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VUSD ousts Kimble as superintendent By Steve Puterski

MEET THE NEIGHBORS The Escondido Planning Commission voted to allow a home-owning couple to have domesticated alpacas live on their property. Alpacas, native to South America, are similar to llamas. See story on Page 5. Stock photo

VISTA — Tensions finally boiled over Sept. 24 as the Vista Unified School District placed Superintendent Dr. Linda Kimble on administrative leave. In a letter to parents, Vista Unified’s Board of Education President Rosemary Smithfield said the action is effective immediately and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matt Doyle was named interim superintendent. Smithfield’s statement said the district will announce a long-term solution in mid-October. The board did not give a reason for severing ties with Kimble. Kimble could not be reached for comment. The board will meet Oct. 17 and is expected to formally terminate Kimble’s contract. “We are confident that his experience and passion for our students, staff and community will provide a smooth leadership transition,” the district’s statement reads. Kimble was the superintendent at the Anaheim

Elementary School District from 2013 to 2019 and Monrovia Unified School District from 2009 to 2013 before being hired in Vista in 2018. Shiloh Strawbridge, a member of the Vista Parent Organization and English Learner Advisory Committee among others, said she accepted the decision earlier. Once an ally of Kimble’s, Strawbridge cited many of the former superintendent’s decisions, such as closing Olive Elementary School, violating of the California Department of Education best practices, and attempting to shut down Alta Vista Continuation High School without board approval. Additionally, the removal of 15 of 18 assistant principals at the elementary schools and denying General Murray Continuation High School students a trip to a leadership conference without notice, saying the paperwork was not filed. However, Strawbridge said the paperwork was filed months in advance and the TURN TO VUSDON 14

Ex-Rep. Issa, state Sen. Jones launch bids to unseat fellow Republican in 50th By City News Service

REGION — Former congressman Darrell Issa announced Sept. 26 that he is entering the race for the 50th Congressional District seat currently held by embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, a fellow Republican. Issa, 65, held a morning news conference in El Cajon to announce the launch of his campaign and was joined by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn, former Escondido Mayor

Sam Abed and former U.S. Navy SEAL Larry Wilske, who were all running for the seat before Issa’s announcement. All four candidates elected to drop out of the race and throw their support behind Issa, who also received an endorsement from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. The race also includes former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and state Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, who announced his bid the day before Issa.




Issa declined a re-election run in the 49th District in 2018 after winning his 2016 bid by less than 1 percentage point. Last September, President Donald Trump nominated him to be the director


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of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, but his Senate confirmation process has remained stalled since then. Issa met with Trump last month to inform him that he would not continue to pursue confirmation to the Senate administration post and would instead launch his campaign to return to Congress. “I am tremendously grateful for the confidence you placed in me by nominating me to serve in your administration, but after

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Historic preservation panel against downtown apartment plan By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The Historic Preservation Commission has voiced its opposition to the proposed “Aspire” apartment complex proposed to sit across the street from City Hall. In an unofficial advisory vote held at its Sept. 19 meeting, the commission decided 6-0 against endorsing the complex. Aspire, a six-story and 123-unit apartment building slated to sit alongside the entrance to Maple Plaza, is owned by Touchstone Communities. Commissioner Carol Rea said she was surprised that city staff brought the proposal in front of the body for a second time. The Historic Preservation Commission had previously held an informational hearing about Aspire, two other projects, as well as the city’s new density transfer program, at its March 21 meeting. The conversation held in March was then summarized in the informational documents given to Planning Commission members for its Aug. 27 vote on Aspire. But Rea told The Coast News that she feels that the staff summary documents given to the Planning Commission, which ultimately voted 6-1 in favor of the project, brushed over the concerns raised by the Historic Preservation Commission at the time. She raised additional concerns at the Sept. 19 meeting, mostly along aes-

RENDERINGS: A proposed six-story apartment in Escondido is being opposed by the Historic Preservation Commission. Photo courtesy of Touchstone Communities

thetic lines. “I question this project. It’s not a good fit for our historic downtown, it’s too large,” said Rea. “There’s not enough parking and it’s too big, too tall, too dense and just not a good fit for the downtown.” Rea also asked why the Aspire property is now listed for sale on commercial real estate websites such as and “What our understanding is is that the current applicant is proposing or is marketing the project,” Escondido Principal Planning Adam Finestone said in re-

sponse. “The current applicant does not own the land, the city owns the land, so they’re marketing the project which includes the development and disposition agreement for the property. In other words, the city’s agreement to sell the project owner or the developer, as well as whatever the entitled project will be.” Finestone added that City Council will determine on Oct. 9 whether Aspire gets the entitlement, or permit, that it needs to operate in the city — and thus ownership of that land parcel. Kerry Garza, president of

Touchstone Communities, said that the company could not comment on the issue because it involved sensitive business issues. But the real estate sales postings list the site as having a "prime location" and "entitled project" located in a federal "Opportunity Zone." The posting also asks that "Prospects shall not contact the City of Escondido without the seller's written authorization." Touchstone is represented by Cushman & Wakefield in the sale. An “Opportunity Zone” is a federal tax incentive for urban development created in 2017 under the tax bill signed into law by President Donald Trump. Commissioner Nicole Purvis slammed the entire process which has unfolded so far on Aspire. “I feel a little let down by the city that it would go through so many steps without full public transparency,” said Purvis. “There’s been a lot of closed session activity involved with this, and that’s completely normal for projects. But I just feel personally as a preservation commissioner, as well as a resident, that there's been a lack of transparency from the very beginning on this project." One commissioner, Errol Cowan, said the city could “ameliorate” some of his concerns if Aspire had an architectural design paralleling that of City Hall and other historic downtown



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buildings. “Looking at this from a standpoint of historic preservation, it seems like there’s nothing in the area that’s being preserved. No theme being preserved,” said Cowan. “I can understand new development, but I don’t see any reference to anything and as I said before, I wish as a city we could establish a theme to all downtown development so that we have something that is integrated and does refer back to some of the historic elements both in downtown in the city.” Until that happens, though, Cowan said he does not stand behind the project. “From a historic preservation standpoint, I see no merit in this project whatsoever and I would encourage everybody that has a role in













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Five-year graduation rates: Rare good idea in Sacramento

I State of San Marcos: You’re invited


he City of San Marcos cordially invites you to attend our inaugural State of Your Community event on Monday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. This free, family-friendly community event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The event will begin with a Resource Fair from 5 to 6 p.m., where you can learn about current City projects and initiatives while enjoying refreshments from Mr. Taco. You can also meet San Marcos City Council members Sharon Jenkins, Maria Nuñez, Jay Petrek and Randy Walton. The Resource Fair will also provide opportunities to chat with San Marcos firefighters, learn about the City’s Parks and Recreation

programs and volunteer opportunities, and get to know several local community organizations. Here is a sampling of the organizations and agencies who will provide information and opportunities to connect during the Resource Fair: • 2020 US Census • Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos • Office of San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan’s Victim Resource Team • San Diego County

Sheriff's Department's RESPECT Project for teens • San Marcos Prevention Coalition • San Marcos Unified School District • The San Marcos Promise • Vallecitos Water District Presentations will begin at 6 p.m., and I look forward to sharing information about all the exciting things that are happening in our City with you. The event will be held at the San Marcos Unified School District offices at 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069. Visit www. to secure your free ticket and learn more. (Tickets are not required to attend.) I hope to see you at the event!

