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Contested apartment plan nixed

Vista to go slow on Main Street Plaza By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The city’s Main Street Plaza has been a hot topic regarding revitalization and drawing more people to downtown. The city approved further information regarding a slight upgrade to the space on April 23, although two residents are still proposing a more robust plan. The plan approved by the City Council is estimated to cost $594,000, which includes adding six parking spaces at the site located on South Indiana Avenue and Main Street. During its Sept. 24 meeting, the council agreed to slow the process, citing the need to look at the project from a more holistic level and engaging the business community into potential ideas. John Conley, Vista’s director of community development, said the item would likely return before the council after Jan 1, 2020. “I don’t see the impetus to solve this now,” Councilman John Franklin said. “We don’t have an idea I TURN TO MAIN STREET ON 22

By Steve Horn

the campus atmosphere at Palomar akin to “Mississippi with palm trees,” drew backlash from multiple individuals during the meeting. “The (Palomar Community College) district has severe

ESCONDIDO — “Aspire,” a mid-rise apartment proposal owned by the company Touchstone Communities, was denied a permit in a 3-2 vote by City Council, the culmination of months of debate over the project. Slated to sit across the street from City Hall alongside Maple Plaza, the six-story, 67-foot and 131-unit proposal had come under fire by historic preservationists and those concerned about parking alongside the city’s downtown businesses. But it had also drawn the support of segments of the local business community. The city’s newly minted liberal majority—Mayor Paul McNamara, and City Council members Olga Diaz and Consuelo Martinez—voted against the proposal. If approved, the apartment complex would have sat on top of what is now known as Parking Lot 1, currently used by both city staff members and downtown visitors. During the public comments portion of the meeting, many raised concerns about the complex encroaching upon downtown parking. But Principal Planner Bill Martin and Touchstone Communities President Kerry Garza pointed to the city’s Grand Avenue Vision Project, which will add far more spots in the downtown area by creating diagonal spots in the coming years. And while several public commenters cited parking concerns, even more pointed to the proposal as being in the “wrong location” as it relates to preserving the downtown core’s historic character. It was this concern which tipped the balance against the project. “My concern is that I approve



RUNNING TO HELP OTHERS RIDE Robert Nichols helps Jonah Guerrero ride an adaptive surfboard donated by the Kayla Mosca Foundation, headed by Vista’s Jennifer and John Mosca. Nichols is a driving force behind the Surfing Madonna Beach Run, a record-breaking sand run that will be held on Oct. 26 this year to benefit local charities. Those include the Surfing Madonna Surf Camp for special needs kids, which has benefited, among others, Kayla Mosca, 10, who has become a surfer thanks to adaptive surfboards. Jay Paris has more in his Sports Talk column on Photo courtesy Tom Mills

‘Mississippi with palm trees’: Palomar board meeting turns tense By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — One president got an amended contract and another one stepped down from his post, bookends of a contentious Oct. 8 Palomar College Governing Board meeting. Before the public comments portion of the meeting, trustee

Mark Evilsizer stepped down as governing board president, citing an embattled tenor which has arisen on campus in recent months. And in one of the last agenda items of the meeting, Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake had her contract amended in a 3-1 vote — with

trustee Norma Miyamoto absent and trustee Nina Deerfield voting “no” — to include an annual cost of living pay increase of 3.26%. In announcing his decision to step down as president and remain on the board as a rankand-file trustee, Evilsizer called


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Sikes Adobe looking for history buffs San Marcos hosts its first ESCONDIDO — San Dieguito River Park is offering volunteer training to anyone interested in being a part of local history. The training session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. If you have a special interest in historical education, consider being a docent at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Docents help convey what the pioneer farm experience in Southern California was like, using the Sikes Adobe as the stage. Volunteers learn about the architectural history of the farmhouse, the history of the Sikes family, and the agri-

HISTORIC: San Dieguito River Park is offering volunteer training to anyone interested in becoming a docent at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Courtesy photo

cultural history of the late 1800s. They also learn tips and techniques for being a docent and learn theory of interpretation. In return, docents commit to leading tours for the public on Sundays

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and helping with special events like Festive Farmhouse, Valentine Teas, and the upcoming 150th Anniversary Celebration next year. Docent shifts are usually one 5-hour day or two half-days

a month. Volunteers can also work side by side with Park Rangers on a weekly basis on Tuesdays 8 a.m. to noon. Get up close and personal with the dirt and plants, become a part of the Dust Devil team. The team provides help with important projects throughout the Park, such as building/ maintaining trails and restoring/managing habitat. Dust Devil volunteers do not need to commit to coming every week. For more information or to reserve a spot for the training, contact the Manager of Interpretation and Outreach, Leana Bulay, at or (760) 716-1214.




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‘State of Your Community’ By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — In February, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones spoke at her first State of the City Address, a speech given at California State University-San Marcos. She told those present about the city’s park system, its economic opportunities and challenges the city faces. But the cost to see the speech in-person, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, was $105. Most cities throughout North County charge the public to attend State of the City events. And so, Jones decided it was time to have an event paralleling it that is free and open to the public: The State of Your Community. The inaugural version took place Oct. 7 at the office building of the San Marcos Unified School District, and featured speeches by Jones and school district Superintendent Carmen Garcia. It was a lot like a State of the City event, but instead of being heavily funded by the area’s business community, it offered a platform for area nonprofits and community groups to exhibit what they do in the form of a resource fair. Jones said it was important to host the event and hopes to make it an annual affair to be held concurrently to the State of the City. “Our State of the City is really an event that is in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and it’s really a business luncheon,” said Jones. “It’s really directed at the businesses and they have awards and all of that and it’s totally run by the Chamber of Commerce.” Jones told The Coast News that the idea for the event came from former City Council member Pia Harris Ebert, who served for 26 years on the body. She added that she had pledged to hold an event of this sort during the 2018 campaign season. “What I wanted to do was keep that promise because I think it’s a great idea and it’s important for the community to have a free event where they can show up and just hear what we’re doing because not everyone knows all the great things we’re doing,” Jones said. Groups participating in the resource fair included Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, the Office of San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan’s Victim Resource Team, San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Respect Project for Teens, the San Marcos Prevention Coalition, The San Marcos Promise, the 2020 United States Census and others. It is the involvement of groups such as these which motivated the city to call the event the “State of Your Community,” as opposed to the “State of the Community.” Jones thanked the groups in her address, citing her own community

activism which preceded her time on the City Council and eventual election as Mayor. “I know when you care about something, you get involved, you volunteer and we can all make a difference,” she said. “Again, what makes San Marcos stand out are the people who are passionately involved in the com mu n it y and volunteer time and time again.” Jones In many ways echoing her State of the City address, Jones also pointed to the city’s ability to avoid boom-bust economic cycles. She said that unlike some of its neighboring cities, San Marcos does not rely on things such as theme parks or malls as revenue generators, which are subject to the whims of economic downturns. “We have invested in property to generate revenue and pay for services without burdening our residents by raising taxes,” Jones said. In her speech, Superintendent Garcia said the San Marcos Unified School district’s 19 schools serve 21,000 students and said it has been successful in closing the academic “achievement gap.” She praised the district’s teachers for making that happen. “Although we come from all walks of life, many of us here undoubtedly have our own personal stories of SMUSD educators making a difference in our lives or those of our children—a true testament to the profound impact a quality education can have on a student, family, and community,” Garcia said. Garcia also called for increasing partnerships between the city, the school district and the city’s colleges, citing research concluding that these collaborations “often lead to local revitalization and education reform, including more support for individual student and family needs.” Members of the City Council were also in attendance, as was Palomar College Governing Board member John Halcón. City Council is set to convene again on Oct. 22. The San Marcos Unified School District Board will meet next on Oct. 15.

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Future Legend Award students announced ESCONDIDO — The Escondido History Center and the Future Legend Awards Group (FLAG) committee announced nine recipients from Escondido high schools, as the first FLAG recipients of a $1,000 honorarium, a personalized journal, a framed certificate and a student membership in the Escondido History Center. Each student selected was given the honorarium in honor of one of the 2019 Future Legend Award recipients. The high school seniors chosen to receive the money on behalf of the first Escondido Future Legend Awards Group (FLAG) and the Forever Legends for 2019, are: — Cristina Garcia, Escondido High School, in honor of Lorraine Boyce — Juan Flores, Escondido High School, in honor of Leo Calac — Sophia Bolivar, Escondido High School, in honor of Harriett Church — Cael Patterson, Orange Glen High School, in honor of Chick Embrey — Samantha Boyce, Escondido Charter High School, in honor of Shannon Mac Millan — Lizzy Habib, Escondido High School, in honor of Ben Hillebrecht — Daniela Sanchez, Orange Glen High School, in honor of Jack Raymond — Kayla Carter, Escondido High School, in honor of Marilyn Shriver — Jacob Sauls, Escondido High School, in honor of Bob Wilson The awards are provided by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. To earn the honor, high school seniors submitted information detailing their accomplishments as it related to the criteria established for each of the nine 2019 Escondido Forever Legends. The honorarium and awards were presented to the FLAG winners at Grape Day Park Oct. 9.

GOURD ARTISTS GATHER The San Diego County Gourd Artists gathered for their annual retreat Oct. 4 to share skills and ideas. The group will have a double booth at the Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market at Bates Nut Farm, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. The members will be selling gourds, gourd supplies, and gourd tree ornaments made by its members. For more information, go to Courtesy photo


a project that I find questionable and uncomfortable and out of character with the space that it’s being suggested in,” said Diaz. “That cannot be undone. Once that thing is built, it’s going to be there for the next 100 years or more. So, I think this is the only opportunity we have to shape the way downtown looks and how it evolves.” Diaz further said that she supports increased urban density and infill housing development, noting the perception that she is “going against her own standard.” But she said that the unique circumstances surrounding this particular proposal led to her eventual “no” vote. “Aspire” had marketed itself as a form of transit-oriented development, located about a half a mile from the city’s transit center and North County Transit District SPRINTER train station. Kerry Garza, President of Touchstone Communities, said the goal was to get more “feet in the streets” and people patronizing the historic downtown shops, bars and restaurants “to take Escondido to the next level.” He further said the former 4-1 Republican-dominated City Council led by Mayor Sam Abed and city staff had instructed Touchstone to “bring us a building that puts Escondido on the map.” “We don’t want any everyday building,” Garza said he was told. “We want something classy and this is going to be a feature community in downtown Escondido.”

