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OCT. 19, 2018

San Marcos Unified tabs new leader

College lawsuit enters mayoral race next door Escondido challenger sits on Palomar board

Schools pick comes from San Diego High

By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — On Sept. 25, the Palomar Faculty Federation Local 6161 filed a lawsuit against the Palomar College Governing Board in the Superior Court for the County of San Diego. Though Palomar College sits in San Marcos, the lawsuit’s tentacles reach directly into the mayoral race in neighboring Escondido. The lawsuit, Palomar Faculty Federation Local 6161, Et Al v. Palomar Community College District, Et Al, alleges an illegal lack of transparency under California’s Brown Act on the part of the Palomar College Governing Board in giving a 27 percent pay raise to President Joi Lin Blake. The Brown Act, in essence, is the state’s open meetings law and calls for governmental body transparency in announcing and conducting public meetings. The lawsuit further stipulates that the Brown Act was violated because it was never announced that there would be closed session discussions of Blake’s proposed salary boost before it received a Governing Board vote on July 10. One of those voting that day was Paul McNamara, the Governing Board’s president who also happens to be the challenger seeking to defeat Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and assume the job as the city’s mayor. McNamara’s campaign managTURN TO LAWSUIT ON 14

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cess for medical cannabis patients,” Vistans for Safe Community Access says on its website. “Medical cannabis has been legal in California for over 20 years, yet, in the past few years, the City of Vista has spent millions of dollars on criminal prosecutions to eliminate all access to medical cannabis in the City.” In Vista, more than 56 percent of the electorate voted “yes” on Proposition 64. Campbell says that he believes that, were the City Council to reflect the will of the voters, the city would already be moving toward a

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Unified went down south to find its new superintendent. The district recently announced that Carmen Garcia, the lead principal at San Diego High School, was the lone finalist in the district’s search for a permanent replacement for Melissa Hunt, who retired Aug. 30. Garcia presides over one of the largest schools in the county, which is Garcia broken into three schools: the San Diego School of International Studies, School of Business and Leadership and School of Science and Technology. “Dr. García, a bilingual and bi-cultural educator, with great energy and a passion for student success, will be an outstanding leader for our district,” school board President Stacy Carlson said in a statement. Garcia, in her farewell letter to her current school, said that the new position will allow her to engage with the North County community. “This opportunity with San Marcos USD will afford me the ability to connect deeply with the north county community where I




Space X successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket and satellite into orbit on Oct. 7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Hawthorne and also safely landed the ship’s rocket booster back to Earth, the first time the futuristic firm has done so on the West Coast. This photo was captured as the rocket flew over San Marcos. Photo by John R. Melson

Trio of pot measures on ballot in Vista By Steve Horn

VISTA — Three different marijuana-related ballot measures will receive a vote on Election Day in Vista. Whether they will go up in smoke and fail, or pass and join most of the rest of the state in cannabis legalization, will be up to voters. During the 2016 election, the state’s electorate voted in favor of Proposition 64 to legalize marijuana as a regulated business under California law. Though in theory dispensing the drug is now legal throughout the state, in practice every city still has its own say over legalization. Vista, for one, has enacted a de facto

cannabis ban. Vistans for Safe Community Access, a group run by former Vista City Councilman Cody Campbell, is leading an effort to chip away at the ban through its support of Measure Z. That ballot measure, officially dubbed the Retail Medical Marijuana Sales and Tax Initiative, would enable the “retail sales of medical marijuana for up to 11 retailers and enacting a tax of 7 percent of gross receipts” if approved by a majority of voters. “Over 8,000 Vista voters signed a petition to place Measure Z on the ballot to allow safe, regulated ac-

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Former NFL player Winslow II Filmmaker honored at San Diego film festival technical movie production to stand trial on ’03 rape charge challenges, which spurred ESCONDIDO — On By Steve Horn

REGION — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II must stand trial on charges that he raped an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003, a judge ruled Oct. 15. Vista Superior Court Judge Harry Elias found that enough evidence was presented at a preliminary hearing to warrant a trial for the son of San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow on charges Winslow II of forcible rape and rape of an unconscious person. The alleged victim testified that she had a few drinks and went to a home in Scripps Ranch, where she was raped. Winslow II is already facing trial for allegedly kidnapping and raping two

women in his hometown of Encinitas this year. In that case, Winslow II is accused of luring a 54-year-old transient — who was hitchhiking — into his Hummer for a ride, then raping her on March 17. Prosecutors also allege that Winslow II picked up a 58-year-old homeless woman that he knew from a prior encounter and offered to take her to have coffee on May 13, but instead took her to a secluded area and raped her, then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. A trial date for both cases is expected to be set on Oct. 30. The defendant faces life in prison if convicted. Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended the University of Miami. He played for four NFL teams between 2004 and 2013. — City News Service

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Oct. 13, Escondido-based film director William Wall won the Best Local Film award for his movie “Daisy Belle” at the San Diego International Film Festival’s Filmmaker Awards Show and Party held at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Hotel. An 11-minute computer-animated short, which also makes use of real-life miniature objects, the plot of “Daisy Belle” centers on a human, Daisy Belle, who has passed away and is being mourned for by a robot. With Daisy Belle having died, the robot realizes that its sole purpose — to serve and care for Daisy Belle — has gone by the wayside and the robot struggles through an existential crisis. Wall, who has lived in San Diego County nearly his whole life other than a short stint living in Maine, grew up in the East County area. In an interview on the sidelines of the film festival in the immediate aftermath of winning the award, Wall expressed surprise at winning the award, saying it sits as among the most prestigious prizes he has won so far during his directorial career. “I never expect to win,” he said. “But particularly when you see the other films, which I did today and they were all so well done, so of course I didn’t expect to win. When you go in with low expectations, it’s hard

WILLIAM WALL holds the award for Best Local Film for his short “Daisy Belle,” presented Oct. 13 at the San Diego International Film Festival. Courtesy photo

to walk away disappointed.” The San Diego International Film Festival was the first time Wall had ever had one of his films screen, let alone win a prize. It is not the first prize-winning rodeo for Wall and his films, however, despite his modesty, and “Daisy Belle” has screened throughout the world, including in places such as Greece, Belgium, Ukraine, Norway, Sweden and Mexico . Wall has won multiple awards at the San Diego Film Awards for “Daisy Belle,” as well, an awards ceremony for local filmmakers at which he was nominated for seven awards and took home five. “Daisy Belle” has also won two Emmy Awards for the Pacif-

ic Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for both Short Format Program and Best Post-Production Director. Further, in 2013, Wall’s “The Immortal Edward Lumley” also won two California Film Awards, Best Narrative Feature and Best Film. “Daisy Belle” also screened at the early-August Oceanside Film Festival, a much smaller festival than the San Diego International Film Festival, walking away with no awards to its name. “That’s why I didn’t expect to win anything here, just because the level of competition at a festival this size is so much larger,” Wall explained. Wall said that he enjoys

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him to do the “Daisy Belle” project. “We did several different mediums and that was the big inspiration for putting the film together,” detailed Wall. “What could we do (and) what different mediums could we put together to make one interesting-looking film?” In terms of what inspired him to make the film from an ideas point of view, Wall called that a “very organic process” and blended it with the technical side of making the film. “It’s all magic,” Wall said. “I don’t know where the story came from. It fell from the sky, honestly.” Wall’s film production company, Halo Cinematic, is located just off of Highway 15 and West Valley Parkway in Escondido. He and his wife, Kimberly Wall — who worked as an executive producer for “Daisy Belle,” does acting, casting and production work herself and also works as the public information officer for the North County Transit District — have lived in Escondido since 2014. Wall told The Coast News that throughout his career, he has primarily focused on making short films because making them is a more affordable endeavor. Albeit, he has another feature film which has been in the works for four years, but has laid incomplete due to lack of financing. “So, hopefully maybe soon or maybe one day I’ll be able to do (another) feature, but for now, shorts are what I can afford,” Wall said. Broadly speaking, Wall said that he would place his films in the fantasy or science fiction genre, calling what he does “dramedy,” or a mix of comedy and drama, inspired in part by the work of the film production company Pixar. “Whenever I like a film, I dissect what is I liked about it and what I can steal,” explained Wall. “Every artist is a thief at some level. Everything that’s inspired them, they use, but it’s unrecognizable and it’s not plagiarism because it’s changed and it’s a different formula using the same bits and pieces.” He joked that one of the great things about being an Escondido filmmaker is that he doesn’t “feel like there is a lot of competition,” noting that he was not familiar with others in the industry who live within the city. Up until earlier this year, Wall’s studio was in the Miramar area of San Diego, but he has since moved shop to Escondido. “I haven’t made much out of the new studio yet (and) I’m hoping to change that,” Wall said. “It’s got a better vibe to me. My studio is right next to In-N-Out Burger and Del Taco. I can’t go wrong.” “Daisy Belle” will next screen on Nov. 9 at the Coronado Island Film Festival, where it will be part of a block of short films.

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‘It happened to me, too’

Numerous allegations of sexual abuse by one man under color of authority show that women across North County refuse to remain silent. This is one woman’s story.


By Jordan P. Ingram

n the morning of Saturday, Sept. 29, skywriters had a message for San Diego: “OK ONLY IF WE LET THEM.” The statement, written high above the crowds gathered for the Miramar Air Show, was a powerful declaration encouraging victims of sexual assault and discrimination to speak their truth. And that’s exactly what at least 20 women across North County have done after coming forward with harrowing tales of rampant sexual abuse at the hands of San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Timothy Fischer. Each allegation shares familiar threads of abject terror, fear of reprisal and the shame of not being believed. The following is an alleged victim’s first-hand account based on interviews and a claim filed with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. In the early morning hours of June 19, Shelly Howell, 52, had just finished her shift at a Shell Gas Station in Escondido and returned to her friend’s house who she was living with in Vista. Upon returning home, Howell got into an argument with her boyfriend and packed up her belongings to go stay with her daughter. Howell, who was driving on a suspended license, chose to take the backroads and ended up at a fourway stop at the corner of Cypress Drive and Monte Vista Drive. As she approached the intersection, Howell noticed the unmistakable outline of a police cruiser parked on the side of the road. Reluctantly, Howell said she kept driving. “I had no choice but to go past him and continue my route,”’ Howell said. Howell made a left onto Monte Vista and the squad car, as if anticipating her next move, lit her up. Howell said she eventually pulled over at the bottom of a steep driveway and noticed that she couldn’t see the house from the road. A sheriff’s deputy approached the vehicle, asked for her license and when he discovered it was suspended, asked her to step out of the vehicle. The deputy, who Howell would later identify as Fischer, then led her between their two cars and out of the bright lights of the patrol car’s high-beams.

At this point, Howell claims that Fischer asked her to put her hands behind her back and then held her hands there, interlocking his fingers with hers. “I apologize if it seems like I’m holding your hands, but you’re just so hot,” Fischer said, according to the complaint. Howell wasn’t sure if she had heard him right and assured herself that she must be mistaken. But Howell said Fischer quickly removed all doubt when he reached his hands into her front and back pockets several times, rubbing and touching her private areas as he performed his “search.” “I like the shape of your body,” Fischer said, according to Howell. Speechless, Howell froze as she began to wrap her mind around what was happening. Fischer told her he wasn’t going to arrest her but that she needed to move her vehicle. According to Howell, Fischer suggested she park her car at a nearby school parking lot, “escorted” her to the area and once again appeared at her driver’s side window. “It was the most uncomfortable moment I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Howell said. “If I say ‘no,’ am I going to jail? If I say ‘yes,’ what’s going to happen? How am I going to get out of this?” Howell recalled trying to lighten the conversation and mentioned that she had once worked for the state, just like Fischer, thinking that somehow this new bit of information would prevent him from making any further unwanted sexual advances. But she said Fischer didn’t appear interested and pointed to a dark corner of the empty lot, suggesting she follow him to go “make out.” Howell declined the offer. Howell watched as the officer turned his head, listening to his shoulder radio as it crackled a request for backup. The attack was over and Howell was left to pick up the pieces alone, and in the dark corner of a school parking lot. “I went into a state of anxiety,” Howell said. “I definitely don’t want to drive alone. It’s put a complete halt on my life.” And like so many victims of sexual assault, Howell hesitated to report the incident to police. If her alleged attacker was a peace officer, who could she trust?

Six months later, Howell saw an interview with three of Fischer’s alleged victims. Their complaints were eerily similar to her own. And then she saw a picture of her attacker’s face. At that point, Howell said she was motivated to speak up. “The way those women were talking, they didn’t want their faces shown and they seemed unsure of what had happened,” Howell

I wanted to let everyone know that those ladies were telling the truth.” — Shelly Howell on allegations against Richard

said. “But it’s not their fault and it did happen, because it happened to me, too. I wanted to let everyone know that those ladies were telling the truth.” By December, she had reached out to San Diego attorney Dan Gilleon, who is currently

representing several of Fischer’s alleged victims, and has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the county of San Diego. Howell is convinced that Fischer’s alleged spree could have been prevented if law enforcement officials had responded swiftly to information they had received two years earlier. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement saying they had “initiated concurrent administrative and criminal investigations immediately upon learning of the first allegation which was received in late 2017,” adding that the “department did not receive a complaint regarding these allegations prior to this.” But Howell isn’t buying it. “Somebody had to have known,” Howell said. “(Law enforcement) was notified by a letter from a victim back in 2016, explaining everything he did and they swept in under the rug. If they would have investigated when they first had knowledge, nothing would have happened to any of us.” Fischer was recently booked on five new charges in lieu of $2

million bail, facing a total of 20 criminal counts of sexual misconduct involving 15 women while on duty, including forced oral copulation, sexual battery and false imprisonment. After a Sept. 11 preliminary hearing, Fischer’s attorney Manny Madrano told media outlets, “We continue to this very day to vigorously deny and dispute these charges. They are false, they are untrue. Our investigation of the alleged victims in this case continues. We are discovering credibility issues with the various victims in this case, which include reporting this to law enforcement many, many months after the allegation. Some of these alleged victims have had brushes with the law and, at the end of the day, we feel that the motivation for many of these alleged victims is to try to get a monetary reward because they have filed civil claims.” The defendant, a six-year law enforcement veteran, has also called the claims “hurtful” and “disheartening,” according to previous news reports. “This guy is a complete predator and he’s growing into a monster,” Howell said.