Vaping poses serious threat By Diane Strader

Recently, the California Department of Public Health issued an alert to health departments throughout the state regarding vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI). This is the mysterious condition sending primarily teens and young adults to emergency rooms across the country with trouble breathing. Many are placed on ventilators, and as many as five have died. In California, there have been 36 cases since June, eight of them have been in San Diego County, the largest number throughout the state. While experts investigate these cases and try to determine the cause, industries are pointing fingers and deflecting blame. JUUL, the e-cigarette giant that turned youth vaping into an epidemic, claims to have “robust safety monitoring,” and state-sanctioned marijuana industries claim the problem likely stems from black-market THC pods. It could be years before definitive answers are found, but in the meantime, it’s safe to say no form of vaping can be considered harmless. Meanwhile, our kids are now exposed to marijuana billboards on the 78, e-cigarette commercials on TV, radio ads for “recreational can-

nabis,” and who-knows-what on social media. Marijuana has surpassed alcohol as the first substance juvenile offenders report trying (often before age 13), and only 14% of them believe it’s harmful, according to a SANDAG report. Teen vaping has increased 900% between 2011 and 2015. Nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students has used marijuana in vaping devices, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. And at the same time vaping health concerns are increasing, local officials in Oceanside and Vista approved expanding marijuana business, where vaping is estimated to be as much as 30% of California’s weed market, Barron’s reports. On Aug. 27, Vista approved allowing their 11 Measure Z dispensaries to deliver marijuana, and expanding its zoning code to allow manufacturing, distribution and testing. You probably agree we’re in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin in 1996 — over 20 years ago. The number of people who admitted using OxyContin for non-medical purposes increased dramatically from about 400,000 in 1999 to 1.9 million in 2001 to 2.8 million in 2003, according to the

FDA. Drug overdose deaths rose from 16,849 in 1999 to 70,237 in 2017, according to the National Institutes of Health, and have remained stubbornly high. We are currently in the infancy of corporate marketing of e-cigarettes and marijuana. JUUL launched their slick e-cigarette device in 2017, and marijuana businesses have not yet opened in North County. Officials can’t state definitively the health impacts e-cigarettes or explain how vaping damages your lungs. But the US Surgeon General did issue an advisory last month to raise awareness of the known and potential harms marijuana can cause to developing brains, and urged pregnant women and adolescents in particular not to use it in any form. It may be decades before health officials, regulators, or political leaders take serious action to prevent youth vaping. But kids need you now — share your concerns, set rules and expectations against vaping, impose consequences if necessary, and stay informed. Deaths from vaping have just begun; let’s stop them in their tracks. Diane Strader is a Board member of the North Coastal Prevention Coalition and retired pediatric nurse.

n a legislative season marked by a host of lousy ideas from forcing consumers to bail out negligent utilities to a refusal of warning labels on highly sugared sodas, one good idea eventually emerged. It stands to reason this one comes not from the state Legislature itself, but from an appointed board. The idea: Keep track of five-year graduation rates from California’s public high schools, not just four-year ones. This is not merely sensible, but recognizes the new realities of a world where it is simply not practical or advisable for all high school and college students to get their diplomas within the standard four years. Yes, four-year high school graduation rates as reported by state officials are up considerably from the dismal 62 percent figure reported as recently as eight years ago. But those numbers were often questionable anyhow, as no system was in place to track students when they switched school districts or dropped out of standard and charter schools, switching to continuation schools and alternative schools operated by county education departments. Nor did they account for students forced to drop out for a year or two because of family economics, pregnancies or health emergencies, but who then returned to extension or correspondence schools and finished high school. So when the state Board of Education at midsummer joined many other states in giving districts and high schools credit for students who graduate in five years or more, it was merely recognizing reality in an economy where fam-

california focus thomas d. elias ilies often need more than one income to survive. Using only four-year graduation rates to rate and judge school districts was certainly useful when that was the only available measure. But it severely underplayed the successes of California’s often-criticized education system. Of course, fouryear graduation rates will also continue to be tracked and publicized now, as they should be. “Many schools are making investments in serving students beyond the traditional four-year program,” Santa Clara County school superintendent Mary Ann Dewan told a reporter. “Data that reflect the true completion rate is vital to continued support for these programs.” In other words, Dewan suggests that reported graduation rates of only about 80 percent of students can cause public support for school funding and programs to wane, a development that could reduce actual educational opportunities open to young Californians in an era when education is more vital than ever for individual success and prosperity. And the schools apparently deserve more credit than they’re usually given. Former state Schools Supt. Tom Torlakson last year reported that half of all high school graduates met requirements for admission to either the University of California or the Cal State system.

That included a 30 percent increase in eligibility for UC since 2007 and a 53 percent increase in those prepped for the Cal States. The numbers didn’t include students from alternative high schools, which usually serve students who have dropped out previously, been expelled or felt they just could not fit into a traditional high school. Some of these schools run online programs to make education more accessible for dropouts unable to attend any classes. Eventually, graduation performance by school districts that is reported to the public will include both four- and five-year rates, giving many schools credit they previously didn’t receive for innovative work and outreach. The impact of the changed system will be seen most dramatically among English-learner students and low-income children, whose fouryear graduation rates of about 72 percent each are significantly below the overall levels. The new system will also make comparisons of California schools’ performance with those of other states more accurate, as it leaves only 18 states still using only four-year graduation numbers to track school performance. The entire change will add an element of realism to thinking about public and charter schools, an element that might actually improve their public image and that of California as a whole. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit www.

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Planning panel gives Contested housing project takes hit in county board vote alpacas the green light By Steve Horn

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ESCONDIDO — The Planning Commission generally considers amendments to zoning use permits for businesses, apartment complexes, public parks and trails. But at its Sept. 24 meeting, alpacas took center stage. At that meeting, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 to authorize a Conditional Use Permit to permit a home-owning couple to have two domesticated alpacas live on their property. The commission also voted, more broadly, to update the city’s zoning ordinances for all domesticated animals. The vote came in the aftermath of a high-profile story about a couple facing a financial penalty for owning the animals in violation of city code. Alpacas are native to Peru and live throughout South America. They are closely related to llamas, though are smaller in stature. Escondido, under its previous zoning authority, classified the alpacas as cows. But the owners of the alpacas — Kelly Thor and Ryan Jimenez — appealed to the city of Escondido, requesting a reclassification as small horses, after being slapped with a city code violation. They also launched a petition in support of the cause and a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money needed to pay for submitting mandatory permit application documents. In the aftermath of that incident Thor said that she met with Assistant Planning Director Mike Strong to work out a solution amicable to both sides. “I tried to figure out how do we remedy the code violation and it came down to, ‘Well, you have to propose an amendment change,’” said Thor, who said she got the alpacas from an owner in Ramona. “And I was like, ‘OK, I don’t know how to do that!’ And Mike helped me through the steps in Escondido.” Thor also credited Strong with his work on facilitating the pact. “I’ve actually really enjoyed the process and it’s been pretty easy to follow,” Thor said. “Mike, who we worked with in the Planning Commission, was super helpful. He guided me through it, he asked me questions when he needed to and he was responsive when I had questions for him.” Several neighbors also spoke in support of Thor and Jimenez, citing the alpacas as a neighborhood asset. One of them, Matheno Landress, testified that he lived across the street from the couple and said the alpacas have morphed