John Masson, one of two current City Council Republicans who were part of the former Republican majority alongside City Council member Mike Morasco, agreed with Garza. Masson said he believed “Aspire” could be a “gamechanger” for the city’s downtown core and the “best shot in the arm” it could get. “The buzzword of the decade is smart growth, so this is the epitome of smart growth,” said Masson. “Get as much density as you can in the smallest space you can next to transit and next to where people shop and play at the same time. We have Grape Day Park to play, we have downtown to shop at, we have transit within walking distance. It’s perfect for this kind of project.” Morasco added that he has lived in Escondido since the 1960’s and lived through many community changes. Through it all, he posited his belief that the city has maintained its sense of character and “charm.” “I’ve seen a lot of change and a lot of different attempts at projects, at businesses, whatever they may be,” said Morasco. “Some successful, some not so successful...There’s a lot of things in Escondido that have changed over time and it has not necessarily destroyed the charm of Escondido, because we heard that word a lot tonight.” He said many people also said at the time that the construction of City Hall would “destroy the charm” of Escondido, but that he does not believe “anyone thinks twice of it anymore.” Martinez said the city

and all cities in the region are “under pressure by the state to have a lot of housing,” but that cities also have the “right to reflect and push back when we need to” on housing projects. And, she added that she worried about the lack of affordable units “Aspire” would offer, currently slated to have nine such units. “One of the things I’m concerned with is the people who are living here now, a lot of people are living together as multigenerational families because there isn’t enough housing,” said Martinez. “And sometimes the projects that I see that are checking all these boxes, with density and all of that which I think is great, aren’t necessarily affordable to the folks who live here.” After a long evening of deliberations, the first year Mayor McNamara capped off City Council responses

on a simple note and called for a vote. He said it was a “great building” that he’d “like to see somewhere” in the city at some point, but that he didn’t “believe it is the right building, in the right place, right now.” Addison Garza, Executive Vice President for Touchstone, said that the “council members who rejected the project had no substantial reason for doing so” in response to the vote. “We are incredibly disappointed by the City Council’s decision tonight,” he said. “After recently receiving Planning Commission’s 6-1 recommendation for approval, and City staff recommendation for approval, we thought we were nearing the finish line on a project that has taken three years to process.” He added that the company is “weighing all options” on “Aspire” looking

forward. “Saying ‘this is not the right project, for this property, at this time’ is not only illogical and incomprehensible, it is not adequate grounds to reject an infill, transit-oriented, density bonus project, that is consistent with the City’s General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan— per the City’s own staff report.” But Carol Rea, who spoke against the proposal at the meeting and serves as a member of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission—which had recently voted against the proposal— left the meeting exalted over the City Council decision. “I’m pleased with the outcome and very pleased that the Council members listened to their constituents,” said Rea. “It was said so many times tonight, but it’s the wrong project for the wrong place.”

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Can legislation really fix the state’s housing problem?


Help for Veterans Moving Forward


few months ago, I toured the Vista Detention Facility and saw first-hand the incredible work being done by the Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) Program. With over 241,000 veterans residing in the San Diego Region, some veterans have landed in our jails, many of consequences from PTSD. Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to enhance the Veterans Moving Forward program, by expanding the Community Care Coordination for Veterans in the Vista jail. A problem we continue to run into in San Diego County is the support system crumbling once Veterans are out of the VMF program. At our last Board meeting, we initiated action by putting a framework in place to continue that support system once veterans are released. The VMF program,

around the county Jim Desmond started in 2013, is a veteran-only, incentive-based housing unit for male inmates who served in and branch of the United States military. This program provides a structured environment for veterans to draw on the positive aspects of their shared military cultures, creates a safe place for healing and rehabilitation, and fosters positive peer connection. Peer connection privileges are rewarded through accountability and positive participation. Last year, the VMF program served 258 veterans at the Vista jail. A recent report showed that after six months, 23% of the participants reported

they were living in their own residence; 24% with family, a friend or significant other; 44% in a group situation and only 8% were living on the street. While there is still work to be done, this is a step in the right direction. Palomar College has been a tremendous partner who has offered to provide additional vocational opportunities to the VMF program free of charge during incarceration. This will allow these veterans to engage in hands on training program immediately upon release at any California Community College. Many veterans in the VMF program suffer from PTSD acquired from their time in the service. They served to protect us, we must now step up and help them move forward. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Halloween should be fun and safe By Mike Stein and Madeleine Baudoin

Here’s a scary statistic: Most families think it will never happen to them, but according to the National Safety Council, twice as many children get hit by cars walking on Halloween, more than any other day of the year. One of the best ways to protect you and your family against an accident on Halloween is to talk to your family about traffic and pedestrian safety before trickor-treating – especially at dusk when pedestrians are often invisible like ghosts: Traffic and Pedestrian Safety: • Anyone who plans to be driving in a neighborhood during trick-or-treat hours should watch diligently for children walking on roadways, medians, curbs and driveways. • Always remember to look left, right and left again before crossing a street. Always re-main alert

until you are safely across the street. • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available and cross at street corners, using crosswalks and obey traffic signals. • If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and never assume a driver sees you. • Be predictable. Put down the phone while trickor-treating so you don’t get distracted. Another important reminder: When making or purchasing your Halloween costume, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause any safety hazards. Remember, you can still look great on Halloween and remain safe: Costume Safety: • Non-toxic makeup or decorative hats are safer than masks, which can limit or block eyesight. • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant. • Wear good-fitting cos-

tumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls. • Fasten reflective tape to your costume and carry a flashlight for better nighttime visibil-ity. Lastly, on Oct. 26, the Solana Beach Fire Department will host its own open house from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will include a haunted ambulance, Halloween Safety Kits for kids, as well as fire prevention tips. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn more about the importance of smoke alarms, and meet the firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s in your neighborhood who work every day of the year to keep you and your family safe. We wish you a very fun and safe Halloween!

Mike Stein is the fire chief of Encinitas. Madeleine Baudoin is the Government and Public Affairs Manager for American Medical Response.

here were smiles all around and a lot of back-slapping the other day when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills he firmly believes will work quickly toward ending California’s undeniable housing problems of high prices and low availability. The package imposes rent controls statewide, despite last year’s vote on Proposition 10 which saw the majority in 56 of 58 California counties oppose similar controls for fear they would discourage building of enough new apartments to seriously dent the availability shortage. There are also new limits on single-family zoning, designed to encourage building of backyard “granny flats,” and provisions that may encourage some companies to buy up existing homes, then install new partitions to create a dozen or more rental units in one house. The new laws will also lower fees on low-income housing projects and forbid local moratoria on new housing. But one underlying question remains unanswered: Can California legislate its way out of the housing crisis? It’s a query similar to what was asked during the 1960s, an era when the federal government passed myriad laws banning racial discrimination in voting, housing, employment, education and other parts of life. “You can’t legislate morality,” critics said then. But it’s turned out differently. America is far from free of discrimination, but official racial discrimination has been largely turned around, to the point where some cities and states now face lawsuits over alleged “reverse discrimination,” which claim minorities get hiring pref-

california focus thomas d. elias erence over whites who are equally or more qualified. California realtors don’t phrase it the same way opponents of civil rights laws once did, but their argument is essentially the same: The state can create conditions it thinks should increase or enhance the building of new homes, be they apartments or condominiums or individual houses, but it can’t make anyone build or buy them. Before developers turn their first shovel of dirt, they must be convinced they’ll make a profit. These days, they apparently don’t feel that way. As of early fall, just over 111,000 permits had been issued statewide for new houses this year, 12 percent less than a year ago, according to the California Association of Realtors. Apartment development, the realtors said, was down 52 percent. At the same time every developer in the state knew the housing law package was sure to pass the Legislature and get Newsom’s signature. Which means the new laws may not spur even nearly the 500,000 new housing units the governor has said are needed each year for the next seven in order to solve the state’s problems. And yet … officials charged with fighting the parallel problem of homelessness report that for every 33 persons they can place in the transition quarters now going up in various parts of the state, 150 more persons will become homeless, largely because of high rent and other affordability prob-

lems. This poses an enormous conundrum: High rents have driven thousands to live in the streets, either in tents or vehicles, but without high rents, who’s going to build enough new apartments to resolve the shortage? If there’s a solution to this problem, it may be geographic. Why not build much of the new housing where land is cheap rather than forcing cities in the state’s most expensive, affluent ZIP codes to allow more construction? For in many areas, especially along the coast and in the Silicon Valley, land prices are the single largest expense in homebuilding and — along with demand — the foremost driver of high prices. Newsom has tried to be completely egalitarian about enforcing his policies, which dictate that all cities approve new housing permits in amounts proportional to their existing population. That has not worked. The inventory of unsold homes did not shrink in the last year, stymying new development that could resolve at least part of the problem. The new laws, wrote CAR president Jared Martin the other day, will “make it more difficult for hard-working Californians to find an affordable place to live.” So why not earmark some of the state’s current $21 billion budget surplus for building new housing where land is cheap, fees low and regulations minimal? That would be the Central Valley and some desert areas of Southern California. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit www.

