch and Warner Ranch. But the county’s Planning and Development Services department announced this week that it was pulling all of the projects off of the calendar due to varying reasons that directly impact their approval. “These projects will not be heard by the Board in 2018 due to varying reasons such as staff workload in preparing some of these projects, the County’s Climate Action Plan litigation and the injunction which applies to the PSRs, and applicants continuing to provide additional information to staff for their projects,” according to a department statement. There is no current timetable for the board to hear the projects. Lilac Hills Ranch calls for 1,746 homes and a 200unit assisted living facility on 608 acres in the largely rural area adjacent to Valley Center and south of Fallbrook. It also includes more than 200 acres of parks and open space and 16 miles of trails, three community centers and pools, a village square and 90,000 square foot of retail, office and commercial space. Voters rejected a previous iteration of the project in 2016 when they voted down Measure B. The project is now under the control of a new development team, Ranch Capital LLC, and its subsidiary, Village Communities. Ranch Capital was a financial backer of the earlier version of the project headed by Randy Goodson of Accretive Investments. Goodson and Accretive are no longer involved. The developer and residents have sparred over the project for more than a decade. Supporters have argued that the project is an example of smart growth, and it would help the county ease a growing housing crunch while also preserving open space, developing parks and shopping that will keep motorists from driving long trips for amenities. They have called it “San Elijo Hills on steroids.” But opponents have argued that the project doesn’t meet the county’s general plan standards, doesn’t have an adequate fire protection plan and doesn’t adequately address the increase in traffic to the area — it is estimated that the project will generate nearly 15 times the traffic

that nearby Valley Center sees daily. Following the Planning Commission’s approval of the project in 2015 with several recommendations, the developer at the time, Accretive Investments, pushed for a ballot initiative as opposed to fully incorporating the commission’s provisos, which included a turnkey K-8 school, lowering fire response times to five minutes from the proposed seven- to nine-minute time estimated by developers, as well as several private and public road improvements. Voters rejected the ballot proposal in November 2016. The developer unveiled its revised plan in early 2018, boasting that it was the “county’s first carbon-neutral village in San Diego County and the first community to meet the county’s guidelines for New Villages, which is the highest standard a project can achieve under the County’s General Plan,” according to the website. Among the changes from the former project included the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at every residence, rooftop solar on every residence and 45 percent of nonresidential building roof space, implementing a variety of carpool, transit, and vehicle-sharing programs, and achieving carbon neutrality through the purchase of carbon offsets. The County Planning Commission voted 5-0 in June to advance the plan to the Board of Supervisors amid objections from residents — and against staff’s recommendation that the group hold more hearings to address changes from the failed ballot measure and current project. But the commission sided with the developer and dozens of residents who spoke in favor of the project, which they said hadn’t materially changed due to the changes. Fallbrook resident Paul Schumann said he likened the changes to the project to cosmetic improvements on a car. “We now have a better car, but we don’t have a different car,” Schumann said. “It’s the same car.”

DEL MAR — A Del Mar Fairgrounds event aimed at educating attendees on the use of cannabis as an “alternative medicine” has been approved. After several residents spoke against the event at the Nov. 14 22nd District Agricultural Association meeting, the board voted 7-1 to approve its revised contract. The daylong event, termed the “GoodLife Seminar Series,” will occur on May 11, 2019. It will feature seminars on the difference between CBD and THC, the various strains of marijuana, and how cannabis topicals can be used to treat pain — to name a few. An “Exhibitors Fair” will reveal new products and “innovations” in alternative medicine. The event is expected to draw about 1,000 people. The series specifically bars the sale or on-site use of any “psychoactive cannabis products,” and prohibits drug paraphernalia — which is in line with the city of Del Mar’s code, as well as the Fairground’s more recent policy prohibiting the sale, distribution, consumption or possession of the drug on its property. Board Director Lisa Barkett — the sole opposing vote — said that renting out space for an event at the

fairgrounds is tantamount to promoting it. “I don’t know why we want to go down this road,” she said. Barkett’s concerns were reflective of the nine public speakers who weighed in on the issue — all opposed to the contract’s approval. Becky Rapp, a mother of six, said the fairgrounds will be sending a “message of normalization” by hosting the event. “It’s hard to imagine anyone needs that type of education with YouTube and social media,” she said. The event has prompted widespread, and often mixed community feedback since the fairgrounds general manager first signed a contract with Lawrence Bame, president of the series, in 2017 — a contract which the board rescinded several months later. But after the state of California legalized the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and up — the board has changed its tune, forming a subcommittee of Directors David Watson and Pierre Sleiman to create an interim policy specifically regulating cannabis-related events. The policy, approved at the Aug. 14 Board meeting, allows for an “interim event with the purpose of education, advocacy, and promotion only of medical uses of

cannabis.” Judi Strang, executive director of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug-Free Youth, is primarily concerned with the latter two objectives. At a Oct. 29 Del Mar City Council meeting — where council lmembers debated whether to send the 22nd DAA board a letter opposing the event — Strang asserted that the activities described by the event’s contract are commercial in nature. “We think once you merge over to ‘advocate and promote,’ you definitely are supporting a commercial activity,” Strang said. The event’s stated goal is to “advocate for the responsible use of all different alternatives to traditional pharmacology products,” according to a press release. The Del Mar City Council, which previously sent a letter to the board in February opposing any event that would involve on-site smoking, consumption and sale of cannabis products, voted 3-2 against sending another letter to the board. The letter would have reiterated the city’s prior concerns, and expressed a disapproval of any commercial activity. However, council members differed on their definitions of “commercial.” Councilman Terry Sinnott, who drafted the letter, sees the event as promotion-

al rather than educational. “I’m concerned what they’re really doing is allowing marijuana business to flourish for a limited period of time on a state-owned piece of property,” he said. Mayor Dwight Worden reiterated the city’s code, which allows for medical use of marijuana and makes it illegal to engage in any marijuana-related commercial activity. He disagreed with Strang’s interpretation of commercial activity. “I don’t think that’s what we had in mind when we adopted our code. We meant commercial sales and production are disallowed,” Worden said, mentioning that he would be open to revisiting the city’s code. At the 22nd DAA board meeting, Director David Watson said the board should take the opportunity to apply the policy the subcommittee developed. He also mentioned that the majority of the county, as well as the fairground’s two neighboring cities — Del Mar and Solana Beach — voted in favor of the drug’s statewide legality. “The people in favor have just as much right as anyone else,” he said. Board President Steve Shewmaker said that the fairgrounds will be watching the event closely to ensure it complies with the interim policy.

Photographer accused of assaulting 4 teen models quired to wear a GPS monitoring device. Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens said the alleged victims range in age from 15 to 17 years old. Carlsbad police Lt. Greg Koran said Koester had been hired locally as a contract worker by Frank Model Management, which is based in Carlsbad. “Investigators have been working closely with the modeling agency ... to identify any other witnesses or victims,” Koran

CARLSBAD — A professional photographer accused of sexually assaulting four teenage girls during modeling sessions at a rented Carlsbad residence where he had set up a temporary studio pleaded not guilty Nov. 21 to 35 charges, including statutory rape, lewd act on a child and possession and production of child pornography. Robert Koester, 52, of Carlton, Oregon, was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Koester was originally taken into custody on Nov. 13, a day after he allegedly molested a 16-year-old girl at the home in Carlsbad, according to police. He posted bail and returned to court Nov. 21. After hearing the allegations against Koester during arraignment, a judge ordered the defendant to surrender his passport and remain in California, then raised his bail to $1 million. Should he post the higher bail amount, he will be re-

Gas price drops again; streak at 24

Man sought for series of burglaries and attempted burglaries at Vista businesses

REGION — The average price of a gallon of selfserve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Nov. 29 for the 24th consecutive day and the 36th time in the past 37 days, decreasing 2.2 cents to $3.558, its lowest amount since April 11. The average price has dropped 28 cents over the past 37 days, according to the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The average price is 6.5 cents less than one week ago and 25.2 cents lower than one month ago, but 36 cents more than one year ago. It has risen 43.6 cents since the start of the year. The average price dropped 12 consecutive days, rose two-tenths of a cent on Nov. 5, then resumed decreasing Nov. 6. — City News Service

VISTA — Law enforcement on Nov. 21 asked for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a series of breakins and attempted break-ins over the past month. Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 20, the same man is believed to have targeted five businesses in Vista — sometimes successfully, sometimes not — in seven separate incidents, according to San Diego County Crime Stoppers. The businesses were Tabacinic Chabad Jewish Center at 1930 Sunset Drive; Tiki Mobile Village at 1333 Olive Ave; Maximum Recycling at 430 Olive Ave; and Wholesale Sports Inc. and Get Air Vista, both located at 2755 Dos Aarons Way. The man is suspected of stealing a total of $1,500

said. “The management at Frank has been cooperative with the police investigation.” Detectives believe that the suspect has “worked with many clients and used the aliases Rhake Winter and Bert Kay,” the lieutenant said. Koester will be back in court Jan. 4 for a readiness conference and a preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 16. — City News Service

in cash, a $350 iPad and a Crime Stoppers anonymous carved tiki stump valued tip line at (888) 580-8477. at about $60, in addition to — City News Service causing about $6,000 worth of damages, investigators said. He was described as white or Hispanic, about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-11, with a thin build and a distinct tattoo on his left forearm. He usually wears glasses and a flat-billed cap, Crime Stoppers officials said. The suspect used the same break-in method in each of the incidents, using a tool to try to pry open the front door of businesses or vending machines, then burglarizing the business or taking money from the machines, authorities said. Anyone with information was asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Vista Station at (760) 940-4551 or the


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Opinion & Editorial

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

Brown’s mixed legacy of big fixes, some corruption


n a little over a month, a new governor will sit in the state Capitol’s “horseshoe” suite and face some problems that not even the hyper-active and often contemptuous soonto-be-ex-Gov. Jerry Brown could not solve. Those problems will obscure neither Brown’s achievements nor his failures. When Brown took office in early 2011 for the first term of his second go-round as California’s chief, the state faced a huge budget deficit of $27 billion, which he turned into both a positive and a large rainy-day fund via a combination of parsimony and the political courage needed to run a major tax-increase ballot initiative, one that now forms part of state government’s financial base. He also inherited from predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger an over-budget High Speed Rail project that faced numerous and they’ll get a fresh scent. legal challenges over items Is it a chore to use a as basic as acquiring the clothesline? Not really: land for laying tracks. The Most of us should get outso-called “bullet train” has side more often, and hangnot exactly proceeded with ing your clothes is a bullet-like speed and today good reason to do so. is even more over-budget Clotheslines and behind schedule than come in many when Brown took over, while shapes and sizes, still facing most of the same they can be inlegal problems. doors or outdoors, Mark that one as a probScanned with CamScanner wall-mounted or lem not solved, which Gov.freestanding, or elect Gavin Newsom will made from rope, inherit. wire, or wood. Brown helped appoint Some even fold former Arizona Gov. Janet for storage. Just Napolitano, also a former pick the one that Homeland Security Secresuits you best. tary, president of the UniClotheslines used to be versity of California and did considered eyesores. But little while she and her aides now they demonstrate your accumulated a $175 milenvironmental responsibillion slush fund at the same ity. time students were assessed roughly the same amount in James Wang is an tuition increases. Encinitas resident He’s been a leader in the global movement against climate change and last fall even dared the world to re-

Eco Minute: New life for old idea By James Wang

How would you like to save energy, save money, get some fresh air, and help save the world, all at the same time? You do all of the above using an old invention: a clothesline. But aren’t clotheslines obsolete now that we have clothes dryers? Maybe … when dryers were invented, convenience was the only consideration. It seemed so easy to throw your wet clothes in the dryer and press the button. But now we’re more environmentally conscious: We know that dryers have a few drawbacks, too. A dryer is a power hog: they use about 4,000 watts

(or the equivalent if you use gas) of power — that’s like 40 incandescent lightbulbs, or 400 CFLs! There goes your utility bill, and your carbon footprint just grew a few sizes.