into a neighborhood attraction. “Each time I see children walking down the street, I see smiles on their faces,” he said. “Each time I see a car driving through the neighborhood, slowing down to see the alpacas, people in the car have smiles on their faces.” He also joked that the alpacas have the “ability to slow cars down,” describing the area located close to Highway 15 as “a bit of a thoroughfare.” Some people have halted to look at the alpacas, he added, with Landress crediting them as a “speeding deterrent.” One neighbor, Bryan Clay, registered his opposition to the proposal. He said the alpacas often scream so loud that it "sounds like somebody's being killed,” adding that “they may be cute and nice, but they are a disruption.” “This is in a neighborhood that is bordered by people just like me who want to have peace and quiet,” said Clay. “If I tried to sell my property now, I’m going to have to disclose to potential buyers that this is a nuisance that could lower my property value.” Two Planning Commission members, James McNair and Mark Watson, said they entered the meeting with an open mind on the measure and that their votes hinged on whoever made the best argument in front of the commission. Because so many proponents showed up, and only one person spoke in opposition, they said that served as reason enough to vote “yes” on the zoning amendment. Commissioner Stan Weiler added that residents often attend meetings in opposition to plans brought before the Planning Commission, pointing to the night’s proceedings as a nice change of pace. “Property rights are a thing and it’s a tough thing for the city to govern over time and things change,” said Weiler. “Alpacas may not have been the pets that they are today, therefore it wasn’t in the code. So, these things get added to the code and restrictions are placed.” After the meeting, Jimenez and Thor explained that it took robust lobbying of neighbors and explaining the process to them to get them to attend and speak in support of the cause. “I was surprised by the outpouring of our neighbors coming out in support of us, so that made us feel really good in that it’s not just us feeling that the alpacas bring joy to the neighborhood,” said Thor. “They actually put that into words.”

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REGION — The San Marcos Highlands housing proposal took a setback at the Sept. 25 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting, with the panel voting 2-2 on the city of San Marcos proposal to annex county land into the city’s administrative purview. County Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond voted in favor of the annex, while Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher opposed it. The tie vote means, with Supervisor Greg Cox absent, that the project could come before the board again at its Oct. 16 meeting. In between now and then, the proposal is currently scheduled to go before the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission, a state-sanctioned eight-member regional land use organization, for an Oct. 7 vote. Two members of the County Board of Supervisors also sit as LAFCO members: Jacob and Desmond. Cox serves as a LAFCO alternate. The debate over the parcel of land that is now the San Marcos Highlands proposal has lasted a decade. It has pitted the owner of the proposal — Vista San Marcos LLC — and pro-development legislators against those concerned about preservation of biological diversity and prevention of sprawl-style housing. The proposal calls for building 189 houses on 265 acres of land.

But because the parcel sits on both city and county land, it needs both city and county approval for the annexation proposal, as well as a LAFCO green light. Jacob, a Republican, said that she rejected the annexation proposal because she opposes what she described as “jurisdictional shopping.” “The whole idea was for the city, whatever city, and the county to work together where there was a piece of unincorporated property that the city wanted to annex in. In my opinion, that has not occurred in this case” said Jacob. “So, based on this alone, I cannot support this item philosophically and historically because I have always registered my opposition to similar proposed projects where they have done what I called jurisdictional shopping.” Nathan Fletcher, the Board of Supervisors’ lone Democrat, said he opposed the annexation plan based on concerns brought forward by environmental advocates. “From my standpoint, we’re all committed to trying to do housing and we obviously wrestle with issues with consistency with the County General Plan. We wrestle with issues of our multiple-species conservation plan,” said Fletcher. “I have some ongoing concerns that I would like more information on surrounding the environmental impacts, the consistency with the General Plan, along with the

spheres of influence process in terms of how that gets determined and which jurisdiction gets to decide. And so, it’s not something I’m prepared to support.” Gaspar sounded a note of despondency when it became clear the board did not have the votes to advance the project. “There’s always something, there’s always some technicality, there’s always some reason why things can’t happen and where it’s led us in a really dangerous place,” said Gaspar, adding that the county is “100,000 units short as a region to accommodate for the region’s growth” and surmising that it is urgent to do so to for “local businesses and entrepreneurs and local communities (to) stay strong.” As the mayor of San Marcos, Desmond came under fire for receiving a maximum allowable $800 campaign contribution from the owner of the proposal, Farouk Kubba, while running for his current seat at District 5 County Supervisor. Desmond, speaking before the vote, urged his colleagues to vote on the annexation even if opposed to the project because he said the developer has worked hard to comply with state and environmental safeguards. “Today’s action is actually to approve an annexation agreement of the project,” said Desmond. “It’s not to evaluate the merits of the project for approval or de-

nial. We’re here to approve compliance with the draft North County Multiple Species Conservation Program, which the county requested and which all of the wildlife agencies have signed off on ... The project is the result of many modifications and concessions.” Kubba also appeared at the meeting, speaking in support of San Marcos Highlands. “The reason I bought the property was because it was under the sphere of influence of the city of San Marcos and it has been for a long, long time,” said Kubba. “I’m an engineer and I’m trying to see if there’s any logic here. Basically, I think I have the right to process it through the city, which I did, and we basically conformed to all the conditions that were imposed upon us by the county, by the city, by all the other agencies to come up with an implementation agreement. And all we really need is an approval agreement, which is signed off by all these agencies to send it to LAFCO. ” That signing off did not come, however, and it appears it’s now back to the drawing board for the proposal in the weeks ahead. Cox, who will likely be the determining vote when it comes before the county board again, voted against the project when it was brought before the board as a Project Specific Proposal on Sept. 12, 2018.

Home damaged by fire, water main break 2 days apart ESCONDIDO — A blaze damaged an Escondido home Sept. 26 and displaced a family of three, two days after a water main break caused damage to the same home. The non-injury fire was reported around 4:55 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of West Seventh Avenue, near South Pine Street, Escondido Fire Department spokesman Jeff Murdock said. Crews responded to the single-story house, located the fire in a room in the back of the house and knocked down the flames within 35 minutes, Murdock said. The blaze was contained to one room in the house, which had previous water damage due to the water main break, he said. Around 3 a.m. Sept. 24, a 12-inch water main broke on West Seventh Avenue near South Pine Street and created a roughly 4-foot deep sinkhole that sucked in about half of a parked vehicle before crews were able to tow it out. The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents — three adults — arrange for temporary shelter. The cause of the fire was under investigation. — City News Service

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State budget crisis agency to probe Palomar College By Steve Horn

based on an external evaluation,” said Giacomini. “It’s brave of you to have us come in. It’s very brave because we may tell you things that you don’t want to hear. We may tell you things that you thought that you hadn’t seen written before and you may see things that you had written and now it’s substantiated.” She also called a FCMAT probe a “blueprint for any entity to do better because you aren’t hearing it from your own staff and you’re not hearing it from your administration, but you’re hearing it from someone external.” The “brave” part, Giacomini added, is that all reports that FCMAT does are a matter of public record. So, Palomar’s performance — and perhaps shortfalls — will be visible for anyone to see after FCMAT leaves the scene in the form of what FCMAT calls a “Fiscal Health

Risk Analysis” report. That analysis, the result of dozens of survey questions meant to determine whether a public school is at risk or has reached the point of fiscal insolvency, asks questions such as “Is the district avoiding a structural deficit in the current and two subsequent fiscal years?” and “Has the district’s enrollment been increasing or remained stable for the current and two prior years?” according to a copy of it available online. The report will entail field work on Sept. 26 led by Giacomini, featuring interviews with faculty and staff. Those questions will be based on the hundreds of documents that Giacomini said FCMAT had obtained via request after an agreement was reached for the agency to perform the investigation. Those documents requested will correspond with questions raised in the

survey and included items sought such as “information related to the District’s fraud hotline,” “Annual District External Audits” for the past three years, “documentation that the CEO approves enrollment goals” and “Documented policy for evaluating the acceptance of grants and other gifts,” among others. In total, FCMAT requested36 different sets of documents from the college as part of its probe, according to a document obtained via the state’s Public Records Act request. Giacomini added that four FCMAT staffers will be present and that, though the agency hopes to do only one day of field work, it is not a guarantee that it might not take more time. She also conveyed hope that the report will come out within six weeks of the visit, meaning in early-November, but again did not guarantee that the timeline could be met.

