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Interfaith Executive Director Greg Anglea gives the Saemi Award to William Baker for his work in the community at Interfaith’s annual report Wednesday. Photo by Ellen Wright

Interfaith highlights its year of charity

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By Ellen Wright

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Vista Library readies to celebrate 100 years By Steve Puterski

VISTA — From humble beginnings to a cat to mohawks, the Vista library has become a staple in this city for the past century. Principal Librarian Ceci Rincon and her staff will engage the community in the library’s 100-year anniversary celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. The event will include music, classic cars, an animal show, free food, crafts and a historical photo exhibit. In addition, many of the library staff will dress in costumes representing different decades in recent American history. “We love to have parties for our customers,” Rincon said. “We have a lot planned. We also want a relationship with our customers.” The library, meanwhile, has a storied history growing from just 50 books after opening Sept. 28, 1915, to reaching the 1 million-circulation landmark for the past two years. But it was a group of women who brought one of

The Vista Library is making preparations to help ring in their 100th anniversary with an event Sept. 26. Photo by Steve Puterski

Vista’s lasting legacies to the forefront. The Women’s Club of Vista opened the library in 1915 in the home of President Nellie Aker and it soon was integrated into

San Diego County Library system. From there, the library became nomadic, moving from Aker’s home to the Current Events club, Vista

Inn, Vista Bank Building, Vista Arts Studio, Regional County Center and finally settled at its current locaTURN TO LIBRARY ON 14

REGION — Nonprofit Interfaith Community Services has helped thousands of residents across North County by providing meals and housing and also offering support to those who face barriers to housing, like drug and alcohol addiction. Last year, the organization provided nearly 340,000 meals to people faced with food insecurity. At Interfaith’s annual report held Wednesday at The North Coast Church, organizers discussed the accomplishments of the past year and issues to focus on in the region. Over the past year, the organization launched the Senior Connections program, which brought healthy meals to seniors in Vista, San Marcos and Oceanside at a cost of $2 per meal. “We meet basic needs in a way that not only feeds the hungry, but also addresses bigger underlying issues,” said Executive Director Greg Anglea. Anglea said the program feeds seniors who are isolated in the community. As part of the pilot program, seniors are connected with other services like minor repair services, daily phone calls and socialization. Interfaith also distributes food throughout Oceanside at all three community centers in the

city. The program was made possible through a partnership with the city, Feeding America and The Leichtag Foundation. Beyond food services, Anglea highlighted services that help people find housing and employment. More than 700 people found a safe place to sleep at an Interfaith shelter. Aside from shelters, the non-profit provides rental assistance, housing navigation and landlord connections for people in

We meet the basic needs in a way that not only feeds the hungry, but also addresses bigger underlying issues.” Greg Anglea Executive Director, Interfaith

crisis. Interfaith operates a Winter Haven Shelter in Escondido and 79 percent of homeless families that participated in the housTURN TO INTERFAITH ON 14

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River Valley Conservancy funding received By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — August was a great month for trail lovers and September is shaping up to be pretty good as well. More than $50,000 that was raised or donated will help bring two county projects -- the Coast to Crest Trail and River Path Del Mar extension – closer to fruition. In mid-August REI invited 5.5 million co-op members and outdoor adventurers to participate in its Every Trail Connects campaign by voting for one of 10 U.S. trails, including the Coast to Crest. The specialty outdoor retailer donated $5 for each

free vote. In 37 hours and 25 minutes 100,000 votes were cast. Supporters of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and River Park raised $33,825 by casting 6,766 votes for the Coast to Crest Trail, which extends from the ocean at Del Mar to the San Dieguito River’s source on Volcan Mountain near Julian. “This shows the amazing support the conservancy has from its members and partners to complete the Coast to Crest Trail,” Trish Boaz, executive direcA $20,000 grant from the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservan- tor of the conservancy, said. REI granted an adcy will be used to help close a funding gap to complete the River Path Del Mar extension, which will run from Jimmy Durante Boulevard crossing, seen here in the background, east to the Old Grand Avenue Bridge, where ditional $10,000 to each this picture was taken. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek of the 10 trails, totaling a $600,000 investment, and raising the total for the Coast to Crest Trail to $43,825. The funds will be used to complete a 3-mile seg-