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Big changes in Sacramento By Marie Waldron

The Legislature will convene Dec. 3 for one day to swear in new members and start the 2019-2020 two-year session, that will begin in earnest Jan. 7. Big changes are coming to Sacramento. First of all, Gavin Newsom will be our new governor, with a partisan balance in the Legislature that has shifted more heavily toward the Democrats, who will have a two-thirds super-majority in both houses. Politics aside, this region will have unprecedented clout in the new session. Sen. Toni Atkins, D–San Diego, will remain Senate President pro Tempore, Sen. Pat Bates, R–Laguna Niguel, whose district includes northwest San Diego

County, retains her position as Senate Republican Leader, and Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D–San Diego, remains Majority Whip. Lastly, I have been selected by my Republican colleagues to become Assembly Republican Leader, replacing Assemblyman Brian Dahle, who is stepping down. Though we may disagree on some issues, this leadership team has an excellent personal and working relationship, and I look forward to joining them as we move forward to address the great issues facing our state and region. These include transportation infrastructure, water, housing, wildland/urban interface and disaster preparation and response,

health care and many others. While these issues can be contentious, they are often open to bipartisan solutions. Though Southern California has been California’s population center for decades, this has often not been reflected in legislative leadership, which in the past has frequently come from Northern California. At the very least, the concerns of Southern California will be receiving increased attention in the new session. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

california focus thomas d. elias vive the “Gov. Moonbeam” tag once applied to him by the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko, promising California will “launch our own damn satellite” to track global warming. Royko coined the nickname in the late 1970s, when Brown previously advocated a state satellite. Brown sees the putative new space project as one part of California’s resistance to climate change reluctance from President Trump, who ordered federal agencies like NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency not to track worldwide temperature changes. Newsom said in October he likes the satellite idea. If there’s a large negative in how Brown is remembered, it likely will come over the corruption his appointees spawned at the state Public Utilities and Energy commissions. The PUC consistently favors utilities over their customers and never penalized any commissioners who helped orchestrate a settlement between the Southern California Edison Co. and its customers on the costs of closing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. That deal was illegally reached in a secret meeting involving former PUC President Michael Peevey. Peevey has supposedly been under investigation for his role, but that alleged probe is now more than four years old, with no result. Meanwhile, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Brown appointee just elected in his own right, won’t say where it stands. Similar collusion by Peevey and other PUC

members with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has also gone unpunished, while costing consumers billions of dollars. At the Energy Commission, highly questionable multi-million-dollar “hydrogen highway” grants favoring automakers and big producers of industrial fuel were first pulled back by commissioners after this column exposed the cronyism behind them. Most were re-instituted to the same recipients after the commission changed its rules a short time later. Brown did and said nothing about this scandal, then reappointed the commission chairman who oversaw it. Brown also went along with almost all demands of public employee unions and signed every bill reaching his desk that eliminated delays under the California Environmental Quality Act and promoted large building projects like the Golden State Warriors’ under-construction new arena in San Francisco. Similar bills boosted the Los Angeles Rams/Chargers coming new stadium in Inglewood, the Los Angeles Clippers’ nascent arena, also in Inglewood, and the Sacramento Kings’ already completed new home. And he did nothing to prevent the “motor voter” debacle at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which has incorrectly registered thousands of voters. So how will Brown be remembered? Most likely as a governor who solved some problems he inherited and worked hard against climate change. But his legacy will also include doing little about corruption and virtually ignoring the state’s biggest financial problem: Its massive public pension deficit. Email Thomas Elias at

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O’side Turkey Trotters ‘move their feet before they eat’ By Samantha Taylor

OCEANSIDE — Nearly 10,000 people took to the downtown streets on Thanksgiving morning to exercise before digging into their holiday feasts. Rain fell in the early morning hours before the 13th annual Frontwave Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot, but showers had mostly stopped by the time the 10K runners took off at 6:45 a.m. Co-founder Richard Muscio called this year’s Turkey Trot “Lucky 13” after the weather cleared up. He noted there was a minute of rain during the 10K Run around the 4-mile marker at the harbor, but that didn’t seem to bother Muscio, a marathon runner who participated in the run. “I’ll tell you,” he said, “the rain felt really good.” After the 10K Run came the 5K Run and 5K Walk, followed by the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! 1 Mile for ages 7 to 12, the Senior Mile and finally the Tiny Turkey Trot ¼ Mile for ages 6 and under. Muscio said the Turkey Trot is “a great way to start your Thanksgiving morning tradition” of spending quality time with family. “It’s a great thing for families to do together,” he said, noting that he saw three generations of family members participating together in the race. Maria and Abran Lopes walked the 5K with family members, including their

THE O’SIDE TURKEY TROT on Thanksgiving morning drew nearly 10,000 people downtown, including one lucky young lady who got to ride part of the way. Photo by Samantha Taylor

7-month-old granddaughter, Lourde Seau. The Lopes couple, who live in Fallbrook, have been walking in the Turkey Trot for several years now. “It’s our family tradition now,” Abran Lopes said. Little Lourde and her grandfather went above and beyond other participants, having dressed up to compete in the costume contest that morning. Dressed as a chef with a turkey, Abran and Lourde came out victorious as the costume contest’s first-place winners. Even Muscio threw on a turkey costume after he fin-

ished the 10K Run. Muscio co-founded the Turkey Trot with Kathy Kinane, president of Kinane Events and creator of the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes health and well-being by incorporating physical fitness into daily life. “Plus,” Muscio added, “if you move your feet before you eat, you can have more turkey and more pumpkin pie later.” Like most turkey trots held on Thanksgiving morning around the country, the

O’side Turkey Trot helps to raise funds for charities. Participants can opt to donate $5 of their Turkey Trot entry fee to a local charity of their choice. Those charities include schools and nonprofit organizations. “We’re unique in that way because most running events only benefit one charity,” Muscio said. Sponsors such as Frontwave Credit Union, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cohn Restaurant Group to name a few also play a huge role in the O’side Turkey Trot. Muscio said sponsors support the event with funds and

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ABRAN LOPES, of Fallbrook, and his granddaughter, 7-month-old Lourde Seau, dressed as chef and turkey, won first place in the costume contest. Photo by Samantha Taylor

volunteers. According to Muscio, the Turkey Trot had about 600 volunteers this year. He added that many of those volunteers came from the Camp Pendleton base. The O’side Turkey Trot has gained quite a bit of prestige since it first began in 2006. Last year, the Los Angeles Times recognized it as one of six “great turkey trots” across the nation.

This year, Runner’s World magazine recognized it as one of the top 15 turkey trots to run before a Thanksgiving feast. Muscio said he and Kinane couldn’t have imagined the O’side Turkey Trot to grow as much as it has. “The joke was if it worked it must have been a plan,” he said. “We just said we want to move our feet before we eat.”
















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Novemberfest attracts nearly 600 guests to botanical gardens By Christina Macone-Greene

took part in the pouring included Prohibition, Breakwater, Backstreet, Aztec, Mead Made Mod, North County Home Brewers, Booze Brothers, Black Plague, Belching Beaver, Craft Brewing, Back Street, Raging Cider, Barrel Harbor, Midnight Jack, Helia, Arcana, Wild Barrel, Twisted Horn, Golden Coast, Latitude 33, Booch Craft, Hidden Hive, Twin Oaks Valley Winery, Foot Path Winery and Lotierzo Family Vineyards. Stein said what made the event so unique was giving visitors the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the 13-acre botanical gardens’ abundant unique layouts and themed gardens. Peppered throughout the gardens are many original artwork pieces. “We have loads of beautiful artwork as well as wonderful water features,” she ALTA VISTA BOTANICAL GARDENS board members Naomi said. and Bill Stein dance to the music of a live band at the Nov. 17 Silent auction items and event. Photo courtesy Nancy Jones

opportunity drawings also helped to raise funds for the Alta Vista Botanical Garden and Amigos de Vista Lions Club. Stein thanked the sponsors for the 2018 Novemberfest, which included Aloha Printing, Jodi & Jimmy Blakley, Classic Chariots, Sunrise Café and Off Ramp Beggars. Nancy B. Jones, director of children's programs at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, as also at the event. “What a great turnout and a chance for the community to see the progress we've made making this such a fantastic garden,” Jones said. “Our Alta Vista Botanical Gardens board members, committee members, and Amigos Lions put in hours of preparation, and it all paid off. Many locals visited the gardens for the first time and did plan to come back.” Committee members for the Novemberfest included

Ron Holloway, Ken Bouchard, Ed Fitzgerald, Naomi and Bill Stein, Danielle Kootchick, Dave Nichols, Michelle Walsh, Tom Beals, Jodi and Jimmy Blakley, John Davis, Shelbi Mayo and Alex Hathaway. Proceeds for the day are split equally between the Botanical Gardens and Amigos de Vista Lions. Stein shared that operating the Botanical Gardens can be costly. “For instance, our water bill in August was $4,100,” she said, noting how the gardens is a nonprofit and many volunteers take care of the grounds. “We pay for everything. We have a couple of part-time employees that help maintain the gardens, but most of it is maintained by Adopt-A-Garden volunteers. “The Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is a gem in our community,” she said. “It’s an amazing place, and we need to get it on the map.”


shopping, cookie decorating the Encinitas Community and “The Muppet Christmas Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Carol” under the star. Tick- Drive, Encinitas. ets $10, children under 3 free at, activity number 28992. DEC. 2


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26 through Dec. 31. Food for Fines offers patrons the opportunity to clear up to $20 in fines from library accounts by donating non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged food for Escondido’s Interfaith Community Services. Each food item counts as $1 toward reducing fines. All donations must be given at the Customer Service Desk at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

VISTA — On Nov. 17, hundreds of guests stopped by the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens for the fifth annual Novemberfest. The outdoor venue netted the attention of almost 600 people who enjoyed visiting a plethora of breweries, meaderies and wineries pouring their top tastings of the day. Proceeds from the day went to benefit both the Amigos de Vista Lions Club and Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. “We are very fortunate to have many of our local breweries in Vista, and around the North County area come in and donate kegs of beer,” said Naomi Stein, vice president of Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. While guests tasted harvest ales and various IPAs, they also enjoyed mead, made from wine and honey, as well as wine tastings. Spirit companies that

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Come celebrate the 75th anniversary and fundraiser for the Armed Services YMCA from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30 at SpringHill Suites, 110 N. Myers St., Oceanside. Tickets $20 at the door for a night that includes guitarist Daniel Salas, Semisi M’au, DJ Hariel Cosair, Oceanside Dance and performers from Varua Tahiti’e. Artists including Michael Richard Rosenblatt and Al Scholl will be painting on site.


The city of Del Mar is offering a Holiday Voucher program through Dec. 23. Spend $75 at one or more participating retailers and receive a $15 dining voucher for a Del Mar Village restaurant. For details, visit https://visitdelmarvillage. com.

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From 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, the San Diego Botanic Garden Encinitas, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California style. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora on 37 acres. Tickets for Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at the SD Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. There are no advance ticket sales available.


The city of Carlsbad will celebrate the season at its Holiday at the Rancho event from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad. Enjoy a tree-lighting, train rides, games, crafts, face painting, holiday

The Crafter’s Showcase, with handcrafted items by local artisans, hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Downtown Carlsbad.


A Hanukkah Menorah Lighting will begin the Jewish holiday from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Westfield North County mall, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido. Enjoy warm festivities around the lighting of the first menorah candle in honor of Hanukkah, in partnership with Chabad of Poway. Following this celebration, the menorah will continue to light an additional candle everyday of Hanukkah.

Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Community members can join the Friends group at TIME FOR KRINGLE MINGLE the door. Visit encinitaslibSanta’s surfing into Cardiff for Kringle Mingle and so should you. Cardiff 101 hosts its annual Kringle HELP WITH INVASIVE FLORA Volunteers are needed Mingle, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. to help from 9 a.m. to noon 2 in the North Courtyard of Dec. 1 to help the San Die- Cardiff Town Center, 2033 guito River Valley Conser- San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-byvancy restore wildlife hab- the-Sea. The free holiday itat in the Brigantine Basin community event features of the San Dieguito Lagoon. Santa, children’s crafts, phoRegister at Work- tos, food, drink, song, dance ers will help remove inva- and a 5 P.M. tree-lighting sive ice plant. Gloves, tools ceremony, supported by Teand water will be provided. resa and Don Barth and the Meet at the Brigantine Ba- county of San Diego Commusin, 3193 Camino Del Mar, nity Enhancement funding. Del Mar. Street parking available on South Cedros PIONEER CHRISTMAS Avenue. For more informaJoin the Farmstead tion, call (858) 344-6654. Holiday Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sikes Adobe Historic FarmWINTER WONDERLAND The Winter Wonderland stead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Festival at the California Escondido. Come decorate Center for the Arts, Escon- the 1880s Sikes Adobe Hisdido begins at 3 p.m. Dec. toric Farmstead, and make 1 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., decorations similar to the piEscondido, for pictures with oneers. There will be farmSanta, Santa’s reindeer, house tours, materials for performances in the Lyric decorating, hot drinks and Court, snow play, free arts cookies and Christmas muworkshops, train rides and sic. For more information, a holiday light show. In the e-mail, or Concert Hall at 7 p.m. see call (760) 432-8318 and leave “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” a message. Suggested donaand “How the Grinch Stole tion: $5 for individuals, unChristmas.” Tickets at (800) der 12 years old free. 988-4253 or online at artcenCHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER Unity Church of Carlsbad is having a Christmas HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR San Dieguito Art Guild fundraiser at noon Dec. 2 Holiday Bazaar is set from at 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at including a Silent Auction

with gift baskets, gift cards, merchandise and services donated by local businesses. Tickets are $5.

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The Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe invites all to its free Chanukah celebration and Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. There will be music, latkes and doughnuts, Hanukkah s’mores, crafts, a DJ and no host bar. RSVP at For more information, call (858) 756-7571.


The next San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association Dialogue and Lunch will be at noon Dec. 5 at Seaside Center For Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas.


The Oceanside Senior Anglers’ will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 with speaker Orchid Martinez, owner operator of Baja Fishing Convoys, at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. The meeting is open to all anglers age 50 and above. Visit OSAnglers. org.


The San Diego Blood Bank is inviting the community to host a blood drive, donate blood or make a financial donation during its “San Diego Cares” campaign, running through Jan. 15. To learn more about San Diego Cares, please visit


Carlsbad Newcomers will meet at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 5, followed by “Historical Music of the Holiday Season” at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. For more information, visit


Join the Community Hanukkah Spectacular at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Regal Cinema Plaza Oceanside, 401 Mission Ave., Oceanside. There will be a grand menorah lighting and the Great Hanukkah Gelt Drop, where you can gather chocolate coins as they rain down. For more information, visit or call (760) 8067765


Escondido Public Library is offering its annual Food for Fines program Nov.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas, runs a food pantry on Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. for registered families. Volunteers set up at 1:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s also provides a brunch to the community on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. People can volunteer by registering by e-mail to

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Del Mar Branch Library presents its December Local Author Talk. at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 with Vincentia Schroeter, author of “Communication Breakthrough” at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call (858) 7551666.

The North County Economic Development Council’s awards luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cal State University San Marcos, student union ballroom, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. For more information, call (619) 301-2884.

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A Holiday Craft & Sip will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Westfield North County mall, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido, for adults 21+ with gift making, giveaways, sips and bites, music and festive selfies. All proceeds benefit community partner California Center for the Arts Escondido. Also the Escondido Police Department is hosting a toy drive to collect new, unwrapped toys for local families who have been victimized by crime or other hardships. The toy drop box will be located in the mall, adjacent to the EPD squad car.

The Oceanside Yacht Club Parade of Lights will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 on the Oceanside Harbor. You can see the parade up close with a 90-minute Harbor Cruise tour for $29 adults, $19 children 3 to 12. For parade reservations, call (888) 507-1130 or visit You can also take a 20-minute harbor cruise “Boat Ride with Santa” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 256 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside, for a $3 per person donation to Friends of Oceanside Parks. No reservations needed.


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Join the Moonlight Angels from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside, for its holiday lunch, with music by The Holiday Hipsters. $40 per person. And to kick start your shopping, win baskets and wreaths, with gift cards and holiday treasures. For more information, contact Carol Lightner at (760) 7344444 or visit



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CP Air to add Sacramento, Denver routes in March By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Early success is leading to further expansion for California Pacific Airlines. On March 1, the airline will begin nonstop service to Sacramento followed by a March 15 launch to Denver, according to a press release from the company on Nov. 27. Also on March 15, CP Air will begin two daily nonstop flights to Reno from McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. The new routes come off the heels of CP Air launching commercial service on Nov. 1 to San Jose and Reno. On Nov. 15, the airline began service to Las Vegas and Phoenix.

As for the new cities, CP Air will service Sacramento International Airport and Denver International Airport, according to Tom Morrow, CP Air’s director of communications. As for fares, Morrow said those will be announced at a later date. The flight to Denver, though, will include a layover in Phoenix. In addition, CP Air will also expand its fleet of Embraer 145s, a 50-seat jet currently in service. “We’re expecting two additional Embraer 145 aircraft to be added soon to our fleet,” CEO Ted Vallas said. “We’re anticipating adding a larger Embraer 170 sometime in early 2019.





The SANDAG Board of Directors unanimously selected two of its members to serve as chairman and vice chairwoman of the regional government agency. The board chose its current vice chairman, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, to serve as chairman. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear will serve as vice chairwoman. Both will take up their new roles beginning Jan. 1, 2019 and will serve two-year terms.

the selection of Bret Schanzenbach as its new CEO. Schanzenbach will succeed Ted Owen who is retiring in January 2019 after 15 years at the Chamber. Schanzenbach, a native California and resident of San Diego’s North County since 1971, comes to the Carlsbad position from the Vista Chamber of Commerce where he served as CEO since 2009.



The North County Philanthropy Council, a local group that brings nonprofits, volunteers, donors and businesses together, recently hosted their annual “Volunteer of the Year” luncheon awards where two of VCC’s own Board of Trustee members were recognized. Matt Johnson and James Hedgecock who both volunteer their time to sit on VCC’s Board of Trustees, were each awarded a plaque to commemorate their efforts. As members of VCC’s Board of Trustees, both men bring with them skillsets and community connections that can be used to bring positive change to the clinic.


Home Instead Senior Care Office serving Fallbrook, Del Mar and Vista invites the community to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family, through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Go to the Walmart at 3405 Marron Road, Oceanside, or 732 Center Drive, San Marcos and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display through Dec. 10. The gifts are distributed to local seniors in time for the holidays. For more information about the program, visit or call (760) 639-6472.


Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has announced

Did you know Venetos has been renamed Venetos Cucina Italiana? It has been given an authentic Italian name to go with its authentic Italian cuisine from its Cucina Italiana, 608 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside.


Brightway, the Crumbaker Agency, will host a grand opening to welcome the community, to its new insurance agency at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 160, Carlsbad. Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchises.


Next summer, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is launching a new permanent exhibition that brings seadragon conservation to the forefront. The exhibition, which has yet to be named, will be home to Weedy and Leafy Seadragons, as well as several species of seahorses and pipefish. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be one of the most expansive seadragon habitats in the world. The 18-foot-wide, 9-foot-tall exhibit will hold 5,375 gallons of water — that’s 70 bathtubs. The habitat has been designed to create the ideal environment to breed Leafy Seadragons, something that has never been done in captivity before.

less than 15 minutes.” Chief Financial Officer John Barkley said earlier this month the airline is seeing a “dramatic uptick” in ticket sales after the airline finally took flight. Another bonus, he said, was holiday flights were starting to fill quickly. It was coincidental timing, though, that CP Air started service just weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regardless, the airline’s main competitive advantage is prices similar from San Diego and less travel and hassle to fly. CP Air was the second commercial airline to operate out of

at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Help make spirits bright for more than 6,000 people in BOOK AND BAKE SALE need at the CRC’s Holiday The Friends of the Car- Baskets. Purchase your tickdiff by the Sea Library pres- ets at ent their holiday book and bake sale, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 HONOR THE ENVIRONMENT p.m. Dec. 8 in the Cardiff LiEvery second Tuesday brary Community Room and and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Book Nook, 2081 Newcastle Dec. 11, the Solana Center Ave., Cardiff. All books, in- for Environmental Innovacluding collectibles, and all tion at Solana Center 137 N. media will be half-price, and El Camino Real, invites volwonderful homemade baked unteers to come get involved goods will be available for with its free Zero Waste purchase for eating and gift- programs at its home base. ing. All proceeds go to sup- Activities vary, from playport the Cardiff Library and ing in the demonstration its programs. worm bins, to beautifying the grounds with your own MINDFUL LIVING artistic contributions. The city of Carlsbad’s Mindful Living Workshops continue with Mindful Re- DEC. 12 flective Leadership, 9-10:30 HAVE A HEALTHY GARDEN a.m. Dec. 8 at the Carlsbad Improving San Diego’s City Library Schulman Au- soil fertility will be the topic ditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free. CONTINUED FROM 6

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Currently, all of CP Air’s western division operations originate out of Carlsbad. Vallas, 97, began building the new airline nine years ago. In the 1980s, he owned and operated Air Resorts, a seven-plane airline operating out of San Diego. “People told me I was crazy and that I’d never get this (airline) off the ground,” Vallas said. “Right now we’re flying high. With San Diego’s international airport jammed with traffic, our Carlsbad base allows our passengers to park for $5 a day, check their bags, pass through TSA and be ready to board their plane in

McClellan-Palomar Airport this year. Cal Jet Elite Air launched operations last year, but shut down in April. Cal Jet Elite Air announced it would return in June with more routes, but has not returned to service. CP Air is the only commercial option in North County for the foreseeable future. Fares range between $99 to Las Vegas and San Jose and $148.99 to Reno. The airline offers both refundable and nonrefundable tickets with the nonrefundable tickets being less expensive. Disclosure: The Coast News owner Jim Kydd is an investor in CP Air.

of a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The speaker is Mary Matava, owner of El Corazon Composting Facility in Oceanside. Lunch at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and program at 1:30 p.m. Visit vistangardenclub. org or e-mail

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San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy in partnership with San Diego Natural History Museum, theNAT, presents another of its Nature Series receptions beginning at 6 p.m. The presentation is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 for 12 and older, with Jon Rebman, PhD, of the Mary and Dallas Clark endowed

chair, curator of botany at the museum and a plant taxonomist. For more information, visit NewsReleases. Cost is $20. For details, visit SanElijo. org or call (760) 436-3944. LEARN AT MOBILE MUSEUM

The Mobile Children’s Museum, a free, interactive learn and play, science and exploration exhibit for children 10 and under, is returning to The Shoppes at Carlsbad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 on the lower level between H&M and Macy’s Home, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 729-6183 or Onsite educators from the Museum will be on hand to guide children and parents through a series of exhibits that are tailored for each grade level.


Come enjoy the story of “Stone Soup” and make the soup at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Class fee is $5 per child, and $5 per adult garden entry. Pre-registration required at or (760) 822-6824.

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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito is holding a “Vigil to End Gun Violence” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach. Come together to remember more than 600,000 Americans killed or injured by guns since the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. At hundreds of locations nationwide, supporters will give voice to all victims and survivors of gun violence and help #EndGunViolence in America. For more inforation, visit


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Check out some sweet rides at the Classic Chariots Christmas Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at 1611 W. Vista Way, Vista. For booth reservations, call Susie at (760) 295-6237.

