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Runaway girl found safe in L.A. By Steve Puterski

SAN MARCOS — A proposed six-story building and 700-stall parking garage and pedestrian bridge proposed by Cal State San Marcos received the San Marcos Planning Commission’s unanimous support on Oct. 16¬. The commission voted 5-0, with two members absent, to approve the university’s conditional use permit request for the project, which will be locat-

REGION — A 15-year-old North County girl was found safe last week by Los Angeles police after running away on July 22. Seraphine Bustillos was located by officers in Venice, California, after one of the officers recognized her from previous contact, according to Brenda Condon, CEO of Cal Advocates for the Missing, a San Diego County-based nonprofit. Cal Advocates, along with two other organizations — Save in America and Team Amber — partnered with and also Sara Bustillos received assis- Courtesy photo tance from an unofficial group of individuals in Los Angeles to locate Bustillos after she went missing. “We don’t know that,” Condon said when asked why Bustillos ran away. “We knew she was with this guy … he had a record in Oregon. Her being a minor, it’s hard for us to say a whole lot.” Joseph Travers, executive director of the Oceanside-based nonprofit Saved in America, said his team came into the fold several weeks ago. They were able to locate Bustillos’ whereabouts via a social media investigation and worked with LAPD, the Santa Monica Police Department and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Depart-




A river hippopotamus born three weeks ago at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido is a male, park officials said. The unnamed calf is the 12th born to mother Funani. Mother and son can be seen Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends at the park. STORY ON PAGE 11. Courtesy photo

Country club saga continues in Escondido By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — Since the closure of the Escondido Country Club in 2013, the property has yet to be developed. New Urban West, Inc. wants to develop the property, dubbed “The Villages,” which calls for 392 homes, 46 acres of open space including a 32-acre green belt, four parks, a dog park and renovating the dilapidated clubhouse featuring a restaurant, bar and pool.

The Escondido Planning Commission will discuss the item — and either recommend for the City Council to move forward or reject the plan — during its Oct. 24 meeting at City Hall. The City Council, which will then either approve or reject the plan, is set to hear the matter in November, although the date may change. Two separate residents groups are now lobbying the City Council for different projects. The Escondido

Country Club Homeowners Organization has objected to New Urban West’s plan for several years, while Renew Our Country Club is in support. “We just want a reasonable and responsible project,” Mike Slater, president of Escondido Country Club Homeowners Association, said. “ECCHO did a white paper on all the density transfers that were done

Planning panel OKs CSUSM complex By Aaron Burgin


After a big growth spurt, a big decision: Washington commits to Oregon State By Aaron Burgin

Mission HIlls High’s Warren Washington poses with Oregon State head basketball coach Wayne Tinkle. Washington has verbally committed to play for the Beavers. Photo courtesy Washington family

SAN MARCOS — Warren Washington said he always believed he would play Division 1 college basketball, even when others couldn’t see it in him as a gangly, 5-foot-9 seventh grader. But then, he started to grow. By the start of high school, Washington shot up to 6-foot-4. By his sophomore year, he was 6-foot-9. Five years and more than one foot later, the 6-foot-11 Washington, who attends Mission Hills High School, recently achieved his goal of playing basketball at the highest collegiate level when he announced his verbal commitment to Oregon State University. “I’m just very excited to have the opportunity to play basketball in the Pac-12, it’s been a goal of mine

since I was a kid,” Washington said. Washington’s growth spurt caught many by surprise, including his family, whose members aren’t exactly short. His father, Calvin, is 6-foot-3, his mother, Jamie, is 5-foot11 and his brother, Calvin Jr., is 6-foot-6. “There are tall people in the family, we’ve got uncles on both sides that are fairly tall, but no one is as tall as Warren,” Calvin Washington Sr. said. “So for him to get to that height, I was surprised. We always talked about how the boys would be taller than me, and even though I thought Warren would be the tallest one because of his long arms and his wide shoulders, I never expected him to get to 6-11.” Warren was always one of the taller kids in his classes growing up,

but his father said he didn’t want his son to be pigeon-holed as the “big man” on his basketball teams. He urged travel coaches to teach him perimeter skills, so that even if he didn’t grow he could still be a collegiate basketball prospect. “We always strategized that, because we didn’t want him stuck in the post,” Calvin Washington Sr. said. “In North County, he was always the tall guy, but we didn’t know how tall he would get, and since I was paying for him to play (travel) basketball, I told coaches that you’re going to help us to get Warren where he wants to be as a player, not where he appears to be best for your team.” The family’s decision has paid dividends, as at 6-foot-11, coaches TURN TO WASHINGTON ON 26


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Library to host human trafficking awareness event By Christina Macone-Greene

Extensive upgrades underway at La Costa Meadows Elementary School, located in Carlsbad but in the San Marcos Unified School District, include adding 38 permanent classrooms and expanding the library and multipurpose rooms. Rendering courtesy of Alpha Studio Design Group

School on track for $33.5M worth of improvements By Julie Gallant

COAST CITIES — A steady construction buzz can be heard at La Costa Meadows Elementary School while the beginnings of $33.5 million in expansions and upgrades turn the coastal campus into a larger and more permanent learning environment. The tap, tap of a hammer continued steadily as school staff, students and their parents gathered on the playground with a distant ocean view for a recent Friday morning flag salute ceremony. The business-as-usual activities going on throughout the campus belie major changes that are planned or already underway. Since June, progress has been made on replacing 38 portable and modular classrooms with two separate two-story buildings containing 19 classrooms each, for a total of 38 new permanent classrooms. Along with that will be library and multipurpose room expansions, an administration office renovation and expansion and kindergarten and kitchen modernizations and expansions. To top it off, the school is

Dunn Elementary along with other projects such as technology upgrades at all campuses in the district. In 2005, before the bond measure was presented to voters, Corman said the San Marcos Unified School District had hired a consultant to help conduct a facilities needs assessment and to prioritize which schools would be allocated a portion of the bond proceeds and in what order. Within the last year, two community meetings were held to explain La Costa Meadows’ plans to neighbors with Corman, the architect, contractor and the school district’s assistant superintendent of business services participating. Few changes have occurred on the La Costa Meadows campus since opening in a suburban neighborhood at Corintia and El Fuerte streets in September 1986. Some portable classrooms were added in 2000 to accommodate growth, but Klimas says that growth has plateaued at 900 students the past four years and even dipped to 880 students in the current

in the process of reconfiguring the student drop-off/pick-up and parking lot area, and plans to install a solar lunch shelter and parking lot shade in addition to adding landscaping to beautify the campus. “The priority of the project is creating the best possible learning environment for our students,” said La Costa Meadows Principal Adam Klimas. Located within the San Marcos Unified School District but situated within the city of Carlsbad, the financial resources for the extensive upgrades that will occur during the next two years are made available through a $287 million facilities bond approved by voters as Proposition K in 2010. The budget for the La Costa Meadows project is $33.5 million. Tova Corman, executive director of Facilities Planning and Development for the San Marcos school district, said a portion of the bond money was also earmarked for rebuilding San Marcos High School and adding 24 classrooms, building a gym addition and lockers at San Marcos Middle School, and reconstructing Alvin


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ta, it covers all of that.” According to Van Nevel, any girl can be a target and 80 percent of the girls and women who are trafficked in the United States are citizens of the country. Van Nevel also said she hopes that people attend this event to learn more about this epidemic. Awareness is the first step, she said. Once people are educated, they will know what to look for as well as the signs. Van Nevel said she is happy to assist and serve as emcee of the event. Soroptimists have been involved in the fight against human trafficking for about 12 years. Van Nevel also leads the San Diego County Human Trafficking Collaborative. “I was asked to help because both representatives of the League of Women Voters and the AAUW had never done anything like this before,” she said. “So, when they learned that I had some experience, they asked if I would help.” The growing awareness of human trafficking stresses the need for more shelters, Van Nevel said. The hope is to increase the shelter footprint to help women fleeing a life of trafficking, she said, and provide them with the haven they need to heal and move forward. The free event begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Schulman Auditorium at Dove Library in Carlsbad at 1775 Dove Lane. Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

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CARLSBAD — Modern Day Slavery in San Diego County, a free public event providing insight on human trafficking, is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Dove Library in Carlsbad. The event will be emceed by Kaye Van Nevel of Soroptimist International Vista. Attendees will watch a screening of a 20-minute documentary film, “Chosen,” which highlights two American girls who were betrayed by men they thought were their boyfriends and exploited into a life of trafficking. Van Nevel will lead a discussion with panelists Summer Stephan, district attorney of San Diego County, and Jaimee Johnson, a counselor and founder of Sister of the Streets. The League of Women Voters North County San Diego, American Association of University Women, Soroptimist, Sisters of the Streets and North County Life Line are hosting the event. Each of the nonpartisan groups aims to educate individuals on issues of public interest. Van Nevel said the event is about human trafficking, but specifically the sexual exploitation of women, girls and boys. She said “Chosen,” portrays what can happen to any girl in the United States. “It shows how easily girls are lured to a life of sex trafficking,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what ethnicity or educational level or economic stra-

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Age a big factor as younger Democrats circle Feinstein California Focus By Thomas D. Elias

Lawsuits deliver benefits for local water ratepayers the cases it accepts for review, agreeing to review only 5 percent of all cases presented to it. We are thankful to our staff and legal team for the extraordinary effort required to advance our cause — and we are thankful for the legions of business associations, civic groups, elected officials and other stakeholders for continued support of the Water Authority’s efforts to protect the interests of San Diego County ratepayers. The Water Authority has two additional cases challenging MWD’s rates from 2015-2018 that have been stayed in Superior Court while the appellate proceedings were ongoing and are now expected to move forward again. We expect to recover approximately $39 million in illegal MWD charges in those two cases. To learn more about this issue, go to www.sdc w / mwd rate - c ha llenge.