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ment of the trail at Pamo Valley, closing one of the last remaining gaps of the 70-mile path. About 45 miles are already completed. REI has granted $70,000 to seven nonprofits in the San Diego area this year, including $7,000 to the conservancy for the River Path Del Mar extension. Shortly after Every Trail Connects ended the conservancy received a $20,000 grant from the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation that will go toward the extension project, which will help visitors learn about the lagoon environment and the River Valley Park. The existing trail goes from Jimmy Durante Boulevard west to the coast and parallels the south edge of TURN TO RIVER VALLEY ON 14

Vista council expected to pass pet store ordinance By Steve Puterski

VISTA — In a proactive move against potential sales of puppy mill animals, the Vista City Council instructed city hall staff to clarify language for banning retail pet stores within city limits. During its Aug. 25 meeting, the council listened to more than a dozen residents voice their disgust for puppy mills and praise for the council’s foresight into taking steps to ban the sale of dogs and cats produced by mills. Currently, pet stores are allowed in C-1, C-2, C-3 and M-1 zones and the city has five stores selling fish, small rodents and reptiles. Taking a cue from the city of Encinitas and other entities, Vista councilman Cody Campbell submitted an ordinance to the council, although the matter was tabled to the Sept. 25 meeting. Nevertheless, the council is expected to pass the item at its next meeting. On Aug. 25, meanwhile, at least 26 residents appeared at the meeting displaying a unified front in support of the ordinance. Also in agreement with the council is the San Diego Humane Society. Austin Gates, senior director at the Oceanside Campus, spoke on behalf of CEO Gary Weitzman at the meeting reading a statement from Weitzman. In part it read: “San Diego County is one of the most pet friendly communities in the nation. It is important we set the standard of humane treatment of animals and welfare issues nationwide. The reason is to stop the sourcing of puppy mills. We know puppy mills are nothing short of

commercially sanctioned animal cruelty. As for the city, Campbell said if the council does not act quickly, Vista could become a “safe haven” for retail stores. “They don’t meet our moral standards of our community,” Campbell said. “We want to prevent those types of businesses from coming in.” So, Campbell drafted an ordinance with two exemption options. The first was to allow reputable breeders who produce less than 20 animals per year to sell their animals. The second allow breeders to rear and sell their animals from their “premises (homes).” Residents, meanwhile, chided the puppy mill industry as a cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs and cats. Karen Clayton said the industry is fixed with cruelty in the name of profit and salespeople at retail stores will “tell anything to sell a puppy.” She also spoke to 20 reputable California breeders who unanimously agreed they would never allow their animals to be sold to a retail outlet. In one example, Jim Filby described how two elderly Oceanside residents were shocked to discover they leased a dog in November 2014, with no ownership rights, from Oceanside Puppy. The couple thought they bought the dog for $495, but had actually agreed to a 27-month lease and spent more than $2,700 over the lease including service and maintenance of the animal. After being allowed to return the dog, the couple adopted a rescue dog.


Chicken manure cost country club owner $100,000 By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — More than a year after chicken manure was spread all over the defunct Escondido Country Club, developer Michael Schlesinger is forced to pay $100,000 in penalty fines to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. According to representatives at the district, Schlesinger paid to have about five tons of chicken manure spread over the golf course, which, at the time, Schlesinger said was for maintenance. Between early April and early May 2014, the county received 63 complaints from 46 people about the strong odors, according to District Director Robert Kard. He is suspicious that the manure was used for maintenance. “This country club was defunct for well over a year, probably closer to two years and there’s really no maintenance needed when (the grass is) dead and not watered,” said Kard. Michael Schlesinger’s attorney in the case, Ronald Richards, said the Stuck in the Rough Board decided on using the soil enhancer after hearing from “the nation’s most respected.” “It was a dried product that was sold by a licensed agricultural specialist in San Diego County,” said Richards. “We don’t dictate what products are recommended to enhance soil, that is up to the experts.” The country club has been a point of contention within the community after Schlesinger announced plans to build more than 600 homes on the site through his company, Stuck in the Rough. Residents surrounding the golf course formed a group, Escondido Country Club Homeowners, or ECCHO, and asked city council to declare the golf course permanent open space. The council did so and was then met with a lawsuit by Schlesinger, which he won in March. The country club reverted back to its original zoning. Some believed the chicken manure was a move by Schlesinger to retaliate against the homeowners, which his attorney, Richards, denied. “It sounds like sour grapes to me. We won the courthouse, the resolution was struck down as being arbitrary and capricious,” he said referring to the case against the city, which Schlesinger won. While the odors were extremely strong, Kard said they weren’t toxic unless ingested. “It was a nuisance odor,” he said.