FCMAT charges a fee of no more than $39,800 to colleges to perform the investigative work, Giacomini said in response to a question asked by trustee Norma Miyamoto at the meeting. That entails work to pay consultants and travel, as well as $1,100 per day for each FCMAT staffer doing on-site field work. Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake said that the FCMAT fees will be funded through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative funds the college had received from California Community College State Chancellor's Office for this fiscal year, or a $200,000 budget. FCMAT was previously slated to come to do its field work at Palomar College on April 8 to April 10, according to Palomar College Budget Committee documents. But the visit was postponed by Connie Moise, director of information services at

Palomar College, on March 11, according to emails obtained via the Public Records Act request. Trustee Nina Deerfield asked why the college cancelled the visit, with Giacomini citing “personnel changes” happening at the time and Blake saying the college did not have the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative funding lined up yet. In an Aug. 26 letter to college faculty and staff, Blake put a positive spin on the FCMAT probe “The District takes its fiscal performance and management very seriously, and is exercising its due diligence to ensure sound practices,” wrote Blake. “While there is much work to be done in Fiscal Stewardship, I remain confident the District can and will continue to support the academic, career, and personal goals of our students.”


After an intermission with refreshments, Ruoxi Li. Ph.D Assistant Prof. Political Science, CSUSM will speak at 2:30 p.m. on “The Game of Votes.” A $1 parking permit is in Lot 1A. Visit or call (760) 757-2121.


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SAN MARCOS — The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team is set to examine how and why Palomar College faces a $11.7 million deficit. The process began in a public-facing way when Michelle Giacomini — the deputy executive officer for FCMAT — addressed the Palomar College Board of Governors at its Sept. 24 meeting. Palomar College signed a contract with FCMAT to begin the process on Aug. 16. Giacomini praised the college for volunteering to go through the audit, saying about 10% of state K-12 schools and community colleges go through a FCMAT audit not by choice of the school districts, but by state mandate due to a situation gone astray financially. “We will provide recommendations to you to become a stronger entity,

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California native plants will be the topic of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. A representative from Moosa Creek, a north county wholesale nursery, will explain what you need to know to successfully grow California native plants. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub. org or e-mail


Vista Chamber of Commerce will host U.S. Congressman Mike Levin, California State Sen. Patricia Bates and California State Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista. The event will include a no-host cocktail reception, dinner and presentations from Levin, Bates and Boerner Horvath. Tickets are $125 per person at the Vista Chamber of Commerce, (760) 726-1122 or


The Del Mar Fairgrounds has launched its ScreamZone, from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, opening Sept. 27 through Nov. 2. For tickets, visit https://thescreamzone. com/#tickets.


Free double Life Lecture series continues at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Mira Costa College, 1 Barnard Drive. The first speaker is Pat McArdle, author on “Solar Cooking Around the World.”

OCT. 5


Taste of Oceanside will serve up food and fun from 2 to 5 p.m. along MainStreet Oceanside Oct. 5. Get tickets at tasteofoceanside. com or Main Street Oceanside office, 701 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Advance food-tasting tickets are $30, and food-and beverage-tasting tickets are $40, for attendees who are 21 and older.


You can be part of the Encinitas Worldwide Photo Walk Oct. 5. Meet at Swamis Seaside Park at 9:15 a.m., leave the park at 9:30 a.m. and walk north with several stops planned along the way. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. For more information go to https:// walk/swamis-and- the-101/. The Encinitas Photo Walk is hosted by local photographer Martin Banks who can be found at The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at, locate your city, and complete the free sign up form. Additionally, participants can connect socially before, during and after the event using the hashtag #WWPW2019 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The North San Diego County NAACP will host its 54th annual Blue and Gold Freedom Fund Awards Gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. Get tickets at eventbrite. com /e / 54th-annual-bluegold-freedom-fund-gala-tickets-71844672349.

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Adventure seeking families can dress up like super heroes and come out to the sixth annual Super Hero Obstacle Race, from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad. Parents and children will run together through a super hero-themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in costumes. Must be 4 years old or over to participate. Register at running /distance -running-races/super-hero-obstacle-race-2019.


A monthly four-hour familiarization and safety class is offered for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already owns, a handgun. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, at the shooting range located east of Lake Wohlford, 16525 Guejito Road, Escondido. Participants learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and responsibility of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for those who do not own any but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun and ammunition if they own one. Cost is $60. Register at CRC HONORS CHAMPIONS The Community Re- (760) 746-2868 source Center celebrates its 40th year, honoring three FINDING FRIENDS The North County WidChampions of the Cause at its upcoming 40th Birthday ows And Widowers Club will Bash Oct. 5, including Eve- meet for brunch from 11 lyn Weidner, Laurin Pause a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at and Shea Homes. Purchase The Grille Lake San Marcos, tickets at https://crcncc. 1750 San Pablo Drive, San ejoi n me .org / MyEve nt s / Marcos. Order off the menu. Optional $12.99 unlimited CRC40thBirthdayBash.

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The Republican Women of California - San Marcos will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 with speaker Joe Gaona, founder and president of Throughout All Ages Ministries at St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos. All reservations must include payment of $30 by Oct. 3. Payment check to RWC-SM. For further instructions/ information, Susie Glass,


The Hidden Valley City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International will hold its annual fall mixer, “Casselroo” at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Sundance Mobile Home Park Club House, 2250 N. Broadway, Escondido. Call Tiffany at (951) 837-7679 to RSVP.

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North County Model Railroad Society will conduct a Fall Train Show and Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside. A wide assortment of new and used model railroad items will be on sale including locomotives, rolling stock, track, structures and accessories; as well as railroadiana and railroad related publications. NCMRS’s big 1950s-era HO-scale layout will be in operation, plus clinics. A map to Heritage Park is posted at

OCT. 9


The San Diego County African Violet Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in the Vista Public Library Community Room, 700 EuYOM KIPPUR SERVICES SET calyptus Ave., Vista, to hear San Diego Outreach “The History of African ViSynagogue will be holding olets.” musical High Holy Days services open to the San Diego community at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY Santa Fe, with services for A seminar on “AdvancYom Kippur Oct. 8 and Oct. es in Weight-Loss and Meta9. For High Holy Days tick- bolic Surgery,” will be held ets, visit 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at PaloThose who prefer to pay by mar Medical Center Downcheck may call: (858) 280- town Escondido, Graybill 6331 or e-mail Cantor@ Auditorium, 555 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. Free – registration required at LEARN TO COMPOST The Olivenhain Munici- or call (800) 628-2880. pal Water District is offering a Basics of Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting workshop to the general GET YOUR FLU SHOT public to promote water-use Vista Community Clinefficiency. OMWD will hold ic (VCC) will host walk-in the free workshop from 5:30 flu clinics for adults 19 and p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Elf- older Tuesdays 8 to 10 a.m. in Forest Recreational Re- and 4 to 7 p.m. through Nov. serve’s Interpretive Center, 5 at the Vale Terrace clinic, 8833 Harmony Grove Road. 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, The Basics of Backyard Com- Vista . The flu vaccine is posting and Vermicompost- free for VCC patients; $15 ing workshop is a free event, for community residents. although reservations are No appointments are necesrequired at sary. For more information, events. call (760) 631-5000, ext. 1010 (English); ext. 1015 (SpanEDUCATORS’ NIGHT OUT ish). The California Center for the Arts, Escondido welcomes San Diego County Educators and Administrators HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Start your holiday shopto its Educator’s Night Out and Resource Fair begin- ping at the First United ning at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at 340 Methodist Women’s 23rd anN. Escondido Blvd. in Escon- nual Holiday Craft Fair from

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Come join the fun at the 11th Fall Fun Festival between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Join the make-it-on-site scarecrow contest - bring your own colorful clothes and bling, or use our heads, sticks, stuffing and decoration supplies. Visit for details.