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Grin Land! Children’s dental health Annexation for housing inspires Escondido museum exhibit development approved By Hoa Quach

ESCONDIDO — Chairs in the shape of teeth, jumbo toothbrushes and a dentist’s coat make up the recently unveiled exhibit at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido. Sponsored by insurance provider Delta Dental and local company The Super Dentists, “Grin Land!” features a behind-the-scenes look at a dental office. Children are encouraged to role play as a dentist or patient, read dental X-rays, use dental tools and learn about healthy and unhealthy foods. Wendy Taylor, executive director of the museum, said the exhibit is located in the museum’s “Our Town” space to help children become familiar with experiences in “their daily lives, while inspiring career exploration through imaginary play.” “We decided to feature a dentist office exhibit because it is an experience that all children have, and it can often be a scary moment for young children,” Taylor said. “By experiencing a dentist office in a safe, fun place like our museum, children gain confidence for their next visit to the dentist.” Taylor said it’s important for the museum to inform the public about dental health as “only a fraction of children visit the dentist by age 1 and 20% of young

A YOUNG VISITOR to Grin Land! the recently opened dental health exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido. Photo via Facebook/San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

children have untreated cavities.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one untreated, decayed tooth. Children from low-income families are also 25% more likely to have cavities compared to children from higher-income homes, according

to the agency. That knowledge is why The Super Dentists chose to help design and sponsor the latest exhibit. Dr. Kami Hoss, co-founder of the company said poor dental health can affect one’s entire body. “Some people may not know the importance of a healthy mouth and the life-changing impact it can have on them and on their

children,” Hoss said. “Poor oral health doesn’t just cause a little hole in the tooth that the dentist can easily fill. Cavities is just the tip of the iceberg since it’s a sign of a bacterial imbalance with potentially whole-body consequences.” Hoss said “an unhealthy mouth is dangerous to your heart, lungs, brain and unborn baby. Oral health impacts the quality of your life, your psychological health and even your longevity.” Hoss recommends that parents help their children brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. He also encourages making trips to the dentist as enjoyable as possible. “You can pass your own fear of the dentist down to your children so make a trip to the dentist a fun family outing instead of something to fear or dread,” Hoss said. “That subtle shift can make a huge difference in how your child perceives the dentist throughout their childhood.” The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours Wednesday. The Grin Land! exhibit is included with regular admission. For more information about Grin Land! or the museum, go to



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icant new environmental impacts.'” One Vista resident asked the board to vote no on the agreement, arguing the development is not a good fit for the area. Desmond said the board was “not here to debate the merits of the project,” as it already has formal approval and went through several modifications. He added that San Marcos Highlands will feature an emergency fire evacuation road. Cox said the development has a long-term management plan, open space agreement and easement. “I don’t see that we need to put any additional roadblocks in front of their project,'” he said. Jacob said that while she appreciates all the work the developer did on San Marcos Highlands, she couldn’t support it. “I have a long history (of) opposing projects that take property in the unincorporated area and increase density,” she said. Jacob added that the board had previously down-zoned the property where San Marcos Highlands will be built, telling her colleagues that approving the annexation agreement is ignoring that past decision.

REGION — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Oct. 16 in favor of a land annexation agreement for a housing development to be built in an unincorporated area near the city of San Marcos. Representatives of San Marcos Highlands told the board that they have worked with numerous federal and state agencies, including the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and received approval from them. Supervisors Greg Cox, Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar voted in favor of the agreement, while Nathan Fletcher and Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob were opposed. The San Marcos Highlands project calls for 187 single-family homes, one public park, two private parks and 210 acres of open space on the northern end of Las Posas Road stretching north to Buena Creek Road. According to the county, 152.2 acres are in the unincorporated areas of the North County Metropolitan Subregional Plan. According to the county, the annexation agreement “would not cause changes in the San Marcos Highlands project or in the circumstances under which the project is undertaken that involve signif-

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Embattled Hunter holds roundtable at Escondido Chamber of Commerce By Steve Horn

REGION — On the morning of Oct. 7, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, learned that his federal criminal trial for alleged acts of public corruption had been rescheduled to begin eight days later in January. And then later that afternoon, Hunter addressed questions from a small group in a conference room at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The roundtable event featured discussion of topics ranging from the state of the California Republican Party and his primary race for the 50th Congressional District seat, the impeachment process and the trade war with China, as well as the local issues he works on as a federal representative and the status of mass transit and transportation in San Diego County. Hunter faces 60 federal counts of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy for allegedly using campaign finance money to fund personal vacations. His trial is set to begin on Jan. 22, 2020, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. The intimate setting, with just over half a dozen guests present in the small conference room, facilitated frank dialogue. Hunter was blunt about the current state of play in the U.S. House of Representatives and Congress at-

Congressman’s trial moved to Jan. 22

U.S. REP. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, held a roundtable to discuss a variety of issues at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 7. Photo by Steve Horn

large, with an impeachment inquiry ongoing regarding President Donald Trump. He said that, since Democratic leadership launched the probe on Sept. 24, things have reached a standstill in the chamber because it’s “all that’s happening” and he’s never “seen it so slow” in the House. It’s a state of play he anticipates continuing through Election Day 2020 because it’s “tied into presidential politics at the highest level.” And by his estimation, it will end up hurting the Democrats in their effort to unseat Trump. Hunter said he believes that will be the case because of its central focus: an initial desire by Trump to look into potentially untoward business maneuvers in the Ukraine by the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter

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REGION — A San Diego federal judge on Oct. 7 pushed back Rep. Duncan Hunter’s trial for alleged misuse of $250,000 in campaign funds by a week, from Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan changed the date at the request of Hunter’s attorneys, who are seeking to have Whelan’s prior ruling against dismissing the case overturned by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On July 8, Whelan denied Hunter’s requests to dismiss the 60-count indictment and to have prosecutors on the case recused due to alleged political bias. The judge also denied Hunter’s request to have the trial moved outside of San Diego. Attorney Devin Burnstein had sought a twoweek delay of the trial date. Whelan said the case “has been going on for a while,” and that he wants it “resolved for both Huntagencies to facilitate funding for programs which then goes to states. That money then flows to counties and then to cities. The one issue that sits at the center of Hunter’s efforts to bring federal money back to his district, he said, is “transportation, transportation, transportation.” He added that he was happy with the Sept. 26 vote taken by the San Diego Association of Governments to study the potential to widen State Route 78. And he does not foresee the county having a mass transit system comparable to other metropolitan areas anytime in the immediate future because “it’s too hard in Southern California to not drive.” “The way that San Di-

er’s and the voters’ sake.” Hunter, a Republican who represents the 50th Congressional District, and his father attended the morning hearing, but neither had any comments regarding the case against the 42-year-old lawmaker, though he did tell reporters that he was not going to attend the upcoming appeal hearing. Hunter was indicted along with his wife on five dozen criminal counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy, and falsification of records, accusing them of making scores of improper personal purchases with campaign funds over the course of six years. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty in June to a conspiracy charge and faces up to five years in federal custody and a fine of up to $250,000. She agreed to work with prosecutors on the case and could eventually testify against her husband. — City News Service ego works and the way that southern California works, mass transit doesn’t work,” said Hunter. “It’s not like Washington, D.C., where everyone leaves their zones and goes into D.C. to work. It doesn’t work here like that. You can’t mass transit to your brewery down the road or wherever.” Hunter also said that he supports the steep tariffs placed on China, which he views as a “great” policy. He said that, though Wall Street and other “globalists” and “corporatists” may not like it, he believes it will ultimately help American manufacturing because it changes an economic paradigm incentivizing the offshoring of plants. The tariffs “might hurt the market short-term, but

for the bedrock of the country’s economic output, which is making things here, it helps,” he posited. “You can’t have a country that’s totally a service nation. You can’t have a country that’s only insurance brokers and financial analysts.” With the primary election forthcoming on March 3 and three other Republican opponents signed up to run against him — two of whom do not live in the 50th Congressional District — Hunter said he intends to run on his congressional record as his path to victory. He pointed to his congressional seat as one of only two currently held by a Republican south of Los Angeles. “It kind of tells the tale of the Republican Party, at least in Southern California, that two Republicans that don’t live in the district don’t want to run against Democrats,” said Hunter. “They want to run against one of the only guys that won in the bloodbath last year. That shows me that there’s a problem with the party.” And asked if he was offended that the Republican Party did not ask for the other candidates not to run, he responded sharply. “If you feel betrayed in politics, find a new job,” Hunter stated. “These guys are politicians. That’s how politicians are and that’s how it works. That’s why people don’t like politicians.” During the current term, he touted the work he did to push for an end of a bid to create a partnership between the San Diego-based telecommunications company Qualcomm and Broadcom. Hunter wrote a letter to Trump on Feb. 22 arguing that, because Broadcom had several documented business ties with Chinese stateowned companies, sharing sensitive information technology could pose a national security risk. Trump ultimately made headlines by blocking the bid just weeks later.