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The Community Resource Center invites you to its fundraising “Jingle & Mingle” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11

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Carlsbad approves gun violence resolution By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — It is one of the most discussed topics in the country. Gun violence, specifically on school campuses, has redefined school security measures, plans and actions by those associated school districts, cities, county and state agencies. On Nov. 27, the Carlsbad City Council became the latest city to approve a gun violence resolution to support school and student safety. A sample resolution was brought forward on April 24 by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and several weeks ago the council approved a broad school violence prevention resolution. However, this time around the council ap-

proved a resolution specifically for gun violence prevention. Councilwoman Cori S c hu mac h er has long sought such C. Schumacher an approval and said she was happy the city is taking notice of the “horrific impact on communities across America,” part of the resolution reads, in addition to protecting children. She and Councilman Michael Schumacher represented the city on the City/School Committee, along with their counterparts from the Carlsbad Unified School District, Veronica Williams and

Elisa Williamson, during a Sept. 20 meeting. Cori Schumacher said the Sept. 20 split vote was the result of two members wanting a more community wellness-oriented resolution, while two others wanted a narrow focus. Nevertheless, the City Council voted to approve to bring the measure back with a more narrowed focus on gun violence prevention. Carmen Rene, co-chair of the Friends of Carlsbad Schools 2018 committee that spearheaded the campaign for the Carlsbad Unified School District’s $265 million bond, said she supports the measure. Throughout her career, she added, work begins and ends with addressing safety concerns.

She said it is incumbent upon state and federal elected leaders to take action against gun violence. “I find it disturbing that as a nation, we pulled romaine lettuce from grocery store shelves immediately when four people got sick,” Rene said. “This action was taken to keep people safe and prevent impact. Yet, we avoid discussions and action related to gun violence.” Although she said she understands romaine lettuce is not protected under the U.S. Constitution, Rene said the concerns surrounding gun violence must be heard and acted on. “We simply must take action on gun violence in the same spirit,” she added.

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DEAR DOCTOR: Our uncle, who is 44, recently got diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg, and it was a medical emergency. Our mom (his older sister) is a nurse and says that because he's so tall — 6-foot-4 — his risk is higher. Is that really true? I thought that it depended more on weight than height. DEAR READER: Kudos to your mother, who is up on the latest research. According to a study published last year in the American Heart

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Association's journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, scientists in Sweden have identified a potential relationship between someone's height and their risk of developing a blood clot. In the study, men under 5 feet 3 inches were found to be 65 percent less likely than men taller than 6 feet 2 inches to develop a venous blood clot. In women, the likelihood of a blood clot was 69 percent lower in individuals shorter than 5 feet 1 inch than in those who were 6 feet or taller. For the taller men in the study, height was linked to blood clots in the lungs, legs and other locations. For women, being tall increased the risk of blood clots only in the legs. These conclusions are drawn from an analysis of medical data collected from -- and this is an interesting twist -- more than 2.5 million adult siblings in a national registry. The study period ranged from 30 to 40 years, and siblings were used to help account for any potential genetic factors in the results. None of the subjects had venous blood clots at the start of the study period. The ability of blood to clot, or coagulate, is crucial to our survival. When an injury occurs, factors present in our blood and plasma work together to form the clot, which slows or stops the flow of blood at the site. As the injury heals, the clot dissolves. However, blood clots can form within blood vessels absent of injury or trauma, and they can persist. The danger is that they can restrict blood flow. Blood clots can also separate from their point of origin and travel through the heart and to lungs, where they become life-threatening. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 60,000 and 100,000 deaths per year are attributable to blood clots. You're correct that being overweight or obese is a risk factor in developing a blood clot. So are smoking, pregnancy, being immobile for long stretches of time, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and family history, to name just a few. Although you can't stop being tall, you can take steps to reduce blood-clot risk. The first three — lose weight, exercise regularly and stop smoking — not only lower blood clot risk, they contribute to health and well-being in general. Air travel, desk work, bed rest and medical recovery can mean sitting still for hours at a time. Mitigate this by walking, stretching and flexing your leg muscles at regular intervals. And if you do find yourself seated for a long while, avoid crossing your legs, which can impede blood flow. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

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Nonprofit helps local immigrants become US citizens By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — Angel Nava, 63, has the 100 civics questions on the U.S. citizenship test down pat. Every Wednesday night, the 45-year Encinitas resident attends a citizenship tutoring event hosted by the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center (NCICC), a nonprofit that focuses on helping local immigrants obtain citizenship. Nava, who studies the cards assiduously both at home and during the events, started attending the classes five months ago. His primary reason? To be able to vote. And Nava is not alone — he is just one of many students served by the nonprofit, which was founded in 2012 by a group of local churchgoers at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Stephen Carlton — a former educator and one of five founding board members — first recognized a need for immigrant educational services in 2008, when he was working as a tutor at Casa de Amistad, a learning center in Solana Beach. He remembers seeing groups of parents milling around outside, conversing in Spanish and waiting for their children. “I began to really be burdened by the fact that we were working with the students, but who is addressing the needs of the adults, the parents?” Carlton said. Carlton and several others jumpstarted what was termed the Adult Literacy Academy. Fulfilling the need for adult education among immigrants in the community — particularly those living in the Hispanic pockets of North County such as La Colonia de Eden Park — spurred a realization that the community’s needs went far beyond language learning. Its initial mission to educate soon materialized into a widely inclusive objective: to serve the immigrant community in North County. The organization has upheld its original educational pursuits: offering English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, driving lessons for non-English speakers, and citizenship classes at the So-

EULOGIO SALDIVAR, who recently became a citizen with the help of the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center, now helps tutor other North County residents looking to follow the same path. Saldivar works with student Figueroa Isidro Rivas, who has lived in Solana Beach for about 35 years. Photo by Lexy Brodt

lana Beach Public Library. At a citizenship class in mid-November, over a dozen permanent residents gathered at the library to study, answering citizenship test questions printed on large, red flash cards — often in Spanish. Questions range from the simple (“What is the name of the President of United States now?”) to the head-scratching (“What is the ‘rule of law’?”). Several students have their exams and interviews in just a few weeks. And although Nava knows most of the answers by heart, many are just beginning the process. Newly minted citizen and now-volunteer Eulogio Saldivar flips through the flash cards with students Cruz Saldivar and Figueroa Isidro Rivas. “Some are easy, some are hard,” said Cruz Saldivar, a 27-year Solana Beach resident who has been attending the event for about a month. “It’s a great opportunity for people who have an interest in becoming citizens,” Saldivar said in Spanish, as she contemplated a note card with the question, “If

the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?” The attendees typically work one-on-one with a tutor to go through the questions, while some participate in mock naturalization interviews or go through their naturalization applications with a staff member. In addition to its educational arm, the center now offers various legal services at a low-cost rate, meant to encourage permanent residents to take the final leap to pursue citizenship. Its legal arm didn’t take off until 2016, according to Executive Director Linda Martinez Haley. The Department of Justice-accredited organization has five staff that can help screen clients and assist them in the process of submitting their N-400’s, the naturalization application. Depending on a number of criteria, clients might wait about a year for their application to be processed, at which point they take the citizenship test and interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The North County Immigration and Citizenship

Center has assisted 43 residents in attaining citizenship since 2016. And the demand is growing — 20 of those citizens took their oath in the last nine months. So far, the center has a 100 percent pass rate. Although clients are primarily from Latino backgrounds, the center has faced a far-reaching demand — with clients from 22 countries including France, Sudan and Cambodia. According to Judy Enns, one of 10 current board chairs, the center’s numerical success speaks to the staff’s “laser-like focus on getting people citizenship.” “Meeting a need for the safety and security of those at risk in our community, and keeping those families together, is what we do, where our success has been, and where we’re learning we can make an impact,” Enns said. But not all paths to citizenship are created equal. The center sometimes receives more complicated cases — in which they might have to expunge a DUI from a client’s record, for example. Even when they are approached by clients who are

ineligible for citizenship, they try their best to point out any available resources, or encourage them to participate in the ESL course. “We don’t turn people away,” Carlton said. In order to broaden the legal services they can provide, the center has partnered with several attorneys on a pro bono basis, including seven attorneys with Fragomen LLP — a San Diego-based law firm that specializes in providing immigration-related services. The attorneys often attend the citizenship tutoring events on Wednesdays to meet with students and help them prepare for their interviews. They also help the center’s staff with more difficult cases, and lend their expertise to the center’s Tuesday office hours to answer general questions from clients. Ruth Spillane, an attorney with Fragomen, frequently attends the Wednesday night tutoring events. She started working with the center just this year, and calls the experience thus far “really rewarding.” “It’s such a big step for so many people,” she said.

“ … the process is grueling and lengthy and scary and uncertain, and you have this organization there at the finish line, getting them across.” The only entity of its kind in North County, the center is also reaching out to other churches and organizations in the region, taking “promising practices” and training individuals at other locations to provide similar services. The nonprofit — which Stephen jokingly referred to as a “boutique immigration service” — runs on a roughly $70,000 annual budget. Its staff members work on a part-time basis, and the organization relies on the services of over a hundred volunteers — ranging in age from 12 to 82. A large portion of its funding comes from a competitive three-year grant from the Presbytery of San Diego, with additional funds from the city of Solana Beach, the Solana Fund and Kingdom Builders grants. The rest is raised through various fundraising efforts. As national immigration policy has seen swooping changes over the years, the center has evolved accordingly. When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was instated in 2012, board members were galvanized to provide legal services for young immigrants. With a reversal of the policy under the current administration, the center now only offers DACA renewal services — cases that arise about once a month. As their focus has zoomed in on the naturalization process, board members have seen the average age of their client base shift back to an older population. Although board members call their mission spiritual rather than political, Carlton thinks the current state of politics may play a role in the center’s demand. “If anything the current climate has really been encouraging immigrants who have their green cards and are eligible for naturalization to push ahead and become citizens so they can participate in our democracy,” he said.

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CSUSM’s Flora headed High school boys basketball preview to D-II championships By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — Montana weather has a slightly different feel than San Marcos in mid-November. But California State University-San Marcos cross country runner Lisa Flora withstood snow and sub-freezing temperatures to finish 12th in the women’s 6k race at the NCAA Division II West Region Championships at Amend Park in Billings, Montana. Flora, a redshirt senior, finished in 21 minutes and 35.8 seconds, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II National Championships for the second straight season. Flora was the only member of the women’s team to qualify for the national competition on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh. “I couldn’t be more excited to represent CSUSM for the second consecutive year at NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships,” Flora said. “I want to thank my coaches, teammates, athletic training staff, and athletic department for the support to allow me to perform at the national level. I look forward to racing.” Flora, an Escondido High School graduate, is majoring in sociology and criminal justice and plans to work in law enforcement after college. She has received all-academic honors several times while at CSUSM. Cougars men’s and women’s cross country

coach Torrey Olson said that Flora showed perseverance in bouncing back from an injury this past summer that dated back to the spring track and field season. He said she was the most veteran women’s runner on the team and the top returner from last season, which saw five of top eight runners leave for graduation. “The goal for her at this time is to go there and become an All-American,” Olson said. The Cougar women’s team finished ninth overall. Vahagn Isayan took 16th place (31:34) to lead the Cougars men’s team in the 10k race, which finished seventh of 24 teams. Shea Vavra, who attended Escondido High School, finished 24th with a time of 31:44. California State University-Chico (Chico State) won the men’s race, with all seven of its runners in the top 20 and its top five scoring runners all in the top 14. On the women’s side, Alaska Anchorage came out on top, with two of its runners placing first and second in the race overall and another in sixth. At the end of the day, Olson sees a bright future for both programs and is happy with how his first season leading the Cal State San Marcos program transpired. “It was a good season and I’m proud of how far they’ve come,” Olson said. “It’s just the beginning for me and for them.”