And, the decision prevents MWD from imposing more than $20 million in illegal charges annually going forward. Through 2047, those unlawful charges would have amounted to approximately $1.1 billion. As part of the litigation, the Water Authority also secured the single-greatest water rights victory in San Diego County history. Under the Metropolitan Water District Act, each of its member agencies has a statutory right to a certain percentage of MWD’s available water supplies. The trial court and Court of Appeal both ruled that MWD illegally under-calculated the Water Authority’s water right since 2003. Properly calculated, the Water Authority’s water right at MWD will be about 100,000 acrefeet per year greater than MWD had calculated. To put that in perspective, that’s about twice the annual production of the $1 billion Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. The state Supreme Court sets a high bar for

By Mark Muir

The California Supreme Court announced on Sept. 27 that it has not accepted our petition to review a Court of Appeal decision that allows the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to include its State Water Project costs in the rates it charges to transport the Water Authority’s independent Colorado River supplies through MWD’s aqueduct. While we hoped the court would strike down all of MWD’s monopolistic rates, our lawsuits have produced noteworthy victories for San Diego County residents — rights to significantly more MWD water, a determination that MWD breached its contract with the Water Authority, and a ruling that MWD illegally collected tens of millions of dollars in overcharges from our region through the imposition of its so-called “water stewardship” rate. MWD must repay the Water Authority approximately $51 million in illegal water stewardship charges from 2011-2014.

Mark Muir chairs the Board of Directors of theSan Diego County Water Authority

They see her as road-kill, the younger California Democrats hovering over longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein this month just before and just after she announced her bid for election to a sixth term. “She no longer reflects the experiences or core values of Californians…and she isn’t willing to step up and lead on resisting (President) Trump…” went one endorsing statement approved by state Senate President Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, who will be termed out of his current job next year. Would he OK anything similar if Feinstein were 64, not 84? The relative youngsters (aged 60 and under) might be surprised when Feinstein turns out Feinstein to be as fierce as a mother bear whose young have been threatened once her reelection campaign gets going. Her cubs: the things she says still need doing – ending gun violence, combating climate change and ensuring access to healthcare. Feinstein is anything but new to challenge. Once a little-known San Francisco supervisor, she witnessed the 1978 City Hall assassinations of then-Mayor George Moscone and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights icon, by another supervisor, Dan White. Under horrendous circumstances, Feinstein assumed the mayor’s office by virtue of being the county board president. Her career in major office has lasted almost 40 years. She’s done it with achievement, from stabilizing the traumatized San Francisco to sponsoring new women’s rights, championing environmental and gun controls and crusading against government-sponsored torture. Past achievement apparently means little to de Leon and others in her party; earlier this year, they almost handed its state chairmanship to a community organizer from Richmond who’s done little to make the party the dominant force it is today in California. Feinstein, those folks claim, is a “DINO,” Democrat in name only, the abbreviation itself imitating Republicans who deride the few moderates in their own party as RINOs, Republicans in name only.

Letters to the Editor Abed and Epp mislead on library Despite the recent admonishment by a San Diego newspaper editorial to conduct itself in an aboveboard manner, Escondido Mayor Abed and his henchman Jeff Epp used the occasion of an Oct. 4 town hall meeting to broadcast statements bordering on unmitigated blarney. By arguing that a proposed contract with an outsourcing vendor “protects the city's control and public interest” in Escondido Public Library, the mayor deliberately camouflages two facts --- the city lacks legal authority to run the library, and the public already has expressed

and continues to express prodigious opposition to the very idea. In the past this mayor who spearheaded the destruction of the only branch library now blathers on about million-dollar savings and a “vibrant” new look to the remaining main public library. For an elected public official who years back on a tour of this library did not know how long books could be checked out for, this misrepresentation sounds merely like more nonessential rhetoric. Epp's representations are no more accurate than the mayor’s. The city manager apparently suffering from color blindness saw “no red flags” in the damning audit from a public library district in Jackson County, Oregon, arguing that the “overwhelm-

ing majority of evidence” supports the vendor’s record of service not just there but elsewhere. Poppycock! More than 18 states in America this century alone have canceled contracts with this vendor or rejected outright offers to run their libraries. Hawaii even passed legislation as a result of harm to their state library system due to a recommendation made by the vendor. The City Council’s problem with underfunded pension liability must not justify the dissembling over the looming privatization of Escondido Public Library. Please join the swelling army of citizens in favor of keeping the library just as it is. M. Greg Dean Escondido

“On the big issues of our time, she’s been on the wrong side…,” griped Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna before Feinstein formally declared, failing to name a single objectionable vote in her last two terms. Neither did de Leon. Translation: Feinstein is too old for them. Khanna, of course, won his seat two years ago largely by making and issue of the age (75) of veteran Rep. Mike Honda. The younger Democrats forget Feinstein pioneered women’s rights, that she stood almost alone against torture during the George W. Bush administration, protected abortion rights and large swaths of the California desert with equal fervor, while helping create several national monuments in the state. They pooh-pooh her decades of steadfast fighting for gun control, saying she hasn’t been tough enough. Plus they forget how strongly she’s fought climate change. On all those issues, Feinstein has been tough enough to get things done by working with Republicans in the Senate, rather than so adamant that all GOP senators would reject anything she says – as they now do with the far younger California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris. Harris, as it happens, quickly endorsed Feinstein for reelection, just as Feinstein was one of her early 2016 endorsers. Harris also contradicted de Leon. “Since joining the Senate, I have found few better allies in our fight to stop the radical agenda of Donald Trump than Dianne,” said Harris. De Leon began his campaign by blasting Feinstein for suggesting that given some time, Trump might become reasonable. And after this month’s Las Vegas massacre, he tore into her for being soft on gun control – at virtually the same moment she introduced the first bill banning bump stocks like those used in that attack. Nor does Feinstein’s record mollify potential candidate Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund mogul who is the national Democratic Party’s biggest donor and founded the NextGen organization to combat climate change. “It is clear for all to see,” Steyer wrote a month after Feinstein’s August remarks on Trump, “there is zero reason to believe he can be a good president.” Chances are Feinstein will match up next fall against one of those two, in the second consecutive all-Democrat Senate runoff election, no major Republican having yet stepped forward. Then California voters can decide if they want bombast or achievement, a loud voice unlikely to get much done or someone who gets results even if she has some gray hairs. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.

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here they are, resting in the glass case just below a photo of their owner — pink rhinestone boots that belonged to television/movie singing cowgirl Dale Evans. And across the aisle, also under glass, rests a small card with an inch-tall red heart pierced by five bullet holes. To the left of the heart, a tiny photo of the shooter, Annie Oakley. She plugged the heart from 30 feet away — while it was nine feet in the air. Impressive, to say the least, as are the other artifacts, books and diaries of the amazing women of the West who are represented in this exhibit. These treasures, displayed at the St. Louis Mercantile Library on the campus of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, are part of the exhibition called “OK, I'll Do It Myself, Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness: Selections from the Caroline F.

Schimmel Collection.” Don’t let the cumbersome title scare you away. Along with personal items of women both well known and unknown, there are the writings of pioneer ladies who “grappled not only with day-to-day circumstances in remote frontier areas,” but also “struggled to assure that their accounts saw the light of day in print.” A second exhibition in the library features campaign buttons from elections-gone-by. Called “100 million buttons can’t be wrong,” the name is inspired by the button Wendell Willkie made famous in the 1940 p re s ide nt i a l election. All of the buttons belong to the Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker American Political Collection, which contains more than 3,000 items, including a George Washington token dated 1789. Some of those items, including shot glasses, cigar boxes and cigarette packages promoting presidential candidates, and a Florida voting booth that comes with yellow punch cards from the 2000 election (“the lines don’t match up”) that were displayed in the library in 2012. The Mercantile was founded in 1846 in down-

Rhinestone-festooned pink boots worn by singing cowgirl, actor and songwriter Dale Evans (1912-2001) are on display. Evans, wife of singing cowboy/actor Roy Rogers, is quoted as saying, “The cowgirl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses … They defend the things they hold dear.” Photo by E’Louise Ondash

The poster for the “OK, I’ll Do It Myself” exhibition in the Mercantile Library on the University of Missouri, St. Louis campus. The collection illustrates how women grappled with the challenges of the American frontier and in getting their voices heard in print. Left: A second exhibition at the library features campaign buttons. Courtesy photo

town St. Louis as a membership library. The historic building included a 2,000seat auditorium and was the site of the first Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1861 that voted to stay in

the Union. At the same site in 1865, delegates decided to abolish slavery in the state. The library moved to the UMSL campus in 1998, and is the repository for historic maps; official file

copies of the St. Louis Post Dispatch; the clippings and photo morgue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (10 million documents); photo and film archives of Trans World Airlines; the authenticated journal of St. Louis founder St. Auguste Chouteau (written in English, Spanish and French); and an extensive collection of model railroad cars and 45,000 volumes of railroad documents and pho-


Best of all, the library and exhibits are free and open to the public. Visit mercantile/. For more photos, visit www.facebook. com/elouise.ondash E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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Vista council approves medical marijuana ballot initiative for 2018 By Christina Macone-Greene who didn’t understand the

A rendering from New Urban West, Inc. shows what part of its proposed 392-home development at the Escondido Country Club would convey. Courtesy rendering


back in the 1960s and ‘70s.” Slater said his group is urging residents to show up en masse at the Planning Commission meeting to oppose the project. He said the goal is gather several hundred residents to “express their views.” In the meantime Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization sent a letter on Oct. 4 with a draft conceptual master plan for 158 units, via attorney Everett Delano. “ECCHO’s 158-alternate plan does not require a rezoning under the current 2012 General Plan and would yield 63 percent less traffic — or 2,969 fewer daily vehicle trips — according to the developer New Urban West Inc.’s ‘The Villages’ Draft EIR,’” the ECCHO statement reads. Slater said the 158 units is a fair assessment of the property. That proposal, though, would not be devel-

oped by ECCHO, it would prove there is an alternative measure for development, he added. “We decided to do a plan and submit it as an alternative concept plan during the draft EIR period,” Slater said. “It didn’t get received well by the planning division because it didn’t have walking trails and whatnot. So, we dressed it up. We showed everything that could be on New Urban West’s plan could be on ours.” On the other side, Miles Grimes of Escondido, who is a founding member of Renew Our Country Club, said he and his group support the New Urban West proposal, noting the area is in significant need of upgrades and amenities. While Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization rails against more traffic (a 63 percent increase according to their reviews), too many homes and the overall scope of the project, Renew Our Country Club

The pool at the Escondido Country Club sits with filthy water, while the clubhouse is littered with trash and graffiti. Two groups of residents have formed with one in support of New Urban West Inc.’s plan and the other submitting one of its own for new homes. Courtesy photo

cites current higher crime and lower property values as two main points to support the project. Grimes said he and his group are also fighting against rumors and false information spreading about the New Urban West project. Renew Our Country Club has plastered photos of the rundown clubhouse all over social media, noting the

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graffiti, boarded windows, trash and transients coming through the property. “There is a portion of the neighborhood that likes the proposal,” Grimes said. “We’re just a group that is on the same page. I’m done with the mess that is the country club. Recently someone started a fire in the clubhouse, a car mowed down a fence.”