Cal Fire readies for fire weather REGION – Cal Fire firefighters have staffed up and prepared for the forecasted extreme fire weather across California. As of Oct. 8, the National Weather Service issued red flag warnings and fire weather watches for areas of northern, central and southern California. “With some of the most destructive and deadliest fires occurring October through December, we need Californians to not be complacent. Wind driven fires move fast, and residents need to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice in the event of a wildfire,” said Chief Thom Porter, Cal Fire director. “We have increased our staffing, but need the public to remain vigilant. It is important to follow evacuation orders and leave early as fires move very fast under these conditions." This week, being Fire Prevention Week, is the perfect time to make sure

your family has emergency supplies and an evacuation plan. The tragic fires that occurred around this time last year should serve as a reminder for everyone to be ready for the unexpected. With extreme fire danger conditions, some areas are seeing electricity being turned off by their utility companies preemptively. Cal Fire is not involved in the decision making of when and where the power is turned off, or when the power will be turned back on when such conditions arise. The only time that Cal Fire will request a power outage from a utility company is when there is an active wildfire around powerlines that firefighters are fighting. The power shutoff request will only be for within the fire area and this is to provide for the safety of firefighters within that area. Comments, questions or concerns about the current power outages should be directed toward your

utility company. Cal Fire urges everyone to exercise extreme caution when in or near the wildland or open areas to prevent sparking a fire. A few helpful reminders and safety tips include: • Don’t mow or trim dry grass on windy days • Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never at metal • Check and obey burn bans • Ensure campfires are allowed, and if so, be sure to extinguish them completely • Report any suspicious activities to prevent arson, see something – say something To learn how you can be prepared for wildfires and evacuation steps, visit and



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From combat to CrossFit: Marine thrives as gym owner By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — As a young man growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Benjamin Timm said he was unsure of which path to take in his life. He was raised in a family of business owners, but he shuffled majors often while a student in college. To find direction, Timm enlisted in the U.S. Marines at the age of 21. His service to the nation ultimately led him to find his passion, Timm said. Timm, now a resident of San Marcos, is the owner of CrossFit Double Barrel, a thriving gym frequented by more than 250 members weekly. The four-year-old business, which offers customers high-intensity workouts, is expected to unveil its latest expansion later this year, growing from 7,600 square feet of space to 9,000. Timm said he discovered CrossFit during his time in the military. His peers encouraged him to do a 20-minute workout that consisted of three pull-ups, six push-ups and nine air squats every minute for 20 minutes. “I had never done anything so physically demanding,” said Timm, who did five tours overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I started looking at workouts online and did it at the base’s gym.” Eventually, officers from Timm’s unit pushed him to become a certified CrossFit coach, which led him to teaching classes to fellow service members. In 2014, after leaving the service, Timm took the plunge and opened his own CrossFit gym. Timm said he opened his own gym after being inspired by his wife, Jamie, and family of business owners. “Anytime I see someone doing something, I believe I

BENJAMIN TIMM, left, coaches Thomas Dunn at CrossFit Double Barrel in San Marcos. Timm opened the gym after leaving active duty in 2014. Photo by Rebecca Lindsey

could do it better,” Timm said. “(When I opened Double Barrel), I knew I could do it better. I wanted to own the nicest, coolest, best-service CrossFit affiliate out there. That is what I work towards every day.” But Timm didn’t open CrossFit Double Barrel without competition. The popular fitness brand has more than 15,000 locations worldwide and dozens in North County, alone, according to CrossFit blog, Timm said he’s able to compete and thrive in the aggressive fitness industry by continuing to add “value” to his location. “(My team) has more than 50 years of combined coaching experience,” Timm said. “But we’re not just doing cardio. We want to build stronger, healthier, happier humans.”

The goal of creating “healthier humans” was achieved with at least six members, who each lost 100 pounds since joining Double Barrel, Timm said. Of course, Timm said, the success of CrossFit Double Barrel hasn’t come without its challenges. “Nobody wrote a playbook on how to open Double Barrel so anytime we do anything, we’re learning,” Timm said. “And, we know that we will have to pay for that learning every day. We’ve already spent thousands of dollars on this expansion and we haven’t (had any physical change) yet.” Although he’s never had any formal business education, Timm said the most valuable trait he’s learned as a business owner was developed during his time in the Marines. “I learned about leader-

ship in the Marines,” Timm said. “I am a firm believer to never ask someone to do something that I haven’t done or will never do. I will always look out for my employees’ well-being. I will always look out for the members.” With the ethics he developed as a Marine and from his family, Timm said he hopes to someday open another CrossFit gyms in the area. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from being a business owner, it’s “the job is never done.” “We’re ever-growing, ever-expanding, always learning, always-improving,” Timm said. “You’re either growing or you’re dying. There is no other direction.” For more information about Benjamin Timm or CrossFit Double Barrel, go to

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M arketplace News 10 startups to battle for $75K at San Diego’s biggest pitch competition Marketplace News is paid advertorial content. If you would like to buy space on this page, please contact the Coast News Group.

Cox Business among sponsors supporting local startup ecosystem Ten local startups will compete for $75,000 in San Diego’s biggest pitch competition on Oct. 29 during the 13th annual John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition, sponsored by Cox Business, Tech Coast Angels: San Diego, and San Diego Venture Group. The event will be held at Qualcomm Hall. The 10 finalists, selected from hundreds of applicants, will be given two minutes to pitch their startups at the Quick Pitch Competition to an expert panel of judges. A sold-out audience of investors, executives, and business leaders will be watching and providing feedback on which startup should win. Last year’s winner was 31-year-old Shiv Shukla

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ic nerve pain without the use of opioids. Shukla says winning the competition had a domino effect for

the company. Neuralace catching the attention of Medical was invited to six even more investors. other pitch competitions Neuralace Medical is and nearly won all of them, seeing some impressive

OCT. 27



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

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Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center in Carlsbad is hosting a free informational session from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 at 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, for community members to get answers about Medicare options. Learn about your choices during the annual election period, followed by a Q&A with representatives. For more information, call (855) 222-8262 or visit tricitymed. org/choices.


The 7:30 p.m. Palomar College Salsa class Oct. 18 offers the rhythms of live Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble, Agogo and the World Drum and Dance Program. Celebrate live Cuban/Brazilian music and dance with Kimba Light. At the opening and close of the show the stage becomes an open dance floor. On campus, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos.


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Textures, colors, patterns, and microscopic organisms come alive, as the Escondido Creek Conservancy was awarded $1,500 for a new microscope by the San Marcos Community Foundation. The stereo microscope, attached to a television screen, gives a close-up look at some of the creek’s tiniest inhabitants — aquatic macroinvertebrates. The Interpretive Center is open based on volunteer availability. Visit for hours of operation. Visit for more information. Courtesy photo

Sign in at 8:30 a.m., tree planting 9 a.m. to noon at the Children’s Playground in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Bring your own shovel, gloves and close-toed shoes. Call or text questions or RSVP to (760) 519-8761, or e-mail lvelarde@wcainc. com.

Steam Engine Museum Fall Tractor Show is looking for volunteers. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, Oct. 20 and Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at the Vista Historical Society and Museum, 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista. E-mail



The MiraCosta Horticulture Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Alta Vista Gardens, 1260 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The workshop will be decorating pumpkins. Mini pumpkins and supplies will be provided by the club. RSVP to Susan Duey at susanduey@ For more informaARBOR DAY FUN tion, visit or The Vista Garden Club call (760) 721-3281. and Vista are planting 300 trees in Brengle Terrace TRACTOR SHOW Park Oct. 19, rain or shine. The Antique Gas and Discuss the chosen “One Book One San Diego” read, “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai at Rincón Literario Bilingual Book Club at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

results less than one year after the win at the Quick Pitch Competition. As of June, the company has raised $3.8 million in seed money, and in July, received a long-awaited technology patent. San Diego was recently ranked by Inc. magazine as the fourth hottest startup city in the nation. Startups bring jobs and stronger economic development to a region. Cox Business, which is the technology partner to businesses of all sizes in San Diego, wants to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life, and help small businesses grow. Sponsoring the John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition is one way that Cox Business is supporting innovation in San Diego, in addition to bringing its own innovative products and services to the region. For more information about the John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition, visit www.quickpitchsd. com.

OCT. 21

North County Quilters’ Association’s next meeting features Guest Speaker Jeana Nash with “Days for Girls – a Worldwide Effort” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1087 W. Country Club Lane, Escondido.


The Carlsbad chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, is looking for new members

at its Monday meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Calavera Hills Community Center, 2997 Glasgow Drive, Carlsbad. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, visit

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Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center in Carlsbad is hosting a free informational session about Medicare options, followed by a Q&A session with representatives from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. For more info call (855) 2228262 or visit choices.

Introduction to Belly Dance class, plus Wine with instructor Amal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at La Fleur’s Winery, 215 S Pacific St., #106, San Marcos. Cost is $5 at the door, cash only. For more information amalbellydance17@gmail. com or events.

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North County Quilters’ Association hosts its 2019 Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Elks Lodge, 2430 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Free parking. Admission fee of $5. For more information, visit, Facebook & Instagram pagLEARN TO BELLY DANCE es, or e-mail marketing@ Join in the fun at an

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Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will play Bocce Ball and dinner at the Elk’s Club, Vista Oct. 29. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.

OCT. 31


The Carlsbad Community Church is holding a free “Trunk or Treat” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. This is a Halloween alternative. No demonic costumes, please. Games, bounce house, food, treats, face-painting and more. For more information, visit


Trick-or-Treat free in downtown Encinitas from 5 to 8 p.m. along S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas Boulevard to K Street. Stroll up and down “Pumpkin Lane,” aka South Coast Highway 101, from Encinitas Boulevard to K Street. Fantastic carved pumpkins will be on display at multiple viewing locations, and dozens of merchants will stay open late and have goodies for kids.


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Grape Day 5K raises funds for Rotary causes By Alexander Wehrung

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ESCONDIDO — On Oct. 12, an estimated 1000 people turned up to the Grape Day 5K race in Escondido. The race helps to benefit the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club, which raises money for various charitable causes. For the race, the main thoroughfares of Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue were shut down, cordoned off with orange traffic cones and police vehicles, in order to secure the route for the runners. Racers arrived at 7 a.m. to register, attracting people of all ages from various areas of San Diego. Many were dressed in purple, including a pair of boys dressed up as grapes, who went around tapping people on the shoulders with purple thundersticks. All racers were given tags made up to look like golden license-plates. Some people raced in costume, including the Sam Raimi version of Spider-Man and a stormtrooper. Cosplayer Joshua Jackson, whose uncle is a member of the Rotary Club, wore colored animal ears and a tail. “This is a really great event, it’s great for Escondido and the Rotary Club,” Jackson said. “The Rotary Club does all kinds of good things. My mother is a music teacher for the USD district, and the Rotary Club has on many occasion(s) donated funds to get either musical instruments or other needed materials. So, they do a lot of good for Escondido, and I’m proud that my uncle is a part of it, and that I have a chance to publicly support him.” “I’m just excited to be here, and I’m so thankful

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A weekend spent in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea hit the road e’louise ondash