Fleet protects QB with first ‘pick’ in AAF draft REGION — The San Diego Fleet protected former University of San Diego standout Josh Johnson with the first choice in the Alliance of American Football “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft on Nov. 27. The Fleet had the option of protecting one of

the three quarterbacks on their roster or picking an unprotected quarterback from one of the league’s other seven teams. They opted to protect the 32-year-old Johnson, who led the Toreros to Pioneer Football League championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Johnson played 29 NFL games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, starting five, completing 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards and 10 touchdowns between 2009 and 2013. Johnson was the first USD player to be selected in the NFL draft, chosen by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. The Fleet will begin play Feb. 9 at San Antonio and play its first game at SDCCU Stadium on Feb. 17 against the Atlanta Legends. — City News Service

BRYCE POPE, left, and his twin brother Michael return for their final season for the Torrey Pines boys basketball team. The Falcons open the season as the top-ranked team in The Coast News readership area. Photo by Shana Thompson

The Coast News Top 10

Second Team

chi and RJ Davis headline the Wildcats.

Trevan Martin, soph. guard, Santa Fe Christian Thomas Notarainni, soph. guard, Cath. Catholic Alex Wade, sophomore guard, Cathedral Catholic Travis Snider, senior forward, Torrey Pines Victor Novy, senior forward, Torrey Pines Jailen Nelson, junior guard, Carlsbad Brad Yasukochi, senior guard, El Camino RJ Davis, senior guard, El Camino Kameron Beacham, soph. forward, Oceanside Brogan Pietrocini, senior forward, Carlsbad Chase Webb, senior wing, Tri-City Christian Ethan Davis, senior forward, Escondido Adventist Adam Nieves, sophomore wing, Orange Glen

10. Army Navy Ninth-grader Alexis 1. Torrey Pines Marmolejos is a revelaStacked frontcourt, but tion, and transfer Cobey do the Falcons have enough Harraway bolsters the Warguard depth to win the riors roster. Open Division? Others to watch: 2. Vista Mission Hills, Tri-City Jordan Hilstock and Christian, Oceanside, Sage Makiah Morris have big- Creek, Escondido, Escondigame experience, but the do Adventist Academy, PaPanthers need their role cific Ridge players to emerge. 3. Cathedral Catholic Sophomores Obinna Anyanwu, Alex Wade and Thomas Notarainni will need supporting cast to Bryce Pope come up big. Senior guard, Torrey Pines — UCSD-bound se4. San Marcos Sophomore Chris How- nior is the region’s returnell is one of the state’s top ing leading scorer prospects. Look for Elijah Randall to have a bounce- Michael Pope Senior guard, Torrey back year. Pines — Sharpshooting backcourt mate of brother 5. La Costa Canyon The Mavs have the size Bryce will have a breakout and an excellent backcourt senior year with Graham Cook and Jordan Hilstock Taro Boyd. Senior guard, Vista — Four-year varsity starter 6. Santa Fe Christian The Eagles are young looks poised to go out with and not as big as last year’s a bang variety, but shoot it and are Makiah Morris well-coached. Senior guard, Vista — Rapidly rising senior guard 7. Carlsbad The presumptive favor- has blossomed during the ites in Division 2, Carlsbad offseason returns almost every key player from last year’s D3 fi- Graham Cook Senior guard, La Costa nalists and adds Sage Creek Canyon — The face of the transfer Jailen Nelson. Mavs the past four years, can Cook lead them to a CIF 8. Rancho Buena Vista The Longhorns return Title? major pieces from last year’s breakthrough sea- Chris Howell Sophomore guard, San son. Coach Aaron Abrams Marcos — The region’s fuhas revived the Horns culture rests in the 6-6 point ture. guard’s hands 9. El Camino Feisty albeit under- Carter Plousha Senior wing, Carlsbad sized, seniors Brad Yasuko-

Preseason All-Region Team

JORDAN HILSTOCK, a senior guard, is a four-year startOthers to watch: er for second-ranked Vista. Alexis Marmolejos, Army Photo via Twitter

— Wiry swingman was one of the best two-way players in San Diego Patrick McLachlan Senior guard, Rancho Buena Vista — McLachlan is ready for his star turn in year two in North County Elijah Randall Junior wing, San Marcos — Randall appears back after an injury-beset sophomore campaign Albert Pichardo Junior wing, Army Navy Academy — The versatile swingman is still the key for the Warriors Obinna Anyanwu Sophomore forward, Cathedral Catholic — The 6-7 forward is an elite rebounder and defender with offers from Texas and Georgia Tech, among others.

Navy Academy; Dillon Wilhite, Cathedral Catholic; Hayden Gray, Santa Fe Christian; Chase Pagon, Santa Fe Christian; Brandon Angel, Torrey Pines; Kyrin Beacham, Oceanside; Cobey Harraway, Army Navy Academy; Nikko Taylor, Vista; Jacob Hutchinson, Escondido; Chris Landry, Escondido; Roell Lamug, Orange Glen; Mickey Chew, Orange Glen; Nick Sonck, Sage Creek; James Ellenstein, Sage Creek; Charles Williams, La Costa Canyon; Baylor Brimmer, La Costa Canyon; Sam Kramer, La Costa Canyon; Keavie Love, El Camino; Tyson Robinson, El Camino; Jack Bailey, Rancho Buena Vista; Noah Fields, Rancho Buena Vista; Frank Gelfman, Canyon Crest Academy; Robert Ligayon, Mission Hills; Nick Nielsen, Pacific Ridge; Yarin Arbib, San Dieguito Academy; Ron Arbib, San Dieguito Academy.

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Shohei Ohtani book comes with local angle and an invite sports talk jay paris


fter all these years of scribbling for The Coast News, this column comes with an invitation: Save Dec. 6 and more on that later. Firstly, the paper, and this writer, appreciates the readers’ interest that keeps this community media outlet thriving. The Coast News has a solid reputation for covering what’s important, and interesting, in this little slice of nirvana which answers to “North County.” The question isn’t about what to cover but what to leave out. There’s few places with more people with more good tales than your neighbors. In between filing stories for The Coast News, I’ve written my third sports book. Unlike the other two which spun NFL yarns — think Chargers and Rams — this effort is about baseball. It’s not about the local nine, and we can’t wait either to see what the Padres’ A.J. Preller cooks up in the hot stove league. Is this the offseason the general manager parts with a one-time big piece of the Padres puzzle in Wil Myers? Or might Preller peddle some of pieces from a farm system which is rated among the best in the big leagues. Maybe prospects for stars, for a guy who lives near Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach, is what Preller delivers as the Padres rebuilding effort marches on. Instead this book is about a player that marches to a different drummer: Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani and that’s where the invite comes in. “Shohei Ohtani: The Amazing Story Of Baseball’s Two-Way Japanese Superstar” is being launched at the legendary Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be signing books and chattering about the

uniqueness of Ohtani, who was recently named the American League’s top rookie for his batting and pitching. Ohtani, 24, is called the “Japanese Babe Ruth” and for good reason. He matched, and eclipsed, maj o r- l e a g u e records this season that were established nearly a century ago by the iconic Ruth. Ohtani has shattered barriers on what baseball players can do and just maybe an area teenager is following suit. Spencer Jones, a versatile standout at La Costa Canyon High, is a miniature version of Ohtani. Although with Jones standing 6-foot-7 — three inches taller than Ohtani — that’s difficult to say about the left-handed pitcher and slugging first

baseman. This summer Jones was selected the MLB/SiriusXM Radio Two-Way High School Player of the Year. He starts his senior season at LCC in February, then it’s on to Vanderbilt University or pro ball as a likely first-round pick. W h e n scouts come around for their due diligence on Spencer, Jones’ father, Chris, said Ohtani’s performance has altered the conversation. “ T hey mention how the game is changing,” Chris Jones says in the new Ohtani book. “They see (Spencer) as a legitimate two-way player. I’m sensing a trend to it becoming more acceptable.” Spencer is honing his skills with North County’s fingerprints evident on his

game. Poway’s Dom Johnson works on his pitching while Vista’s Joe Pimentel tones the hitting. Rob Yang, of Encinitas, is in charge of fitness and strength. They complement LCC coach Justin Machado, of Cardiff, in helping Spencer make strides as a player. “Many only see him as a 6-7 pitcher and he continues to develop; he has the ability to be one of the best,” Machado said. “But his understanding of the strike zone and ability to drive the ball to any part of the field makes him one of the best hitters in the state. And with his speed, he’s kind of similar to some dude up the road.” That would be Ohtani, but we’re not sure how dude translates into Japanese. We do hope to say “konnichiwa” to you at Warwick’s, which is a Japanese greeting that welcomes an old friend. COLUMNIST JAY PARIS signs copies of his book on the Rams — he also has a similar one on the Chargers — but

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Astronomical views at Arizona observatory hit the road e’louise ondash


hey stand like alabaster sentinels at almost 7,000 feet overlooking some of the 2.7 million acres of the Tohono O'odham Reservation in southern Arizona. They are the 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes of Kitt Peak National Observatory — windows to places in the firmament that we can barely imagine. Consider: This largest collection of telescopes in the Northern Hemisphere can see and photograph the 250 billion (more or less) stars in our Milky Way galaxy and perhaps an equal number of galaxies (more or less) in the known universe. These numbers are baffling even to Tim Hrutkay,

THE 4-METER (156-inch) Myall telescope lords over several other of the 24 telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The high-and-dry location provides ideal viewing conditions for astronomers. Photo by Jerry Ondash

the observatory's daytime programs coordinator, who has spent 28 years educating the public about astronomy. "Kitt Peak is an easy place to love," he says. "The scenery and serenity are at the top of most people's lists, along with being in the environment of world-class astronomy, astrophysics and

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as the land is used for astronomical study, research and related scientific purposes," Hrutkay explains. It appears that the foundation has kept its word. There is a modest visitors' center with an impressive exterior mosaic and instructive interior displays and exhibits, and a small gift shop that offers postcards, celestial gifts and exquisite Tohono O’odham baskets and other artwork. There is no restaurant, but plenty of picnic tables. Our first moments are spent gazing at the expansive tribal lands below that encompass the cross-border Sonoran Desert. In the distance is the nation’s sacred peak Baboquivara — a sizable chunk of granite silhouetted against a spotless cerulean sky. Hrutkay and enthusiastic volunteer-docent Noel Paraninfo of Tucson, a retired medical technologist and “astronomer since I was 10,” have generously agreed to escort us around Kitt Peak. Its 200 acres sit atop Iolkam Du'ag, a "mountain of significance" for the Tohono O'odham nation. Its 500-year-old home is ideal for studying the heavens because of its stable atmosphere. Scientists call it “good seeing.” “When the atmosphere is stable (good seeing), fine details and resolutions can be obtained (by the telescopes),” explains Hrutkay. “When the seeing is poor, atmospheric turbulence blurs the image and limits the amount of detail available." The Sonoran Desert's low humidity also eliminates the occurrence of foggy mirrors in the telescopes, and light pollution here is minimal. "When the observatory was founded in 1958, Tucson was only a fraction of the size that it is today," Hrut-

PROGRAM COORDINATOR Tim Hrutkay and volunteer docent Noel Paraninfo provide perspective on the size of the McMath–Pierce telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in southern Arizona. Built in 1962 and named for two astronomers, the McMath-Pierce is the largest solar telescope in the world. A $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will convert it to a public education center that opens in two years. Photo by Jerry Ondash

kay says. “Light pollution, in spite of best efforts to regulate and mitigate its effects by the city of Tucson has had an impact, but not to the degree at say, Palomar Observatory. We are still a very dark site, and Tucson continues to be a leader in Dark Sky lighting regulation.” And unlike Palomar Observatory, which is funded by California Institute of Technology, a private institution, Kitt Peak is publicly funded. That means that astrophysicists from many academic institutions can spend time gazing through or gathering information from the observatory’s two dozen telescopes. Some of their findings include the discovery of the first indications of dark matter; detection of water and helium in the sun; a greater understanding of the formation of stars; and the discovery of a void in the constellation Bootes, which led to an early indication of the large-scale structure of

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New Oceanside store caters to miniature-model hobbyists By Samantha Taylor