Trial ordered for deputy accused of sexually assaulting women VISTA — A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy facing charges that he groped and sexually assaulted three women last year after meeting them on patrol was ordered Oct. 3 to stand trial on five felony counts, including forcible oral copulation. The five latest charges against 32-year-old Richard Fischer were filed six months after he was charged with sexual battery, assault and battery by an officer and false imprisonment involving 13 women. Fischer faces more than 25 years in prison if convicted of all charges. He has emphatically denied the allegations. Defense attorney Manny Medrano has said the case boils down to a “he-said-she-said” situation. After a three-day preliminary hearing, Vista Judge Daniel Goldstein ruled that enough evidence was presented for Fischer to stand trial on the five new charges.

A 51-year-old businesswoman testified that Fischer first responded to a 911 call at her living facility for people with mental health issues about 6 p.m. Dec. 31, 2016. She said Fischer and his partner told her the matter had been resolved and started to leave. But Fischer came back in and said “Can I have a hug?” the woman testified. Since it was New Year's Eve, “I didn’t see any harm,” the witness testified. She said Fischer told her she was beautiful, then left. The mother of three testified that Fischer returned in March 2017, coming into her garage which she used as an office for her business. The woman said Fischer asked to talk privately, told her that he wasn't married and asked for another hug. “He was flirtatious,” the witness testified, saying she told Fischer the hug was not appropriate.

The woman said Fischer returned sometime between March 27 and April 4 of last year as she was getting ready for bed. “He said he wanted to talk to me about something important,” she testified. The woman said she let Fischer in, and he pushed her onto her bed and forced her to perform a sex act on him. A 25-year-old woman testified that Fischer rubbed her thighs and put his hand between her legs as she sat in the back of his patrol car in shorts after a drunken driving crash into parked cars in September 2017. A 46-year-old woman testified that Fischer groped her inside a motel room, where she had gone with her daughter after an argument at home. At least 20 women have filed lawsuits against Fischer in civil court. He will be back in court on the criminal case on Oct. 25. — City News Service


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Opinion & Editorial

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Props 5 & 10: A little help for state’s housing crisis?


Vote no on Measure Z By Vicki MacHale

I am not necessarily opposed to allowing a legal dispensary within the city limits if there are protections in place for our citizens. To this end, the threat that Measure Z, the Citizens Medical Cannabis Business Initiative of 2017 brings to Vista is unconscionable and of grave danger to our safety and quality of life. I am further opposed to voting anybody into office who supports this measure, as it clearly shows an inability to read and comprehend, or worse, nefarious intent by the supporters toward the citizens of our city. Lack of integrity, or lack of common sense, is not something we should value in a city official. Did you know that Measure Z is sponsored by a multi-millionaire living in Malibu who makes his living selling marijuana? While Measure Z speaks to enforcement and a need to adhere to city codes, the writer completely gutted Vista Municipal Codes, 10, 11 and 12, which speak to zoning and nuisance, therefore rendering it impossible to enforce against any permitted, and quite possibly, any non-permitted dispensary. In a nutshell, everything which leads you to believe there are protections in place within Measure Z is a lie.


• If approved, Measure Z allows the Vista City Council to increase, but not decrease, the number of dispensaries from a total of 11.

and no drug related felony conviction in the past four years. Why the high deposit and requirement of previously being in business? Is it possible that this is because the supporters of Measure Z already have a plan in place as to who can meet these requirements? Is this a setup?

ries reduced to 1 space per 1,000 square feet? This is less than any other commercial business in Vista. Traffic and parking is already troublesome in many areas of Vista, so why reduce this requirement for dispensaries? • Sections 10 and 11 of the Vista Municipal Code removed all language regarding land use restrictions for dispensaries. Does this not render any type of enforcement moot?

• Why limit the felony requirement to “drugs” only? Do you think it is a good idea to have a larcenist, rapist, kidnapper, human trafficker, or a pedophile selling drugs in our • Will the 7 percent in neighborhoods? city income derived from these dispensaries cover • You must be 21 to pur- the cost to administer addichase cigarettes or alcohol tional administrative staffin this state. Why is the lim- ing or increased crime and it 18 for a dispensary? Why code enforcement? Increasare children under 18 per- es in crime and administramitted inside of a dispensa- tive oversight have been a ry with a legal guardian or problem with every other medical doctor? city that has approved similar measures. • Are you aware that the way Measure Z is writThere are so many inten, Section 9 of the Vista herent problems with MeaMunicipal Code specifically sure Z that I cannot begin to allows for a dispensary to cover all of them. be placed near a day care I understand that many facility, church or park? Do Vista residents are in favor the surrounding businesses of dispensaries, but let’s and homeowners have any be smart and not rush into say whatsoever in this type something that is a detriof business being opened ment to our community. near their home or busi- Let’s wait another year, ness? learn from other cities, and let the state finish finaliz• Adequate ventilation ing regulations. By voting no on Meais only required if a dispensary occupies a portion of sure Z, you say no to crime a building with other busi- and greed and yes to the nesses. Odor is the number safety of our children, one complaint by residents community, property valand businesses near a dis- ues and business owners. pensary or grow area. The You say no to a drafter who measure only speaks to thinks we are not smart odors within a shared build- enough to understand the ing, yet Measure Z only detrimental and dangerous requires 500 feet from one ramifications that Measure Z poses. dispensary to another.

• Requirements for approval of a dispensary include a one-page business plan, a $100,000 deposit, • Why were parking possession of a business permit for the past six months, requirements for dispensa-

Vicki MacHale is a resident of Vista.

ll across California’s political spectrum, agreement is solid that this state suffers from a significant housing crisis — one of both affordability and supply. But there’s little agreement on what to do about it. Some politicians push for massive building within existing cities, especially near rapid transit stops and the most frequently used bus routes. Others suggest that almost half of all newly built housing should fall into the “affordable” category with income limits on buyers. One thing is for sure: Steep rises in the price of existing homes make it hard for all but the wealthiest people in the under-40 age categories to buy, especially in coastal counties where increases have been highest. At the same time, rents in many cities are so high that a majority of households in some counties devote half their income or more to housing costs. Two propositions on the November ballot now enter this fraught area, one allowing vast expansion of the rent controls now operating in 15 California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. The other expands the right of homeowners over 55 to transfer existing property tax valuations to any replacement house or condominium they might buy. Rent controls have been sharply limited since the late 1990s by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, named for two state legislators of that time. Costa-Hawkins greatly eased strict controls in cities like Santa Monica, Cotati and San Francisco. Yes, rent controls there still apply to apartments

california focus thomas d. elias (most local laws do not cover rented single-family houses) so long as they remain occupied by the same persons. But when renters move out, prices can rise to market rates, often doubling or more when longtime residents move on. The original ordinances kept strict controls in place even when vacancies occurred. Under those original laws, many landlords neglected maintenance: paint peeled, plumbing deteriorated and stucco cracked without being repaired because landlords felt their profits were too thin. Tenants often had to do the repairs. Costa-Hawkins gave landlords relief, but led to widespread under-the-table sublets, with original tenants re-renting to others at rates far below what an open market would allow. At the same time, many tenants who rented when quite young grew older and wealthier, but clung to their low-cost units for decades, a form of welfare for the middle class. Few studies measure these phenomena, in part because researchers find it hard to get honest information. Still, rent controls allow many to stay in prime areas they otherwise could not afford. Expanding vacancy controls, as Prop. 10 would allow where cities choose to do it, might slow the high-rent tide. Prop. 5 would affect housing very differently. Current laws, adopted a decade or so after passage of the landmark 1978 Prop. 13 property tax limits, allow homeowners over 55

to carry their current tax valuations (1 percent of the latest purchase price or the 1975 value, plus a 2 percent increase each year) to a replacement home of equal or lesser value within their own county. But only 10 of the 58 counties allow this benefit to cross county lines. One result is that real estate agents report at least 70 percent of over55 homeowners have not moved in 17 years. By contrast, the Rand Corp. reported in the 1970s that the average Californian moved every seven years. Less movement by older homeowners cuts the ability of younger families to move into larger, established homes often owned by seniors. What’s more, several counties that once participated in the tax benefit transfer program – Contra Costa, Marin and Monterey – pulled out because they believed they lost property tax money. That concern leads most public employee groups, including the state sheriff’s association and teachers’ unions, to oppose Prop. 5. But real estate agents backing it say it could free existing housing for homeowners wanting to move up in price category who now find it difficult to find homes for sale. That, in turn, could open more starter homes for young buyers. If more homes come on the market, real estate agents argue, prices may drop and ease the affordability problem. Taken together, these measures have the potential to create some movement at last on a problem area that’s been essentially frozen for decades. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit www.

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Elevado Road community raises over $400K to fix private road By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — More than 180 residents living in an unincorporated area of Vista joined forces to scrape together a little more than $400,000 for major work repair to Elevado Road and the offshoots to 15 side roads — 98 percent of all residents contributed. Vista resident Pete McHugh led the steering committee for Save Elevado Road. Twenty-five active community members helped execute the project. McHugh said that the Save Elevado project final phase was completed last month as it was assured to members of the community it would be. “They (residents) gave us our trust,” McHugh said. “This was an all-volunteer operation and to see the project to the end I think enhances the community feel on an ongoing basis regarding what we can do in the future. We came through with this project as promised and in the timeline as promised. And when you do that, it lends to credibility for future projects.” Located in the backcountry, Elevado Road is more than 1.5 miles long. The further motorists travel up the road, the steeper the canyons that drivers encounter. Elevado Road is best described as a relatively complicated little road network dating back to the 1940s. The road was built organically — as homes were built, so were the road extensions. Unlike a traditional suburban community with CC&Rs and road maintenance agreements, those living on Elevado Road or one of its finger roads had an old-fashioned system where the road was essentially a series of easements. The consequence was proper-

MEMBERS OF SAVE ELEVADO ROAD include, back row, from left, Linda Birnie, Marybeth Vaughan, Pete McHugh, Rob Fougner, Greg Quiring, Bill Birnie and Bernie Hentges, and front row, from left, Nicole Siska and Lorie Johansen. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

ty owners were obligated to pay for these private road repairs since Elevado Road is not a public road for the 181 homes located in this infrastructure. According to the Save Elevado steering committee, the last time any significant road work repairs were done was back in 1989 — but the repairs were limited due to the lack of community participation. Since then, parts of the road were falling apart. So, a group of community members decided enough was

enough and championed the Save Elevado Road efforts. And it was no small feat. From a website, email blasts, fundraising, billboards and more, residents set their sights on a goal and achieved it. Bernie Hentges, a 43-year resident of the Elevado Road community, said when even when he first moved there the roads weren’t that good. “Over the years, they (roads) deteriorated more and more,” Hentges said. “Each time the potholes occurred they would damage


cars, so I would go ahead fill the potholes.” Hentges performed pothole repairs for more than three decades on Elevado Road. Now, those days are finally over. Resident Lorie Johansen said that before the major repairs the potholes were big enough to sit in like a bathtub. While Johansen took before and after photos of the project, she was also in communication with the community. “When I spoke to neighbors they would tell me how organized

and professional we all were,” she said, adding what a huge compliment it was for all involved. The Save Elevado Road fundraising campaign launched in September 2017. By the very next month, the campaign had raised 60 percent of the money needed for repairs. And by November, 90 percent of it was collected. The roadwork project was done in three phases. The last phase was completed in September 2018. The steering committee is quick to point out that the work was far more than a patch job. A total of 98 sections of the road were cut open, lifted out, removed and fresh asphalt re-poured in those areas. A handful of contractors took part in one or more phases on Elevado Road or one of the finger roads. Some of those contractors included Joe’s Paving Co., Inc., George Weir Asphalt, Mission Paving and Sealing, Inc. and A.C. Dyke. Community resident Linda Birnie called the efforts a huge sense of accomplishment. “We never thought we’d get it done because they had tried it several years back,” she said. “It takes a village — it takes a team. What a success that we came up with the money.” Nicole Siska moved to the area in 2016. As a new resident, she called the Save Elevado Road involvement a great one. “It was very exciting to be able to participate in this project and to meet my neighbors,” she said. “It was an opportunity to get involved in the neighborhood and to do something that really is going to have a lasting impact not only for the current residents but the future residents as well.”


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Seven Vista Unified School District elementary schools are among 270 schools nationally to receive the U.S. Department of Agriculture Healthier US School Gold level award. VUSD schools including Beaumont Elementary; Bobier Elementary; Foothill Oak Elementary; Grapevine Elementary; Hannalei Elementary; Maryland Elementary; Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. The HUSSC program began in 2004 and is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.


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North County resident Autumn Pillen has been named the new manager at the Yard House at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.


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Two adjunct faculty members in Palomar College’s Music Department have been given awards for their work. Heather Barclay, who teaches applied percussion at the college, received the American Prize recognition based on a videotaped performance by the Palomar/Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Percussion Ensemble. Ruth Weber, who teaches piano and serves as the applied music coordinator at Palomar, won a Clouzine International Music Award with her daughter, Emilia Lopez-Yañez, for their children’s album, “The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard.”


Cal State San Marcos Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field coach Torrey Olson announced the hiring of Russell Dotson as the program’s new Assistant Coach on Tuesday. Dotson comes to CSUSM from Grandview Senior High School in Grandview, Missouri, where, under his guidance the team won the Missouri Boys Class 4 State Championship.

OCT. 19, 2018

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have a theory. Were I more ambitious, I might even do a master’s thesis on it. In my school library, I let the kids stamp the due date on their book checkouts. I know the iconic picture is of the stern librarian soundly stamping the due date before reluctantly handing the book over to young, possibly sticky hands. Few libraries today bother with date-due stamping, but 20-plus years ago, I decided to hang on to this shred of library history. It became a simple way to let the students be involved in the process.

I find the way each child deals with stamping the book to be very revealing. Many will stamp smack in the middle of the slip, despite lines and row indicators. Some look for an empty spot, and others just stamp it down anywhere, in absolute random fashion. Some can’t resist stamping at least two or three times, and some wind up like a baseball pitcher, so that the stamp crashes into the book as hard as they can make it. I have decided that these stamping styles would make the perfect test for a suitable roommate or even, perhaps, a spouse. I wince every time a child just stamps it down in any old spot, completely oblivious to the repeating, horizontal rows that precede it. I delight when a child clearly sees that there is a pattern to it all and stamps in or

near the proper spot. But I freely admit all have their upside. When a kid tries to put the stamp right through the book, I want to give them a hug and hide my breakables. There are those who take too much time to very carefully place, and slowly, precisely stamp so that the image is exactly on the line and never smudged. Those kids may be screaming perfectionists, but they will embrace precision and become our pilots, accountants and pharmacists. I bet they’d keep a lovely, tidy apartment, too. I think the ones who automatically aim for dead center are probably budding artists, seeking a balanced composition. The ones who just plant it any old place are both my delight and horror. These are the rule-breakers, the ad-

venturous, the creative, the messy. These are probably tomorrow’s great thinkers and leaders, but I’m not going to be the one who signs a lease with them. And just to add to the ongoing behavior study, I began gluing fun, silly creatures to the top of the datedue stamp. The kids all loved the rubber chicken that squawked when they squeezed it (until it broke). Some now prefer the lightup Minion that I dress in holiday costumes. Others prefer the small, smiling monsters that speak gibberish when you stroke their hair. There you are — another master’s thesis topic. You are welcome to steal it. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who will tell your fortune if you stamp her book. Contact her at jean@


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Palomar College opened a newly renovated Testing Center for students with disabilities—a reduced-distraction environment featuring a variety of accommodations to help all of the college’s students. Students registered with the Disability Resource Center can book appointments to take their tests in the new space, and receive extra time to complete exams in a setting with less noise and traffic. The Testing Center also features specialized equipment to serve those with specific disabilities.