’m not sure why, but Carmel’s crescent, white-sand beach always seems more expansive than I remember. Standing at the west end of Ocean Avenue, which terminates on a rise overlooking the sparkling beach, I marvel at what lays before us. To the right, the dramatic bluffs of the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links; to the left, landscape shrouded in Monterey pines. The two are connected by a mile-long, beach of fine white sand that feels sublime underfoot. I see a long piece of kelp strung out on the beach, curled into a smile. It seems quite appropriate. October is the Monterey Peninsula’s summer. The sky is a deep blue and cloudless, a gentle breeze flows from the west, and the temperature is a perfect 72 degrees. And since it’s midday Sunday, much of the weekend crush of visitors has departed. It’s the convergence of all the good things in this idyllic seaside town of 3,900. It occurs to me: When I’m not in Carmel, I tend to

think of it as a hyperbolic California cliché, but when I am, it’s apparent that Carmel really is a singular place. Being there is both comfortably familiar and magically special. “It’s a village in the forest by the sea with a white-sand beach,” says Carrie Theis, general manager of Hofsas House (https://www.hofsashouse. com/), a 38-room boutique inn founded by her grandmother, Donna Hofsas, in the late 1940s. “Staying in Carmel is special because once you are here, you can walk everywhere. There are no buildings more than two stories, and ordinances have allowed us to keep the charm.” A walk down Ocean Street toward the beach confirms the innkeeper’s opinion. We pass tightly packed sidewalk gardens showing off everything from brilliantly colored annuals to curious succulents; shop windows offering ceramic sea otters, T-shirts, paintings, haute couture, artwork with multiple zeros on the price tags and chunks of polished tourmaline; and real estate offices touting photos of multi-million-dollar properties for sale. At one office, there is a listing for a home with a view of the iconic Bixby Bridge ( bixby-bridge) that spans the Big Sur coastline. List

FLOWERS ABOUND in and around the shops, galleries and restaurants on Carmel’s Ocean Avenue, the village’s main street. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

price: $16 million. The eclectic architectural styles of Carmel are eye-catching, too. Bavarian, Tudor, thatched-roof

cottages, 1970s rustic, Spanish mission and fairytale cottages – all exist in a harmony that could never be imagined by the typical

HOA. And just to add to the village feel, “there are no street numbers here,” Theis explains. Buildings in the

one-square-mile town are located in relation to intersections, description and/ or the name of the house. Carmel’s side streets offer a dozen tasting rooms that sell wine made of grapes grown in vineyards throughout Monterey County. Sampling these is another good reason for seeing the town on foot, Theis says. No need for a designated driver and finding the tasting rooms can be a fun treasure hunt. “The tasting rooms are hidden and most of the shops are small. We have a minimalist philosophy here (when it comes to signage). They must be small and be made of wood or look like wood, and only one per business. And no big box stores or franchise food.” If you choose to make Hofsas House your headquarters during a visit to Carmel, you’ll likely be greeted by Doris, Carrie’s 87-year-old mother, who helps serve the continental breakfast. Rooms are uncommonly spacious, individually decorated and some have fireplaces and an ocean view. It’s less than a two-minute walk to Ocean Street. For more information, visit For more photos and commentary, visit elouise.ondash. Want to share your travels? Email eondash@coastnewsgroup. com.

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Food &Wine

Celebrating 10 years of Licking the Plate in North County lick the plate david boylan


t dawned on me recently when someone asked how long I’ve been writing Lick the Plate that 2019 marks 10 years. That’s roughly 500 columns give or take as we officially started in April of 2009 and I’ve missed a handful of weeks over the years. Prior to connecting with Publisher Jim Kydd and his son Chris, I was writing the Encinitas Eats column in The Surf City Times. That was a funky little paper devoted primarily to the Encinitas area and run by Mike Andreen and the late great Gary Taylor. At the time, working with Gary, who was like a god to me and some of my fellow Great Lakes surfers, was a big thrill. We

had followed his work in The Coast News as the Surfwriter and he was known to us as the king of Swami’s. He was becoming my muse and I felt lucky that one of our last shared experiences before he died way to0 young was my wedding at La Paloma Theater. The Surf City Times was a fun ride, but it did not last, and I found myself in a meeting with the Kydds at The Coast News shortly after and soon my column had found a new home and a new name, Lick the Plate. My first story was on Third Corner in Encinitas and I think it’s so cool that they are still around and doing well. I was enamored with the fact that they had cassoulet and steak frites, two of my favorite French bistro dishes. Several of those early restaurants are still going strong including Kim’s Vietnamese, Q’ero, Lotus Café and Blue Ribbon. I’ve mentioned this be-

THE LICK THE PLATE team, from left, audio engineer Brooks Venters, columnist/host David Boylan and producer Quinn Boylan. Photo by Ian Meyers Photography

fore but it’s worth restating as people always ask me what’s it’s like being a restaurant critic. I always

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Times and LA Times come to mind and but few others can afford to, given the current state of the newspaper industry, to alienate a potential advertiser. I realized that early on with Lick the Plate and have steered it toward being a feature since the early days. Sure, if a restaurant is doing great thing, the column can read like a review and I have no problem taking it in that direction should it warrant that attention. That said, I’m better at telling stories and Lick the Plate has strived to do that over the years. When we took the show to radio at KPRI eight years ago, we evolved into a culinary and music focused show, and recently, with the addition of Quinn Boylan as a producer, have made it official with our “Culinary + Culture + Music” tagline that allows us to bring a wider variety of guests into the mix and that enables more interesting stories to be told. Food and music are still the foundation though and always will be. It’s fun telling stories through those topics as most folks tend to be quite passionate about both. I’ve met some amazing, passionate people over the past 10 years who have come into my life as a result of Lick the Plate. I’ve always likened some of the culinary folks I’ve met to pirates in a sense that they have taken a different path than most of the population. It’s a path that has them working long hours when others are playing in a restaurant culture that that does not pay much attention to political correctness or other norms associated with the white collar world. Despite the chef as celebrity culture that has become a thing, the vast majority of them do not receive that attention and Lick the Plate has always strived to include them in our mix. The amazing meals and interesting characters I’ve met over the past 10 years can be difficult to capture in 800 words per week but it’s a weekly exercise in storytelling that I thrive on. It’s been a pleasure being a part of The Coast News team that has managed to not only survive as a local newspaper but maintain a strong presence and a devoted audience in the North County. Besides the weekly paper, that is nice to see people reading at cafes and restaurants all over the area and they have a strong digital presence and engaging content which is critical to their success. I still have a day job but Lick the Plate in The Coast News has led to some fun new opportunities in radio and podcasts in several markets. Writing this column still feels like a fresh gig, keeps me writing and that gives me great pleasure.

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Eppig Brewing opens new brewery in scenic Vista location craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh


ppig Brewing’s new Vista brewery (1347 Keystone Way) is now in a soft-open phase. That news alone is exciting for craft beer fans. What’s even more exciting is that the new location is brilliant. Looking over a valley, there is a large patio with a fireplace and great views of the sunset. Huge glass doors from the patio open into the main room where you’ll find a leather sofa and armchairs, a long high communal table, and plenty of bar space. Through large windows behind the long end of the L-shaped bar, the shiny silver brew house is visible, with its 30-foot ceilings and skylights. Down the wide hallway past the short end of the bar are very well-appointed restrooms and then a high-ceilinged beer hall that is still under construction, but which should be ready for the grand opening festivities on the weekend of Nov. 16. By a pleasant coincidence, that grand opening date is also the third anni-

AT EPPIG BREWING in Vista, two of the four founders, Clayton LeBlanc and Todd Warshaw, catch their breath after the hard work of opening the new location. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh

versary of Eppig Brewing’s original grand opening in the North Park Brewery Igniter. They will keep operating in North Park until the beginning of December. After that, you have a choice between the Vista brewery and the (also gorgeous) Point Loma tasting room. The brewery is named after the family of head of marketing, Stephanie Eppig. She is one of the four founders — together with her husband Todd Warshaw who handles operations, head brewer Nathan Stephens, and brewer/sales and distri-

bution guy Clayton LeBlanc. The original Eppig brothers, German immigrants, were major brewers in Brooklyn from 1866 until Prohibition in 1920, their brew works occupying whole city blocks. Although the brewery survived prohibition by transforming into the Interboro Cereal Beverage Corporation, the mob got involved and pushed the Eppigs out. The brewery eventually became part of the Schlitz empire. Today, the San Diego reincarnation of Eppig Brewing brews a wide variety of

beers but they have made their name on lagers. Stephanie Eppig remarks that, “A big source of pride for us is that our lager program didn’t evolve because of the trend (for craft lagers over the last couple of years), it was what our brewers were interested in brewing. Plus, it is true to the company’s roots, since at the Brooklyn brewery in the 1800s, they brewed only lagers.” Still one of the few local breweries with an extensive lager program, Eppig Brewing always has six on tap. That’s not all they do, though: There will be 24

taps altogether. The interior design of the tasting room is meant to echo the original brewery’s Brooklyn roots. Reclaimed beams from a Kentucky horse barn that was the same age as the original Eppig brewery compose the ceiling and are complemented by exposed metal structural members designed to resemble those you’d find in an 18th-century New York building. Like the beer, the tasting room is meant to be, “Our homage to tradition, but with our own take on it,” according to Stephanie

Eppig. Clayton LeBlanc and Nathan Stephens worked together at Ballast Point for several years. Although LeBlanc had originally been employed in sales, time off due to a back injury gave him time to re-think his career path. He had fallen in love with the beer industry when he was a waiter at Karl Strauss during college, so beer seemed like a good career move. He quickly worked his way up the ladder to brewer at Ballast Point during their rapid expansion, right before they were sold to Constellation Brands in 2015. Stephens was also a brewer at Ballast Point, and the two become close friends. Stephens had been a homebrewer. Although he worked as a structural engineer for eight years, he decided to follow his true passion and got a job in the early days of Ballast Point. The four founders got together after LeBlanc borrowed a kegerator form Warshaw, and the rest is history. After that very intense period at Ballast Point — which he describes as, “the hardest, best thing I’ve ever done, aside from operating a business” — LeBlanc now says, “Unequivocally, I know TURN TO CRAFT BEER ON 20