VISTA — Vista residents can expect to see a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana businesses in the next general municipal election on Nov. 6, 2018. The City Council unanimously approved the initiative on Sept. 26. City Clerk Kathy Valdez presented the item to notify the City Council that the registrar of voters obtained a certification of signatures from a petition. Valdez certified the petition named “An Initiative to Legalize Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) in the City of Vista.” “It was filed on Aug. 9, 2017, as sufficient for the next regular election which will take place on Nov. 6, 2018,” Valdez said. Following Valdez, one speaker opposed medical marijuana businesses in Vista and another spoke in support of them. Deputy Mayor John Franklin shared his concerns. He said a new generation has emerged with a clear understanding of the health ramifications of smoking traditional tobacco products. “It’s certainly dramatically different than the generation of our parents and grandparents

harms of using tobacco and inhaling the smoke in your lungs,” he said. “It does seem terribly ironic to me that we now have a massive movement to increase access to smoking marijuana that will absolutely field the next step of an epidemic of lung cancer.” Franklin called it unfortunate and said a move to educate citizens would be necessary. Nevertheless, Franklin moved that the initiative go forward without any alteration to hear what the citizens of Vista want. “There are strong feelings, and we know that the public has something to say about this,” he said. “None of us here are necessarily medical experts or experts in any other regard other than our own life experiences, and I really think we owe it to the people who live in the city to give them a say on this.” Councilman Joe Green also approved Franklin’s motion. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby also agreed to move forward, but noted calls she received from a handful of people who signed the petition but had TURN TO BALLOT ON 13


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The future of residential real estate is now REGION — A business idea so good that it improves the lives of everyone it touches doesn’t come to fruition every day. But it comes as no surprise that Jack Ryan, founder and CEO of REX Real Estate was able to make his dream come true. His enthusiasm and passion for what he does is palpable. His business model is part humanitarian effort, part “Jetsons,” and is all about providing the best possible experience to home buyers and sellers. Ryan’s career has had an unusual trajectory, to say the least. After 20 years as a partner with Goldman Sachs, he started a new chapter in his life when the company went public as a high school teacher in the south side of Chicago. A chance conversation led him to realize that he didn’t need leave his entire career behind him to make the world a better place. After being a first round investor in many successful companies, REX Real Estate was born. “I was intrigued by the idea that I could take the electronic space, and use it to build a business that could help create homes and schools for those who need it,” Ryan said. REX Real Estate launched in Los Angeles in 2015 and expanded to San Diego last year. “Our focus is that for every 40 homes we sell, we build one for a community that really needs it.”

REX Real Estate partners with a nonprofit organization called World Housing. “They are the boots on the ground, they work with local governments all over the world in dire need of housing,” Ryan said. “Our first three homes have been in Cambodia. As we grow, we want to do this domestically and here in Southern California.” The way Ryan and his team at REX Real Estate have been able to accomplish this is using a business model that not only has an immeasurable impact for communities in need, but also immensely benefits consumers. The innovation at REX Real Estate is that it takes complex technology and algorithms and uses them to create the simplest, easiest and fastest way to buy or sell a home. And as their tagline says, “Goodbye MLS. Hello REX.” The traditional industry method of listing a property on the MLS is eschewed in favor of REX, a “platform and live, in-person service where homeowners list, discover and purchase homes from any device, anytime, anywhere — all without outrageous fees.” REX Real Estate uses a data-driven formula to

REX Real Estate uses a data-driven formula to maximize the number of digital channels — including Zillow, Trulia, Google, Yahoo Homes, Facebook, Instagram and others — to publicize your home. Courtesy photo

maximize the number of digital channels — including Zillow, Trulia, Google, Yahoo Homes, Facebook, Instagram and others — to publicize your home. This enables them to sell homes faster, and to have much lower fees. “We charge half to 1/3 of what other agencies do,” Ryan said. “Other agencies take a huge chunk — 6 percent. Or firms say they only charge 1 percent, but they don’t tell you they add on top of that the 3 percent fee paid to the buyside agent. We charge 2 percent. We use databases, not agents. We work smarter, faster and save our clients money.” “To put it into perspective, when a home is priced at $500,000, our clients pay $10,000 versus the

traditional commission of $30,000,” he added. Residential real estate is the third largest market, and Ryan says $1.5 trillion and 6 million homes change hands every year. “Most people’s net worth is in their home,” he said. “So we want to give them the best experience possible.” REX Real Estate helps its clients every step of the way. “We can help you with your mortgage, your home insurance, you don’t have to go through the bank,” he added. “We have the capability to help you with all that and make the transaction so much simpler.” So how exactly does REX Real Estate work? “Ninety percent of what we do is done without humans,” Ryan said. “It is

done very effectively with machine learning and artificial intelligence.” REX Real Estate is able to target consumers based on their characteristics using algorithms. “Our computers are getting increasingly smarter every day through machine learning. We know if a person may have turned into a homebuyer due to a recent activity in their life,” Ryan said. “While there is human involvement, such as to open a home for showing and to conduct home inspections, the rest is up to AI.” Prospective home buyers especially enjoy having a robot on hand as they tour properties. “Our robot won’t follow you from room to room, but is there to answer all of your questions

immediately. It can provide visual images and data on demand, without the imposing presence of an agent and it makes people feel comfortable and relaxed and saves them time.” REX Real Estate homes track 15 to 20 percent lower time on the market. “If you want to put an offer on a home, all you do is tell us what you’d pay and submit our offer. There is no need for a five-day process, looking over an 18page contract. We are not going through agents to find buyers, and we talk to consumers directly.” All of the back and forth between agents is obsolete with REX Real Estate. “Typically to even schedule a tour you talk to a buy side agent, who then calls the sell side agent, who calls the seller, and it goes back and forth before getting back to the buyer,” Ryan said. “What we do is like Open Table online. We use texts and technology and take so many steps out of the process and it enables us to save consumers time and money.” In the end, it’s about helping people, from consumers to communities. “Doing well for other people is what we are all about,” Ryan said. “We have passion and feel good about what we do.” For more information about REX Real Estate, visit, call (855) 342-4739 or email hello@

Exactly what is a terabyte and what can you do with it? Megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte. We hear these words all the time in relation to the internet, but many people may not realize which is bigger, what they are used for, and what you can do with them. Internet service providers measure the amount of data their customers use by the gigabyte. A gigabyte is 1,000 times larger than a megabyte, and one terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes. Cox Communications customers are allowed a whopping one terabyte of data per month. To put it in perspective, a household can do ALL of the following every month and still not go over one terabyte of data: • Watch 140 two-hour HD movies • Watch 100 half-hour standard definition TV shows • Watch 1,500 threeminute videos • Surf the web for 2,000 hours • Listen to 500 hours of streaming music

Data use is not tied to the amount of time spent online, but rather, what you do while on the internet. Activities such as streaming movies and TV shows, downloading

music, and sharing photographs use a lot more data than emailing standard documents or reading the news online. For example, 30 minutes of streaming video will

use more data than two hours residential customers in San of email. Diego use more than one terabyte of data each month in the home, in some cases cusPASSWORD PROTECT tomers may be draining their YOUR IN-HOME WIFI While only 1.6% of Cox data unknowingly because of

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OCTOBER BREAK BARGAINS This October, San Diego is offering children free admission to its harbor cruises, sailing, attractions, meals, hotel stays and other great perks for youngsters, including Legoland, Sea World, Safari Park and Belmont Park. Visit / kids-free.aspx. LIFELONG LEARNERS “Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tours” and a look at the “Panama Canal and its Jungle Wildlife” will be the two speaker topics for the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 20, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET Reservations for lunch are required by Oct. 20 for the Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25, at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.

The guest speaker will be Carl DeMaio. A $25 check is payable to Lomas Santa Fe Country Club at sign in desk. For more information, contact Terry, tminasian@ or WIN THE PHONE BATTLE The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a free Smartphone 101 class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For all skill levels, no prior experience necessary. RSVP to (760) 643-5288.

OCT. 21

GO BATTY The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and Tri-City Medical Center present Bat Chats and Friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. No RSVP required. See a Mexican brown bat at 3:30 p.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. There will also be a costume contest. For more information, visit or call (760) 804-1969. FORUM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING League of Women Voters, Soroptimists and AAUW are sponsoring a free public forum on “Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery in San Diego County” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Schulman Auditorium, Dove Library, Carlsbad.

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The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and Tri-City Medical Center present Bat Chats and Friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

HALLOWEEN MAGIC The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library invite all to its free Halloween Magic show at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information, visit or call (760) 435-5600. FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE The community is invited to the Oceanside Fire Department Open House from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21, at Station #7, 3350 Mission Ave., Oceanside. See a vehicle extraction, practice CPR and learn to put out a fire and meet lifeguards and helicopter crews. The city will also accept one-pound propane cylinders and fire extinguishers, at Fire Station 7, 3350 Mission Ave., Oceanside. RECYCLE YOUR OIL The city of Oceanside is hosting a Used Oil Filter Exchange from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 502 Oceanside Blvd. During the event, residents may bring their used oil and oil filters to be properly recycled and receive

up to two new oil filters in exchange, for free. RUMMAGE SALE Friends of the Oceanside Public Library invite all to its Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 on the back patio, 602 Civic Center Drive, Oceanside. The prices will be fair and firm, to support Oceanside Public Library programs. For more information, email or call (760) 435-5560. BIG BOOK SALE The Title Wave Bookstore will hold a sidewalk book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Earl Warren Middle School and Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Paperback books will be five for $1. For more information, visit ALL ABOUT THE ANIMALS Rancho Coastal Humane Society will host its annual Celebration of Second Chances on Oct. 21 at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. This year’s theme is, “It’s All About the Animals.” For more information, call