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The odors did cause nausea and watering eyes in some nearby residents. The penalty fine will go towards funding the district’s programs. An example Kard gave was the annual lawn-mower trade in. Residents can bring in a qualified gas-powered lawn mower and receive a brand new Black & Decker mower at a quarter of its ticket price, $99. The penalty was settled on because, Kard said, the fine needed to be hefty enough to hurt financially. The fine could have been much higher, because the violation lasted for 26 days and the county could have fined him $75,000 a day for the nuisance. Attorney Richards said he and Schlesinger are TURN TO COUNTRY CLUB ON 14

Lowery gives overview on interchange project By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery presented an overview of plans for the Interstate 5/ Route 78 interchange to Oceanside Chamber of Commerce last week. Lowery was invited to speak on the topic because he has attended SANDAG board meetings, community meetings and met privately with Caltrans and SANDAG about the interchange. Lowery said he has attended well over a dozen meetings on the topic that is of key interest to Oceanside residents. David Nydegger, chamber president and CEO, said there has been community opposition to early designs of the interchange that spills freeway traffic into a South Oceanside residential neighborhood. “Where else do you find a freeway that dead ends into a stoplight?” Nydegger asked prior to the meeting. “There's strong (community) opposition to the interchange for a lot of reasons.”

Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery gives an update to the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce members on plans for the Interstate 5/ state Route 78 interchange. There is no estimated date of when construction will begin. Photo by Promise Yee

Lowery said his concerns are the towering ramp heights, greenhouse gas impacts and speed of traffic entering south Oceanside. He said he has asked Caltrans and SANDAG how these impacts will be mitigated and has not received an answer. Uncertainty has led to more questions. “There's general agreement something has to be done, but there's not a solid

plan yet,” Marva Bledsoe, chamber board of directors executive committee member, said. “Flyovers create issues with many people, but there does not seem to be a lot of room on the ground.” At the Chamber of Commerce meeting Lowery shared that Caltrans developed four interchange designs. There are also 13 additional designs being looked at by Caltrans

following community and Community Working Group input, as well as the option of no build. Lowery said the most favorable option presented is design “B.” In it an on-ground circular ramp moves traffic from westbound Route 78 traffic to southbound Interstate 5, and a straight on-ground ramp moves vehicles to northbound Interstate 5. “It's the least invasive thing they can do to get rid of the problem,” Lowery said. “It's the least amount of harm to the neighborhood, and no harm to the lagoon.” He added there is no access from Vista Way, where Route 78 now ends, to Interstate 5 in any scenario. Councilman Jerry Kern attended the meeting and said he sees positives in the same, least invasive option. He added he has his doubts that the steep one leaf clover turn will make the final selection, although it provides hope. “Caltrans will do what TURN TO INTERCHANGE ON 14

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Community Commentary

Keep strawberry farming tradition in Carlsbad By Robyn Ukegawa

Letters to the Editor 85/15 flyer Another flyer from the Caruso group, this time Jimmy Ukegawa said: “The efforts of corporate interests from outside of California and others to overturn our City Council’s approval of the 85/15 plan is an attempt to kill my family’s strawberry farm and end coastal agriculture in Carlsbad.” First we need to know who are the corporate interests from outside California, please give us the name(s). Second, if this is true, how come the drive to put the 85/15 plan on the ballot does not have money to put out flyers or TV ads like the Caruso group?