Here and there in the world of wine and food


very few months or so, my in-basket of wine and food information gets higher than a 5-liter bottle of Cabernet, so let’s dig in, get to it and get it down. The top-drawer wine and food event in San Diego recently happened when Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Del Mar teamed up with first place wine player DAOU Vineyard and Winery of Paso Robles. It was a match made in wine and food heaven, two of the best in their respective categories. Ruth’s Chris invented the upscale steak format and its 150 locations make it the leader. Managers Mark Parasini and Yadir Navarro stepped up and declared “we love to bring guests together for events like this. Our food pairings match beautifully with the perfect wines from DAOU!” Once again, DAOU’s Bodyguard was spotlighted as a new wine champion, one that Daniel Daou himself calls “approachable luxury.” It’s a Petite Verdot with a Petite Sirah blend. ($37) If you missed this DAOU wine dinner, in December at least five more DAOU wine events are planned for the San Diego area. Watch this column for details, including a wine dinner at Seasalt in Del Mar scheduled for the Dec. 4, and a stop at Pavilion’s in Carmel Valley with a full-service wine department in a quality supermarket of the same name, on Tuesday the Dec. 11 from 3

taste of wine frank mangio to 5 p.m. Jeff Venier is the wine steward at Pavilion’s and offers cellar worthy tastings of a select number of over 2,200 wines worldwide. For the latest tastings, call (858) 793-4661. “Arrive at Awesome” is the right slogan for the 16th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, planned for Nov. 10 to Nov. 17. It features hundreds of wineries, chefs, restaurants and more than 40 amazing culinary experiences all week, including the Saturday Grand Tasting. Save the dates and check out October is National Pizza month and time to once again hail the exploits of Mangia e Bevi Oceanside owner, Tore Trupiano. He’s a leading “pizzaioli” (pizza chef) in the country and a recent second-place winner for best pizza in the nation representing the United States Pizza Team. Trupiano will be in London in November, representing the U.S. team at the European Pizza and Pasta show. For more information about the U.S. Team, visit This column sends our congratulations to San Diego’s Joshua Orr for earning

his Master Sommelier diploma, only the second person with this ultimate wine designation in the city. The only other local Master Sommelier is Eddie Osterland who earned his diploma 46 years ago, the first such award given to an American by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Six others from around the country were awarded this honor in a recent ceremony in St. Louis. Fewer than 300 people in the world have earned the Master Sommelier diploma. Banfi Winery, the premier wine estate in Tuscany and home to Brunello wine from Montalcino, recently sent its world-famous emissary and ambassador Luciano Castiello to West End Bar & Kitchen and owner Sal Ercolano. Ercolano’s “Night in Tuscany” crafted a magnificent menu that met the Banfi standards for their world-class reds, topped by the aforementioned Brunello with West End’s Lamb Ossobuco. Next West End wine dinner is Justin from Paso Robles at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 at 6pm. The Oct. 24 is already sold out. Call today for the Oct. 26. Wine Bytes • Craftsman Tavern in Encinitas will have a French harvest five-course wine pairing dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 23. From Halibut to Duck Confit, Chef Sergio Serrano TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 20

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OCT. 18, 2019

A rts &Entertainment For 25th anniversary, rarely shown pieces on display at arts center By Steve Horn

A PATRON of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 25th anniversary exhibit views a piece of Middle East-themed art by San Diego artist Doris Bittar. Photo by Steve Horn

“As a staff, when we talked about our 25th season, we went back and forth,” said Van Leeuwen in remarks made in the center’s courtyard. “Is it a birthday or is it an anniversary? What is it? And it occurs to me that a birthday is a cel-

ebration of an event … and indeed, the center was born 25 years ago.” Van Leeuwen then called for a toast of champagne for non-members, there for the celebratory aspect of the day. He next nodded to the dues-paying

members to talk about the importance of anniversaries. “They’re about commitment. You have a wedding anniversary,” said Van Leeuwen. “It’s not a wedding birthday, it’s a wedding anniversary and it’s based on commitment … and

(hanging) in there through some good times and some not so good times.” Cynthia Weir, chairwoman of the board of directors for the Center for the Arts, said in her remarks that the institution has played a pivotal role as a civ-



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OCT. 18, 2019


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A rts &Entertainment Celebrating North Coast Rep stages comedy ‘The Sunshine Boys’ Craft Week in Escondido By Alexander Wehrung

By Alexander Wehrung

ESCONDIDO — As part of American Craft Week, Hawthorne Country Store and Stone and Glass hosted their own separate events on Oct. 12 to demonstrate their respective arts. The two stores are both situated off of Grand Avenue in Escondido, by the transit station. At Hawthorne, Carry Sullivan and her entourage put on a weaving workshop in the store’s apparel room. Hawthorne’s neighbor, Stone and Glass, hosted a class for people interested in how to make glass art. Sullivan has worked with fiber, she estimates, between 27 and 28 years. Along with several other women who are fellow members of the Norge Lodge Knitters and Fiber Folk — a club that meets once a month at Norway Hall in Vista — they knit clumps of wool into various creations. “We basically do Scandinavian arts and crafts,” Sullivan said as she showed off a small gnome knit out of wool. Around one table, they worked with a variety of small portable tools, like drop spindles and a heddle loom. Knitting has so consumed the group as a hobby, they’ve done it on ski lifts and at baseball games. They can even do it in the dark or without even looking at what they’re doing. TURN TO CRAFT WEEK ON 16

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SOLANA BEACH — Pulled from the stringy, sharply wry mind of the late Neil Simon comes the pathos-stuffed comedy that is “The Sunshine Boys,” which made its 1972 debut on the hallowed floorboards of the Broadway stage. Now it comes to the cozy theater-space that is North Coast Repertory in Solana Beach, with Lenny Wolpe and James Sutorius starring in the title roles. The plot of “The Sunshine Boys” concerns two vaudeville performers entering their twilight years: Willie Clark and Al Lewis, otherwise known as Lewis and Clark (geddit? Like the explorers). However, as time goes on, the longtime duo soon come to dislike one another and split up. Al retires whilst Willie tries to keep himself relevant by starring in various television commercials. Eventually, Willie’s nephew convinces him to reunite with Al for a CBS comedy special. Broadway and television actor Lenny Wolpe stars as Willie Clark. Though he had seen the movie adaptation of Neil Simon’s play as a young adult, Wolpe described this production as his first thorough exposure to the source material. “I’d worked with Jeff Moss a number of times, the director,” he said. “And last spring he asked me if I would like to do it. So that was the beginning of my journey. So, then I read the script and got familiar with it.” Wolpe estimated that he’s worked with Jeffrey B. Moss five to six times in the past.


Ukulele virtuoso Taimane will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido in the Concert Hall, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets $25-$65 at or at the ticket office at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.


Oceanside Theatre Company opened its season with “Foxfire” by Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper, at the Brooks Theater, each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 27. Tickets are available for $15 to $29 online at oceansidetheatre. org or by calling the box office at (760) 433-8900.

OCT. 19


Help out the artists who lost their artwork in the Sept. 30 fire at CaliLife Gallery in Leucadia. Come to the CaliLife Gallery fundraiser event from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Pandora’s Pizza, 828 N. Coast Highway 101, Ste G, Leucadia. Proceeds will help fund reimbursement for the artists.


The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s October Art Spark art lesson is 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido and will feature acrylic painting. Tickets are $40 per person and include all art materials, pastries and non-alcoholic beverages, a free museum pass and a raffle ticket. For more information, visit


The Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation is sponsoring a concert by pianist Richard Glazier in honor of America’s military veterans and the memory of local philanthropist Benjamin TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 22

‘THE SUNSHINE BOYS’ stars James Sutorius, left, and Lenny Wolpe. It opens Oct. 27 at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach. Courtesy photo

A past production helped set Wolpe on the path to playing a vaudevillian. “I’d done a show in New York a couple years ago, it was called ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes,’ it was a very scripted show, but it was based on a lot of sketches and jokes and everything. It was a big hit around, like, a year and a half. So that was my first big exposure to doing a show where you weren’t necessarily playing a character as an actor, but you were just there to do the rhythm of these jokes and sketches, and you did it eight times a week, and it wasn’t character-driven. It was about getting the laughs and exploring that kind of comedy.” This production marks Wolpe’s first time working with James Sutorius, who plays Al Lewis. Wolpe called him “fantastic” and a treat to work with. “James and I, luckily, we’re in the

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two-hour meeting. One of those people who took umbrage with the line was Anel Gonzalez, the president of Council of Classified Employees/ American Federation of Teachers Local 4522, a labor union representing the college’s non-professoriate and non-administrator full time staff. “As a woman of color, I find trustee Evilsizer’s comment about this being Mississippi with palms incredibly insulting,” said Gonzalez during the Reports from College Groups portion of the meeting. “ As a matter of fact, using perceived bigotry as an excuse to not take accountability is alarming.” In the past year, multiple administrators of color — Vice President of Finance Ron Perez; Vice President of Student Services Star Rivera-Lacy and her predecessor Adrian Gonzalez — have left Palomar College. Their departures were mentioned out-

right by multiple college faculty members during the public comments segment of the meeting. Evilsizer did not respond to the critiques during the meeting. But fellow board member Deerfield — who is also an area Democratic Party activist who worked as the lead 2018 mayoral electoral campaign advisor for Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, a former trustee — said that she also found the comments “shocking.” “Trustee Evilsizer’s comment isn’t true,” said Deerfield. “And when we start putting that out to the community, I find that shocking, absolutely shocking.” The cost of living contract amendment given to Blake was no less contentious. Before the meeting began, Gonzalez sent a letter to the Governing Board requesting that the clause on Blake’s $292,000 per year salary be tabled until the aftermath of the FC-