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(760) 753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, or log on to sdpets. org. THEATER AT BIRDWING The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy presents “Running Grunion,” a comedic Native American performance by Abel Silvas, at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom at the San Dieguito Lagoon, 2775 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. For directions and to register, visit HELP WITH MEDICARE Scripps Health will hold a free lecture on Medicare from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad and again at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. To register, call (800) 727-4777. COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION The San Diego County Democratic Party holds its Biennial County Convention from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd., Escondido. All-inclusive convention, including Leadership Luncheon is $100, convention only $50. Register at RUN TO HELP THE HELPLESS The San Diego Aruna Run 5K will help free, empower and employ sexually exploited women in India Oct. 21 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Race day registration and packet pickup opens at 10 a.m., race at 11 a.m. To register, visit STEP BACK INTO HISTORY The Encinitas Historical Society will hold a free walking tour of Historic Encinitas, led by an Encinitas Historical Society volunteer, at 10 a.m. Oct. 21, in the classroom of the 1883 Schoolhouse, located at 390 West F St. The tour finishes around noon. For more information, call (760) 7534834. LIGHT OF UNITY The Baha’i Faith hosts a Light of Unity Festival for the 200th birthday of Baha’u’llah from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Encinitas Community Center 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive Encinitas. For more information, email FALL PLANT SALE

San Diego Botanic Garden hosts a Fall Plant Sale from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23. Discounted admission available Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 for plant sale attendees. Plants are donated by local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals. SPOOKTACULAR Brightwood College in Vista will host a Halloween Spooktacular, from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 21. at the North County Square, 1980 University Drive #100, Vista. There will be a bounce house, trunk-or-treating, face painting, medication container recycling and massages. TASTE OF CSUSM The university will host a festival showcasing tastes of gourmet cuisine, fine wines, craft brews and premium spirits 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 on campus at California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. General admission is $45, which includes parking. Tickets at CELEBRATING SCIENCE The city of Carlsbad is hosting a Science Saturday 10th-Anniversary Celebration on from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. Celebrate a decade of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (S.T.E.A.M.) programming at the library with special guests, exhibits and activities.

OCT. 22

LEAVE NO TRACE Al Bates, a “Leave No Trace” trainer, will educate young adults on outdoor ethics, and how to responsibly enjoy nature, offered by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom. Register at VISTA BEER RUN Join the inaugural Vista Beer Run Half Marathon & 5k Oct. 22 from 6:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rancho Buena Vista Park a.k.a. The Duck Pond, 1601 Shadowridge Drive, Vista, for the fun trail and industrial park run passing nine Vista breweries. Register at ADVANCE CARE PLANNING An advance care planning series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 22, Part I and Nov. 12, Part II at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. RSVP to Lynne Calkins at or Judith Pruess-Mellow at

OCT. 23

WATCH SOME WHALES Migrating gray whales are being spotted off the coast ahead of schedule, so Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Flagship Cruises are offering whale watching cruises, on weekends only, through Nov. 26 Tickets at TO CALENDAR ON 21

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ed on vacant land across from the school’s main entrance, across the street from the popular Quad development. The project is a public-private partnership between the university and Gary Levitt, a member of the development firm behind North City, Seabreeze Properties LLC, which is developing the North City project, a $1 billion transformation of 200 acres of vacant land into a destination some proponents see potentially as the North County equivalent of San Diego’s Liberty Station. “The new building will help to expand and extend student services, including math, writing and other student centers, which will all be located together and in a space that flows for the student-learning experience,” Mike Schroder, dean of Extended Learning,said.


T he C oast News - I nland E dition “It will also provide more space to expand research opportunities for faculty and students … ,” he added. “Additionally, the project will expand the community health education clinic for speech-language pathology, social work and public health services benefiting the students, faculty and public. And it will allow for the growth of the credit and non-credit workforce and profession programs that supply the employees, entrepreneurs and leaders of the present and future for North County.” At the heart of the project is a 135,000-square-foot building that will house Cal State San Marcos’ extended learning program, which is currently at capacity. The program provides degree-acceleration programs, certificates, customized training and continuing education programs and coordinates all of the university’s international programs. The bottom floor of the

At the heart of the project is a 135,000-square-foot building that will house Cal State San Marcos’ extended learning program. The program’s current facilities are at capacity. Rendering courtesy Safdie Rabines Architects and Clarke Construction

building will be designated for shops and other commercial uses. University officials said that $73.7 million of the $79.6 million will be paid for through its corporation, and Seabreeze Properties will spend $6 million to help pay for the bridge and the

six-story, 221,000-squarefoot parking structure. The project would require traffic improvements at the intersections of Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Marcos Boulevard, the intersections of Via Vera Cruz and San Marcos Boulevard and the intersection of Twin

Oaks and Barham Drive. In addition to the city of San Marcos, the California State University board of trustees must also approve the plans. Developers and university officials said they are hoping to complete the project by the fall of 2019. Schroder said he was

pleased about the Planning Commission approval and optimistic about the California State University board of trustees’ approval in coming months. “This is an exciting project that will provide much-needed space to serve more students,” he said.

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A hippopotamus named Funani gave birth to a male calf three weeks ago at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park near Escondido. Courtesy photo

Hippo born at safari park near Escondido ESCONDIDO — A river hippopotamus born three weeks ago at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a male, park officials said Oct 11. The unnamed calf is the 12th born to mother Funani. Keepers said the calf, born Sept. 22, seems more adventurous and precocious than his older siblings. “It’s so great to have the opportunity to watch Funani raise another calf,” said Jennifer Chapman, senior keeper. “This boy is fearless, and we’re really excited to see him grow into his big personality,” Chapman said. “The not-so-little male calf never misses a meal

and has been seen nursing several times a day.” Keepers estimate the youngster now weighs between 80 and 100 pounds. He and his mother are on exhibit Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends — though schedules are subject to change. The river hippopotamus is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. According to the Safari Park, numbers are rapidly decreasing due to poaching for their tusk- like teeth, which are substitutes for banned elephant ivory. —City News Service

Man dies after tussle with deputies SAN MARCOS — Authorities have released the name of a Valley Center man who died last weekend following a struggle with deputies trying to arrest him for being disruptive and combative at an arts-and-crafts store. Kristopher Michael Birtcher, 34, died at a hospital about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, less than an hour after getting into the violent confrontation with law enforcement personnel at the Hobby Lobby in the 500 block of Grand Avenue in San Marcos. Deputies responding to a report of a staggering, disoriented and seemingly intoxicated man at the business contacted Birtcher there about 3:45 p.m., Lt. Rich Williams said. They eventually managed to get Birtcher into custody, after which paramedics took him to a hospital. By the time the ambulance got there, Birtcher was in a state of dire medical distress. He died a short time later. A cause-of-death ruling remained on hold this afternoon pending the results of postmortem toxicology tests.

SAN MARCOS — An Arizona man has been arrested and charged with felony robbery charges in connection to a bank robbery in San Marcos, federal authorities said Oct. 13. Jarrell David Dent, 27, is accused of robbing the Navy Federal Credit Union located on Center Drive in San Marcos about 9:41 a.m. on Wednesday. Dent allegedly walked into the bank wearing a motorcycle helmet with a tinted face visor and gripped a black handgun, which he pointed at tellers, with black gloves, according to a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Dent is accused of demanding money from several tellers, who turned over the cash along with tracking devices, authorities said. Dent disposed of two of the three tracking devices after leaving the bank while the third stayed with him and helped authorities locate him.

Conviction in old bar fight murder ESCONDIDO — A homicide suspect arrested in Mexico almost 14 years after stabbing another man during a fight outside an Escondido bar was convicted Oct. 13 of murder. Hector Asuncion Mendieta, 36, will be sentenced Dec. 4 in connection with the slaying of 35-year-

old Bartolo Velador. Officers responding to a reported assault in a parking lot at Dee’s Sports Tavern on Rose Street found Velador mortally wounded just before 1 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2002, Lt. Justin Murphy said. Medics took the victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Detectives soon identified Mendieta, then 21, as a suspect in the murder and determined that he had fled south of the border, Murphy said. He remained at large until June of last year, when a fugitive task force located him in Mexico. He was extradited to the United States and turned over to the Escondido Police Department.

Wreck kills San Marcos woman CARLSBAD — Authorities have identified the passenger who was thrown from a motorcycle and killed in a crash in Carlsbad. Jessica Martin, 34, of San Marcos was pronounced dead at a hospital following the crash a little after 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, according to Carlsbad police and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. Martin was the passenger on a 2017 Harley Davidson as it headed south on Rancho Santa Fe Road north of Camino de los Coches when the driver of the motorcycle “veered right to avoid a slowing vehicle in front of him and lost control,” officials said. — City News Service


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SECOND COUSINS The free Wednesdays@ Noon concert presents Second Cousins at noon Oct. 25 in the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Second Cousins, Tim McNalley, Austin Burns, Dillon Casey and Dylan Jones, started as an acoustic group of folk instruments and developed into a band, exploring various sonic textures. make the sounds. For more information, visit Encinitasca. gov/WedNoon or call (760) 633-2746.


OCT. 26

CRUZ ART Make a night of “Cruzing the Art Scene” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 starting at the COAL Art Gallery at Carlsbad Village Faire. 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 4348497. Enjoy a glass of wine and snack.

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a change of heart reading it after the fact. “I actually got phone calls from six people telling me that they didn’t read it before they signed it at the supermarket parking lot,” she said. “They thought based on the pollsters of what was told to them by the signature gatherer that it was going to be a good thing. They signed the petition, and then they took the time later to read it and realized that it’s not something they wanted in the community.” Rigby said people reached out to her and asked how to get their signatures removed from the petition, She advised them to contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office. Rigby closed by saying that people had the right to look at this ballot, read it and vote on it.

EXPRESS YOURSELF Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, for performance art of all sorts, hosted by upyourmind, an open-mic night for original poetry, music, humor or a hidden talent. Also in October, the Betty Woodaman Memorial Exhibition focuses on art that has been made of found objects or of ideas re-imagined. In the Expressions Gallery, see recent works by The North County Society of Fine Arts annual group show.