University of San Diego student Kate Rumann of Oceanside recently participated in the USD Career Development Center’s signature Torero Trek program. Torero Treks are opportunities for USD undergraduate students to engage in career exploration by visiting leading companies across the nation. Rumann is majoring in Mathematics and plans to graduate in 2019. Carlsbad resident, Megan Rzon- LEGAL GROUP LENDS HAND ca, has enrolled at James Carmel Valley’s Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann attorneys and staff David Stickney, Jonathan Uslaner, David Kaplan, Rich Gluck, Lucas Gilmore, and Jacob Spaid, Alan Abbey, Sam Jones, Lisa Napoleon, Melody Lauderdale, Ashley Lee, Andy Alcindor, Kerry Paradis, Arlene Sanchez, Julie Gionnette, Kevin Kazules, and Tara Thurston, clean up the exterior of a Home of Guiding Hands, with sanding and painting, landscaping work, and assisting the on-site HGH employees at an annual Volunteer Day in October. Guiding Hands is a support service and housing for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

ARTS GRANT GIVEN Woody Woodaman, from left, Rosemary Burson, Jan Bourgeois, Chrisanne Moats, Brian Murphy and Ceci Lusky celebrate an Escondido Charitable Foundation grant to the Escondido Arts Partnership, which will help create a color mural and flag display in the city of Escondido. ECF awarded $183,910 in funding at its 12th annual Grants Celebration in September to six nonprofit programs that will enhance Escondido through interactive, publicly accessible arts and cultural experiences. Courtesy photo

CP Air to launch commercial service on Nov. 1 By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — In less than two weeks, commercial airline service returns to McClellan-Palomar Airport. California Pacific Airlines will launch its service to San Jose on Nov. 1, Reno on Nov. 2, followed by routes to Las Vegas and Phoenix on Nov. 15. In addition, the company announced it will add future routes to Oakland and Sacramento. Also, CP Air CEO Paul Hook said Oct. 10 the airline has sold more than 1,000 tickets since it unveiled its ticketing service in August. A message to speak with Hook was not returned prior to deadline. As for Las Vegas and Phoenix, CP Air will run round-trip flights to McCarran International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, which is about 20 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. According to a press release from CP Air, the airline

will use its 50-seat airplanes to start service and then incorporate 75-seat aircraft. “The benefit to North County will be immense, allowing hassle free (sic) travel to the attractive business and leisure destinations,” the release read. “The savings in parking fees and travel time to Carlsbad Palomar Airport means by the time you have driven to San Diego, arriving two hours early for your flight, waited in line to pass TSA inspections and found your gate, California Pacific Airlines could already have you at your destination.” CP Air Chief Operating Officer Mickey Bowman said in a previous interview the budding airline signed its lease with San Diego County at McClellan-Palomar Airport “a couple weeks ago.” Bowman said the airline will start with four, three-person crews based out of Carlsbad and in the coming weeks will begin

to hire mechanics and “station” staff, people who will handle ticketing and other responsibilities. CP Air will be the second commercial airline to operate out of McClellan-Palomar Airport this year. Cal Jet Elite Air launched operations last year, but shut down in April. The company announced it would return in June with more routes, but has not returned to service. Nevertheless, CP Air will be the only commercial option in North County for the foreseeable future. Fares range between $99 to Las Vegas and San Jose and $148.99 to Reno. The airline offers both refundable and nonrefundable tickets with the nonrefundable tickets being less expensive. The schedule

CP Air’s flight schedule for San Jose includes two flights departing from Carlsbad, one at 7 a.m., the

other at 6 p.m., with return flights at 8:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Travel time is one hour, 15 minutes. The 7 a.m. flight runs seven days per week, while the 6 p.m. is Sunday through Friday. Going to Reno, passengers will depart at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at noon. The return flight departs at 12:55 p.m. and flights operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. On Tuesday and Thursday’s, the flight departs Carlsbad to Las Vegas at 10:45 a.m. and returns from Las Vegas at 12:40 p.m. On Sunday, an outbound flight to Las Vegas leaves at 2:30 p.m., with a return flight at 4:10 p.m. Finally, going to Phoenix passengers will have one Saturday outbound flight at 10:45 a.m., with the return trip slated for 1:20 p.m. Monday through Friday, meanwhile, flights depart at 2:30 p.m., and depart Phoenix at 5:05 p.m.

OCT. 19, 2018

Tri-City Foundation readies for annual Diamond Ball By Christina Macone-Greene and our generous commu-

VISTA — As the TriCity Hospital Foundation gears up for its 38th annual Diamond Ball, it is putting the finishing touches on what promises to be an unforgettable gala. Once again this year, the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad will be the backdrop to an evening of elegance on Oct. 27 with a spotlight on top billing entertainment from Grammy-nominated comedian Bill Engvall. Rita Geldert, chairwoman of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation board of directors, said the Diamond Ball, lovingly known for many years as the “Baile,” has become a legendary event in North County. The foundation was delighted to attract the talents of Engvall. “Bill books about 80 dates a year, and we were fortunate enough to have his only San Diego area appearance,” Geldert said. “So, if folks want to see Bill Engvall in San Diego, the Diamond Ball’s the only place to do it.” While guests are sure to enjoy every moment of the gala, they will also be reminded of what their support means to the Tri-City Hospital Foundation. According to Geldert, Tri-City Medical Center is a community-owned hospital. So, every dollar raised at the Diamond Ball is invested back into the hospital. Acting Development Officer Jennifer Paroly said this year funds raised at the Diamond Ball will go to support the Heart and Stroke Care Program at TriCity Medical Center. “The donations raised at this event directly impact our fellow community members,” Paroly said. “Proceeds will be deployed in the hands of cardiologists like Dr. El-Sherief and others here on staff at TriCity. The money we raise on Oct. 27 could very easily save a friend, a loved one, a neighbor, or even your own life someday.” Every year proceeds from the Diamond Ball go toward a different department at Tri-City Medical Center. In 2017, the focus was on raising money for cutting-edge breast imaging technology. “You’d be hard-pressed to walk around Tri-City and not find an area that’s been impacted by philanthropy


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nity partners,” Paroly said. “But this year, it seemed like a really good fit to work on a fundraiser benefiting our Heart and Stroke Care Program.” Steve Dietlin, chief executive officer for Tri-City Medical Center, added that the medical center’s Heart and Stroke Care Program is award-winning and the Diamond Ball affords the opportunity to grow this program even more. “We have amazing physicians,” said Dietlin, adding that the Diamond Ball proceeds will give physicians state-of-the-art tools. Karim El-Sherief, MD, who specializes in intervention cardiology and also serves as the current director of Cardiac Rehab at TriCity Medical Center, said the American Heart Association has recognized their hospital. Tri-City Medical Center received a “gold standard” when it comes to its heart attack program — the only hospital with that recognition in North County. “We take a lot of pride in what we do for our heart health in the area,” El-Sherief said. “The story of a heart attack is a story that begins at Tri-City Medical Center and transitions to our Cardiac Rehab Program where we take our individuals who have undergone a traumatic event, and we re-inspire them. We motivate them to get stronger and healthier.” It’s all about improving one’s quality of life. El-Sherief is thrilled that proceeds from the Diamond Ball this year will go toward the Heart and Stroke Care Program at TriCity Medical Center. “The Diamond Ball will allow us to bring in new tools,” he said, adding that they currently have an amazing CT scanner. “Our goals now would be to improve some of the tools we utilize to treat a stroke and heart attack. More specifically, would be the advancement of a cardiac catheterization lab.” For El-Sherief, the goal is to continue to provide patients with advanced treatments and exceptional patient care. To purchase tickets to the 38th annual Diamond Ball, visit



live and where my training, background and experience will enable me to work with the Board of Education, teachers, staff, parents, and higher education (Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos) to support the more than 21,000 students achieve their full potential,” Garcia said. The San Marcos Unified school board is expected to approve Garcia’s hiring Oct. 16. Recently, several school board members

Pot debate renewed at town hall By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — It lasted an hour and half of it consisted of Escondido Mayor Sam Abed giving a presentation about the city’s accomplishments in recent months during his mayoral tenure. And yet, the hot stove issue of marijuana licensing still found its way to the forefront of the 15th town hall meeting held by Abed on Oct. 3. The issue was put on the table by Escondido-based attorney Edward Wicker, who owns the Wicker Law Group, a firm which maintains offices in both downtown Escondido and in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego. Wicker also serves as one of the leaders of the group San Diego NORML, a chapter of the broader National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “I’d like to open up dialogue with you. I have lots of resources. I understand you’re not going to make permits available next week,” Wicker said at the town hall, pointing to the California’s passage of Proposition 64 during the 2016 election as the legislation, which opened the door for a regulated cannabis industry in the state. Wicker noted that, on top of needing a state permit to act as a cannabis dispenser, city permits are also needed, something which is illegal in Escondido due to a vote taken place in February by the City Council. In response, Abed said that though he may be interested in beginning a dialogue on the marijuana issue within the next year or so, he saw it as his mission for now to keep the drug out of circulation in the city. He also said he would ensure that recreational marijuana stay off the regulated market during his mayoral tenure, pointing to what he said were risks it posed to the city’s youth and its overall reputation. “When Proposition 64 passed, I bet you if you voted for it, they did not tell you that we have to get dispensaries, we have to get things next to our schools (and) next to our public facilities,” Abed said. “Nobody knew that. They only told them, ‘You know, if

traveled down to San Diego High to meet with Garcia and San Diego Unified board members and the area superintendent. Longtime school board member Richard Barrera praised Garcia after the meeting. “It’s truly going to be our loss and San Marcos’ gain,” he said. Prior to San Diego Unified, Garcia served as superintendent of the Borrego Springs Unified School District. Garcia replaces Hunt, who retired in response to her husband’s cancer diagnosis.

Sam Abed we’re going to pass this, we’re going to allow (for) the creation of marijuana.” Abed and the City Council have cracked down on marijuana, including a 2016 vote to ban on medical marijuana, despite the fact that 52.1 percent of the city’s electorate voted in favor of Proposition 64. He said at the town hall meeting that his main concern about the drug is that it can serve as an “entry drug.” Speaking about that, Abed said he worried about “our kids and schools and our having dispensaries next to youth and families and residential areas. That’s a concern and that’s where we stand today.” Rebutting Abed at the town hall, Wicker said

that Abed’s interpretation that Escondido’s residents “simply misunderstood” Proposition 64 “is somewhat of a disservice to the voting public.” “But I’m not here to argue and I want to open up dialogue,” Wicker continued. “I understand there is an evolution of viewpoints on this issue which is why I hope we can have a committee” which tackles the city’s marijuana policy going forward. Pointing to what he said were some of the positive sides of medical marijuana — despite the fact that it is banned in the city — Abed called the issue an at-large one, which is more of a federal government issue. He also said he was open for more dialogue on the issue going forward, a claim for which Wicker said he is skeptical in an interview he did with The Coast News in the town hall’s aftermath. “I thought it was an opportunity to engage with the mayor and I’m concerned about the city’s reluctance to provide a path forward for cannabis businesses when the view in favor is clearly in the majority and the mayor is obstructing the will of the majority,” said Wicker, who added that he has practiced cannabis business law since 2012. “Is prohibition a workable policy? It failed with alco-

hol and has failed for many years with cannabis.” Wicker also called Abed’s statement about marijuana dispensaries being close to schools a “fear that is not based on any facts,” adding that nowhere in the state are dispensaries zoned within close proximity to educational centers. “I think that the mayor was pretty clear that he has no genuine interest in having a dialogue that would better inform him and city officials about the benefits of having a regulated cannabis business,” Wicker said. “His mind appeared to be closed.” Wicker opined that punting on having a dialogue on the issue within a year or two, as Abed said he might have the will to do, stands for now as a policy of “evasion” and that he is considering the next appropriate legal steps to take moving forward on behalf of his cannabis industry clients. “Every day I feel pressure from my clients who want to establish compliant, legal cannabis businesses close to where they live, which includes in the city of Escondido,” Wicker said. “So, this large number of residents of Escondido are not going to go away, nor should they have their political will frustrated by a minority who is holding the reins of police power.”