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MAT probe. “In the past, the board has been accused of rubber-stamping essential items without critical analysis,” Gonzalez wrote in that letter provided to The Coast News. “Today we need you to lead by example and be transparent, showing us that you are taking the necessary steps for fiscal stewardship.” Student trustee Linus Smith also asked why the amendment came in the midst of the college’s tough fiscal times. The college currently faces a $11.7 million deficit. He said that amounts to an over $9,000 raise for year its first year. “I think it would be appropriate if we led by example in terms of taking cuts together, as opposed to taking cuts by departments and leadership not also doing the same,” said Smith. “I think that if leadership is going to ask that departments cut their finances, that they are at least willing to do so themselves.” Evilsizer offered a sharp retort, saying that the cost of living adjustment — commonly referred to as COLA — is something all college employees receive. “Every employee in the district receives COLA and ... it would be very unfair to deny an employee COLA at minimum,” he said. Tensions also arose throughout the meeting about the small room within which the board current-

ly meets. Recently monthly meetings have been particularly packed in the Student Services Center building room — which seats 92 people — because the Palomar Faculty Federation faculty labor union has organized its members to attend. In turn, the meetings have featured standingroom-only-size crowds of about 100 to 150 people, with many attendees turned away due to fire code standards in the room. The meetings are not live streamed and there is currently no overflow room provided to attendees, as exists at San Diego Association of Governments and Escondido City Council meetings. “Our mobilizations effort started as a contract campaign because we’re very close to finishing our contract ... so that’s how it started,” said Teresa Laughlin, co-president of the Palomar Faculty Federation and an economics professor at the college. “But people are now here not only because of the contract, but out of concern for what’s going on in the college.” The next regular Governing Board meeting — scheduled for Nov. 12 — could be just as tense still, with the results of the “vote of no confidence” poll approved by the Faculty Senate about Blake to be presented to the board.

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Since Sullivan and her group often weave Scandinavian-esque patterns, they held a workshop at the recent Viking Festival in Vista. They also do outreach to local libraries and schools in North County. As for glass — which can technically be considered a fiber art — Stone and Glass is just half a minute’s walk away from Hawthorne. Intricate works are displayed in their studio gallery showroom, from little marbles of glass with flowers inside of CROP them to more ornate cups .93 wild colors. Esther the with .93 sleepy-looking pug-chihua4.17 hua mutt patrols the show 4.28 floor. “When you have a gallery, you’re treated with respect,” said owner James Stone, noting that Stone and Glass did not have this respect at its previous locations in Rancho Bernardo and the warehouse on Simpson Way in Escondido. The workshop is located directly adjacent to the showroom, where Stone and other glass artists work. The room hums with the whirring of an enormous fan to keep the place cool from the rumbling kiln and the reheating oven, their orange interiors glowing. Stone and Jon Noble helped several people who had come for a lesson glass-blowing make their own glass creations, taking an enormous metal rod and using it to first blow a molten globule of glass, then rolling it in piles of crushed up glass — brightly colored from having been mixed with various precious metals — to give the final product more visual flair. “Glass art is very ex-

pensive to do, and very hard to learn,” said Nicole “Zina” Losi as she made small birds out of milk-white glass, adding indentations into their wings by making small cuts with large iron scissors. Meanwhile, Chico State graduate Travis Wood ground imperfections out of a purple glass cup, using a gritted disc coated in tan-colored cerium oxide. Both their works will be put up for sale. Stone and Glass is currently enjoying success after having escaped dire straits. They were forced to leave their previous location in 2017, following a fire at a neighboring mattress store inside the warehouse they both rented space from. However, CERF+, an organization that safeguards the livelihoods of artists nationwide, jumped in, and gave Stone and Glass a $3,000 relief grant. Though Stone & Glass went out of business for eight months before finding their current location, the store has found renewed success. “Here, we get 25,000 cars a day that go by here, and people see our lights on at night, and they come in. And they’ve never been exposed to glass, but they see the lights and they can tell it’s kinda like a gallery, and they’re much more available to hear our story and spend real money,” Stone said. Carol Rogers, Stone and Glass employee since 2014, and Stone’s wife, confirmed that 100% of the proceedings from the Oct. 12 event went to CERF+, which continues to build safety nets for craft artists in financial distress.


“Between all of us, we do just about everything you can do with fiber,” said Fiber Folk member Laurel Beale. “From carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, nålbinding — and we welcome everybody, we’re a totally inclusive fiber group.”

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San Marcos educator launches cookie business By Hoa Quach

SAN MARCOS — Educator and mother Kristen King has always loved baking. She said she often baked with her three daughters as a pastime, especially during the holidays. But what began as a hobby has now become a thriving, small business out of her San Marcos home. King is the owner of King’s Creations, a cookie company that specializes in custom designs and fulfills those gourmet taste buds. She’s designed cookies for every occasion, from baby showers to birthdays to simple gifts for teachers. King, an instructional aide at Discovery Elementary School, said she launched her cookie business after her youngest daughter wanted to decorate their regular batch of cookies. “I was a little reluctant because I knew enough about sugar cookies to know they were not easy,” King said. “Our first batch was with orange icing and they were flower-shaped cookies. We had icing everywhere. It was a mess, but the cookies were adorable, and they tasted amazing. So, of course, we had to try again.” From there, King said, she began researching the cookie design business and testing out her research in her own kitchen. “The better the cookies looked and tasted, the more my friends and family encouraged me to sell them,” King said. “At first I thought that was a silly idea but then ... maybe?” In May 2019, King said she received her first, paid order for cookies. Since then, the longtime San Marcos native has sold more than 1,000 cookies by pro-

KRISTEN KING stands in her home kitchen in San Marcos. She’s sold and designed more than 1,000 cookies for local customers. Photo courtesy Kristen King

moting her baked goods on social media. “It was so rewarding to make something that someone else appreciated so much,” King said. “I knew I had something special and I really wanted to see it develop.” Trisha Onate, a longtime friend-turned-customer, said King’s cookies stand out because they are both delectable and beautiful. “It’s real simple why I keep ordering from her — the cookies are mouthwatering and look spectacular,” Onate said. “The cookies are unique because often

times cookies will look good and not taste so great or vice versa, but Kristen has nailed both taste and design.” Regular customer Corina Ballard said she’s ordered from King several times for the same reason. “Kristin’s cookies are extremely unique because not only the flavor is delicious, but the detail is exquisite,” Ballard said. Although King has found success in the gourmet food industry, it hasn’t come without its challenges. In fact, she said she’s had to decline requests because she’s overwhelmed with or-

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ith the coming of the fall, will come my last effort to truly civilize my children. Here in Southern California, the land that made sneakers, blue jeans and the sweatsuit into formal wear, it has been an uphill battle. Nevertheless, I have decided to take advantage of the last bastion of tradition. I will try to provide my children with a sense of the formal occasion and the lessons in common courtesy that will pave the way to that job as an international diplomat, or at least prevent grossing out their fiancée’s mother. This month we begin cotillion. The very world cotillion prompts visions of classic Victorian behavior. For some, that is a lovely, refined vision. For others, it is a vision akin to the rocks surrounding Alcatraz. Cotillion meant white gloves, tight collars, coats and ties, the box step, and drinking tea with your little finger extended. It still requires gloves and the box step, but the bottom line is simply good manners and social ease. There was discussion

small talk jean gillette between husbands and wives throughout the neighborhood, as we signed the kids up. What possible reason, many of the husbands asked, could there be, in the Year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight, to make children learn “etiquette”? The moms calmly dusted off that wonderful phrase, “Good manners never go out of style.” It is still important to know how to offer and accept a dance invitation and interact gracefully with your peers. Then we reminded the fathers of the horror of their first school dance. But the perfect explanation was provided by my son’s 10-year-old buddy, who adores baseball. Putting it into terms they could all understand, he set his buddies’ minds at ease, as we carpooled to junior lifeguards. Cotillion, he said, was like minor-league dating. You went there to practice, so

that when you get to the major leagues, high school and college, you would know what to do. This young man bravely admitted to his pals that he probably wanted to get married someday, and that marriage was like the World Series. If you didn’t get the rules and skills of the sport down early on, you might risk divorce, which was like being traded. I truly could not have explained it better myself, and believe me, I tried. Most of the kids are still mildly revolted at the idea of dancing with the opposite sex, but they will bear up. Someday, with kids of their own, these same youngsters will realize they would like their offspring to have a social life. They may even contemplate their children’s future in the diplomatic corps. As long as parents face this moment of clarity, cotillion’s tradition training camp will never close. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who will watch that young philosopher make it to the World Series tomorrow, at his wedding. Contact her at jean@

ders. “I truly wish I could do every order,” King said. “One of the biggest challenges I’ve had to overcome is telling customers I can’t do their order. I’m a people-pleaser and telling someone ‘no’ makes me uncomfortable. I had to learn that it’s OK to say I can’t do something. “ King said she’s also had to rely heavily on friends and family to keep her business baking. “My family is a huge help,” King said. Although they leave the decorating to me, my girls help me with packaging when they aren’t busy with sports or school. My family helps in other ways too. Decorating cookies is very time-consuming, so my husband takes care of dinner during the week, my mom runs errands for me and my mother-in-law taxi’s my youngest for us.” King, who hopes to eventually have a “pop-up” location, offers this advice to other full-time mothers looking to start their own business: “Lean on your family and friends.” “Mine have helped me so much,” King said. “I definitely could not do this without my family. Don’t hesitate to put yourself out there. It can be scary. Trust me, I know. Nobody likes rejection or criticism. But it’s so worth it … I’m so glad I did.” Find or contact King’s Creations on Instagram @ kings_creation_s.