Then Jimmy asserts that this referendum will kill off his family’s strawberry farm. Let me refresh everyone’s memory. In 2006 didn’t the city of Carlsbad residents passed Proposition D to save the strawberry field? I respect the ones that support the 85/15 plan because they told me the truth and that is they would like having a mall. How come Caruso does not have the honesty to tell us that his primary interest is building a mall on our beautiful lagoon, instead of hiding behind Jimmy and others? Lillian Carrigan, Carlsbad

Federal regulators look as bad as state PUC CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS For many years before formal investigations by both state and federal authorities began, it was clear the California Public Utilities Commission consistently favored big utility companies over consumers at every opportunity. But until a court order produced tens of thousands of emails between utility commissioners and executives of the companies they regulate, no one could prove either the cronyism that has long existed or the mechanism by which it operated. Now it is gradually becoming clear that national agencies like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) also consistently favor big utilities over the citizens the commissions are sworn to protect. Example A involves the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, often known as SONGS. When that plant first lost power on Sept. 8, 2011, several months before it formally closed, the outage caused a blackout over an area as big as northern Europe, covering much of Southern California and northern Mexico. FERC’s

initial investigation blamed a single bungling utility worker in Arizona, letting Southern California Edison Co., the plant’s operator, off the hook. FERC’s investigation did not freeze Edison’s internal emails, allowing the utility to destroy them. Edison in effect admitted this in a Sept. 16, 2011 letter to FERC just unearthed by the San Diego law firm of Aguirre & Severson. Said the letter, “It should be noted…that certain electronic documents related to the outages, particularly electronic mail, may have been deleted… prior to the receipt of your Sept. 12 letter (demanding those emails).” In short, said ratepayer attorney Maria Severson, “Edison destroyed evidence…within days after the blackout … Evidence shows that FERC did nothing to stop them.” Of course, neither FERC nor the NRC has done anything to penalize Edison for destroying evidence, and the NRC also has done nothing to sanction Edison for its big-money purchase of new steam generators for SONGS despite the fact executives knew in advance they were faulty. Edison is now trying to get almost $1 billion back from Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for that misdeed, but even if it gets all it’s after, customers

will still be stuck with the lion’s share of the costs for decommissioning SONGS, unless the PUC does a sudden about-face and cancels a 2014 settlement with Edison. The corruption of that settlement has been well documented through emails proving the outline was agreed upon in private meetings between former PUC President Michael Peevey and Edison executives during a junket to Warsaw, Poland, the year before. The bottom line on SONGS is that only luck spared California the same sort of radiation exposure endured by Japan in the Fukushima disaster that hit about a year before SONGS closed. But federal negligence in protecting Californians goes beyond San Onofre. There’s also the NRC’s handling of potential danger from major earthquakes at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In a meeting last spring, the NRC allowed PG&E to continue a $64 million study of earthquake dangers to Diablo Canyon, saying it knows no reason to shut down or limit operations at the plant. The PG&E report, for which the company now wants consumers to pay, TURN TO ELIAS ON 14

My family is being threatened, please do not sign the petition to overturn the 85/15 Plan! Outside interests and others are trying to kill our Carlsbad strawberry farming business. I am heartbroken and fearful that their attack will kill my family’s strawberry farming business. And though I shy away from the limelight and have been quiet until now, I must speak up. Again, please do not sign the petition to overturn the 85/15 Plan. Please let me explain. In the 1950s my grandpa settled in Carlsbad and began farming strawberries and other crops. Three generations of Ukegawas have tilled the land along Agua Hedionda Lagoon’s southern shore, but it has been a real struggle lately. Economic pressures from rising water and labor costs and cheap foreign imports make farming a constant challenge. My family once farmed as many as 110 acres along the Agua Hedionda Lagoon’s south shore, but now we can farm only 30 acres, but long-term viability is uncertain. Three and a half years ago Rick Caruso met with my dad, Jimmy. Mr. Caruso shared a vision for Carlsbad that ensures that our family’s strawberry farm and our community’s coastal agricultural heritage will be preserved and made sustainable for generations to come. The 85/15 Plan — a citizen’s initiative that preserves 176 acres of open space and coastal agriculture — followed. The Plan will permit us to expand our farming