OCEANSIDE — Last weekend was a busy one for Alex Davenport, who spent most of the past weekend introducing Oceanside to the hobby known as Warhammer. Warhammer is a tabletop game that simulates battles using miniature models featuring elements of both fantasy or science fiction. Warhammer Oceanside officially opened its doors on Saturday, Nov. 17, joining the ranks of hundreds of other Warhammer storefronts nationwide. “We sell everything that you would need to fully enjoy Warhammer,” said James Bell, Warhammer’s marketing coordinator for North America. Bell said Warhammer has a huge following in Southern California, noting the company’s first store was in Santa Monica. There are now roughly a dozen Warhammer stores in Southern California, according to Bell, with one in Murrietta and another in San Diego. Warhammer products are available at other retailer locations. The game itself involves building and collecting models to create an army, Bell explained. It involves critical thinking from the players, who need to be evaluating moves that they should make multiple turns ahead of time, and

ALEX DAVENPORT takes a close look at some of the miniatures available to purchase and paint at Warhammer stores. Photo via Facebook

WARHAMMER MINIATURE MODELS, built and painted by store manager Alex Davenport, stand on display in the window of Warhammer Oceanside, a new hobby miniature store. Photo by Samantha Taylor

rolling dice to determine what happens to the mini soldiers. Players quite literally build their miniatures by piecing them together and painting them to look however they please. Warhammer stores have tables for hobbyists to come in and play and offer model building and painting lessons for free — which is where

Oceanside store manager Davenport comes into play. “I’m here as everyone’s resource for everything Warhammer,” he said. Warhammer storefronts are designed to help facilitate interest in the hobby, whether it’s playing the game or just building and collecting miniatures. Warhammer stores stock miniature models, paint,

books and other tools for those interested in the hobby. For those who may not be interested in playing the actual game but want to learn more about the Warhammer world, there are novels centered around the hobby’s lore. Upon walking into the store over the weekend, visitors were greeted by two setup demos of the game complete with miniatures. On one side is the Warhammer 40,000 demo, the science fiction version of the game that takes place in the distant future; on the other side is the Warhammer Age of Sigmar demo, which has more of a medieval fantasy

theme. Though the miniatures are specifically designed for the Warhammer games, Bell noted they can be useful for other games, like Dungeons & Dragons. Hobbies can get expensive, especially when they require a lot of tools and equipment. Bret Smilyk, a Warhammer trainer who helps new stores open, said the beauty of the Warhammer store is that it helps people determine what they need to enjoy the hobby before they buy anything. “It’s all about the test drive,” he said. “You’re not going to know until you give it a try.” Smilyk said one of his

favorite things about the hobby is the sense of accomplishment it gives to people after they finish building their own model. Warhammer offers a school club program for students between 12 and 18 years old to learn about the game and play with others interested in the hobby. School clubs are open to schools and other community organizations, and participants will receive a support package that includes models, paint and tools as well as a two-part curriculum pack that includes lesson plans and guidance on the game. Bell noted Warhammer School Clubs help to encourage critical thinking in students and help them to develop social skills by playing with others. There’s also math and reading involved, he added. Those who are interested in starting a Warhammer school club can email warhammer.schoolclub @ Applicants will be vetted to confirm they are from eligible community organizations or schools. Warhammer Oceanside is located at 4140 Oceanside Boulevard, unit 147, in Oceanside. The store is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. The store is closed Monday and Tuesday.


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‘Tis the season for pies at Mama Kat’s By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — Julian may have the wellearned reputation as the pie capital of San Diego County, but Mama Kat’s Restaurant and Pie Shop in San Marcos gives it a run for the money. That propensity rears its head in the fullest around the Thanksgiving holiday, which sees Mama Kat’s make about 2,000 pies in-house ordered by its customers to take home for meals with their friends and family. Mama Kat’s founder and CEO Michael Herrera said that the seasonal favorite pie flavor is, perhaps unsurprisingly, pumpkin. “The most popular flavor is pumpkin and we make over 1,000 pounds of pumpkin pie filling per season. After that apple, apple cranberry and apple boysenberry reign,” Herrera said. “All are available in our tradition sugar crust or topped with our Dutch topping, made from old-fashioned rolled oats, brown sugar, flour, butter, lemon and spices.” Herrera also noted that Mama Kat’s makes hundreds of pies prior to the December holiday season, but that Thanksgiving is still primetime for pie making. Like small town Julian, too, Herrera said that he has attempted to keep the small-town diner flame flickering as it relates to the feeling customers have when they come in and have a meal or buy a slice of pie at Mama Kat’s. He harkens back to a time before San Marcos’ boom as a bustling college town with an ev-

MAMA KAT’S founder and CEO Michael Herrera says the San Marcos restaurant and pie shop is named for his mother, who worked as a waitress. Courtesy photo

er-rising population in describing what he wants for his customers’ experience. “We still make pies because they make people remember a simpler time,” Herrera said. “They aren’t the biggest profit generator, but there is just something nostalgic about them that brings people back. Watching the smile on the faces of our guests young and old is worth all the effort that

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goes into our beloved pies.” Mama Kat’s sits in the building which formerly housed Grandpa Allen’s Family Restaurant, where Herrera once worked and perfected the art of making a delectable pie. Though only 39 years old, Herrera has worked in the restaurant for nearly a quarter century. “I purchased this restaurant from the previous owner who had been making pies since the 1970s,” he said. “I learned how to bake from him when I was 16 years old and would come in before high school to watch him bake from memory. I would follow him around and grab the same amount as him and weigh and measure all his work to put some science behind his skill. Slowly I developed my own recipes based off his methodology and teachings." Pie making, Herrera noted, is something he is still intricately involved with in the Mama Kat’s

kitchen. In turn, that often means sleep deprivation during the peak of the pre-Thanksgiving pie-making boom. “Every pie enters and leaves the oven by my hands, so there is little to no sleep happening over those days,” he said. “It’s not really a job that you can pay cooks and chefs to do. Me, my wife and our four girls, along with a select group of staff and loyal Mama Kat’s volunteers, are here to make other families’ holiday traditions sweet as pie.” Originally hailing from West Los Angeles, Herrera said that the namesake of the restaurant is his mother, Katherine, or Kat. His mother, when he was growing up, worked professionally as a waitress and Herrera said he often joined her on the job “sitting in restaurants mesmerized by the people that made them special.” Mama Kat’s logo, too, serves a purpose beyond depicting a charismatic and charming cat, which Herrera said symbolizes the business’ day-to-day ethos. “I also heard a story once about the hobo culture after the Great Depression and a symbol of a cat in their writings meant a kind woman lived there,” he said. “A kind heart and warm meal is what our restaurant is all about. There is no dress code, or status required. We treat everyone with compassion and care and provide a level of service and quality of food that has become a relic in this fastpaced world. We truly care about our community, employees and customers just like a mother cares for her own family.” Those seeking a flavor recommendation and still in need of a pie for the holiday season can take it from Herrera, who said he prefers strawberry rhubarb. “It’s a perfect balance of tart and sweet and balanced so well,” said Herrera. “I tend to get bored if flavors are too sweet, so I really try to find a good balance of the fruit and not too much added sugar.” Mama Kat’s is located at 950 W. San Marcos Blvd. in San Marcos.

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ly review our network needs in markets across North America,” Douglas DeCaire, general manager for Veritiv’s Southwest Territory, detailed in a statement. “We found that we needed a facility in the fast-growing San Diego market because it was no longer efficient to service the area from our warehouses in the Los Angeles area.” Responding to a question about keeping Veritiv’s name under seal until December 2017, Jay Petrek, assistant city manager for Escondido, said “It is standard practice for private property owners to keep the names of prospective tenants confidential during the lease agreement negotiation process.” “The project went through the required public process with opportunities for public input,” Petrek further explained. “Landuse regulations typically do not specifically include or exclude companies by name, only the ‘types’ of businesses that are permitted.” Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, who trails in his bid for re-election against Paul McNamara, praised Veritiv in December 2017 when it was revealed as the tenant of the industrial facility. “We are excited to have Veritiv locate in Escondido,” Abed said to the San Diego Business Journal at the time. “We’re proud to work with Badiee Development and Exeter Property Group to bring innovative commercial and industrial business to our city.” Automation, private equity

As a company, Veritiv focuses on packaging, warehousing and logistics for various specialty market supply chain industries. It also has its own trucking fleet of over 1,000 vehicles through its subsidiary Veritiv Freight. But due to advanced technology, the company does not need much manpower within its warehouses to get the job done. On its website, Veritiv boasts that it uses automated equipment to do most of the actual packaging for products, which move from its facilities to the next phase in the supply chain. In its most recent annual report to its investors filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company also discussed its automated facilities. “Veritiv’s packaging professionals create customer value through supply chain solutions, structural and graphic packaging design and engineering, automation, workflow and equipment services and kitting and fulfillment,” wrote the company in that SEC 10K filing. The Escondido facility opened in the aftermath of shuttering operations from its facility the Los Angeles-area in La Palma. The company also has a warehouse south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana. Bain Capital, the private equity firm perhaps best known as the place at

THE TENANT at the new Exeter Industrial Park in Escondido is Atlanta-based Veritiv, which focuses on packaging, warehousing and logistics for specialty market supply chain industries. The company boasts that thanks to advanced technology, it can get the job done with little manpower. Courtesy photo

which two-time presidential candidate and soon-tobe U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney spent time as an executive, owns Veritiv on a 10 percent basis. The company denied comment for this story, deferring to Veritiv. International Paper also owns a 10 percent stake in the company, as does the private equity firm Blackstone Group, according to insider holdings information published by the financial website Mergent Online. Zone change and expedited permit

Prior to a Sept. 28, 2016, vote by the Escondido Planning Commission to change the zoning category to Planned-Development Industrial, the plot of land had a Single-Family Residential zoning designation. It sits just blocks from five different mobile home complexes. The permitting for the process was moved through twice as quickly as usual, Badiee Development CEO Ben Badiee said. He added it was a testament to the business-friendly Escondido government. “We have established a very good relationship with the City of Escondido and that helped move the project through the entitlement process very smoothly and ultimately through completion of the project,” Scott Merry, vice president of construction for Badiee Development, said in an email. “The City’s leadership created a collaborative framework for our team and City staff to work thru the challenges that arise on a project of this size and tight time frame.” The tight time frame was also referred to in Escondido Planning Commission documents from January 2017, with city officials saying an “undisclosed potential tenant” had an interest in moving into the proposed facility, but to do so, things would have to be handled swiftly. “The applicant is currently negotiating with an undisclosed potential tenant that is specifically looking for a building of this

size that can be constructed expeditiously,” wrote Mike Strong, then the assistant planning director for Escondido and currently the secretary for the Planning Commission. For its part, Veritiv said the location was ideal for its business model and it was satisfied with the quick turnaround on permitting. “We selected this particular development because it not only met our current needs, but it also allowed opportunity for future growth in this market,” DeCaire said. “The developer was willing to build to suit our needs and in our time frame. The developer took care of all permitting and other logistics with the City of Escondido.” One of the entities that aided in making that happen under that time frame

was the firm Masson & Associates, which did the preliminary drainage analysis for Badiee Development submitted as part of the Environmental Impact Report process for the project. John Masson, president of Masson & Associates, serves as a City Council member representing District 2, an area just north of the facility. Masson abstained from the proceedings during the debates and eventual vote over changing the landuse designation from Single-Family Residential to Planned-Development Industrial. The rest of the City Council voted unanimously, 4-0, to change the zoning designation. Strong, secretary of Escondido’s Planning Commission, said a ballot initiative vote taken and approved by residents of Escondido in

2012 gave the city of Escondido the ability to pull such a maneuver. That initiative, Measure N, was up-voted by over 53 percent of the city’s residents. Measure N called for the city of Escondido’s General Plan to allow for this plot of land to be switched to its current designation. Strong also said that he felt the consultation process surrounding the Veritiv facility was thorough, even if the name of the company occupying the site was not revealed to the public initially. “At a project-specific level, as part of the environmental review for the (Veritiv) project the City mailed out notices to all property owners within 500 feet of the project site notifying them of the project and the draft environmental docu-

ment was available for public comment,” Strong said via email. “The City also mailed out notices to all property owners within 500 feet of the project site indicating the time/date of the Planning Commission and City Council public hearings. These notices also were published in the newspaper and public hearing notices (4x4) posted on the site,” Strong further explained. “The applicant also met separately with the adjacent property owners to discuss the project, project progress, and proposed improvements along the adjoining property lines, including the screen wall.” That consultation process done by Badiee Development appears to have been outsourced to Community Strategies Group Inc., whose president is Linda Bailey, former CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, according to emails exhibited for a January 2017 City Council meeting. “Consensus building is the process of creating, developing and maintaining community support for a real estate project within the sphere of influence of the proposed development,” explains Community Strategies Group of what it does on its website. “Community Strategies Group, Inc. (CSG) specializes in building consensus and public support on behalf of real estate clients. CSG has helped to generate public consensus for some of San Diego County's most important real estate projects.” Whether that consensus remains in tow for residents in the neighborhood with increased trucking traffic and noise, plus a lack of large-scale job creation at the facility, remains to be seen.