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San Elijo Hills’ Oktoberfest event draws record crowd About 2,300 people live in the San Elijo Hills community in San Marcos, which features hiking trails, parks, and three local schools within walking distance of a development built around a town square. The San Elijo Hills Association organizes events throughout the year like Oktoberfest. It is strictly for residents only and requires proof of residency for admittance since it is paid for with homeowner association dues. Most of the residents from San Elijo Hills walk to the festival or the children run with excitement. Along with his wife, Adams jokingly says his kids usually head straight for the ice cream, then apple streusel, and fi-

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SAN MARCOS — The annual Oktoberfest in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos proved to be the community’s most popular event yet. Although 2,000 people attended the annual festival, folks say it still has a small community feel. Alpana Patel says she brings her family every year and loves seeing all of her neighbors in one place. “It’s a great way to run into people.” San Elijo resident Mike Adams says he enjoys bringing all five of his children to the fair because of “all the rides, all the fun, all the food, great for the community. All the kids can hang out with their friends.”

nally the pretzels but skip the brats and salad while playing with their friends. “It’s more community oriented than anything I’ve worked for in North County,” says San Elijo Hills Community Director Liz McCurdle. “I think that’s the whole concept of building around the town square and having all these wonderful homes around it, incorporating a shop-local type of feel along with the schools close by.” “There is just an incredible sense of community here,” realtor Ed Philbrick said. “I think it’s an amazing value compared to other surrounding communities. I mean with this event for example, you probably have an event per month when you

look at it, and the events are pretty elaborate. There is a lot going on. Here you have a climbing wall, a (Ferris) wheel, food, beer (beer garden). There’s always something going on in San Elijo and so it’s hard to complain about the value that you are getting. People aren’t always happy with HOAs but that’s not really the case here.” All of the food is free and beer and wine is provided for adults with identification. There’s also ice cream, face painting, and pumpkin carving for the children. With this large scale of an event, the association hires an event planning business to handle everything from the rides to the food. In the years past it was

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held on the town square but it was recently moved to the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park after it gained popularity. “It’s pretty well attended,” Philbrick said. “It’s changed over the years. I would see 15 people that I know. Now, I see more people but at a slower pace with more people attending. Sometimes people are near and dear to their grandkids and then sometimes we have folks that are new to the community. So, I have seen a change to the event.” As San Elijo Hill has grown, so too have the businesses. Recently there have been some new developments on the square. Real estate develop-

er Ambient Communities recently announced a new brewery, The Lost Abbey, based out of Cardiff will be opening soon on the square. McCardle says the permit is in and it plans to open at the end of the month. The tree lighting, the second largest event in San Elijo, is coming up in December on the town square. The association tries to hold an event every few months like moves in the park, outdoor concerts, and Easter egg hunts. Unfortunately, McCurdle says every year the festival does have to turn people away if they can’t show proper residency identification. The projected budget for this year’s festival was not disclosed.


service, but there is room to add a canning line of their own when they need it. As this goes to print, the first beers brewed at the new location will be going into kegs, ready for eager drinkers. Stephens says he is excited “to stay on the same path, making beer we are proud of, and be able to reach a larger audience. We have room to grow organically over time.” “Nathan is the true talent,” LeBlanc told me. “I’m a functional production brewer. We jibe well together, we like the same beers, and we have similar senses of humor.” Because of their long experience working together in brew houses, there is “lots of trust” between them. “Picking your business partners is so important. We have managed to make democracy work. We don’t always agree, but we are comfortable saying, I trust you on this one, I know you’ll execute.” Warshaw visited almost 100 commercial rental properties over the last couple of years, before finally finding this location right as it was being built. They signed the lease immediately so they could shape the building, and the result is a real gem. The entrance to the large parking lot is on the left-hand side at the very end of Keystone Way. You’ll pass Helia Brewing on the way, and within the next few weeks a golf-themed Dogleg Brewing will open on the other side of Eppig Brewing. There’s never been a better time to be a beer lover in Vista.


there is nothing else I want to do.” Partly because of their expertise in brewing lagers, not to mention the popularity of some of their other beers including 10:45 to Denver IPA, Eppig Brewing has been receiving a lot of requests for kegs and cans from north country. Until now, their original North Park brewery was just too small to meet those requests. In fact, Special Lager (voted the best lager in San Diego in the 2018 West Coaster reader’s poll) and 10:45 to Denver were so popular that they had to have them contract brewed elsewhere. Now, though, they have a used three-vessel 30-barrel system purchased from an auction in South Carolina, seven fermenters (three 60-barrel and four 30-barrel), and two brite tanks (30 and 60 barrels). That triples their brewing capacity over North Park right out of the gate. This will allow them to bring all their production back in-house. Plus, they made sure that there is lots of room for future expansion in the Vista location — including installing concrete floors reinforced to handle 140-barrel fermenters when the time comes. Besides helping them to be able to meet the demand for their kegged beers, the new system (and the extra space in the brewery) will allow them to begin canning more of their other beers. For the time being they will still use a mobile canning


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OPERATION SMILE GFWC Contemporary Women of North County members Judy Jackson, left, and Kathy Shattuck were among participants at the club’s quarterly Sew-In at the San Marcos Community Center this month. Members created more than 50 hospital gowns to be donated to “Operation Smile,” an organization that sends teams of medical volunteers all over the world to perform surgery on children born with cleft palate and other facial deformities. For more information, visit Courtesy photo


ting enough sleep, eating healthily, and just training throughout the year.” His advice for anyone who wants to try a 5K in the future was, “Go at your own pace, don’t try to be first the first time you run it, you’ll progress as you keep

going.” The announcer shouted out the names of other racers as they began to trickle back into the park, while volunteers handed out participatory medals to them. The funds raised from the race will go toward causes that deal with both local and global issues. “We take care of our homeless veter-

ans, our wounded warriors. We work with senior citizens who are below the poverty level and have a hard time making ends meet. We build houses in Mexico. We just go where the need is,” said Grape Day 5K co-founder Jim Ponder, who enjoys seeing the North County community-building the race creates.

“For the 10th anniversary (next year), I think that there’s gonna be a lot more things happening here at Grape Day Park,” he said. “It’s gonna be a full day of events, kicking off with the 5K, there’ll be a very special medal.” He added that those who have run all 10 years will be recognized and special pricing will also be a part of next year’s 10year celebration.


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The Village Church Community Theater will have auditions for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Roles: men and women ages 18 to 88 walkin, and minors 8 to17 by appointment only. Actors must come prepared with both a one-minute song and one-minute monologue. Visit or e-mail for

can go all-in on.” Dave and Julie Lowen submitted a proposal for the 3,000-square-foot site, which is akin to a public plaza and town square to drive traffic to businesses, provide opportunities for those looking to start a business and options for visitors. But the plaza, Julie Lowen said in a previous interview, can act as a centerpiece to the area with her building acting as a training center to support other potential vendors and businesses in the plaza. Additionally, the plan calls for reorganizing the layout of the space to add street parking, landscaping, vendor spaces, seating and security. Conley said staff evaluated the Lowens’ proposal and the cost estimate totals $2.7 million, much more than the city’s preferred alternative. “We don’t want something in downtown that is not going to create the regional destination, that isn’t going to respect the owners who are putting in millions,” Lowen said. The Lowens own the building at 221 Main Street, which houses their business Children’s Paradise early infant care and preschool. They had plans to renovate much of the building to add a restaurant or two plus a rooftop bar. However, Lowen said they are moving the school to Carlsbad and shuttered plans for the bar because the financial risk is too high, and the traffic to downtown is too low.

“Without creating a regional destination in the downtown, you’re not going create an economy that is going to thrive,” she added. Other residents urged the council to slow the process and rethink the plaza and come up with a more attractive alternative. Currently, the city’s plan would be to remove the gazebo, add parking and trees. Councilman Joe Green, who didn’t support the Lowen plan fully in April, though, said he agrees with taking a step back and taking a deeper look. Like Franklin, and others, Green said he wants to bring a “wow” factor to the area. One resident threw out creating a pedestrian malltype of space for an even larger segment of downtown, a proposal some council members are willing to look at. Mayor Julie Ritter and Councilwoman Amanda Rigby did not agree with the idea, although they were in favor of a more robust plan. Ritter was more cautious in the approach to more robust plans, citing previous unsuccessful attempts, along with closing off South Indiana Avenue. And while the ideas and proposals were welcomed, the council also said cost must be a factor as the city doesn’t have $2.7 million to invest. However, Green said there could be outside resources, such as grants, to alleviate some of those concerns. Lowen said in April the area may qualify as an Opportunity Zone, which would open it up to federal grants.

appointment to amyz@vil- presents Sweet & Tender Hooligans: The Ultimate Tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace BEST OF BUBLE Community Concerts Drive, Vista. Tickets $15 of Rancho Santa Fe pres- to $40 at (760) 724-2110 or ent the vocal trio Shades of Bublé celebrating the continuing career of Michael Bublé, with a three-man tribute at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, in AUDITIONS the Fellowship Hall at the Auditions for “Frozen, Village Church, 6225 Paseo Jr.” will be held from 5 to 8 Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. p.m. Oct. 28 at the Hearth Individual tickets are $75 Theater in the San Marcos More Tickets can be pur- Community Center, 3 Civchased at For de- ic Drive, San Marcos, and tails, e-mail again from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Vista’s Broadway TheMOVIE NIGHT ater, 340 E. Broadway, VisMoonlight Amphithe- ta. Further details at broadatre presents Movie Night way v z / aud it ions -. showing “The Goonies” html. at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Goonies themed activities before the movie. Tickets: ADULT STUDENT ART SHOW $5 and $10. Phone: (760) The Escondido Art As724-2110. Web: moonlight- sociation alerting artists to its Adult Student Art Show during the month of November at the Artists Gallery on ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’ A playful new adapta- 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondition of Jane Austen’s “Sense do. Member and non-mem& Sensibility” by Kate ber artists may enter up to Hamill will be staged Fri- three pieces of artwork at days and Saturdays 8 p.m. an entry fee of $10 for the and Sundays 2 p.m. Oct. 25 first piece and $5 for the through Nov. 17 at the Patio second and third pieces. Playhouse Theater, 116 S. Drop-off of artwork is 11 Kalmia, Escondido. Tickets a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2, or 4 to at or 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave., call (760) 746-6669. Escondido. Call (760) 4890338 or visit the Escondido Art Association website at escondidoartassociation. TRIBUTE BAND The Moonlight Theatre com.

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