operation to 60 acres, including organic crops, and will give us direct-to-market access with a larger produce stand and sales to a farm-to-table restaurant and to a specialty market. On Aug. 27, Carlsbad’s trusted city council unanimously approved the 85/15 Plan. As Dad said that night in comments before the city council, and many times before and since then, the plan ensures that I and my very young brother and sister can continue our family’s strawberry farming tradition in Carlsbad. Now outside interests and others are threatening to overturn the city council’s vote of overwhelming support. This is devastating to me. I am a second-year university student with an interest in business. And while my studies are important, returning to Carlsbad to take over the farm for my dad is where my heart is. After the city council’s unanimous vote of approval for the 85/15 Plan, I thought the future of our small family business was secure. This is the same business where I, as a small child, remember being in the office in the field with Grandpa and Dad, drawing pictures for them. And then, when I was older, happily packing tomatoes in the shed with Dad and loving being near him. But our farm’s influence reaches far beyond me and the borders of the land; it reaches into the community. Carlsbad is close-knit place where you feel that you know everyone and everyone knows you.

As a Carlsbad High School student, many of my teachers knew Dad and affectionately referred to me as the “strawberry girl” — perhaps because I brought big gift boxes of the bright red treats to my teachers. Memories of my growing up years are beautifully entwined with family, friends, and neighbors visiting the U-Pick field and enjoying our seasonal strawberry farm traditions together. The referendum petition threatens our agricultural heritage and our sense of belonging that I and my community holds dear. Dad’s most memorable words of advice to me when things get tough are “Never give up!” And now it seems we must cling strongly to his wisdom as we face large-looming interest from outside our community and others who want to snatch this opportunity, the promises of the 85/15 project, from us and from Carlsbad residents. If I could say one thing to my fellow Carlsbad residents, it would be: Please do not sign the petition that will overturn our trusted city council’s unanimous vote in support of the 85/15 Plan and will kill my family’s strawberry business and Carlsbad’s strawberry farming traditions. Please don’t let outsiders decide what is best for Carlsbad. Please stand with me and with my family’s strawberry farming business and with your well-respected city council that unanimously support the 85/15 Plan. Robyn Ukegawa is the daughter of Jimmy Ukegawa, owner of the Carlsbad Strawberry Company.

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Escondido’s bond rating upgraded By Ellen Wright

Principal Charlene Smith with the No Excuses University logo that was painted on the school wall facing the street. It is as part of Monte Vista Elementary School’s college awareness program. Courtesy photo

‘No Excuses’ University helps students aim high VISTA — Flags from colleges and universities across the country hang outside the doorway of every classroom at Monte Vista Elementary School, a different flag for each classroom. Inside, students from transitional kindergarten through fifth-grade talk about what it’s like to go to college and what a college looks like. They refer to themselves not by their grade level, but by the year they would graduate from college. First-graders are the class of 2031 and those in transitional kindergarten are the class of 2033. When they walk as a group around the school campus, the students shout out the school chants of the college their classroom has adopted. It’s all part of a drive to instill a sense in every student that going to college is very much a part of their future, even if no one else in their family has ever been to college, said Principal Charlene Smith. “If you expose children to universities, to colleges, to higher education, it’s just part of their life,” Smith said. “It’s part of the expectations they set for themselves.” This year, Monte Vista earned membership in the No Excuses Network University Network of Schools, a nationwide organization that promotes the notion that higher education should be an option for everyone. According to the group’s Web site, member schools train their teachers and administrators to follow six core principles: that every student will be proficient or advanced in reading, writing and math; that the academic accomplishment of every student is an obsession; that schools can neutralize many challenges that students bring to the classroom; that student achievement is the top topic of conversation; that a maverick spirit must lead the way; and that there are no excuses for poor effort. “What appealed to