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North County Law Library in Vista provides ‘law made public’ By Steve Horn

VISTA — By law, California mandates that every county have a law library accessible to the public. Answering that legal call to action, San Diego County has four such libraries, including one for North County in Vista. That library, the North County Law Library, sits within a stone’s throw of the Vista Detention Center, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department North Coastal Station and the San Diego Superior Court’s North County Division. And it exists, explained Branch Manager Debra Morse, to serve the public and laypeople just as much as it acts as a resource for attorneys. “We’re a full-service law library that is available to the public,” Morse said. “The tagline on all of our publications is ‘law made public,’” Morse said. “So we have a strong mandate to make legal resource materials and legal practice materials available to everyone. Anyone can come in and use our facilities free of charge” and have access to both hard copy law library book materials, as well as electronic law library research tools. The North County Law Library also plays host to forums and events, including its ongoing “Know the Law” lecture series. On Oct. 15, as part of that series and as a case in point of the type of educational activities it organizes, the law library co-convened a 101-level discussion with the San Diego County Library’s San Marcos branch on the First Amend-

THE NORTH COUNTY LAW LIBRARY, open to the public, is near the court complex in Vista.

ment led by Rancho Santa Febased attorney Carla DiMare. On Sept. 27, as another example, the North County Law Library co-hosted a forum on Landlord Tenant law at the San Diego County Library’s Vista branch. Forthcoming at the Vista library branch, the North County Law Library will also oversee a forum on Trusts and Estates on Oct. 25 and on Immigration Law on Nov. 29, with each session beginning at 6 p.m. All of those events will fit under the “Know the Law” series banner. Morse said that the North County Law Library held a total of 14 events during the 2017-2018 cycle, attended by 347 attendees. Back in May, 83 people attended a free legal clinic — in which attendees could discuss legal questions with practicing attorneys free of charge — which was put together

neighbor, Oceanside. Instead, Campbell says, city CONTINUED FROM 1 officials have imposed their fully legalized apparatus own views on the issue and akin to its North County put millions of dollars into



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in concert with the North County Bar Association. DiMare lauded the law library for “helping people learn and solve problems,” adding that she has “seen people at the law library who are faced with major life problems, such as an eviction or loss of a pension, and they have nowhere else to turn for help. The library gives them hope. I think we are truly fortunate that our government funds libraries.” Those funds cited by DiMare come in the form of legal filing fees collected by the county court system, a percentage of which go to the law library as a standard budgetary matter and which served 94.7 percent of the San Diego Law Library’s budget during the 2016 fiscal year, according to its most recent annual report. The rest of the money, then, comes from fund-

law enforcement efforts to shut down cannabis dispensaries. Campbell says he has supported marijuana legalization in Vista since his time serving on City Council, saying he comes at the position from a point of pragmatism. “I always tried to be a very pragmatic council member, looking not just at imposing my personal will on the community, which I was not there to do, but to look at how the city could better serve the needs of the residents of the city,” Campbell said. “When I’m there looking at the fact that you’ve got thousands of medical cannabis patients and you’ve people coming up to you left and right saying, ‘Hey, why are you trying to shut us down? Why are you using the Sheriff’s Depart-

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raising and memberships and the San Diego Law Library raises that money through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Law Library Justice Foundation. Morse noted that the North County Law Library is particularly important not just for Vista, but for the whole landscape of northern San Diego County, because the closest library of its sort north of Vista sits in Santa Ana, California in Orange County, while for many in North County it is a far trek east to El Cajon or south to the downtown and Chula Vista locales. She added that about 60 percent of library attendees are laypeople, while 40 percent are attorneys. Some 48,000 people came into and out of the doors of the San Diego Law Library system in 2017-2018, according to its annual report for that time period.

ment and sending in officers in full body armor with helmets and guns into medical cannabis dispensaries and handcuffing patients?’” Campbell believes that, if residents vote to pass Measure Z, the city will look back at this debate years from now just as it examines the debate over whether to allow craft breweries in the city. About a decade ago, says Campbell, city officials and a swath of the public believed that craft breweries in the city could lead to a spike in underage drinking. But he noted that today the city promotes the industry as a selling point of its local business community. But Erica Leary, the Oceanside-based program manager for the North Coastal Prevention Coalition which opposes the commercialization of mari-

What differentiates the state’s county law libraries from their counterparts in law schools, Morse explained, is that the university variety serve more of an academic purpose. She explained that the county law libraries, by juxtaposition, provide practical legal resources for those who will likely use them as practitioners within the legal system. That includes attorneys, people trying to get criminal records expunged while trying to apply for a job, or people simply attempting to put their best feet forward while representing themselves in the legal system. The San Diego Law Library’s website also provides dozens of free legal guides on its websites in areas ranging from family law for divorce, Indian law research, military law, tax law, border law and a whole mountain of other materials. California’s county law library system was created vis legislation passed in 1891 and is now governed and regulated under the state’s Business and Professions Code in Sections 6300-6363. The first sentence of that law reads that, “There is in each county of this State a board of law library trustees, which governs the law library established for the county under the provisions of this chapter.” While every county in California has at least one law library under law, only 12 other counties in the whole U.S. have equivalent public law libraries, according to the website

juana, pointed to Measure Z as problematic because she thinks it will lead to more marijuana getting into the hands of the city’s youth. Measure Z will “increase availability and marketing of marijuana, decreasing perception of risk for youth,” Leary said. “Measure Z has a 600-foot distance from K-12 schools, but no considerations for preschools, parks, or youth-serving organizations.” “Yes” votes on Measure AA and Measure BB, like Measure Z supported by Vistans for Safe Community Access, would further lay the regulatory groundwork for marijuana legalization in Vista. Measure AA would implement a “general tax on potential future cannabis businesses to offset their community impacts by taxing marijuana cultivation at $14/square foot; and gross receipts of marijuana businesses at rates not exceeding 8% on manufacturing and distribution; 10% on medicinal retail; 12% on adult-use retail; and 3.5% on testing,” according to a San Diego County description of the measure. Measure BB, meanwhile, would limit the footprint of the medical marijuana delivery industry in the city. The city of Vista would do so by allowing only “up to three non-storefront (delivery only) retailers; authorizing up to two product safety testing laboratories; limiting these business to industrial-type zones; and authorizing and directing the City Council to establish licensing and operating regulations protecting public safety, health, security, and community welfare,” explains the primer of Mea-

sure BB provided by San Diego County. Both AA and BB were put on the ballot by the Vista City Council, with three of the five and four of the five Council members signing off on the measures, respectively, in the belief that Measure Z is a bridge too far for the city. Only Councilman Joe Green, who is running against incumbent Mayor Judy Ritter in the November election, has come out in favor of Measure Z. “Proposition BB gives those citizens who favor some safe and legal local access to medicinal marijuana the opportunity to achieve that goal without having to vote for Proposition Z, the initiative sponsored by the marijuana industry that would make Vista the retail marijuana capital of North County,” the block of four Vista City Council members wrote in the Voter Information Pamphlet issued to San Diego County voters. Critics of Proposition BB point to it as a cave to “Big Marijuana” by the conservative block of Vista City Council members. “While safe and legal local access are nice buzzwords, the fact is that Big Marijuana will find a way to exploit and endanger the lives of our youth, elderly, and disadvantaged communities — just like we see with Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol,” wrote a group of opponents of the initiative in the San Diego County Voter Information Pamphlet. “MORE youth will begin using marijuana at earlier ages.” In a matter of mere weeks, then, the future regulatory landscape of Vista’s marijuana sector will be much more clear.

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Project foes submit signatures

County set for water next year

By Aaron Burgin

REGION — San Diego County will have enough water for 2019 in spite of low rainfall and high temperatures over the past year, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Oct. 15. Rainfall during the 2018 water year, which ran from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, totaled slightly more than three inches at San Diego International Airport, the county's precipitation measurement site. SDCWA officials say that's 67 percent lower than normal and the county's second-lowest annual rainfall total since 1850. Despite the scant amount of rain, the Water Authority expects that increased water-use efficiency and a number of water supply facilities will keep the county well-stocked with water for the immediate future. The Carlsbad Desalination plant produces roughly 50 million gallons of safe and drinkable water per day and the San Vicente Dam currently holds about 100,000 acre-feet of water, after the Water Authority took action to conserve water resources because of recent droughts. One acre-foot of water, roughly 325,900 gallons, can supply two four- person households for a year, according to the agency. “It has been very hot and dry, but we have invested wisely in infrastructure and regional water use remains well below where it was at the start of the last drought,” said Jeff Stephenson, the Water Authority’s principal water resources specialist. “In fact, potable water use over the past three-plus years was 17 percent below 2013, which shows that San Diego continues to live WaterSmart.” The county currently has “severe drought” conditions, according to a regional classification by the U.S. Drought Monitor, but the investment of more than $3.5 billion over the last 30 years for regional water infrastructure improvements has paid off, according to the SDCWA. The county is expected to see more rainfall in the coming months, Stephenson said.

REGION — Opponents of a controversial development near Merriam Mountain submitted well over 100,000 signatures as part of a referendum to rescind the Board of Supervisors’ recent approval of the project. Needing just 68,000 signatures of county registered voters, signature gatherers across the county collected 117,291 signatures and submitted them to the Registrar of Voters on Oct. 17. The petition drive takes aim at the Newland Sierra project, approved Sept. 25 by the Board of Supervisors, and is spearheaded by the Golden Door Spa, one of the project’s chief opponents. If the registrar verifies the signatures, the County Board of Supervisors could choose to rescind its approval or place the item on the next possible ballot, which would be in 2020. Newland Communities, the developer, said that it would issue a statement on Oct. 17 about the signature drive results. About 250 paid signature-gatherers collected roughly 100,000 names at $8 each, a consultant who spearheaded the signature drive said. The remaining signatures were obtained by volunteers, according to reports in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The campaign began on Sept. 28 and ended on Oct. 11. The group then counted and checked the names before submitting them to the registrar, and estimates that 80 percent of them are valid. The Board of Supervisors on Sept. 25 voted 4-0 in favor of the Newland Sierra project, a 2,135-unit development just north of San Marcos and west of Hidden Meadows and Escondido. Supporters argue that the project will help ease the county’s housing crisis and pay for badly needed infrastructure in the unincorporated area north of San Marcos. Project opponents pointed to the project’s incompatibility with the county’s general plan, which calls for 99 homes and retail in the area. They said that if the county allowed the development to go through, then the years of development behind the general plan, which was updated in 2011, were for naught. Others pointed to the increased traffic, potential fire hazard and the impacts to the character of the area as reasons to oppose the project. Since the approval, opponents and supporters have waged a battle over the signature drive. Newland said paid gatherers misrepresented the facts while project opponents say Newland had hired “blockers” to keep people from signing. Newland Sierra said it did hire “truth team” members to counteract misinforming signature collectors. TURN TO SIGNATURES ON 17

LAKE HODGES DAM, as seen in August 1929. The construction and maintenance of the fresh water source has allowed the community of Rancho Santa Fe to thrive. Photo courtesy of UC San Diego

Celebrating Lake Hodges Dam’s 100th met with communities that benefitted from the development of the dam and decided upon a series of celebrations. The first celebration held by the Solana Beach Historical Society happened on Oct. 6, the second one will be hosted by the Del Mar Historical Society on Nov. 7, and the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has one tentatively planned for Dec. 1. Today, the dam is owned by the city of San Diego, however, it is not certain at this time whether the city will host a noticeable celebration, according to the historical society. “RSFHS will be part of the heralding of the centennial because we wouldn’t be, without it,” the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society said. “CeleMarking the milestone To mark the milestone, bration level is still in the the Rancho Santa Fe His- planning stages” torical Society has been planning for the 2018 cen- How it began tennial celebration of Lake The historical society Hodges and the completion archives report that Ranof the monumental dam. It cho Santa Fe was a planned plans to invite all Village community which needed a organizations to make note fresh water source for resiof and use the occasion of dences and agriculture. Rancho Days to join in rec- The unpredictable rain ognizing the historic event. levels were not reliable The historical society enough to maintain a comREGION — There is no question that Rancho Santa Fe has come a long way since its early beginnings in the late 1920s. And according to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and its archives, 100 years ago in the fall of 1918 the Lake Hodges Dam was completed, turning the desert canyon into a garden paradise which later became Rancho Santa Fe. Without the dam, many local communities would have no fresh water available to them. Additionally, all of San Diego County depends on water from other sources, so having this source has saved the land values of the county, the historical society said.

munity. Therefore, along with the dam, a reservoir was built in Rancho Santa Fe to support the community, as well as make water available to neighboring communities. “Our intentions have been looked on favorably by the Rancho Santa Fe Association and support is also being shown by the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities management, owners and operators of the Lake Hodges Reservoir and Dam,” said John Vreeburg, president of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society in a press release. Also, according to the press release penned by Vreeburg: “in 1916 a group of forward-thinking developers commenced construction of the innovative, multiple arch structure. At the instigation of the renowned Col. Ed Fletcher, built and underwritten by the Santa Fe Railway, an adjunct of the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad, in one dramatic venture the property owners solved the question of eucalyptus trees unsuited for cutting into railroad ties. “The immediate bene-

fit to the Santa Fe Railway was to increase its carloads of oranges and other produce shipped east and our citrus groves quickly expanded. Plans were soon laid for the Village of Rancho Santa Fe. By now, we all know well the succeeding story as our community and those of several others sprang up and have used the water from Lake Hodges over the past 100 years for homes, ranches, agriculture, golf and other recreational purposes.” The celebration will lead to other tributes to people, plans, organizations, and buildings that quickly ensued after 1918 and the advent of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant in 1928, the historical society said. A magical place, all visitors and residents of San Diego County should take time to visit the beautiful Lake Hodges recreation area for boating, sightseeing, and just beautiful natural surroundings, according to the historical society. Keep in mind, though, that it is only open to the public for one more month this year and will not open again until spring.

CSUSM, MiraCosta get grant to help undocumented students REGION — Cal State San Marcos and MiraCosta College on Oct. 16 announced the schools received a shared state grant to support undocumented students. CSUSM and MiraCosta are among 32 schools receiving portions of the UPRISE grant, which stands for Undocumented People Rise In Solidarity and Empowerment. The grant is an offshoot of the California Campus Catalyst Fund, a three-year initiative to disperse nearly $10 million to the state's three post- secondary systems

-— California Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California — to support students lacking legal documentation and their families. The UPRISE grant will fund services including legal assistance, mental health care access, entrepreneurship workshops, family cultural nights and regular panels. “As educators, we are not satisfied with only some people doing well,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, assistant vice president of student affairs at CSUSM.

“Everyone should have the support, resources and environment they need to realize their full potential.” The grant announcement comes during Undocumented Students Week of Action, a campaign to forge a pathway to citizenship for residents of the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The week-long campaign is being recognized by colleges and universities throughout California. Organizations that have donated to the Campus Catalyst Fund include

the Cesar Chavez Family Foundation, the College Futures Foundation and NextGen America. “Undocumented young people and their families are integral to the social, economic and cultural fabric of California, and as such, support for them needs to be woven into our state's higher education system,” said Victor Garcia of Immigrants Rising, the San Francisco nonprofit overseeing the application and selection process for the fund. — City News Service

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Michael Martino, author of “Help! San Diego Lifeguards to the Rescue” will offer a free lecture at 1 p.m. Oct. 19, about the history of lifeguards along the San Diego coast and his years as a lifeguard. San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff in the Student Center Conference Room.


The Vista Historical Society is looking for volunteers for its booth at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. If you can help for an hour or two call (760) 630-0444.

Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 in downtown Vista. Local makers, artists, crafters, as well as local businesses, are invited to participate in this monthly event. A 10-foot-by-10-foot table space is $40. for more information, e-mail


Get into the Halloween Spirit with “Boos & Booze” from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, for ages 21+. Enjoy spooky evidence and creepy stories about the haunted history of Escondido Public Library, by author and San Diego Paranormal Research Society director, Nicole Strickland, and Ali Schreiber, co-director to the “Spirits of the Adobe” at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. While you listen, sip samples of fall beers from BattleMage Brewery. Register at eventbrite. com/e/boos-and-booze-tickAUTHOR MICHAEL MARTINO will discuss the history of San ets-49311031623?mc_cid=Diego lifeguards on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at MiraCosta College’s e0c2d1d771& mc _eid =1fc57f17f5. Cardiff campus. Courtesy photo

be a dog costume contest ide. Meet our firefighters, lifeguards, with prizes including scari- paramedics, The eight haunted est, cutest and most-original. CERT volunteers and Fire Explorers, try a fire hose, rooms of the 130-year-old practice CPR, learn how to Hotel Germania, designed GET A FLU SHOT by Boy Scout Troop 2000, Vista Community Clinic extinguish fires, and learn will open from 6:30 to 9:30 will host walk-in flu vaccine how to prepare for disasters. p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 at clinics for adults 19-and-old- a meteorologist will tell you 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road. er from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 about the weather. Visit ci. Cost is $5. Refreshments, p.m. every Tuesday through carnival, maze, and Nov. 13 at 1000 Vale Terrace, fault.asp. Halloween cartoon movies. Vista. The flu vaccine is free for insured VCC patients; FALL PLANT SALE GEM FAIRE free for VCC patients who San Diego Botanic GarA gem fair will be held meet income criteria; $15 for den invites the community noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 10 uninsured community resi- to its Fall Plant Sale from a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10 dents and $25 for uninsured 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the residents receiving the high Oct. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 dose version of the vaccine Oct. 23 at 230 Quail Gardens Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del (for those 65 and older). No Drive, Encinitas. Requires Mar. Admission $7 weekend appointments are necessary. paid admission or membership. Admission only $5 on pass. For more info, visit Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 until or call noon, with plant donations (503) 252-8300 or e-mail OCT. 20 from local growers, FIRE DEPT. OPEN HOUSE The Oceanside Fire De- salers, retail nurseries and HALLOWEEN MUTT MIXER partment will hold a Fire individuals. For more inforCome to the San Diego Prevention Open House and mation, visit Humane Society Mutt Mixer Fire Explorer lunch fundfrom 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the raiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. FALL FAMILY EVENING Join the Fall Family SDHS Oceanside Campus, Oct. 20 at Fire Station #7, 572 Airport Road. There will 3350 Mission Ave., Oceans- Parish Mission, “An Evening OLIVENHAIN HAUNTED HOUSE

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Join the Trivia Bee fundraiser at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 to support Hospice of the North Coast’s Pacifica House. Register at https:// impact.hospicenorthcoast. org/event/trivia-bee-fundraiser/e197855. For information, call (760) 431-4100 or sdew@hospicenorthcoast. org.


Summit for Stem Cell Foundation’s Fall Hike 2018 starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 with 3K and 5K course options at Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido. Information and registration at For information, Contact: Diana West at or (858) 759-1610


Join Downtown Vista Village as a vendor for an evening of live music, shopping and good vibes on Vista

to host the 2018 Golf Tournament Fundraiser Oct. 22 at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad. Tee Time is 12:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $150 per player and foursome for $600. For more information or to register, visit or contact Patrick McCready at (858) 583-2323.


The Sons and Daughters of Italy will be having the annual Italian Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the 2051 Cafe, 2051 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. There will be Italian food, live Italian music, open bar and raffle prizes Cost is $60 per adult. Mail check to: Sons of Italy, P.O. Box 231724, Encinitas , CA 92023. Call or e-mail Salvatore Provenza at or 760-845-3279 for more information.


The Carlsbad City Library is now hosting Tween Scene Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 “Learn about Dia de los Muertos” and Oct. 29 “Hallo-Tween bash: Create your own creepy spell books and zombify Barbies” at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. The free program for tweens in grades 4 through 6 offers a weekly lineup of games, STEM, DIY and escape room activities. Snacks are providFALL FESTIVAL Alta Vista Botanical ed. Participation is free. For Gardens invites the commu- more information, call (760) nity to its free Fall Fun Fes- 434-2872. tival between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Children can WOMEN’S FINANCIAL HELP create a make a scarecrow, The Women’s Financial decorate pumpkins, bob for Freedom Tour and Leslie Juapples, with food, a plant vin-Acker, chief happiness sale, and music. Contact vol- officer at Leslie Inc., will be for at the Vista Public Library at more information. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to discuss how one can change their relationship with money and OCT. 21 overcome financial worries. For more information, visit MEDICINAL CBD Jerri Lyne Nachman and Canna-CBD Health bring products every Sun- FIGURE OUT NEW TAX LAWS RSVP by Oct. 22 for day to the Encinitas Farmer’s Market at Paul Ecke El- the North County Team of ementary School, 185 Union Thrivent Financial informaSt., Encinitas. Find concen- tion on the 2017 Tax Cuts trated Cannabinoid oils, and Jobs Activities with tinctures, capsules, topical “The Power of Zero” movie body salves and pet treats. Oct. 25, at the Edwards TheFor more information, call ater, Stadium 18, 1180 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Mar(760) 310-9182. cos. RSVP to Tyler.Jones@ GOODWILL LOVES MILITARY On Oct. 21, a section of the Tri-City Goodwill store in the Crossroads Shopping OCT. 23 Center, 3809-3841 Plaza SCHOOL BOARD FORUM Drive, Oceanside, will be Leucadia Pizzeria and dedicated to Marine Corps Italian Restaurant and Ball attire, including gowns, four other local businesses jewelry, shoes and handbags are sponsoring a forum for with sizes 2 to 22 available. all 31 of the North County school board candidates, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, on the outGREEN HOMES TOUR The San Diego Green door patio at 315 S. Coast Homes Tour features four Highway 101. Candidates homes in North County — running for school boards two in Encinitas, plus Vista in San Dieguito Union High and Elfin Forest/San Eli- School District, along with jo Hills. The event, from elementary districts in Ran10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21, cho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Enciwill showcase 13 homes nitas, Solana Beach and Del throughout San Diego. Mar, will be on hand. Tickets are $15 at http:// GET THE GOOD LIFE or visit sdgreenhomestour. The city of Carlsbad org. The Green Homes Tour hosts another of its Good celebrates best practices in Life Lecture Series “How green building and design to Lose Weight After 40” while showcasing the inno- at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the vative work of some of the Dove Library, 1775 Dove industry’s top professionals. Lane, Carlsbad. Speaker: Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. HALLOWEEN MOVIE

Bring your blankets and chairs to the ocean view deck of Del Mar Plaza from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 for a special Halloween screening of “Ghostbusters,” at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Craft Corn will be selling flavors of popcorn.

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The Paw Partners of Helen Woodward Animal Center will host a “Unleash Your Inner Power” luncheon speaker Debbie Love, to save orphan pets, at 11 a.m. Oct 23 Fairbanks Ranch Country, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $50 at paws-and-unwind. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 15

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Exploring New York’s Finger Lakes region in the fall hit the road e’louise ondash


e are on a mission in the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York, a town of 27,000 in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. We want to find the graves of Harriet Tubman (1822?-1913) and William H. Seward (1801-1872). The former was a slave who helped other slaves find freedom through the Underground Railroad; the latter an election opponent of Abraham Lincoln who became the president’s Secretary of State. (He also was instrumental in the purchase of what is now Alaska. The transaction was derisively known as Seward’s Folly, which history proved it was not.) Both of these biggerthan-life American figures made Auburn their home. We find Tubman’s grave easily. Her simple headstone is near a perimeter road and easily identifiable because of the plethora of offerings left in her memory — flowers, tangerines, coins, pine cones and an unopened bottle of Malbec. Finding Seward, on the other hand, provides more of a challenge.

VICTORIAN HOMES such as the one above are common in the historic towns that developed along the 11 Finger Lakes in central New York state. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

it’s all fun.

GRAVE OF ABOLITIONIST Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), in the Fort Hill Cemetary in Auburn, Now I’d much rather New York, is a favorite with visitors. As a child, she was beaten severely by her master. After hike through the area’s auescaping to Philadelphia in 1849, Tubman returned to help other family members reach tumn woods, delve into its freedom via the Underground Railroad. Photo by E’Louise Ondash history, and do a bit of win-

We finally locate him and his family resting in a culvert in the cemetery’s center, reached only after deciphering a confusing map of tangled roads and paths. The graves are more ornate than Tubman’s but unadorned by offerings. It’s a cold, damp October day, and a mist slides slowly over the forested rolling hills. Auburn sits at the north end of Owasco Lake, one of the 11 Finger Lakes, so called because their geographic pattern resembles two skeletal hands with an extra digit.

Native Americans who inhabited this area thousands of years before Europeans arrived, believed the world’s creator reached down to bless the land and left the imprint of his hand. Today, the names of these 11 lakes remind us of the Native American nations that lived here. Had I not done likewise for 10 years, I’d find some of the names a puzzle to pronounce: Conesus; Hemlock; Candice; Honeoye; Canandaigua; Keuka (not to be confused with Cayuga); Seneca; Otisco; Skaneateles

Follow yellow brick road to 2019 fair By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — After reflecting on the candy-crazed theme of last summer’s San Diego County Fair, fairgrounds staff are opting for something a little more “Ozsome” in 2019. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will be the focus of next year’s fair, set to run from Friday, May 31 to Thursday, July 4. “The fair’s theme is quite special to San Diegans,” Katie Mueller, the deputy general manager of Fairtime Operations, stated in a press release. The novel’s author, L. Frank Baum, was a frequent visitor of Coronado — where it is rumored he found the inspiration behind a few of the books in his Oz series. Mueller unveiled the theme at the Oct. 9 22nd District Agricultural Association Board meeting, along with Frederick Schenk, chair of the Fair Operations Committee. The theme and logo were approved by the board. “We’ve actually been working on this theme for a quite a while,” Mueller said. “… it’s a theme for all ages. It goes back to celebrating the fantasy that we all love when we come to the

fair, to sort of leave the real world behind and come to a new land.” The board also approved eight contracts with summer grandstand artists, including Justin Moore, Jim

Gaffigan and Smokey Robinson. Mueller said the first few acts will go on sale Oct. 27 — the earliest date on record. Visit for more information.

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(locals pronounce it SkinnyAT-lis); and Owasco, one of the smallest lakes. Thanks to the generosity of friends, we spend two days in a spacious log home on Owasco’s shore, our base for exploring the area. Created by scouring glaciers millions of years ago, the Finger Lakes have become a three-season tourist destination. I remember that, growing up about an hour or two north of this area, that the countryside could be pretty spectacular when blanketed in ice and snow, but when you’re a kid,

dow shopping in the various towns (quaint, quaint, quaint) whose storefronts and homes are decked out in seasonal splendor. Pots of gold, orange, yellow and purple mums line the sidewalks. Towers of multi-colored pumpkins and gourds grace storefronts. Witches, ghosts and skeletons cling to buildings and trees. The picture-book architecture in the 200-yearold-plus towns that line the lakes is a source of fascination to us stucco-oriented Southwesterners. We stop and stare at the mansions and near-mansions in the

styles of embellished Victorians, Queen Anne revivals and stone Gothics, and marvel at the amount of maintenance they require. We are grateful their owners appear to be keeping up. The foliage during our visit is not at peak color (it seems to arrive later every year), but there is enough red, orange and yellow to produce photos that will cause folks at home to oooh and aaah. A $5 million Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva on Seneca Lake opened in May. See www. For more photos and commentary on the Finger Lakes Region, visit www. /elouise.ondash.


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A rts &Entertainment Focus on ceramic Escondido art scene takes step forward

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his issue highlights the work of ceramic artist/sculptor, Vicky DeLong. Vicky DeLong began working with clay about thirty years ago. Her ceramic art is created in a studio at her home in San Diego and in Studio 16B at Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park where she is an artist member. She is influenced by the extraordinary architectural style of Antonio Gaudí. His abstract and intricate forms are ones she incorporates into her work of a hand built-slab technique. To these forms she applies various patterns and textures and creates free form, architectural objects. Specifically these forms become vessels, baskets, wall and table vases. DeLong has been the Art Program Coordinator for Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation since 2012 where she organizes fine art exhibits in their Visitor Center Art Gallery. She joined the staff at Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad in June 2018 with her expertise of many years

working as an arts administrator. In September, Front Porch Ethics Committee awarded DeLong a First Place Prize in an art competition to express integrity in the workplace. Her art creation is named “Elephant Walk.” “Every day of my life, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to create my art and to work as an art administrator in this vast art world.” See more at / vickydelong

A CAPPUCCINO PITCHER by Vicky DeLong. Courtesy photo

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By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The city of Escondido, for most, does not evoke images of an art mecca or a place to come and experience artistic flair. If it’s up to the city’s Chamber of Commerce and its main arts and culture coalition, though, that could change soon. At the center of this plan sits the organization Museums & Arts Growing Escondido Culture, or MAGEC, a constellation of Escondido-based art galleries, museums, a performing arts center and an array of restaurants which have teamed up to try to promote one another’s businesses. And in the process, they hope, it will bolster the city’s cultural landscape blossom, as well. Since its founding in March 2016, MAGEC has focused primarily on its Second Saturday Arts & Culture day, which has historic walking tours, as well as museums and art galleries which stay open until the late-afternoon or early-evening (and night, in the case of some art galleries). The city’s Chamber of Commerce has embraced Second Saturday and served as a platform for those participating to promote their work, as well as those who live in the city or who are visiting to come see the arts and culture which the city has to offer. As an add on to its Second Saturday offering, MAGEC and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce have announced the launch of the first Art in the Garden, which will be a component of the broader Grand Avenue Street Festival run by the Chamber of Commerce and is set to take place on Oct. 21 at the city’s Heritage Garden Park. Carol Rogers — gallery manager of the Stone and Glass Gallery in Escondido and chairwoman of the volunteer-run organization — said that she hopes it will be a smaller version of the ArtWalk events which take place annually in Little Italy, Carlsbad and the Liberty Station. Like ArtWalk,

THE INAUGURAL Art in the Garden is Oct. 21 at Escondido’s at Heritage Garden Park. Courtesy photo

Art in the Garden will be a juried event with awards for best in show in a variety of categories. It will be the first event of its sort in the city, according to Rogers. The goal, said Rogers, is to attract about 20 to 30 artists to participate in premier version of Art in the Garden. MAGEC began, said Rogers, as a means to show those who live in North County that Escondido is indeed an art mecca if you know where to look. Rogers said that the problem, for now, is just that the “world does not regularly see Escondido that way.” “An art show has been a goal for MAGEC since our inception,” Rogers told The Coast News. “We believe the art show will give artists an affordable avenue to show and sell their work in North County Inland and that the synergy of bringing artists together in this way invites a new audience to our historic downtown.” The Escondido Chamber of Commerce agrees, adding that Art in the Garden is just one of the multi-faceted components planned for the day for MAGEC. “We put on the Grand Avenue Festival twice a year, in May and October, and for this year's October event we're adding several new activ-

ities that will hopefully be a way of attracting more people to the event, keeping them more active and engaged, and something fun for them to enjoy, such as the Creative Kids Corner, Dogs on the Lawn, and Art in the Garden,” explained Chris Cochran, communications director for the Chamber. “Live music from a variety of musicians and bands will also be taking place as background music for Art in the Garden to make it an ideal setting. The Chamber of Commerce certainly embraces the role that art plays in our community and our city, and we're proud to bring Art in the Garden to the Grand Avenue Festival to further showcase how important the art community is to our residents and visitors alike.” Rogers also explained that MAGEC has encouraged member art galleries to extend their hours on the day of Art in Garden, for those who want to expand their art experience that day in Escondido beyond the event itself. Artists who participate in Art in the Garden and put their work on display must pay a fee, Rogers explained, and that money will go toward MAGEC’s ultimate goal. That is, hopefully by the first quarter of 2019, paying the necessary fees to register as a nonprofit organization. With a nonprofit status, Rogers laid out, the organization will more easily be able to apply for and receive grant money, perhaps eventually hire staff down the road, and pay for all of the other things nonprofit entities must do in order to keep afloat. In turn, Rogers said that will ideally help fast-track the goal of expanding the reach and visibility of the city’s artistic community. If all goes well at the first ever Art in the Garden, Rogers said that she hopes it can be a twice-annual affair as part of the Grand Avenue Street Festival. Artists present at the Art in the Garden are set to include many hailing from North County. They include Virginia Holt of Del Mar, Martita Foss of Escondido, Carrie Foster of Escondido, Kerry Ray of Oceanside and Kate Zimmer of San Marcos.