SEASONAL SYMPHONY The North Coast Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Swem, will perform “Chills and Thrills” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. For more information, visit northcoastsymphony. com. LATIN FOLK ROCK The John Welsh Band will perform Latin, West African, reggae and folk rock rhythms at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carls-

COAL HAS BUSY MONTH The Carlsbad-Oceanside Gallery hosts its monthly art show themed “Autumn” through Oct. 31 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. In addition, COAL presents Art on the Green every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) where COAL Gallery artists display their artwork for sale on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. FALL BREAK ART CAMP Lux Art Institute offers a Fall Break Art from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23


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‘OUTSIDE THE INSIDE’ ART Drop by the opening reception for Fiona Bechtler-Levin’s “Outside The Inside” art show from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The artwork is a starting point of playful manners and moods, inspired by the beauty of nature and the combination of light, color, space and texture. For more information, visit fionabechtlerlevin. com. PAINT COSTA RICA Linda Luisi will teach a workshop on Draw/Paint Costa Rica, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, at San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. All levels may attend. Bring any media. Cost is $20 per class, plus $10 to $14 Botanic Garden entry. Details at and register by email to Linda@

SNATAM KAUR Awakening Hearts presents Snatam Kaur in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets at event/snatam-kaur-escondido-2017/tag/AwakeningHearts.


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school year. Klimas says more portables were added in 2015 to loosen a tight fit on campus when California law implemented reduced class sizes to a ratio of 24 students per one teacher in the transitional kindergarten through third grades. The central driver of the new construction is adding permanency, according to Corman, who says the main building containing the library, multipurpose room, kitchen, administration office and staff lounge along with two kindergarten classrooms are the only permanent structures on the campus. All the other buildings currently on campus are either modular or portable, she said. The two classroom buildings being added, one on the east side of campus near the P.E. field and one on the west side of campus near Corintia Street, bring a combined 50,000 square feet of classroom space. The main building serving ancillary functions will be enlarged by a total of 10,000 square feet. Work already began on the eastern classroom building in June and is expected to continue through August 2018. Work is scheduled to start on the western classroom building in June 2018 and continue through August 2019. Construction crews will work on the main building’s expansions next summer with extensive renovations and remodeling to the interior the following summer. All of the modern-

ization work to the two permanent kindergarten classrooms in the main building has already been completed. Corman said the lengthy timeline is due to their focus on creating permanent buildings without relying on temporary classrooms. “The primary reason it’s taking so long is because we do not have temporary housing,” she said, noting that school staff have been very supportive of the project. “We’ll make sure the money all goes to permanent buildings.” Vicki Brown, one of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization presidents, is enthusiastic about the planned improvements and says they’ve been well overdue. “It’s going to be a great expansion for the teachers, the kids and for learning in general,” Brown said. “There’s not a downside to any of it. Our kids will be able to have the equipment, the room and updated technology to be able to learn.” One of the upgrades she’s looking forward to seeing implemented is the installation of 16-foot marker boards, each with a projector that can be used interactively to write or draw on using a finger or pen. In essence, teachers will be able to write notes on documents projected from the computer. Brown says she’s already seen changes for the better since construction began. The school now has a dedicated music space beyond just sharing the multipurpose room, there’s space for art classes and the teacher prep room for photocopying

has been moved out of a trailer and into permanent space. Details Corman says are being incorporated in the new classrooms include adding adequate storage, energy-efficient bright lights to promote a healthier environment and sufficient electrical outlets for technology needs. Other planned conveniences include moving the Kids on Campus, or KOC, child care facility to a dedicated space the size of three classrooms with an accessible entrance closer to the cafeteria. One thing the parents will notice is improved safety and access when dropping off and picking up their kids from school. The sidewalks now lead directly to the crosswalk, plus a ramp and stairs have smoothed the flow in front of the school. The city also added a U-turn at El Fuerte and Corintia during the summer to help alleviate traffic congestion. The school parking lot has had an increase in parking spaces from 51 to 100, and a passing lane will be introduced by the final summer, in August 2019, so parents can exit the parking lot quickly after pick-ups and drop-offs. Brown said she’s excited about being able to carry on the school’s Halloween Carnival fundraiser Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 on the lower field and playground that’s been an annual tradition for the past 31 years. “We’re even adding rides,” she says of the three extra rides and spooky haunted house add-ons. “There’s been no impact. It’s been great planning the district has put in place.”

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VISTA — Inside the entry doors of Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, auxiliary volunteer JoAnn Horton greets every person coming and going. This month, the pink streak in her silver hair reminds people it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Horton is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Both times she received her diagnosis and comprehensive care at Tri-City Medical Center. Her first breast tumor was detected in a mammogram in 1997. Following a lumpectomy, Horton was on a course of Tamoxifen therapy for five years. Being proactive, Horton followed her doctor’s orders and underwent her regular mammograms. Nearly 20 years after her first breast cancer, another tumor was found in the other breast. After a lumpectomy on Dec. 28, 2016, her medical team decided on a 25-day treatment of radiation and a five-year course of the oral cancer-suppressing drug named Letrozole. Each time, it was the radiologists at Tri-City who spotted her breast lesions. “They (the tumors) were very small,” said Horton, adding that they could never have been detected during her monthly selfbreast exams. “So, by having my mammogram, they were detected, and that’s how I ended up having my life saved because my radiologists found them.” Horton cannot stress enough the importance of a mammogram. Each of her breast cancers was detected early — and with cancer, early detection can mean everything. On Nov. 18, the TriCity Hospital Foundation is hosting its 37th annual Diamond Ball Fundraiser. Entertaining guests will be iconic comedian Dana Carvey. Horton’s radiologist, Dr. Jennifer Mayberry, is co-chairing the gala and she notes that proceeds will go toward procuring new cutting-edge digital breast imaging technology at Tri-City Medical Center. Advanced technology will help detect cancer in its early stages. Everyone is excited about this, including Horton. Since Horton did have a breast cancer reoccurrence, she underwent a BRCA test at Tri-City Medical Center. It was important that she did this because she has two daughters and four granddaughters, she said. Horton tested negative. As of June 2017, Horton is cancer-free. Tri-City Medical Center offers a complimentary cancer navigator for those diagnosed with breast cancer. The navigator is a nurse who is by a patient’s side through the whole journey to provide medical answers and moral support when needed. This branch of care is 100 percent donor funded. As for Horton, she

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can’t imagine going to any other hospital than Tri-City. Since moving to Carlsbad 50 years ago, Horton has always relied on Tri-City to take care of her entire family’s health and wellness needs. “I have wonderful teams here,” she said. “I have been here many times for other things, and I’ve always been well taken care of — they are very thorough.” It’s the personal connection she feels at Tri-City which has compelled her to pay it forward and be one of 400 auxiliary volunteers for the past five years. Horton is sensitive to the fact that some wom-

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ty design and sustainability.” Halcyon marks an expansion of the brand, which has a popular location in San Diego’s East Village, into North County. Stella, meanwhile, is relocating from its East Village location, where the company behind the restaurants is expanding Halcyon and replacing Stella with an arcade bar concept. The restaurant pairing arrives just months after Urge Gastropub and Common House, a massive 21,000-square foot restaurant, brewery and bowling alley, opened its doors in April. Pima Medical Institute is nearing completion of a large school and office build-

ing just north of Block C and visible from the 78 Freeway. Block K, another high-density apartment complex, is in the building plan check phase. City officials have touted the area as the type of dynamic spaces the city is hoping to foster. Its location, just north of California State University San Marcos, has made it a popular destination for students and visitors. “The area is starting to become the dynamic, active area the city hoped it would be, which benefits everyone—residents, businesses and visitors,” City Manager Jack Griffin said in a previous statement.

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Innovation Park gives pickleball players a place of their own By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — It’s 8:30 on a Monday morning, and the four pristine navy blue and royal blue pickleball courts sit empty. But not for long. Thirty minutes later, 16 baby boomers — two on each side of the courts — armed with large graphite paddles slap what resembles yellow Wiffle balls across a waisthigh net to the other side, to which their opponents respond with an equally forceful volley. About 10 other players sit on benches and along the fence, waiting for their turn to play. This is the scene at Innovation Park, the 36th and newest park in San Marcos,

nestled between two massive apartment complexes along Armorlite Drive just south of Palomar College. City officials celebrated the park’s grand opening Oct. 12, which included the dedication of what is believed to be the county’s first-ever outdoor facility built specifically for pickleball, a sport that is rapidly rising in popularity among America’s seniors. That is not to say that there aren’t places for people to play the sport in San Diego County. According to some players, there are more than 100 places you can find a game, but mostly on tennis courts and basketball courts and indoor multi-purpose courts where players have to fight for time with the other

Colleges call on Congress to protect ‘Dreamers’ By Aaron Burgin

REGION — An alliance of San Diego and Imperial county community colleges — which included MiraCosta and Palomar colleges — have called on Congress to extend protection status for students covered under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as “Dreamers.” The chief executive officers of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association unanimously approved a resolution calling for such actions and espousing its support of all students, including DACA recipients, at a Sept. 11 meeting in San Diego. “The San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association is unwavering in its support for all students and will continue to work diligently to ensure all students, regardless of their immigration status, feel welcome and supported at our colleges,” the resolution states. Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake, who


ment to find the girl. The LAPD declined to comment citing an ongoing investigation. Travers said the man was from Oregon and an ex-con, who had been convicted of rape and molestation. Travers said the concern was Bustillos becoming a victim of sex trafficking, as most missing or runaway girls are approached by a trafficker within 48 hours. He said Bustillos was under the influence of narcotics, a common tactic used by traffickers to keep girls under control. Travers, a former police officer, said Bustillos is expected to enter a rehabilitation program. “The family, right now, is under a lot of pressure because they are slowly learning what happened for the past (several) months,” he said. “That can be trau-

serves as the association’s president, said the resolution reaffirms the regional community college network’s support of dreamers, who have come under fire with the current presidential administration’s decision to eliminate the program after a six-month period to allow Congress to pass reform. “With this SDICCCA resolution, presidents at all of the community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties reaffirm our steadfast resolve to provide the support and resources necessary so that all our students, regardless of immigration status, are able to pursue their higher education dreams,” Blake said. The Obama Administration established the DACA program in June 2012 for eligible immigrants who were brought to this country without proper documentation when they were children. DACA status protects recipients from deportation and provides them with a work permit for two years, subject to renewal.

matic.” Travers’ team consists of former Navy SEALS, British SAS, law enforcement and an active attorney working to locate missing girls. All work other fulltime jobs, but their experience brings added resources to crimes the police don’t have to dedicate, he said. In addition, legalities sometimes prevent law enforcement from obtaining a search warrant or using other methods of rescuing a missing girl, according to a July report from Vice News profiling Saved in America. “The joy is ‘I got my child back,’” Travers said. “Some kids are just a little more free-spirited than others. She got caught up with the wrong type of ideas.” Eveline Bustillos, the teen’s mother, did not return calls for comment. Last week she said the LAPD “was awesome” for their efforts in locating her daughter.