OCT. 15


A session on “Caring for Your Kidneys,” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Palomar Health San Marcos, 2nd Floor Classroom, 120 Craven Road, San Marcos. Free – registration required at PalomarHealth. org/Classes or call (800) 6282880.

OCT. 17


Need a job? Census Bureau is now recruiting for the 2020 census operation. The pay rate is $20.50 per hour. Apply online at 2020census. gov/jobs. For more information about 2020 Census jobs, call (855) JOB-2020.

Vista closer to forming strategic homeless plan By Steve Puterski

VISTA — The city is one step closer to completing a robust plan to address the ever-present homeless population. Vista, like most cities in San Diego County, has seen its homeless population increase over the years and, like its neighbors, is searching for successful ways to tackle one of the most difficult issues in the state. While no formal action was taken, the City Council gave staff the green light to come back with more information and work plans during its Sept. 24 meeting. Staff will return in November in hopes of the council approving an official plan. “This funding coming to our cities … I think this is a really great start for our master plan and action plan,” Councilwoman Amanda Rigby said. “I’m excited by this, but I’m not excited by the problem.” This is the fifth meeting in the last year to drum up ideas and maximize state grants, service providers and other resources to get a hold of the problem. Assistant City Manager Aly Zimmerman and Amanda Lee, the housing programs manager, presented several options to the council including financial assistance and the HomeShare program. Vista has the potential to receive up to $750,000 in state and federal funds to tackle the problem. Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas), who represents Vista, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside, was able to secure $250,000 for each city in this year’s budget. However, the $250,000 must be administered by the Community Resource Center (CRC) in Encinitas, which concerns several Vista City Council members as there is no clear path of what kind of involvement or collaboration the CRC will provide. Regardless, those funds would be used for diversion and prevention programs. In addition, Vista can apply for $350,000 through Senate Bill 2 and use $150,000 of its federally funded Community Development Block Grant monies. Other financial assistance possibilities include financial literacy, tenant


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protections and rapid rehousing, although it received pushback from some public speakers as it can be too costly for those seeking help and enflame the cycle of homelessness. “My concerns with rapid rehousing is to ensure people are not put in financially straining situations, which would lead to them being back on the street,” Councilman Joe Green said. The HomeShare program also received a thumbs up to be pursued as the council wanted more insight into the program. In general, HomeShare allows a homeowner, or renter with landlord approval, to rent a room to someone in financial dire straits. Additionally, the homeowner rents rooms or shares in exchange for monetary compensation or assistance with household tasks, Zimmerman said. “There is a significant intake process and those who don’t qualify will be referred to other service providers,” she said. “It decreases rent burden on both parties and sense of isolation, increase in sense of safety, maintains connections to familiar community.” Councilman John Franklin appeared to be on the fence about HomeShare, citing safety concerns, but ultimately said he was not against receiving more information. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras also had concerns with a lack of reliable data to track the success of the program. Two veterans spoke in support of the city’s movement forward, although they urged the council to consider some other ideas as well. Michael Joseph, a former homeless vet with schizophrenia, said one issue is the need for more hospitals with mental health facilities, staff and funding in North County. He also urged hospitals to give classes to patients to identify their own symptoms of mental illness. Another concern, Joseph said, is broader training to sheriff’s deputies, so they can identify mentally ill people and transport them to a hospital instead of jail. Anthony Wright, a former Marine and who was homeless for eight months, has become an advocate for student homeless prevention this past year at Palomar College. He said a significant population of homeless is veterans and the city should work with Camp Pendleton leaders to help transition veterans out of the service. He recalled his own experience when he left the Marines and thought he was on solid footing. “I thought I had a solid plan at the time, but pride got in the way,” he said. “Help the veterans who’ve helped us so much. Work with the leaders at Camp Pendleton.”



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On Season 17 of “The Voice,” Kat Hammock from Encinitas and a graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, was chosen for Team Blake Sept. 23 by singing “Vienna” by Billy Joel. Follow her on NBC Mondays and Tuesdays.


Winners from Taste of Del Mar 2019 included L’Auberge Del Mar for Tastiest Taste and Chevrona Vodka for Superior Sip.

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “The Three Musketeers,” Oct. 10 through Oct. 13 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. For tickets, call (858) 4811055 or visit Local youngsters featured in the cast are Morgan Aiello, Encinitas; Dominic Barrett, Encinitas; Michelle DiFrancesco, Rancho Santa Fe; Sephra French, Encinitas; Delaney How, Solana Beach; Jake Howze, Encinitas; Sophia Kahn, Rancho Santa Fe; Jackson Kampf, Carmel Valley; Kaelen Lambert, Encinitas; Ella Lombardi, Rancho Santa Fe; Eliana Mottla, Encinitas; Grace Pierce, Encinitas; Caroline Salel, Solana Beach; Aydin Sencan, Carmel Valley; Arianna Trette, Solana Beach; Rachel Weir, Encinitas).


Cal State San Marcos senior Jeff Jaureguy has been selected to receive the 2019 Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the California State Un iversity’s highest recognition of student a c c o m plishment. Jau re g uy, a biological sciences major, Jaureguy has been named a Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Scholar. He was one of 20 students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team while at MiraCosta College in 2018, earned the Thomas M. Wahlund Memorial Scholarship last year at CSUSM, and was awarded the Leonard and Jean Evers Scholarship this year.


Encinitas resident Leslie Mannes is serving on the executive committee for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s 10th annual ROMP Gala being held Oct. 12 at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. Tickets at SCAM AT HORSE SHOWS

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Vista Irrigation District has been presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.


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In a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum Sept. 26, Palomar College welcomed guests to tour the new trails of the nature preserve. The arboretum had been closed since March, when crews began building ADA-compliant pathways, installing new irrigation and moving rocks and boulders sourced on site to create the natural retaining walls that now crisscross the 10acre preserve. More than 600 species of trees and shrubs, including numerous threatened and endangered species, are found within what has been hailed as a unique campus treasure.