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The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, a group of 35 local amateur and professional guitarists, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour, Encinitas. A suggested donation of $12 at the door. For more information, including upcoming guitar workshops, visit encinitasguitarorchestra. com or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 815-5616 or

Moonlight Amphitheatre presents “Doo Wop Project Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, starring members of “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: the Musical.” Tickets $15 $40 through VisTix at and by phone at (760) 724-2110.




Dec. 2 at Carlsbad Community Church. 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased through Meals on Wheels by calling (800) 5-SENIOR, or (760) 7369900, or online at HOLIDAY CONCERTS

Carlsbad library is hosting holiday concerts, beginning with harpist Leah Panos at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad.


Don’t miss this year’s Encinitas Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets and more information at or (760) 632-4947.

Coastal Artists will exhibit artworks at La Vida Del Mar, Dec. 1-Dec. 31, titled “Winter ArtWhirl ‘18.” A free reception for the artists will be held from 4:30 to TEN TENORS HOLIDAY SHOW 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at 850 Del Mar Open the season with a Downs Road, Solana Beach. concert, “Ten Tenors: Home For more information visit FIRST SUNDAY MUSIC for the Holidays” at 7:30 Friends of the Encinip.m. Nov. 30 the California tas Library present pianist, Center for the Arts, 340 N. HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR composer and educator Escondido Blvd., Escondifree San Dieguito Art Guild Chase Morrin for its
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Alone” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 on a big screen with pre-movie activities including a snow play area and hot chocolate at 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets are $10 for the orchestra section, reserved section and fringe section $10 and $5 for reserved DEC. 5 lawn and general lawn (upper hill) through VisTix at FREE LIBRARY CONCERT The Friends of the Car- and at diff Library will host a free (760) 724-2110. concert featuring guitarist John January and singer CHILDREN’S CHOIR HOLIDAY Linda Berry from 7 to 8 p.m. San Diego Children's Dec. 5 at the Cardiff Library Choir invites all to enjoy Community room, 2081 holiday favorites plus a singNewcastle Ave., Cardiff. along and a free Christmas cookie reception, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at College Avenue DEC. 6 Baptist Church, 4747 College INTERACTIVE BOOK ART Ave., San Diego. Tickets are The art exhibit: “What $15, $7.50 for children, at Needs to be Said” will be on display Mondays and Tuesdays, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, DEC. 9 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through HOT PSTROMI IN CONCERT Dec. 6 at the MiraCosta Carlsbad library is hostOceanside Campus, Kruglak ing another free holiday Gallery (3419). The inter- concert with Yale Strom and active book project solicits Hot Pstromi at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 comments from audience at the Carlsbad City Library, members as to what they Schulman Auditorium, 1775 believe needs to be said in Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Hot relation to a series of topics Pstromi’s sound is a fusion including, memory, love, and of traditional klezmer, new the power to affect Jewish music and more. For more information call (760) MARIACHI DIVAS 602-2024 or visit carlsbadliDuring its holiday con- certs, Carlsbad library presents Mariachi Divas Trio at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Carls- DEC. 11 bad City Library Learning MAR DELS AT PALA Center, 3368 Eureka Place, Pala Casino Spa & ReCarlsbad. Mariachi Divas is sort will continue its free a multicultural, all-female events series in December ensemble. featuring the 60+ Club at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Pala Events Center. Dec. 11 will DEC. 8 be The Fabulous Mar Dels CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP Holiday Special. For more Lux Art Institute of- information, visit palacasifers an Imagine Lab with artist-in-Residence Rachel Mica Weiss from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. The children’s art DEC. 12 workshop is for ages 7 to 12. MUSIC OF PATSY CLINE A discussion with Weiss will “Always...Patsy Cline” be paired with a hands-on will run through the holplaster casting project. Reg- idays at the North Coast ister at Repertory Theatre, Dec. 12 events/imagine-lab-with-ra- through Dec. 30 at the North chel-mica-weiss/. Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, OUTDOOR MOVIE AND FUN Suite D, Solana Beach. TickBundle-up for an out- ets are $45 at (858) 481-1055, door movie showing the or visit to holiday favorite “Home purchase tickets.

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Canyon Crest Academy visual arts and AP art classes present “A Conspiracy of Ravens” exhibit of painting, mixed media through Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.


Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “The Natural World, Inside and Outside” paintings through Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.


A Life Drawing class is being offered at the Oceanside Museum of Art from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $15 payable in cash at the door. Artists will work from a combination of five- to 40-minute poses during this non-instructed session. Live model, table, and chairs are provided. Artists to bring their own drawing materials. Register at calendar/.

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The city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office will host “Front Row Fridays,” a monthly series featuring performances by San Diego talent on the second Friday of each month, through June 2019 in the Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free. Contact the Cultural Arts Office at arts@carlsbadca. gov or (760) 602-2090.

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Welk’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ brings Greek islands to Escondido By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The famed musical and movie, “Mamma Mia!” has made its way to Escondido and will play through February at the Welk Resort Theatre. With just over 300 seats, those who see “Mamma Mia!” at the Welk Resort Theatre — housed at the Welk Resorts’ San Diego location in northern Escondido — receive a combination of a Broadway-style musical performed within the confines of an intimate setting. For an extra charge, attendees can also dine in at the Resort’s restaurant — Canyon Grille — before the show starts. Five shows ensue every Friday through Sunday at the theater. Welk Resort Theatre’s “Mamma Mia!” is directed by Larry Raben, an Encinitas-based director who has also done previous shows at the resort, including “A Christmas Carol,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Always Patsy Cline,” “Forever Plaid,” “Plaid Tidings,” and “Hollywood Heyday” — the latter for which he also served as playwright. “What I have enjoyed most about directing ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Welk is creating an on-stage world populated with amazing actors and funny characters and giving the audience the feeling that they’ve had a mini vacation to the Greek Islands,” Raben explained. “(G)etting to work on this music in a theatrical context was very exciting for me.” Noting that the Welk Resort Theatre version of the show is “not a cookie-cutter version of the Broadway production,” Raben said that his team has come up with “many comical moments that you will never see in any other production of ‘Mamma Mia!’” “This cast is first rate. The orchestra is kicking,” Raben further surmised. “You’ll feel like you were in the story because of the intimacy of the theater. It’s a high octane tour de force!” Natalie Nucci will play one of the leading characters, Donna, for the second half of the show’s six months. She lives in Escondido and said she finds the opportunity a “dream come true” because it allows for her to be at home with her family throughout the longterm course of the show run. Sean Coogan, vice president for resort operations at Welk Resorts, explained that the hardest part about keeping shows going for several months is keeping it fresh and keeping ticket sales churning. There is also the very real human resources element with which to contend. “To get somebody to work for six months, as much as these people like having a steady job, there’s other things that come up, whether it’s challenges in the family, illness, a better gig, health, whatever it is,” Coogan detailed. “Just

you must take care of each other and treat each other with exceptional professionalism, courtesy, and kindness.” Nucci said she stays fresh as a cast member by keeping everything in perspective and realizing that, though the show is the same on a day-to-day basis, it will never actually be the same. “Basically it’s like life: if you stay present, and you have the same routine every day, it’s not the same because it’s a different day and ‘MAMMA MIA!’ runs through Feb. 24. Courtesy photo a different moment with a different cellular make-up,” maintaining the cast and ben said. “Again and again Nucci said. Beyond musicals, the keeping everybody on track in rehearsals, I impressed (is important). Hopefully upon them that in a long run Welk Resort Theatre also you have a good team, which we do, like a stage manager  who’s making sure that people are doing their lines the  way they did them their first  show as they are doing in  their 100th show. You know, it should always remain con sistent.”  Raben noted that put ting together “a real fami ly of actors” was the key in  his cast selection, given six  months is a long-haul time period, and in this case, one  which runs through the holi day season.  “In the casting process,  we sought out not only the  best talent, but a real family  of actors that would want to  spend six months and all of  the holidays together,” Ra-

plays host to tribute bands weekly, as well as magic shows called Welk Illusions, performed by magician Anthony Hernandez. Coogan said that forthcoming performances for 2019 will include “The Addams Family” and “Menopause: The Musical,” for which Nucci has worked as associate director and choreographer. During the holiday season, Welk Resort Theatre will also have a performance called “Welkome Home for the Holiday.” The Welk Resort Theatre opened for business in 1980 and has emphasized

musicals ever since in carrying out the legacy of its namesake, Lawrence Welk. Welk, a musician, radio and television show host during his illustrious career, founded Welk Resorts in 1964 and passed away in 1992 at the age of 89. Pondering opportunities to utilize the theatrical space beyond show time, Coogan said that the Welk Resort Theatre may also open up a youth summer camp, which would allow kids a chance to train under the tutelage of professionally trained actors.

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A STEP BEYOND STUDENTS perform for visitors at the opening of the Dave Langlois Youth Center at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Nov. 27. The center caters to disadvantaged youth in Escondido and San Marcos. Photo by Steve Horn

erything from after school homework help to a maker space we just built.” On top of dance and school help, college entrance help also will be a mainstay of what A Step Beyond provides. Regular

access to a staffed social worker, too, sits as the third core tenet of what the organization will provide to students and their families. “These kids are the lowest level income-wise in the community and so

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it regularly. They learn how to talk about their issues.” Araceli Huerta, the family services manager for A Step Beyond, said that her role is to create a “safe environment” for students and their families “to ensure that their social and emotional needs are met.” “We believe that we support the families in order for the child to be successful in life,” Huerta said. “And so that’s a big part of my job, to connect with the families and make sure they have the basic needs, but also to be available whenever there is a situation in the family or they’re having challenges and provide the support that they need, whether that’s connecting them to the resources out in the community, providing them with referrals or providing them with in-house individual counseling for the student or the family.” By the fall of 2022, Foster explained, the organization will max out at 350 students in grades

three through 12, taking in 35 students every year who will begin their march toward high school graduation and college entrance. A Step Beyond emphasizes the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) educational model and has technology that can be used on-site for its students including laptops, a 3D printer, several dance studios, a music studio with several guitars, a photography room, a computer coding room and more. In the research prior to founding A Step Beyond, Foster said his team found that at least 75,000 families live below the poverty line along the State Highway 78 corridor situated between Oceanside and Escondido. Foster also credited Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz for her behindthe-scenes efforts in realizing the new administrative and educational building. “It’s a bar bell and the two biggest (population center) sides are Oceanside and Escondido by double Vista and San Marcos,” said Foster. “So, we wanted to end up in one of those two locations and we were introduced to Olga Diaz, who was the deputy mayor at the time. She got wind of what we were doing and introduced us to the facility and the people and it was a good match.” Diaz, during the ceremony, said that making the edifice a reality sits as one of the most positive political moments during her decade serving on the City Council. “Most of the moments aren’t this joyous,” Diaz said to a crowd of full of laughter. “But I was at the right place at the right time” when meeting Foster. For more information on A Step Beyond, follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram or sign up for its email newsletter.