sports. “We never had ever had a place that was truly ours,” said Beckie Garrett, a former San Marcos school board member and avid pickleball player. “And San Marcos heard us, and in less than a year they finished this beautiful facility. They gave us a home.” According to a 2016 survey by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, 2.5 million people play pickleball, up 1.8 percent from the previous year. Of those, 75 percent of the 930,000 “core” participants — who play eight or more times a year — are older than age 55. City officials said that they identified pickleball early on as the centerpiece

for the 1-acre park, which also includes a sleek children’s play area and a small dog park. Buck Martin, the city’s community services director, said the city narrowed the choices to a basketball court and a pickleball facility. “But a basketball court wasn’t what we were looking for here,” Martin said. “We had a lot of support within the community for a pickleball facility, it became a pretty easy call.” In 2015, when the city was hosting workshops to receive community feedback on updating the city’s parks master plan, pickleball players came in force to at least one of the meetings to ask the city for courts of their

own. “I think of the 50 speakers we had, 40 were pickleballers,” Martin said. Pickleball players out on the Monday morning said the biggest benefit of having a court dedicated to the sport is the simplicity of the lines. When playing the sport on, say, a basketball court, it’s oftentimes hard to distinguish the pickleball lines, such as the “kitchen,” the two royal blue spaces on the Innovation Park courts. “It is so much nicer than any temporary courts because you have all the colors for all the different parts of the court, whereas with the temporary ones you have the basketball lines, the tennis lines, you have pickleball

lines,” Steve Walsh said. “It’s just, you play a better game. I just wish it was four times the size because it is already being overrun with people, it’s fabulous.” Walsh’s wife, Anne, echoed the sentiments of all the players on the court that day: they consider the park a “gift.” “I feel so privileged that the city of San Marcos did this for us, I feel like it’s a gift because we love to play pickleball,” said Anne Walsh. She added that the converted pickleball courts in her Lake San Marcos community are in “terrible” shape. “In the meantime, the city of San Marcos gave us this gift, and we are thrilled,” she said.

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have given my body an ultimatum. The time has come. The soft times are over. I went to my first Pilates class today. Yes, I am a little frightened. Actually, it wasn’t so much a class as an assessment of my decades of neglect. It wasn’t pretty but I was very brave. And that poor instructor did really well too. She had to be ready to bolt. I could almost hear her thinking, “Oh my word. You want to do what? You want to get firm where? You have got to be kidding me. Does this woman think I’ve got a magic wand tucked in my bike shorts?” But she was the soul of tact and very supportive and, in fact, has big plans for me and my missing core muscles. The first time I heard of Pilates, I was reading some tabloid about hard-body singer Madonna using it. Then, I only heard it referenced in regard to some other movie queen or pop star who needed a killer body in a hurry. They generally did nothing else for several weeks to accomplish that goal. When I finally experienced actual Pilates moves, they were the part of an ex-

small talk jean gillette ercise routine I couldn’t really manage. This leaves me wondering what has possessed me. I think it is some version of a past-midlife crisis. Hell hath no fury like a woman who has been dieting and exercising for six months with minimal results. When I read an article that claimed this method of exercise addressed older women with a penchant for osteoporosis, something just snapped. It may have been my knees, but in any case, I decided then and there that it was time to roll out the big exercise guns. “Somewhere under all this neglect is a dancer’s body,” I told my instructor, “and I want to dig it out.” Of course, that makes it sound like I did pas de deux with Mikhael Baryshnikov. The reality is that in my 20s, I took ballet classes and actually did get up en pointe. Mikhael was booked, how-

ever, so my dancing was limited to the upstairs studio at the city rec center. But for a few years, I had great legs and walked rather like a duck (the true sign of a ballerina’s turnout). It was terrific while it lasted, but then real life barged in, demanding that I work long hours and raise children. Ballet class went by the wayside along with any vestige of those once-firm muscles. Now, you might be thinking, “Why doesn’t she just go back and take ballet classes again?” If you are thinking that, you don’t realize that you wear leotards and tights to ballet class. And you have to do jumps. And the slim little girls in their pink tutus might well point and laugh at you. So, first I will give the fierce and semi-private regimen of Joseph Pilates a try. If it does a tenth for me what it has done for Jennifer Aniston, Brooke Shields and, of course, Madonna, I’ll be quite content. However, I’m not ordering that bustier just yet. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer stocking up on Ben-Gay. Contact her at

Governor signs ‘puppy mill’ bill By Aaron Burgin

REGION — North County’s animal welfare activism community is hailing the signing of a statewide bill that would ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits that aren’t from a rescue group or a shelter. Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the signing of Assembly Bill 485, which State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, introduced in February. The bill had near universal support in Sacramento, passing through both the State Assembly and State Senate with sweeping majorities. California is the first state to ban retail pet stores from selling animals from commercial kennels, which are sometimes referred to as “puppy mills.” The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. The bill had the backing of nearly every animal welfare group statewide, including a strong contingent in North County that had worked for years to pass similar ordinances in cities throughout the county, including in Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos. “We are elated, absolutely elated,” said Andrea Cunningham of the local group Not One Animal Harmed, or N.O.A.H. “It’s the first step of hopefully 49 more in the entire country as each state comes on board.” The bill, though widely supported in the legislature, was not without opponents. These opponents of the bill — including the American Kennel Club, the California Retailers Association, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and one prominent San Diego County pet store owner — argued that the bill

strips consumers of the right to choose where they purchase their animals. The Coast News reached out to David Salinas, who operates four retail pet outlets in National City, Temecula, Corona and Escondido for comment on the bill’s passage. A reporter contacted both his National City and Escondido store, leaving return contact information with employees. Salinas had been the most vocal opponent of local efforts to pass ordinances in San Marcos and in Oceanside, where he previously had stores, but shut them down following the passage of the ordinances. He hired a lobbyist to fight the bill. Salinas, who said in May that AB 485 would effectively put him out of business, said the bill was misguided and that it would prohibit the sale of live animals from kennels that are heavily regulated and allow the adoption of pets from shelters and rescue groups that don’t have the same requirements. “AB 485 turns a regulated, transparent industry into an unregulated one with no real trace or information as to where the dogs come from,” he said, citing reports of rescue groups importing animals from foreign countries rather than them being true rescues. He said in the May interview that banning stores like his from selling animals also unfairly limits consumer choice. “Does the consumer have a choice or is local government going to decide where you are going to buy your products?” Salinas said. “If they do it with pets, what’s next?” Cunningham said that the law will not put retail pet

stores out of business, but simply force them to change their business models, and gives them a year to do so. “Local ordinances gave them six months, 485 gives them an entire year,” Cunningham said. “The goal is not to put anyone out of business, but help them to become part of the solution, not continue to be the problem.” Cunningham also said she sees the bill putting a stop to one of the biggest issues activists have encountered in North County: pet store operators simply relocating their operations to cities that don’t have ordinances, which some activists refer to as “sanctuary cities.” “This ends the game of ‘whack-a-mole’ that has been going on for years,” Cunningham said. “Now there is no place to run, you either need to go humane or go away. It’s entirely their choice.”

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Educational Opportunities Pacific Ridge School educates its students for a rapidly changing world With the pace of change increasing and technology as its primary driver, the adult lives of today’s children will look very different than their parents’. Educating young people to be ready for this fluid, unknown future needs to combine proven, traditional methods with new, innovative approaches. The best environments are those in which students learn how to ask the right questions, discuss and design solutions to complex problems, make commitments, take thoughtful risks, stretch themselves and grow from both their successes and their failures. Attaining these skills can be challenging in schools with traditional programs, large class sizes and shrinking resources. Motivated and curious students are pressed to fit growth opportunities into programs that take place outside of school. Often, they need to choose a single interest to pursue out of many they may have. For parents, investing early in an enriched, forward-looking education can pay tremendous dividends for their children’s success and satisfaction in life. At Pacific Ridge School, students in grades 7-12 engage actively with academic subjects while


gaining relevant, hands-on practice in essential skills. The school’s mission focuses on academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement – all necessary for leading purposeful lives in the future. The “Harkness Table,” an oval table at which 15 students sit alongside their teacher, is the center of aca-

Open House on Saturday, November 4, at 1 pm demic life at Pacific Ridge. Students share ideas and perspectives, strengthening their speaking, listening and critical thinking skills. Academic content is frequently integrated across disciplines to add depth and context to learning. In a co-curricular service learning program, students develop empathy, leadership and project management expertise in yearlong projects. The middle school program and over 40 student-led upper school groups address needs as diverse as ocean pollution, elder care and girls’ educa-

Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35. For more inforCONTINUED FROM 10 mation, contact Marlyn at es/whale-watching-san-di- (619) 993-2662 or marlynego or by phone at (619) 234-4111. Weekend cruise tickets are $47 for adults and $24 for children ages OCT. 25 BLOOD FOR VEGAS 4-12. BE A JUNIOR COM- The Encinitas community MISSIONER Junior Com- unites for a blood drive to missioners are needed, support Las Vegas, from 11 ages 10 to 17, to volunteer a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 and 1 at Solana Beach city events to 6 p.m. Oct. 26, at 609 S. such as Beach Blanket Mov- Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. For ie Night at Fletcher Cove, more information, visit EnCity Tree-Lighting cele- cinitasBloodDrive@gmail. bration, skate park events com. FALL FEST The city and spring egg hunt. They will attend one meeting of Oceanside Parks & Reca month, at 4 p.m. at the reation Division will host Fletcher Cove community a senior citizen Fall Fest center. Call the Parks and at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Recreation Department at Country Club Senior Cen(858) 720-2453, for more in- ter, 455 Country Club Lane. There will also be line formation. dancing, trivia, live music and prizes. At 10:30 a.m. festivities and music begin, OCT. 24 GREAT CONVERSA- at 11:15 a.m. is a Fall Fest TIONS The Grauer School lunch and at noon, movhosts a Great Conversation ie and snacks. Cost is $3. event with faculty emeri- For more information, call ta, therapist and Holocaust (760) 435-5041. HARVEST BOUTIQUE survivor Edith Eger, author of her memoir, “The Choice: The Del Mar Unit of Rady Embrace the Possible” at 7 Children’s Hospital Auxp.m. Oct. 24 at The Grauer iliary is hosting a HarSchool, 1500 S. El Camino vest Boutique from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fairbanks Real, Encinitas. CLUB HOSTS COUN- Ranch Country Club, 5150 CILMAN Carlsbad Repub- San Dieguito Road, Rancho lican Women Federated Santa Fe. welcomes Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kernat its 11:30 a.m. meeting Oct. OCT. 26 ‘NOT-SO-SPOOKY STO24 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 RYTIME’ Escondido Public

tion in rural India. Global issues are carefully woven into the curriculum and over 95% of students participate in a year-end global travel program, journeying across the United States and around the world for cultural immersion, service and study. To date, Pacific Ridge students have visited 52 countries on six continents. Students at Pacific Ridge have many opportunities to develop skills and follow interests outside of the classroom. The school’s unique weekly schedule and annual calendar includes built-in time for service learning, clubs and global education so students can participate on the Model United Nations team while playing soccer, or perform in the annual musical while competing on the robotics team. This approach, known as the Student360 Experience, gives students the opportunity to develop essential skills and explore multiple interests while maintaining balance in their already busy lives. Families interested in learning more about a Pacific Ridge education and the Student360 Experience are invited to attend an Open House on Saturday, November 4, at 1:00pm. To register, visit pacificridge. org.