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Playhouse Square theaters take center stage


alking into the KeyBank State Theatre in downtown Cleveland, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Where to

look first? The lobby walls adorned with priceless murals of modernist James Daugherty? The chandeliers hanging from ornate vaulted ceilings? The marble pillars


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hit the road e’louise ondash Einhouse can tell visitors about the decisions and processes it took to revive the splendor. He was just 21 years old when he first got involved. Where others saw only crumbling edifices beyond salvation, he saw grandeur that would also revitalize downtown Cleveland. “I got involved because I was taken with the architecture and could see the possibilities,” says Einhouse, a-61-year-old real estate expert. “I knew it would become a big undertaking.” And to fund and maintain this undertaking, Einhouse and other city movers and shakers formed the Playhouse Square Foundation, a unique financial



funds. Margaret Hunter has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with prosecutors. Her husband maintains his innocence. Hunter won a sixth term last November, defeating Democratic candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar with 51.7% of the vote. The path

mechanism for a nonprofit. With donations from public and private sources and lowcost loans, the foundation buys and renovates older buildings, converts them into usable, desirable spaces and collects the rent. “Every not-for-profit must have an endowment and ours is real estate,” Einhouse explains. “It’s our working endowment.” The revenue-generating properties include 1 million square feet of commercial space (offices and retail); a 205-room hotel; 1,300 parking spaces, and under construction, a 34-story, 315-unit residential building. And, he adds, “we just finished a $110 million capital campaign. The money will be reinvested in the theaters.” Through the years, Einhouse’ job has been to assure that everyone working on the projects is doing what they promised and that the project is tracking on sched-

ule. There is a lot of problem-solving along the way, especially when you’re trying to restore and duplicate fixtures, fabrics and art that no longer exists. Each theater has a story or three worthy of a stage drama, too. For instance, the KeyBank State Theater “was within hours of the wrecking ball in 1973,” Einhouse relates. “The crane with the wrecking ball was sitting in a parking lot across the street” when the Junior League stepped in with an injunction. To date, “this is the largest theater restoration project in the world.” Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center outside of New York City, also has the largest number of subscriptions to touring Broadway shows in the country. Visit For more photos and commentary, visit

to a seventh term appears more fraught for Hunter, whose trial is slated to begin next year in federal court. With rumors of a possible resignation swirling, Republicans have swarmed to run for the seat in the event Hunter foregoes a run, is too politically damaged or cannot legally run in 2020. In announcing his bid, Jones said he entered the race to “provide a trusted,

conservative voice’’ for the East County district, which includes San Marcos and Escondido. Campa-Najjar, meanwhile, never really stopped running for the seat and is likely the Democrats’ best hope of flipping it. In a statement, Campa-Najjar said Issa entering the race shows the district, and Hunter in particular, is vulnerable to be flipped.

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Alleged Poway synagogue shooter to stand trial on charges including murder REGION — A 20-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire at a Poway synagogue, killing one congregant and injuring several others, was ordered on Sept. 20 to stand trial on murder, attempted murder and other charges. Presiding Judge Peter C. Deddeh ruled that enough evidence was presented by prosecutors to hold John T. Earnest to answer to the charges stemming from the

April 27 shooting at Chabad of Poway, as well as an arson count stemming from a March 24 blaze at the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido. The charges include a special circumstance hate crime allegation that could lead to the death penalty. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has yet to decide whether to pursue capital punishment against the Ran-

cho Penasquitos resident, who’s being held without bail and was due back in court on Oct. 3 for arraignment. Earnest also faces more than 100 hate crime-related counts filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and could also face the death penalty in the federal case. The Cal State San Marcos student is accused of carrying out the shooting on the last day of Passover, killing 60-year-old Lori

Gilbert Kaye, who was shot twice in the synagogue’s foyer and died at a hospital. Kaye, a longtime member of Chabad of Poway, was at the temple with her husband and daughter the day of the shooting to honor her mother, who had recently died. In court Sept. 19, the judge heard a recording of a 911 call Earnest made minutes after fleeing the scene of the synagogue shooting. On the call, he tells

a dispatcher he committed the shooting because Jewish people were destroying the white race. “They're destroying our people. I'm trying to show them that we’re not going to go down without a fight,” Earnest is heard saying on the recording. “... I'm defending my nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people.” — City News Service

Serb Festival brings traditional food and dance to San Marcos By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — Come for the cevapi, stay for the dancing. Cevapi is a Serbian skinless sausage, one of many items on sale at the ninth annual San Marcos Serb Festival held at St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church. And that was the ethos of the festivities on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, according to Reverend Milovan Katanic, one of the church’s clergy.

The festival serves as a major fundraiser for the church, as well, though Katanic added that it is not cheap to put the festival together and it requires an army of volunteers. It’s the volunteers, too, who make all of the food fresh the day of the festival. Other menu items included pljeskavica (Serbian burger), serma plate (cabbage rolls), Nikšicko Pivo beer and a wide variety of

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Serbian desserts. The broader daily menu of activities included folkloric dancing performances by both youth and adult groups, with one youth troupe named Vuk Karadžic making its way to San Marcos from Vancouver, British Columbia, and another one named Folklorna Grupa Srbija from Phoenix. “People look forward to it, people like it, people enjoy the food,” said Katanic,

DANCE: Youth perform a traditional Serbian dance at the ninth annual San Marcos Serb Festival Sept. 28-29 at St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church. Photo by Steve Horn

who said many non-church members attend annually, with food as a main draw. The church also held a futsal tournament, or soccer on a small field, during the festival and a showed presentation about the life and scientific discoveries of Nikola Tesla. Tesla, the namesake of the brand best known for manufacturing electric cars, came from a Serbian-American family. And, being that it was a church festival, Katanic also led multiple church tours of the Bynantine-style place of worship. According to the church’s website, St. Petka got off the ground in San Marcos in 1973 as a parish and opened its doors for communal prayer in 1991. It is located right near the Escondido-San Marcos border on the east side of the city.

Katanic said that there are about 200 to 250 families of Serbian ethic background in North County and that the church serves as a place where people of a common cultural heritage can convene under one roof. That said, Katanic added that St. Petka is open to people of all backgrounds and that it’s the Orthodox Christian religion that ultimately unites all parishioners. “It’s one of those things where we have to work harder on just getting the word out,” said Katanic. “After the 10th and the 15th and the 20th festival, it becomes a part of San Marcos. And as a community we can try to keep our ethnicity and our customs and our ways and everything, but regardless, the church is sitting on American soil in San Marcos and we’re part of this com-

munity here in San Marcos. And we want this to be a recurring event every year so that people know we’re a part of this community.” St. Petka is one of two Serbian Orthodox Christian churches situated within San Diego County. The other, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, is located near Mission Bay in San Diego. Katanic said the churches act as sister parishes. St. George will play host to its own Serb Festival on Oct. 12. Those seeking Serb culture and food outside of the annual festival in San Marcos can find it in May at St. Petka’s at its annual kolo dance festival, as well as at the Vesna's European Market located just off of Nordahl Road on the Escondido-San Marcos border at 705 Center Drive, #101. St. Petka is at 1854 Knob Hill Road.



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ith Italian restaurants, you learn as you eat, starting with the name, which could be a family name, a place, a restaurant item or a menu description. Let’s review some family names such as: Maestoso or Cesarina, places like Firenze or Positano and a menu or equipment item like Dolce Pano Vino or Il Fornaio. Then there is the menu selection which could be challenging. Do you like a meaty sauce? Look for Bolognese. A very popular appetizer is Bruschetta, a

taste of wine frank mangio toasted garlic bread topped with tomatoes. Rigatoni is my favorite pasta. It’s large and hollowed. The ribs on the outside of this pasta catch the red meat sauce packed with olive oil, Italian herbs, sautéed mushrooms and sweet onions. Sprinkled over this ensem-

ble of Italian flavor would be an aged grating cheese from the world-class cheese capital, Parma Italy, called Parmesan. Italian wines can be confusing. Most of the wines are labeled by the location of the vineyard, not grapes. The following are locations: Barolo, Barbaresco, Valpolicella, Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Super Tuscan and Campania. Italian restaurants fall into two broad categories: small, family-style eateries with one, maybe two locations. Homemade recipes are scratched out as specials

added to basic menus that have to include five or six basic pizza dishes with unlimited choices of “items” for a buck or so more, pastas that have to include spaghetti with a basic marinara (tomato) sauce and lots of Garlic bread. For a few more bucks, you’re better off with the meat sauce (Bolognese). Order it with three meats sauce (veal, pork and beef) and you have the best! I recently reviewed Rosina’s Italian restaurant run by brothers Giancarlo (front room taking orders and dishing out the kudos), and Gianfranco (back room mak-