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The city of San Marcos is looking for dance groups, bands, orchestras, choral groups and others interested in performing for 20 to 30 minutes between 1 and 6:30 p.m. at the annual tree lighting Dec. 1 at the San Marcos Civic Center. Visit for more information. Courtesy photo

SAN MARCOS — On Oct. 8, the San Diego Law Library and the San Diego County Library’s San Marcos branch played host to a 101-level presentation on First Amendment issues. That presentation was given by Carla DiMare, a Rancho Santa Fe-based attorney who runs her own law firm. It was part of the broader Know Your Rights series put together by the San Marcos library branch and the Know the Law series convened by the San Diego Law Library’s North County Law Library branch housed in Vista. DiMare gave her presentation mostly in the form of posing questions about the hot national legal and political issues of the day. She asked whether certain activities are legally protected under the U.S. Constitution’s First amendment. Topics included kneeling during the National Anthem during a National Football League pregame ceremony, whether the President of the U.S. can block a U.S. citizen on Twitter, if an employer can fire an employee for his or her political activism outside of

the workplace and more. A broader takeaway: the First Amendment gives a broad suite of rights for U.S. citizens, but it does not apply on private property or privately owned venues or if one signs away his or her First Amendment rights in the form of a contract. In legal circles, this is known as the time, place and manner principle of the First Amendment, meaning it has broad applicability but is not universal in scope. The First Amendment protects free speech, but also guarantees a free press and freedom to assemble peaceably, a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, freedom to associate with a religion and also a freedom against religious imposition onto the citizenry by the state apparatus. DiMare’s presentation focused primarily on free speech matters, as well as the right to petition the government, squeezing the most she could into the roughly single hour allotted to her. DiMare said that she believes that the “forum went well because the audience seemed interested and en-

RANCHO SANTA FE attorney Carla DiMare spoke Oct. 8 at the San Marcos branch of the county library. Courtesy photo

gaged in a discussion about how free speech protection is currently shaping our country and supporting the way we live and exchange ideas.” DiMare also paid homage to the role played by the San Diego Law Library in bringing the presentation together. The law library exists as a resource to the

Neighbor clashes with city official over complaints By Aaron Burgin and Jordan Ingram

OCEANSIDE — Sometimes being neighbors and being neighborly are two very different things. A Carlsbad-based attorney has alleged that her neighbor, Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, has illegitimately used his position in local office to expedite a bevy of personal compla ints against his neighbors which has crossed the line into harassment. Lowery spoke exclusively to Lowery The Coast News, saying that the attacks on him are politically motivated, and that he, through his complaints, is conveying concerns of not only his own, but of other neighbors around the vacation rental property. This story was first reported on Aug. 31 by Adam Racusin for ABC 10News. Alexandra McIntosh told 10News that she purchased a home located on Wisconsin Avenue in 2012 as part of her retirement plan. McIntosh said she purchased the home as a full-time, short-term vacation rental to help “offset the house payments and help the city of Oceanside make money,” according to her interview with 10News. The North County resident added that she plans to move in to the house as a resident upon retirement. Since then, McIntosh has been thrust into a constant battle with the city over a variety of complaints filed by Lowery, who lives directly behind McIntosh on Alberta Avenue.

The Coast News has obtained copies of 15 city code violation complaints dating back to 2015 with Lowery listed as the complainant. Lowery’s complaints range from graffiti and overwatered flowerbeds to “washing an abundance of cars” and an at-large rooster. The series of complaints were directed at a number of individuals, including McIntosh, who live in the area surrounding Lowery’s home. In May, McIntosh received a letter from Airbnb regarding her listing. Lowery had complained to the online vacation rental company about McIntosh’s home: “Your manager/ owner of the home directly behind me is unwilling to consider the neighbors when the property is in use. I’ve asked the Oceanside Police Department, Code Enforcement, City manager and City Attorney to deal with the noise, whether that’s dogs barking all day or people partying all night,” according to the letter. Lowery later states, “ … I’ve had no successful contact with the owner, so I’m asking you (Airbnb) to address the situation.” McIntosh denies the allegations listed in the complaint and said she’s never heard from Lowery since she purchased the home in 2012. “It’s outrageous,” McIntosh said. “(Lowery) has made no effort to contact me despite his claims. Never. I don’t believe him for one minute.” A family who recently stayed at McIntosh’s home for two months expressed their concern over an encounter they had with Lowery regarding their dogs. In a text message sent

to McIntosh, the woman wrote: “All is good except the guy behind us yelled, ‘Shut up’ after five seconds of Lincoln (a small dog) play-barking at 8:45 this morning.” The renter noted that a couple days earlier, there was another neighbor in the area with a barking dog. When asked if Lowery had spoken to them directly about the dogs, the short-term renter said, “No, he just yelled over the fence.” Nadine Scott, an Oceanside attorney who

has worked on several of Lowery’s election campaigns, said she has become increasingly disheartened by the councilman’s actions directed toward McIntosh and other constituents. “A pattern of conduct is emerging,” Scott said. “(Lowery) is draining public resources from more important things. It’s an abuse of city resources.” Lowery’s aide Don Greene emailed the following statement to ABC 10, TURN TO LOWERY ON 22

public under California state law, as dictated by the California Business and Professions Code’s Sections 6300 - 6363, which mandates that each county in the state have a law library available to the public. Only 12 other law libraries of the sort exist throughout the U.S., according to the website “The San Diego Law Library and the San Marcos Library are committed to helping people learn and solve problems,” DiMare said. “I have seen people at the law library who are faced with major life problems, such as an eviction or loss of a pension, and they have nowhere else to turn for help. The library gives them hope.” DiMare came to Rancho Santa Fe by way of Boston, Massachusetts. She earned an undergraduate from Boston College and got her law degree from New England Law Boston, which is the oldest law school in the U.S. founded exclusively for women. On the First Amendment, DiMare told The Coast News that she cherishes the protections it pro-

vides, but also believes that some abuse the spirit of the law and tarnish it for the general public. “Judicial decisions about the First Amendment generally reflect an enormous respect for protecting free speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the government,” DiMare posited. “I find the First Amendment and its free speech component amazing and immensely valuable because it is a catalyst for debate and discussion which shapes our world and how we live. What’s extremely troubling is watching people on the news abuse these rights and abuse each other during protests and riots.” And in explaining the focus of her law practice, DiMare said that social justice issues always sit at the epicenter of the cases she decides to take on and the clients with which she decides to work. “I am a gracious warrior who fights for worthy causes,” DiMare said. “Something meaningful to my client and the community as a whole is really interesting.”


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the city and county collaborate and work together before any airport development plans are pushed through. The council, he said, had not taken a formal position. The city submitted two comment letters regarding the proposed master plan and draft environmental impact report (DEIR) over the past several months. “In response to the county’s master plan … Carlsbad residents have voiced concerns and identified priorities concerning airport operations and facilities,” Hall said. “The city’s comments reflect the concerns of our community and seeking commitment from the county seeking accountability to the residents of Carlsbad.” Meanwhile, dozens of residents from Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos plus representatives from the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee and business organizations spoke to the board. Concerned residents once again relayed their concerns over the DEIR,

economic analysis and chided the county for decades of bad faith. Hope Nelson of Citizens for a Friendly Airport said her group supported keeping the B-II designation and opposed lengthening the runway. Additionally, she railed against the county for using economic data from 2008-09 to predict forecasts by 2030. County staff, though, said the economic data was not used for analysis. Also, opponents of the plan railed against the county for its lack of accurate methodologies and data with greenhouse gasses, noise, increased air traffic and potential for larger jets to land at the airport. “There is an unbridled commitment to expand the airport,” Carlsbad resident Vickey Syage said. Supporters, meanwhile, included three members of the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee, the Carlsbad and Vista chambers of commerce, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and California Pacific Airlines.


just as in the political arena, the legal fate of this case remains an open question in the weeks and month ahead. Governmental bodies “may hold closed sessions with the local agency’s designated representatives regarding the salaries, salary schedules, or compensation paid in the form of fringe benefits of its … unrepresented employees,” reads the Brown Act. “However, prior to the closed session, the legislative body of the local agency shall hold an open and public session in which it identifies its designated representatives.” Yet, the complaint says, none of that transpired. Closed-session discussions pertaining to Blake’s salary contract, explained the faculty union’s attorney Ricardo Ochoa, must have taken place between Blake and no more than two designated officers. This is to ensure no reaching of a Governing Board quorum, which would in turn lock in Brown Act opening meetings legal obligations. In practice, this generally leads to a designated attorney reporting to the broader governmental body, so as to avoid too many metaphorical cooks in the kitchen and to provide the governmental official in question capable legal counsel, Ochoa further explained. But in the case of the Palomar College Governing Board, Ochoa said that it appears the “cake was already baked” when they voted on July 10 for a salary increase, which he said means they had likely deliberated about the matter prior to making the vote and did so without the public notice mandated under the Brown Act. The complaint cites a July 15 email written to one

Palomar College Governing Board member by Palomar College’s Vice President for Human Resources Lisa Norman, which says that the Board “engaged in negotiations with Blake” about the contract “outside an agendized open and public meeting.” That contract, exhibited in the complaint, increases Blake’s salary from $252,782 per year to $292,027 per year, locks in post-employment health and dental benefits for the rest of her life post-retirement and ensures a post-employment lifetime payment from the Palomar College system of $15,000 pear year. The faculty union has called for the Superior Court to void the contract and turn back the clock on the contract negotiation process, making it a more public endeavor as governed by the Brown Act. It has also asked the court to request for the Governing Board and its representatives in salary contract negotiations with Blake to “audio record its closed sessions and preserve the audio recordings for the period” so as to be available for potential future lawsuits and their accompanying pretrial discovery process. Blake and her assistants did not respond to a request for comment by press time. The attorney representing the Governing Board in the lawsuit, Sharon Ormond, was out of the office when The Coast News attempted to reach her. “The union is concerned and the faculty members are concerned that this is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars that can be better spent on ways that are going to benefit the students and the community,” Ochoa told The Coast News.

REGION — McClellan-Palomar Airport has a new master plan. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the highly controversial master plan update in a 4-0 vote on Oct. 10. Supervisor Kristin Gaspar recused herself. In addition, the supervisors also approved upgrading the airport’s designation to D-III, which allows for larger private jets, along with lengthening the runway up to 800 feet. Supervisor Bill Horn was in full support of the master plan and said it would be cheaper for the county to approve the D-III measure, rather than continue with the current B-II designation and improvements, than having to spend more money to upgrade to the D-III. “I have no problem with either option. I’ve always wanted it longer,” Horn said of the runway. “This is an important asset to the county.” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said it is imperative


er, Nina Deerfield — who also sits on the Governing Board — was the sole dissenting vote, with the Governing Board voting 4-1 on the matter. Both McNamara and Deerfield declined to comment for the story, with Deerfield speaking on behalf of McNamara in doing so while also saying she cannot speak upon the advice of her attorney. While the Governing Board is a defendant in the lawsuit, so too are each of the individuals who sit on the board, including both McNamara and Deerfield. At an August Governing Board meeting, according to the Palomar College student newspaper The Telescope, Blake’s salary got an inflation due to him meeting all of the mandated standards and benchmarks. “(T)he Superintendent/President accomplished the goals and objectives established for her by the board, and exceeded many of the expectations over the last two years,” McNamara said, according to The Telescope. Abed said he did not know about this particular lawsuit, but stated that he believed this was a blemish on a candidate, McNamara, who has run on a clean government reform ticket and often knocked Abed for doing the bidding of the city’s real estate development industry. "I don't have any personal knowledge of the allegations against Paul, but I'm saddened by the tone he's taken in this election and by his lack of candor and honesty with voters,” Abed told The Coast News. Political fallout or not,

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The 2018 Military Spouse Vendor Expo will be 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the La Hacienda Restaurant, 300 Douglas Drive, Oceanside. The free event gives local military spouses an opportunity to sell their goods, crafts, and services, and promote their businesses.


Del Mar Branch Library hosts October Local Author Talks, at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, featuring Mickey Brent, author of “Broad Awakening.” She has previously worked as a freelance artist and writer, and as a translator and language teacher, living in Brussels for 17 years. For more information, call (858) 755-1666.

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Hear the inside story on “A Day in the Life of a Naval Aviator” sponsored by the U.S.S. Midway Museum, at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. The speaker will be Richard Earnest, a decorated Vietnam-era fighter pilot, and former mayor of Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666.