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The historic Chattaway restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a welcoming place, but it was the scene of a lot of unexpected late-night activity in early November, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Surveillance video of a Nov. 6 break-in captured an intruder who "spent over an hour just milling around going room to room and eating and drinking," said manager Amanda Kitto. In the process, he stole chicken wings and beer, along with computer equipment and cash tips. In the midst of their investigation, police were surprised to find yet another nocturnal visitor on tape from the night before: A man riding a bicycle cruised up to the restaurant and slipped in a back gate. After emptying a storage shed of all its contents, he went into the restaurant bathroom and emerged completely naked. Next he can be seen at a restaurant picnic table, digging into the meal he brought with him: Maruchan Instant Lunch ramen noodles. But Kitto said he was so tidy staff wouldn't have even known he was there had police not been investigating the later incident. "We still don't know where his pants are," said server Chad Pearson. Officers identified the man, who is homeless, but the restaurant declined to press charges because he

caused no real harm. Police are still looking for the other man. [Tampa Bay Times, 11/12/2018] Latest Religious Messages

Pastor John Lindell of the James River Church in Ozark, Missouri, took the opportunity presented by Halloween to compose a paranormal-themed sermon that warned against fortune-telling, Wicca -and yoga. According to the Springfield News-Leader, Lindell told parishioners on Oct. 28 that yoga positions were "created with demonic intent to open you up to demonic power because Hinduism is demonic." He went on: "To say the positions of yoga are no more than exercise are (sic) tantamount to saying water baptism is just aqua aerobics." Local yoga instructors were not amused, especially when fewer people started showing up to their classes. Instructor Amanda Davis said the pastor doesn't have a thorough understanding of the practice. "Yoga doesn't prescribe (sic) to any religion, and I don't think people understand that, so they get false ideas about it," she said. "It's ignorant." [Springfield News-Leader, 11/13/2018]

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A lawsuit filed in federal court in Dallas on Nov. 9 seeks up to $1 million in damages and accuses American Airlines flight attendant Laura Powers, 56, of assault and battery on her co-worker Kathy Ida

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Christopher Greyshock, 57, of West Milford, New Jersey, used the old disappointed football fan excuse to explain how things went wrong after he was involved in a traffic accident in Wayne on Nov. 11 that injured two people: "I drank too much because the Jets suck." According to News12, as first responders were attending to the injured, Greyshock staggered toward them smelling of alcohol. A field sobriety test confirmed Greyshock was inebriated, and he was arrested. On the front seat of his car were a bottle of bourbon and marijuana. Buddy, there's always next year. [News12, 11/13/2018]


David Rush of Boise, Idaho, has found a unique way to score his 15 minutes of fame. On Nov. 13, at the public library in Oak Brook, Illinois, Rush set his mind to achieving a new Guinness record for eating sweet corn kernels within three minutes with a toothpick. Rush, who holds 40 Guinness records, succeeded on his third try, downing 241 kernels. "It's a ridiculous talent to have," Rush admitted to the Chicago Tribune. "I practiced skewering a lot to prepare along with the size of the plate, spreading out the corn and best toothpicks to use." Rush told the Tribune he got involved in breaking records to promote science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM), saying a lot of kids don't feel confident about STEM subjects. "If you believe you can get better at something and work hard at it, you can get better at anything," he explained. [Chicago Tribune, 11/14/2018]

ty. On the box, Rich Uncle Pennybags holds a takeout coffee and wears ear buds and a "participation" medal that reads, "If you had fun, you won!" USA Today reported the game's experiences include "Thrift Shop" and "Farmers Market," along with dining at a vegan bistro and attending a music festival. But make sure you Uber home: There is still a "Go to Jail" space on the board. [USA Today, 11/14/2018] Inexplicable

Police in Youngstown, Ohio, received an unusual call late on the morning of Nov. 14, according to WFMJ TV. A resident of the city's South Side called 911 to report that four men appeared to be stealing the sidewalk along Ridge Avenue. Police arrived to find parts of the sidewalk were indeed missing, and following a tip from a neighbor, they soon caught up with four men driving a truck hauling six flagstone slabs. Thomas Clark, Andre Eggleston, Levar Riley and D'Vaille Williams My Generation were charged with theft. Hasbro has determined [WFMJ, 11/15/2018] that the buying hotels and houses aspect of Monopoly Bright Ideas doesn't much appeal to mil-- The Zolotoy Bridge lennials, who "can't afford in Vladivostok, Russia, is it anyway." So just in time more than a mile long and for Christmas, the company opened in 2012, but three has released a new version years later, inspectors of its classic game, Monopo- banned pedestrians from ly for Millennials, in which crossing it because the players, whose game pieces walkways were too narrow include an emoji and a vin- to be safe. United Press Intage camera, gather experi- ternational reports the ban ences rather than proper- didn't stop four pedestrians

on Nov. 8, who attempted to cross the vehicle-only bridge wearing a yellow cardboard bus costume to disguise themselves. Police weren't buying it, though, and pulled them over. [UPI, 11/13/2018] -- Like many recently untethered people, Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler, 43, wanted to celebrate her divorce with a party, so on Nov. 10, she hosted about 40 people at her father's farm near Lacoste, Texas, about 25 miles west of San Antonio. The big bang of the party wasn't the music or the food, though, according to the San Antonio Star-Telegram. Santleben-Stiteler wanted to burn her wedding dress, which "represented a lie," she said, and not just burn it, blow it up. Her dad and brother-in-law attached exploding targets to the dress, and to really take things up a notch, also rigged it with 20 pounds of Tannerite, the same explosive used in the targets. "We have a friend who is a bomb tech, and he kept saying, 'That's really a lot,'" the un-bride's sister told the newspaper. Shooting from 200 yards away, Santleben-Stiteler hit her target on the first shot. "The explosion was huge," she said. Residents of Medina County heard and felt the explosion as far away as 15 miles. "It was liberating pulling that trigger," Santleben-Stiteler said. "It was closure for all of us." [San Antonio Star-Telegram, 11/12/2018]

Deputies charged, allegedly assaulted 2 during arrest VISTA — The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Nov. 27 that two San Diego County sheriff’s deputies are facing criminal charges for allegedly assaulting a Vista man and his father, who were arrested on May 7 after the lawmen responded to a domestic violence call. Deputy Nicholas Morgan, 27, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault without lawful necessity by an officer, and Deputy Joshua Nahan, 31, with

one count, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Morgan faces up to two years in jail if convicted, and Nahan could be sentenced to one year in jail if found guilty. Footage shot by a bystander appears to show the deputies manhandling Gerardo Martinez Jr., 24, and Gerardo Martinez Sr., 50, after they were handcuffed. The 22 seconds of footage shows the deputies shoving Martinez Sr. into a wooden fence while his son was pinned on a concrete

sidewalk and repeatedly hit in the head. “Law enforcement officers hold a position of trust in our community and are required to abide by the rules in the exercise of their powers,” District Attorney Summer Stephen said in a statement. “The evidence on which the charges are based shows the force used by the two deputies exceeded the legal line, violating the public trust. For justice to thrive, it is important that no one is above the law.”

The two deputies were scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 30 at the Vista courthouse. In mid-May, the District Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against Martinez Sr., the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. A resisting-arrest charge was dismissed against Martinez Jr., who pleaded guilty in July to a domestic violence-related charge and was sentenced to four years of probation.


appreciate it if anyone reading this article could share this information with your friends, relatives, and others, so these individuals don’t take advantage of our community’s generosity and kindness and cause damage to Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s reputation.” Koumaras said he has alerted and sent out pertinent information to the Sheriff’s Department substation in Vista on five separate occasions. He has notified the city of Vista as well as broadcasted these fraudulent actions to Boys & Girls Clubs across San Diego County as well as Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Jason Omundson, who serves as the San Diego County Sheriff’s crime prevention specialist in Vista, was also alerted. Omundson said he wants people to use their gut instinct when ap-

proached for money outside of stores. “If it seems like it’s not right, then research it even more, and you can always call the sheriff’s department if you feel it’s fraudulent like what’s happened with the Boys and Girls Club,” Omundson said. He added, “We’ll come out and at least identify the people that are involved and then do anything that’s appropriate from there as far as enforcement goes.” Koumaras said if someone is approached by people pretending to work at the Boys & Girls Club, they should not provide them with donations and immediately report the situation to the store manager. Koumaras said he would also appreciate a call, as well. “We hope to put a stop to this as soon as possible,” he said. To contact the Boys &

Girls Club of Vista about these scams, call (760) 7246606, ext.10 or contact Koumaras at matt@bgcvista. com. To learn more about the club visit www.bgcvista. org.


state they are collecting money for anti-gang programs to send kids to the Boys & Girls Club. Both kids typically wear Boys & Girls Club of Vista and Oceanside T-shirts.” Koumaras said the club is always in need of financial donations, but it would never send its club kids outside of stores or on the streets to ask for money. Private contributions for the club are made online and in person at the club’s main office in addition to its various fundraisers throughout the year including the Diamond Gala, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, and All in For Kids Holiday Campaign. “We don’t know where the money raised by these young people is going, but it’s not going to Boys & Girls Clubs,” he said. “We would

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All classes are held at locations below unless otherwise indicated. Tri-City Medical Center – 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center – 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Please note, classes are subject to change. Please call to confirm.

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Update Course 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

12/5 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

Stroke Exercise

2nd Wednesday of Every Month Women’s Cancer Support Group

Meets Thursdays Mi Strength

1:30-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3055 for more information.

10-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7272 to register.

10:30-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3540 for more information.

Various times 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.846.0626 for more information.

8-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

12/10 Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED

2nd Tuesday of Every Month WomenHeart Support Group

Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.803.2762 for more information. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 3rd Tuesday of Every Month 5:30-7 p.m.

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Visit to register/fee involved.


Ostomy Support Group of North County

1-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last

CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group

Friday of Every Month Diabetes Support Group

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500.

Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register. 1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7-9 p.m.

Meets Wednesdays Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic

Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500.

Breastfeeding Your Baby Class

Aphasia Support Group

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500 to register/fee involved.

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7151 to register.

12/20 Baby Safe Class - Infant CPR

Meets Thursdays Survivors of Suicide Loss

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved.

7-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 619.482.0297 for more information.

Next Class in 2019 Baby Care Class

1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month Narcotics Anonymous

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5750 to register/fee involved.

Tri-City Medical Center. Registration required. Call 760.940.5784.

Next Open Class 1/4, 6-6:30 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. Orientación de Maternidad En Español

Tuesdays & Thursdays Mi Ortho (Arthritis Foundation Aquatics integrated) 12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 for more information, class schedule, registration/fee involved.

Mondays & Wednesdays Mi Neuro (Step by Step for Parkinson’s integrated)

Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved. Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays & Fridays 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Parkinson’s Exercise

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 for more information.

Meets Fridays Diabetes Self-Management Course

3-5 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.120 for more information.

Next course in 2019


2:30-4 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 888.328.4558 for more information.

12/11 Total Joint Replacement Class

4:30-6 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 858.966.3303 for more information.

12/5, 12/19 Total Shoulder Replacement Class

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays of Every Month


Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. 12/8, 3-3:30 p.m., 12/13, 7:30-8

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

Spine Pre-Op Class

Meets Wednesdays Alzheimer Caregiver-Only Support Group

12/7 Maternity Orientation

Monday-Friday Mi Cardio

7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center.

Meets Fridays & Sundays Bereavement Support Group

Next Class in 2019 1-Day Child Preparation Class


Better Breathers

2nd Wednesday of Every Month Mended Hearts Support Group

12/17 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Accelerated Course

p.m. eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Available 24/7

NOV. 30, 2018

“Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 to register. FREE class.

Next 8-wk class in Fall


12-2 p.m.,Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3795 for more information.

12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3795 for more information.

12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3795 for more information.





Come out with friends & families to join Vista Chamber of Commerce and Tri-City Medical Center at A Candyland Christmas Parade on Saturday December 1 at 1pm in downtown Vista.


There will be over 80 parade entries that include marching bands, equestrian teams, Star Wars characters, team mascots, numerous community groups and Santa himself. After the parade head over to the Cinepolis for photos with all our parade mascots, Star Wars characters and more!




For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit

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