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sider us to be your guide to the newest and the best of this remarkable style of food and wine. Mangia y bevi salute. Wine Bytes • The Carlsbad Oktoberfest is from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Holiday Park. Meal and admission ticket for 10 and older is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Admission only $5. It’s the 37th annual event presented by the Carlsbad Rotary. A traditional German meal will be served along with craft and domestic beer. Get the full story at rotaryoktoberfest. org. • A natural wine tasting happens at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5. Twentyfive-plus natural wines will be tasted, wines with the true essence of the grape, with minimal intervention. Admission $20. Wine club members $15. Details at (760) 745-1200. • The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 from Girard to Prospect. This is a free event with art, gourmet food, live music, wines and craft beers, spirits and sips. Visit or call (619) 233-5008. • Witch Creek Winery in Carlsbad and the NSEFU Wildlife Conservation Foundation invite you to A Toast for Tusks Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Enjoy tasting, delicious food and live music with silent auction bidding. Tickets are $60 per person. Call for details at (619) 3348084 or witchcreekwinery. com.




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Save the date for Stave & Nail Brewing Bill Vanderburgh start-up costs for Stave & Nail were less than usual since they did not buy a brewing system and because they did most of the buildout themselves. They are also in no hurry. As long as they make just a little bit more than their monthly costs, Stambaugh is happy. And so far, after four months of being open to the public, things are going well. Being open only one weekend per month has created a kind of scarcity effect. It is a special event when they do open, so people make a night of it. It helps that the tasting room is cozy, fun and welcoming — it is “another brewery in a warehouse” but one that is well set up and which pays attention to interior design. Having a lot of

Wild Ales in Sorrento Valley opens their tasting room more than Stave & Nail does but they, too, have their wort brewed elsewhere and then age and blend it in their own facility. Horus Aged Ales, located in Oceanside, doesn’t brew any of their own wort and doesn’t open a tasting room to the public at all: instead, they do guest brewing and collaborations with breweries around the country, sell the beer mainly in kegs at select accounts, and then age and bottle some for sale to an exclusive members-only bottle club. In an unexpected twist, the Horus collaboration beer with Stave & Nail is not a funky sour or a big bourbon barrel aged stout, but instead is a lovely, crisp Japanese-style rice lager. Aiming to surprise as well as please, Stave & Nail is off to a great start. It is worth arranging your social calendar around their openings, which you can find on their website, https://stave- PACKED HOUSE: The large, happy crowd on hand for Stave & Nail Brewing’s recent monthly opening. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh



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Escondido photography collective to host first juried gallery By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — First came opening up a storefront on Grand Avenue and recruiting members to join the collective. Then came a dark room and an instructional component. Now, a busy year and a half for The Photographer's Eye will culminate with its first jury-judged gallery. For Donna Cosentino — the founder of the collective, a former adjunct professor at Palomar College and former photojournalist — the juried show and entrance of 100 photographers into the competition is a sign that The Photographer’s Eye has truly put itself on the map as a destination for photographic arts in North County. And she hopes it can propel the gallery to new heights. “This was our first juried show and we are very happy with the results,” said Cosentino, who added that photographers from throughout San Diego and Los Angeles County submitted their work for judgment. “Our juror was impressed with the quality of the work entered.” The theme of the show is “(s) Light of Hand,” a display of photos developed via alternative processing techniques. “A photograph is a (s)Light of Hand, a magic trick of sort, conjured into being,” the collective explains of the concept behind the show on its website. “Light is summoned, and chemistry is concocted making visible both the intangible and the corporeal. It is heart and mind, imagination

As a result of winning the own works on display, alongside and craft, melding together into an experience of life-altering al- awards, the work of Prince and the winning work of Swanson and Swanson will sit on display be- Prince, as part of the gallery. chemy.” Swanson exhibited a sense of Cosentino explained that ginning on Oct. 12 at A Photogthose processes include cyano- rapher’s Eye and will stay there elation at winning the Director's Choice award. types, platinum and pal“The Photographer’s ladium, photogravure, Eye Gallery and Creative tintype and others. To a Collective has been a dilettante, these words great addition to San Dimight as well be those ego’s fine art photography spoken in another lanscene since it opened a guage. year ago,” Swanson wrote With a photogravure, of winning the award on an “engraving is formed Instagram. “So, I was on a metal plate, from thrilled to find out that which ink reproductions are made,” according to my Spine De/ That webtion cubes have been sesite also explains that a lected for their new jurcyanotype is “a process of ied show. And absolutely photographic printing ... blown away to receive the that produces a blue line Director’s Choice award.” on a white background.” Prince responded to Ultimately, the work her award-winning effort of two photographers rose succinctly on Instagram. to the top: Stacey Prince “I am honored to be for her photogravure part of this exhibition work and Wayne Swanand extremely honored son for his cubes. The two to receive the Juror's of them won the Juror’s Choice award,” she wrote, Choice and the Director’s noting that her piece to Choice, respectively. be displayed at the show Cosentino said she is named "Human Artigave Swanson’s work the fact.” Director’s Choice due to Each photographic its craftsmanship. artist brings a different ‘THE BARBER’ by Dan Nougier. Courtesy photo “Wayne is a thoughtschool of thought to their ful artist whose work is work. For Swanson, he impeccable. His work is deeply until Nov. 2. says his background in writing Alongside Cosentino, veter- and print journalism informs his personal and well crafted,” she said. “He is part of the San Diego an photographer Suda House, a work. photography community and his professor of art and photography “I am drawn to imagery relatwork is beginning to be juried at Grossmont College, served as ed to time, memory, atmosphere, the juror. She will have 31 of her a sense of place, and a subtle into shows across the country.”

sense of humor,” he writes on his website. “I like to expand my vision by going beyond the straight photographic print. Through interventions with the physical print and the use of grids, collages, and 3-dimensional constructions, I can create an interplay between the rational/objective and the emotional/metaphorical.” For her part, Prince says nature, an environmental spirit and a sense of self-reflection runs through the veins of her work. “The examination of my history, the materiality of the body, psyche, and nature are the major themes in my artwork,” she told the publication San Diego Voyager in November. “I think my work is layered because I confront a time, self, and a space in which I was vulnerable and allowed myself to be silenced. Art has strengthened me and allowed me to see that we all have something unique to offer the world.” In addition to having their award-winning work on display beginning at the Oct. 12 Second Saturday event at A Photographer’s Eye, by winning their respective awards, Swanson and Prince now will also both have their work on display in a two-person gallery in the fall of 2020. A Photographer's Eye is located at 326 E Grand Avenue in Escondido. The Second Saturday event will run from 4 to 9 p.m. and regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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A rts &Entertainment Moonlight Amphitheatre honors its past with ‘Into the Woods’


Join the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, in celebration of its 25th anniversary from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $15 at California Center for the Arts, Escondido Swedish jazz musician, Gunhild Carling at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, for the finale of Hidden City Sounds music series. Tickets at (800) 9884253 or The



Baker and his wife, a childless couple who are cursed by a witch. After leaving on a quest to lift the curse, the couple encounter other fairy-tale characters from the likes of classic stories such as Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. For this special production, two members of the 1990 Moonlight cast return to the stage to reprise their roles: Moonlight Founding Artistic Director Kathy Brombacher will play Jack’s Mother, and actress Bets Malone will return to the role of The Witch. Some of Moonlight’s leadership staff will also lend their individual talents to the production;


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Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini will give voice to the proceedings as the Narrator, and Smith will portray the crucial role of the Baker’s Wife. “It’s always good to kind of look back and honor the past,” Smith said. “I think, speaking for both Steve and I, being able to be onstage alongside (Brombacher) is a pretty special thing to show our community, both that we honor the past, and that the past supports the future.” In addition to being a special one-night-only event, Moonlight’s concert production will serve as a benefit concert for the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, the nonprofit




The California Center for the Arts Escondido welcomes musician and DJ Grandmaster Flash, for a Master Class at 2 p.m. and a concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets at, at the Center ticket office or by calling (800) 988-4253.