A volunteer orientation session, to work with the Elizabeth Hospice, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Elizabeth Hospice Carlsbad office 5938 Priestly Drive, Suite 103, Carlsbad. Volunteer orientation is free and open to the public and volun-


T he C oast News - I nland E dition teers can choose to serve in will highlight the Tri-City the area where they reside. Hospital Foundation’s 38th annual Diamond Ball Gala Oct. 27 at the Park Hyatt SWING AT HOMELESSNESS A golf classic is being Aviara, Carlsbad. For tickheld with registration at 10 ets and information, visit a.m. Oct. 25 at Arrowood or at Golf Club, 5201 A Village tricityhospitalfoundation. Drive, Oceanside, to sup- org. port the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, which serves THE SECRETS OF SALT the needy including active The San Diego Archaeduty or military veterans. ological Center announces The Bread of Life Rescue “Ancient Indulgences: Salt Mission is at 1919 Apple - A Mineral That Shaped St., Oceanside. Register the World,” from 1 to 3 p.m. online at Oct. 27 at the San Diego Arcial-events/golf-registration. chaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Admission is BEST OF HISPANIC FARE The Hispanic Food & $30. Adults 21 and over only. Beverage Trade Show will Register at sandiegoarchaebe from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. and Oct. 27 at the Del es-salt/. Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. CACTUS SALE Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale will be held by STRANGER DANGER “The Strangers Proj- the Palomar Cactus and Sucect” with artist Brandon culent Society 10 a.m. to 3 Doman, will be at Diegueño p.m. Oct. 23 and from 9 a.m. Middle School in Encinitas to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and Oct. from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 to 28 at the San Diego Botanic share the project during Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. For more informafamily night. tion, visit cactus.htm.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Vista will host a Texas Hold ‘Em poker night with dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. at 410 W. California Ave., Vista. Register at eventbrite. com. For information, visit


Friendship Gardeners Of Del Mar will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 for a presentation about winter squash, given by Bonnie Bloeser. Call (858) 755-6570 for Del Mar meeting location.


Author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes in “Ottolenghi Simple,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Del Mar. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or reservations are required. The author will only sign books purchased at the event, COMEDY FOR TRI-CITY GALA Comedian Bill Engvall or pre-ordered at http:// HALLOWEEN IN THE VILLAGE

The Carlsbad Village Association hosts Halloween in the Village from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 with art-making projects, games like pumpkin bowling, a doggie costume contest, and trick-ortreating at local businesses throughout the Village.

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The Oceanside High choir department is hosting a Halloween Carnival from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Oceanside High School with live bands costumes, karaoke, dance contests, food trucks, games, and rides and a Haunted House in the new, black box theater. The cost is $15. Choirs from Jefferson Middle School and Oceanside High School will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. in STRANGER AWARENESS the Performing Arts Center, The Del Mar Branch 1 Pirates Cove Way, OceansLibrary will host a presenta- ide. tion on “Stranger Awareness and Avoidance” designed to GO FOR THE GOOD LIFE teach parents and children City of Carlsbad hosts ages 4 to 6 how to verbally defend themselves and use its final Good Life Lecture their voices when someone from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or something doesn’t feel Oct. 30 on “Strategies for a right, at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at Sustainable Income in Re1309 Camino Del Mar, Del tirement” with Scott McMar. For more information, Clatchey. Carlsbad City Library complex at 1775 Dove call (858) 755-1666. Lane. Admission is free. For more information, contact (760) 602-2024 or visit carlsOCT. 28

Del Mar, Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666.


The Side by Side 5K will benefit Life Perspectives, a non-profit which provides healing resources for men and women experiencing pregnancy loss, at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 at De Anza Cove, 3000 N. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. To register or for more information visit


Solana Beach will host “Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead” event Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Avenue. Piñatas for kids, a Scavenger Hunt, a Catrin/ Catrina costume contest, commemorative T-shirts for sale, oldies car show, a dance exhibition and games. You may request your own Dia de los Muertos altar space by e-mailing


Oceanside Dia de los Muertos will be held at Mission San Luis Rey from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, with altars, the Por Siempre car show and more. To register for an altar or as a vendor, visit

OCT. 31


The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association will present its 17th annual Safe Trick-or-Treat from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 down “Pumpkin Lane,” aka South Coast Highway 101, from Encinitas Boulevard to K Street. Carved pumpkins will be on display and merchants will have goodies for kids. For more information, visit

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Del Mar Library presents photographer Will Furman discussing his photography in the book “Bodie: Good Times and Bad” at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at 1309 Camino

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Destinations Unlimited Travel Club will hold its next meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Swami’s Cafe, 1506 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. They will be offering special reduced rates on cruises and tours for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019. There is no charge to attend the meeting.


The city of San Marcos is currently looking for dance groups, bands, orchestras, choral groups and others interested in performing for 20 to 30 minutes between 1 and 6:30 p.m. at the annual tree lighting Dec. 1 at the San Marcos Civic Center. Showcasing local performance groups on this festive, free night of family fun. Visit santasvillage for more information.

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The Grauer School will host an Open House, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 on the Grauer campus, 1500 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Meet teachers, students, and current Grauer parents. Stuart Grauer, founder and head of school, will host a practical discussion about navigating today’s big issues in education. Visit to register for the open house.


Woman’s Club of Carlsbad presents its Holiday Market Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad, featuring home-crafted holiday gifts.

Man gets life for killing mother ESCONDIDO — A man who beat his mother to death with a claw hammer in their Escondido apartment last year was sentenced Oct. 17 to 26 years to life in state prison. David Noel McGee Jr., 26, was convicted in May of first-degree murder for killing 55-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Apodaca. Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said Apodaca failed to log in for her at-home medical billing job on Feb. 1, 2017, and failed to respond to messages left by her supervisor, family and friends. Apodaca’s adult daughter went by the victim’s apartment on North Hickory Street about 6:30 p.m. and found her mother unconscious on her blood-soaked bed. The defendant — naked and covered in blood —

was found hiding in a closet. He had self-inflicted knife wounds on his wrists and forearms and a self-inflicted knife wound across his neck, Watanabe said. A bloody toaster was plugged in and sitting on the bathroom sink and an empty bottle of Benadryl was found in the bathroom. Levels of an over-thecounter antihistamine found in Benadryl were so high in the defendant’s blood that he could have ingested 100 or more 25mg pills, the prosecutor said. After his release from the hospital, McGee told police that he was depressed and blamed his mother for bringing him into the world. He claimed he heard a voice telling him to harm her, Watanabe said. — City News Service

Motorcyclist killed in Carlsbad ID’d CARLSBAD — Authorities identified a 21-year-old man who was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck along the Carlsbad coastline. Jean Jacques Zepeda of San Marcos was riding a motorcycle northbound on Carlsbad Boulevard at about

4:35 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, when, for unknown reasons, he struck a Toyota pickup traveling south in the 4600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and Carlsbad police. — City News Service

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do, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., For details, call (760) 753- Academy Campus, 800 SanEscondido. Tickets online 3003. ta Fe Drive, Encinitas. TickCONTINUED FROM 12 at or call (800) ets $8 for students and $15 for adults For more information, visit 988-4253. OCT. 22 sandieguito.

Chorus will sing gospel and spirituals 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7807 Centella St., Carlsbad. For further information, call (760) 436-2707.

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Kick off the holidays season Jane-Austen style, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21, with a Regency Era ornament-making party at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Get tickets at $25 includes supplies, a drink and food.

Join the North Coast Symphony for its autumn concert, conducted by Daniel Swem, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. Suggested donation is $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/ family max. For more information, visit northcoastsym- ART SHOW AND LESSONS The Carmel Valley Artists show is from 10 a.m. to LATEST AT BELLY UP 4 p.m. Oct. 21. The CVA is Breakout alternative also offering art in glass mosix-piece band, Welshly saic and Monet style from 11 Arms, will be performing at a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Diego 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Belly Up Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Camino Real, Carmel ValSolana Beach. For tickets ley. Classes cost $65 - all maand Information, visit http:// terials included. FIDDLE JAM MUSIC TO FEED YOUR SOUL

Feeding the Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization that highlights the talent of local musicians to promote local foundations and businesses, is hosting an October Fresh Outside Harvest Fest celebration from 2 p.m. to sunset Oct. 20 at Goat Hill Park, 2323 Goat Hill Park, Oceanside. General Admission $15 online at or $20 at the door. Kids 14 and under are free.

The California State Old Time Fiddlers Association will host a Fiddle Tune Jam from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at 1465 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 5228458.


Art in the Garden will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Heritage Garden, 121 W. Juniper Ave. on the east end of the Grand Avenue Street Festival in Escondido. For more information, PUPPING AT WINE FEST visit https://visitescondido. The Peter Pupping Band com/escondido-grand-avewith Mark Hunter-bass, Kev- festival-art-in-the-garden/. in Koch – drums will celebrate its new 2018 release GUITAR DUO AT FESTIVAL "Jazz Bend" with a free conPeter Pupping & Wilcert 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 liam Wilson, guitar duo, will at The Forum's Art, Rhythm perform for free from 2:30 and Wine Festival, 1923 Cal- to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at The le Barcelona, Carlsbad. Forum's Art, Rhythm and Wine Festival, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad.

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Duetto (soprano and baritone with piano) perform duets of favorite Broadway and opera songs at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondi-


North Coast Symphony presents “Autumn Leaves” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road. Tickets $10, $8, $25/family max. at the door.


Lux Art Institute offers two Fall Break Art Camps Monday to Friday, Oct. 22 through Oct. 26 and again Monday to Friday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at 1550 S. El Camino Real
Encinitas, Register at luxartinstitute. org. Cost is $350 per week. BAND AT BELLY UP

Matthew Sweet and his band will be in playing at 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Belly Up, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets are $22 to $24 at (858) 481-8140.

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Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “The Natural World, Inside and Outside” paintings through Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Meet the artist from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3.

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The city of Encinitas is now accepting applications from Encinitas high school and college age students and adult artists to participate in a city-funded public art project to create mosaic panels for permanent installation. Applications are available online at publicart, or in person at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., or the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 25.


Join the free Dia de los Muertos Altar Workshop to make your own altar, 5 to 7:50 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with local artist Luis Murguia. All materials provided. Your completed artwork can become part of the library’s Day of the Dead art exhibit, on view through Nov. 5. More information at (760) 753-7376.

We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n OCT. 26 presents the chamber music ensemble Camarada Trio, FOREIGN FILMS The San Elijo Campus, noon Oct. 24 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. MiraCosta College will host a free showing at 1 p.m. Free. Oct. 26, of the foreign film: “Zelary” at 3333 ManchesDINNER AND A MOVIE Join in for Dinner and a ter Ave., Room 204 in CarMovie at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, fea- diff. Czech with English turing “The Big Lebowski” subtitles. 2003, R. For more at the Cardiff Library, 2081 information, visit lifesaneliNewcastle Ave. Free. Bring your own dinner or snacks. For more information, call (760) 753-4027 or visit sdcl. OCT. 27 ART AFTER DARK org/locations_CD.html. Oceanside Museum Of Art presents Art After Dark from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at OCT. 25 NEW SHOW OPENS AT SDAHS 704 Pier View Way, OceansThe San Dieguito Acad- ide. Cost is $50 to $125 at emy after-school theater program will be performing “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 through Oct. OCT. 28 27 in the Clayton E. Liggett GOSPEL AND MORE “Through the Storm” Theater, on the San Dieguito


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Cabaret fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Your favorite musical theatre will bring spooky songs and haunting harmonies from Broadway and the Silver Screen. The evening MUSIC AT NEW VILLAGE The music of Tim Flan- will include raffle prizes and nery and the Lunatic Fringe a costume contest. Tickets at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at New $20 at Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Get tickets at This NOV. 1 year adds a VIP lounge ex- ‘THE GENIUS OF WOMEN’ perience, in addition to genThe Oceanside Museum eral admission tickets. of Art is offering a four-part lecture series on artists, architects, and collectors, OCT. 29 “The Genius Of Women,” 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays beginCARVE AN ARTFUL PUMPKIN The Encinitas 101 Main- ning Nov. 1. Cost is $15 per Street Association is seeking lecture. Libations served. local artists to help carve pumpkins in anticipation of BOOK ‘NUTCRACKER’ NOW its downtown Oct. 31 TrickTickets are available or-Treat event. The carving now for the Encinitas Balevent will take place from 11 let production of “The Nuta.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29. Inter- cracker” at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 ested artists can reach out at the Moonlight Amphito Nick Kale at nick@encin- theatre, 1200 Vale Terrace or call the E101 Drive, Vista. office at (760) 943-1950. The carved pumpkins will be displayed on South Coast High- NOV. 2 way 101, from Encinitas Bou- MORE ‘HOLMES & WATSON’ levard to K Street. North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Holmes & METALACHI! Watson” extended through Metalachi, a heavy-met- Nov. 18 at 987 Lomas Sanal mariachi band, is headlin- ta Fe Drive, Solana Beach. ing at The California Center Tickets $42 to $53 at (858) for the Arts, Escondido at 481-1055 or northcoastrep. 5:30 p.m. with the opening org. band, Los Hollywood, starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at 340 N. NEW STUDIOS Escondido Blvd., Escondido. MiraCosta College hosts Tickets at (800) 988-4253 or a ribbon-cutting on its new online. To learn more, in- Dance and Theatre Studios cluding performance dates, at 8 a.m. on campus buildtimes, and ticket informa- ing 2700, 1 Barnard Drive, tion, visit Oceanside. RSVP to (760) 795-6777. ‘REST — IN PIECES’

North Coast Repertory Theatre hosts a free reading of “Rest, In Pieces” by Steve Bluestein at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 4811055 or



Village Church Community Theater will stage “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe OCT. 30 .Tickets and information HALLOWEEN CABARET at villagechurchcommuniEnjoy the Halloween

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Grape Day Festival lives on through 5K, revitalization plans in works By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — Grape Day Festival in Escondido is dead. Long live Grape Day Festival. That, in essence, has served as the history of an event which has come and gone for more than 100 years in the city. In 2018, Grape Day Festival took a hiatus for the first time since 1996, though one major piece of it persisted. That is, the Grape Day 5K, which celebrated its eighth anniversary and wove its way throughout the city’s downtown core on Grand Avenue. More than 600 people participated in the run, as did many other spectators, local high school cheerleading squads and the local police force. The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club led the way in organizing the 5K, which serves as the organization’s biggest annual fundraising event. Jim Ponder, member of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club and Grape Day 5K race director, told The Coast News that 100 percent of all net proceeds will go to charities, organizations, and


This scene played out across the county, as paid signature gatherers were reported in Chula Vista, San Diego and other areas far away from the project’s epicenter. “The entire signature gathering process has made a travesty of truth and democracy,” Rita Brandin, Newland Communities vice president, said in a statement. "The East Coast billionaires of the Golden Door and their outof-town signature gatherers fraudulently collected these signatures by telling falsehoods about our approved Newland Sierra plan, including the ridiculous claims that it would raise people’s taxes, that we are building a casino, and that the project encompasses 430,000 acres of land. With what they were claiming, we were even tempted to sign. “Newland Sierra is a much better plan than what the Golden Door wants to keep in place. Instead of estate lots only the wealthy can afford, along with millions of square feet of office and big box retail, we will instead provide much-needed homes that San Diego workers can afford, especially our young people,” Brandin’s statement said. “What the out-of-town signature gatherers never stated is that our plan for Newland Sierra leaves 80% of the property undeveloped, results in less water use, better fire protection and fewer peak hour traffic trips than the plan Golden Door supports leaving in place. “Unfortunately, this is an abuse of our democratic process with the out-of-town Golden Door billionaires funding and running this effort. They even paid off local, non-profit, anti-housing groups to be their front and collect signatures for them. This was not a local citizen-led effort.”