me is that the schools that followed this process, that modeled themselves after this formula, completely transformed student achievement, student performance and student discipline,” Smith said. The No Excuses program is already paying dividends. Discipline problems “almost became nonexistent because kids feel excited to come to school, they feel valued,” Smith said. “All of our students set learning goals or behavior goals,” Smith said. “Parents are made aware of the goals and we celebrate when students meet those goals. We celebrate even if they don’t meet the goals, but if they’ve made progress.” Teachers and staff also have set what they call a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, or BHAG, for the school. Posters with the BHAG on it hang in the school office and in every classroom. “It just says every Monte Vista student will achieve academic proficiency in language arts and mathematics as well as develop exceptional character skills which prepare them for college and career,” Smith said. The BHAG also sets a code of conduct for teachers and administrators. “We will never give up on a student, we will be where we’re supposed to be when we’re supposed to be there, we will treat each other and students with kindness and respect,” Smith said. Third-grade teacher Annjanette Ziegler, whose class adopted the University of California Santa Barbara, said “being a No Excuses school has literally changed the climate here at Monte Vista.” “Kids are walking around with their heads held high and (with) a confidence I have not seen in a long time,” Ziegler said. “They are turning in their homework, walking down the halls respectfully, and completely engaged in making our UCSB Gauchos

class the best they can be.” The Gauchos are the name of UCSB sports teams. Ziegler attended the college on a softball scholarship and she uses her own story to inspire her students. “I try to emphasize that any student can go, no matter what their financial situation is, as long as they put their mind to it,” Ziegler said. Third grade teacher Gina Bentz said having each class adopt a college helps students set high expectations for themselves. She chose Texas A&M University because she has family in Texas. “We do our cheers every morning. We rally around our college and it gives everyone a sense of belonging,” Bentz said. “That’s what I find most inspiring.”

ESCONDIDO — Standard & Poor has upgraded two of Escondido’s water bond ratings from AA- to A+, which will save the city money by lowering the interest rates. The Escondido Joint Powers Financing Authority 2012 bond was upgraded, which goes towards water system financing. A certificate of participation bond approved in 2007 was also upgraded. Standard & Poor officials upgraded the bond ratings because of the city’s “consistently strong historical financial performance.” The criteria that support the strong financial performance include good income levels in the city, a stable and primarily residential customer base served by the water district and good income levels. The unemployment rate in the city is 4.8 percent, which is lower than the state’s average of 6.1 percent. Standard & Poor staff expects the city’s strong financial performance to last for at least the following two years. According to a report published by Standard & Poor, if the city’s debt service coverage or cash levels significantly decreased, the rating could be lowered again. The rating likely won’t

be further upgraded until the city finalizes payment to the Indian Water Authority in regards to the San Pasqual Reservation settlement and until the city completes capital improvement projects like the Wohlford Lake Dam replacement. The city and the Vista Irrigation District have agreed to remove and replace a portion of the Escondido Canal that is in the San Pasqual Reservation with an underground pipeline at an estimated cost of $24 million. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and

state officials determined that the Wohlford Dam is seismically unsound. Currently, the city is designing the dam replacement project and will break ground likely next month. The replacement is scheduled to be finished in 2018.

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Stress-free Birthdays with Mr. P.E. Leave the work of entertaining the kids at your next event to a team of credentialed P.E. teachers! Led by award winning DMUSD teacher Ian Phillip, Mr. P.E. brings customized sports and games to your backyard, park, pool, or beach. The company was started in 2005 at the suggestion of a parent, and looks to bring organized and healthy games to your event to keep all the kids rocking! Featured on NBC 7 news and in the Union Tribune, the Mr. P.E. team are talented and dedicated P.E. teachers who believe that exercise should be a blast.

The fitness testing scores there consistently rank among the top in California. Mr. Phillip brought this attitude to Del Mar Heights Elementary in 2004 and never looked back. The fitness testing scores there consistently rank among the top in California, and kids look forward to surprises and

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Welcomes students back for first day of school Vista, CA., August 13, 2015 – Taylion San Diego Academy will open doors to students at their schools in Victorville, Adelanto, San Bernardino, Vista, and San Marcos, for the first day of classes on Wednesday, September 2nd. Taylion Academy has experienced signficant growth in the last two years, now having three locations in the Inland Empire and two in San Diego County. In addition, they plan on opening two more locations by the end of 2015. “It is our mission to provide students with the most flexible options that will allow them to thrive and succeed at their own pace. We are excited and eager to welcome students back for the 2015-2016 school year on September 2nd,” said Timothy Smith, Taylion San Diego Academy Founder and Lead Petitioner. On September 17th, at 1pm, Taylion Academy school leaders and The Vista Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event for their Vista location, located at 1661 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081-5471. Mark your calendars! The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event is open to everyone and will