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to the play, playing it for the first time in 1990. The Moonlight credits the opportunity as having “catapulted the reputation of the Moonlight Amphitheatre.” “At that time, it was pretty common to see the same musicals produced everywhere in town,” said Colleen Kollar Smith, Moonlight’s managing director. “And so, having the opportunity to produce ‘Into the Woods’ first really did set Moonlight on the track to be a place where people could go in the community to see something first.” “I think it really did set us on that track, and give us a little catapult into being where we are now.” Plot-wise, the play follows


VISTA — For one night only on Oct. 5, the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista will be putting on a concert production of Stephen Sonheim’s “Into the Woods,” the musical that transforms the fairytale stories made famous by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault into a brand-new adventure. “Into the Woods” has something of a special San Diego history, as it made its debut at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 before it wound up on Broadway the following year. The Moonlight Amphitheatre was the first regional theater (meaning it sets its own seasons) to get production rights


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students were only notified the day of the trip. “There were decisions that appeared to counter California Department of Education procedure … and seemed to go against the Brown Act by withholding documents,” she said. Pat Emaus, a math teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School, said Kimble and the board had been at odds for months. He said Kimble would withhold district staff reports from the board in an attempt to undermine staff. However, he said the previous district board recognizes Kimble’s skill for passing bond measures. Vista voters approved Measure LL, a $247 million bond, in 2018. The board’s decision, meanwhile, is on the heels of it approving a controversial project labor agreement to benefit construction and trade unions. While Kimble never

took a public position on the PLA, Emaus, said the issues run far deeper than the PLA. “I think she was a divisive leader and I think she made some poor decisions that made it difficult for Vista Unified in general,” he said. “She was getting in the way of some of the progress we were trying to make in Vista.” Strawbridge agreed, saying Kimble has a history of targeting underserved populations, noting Kimble removed a popular principal at an Anaheim school and lost a court case centering on preventing parents in the Anaheim district from transferring their children to a charter school. However, supporters of Kimble say she was removed due to personal objections over the PLA. Former VTA president Luisa Stafford, though, said Kimble was great for the district, noting Kimble brought back art and music, including securing a dona-

tion of 1,000 musical instruments. Of course, Strafford said, Kimble was the force behind Measure LL and leveraged her connections to improve opportunities for the students. Strafford also said the board bullied Kimble, noting the turnover of the board from the 2018 election. In short, Strafford said the clash of personalities was too much to overcome, as well as the board approving the PLA, which some fear could result in the district losing millions of dollars to trade unions instead of completing every project in the bond. Now, Strafford is worried the district, which has a negative operating budget, will spend thousands of dollars to search for a new superintendent. “People were upset,” Strafford said. “Everyone that I’ve talked to is just devastated. Right now, the district is in a very serious and precarious position.”

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TRAIL FUN: Escondido Creek Conservancy third-grade students during a hike on The Way Up Trail at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Courtesy photo

Escondido Creek Conservancy’s outdoor classroom connects students with nature ESCONDIDO — Imagine a world where every student, in every grade, receives a field trip in nature. Escondido Creek Conservancy is well on the way to making this a reality. Last school year, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) brought all third-grade students in the Escondido Union School District out to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to learn about habitats. Our partners at San Diego Zoo Global and Nature Collective brought all fourth- and fifth-grade students and half of sixthgrade students in the district out into nature as well. This year, the collaboration has expanded to include all

seventh-grade students in Escondido. The Conservancy’s Habitats program involves a series of classroom lessons followed by a field trip to the Elfin Forest. Immersed in nature, students engage in STEM science while learning about local wildlife that live in and around the creek. After the trip, the children write letters to corporations and local government representatives to address the problem of litter in their community and propose solutions. “Many of the students that come out to Elfin Forest have never been outside the urban center of Escondido,” said the Conservancy’s Education Manager,

Jennifer Imm. “These field trips are an opportunity for students to experience the natural world for the first time and learn what they can do to help protect it.” You can help instill a passion for nature in Escondido students by volunteering to help with the Conservancy’s field trips, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Education Director Simon Breen at You can also help our education programs by donating to the Eichen Education Fund. Visit eichenedfund for more information.


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hildren and clothing. A wound and iodine. Ammonia and chlorine. Carbon and dioxide. Can you tell I’ve been shopping for my children lately? Can you tell how well it has gone? Suddenly the mornings are cooler. Suddenly the nights are cooler. Suddenly I woke up and found rain on my sidewalk. My children will need long-sleeved shirts and long pants. I have just spent a total of 10 precious hours during a oneweek period, shopping for my children. Six of those hours were spent looking, comparing, guessing sizes and purchasing. The other four were spent returning everything, driving to a different shopping center, looking again, comparing again and purchasing again. Guessing at sizes, you say? Well, surely you don’t expect me to take them with me? Had I been foolish enough to do that, those 10 hours would have become 20. We have hit “the year of having opinions.” I knew it was coming and I have braced for it, but it is not pretty. My son, bless his nonchalant little heart, has given me six years’ grace. He has not, up until this very year, given two hoots and a darn about what he wears. Sunday church clothes have been a minor exception, but since he only has to wear them for two hours, I can win that dispute. I paled a little last week when he sud-

small talk jean gillette denly stated, “Well, be sure you get me things that are cool.” “What exactly would be cool?” I asked cautiously, knowing that he is getting this phrase from his friends who possess older brothers. It turned out that “cool” meant T-shirts with pictures on them (as opposed to the classic solid or striped Ts and shorts I mixed and matched in the summer). I managed, with a little effort, to find picture T-shirts we could both live with. It was worth the time, but I had to sort through a lot of cartoon hype and rude expressions. I expect junior high to be a pitched battle. Meanwhile, I shopped four major department stores for my daughter, rejecting almost everything I saw. The truly infuriating circumstance this year is that she has crossed that vague line from little girl to slightly bigger little girl. For some reason, the designers and buyers have decided that once a child grows larger than a 6X, it’s OK for her to dress like she is 18 and blind. Do they really think a second-grader is picking out their own clothes? Bah! But once you hit size 7, you kiss goodbye sweet, simple

jumpers, dresses with little white collars, solid-colored anything and any material except denim or ribbed jersey. I have just not warmed up to the “bag lady” look where everything is draped in layers to mid-calf. She is fine with that. Where we differ vastly is on theme items and the “glitter” factor. She would like everything to have jeweled buttons, beads, fringe, lace, sequins or be a walking ad for the latest Disney movie. But if I see another outfit with the brand name embroidered smack on the front in some obnoxious color, I am truly going to climb a bell tower in the New York Garment District and start throwing random water balloons. Don’t forget that throughout this exercise I am juggling packages, wrestling with plastic hangers and trying to find any hint of size and price, always buried well out of sight. My search continues, and I will persevere. If necessary, I will resort to catalogs. My creed is “they can’t wear what they don’t own,” and I have been known to make midnight raids on their closets, blaming it on moths. They’ll figure it out soon enough. Next week join me for “The Search for Socks.” Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and mom. Enjoy one from her archives.

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