Library presents “A NotSo-Spooky Halloween Storytime” for children, ages 4 to 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. This family-oriented Halloween celebration begins with gentle, monster-themed stories and songs at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft time. Registration is not required, however early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies are limited to 100 children. One craft per child.For more information, visit JOIN THE SHABBAT Shabbat San Diego, will run Oct. 26 through October 28 at Hillel of North County, Chabad of La Costa, Chabad of Oceanside, Chabad of Rancho Santa Fe, Chabad of San Marcos, Congregation B’nai Shalom (Vista), Congregation B’nai Tikvah (Carlsbad), Seacrest Retirement Village (Encinitas) and Temple Solel (Cardiff). Shabbat San Diego requests everyone register at https:// Follow Shabbat San Diego on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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‘LIVING ARCHIVE’ The Pioneer Room, Escondido Public Library’s local history archive, hosts “Home: A Living Archive,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Pioneer Room. The group exhibition of photo-

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graphic works is from the Escondido Public Library’s Read Succeed Adult Literacy program. RSVP by Oct. 27 to Myrna Montano at (760) 839-4831. The exhibit will run through February 2018. For more information, visit FALL FLASHBACK Moonlight Amphitheatre offers a Flashback Fall Fest Weekend. Betamaxx, an ’80s cover band plays Oct. 27, with pre-concert activities including an ’80s costume contest, trivia, and more. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range $15 to $40. Oct. 28, the Moonlight will show Disney’s classic Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus.” Tickets are $5 for lawn seats or $10 for reserved seats.

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Tax-exempt financing OK’d for care facility renovations By Joe Naiman

ESCONDIDO — The California Enterprise Development Authority will be providing tax-exempt financing to Affordable Housing Initiative, Inc., for the acquisition and renovation of the Oak Hill Residential Care facilities in Escondido. A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Oct. 10 authorized the California Enterprise Development Authority to issue up to $20 million of revenue obligations. Supervisor Ron Roberts was in Atlanta for the American Public Transportation Association exposition.

The Oak Hill Residential Care facilities are located in the 600 block of Tranquility Glen and the 1300 block of Oak Hill Drive and consist of seven assisted living and memory care residential cottages with approximately 37,349 square feet of space and 99 beds along with a parking garage and storage facility. Approximately half of the Oak Hill residents are on the MediCal waiver program, which is designed to place low-income MediCal patients in a more comfortable long-term setting rather than in a skilled nursing environment. Oak Hill Residential Care also

partners with the San Diego Food Bank and distributes food donations to North County senior citizens. Affordable Housing Initiative, Inc. was founded in 1997 and seeks to deliver quality health care to what is termed the “safety net population.” Affordable Housing Initiative, Inc. currently leases and also operates and manages the Oak Hill facility. The tax-exempt financing would allow Affordable Housing Initiative, Inc. to purchase the facility and provide renovations, and furnishings are also covered under the expen-

ditures segment of the financing agreement. The California Enterprise Development Authority provides tax-exempt loans and leases for qualified projects. The CEDA finances education, health care and cultural facilities, affordable multi-family housing and senior housing, manufacturing facilities and equipment, and solid waste, water and wastewater treatment facilities. Approval of the local government is necessary for the CEDA to issue tax-exempt financing, although the borrower rather than the county will be responsible for all costs.

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Annual ‘walk’ connects city, chamber and local businesses By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — On Sept. 28 approximately 50 volunteer teams gathered for the Vista C.A.R.E.s. seventh annual Business Walk. The event isn’t competitive or recreational, but rather an opportunity for the city of Vista and the Vista Chamber of Commerce to collaborate and connect with local businesses. The groups gathered at Hyatt Place in the business park and then split up to conduct surveys that garner information to help area businesses succeed. According to Vista Chamber of Commerce CEO Bret Schanzenbach, the annual walk — the name of which stands for “Communicate, Assist, Retain, Expand” — targets mostly larger businesses. “Our goal is always to visit 250 businesses that day with the hope of getting over 100 surveys filled out,” said Schanzenbach, adding that it takes roughly 10 minutes to complete a survey. “The purpose of the survey is to check in with the health of our businesses in the business park.” Questions range from the perceptions of how one’s business will grow or decline in the next three years, to employee numbers and whether relocation is a consideration. Another important question is whether the company is international or has plans to go in that direction. “We’re trying to get a good sense of where they are at and where they are seeing their business going in the future,” Schanzenbach said. “And then we ask them questions about if there are any specific issues that they are struggling with that we can help with at the city level and that the chamber can advocate for them.” Schanzenbach said the Vista C.A.R.E.s Business Walk is important because volunteers, the city and the chamber care about what businesses in the area are facing. Kevin Ham, the econom-

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ic development director for the city of Vista, said the Vista C.A.R.E.s Business Walk comes down to good customer service. The mission is to find out what companies in the business park need to be successful. The 10-question survey gauges the temperature of the business community to see how businesses are doing each year and to see if they are on track, Ham said. Iron Fist Brewery, a business that has been in Vista for seven years, benefited from the survey in a previous event. The owner, Greg Sieminski, wanted to add an outdoor seating area. He described the city of Vista as very easy to work with. “During the survey, we talked to them (the volunteers) about our venue because we wanted to extend the outside area for our customers,” he said. “They (city of Vista) were so helpful with this.” Sieminski pointed out that the additional outdoor 1,000-square-foot area seats 50 more patrons. Ham said that survey initiated a visit to the establishment and a conversation with Sieminski. Another business benefitting from the Vista C.A.R.E.s Business Walk is a water quality testing company, Precision Measurement Engineering. The 30-year-old company has been located in Vista for the last seven years. “The company needed to find connections in the marketplace who might be people in their category of business to talk to — so the mayor, the city manager, myself and our community development director went out and talked to them,” Ham said. “We found out what their needs were and we gave them a number of resources for people to follow up with like an individual who runs the desalination plant in Carlsbad.” Kristen Elliott, the CEO of Precision Measurement Engineering, said she wasn’t around when the volunteers stopped by on a previous walk but her staff provided her with an update. “They (the volunteers) introduced themselves with the city of Vista and asked if we wanted to meet with maybe the mayor and some other people,” Elliot said. “We thought it might be a good idea because we design water quality sensors.” A couple of months later, a meeting was scheduled and the results were positive. Elliot said doing business in Vista has been great. “The surroundings are really nice,” she said. “We have people who visit us, and they always like the location because it’s close to the freeway and close to the 78 so they can come from all over the San Diego County and even Los Angeles.” The Vista C.A.R.E.s Business Walk is one component of Vista C.A.R.E.s. Ham said the platform is a concerted effort to really discern the needs of the business community to help them thrive. For more information, visit http:// or call (760) 639-6165.

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Kitchen 1540 pop-ups at L’Auberge Del Mar are a sensory delight (619) 437-4911. • North County Wine Company in San Marcos is pleased to present DAOU Vineyards of Paso Robles from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27. The DAOU wines are winning awards recently so don’t Fresh food locally sourced is the hallmark of Kitchen 1540’s exciting miss this opportunity. Call “Patio at Night Pop-Up” menu. Most popular menu item is Street Corn, (760) 653-9032 for details. shown above.

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recently read a story in a San Diego city newspaper about a basket of new restaurants making their debuts this month. Some had cute names, most were fast-casual formats, but all were the usual footprints of trendy places that have gotten a little long in the tooth. Being a wine/food journalist for the past 12 years and in marketing, broadcasting and advertising for years before the column, discovery is in my DNA. Kitchen 1540, the classy coastal restaurant in the elegant French countryside-inspired resort at L’Auberge Del Mar, is my most recent discovery. It has created a stunningly attractive style and setting for its “The Patio at Night Pop-Up” series of direct-from-the-farm menus created by Executive Chef Nathan Lingle and Chef de Cuisine Jeff Ginther. In this outdoor venue with a park-like setting each Wednesday through Saturday evening, dinners are a sensory delight, carefully crafted for sheer upscale pleasure. The environment is immaculate with its comfortable well-appointed tables and seating. Some

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dining locations are tucked into private cabanas. All areas enjoy fire pits, a waterfall, hanging lanterns and a hydroponic garden, all the while being serenaded by very cool live jazz style music. Adding to this ambience are the cool ocean breezes just a block or so west, always of added value to a casually romantic dinner evening. The freshness of the daily produce offered in all its Patio at Night dinner selections is of the utmost importance to Kitchen 1540

chefs, and the special locally sourced, fresh food menu is presented to spotlight these ingredients. Chef Ginther is a transplant from Pennsylvania, landing at Kitchen 1540 two years ago and upgraded to chef de cuisine a year ago. He plays an important role in creating dishes as well as assessing produce coming in to complement their dishes. “When we do find our freshest ingredients, we go into action to place them into our Pop-Up menu to create new dishes,” he re-

vealed. “I have a passion for bringing out new flavors in food that may have been neglected and not so popular in trendy restaurants. I don’t put myself into a flavor box. I see if I can simplify it to its essence.” One of the fascinating menu choices and the most popular is Street Corn. Discovered as a quick hearty dish from Mexico, it is charred corn stripped from the cob. Ingredients include Tajin, Tapatio, cotija and cilantro. The beverage team has created several wine flight choices both white and red. My favorite of the list was the Turnbull Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 in the Oakville district. Read more by visiting WINE BYTES • Pala Casino Spa and Resort brings you a Trinitas Cellars five-course wine dinner in its underground Cave at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost is $85 per person. The winery is from Napa Valley and specializes in an old vine Petite Sirah. Call (877) 946-7252

for an RSVP. • Il Fornaio in Coronado has a Cakebread Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Cakebread is a leading winery in Napa Valley. Its Estate Cabernet will be served with a prosciutto stuffed veal. Cost is $65 per guest. Call