initiatives supported by the group. Much of the money raised from the Grape Day 5K will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which has been a partner of the Sunrise Rotary Club’s for many years. For Simon Vieaux, a physical education teacher at Rose Elementary School in Escondido, the 5K opened up an opportunity for two of his low-income students which they may not have otherwise had. Because of their most active participatory efforts in Vieaux’s before school running club, Sebastian, 8 years old (third-place finisher, boys aged 1 to 9) and Guadalupe, 9 years old (firstplace finisher, girls aged 1 to 9), both got free entry into the run. Vieaux’s request for this was granted by the Grape Day 5K organizers — giving the two the chance to complete their first ever 5Ks. “The incentive of running the 5K has been wellknown to the students since the start of the school year,” said Vieaux, noting that Sebastian and Guadalupe come to running club four days a

GUADALUPE AND SEBASTIAN, students from Rose Elementary School, pose with their medals after running the Grape Day 5K on Oct. 6 in Escondido. Photo by Simon Vieaux

week before school. “It has been a tight race for the spots and I only informed the students who earned the place, a week before the race. As their teacher, seeing them complete this feat made me so proud. I actually got on phone immediately and was bragging to our school principal and their classroom teachers.” Which all leaves the big question: what went wrong in 2018? The Grape Day Festival’s 2018 break was due to a combination of budget cuts from the city beginning with

the 2009-2010 budget under then-Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and persisting throughout the mayoral tenure for Mayor Sam Abed, an aging and ever-shrinking volunteer base and decreasing level of civic participation in the event — and the accompanying loss of revenue. It was a decision made by the board of directors of the Escondido History Center, which is headquartered Grape Day Park, the historical downtown Escondido home base of the Grape Day Festival and an organization which has administered the

celebration since it rose from the ashes again in 1996. The budget cash provided by the city of Escondido, Fox explained, was not all it took to put on the event. But, she noted, it was key seed money to get the ball rolling for the Grape Day Festival on an annual basis. In both the 2007-2008 budget and 2008-2009 budget, the city of Escondido funded the Grape Day Festival to the tune of more than $6,000, also providing more than $700 for the Grape Day Parade during both budget cycles. On and off since 1905, Grape Day Festival has existed as a celebration of grape harvesting in Escondido, in particular grapes of the Muscat variety, or those used in wine and raisin production. Though wine production carries on in Escondido’s San Pasqual Valley, Grape Day and grape production are not what they were over a century ago. Robin Fox, director of the Escondido History Center, told The Coast News that she felt the importance of Grape Day Festival was connecting Escondido’s residents to the city’s historical

roots, exhibiting to those attending who has paved the way for what the city has become. It may return, she commented, but likely in a different form which is more sustainable to those who make the event possible. “We apologize for disappointing anyone, but hope that the community feels free to stop by our museum complex at Grape Day Park to see all that we continue to offer throughout the year in the County’s second largest History Center,” Fox said in a press release published by the Escondido History Center on Aug. 30. Ponder told The Coast News that a steering committee has been formed to revitalize the broader Grape Day Festival for 2019. He said that, so far, discussions have centered on continuing the morning 5K, creating a family-friendly educational-centric event for the afternoon portion, and getting the local wine community involved in a nighttime affair. More on what’s in the works, said Ponder, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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“One of the big problems is that of cut-through traffic — commuters from other communities using East Vista Way, Melrose and Shadowridge to get through Vista,” she said. “We don’t see any way at present to do anything about this.” According to Andrea McCullough, the communications officer for the city of Vista, the city’s Traffic Congestion Management Plan categorizes both long- and short-term answers to the issues of traffic congestion. She did note that there is a cut-through-traffic issue, which she called “passthrough motorists.” “Pass-through motorists have increased because Vista is strategically located between Highways 78 and 76 and drivers cut through the city to get to other local neighboring cities,” McCullough said. “The pass-through drivers are commuting along with Vista residents during the peak morning and evening travel times, and this is creating significant congestion.” McCullough said that due to the limited opportunities to reassign whole or partial street lanes for other uses to manage traffic flow, the city continues to look for ways to maximize the effectiveness of its current roadway system. The Traffic Congestion Management Plan outlines this and is aligned with the city’s current budget. While meeting those budgetary guidelines, McCullough said the city is working on innovative and advanced ways to address traffic issues more effectively and efficiently. “As the state and federal dollars that once leveraged key projects have eroded over the years, the

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city has tried to pave the way out of congestions by implementing innovative short-term construction solutions and mapping out long-term strategies that can be put into action when funding becomes available,” she said. “These factors are causing the city of Vista to become more innovative than ever before.” McCullough went on to cite relatively inexpensive traffic improvements to current roads like adding a new travel turn lane on streets with extra space. She noted the addition of a third southbound “throughlane” on Civic Center Drive and Phillips Street. The reasoning behind these lanes, she said, is to accommodate vehicles moving into the right-turn lane to westbound Highway 78. “The new lane is reducing the frequency of traffic back-ups in that area,” McCullough said. “Another method is to add lanes to existing streets to reduce congestion, and an example of this was along North Melrose Drive where a third lane in both directions was added by restriping the road to help move traffic more efficiently.” Looking ahead to the next couple of years, the city of Vista has plans to install specialized technology to synchronize traffic signals. “As an organization, the city is determined to deliver the best transportation infrastructure to its residents, not just for today, but far into the future,” McCullough said. “The more the city can leverage the current infrastructure assets it has today, the better the city will be able to provide the right infrastructure for the upcoming generation of residents.”

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Latest study adds to increasing data on benefits of coffee DEAR READER: We agree that the back-andforth about coffee over the decades has been confusing and for coffee drinkers who want a final answer, frustrating. Part of this is because of the nature of ongoing research, which, as it asks new questions, incorporates the newest data. Add enough variables to any line of inquiry, and chances are quite good that the conclusions will shift, if not change. Another factor that plays a role is the study itself. Many of the coffee studies, including this latest one, have been observational studies. That means that researchers gather data from large populations, identify and account

for lifestyle or environmental factors that could sway results, then analyze the resulting data to draw conclusions. When they're finished they have a correlation, but not a definitive cause. That doesn't mean such studies should be discounted. Far from it. It was through observational studies that researchers first linked smoking to lung cancer. This in turn led to the more rigorous and targeted research that revolutionized how we view tobacco and tobacco products. We suspect that coffee is the subject of so many studies for a couple of reasons. First, it's so widely consumed. Here in the United States, it's our fa-

vorite beverage. We drink more coffee than soda, tea and juice combined. Plus, thanks to its caffeine content, coffee is a stimulant. In fact, caffeine is the most widely consumed physiological stimulant in the world. That's why, with regular use, it can result in a mild form of physical dependence. In addition, caffeine has been associated with adverse side effects in some individuals, such as temporary spikes in blood pressure. All of this -- widespread use, potential physiological effects, as well as the numerous bioactive compounds that it contains -- have made coffee a prime target for research. Which brings us to the new study now making headlines.

Researchers in Britain looked at a decade's worth of health data for about 500,000 adults who regularly drank from one to eight cups of coffee per day. This included brewed and instant coffee, as well as decaf. According to their analysis, those who drank coffee regularly had a slightly (emphasis is ours) lower risk of death than did non-coffee drinkers. Although the study didn't address questions of how or why, the researchers have cited coffee's complexity. In addition to the caffeine that reels us in, coffee contains over 1,000 different chemical compounds, including B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, as well as hundreds of phytochem-

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health. Xopher grew up in Arkansas and loved playing DDR at arcades. But when his cardiologist told him he'd have to trim down from his 325 pounds or risk needing a heart transplant, Xopher got serious about the game. He found an "excellently priced" DDR machine on eBay and restored it, starting with just three games a night. Between 2014 and 2018 he got to under 200 pounds: "I've gone from a blood pressure of 140/80 to 112/65. ... I was healthy for the first time in my life." He also said he's now playing DDR competitively. [, 10/3/2018]

ginia, you'd better hustle up your own fun for Halloween night. In several communities surrounding Chesapeake and Newport News, KUTV reported, city codes make it a misdemeanor for anyone over 12 to wear a costume and troll the neighborhood for candy. Penalties include fines ($25 to $100) and up to six months in jail. Even lawful trick-or-treaters must be done by 8 p.m., and in Newport News, parents accompanying children may not wear masks. [KUTV, 10/8/2018]

Orlando, Florida, to Cleveland on Oct. 9 because of her non-allowed "emotional support animal," a squirrel. Passengers were alerted to a "situation" and told they needed to exit the airplane, according to 24-year-old flyer Brandon Nixon of Ashland, Ohio. "You expect the worst when they say something like that," Nixon told the Associated Press. When he asked a flight attendant for more information, "All she said was 'a squirrel.'" Police were called when the woman and her squirrel refused to deplane, and she was escorted through the terminal, pumping her fist in the air as she held the squirrel on her lap. [Associated Press, 10/10/2018]

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DEAR DOCTOR: I'm only 22 and already I've gotten whiplash from all the studies about coffee. First it's bad for you, then it's good. Then, oops, no -- it's actually bad. My girlfriend's a serious coffee drinker, and she's thrilled about another new study that says coffee's going to help her live longer. Is that right? How do we know what to believe?

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that reads in part: “Elected officials are expected to resolve problems within the city at the request of residents. And, as an elected official and good neighbor, Deputy Mayor Lowery attempts to resolve residents’ problems as best as he is able. As a resident of the City of Oceanside, Deputy Mayor Lowery is also able to make reports to City Departments just like any other resident; being an elected


On the day Ester Price, 95, of Pamplin, Virginia, was admitted to the hospital with an unexplained illness, her son-in-law, Jack David Price, 56, kindly brought her a coffee -- "not an ordinary event," according to an investigator. Doctors found signs of meth in her system, reported The News & Advance. Jack Price's stepdaughter told the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office she suspected he was trying to kill his mother-in-law, and a neighbor said Price had once told him he should "put some meth in her drink," then claimed to be only kidding. On Oct. 4, Price was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two felonies. [News & Advance, 10/4/2018]


Staci Tinney of Charleston, West Virginia, was expecting a bank statement when she picked up her mail on Oct. 8, but instead she found just one item in her mailbox: a laminated picture of a llama wearing sunglasses. Tinney's surveillance video showed "a woman was hanging out of the passenger's side of (a black pickup) truck ... removing things from my mailbox, and looked like she was putting something inside my mailbox," Tinney said. WCHS reported other neighbors also were missing mail and packages that day. Tinney told reporters the mail thieves claimed to be "handing out wedding invitations," but she was dubious: "We don't know anybody who knows a llama personally." Charleston police are investigating. [WCHS, 10/8/2018]


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official does not remove protections granted to him via the First Amendment.” Lowery echoed Greene’s statements in an interview with The Coast News on Oct. 17. He said that neighbors have approached him with their concerns about the property, but some didn’t want to file complaints out of fear of reprisal. He complained on their behalf, which he said was his duty as an elected official, echoing Greene’s statement. “If you don’t want your elected representative rep-

resenting you, why even bother voting?” Lowery said. “We are supposed to do a job, and I am simply doing my job.” Lowery said that McIntosh, rather than correcting the issues at her vacation rental — which he said were straight from the municipal code— went on the attack through the press. “She decided the best approach to her situation, because she didn’t want to do anything about the issues, was to attack me,” he said. “And these issues

icals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However -- and this is important -- if you're not already a regular or heavy coffee drinker, don't dive into the deep end with a multi-cup habit. And when it comes to pregnant women, the consensus is clear -- severely limit (or quit) coffee. That's because the enzyme needed to metabolize caffeine is not present in the fetus. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

to violating a restraining order and was placed on probation. Authorities believe it is Burns using a butter knife and a screwdriver in the video, saying, "This is how you take an ankle bracelet off without breaking the circuit," according to the Springfield News-Leader. The narrator advises against damaging the electronic equipment so as to avoid thousands of dollars in fines. Subsequent Facebook posts reference trips to Utah, Idaho and Oregon, and a video shows a man resembling Burns walking through a large marijuana farm with the caption "Dream come true." He has been in the Greene County jail since Aug. 28 and was charged in early October with tamperPEOPLE WITH TOO MUCH ing with electronic moniTIME ON THEIR HANDS toring equipment, a felony. Producers and sellers [Springfield News-Leader, of senbei, a type of rice 10/7/2018] cracker, joined together in Soka, Japan, on Oct. 3 to POLICE REPORT break the Guinness World Police officers in RichRecord for ... wait for it ... ardson Forest Preserve, creating the largest rice near Cincinnati, thought cracker mosaic. About they had come across a 200 people constructed a body in a plastic trash bag rendering of Leonardo da dumped in the woods on Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” using Oct. 4. Instead, they found seven different colors of "Mandi," a life-size female rice cracker. The mosaic, sex doll, according to Metaccording to United Press ro News. Residents from International, measured the area have erected a 1,250 square feet and re- shrine in the doll's memoquired more than 23,000 ry, leaving flowers and cancrackers. [UPI, 10/4/2018] dles along with messages, such as, "Mandi, you were LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINAL taken too soon. We will reA Springfield, Missou- member you fondly. RIP." ri, man took to Facebook The doll is thought to be an in July to proudly demon- expensive, high-end model, strate how to remove an which makes the mystery ankle monitor. Dustin W. of its disposal even more Burns, 33, had pleaded perplexing. [Metro News, guilty earlier this year 10/7/2018] weren’t negotiable, they were straight out of the code, which is black and white on these things.” Leslie Davies, an Oceanside resident who was a once a strident supporter of Lowery, has also voiced her concerns over Lowery’s penchant for filing municipal grievances. “We have so many issues we need to be worrying about,” Davies said. “I cannot believe we are spending city resources on this. I am appalled.” Lowery said that Scott

and Davies’ involvement signals to him that this has become politically motivated, as the two women are supporters of Lowery’s chief campaign rival, Esther Sanchez. Once political allies, Lowery and Sanchez’s relationship soured over the years, and now the two are pitted against each other in the District 1 election in 2018. “They (Davies and Scott) are doing anything they can to protect Esther,” Lowery said.

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