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The death toll is now up to 31 known dead and 400 missing, as I write this column Oct. 13, in the massive Wine Country fires that have struck the nation’s wine “Camelot,” Napa/Sonoma and other wine country surrounds. The burn areas are now 191,000 acres. To put it into perspective, the size of New York City! It has taken down more than 3,500 homes and other buildings. Those numbers are expected to rise as these wildfires will burn for many more days. Communication has been difficult since many cell towers have been damaged by the fires which began Oct. 8. At least seven wineries have been reportedly destroyed. Another 11 in Napa Valley have reported some damage, including the famous Stag’s Leap, according to Wine Spectator. Resources from throughout the state are descending on the fire fronts. The cities of Geyserville in Sonoma and Calistoga in Napa Valley are like smoky ghost towns as all were evacuated. From Mt. Veeder in the south to Mt. St. Helena in the north, ridges are black with charred remains. Upwards of 90 percent of the crop had been picked, with only Cabernet Sauvignon still on vines, many burning. The thick skin of the cab grapes will keep smoke out. Hopefully, with


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News of the Weird What’s Old is Weird Again You may have seen the widely distributed weird news story about the Mad Pooper, a woman who has been seen defecating on lawns in Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to, on Sept. 25, an unidentified man claiming to be a spokesman for the Pooper posted (and has since removed) two videos in which he tried to justify her movements and win sympathy for her. In the videos, the spokesman says the unidentified Pooper is not responsible for her actions because she has suffered a traumatic brain injury and has had gender reassignment

T he C oast News - I nland E dition surgery, leaving her unable to control herself. He also claims her actions are protected by the First Amendment, in response to which Colorado Springs attorney Jeremy Loew called foul: "Defecating in someone's yard is definitely not protected under the First Amendment and it is actually a crime." Loew went on: "People all over the world are talking about this, and police will catch her." [, 9/25/2017] What's in a Name? Death Wish Coffee -- a cold-brewed, canned coffee the company touts as "fiercely caffeinated" (as much as 4 1/2 times more caffeine per fluid ounce than regular coffee), with a skull and crossbones logo -- recalled its 11-ounce cans on Sept. 20 because they could possibly contain the deadly toxin botulin. Compa-

ny founder Mike Brown, 37, said no incidents have been reported, but he is very serious about the safety of his product. "I know our logo and name might not seem like it reflects that," Brown told The Washington Post. Production has been halted, and customers can request refunds from Death Wish's website. [The Washington Post, 9/22/2017] People Different From Us -- Mermaid Aries, 18, of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, likes to wear her specially made mermaid tail when she swims at local pools. But the Dolphin Centre in Bromsgrove, under new management, has banned her from using the flipper because "they worry I might hit someone with my tail or might get into trouble in the water and drown," Aries (real name Leia Trigger) told the

Worcester News on Sept. 22. "It is my ambition to become a professional mermaid that attends children's parties and other events. The only problem is that I have nowhere to swim." (UPDATE: After the story made headlines, the Perdiswell Leisure Centre stepped up. Aquatic development officer Vanessa Bale welcomed Aries to the pool, offering her "early mornings and late evenings." Aries is thrilled: "I am absolutely ecstatic. I never thought I'd be able to swim with my tail ever again.") [Worcester News, 9/22/2017, 10/2/2017] -- An anonymous bidder in the United States has purchased a pair of Adolf Hitler's boxer-style underwear for about $6,700, according to auctioneer Bill Panagopoulos of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland. The drawers, with


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Atrial Fibrillation — also known as AFib or AF — is the most common arrhythmia. It affects more than 2.5 million American adults, and accounts for approximately one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbances. It is characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat caused when the top chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver (fibrillate) erratically, sometimes faster than 200 times per minute. Afib can have a significant negative impact on an individual’s quality of life, causing heart palpitations, chronic fatigue, higher propensity for heart failure and can increase the risk of stroke up to 5-fold. Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation: • Reducing the risks of blood clots and stroke with an anticoagulant (blood thinner). The necessity of an anticoagulant depends on a patient’s risk factors, which include hypertension, diabetes, prior stroke, heart failure, and advanced age. In the past Coumadin was the mainstay of anticoagulation, however today novel oral anticoagulants (Eliquis, Xarelto, Pradaxa) have been shown to be safer, more effective and simpler to take. • Resolving symptoms, either by maintaining normal rhythm in patients with paroxysmal (episodic) Afib or controlling the heart in patients with chronic (permanent) Afib. • Medications used to control (i.e. slow) the heart rate during Afib include beta-blockers and calcium channel-blockers, while medications to maintain normal rhythm include a

variety of anti-arrhythmic drugs. • Restoring normal rhythm in patient with persistent Afib that is either rapid and/or symptomatic involves direct current cardioversion, a simple procedure that involves applying a controlled shock to the chest while the patient is put briefly to sleep. • Maintaining normal rhythm long term to avoid the need for chronic medical therapy and/or repeat direct current cardioversions requires a minimally invasive procedure called catheter ablation. Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an Electrophysiologist in a specialized hospital lab with a team of highly trained nurses and technicians. The Electrophysiologist advances catheters via the large veins in the legs (femoral veins) into the cardiac chambers to target the abnormal electrical signals that trigger and propagate AFib. These abnormal AFib circuits originate within the pulmonary veins, which are large blood vessels that drain b l o o d from the lungs into the left atrium. Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the standard ablation technique for blocking these abnormal signals from spreading and continuing AF. Two main techniques are currently used to perform PVI: traditional radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation and newer cryobal-

loon ablation technology. In RF ablation, heat is applied to cauterize tissue whereas in cryoablation, cold energy is applied. In RF ablation the tip of a focal catheter is heated to cauterize tissue in a point-by-point fashion, whereas with cryoballoon ablation a freezing balloon applies continuous cold energy over the larger balloon-tissue surface. The goal of both types of ablation is to create circumferential scar tissue around the pulmonary veins for their electrical isolation.` The spherical shape of the cryoballoon is designed specifically for pulmonary vein isolation, allowing for safe, efficient, and effective circumferential cryoablation of each pulmonary vein. • In contrast to point-by-point focal RF ablation, balloon cryoablation creates a continuous line of scar around the pulmonary vein with a single application, allowing for shorter procedural times. • The compliant surface of the cryoballoon allows for safer manipulation within the thin walled chamber of the left atrium to prevent cardiac injury, in distinction to a stiff, focal RF catheter. • Cryo-energy is less likely than RF heat energy to cause thermal injury to structures adjacent to the left atrium, specifically the esophagus (the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach). The recent FIRE and ICE trial (New England J Med, 2016) found that compared to RF ablation, cryoballoon ablation was equally effective, with statistically significant shorter procedure times, decreased radiation exposure and less serious overall incidence of procedural complications. Dr. David Cohen underwent intensive training in the cryoballoon ablation technique. He is the leading Electrophysiologist in the San Diego area that routinely performs atrial fibrillation cryoballoon ablation. Tri-City Medical Center is the only hospital in the Northern San Diego Region that provides this cutting-edge technology. Dr. Cohen considers it a privilege and reward to utilize the newest, safest and most effective techniques for patients with atrial fibrillation in the Tri-City community. To learn more about this advanced technology or Dr. Cohen visit

OCT. 20, 2017 a size 39 waist and "A.H." embroidered on them, apparently were left in the Parkhotel Graz in Austria in 1938, Panagopulos told Metro News on Sept. 24. The seller was the grandson of the people who owned the hotel at that time. Panagopulos supposes the buyer will frame the underwear and hang them on a wall in his or her home: "It would be the most talked-about relic in the house." [Metro News, 9/24/2017] The Farce Is Strong A black-and-white photo depicting the signing of the Charter of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945 has prompted the recall and reprinting of Saudi social studies textbooks because it pictures Saudi King Faisal seated next to the Jedi master Yoda. The photograph was created by 26-year-old Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, who mixes pop culture icons into historic photographs. Shehri told The New York Times in September he inserted Yoda into the photo because he reminded him of the king. "He was wise and was always strong in his speeches," Shehri said. "I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book," he clarified. Saudi education minister Ahmed al-Eissa apologized for the mistake, but the mystery of how the photo got into the book remains unsolved. [The New York Times, 9/21/2017]


It's Good to Have Goals Octogenarians Ray and Wilma Yoder of Goshen, Indiana, have finally achieved a goal they set nearly 40 years ago: to visit every Cracker Barrel location in the United States. On Aug. 31, they checked off the last of 645 stops in Tualatin, Oregon, where they each received a Four-Star apron, the company's highest honor. The Yoders once stopped at 10 Cracker Barrels in one day as they traveled up the East Coast. "I've always walked away feeling refreshed," Ray Yoder told ABC News. "For two old people, we're pretty fast moving." [ABC News, 7/26/2017; NPR, 9/3/2017] Bright Ideas -- The Detroit Red Wings' new promotion commemorates the Joe Louis Arena, where the team played until this year, when they're moving to a new rink. The Detroit News reported in September that fans who want to keep the old home ice close to their hearts and contribute to the team's foundation can buy a small vial of limited edition "melted ice" taken from the arena's surface (otherwise known as water) for $85. Only 3,000 vials have been produced; they are accompanied by a framed photo of The Joe. [The Detroit News, 9/20/2017] -- Even Superman underwear couldn't protect Nathan French, 19, from Halewood, Merseyside, England, as he climbed to the top of the highest mountain in Wales, 3,600foot Snowdon. French managed to hike to the summit on Sept. 9, but he quickly succumbed to the elements -- perhaps because he was wearing ONLY Superman underwear, shoes and gloves. French, who is studying sport, nutrition and health in college, told The Guardian, "It was when I was at the top I was shaking uncontrollably." He rode the Snowdon mountain railway TURN TO WEIRD ON 26

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