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REGION — For those who are dog lovers, they know how a canine can make one feel more affectionate and loyal and can understand the therapeutic benefits they bring to someone’s life. This relationship can become deeply rooted when an animal is trained to be a service dog to help one either with mobility and/or emotional challenges. Leisa Tilley-Grajek is the founding president of K9 Guardians, Inc., a nonprofit that was established in January 2015. While her nonprofit has recently emerged, Tilley-Grajek is no stranger to canines. She has bred and raised German shepherd puppies for more than 10 years. K9 Guardians is based in Fallbrook. Before establishing her own nonprofit, she said, she was already involved with canine philanthropic efforts. Tilley-Grajek provided disabled veterans with one of her puppies and then referred them to work with organizations for service dog training, and ultimately, qualification. After all this time, her nonprofit vision has now come to fruition. “K9 Guardians is a nonprofit organization focused on reaching out to our disabled veterans that are in need. We deal with veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical disabilities. Our goal is to provide assistance to our veterans through the service and companionship of these magnificent K9 Guardians,” Tilley-Grajek said. “We raise our puppies

vironment performing age appropriate stimulus and tasks. As the puppy grows and matures, more tasks and training are added.” Tilley-Grajek went on to say that during the process, they get the veteran involved as early on as possible. She has had veterans even visit puppies while they are still in the whelping box which is always a great sight to see. “We have witnessed that involving the veteran in the training process can be both a very positive, healing experience as well as help in the recovery,” she said. From all the nonprofits Tilley-Grajek could have established she was drawn to service dogs because of the great need. She described the numbers as shocking, with as many as 30 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from some form of TURN TO CANINES ON 14

have heard of people canceling weddings near the date, but I want to do quite the opposite. My daughter’s wedding is three weeks away. I want to have it tomorrow. Or maybe the day after. I am ready, my garden is ready, my house can be ready in a day’s time and I have even found the perfect outfit. (My wedding followers will be interested to know that this motherof-the-bride outfit took me an hour to find, unlike my mother-of-the-groom dayof-shopping-plus-alterations experience. Go figure.) I feel like every minute between now and the wedding just makes time for things to go awry. The first sign that I pre-

pared too early came when weeds starting springing up in my new landscaping. You may recall, the reception is in my backyard, so upgrades were done both front and back. But once I have finished a task, I want to be finished. There seem to be an endless list of potential last-minute tasks looming, without adding ones I didn’t foresee. The hot weather and drought restrictions have not helped, either. I want to send the water board a notarized note asking for a water advance. I solemnly promise, the day after the wedding I will never water again.

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Your Photos of the Month Congratulations to Luke Wosiski, winner of The Coast News’ Instagram Photo Contest of the month for September, and a $50 gift cerfticate to Rubio’s. The winning shot, at left: a photo titled, “Handplant at home with my homies.” Contestants sent in their best pics showing how they spent the Labor Day Weekend. Notable photos included clockwise from top: ladyphotographic (Vanessa Hughes) — “Isabelle and “Wish Me Luck” at Del Mar Horse Park” ladyphotographic.com. Jilldmart (Jill D Martin) —“We <3 beachy 3-day weekends!” sandi_inthecity with Floating Yogis — “How sweet to be a cloud floating in the Blue A.A. Milline.” Cardifflulu (Lucy Morse) — “Disclaimer: we do not support eating sharks. But how can you not support this piece of art.” Bearnran (Brandon Zapf) — “SUP girls.” Follow @coastnews on Instagram for details on our next photo contest in October.

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ESCONDIDO — Escondido Public Library will offer “H2O(h) No! — Drought Solutions,” a series of three consecutive programs providing insight into California’s current water situation and possible solutions. “H2O(h) No! — Drought Solutions” sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 22, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. in the library Turrentine Room, 239 S. Kalmia St. The seminar covers practical strategies for water conservation presented by leading experts from the city of Escondido’s Utilities Department and Scripps Institute for Oceanography, gray water consultants, and local home owners who have converted their yards to water-wise gardens. Find out what you can do to conserve water and save money. — Sept. 22: Examine our current water situation and the technology that is being used to address this situation locally. — Oct. 27: Get practical tips and learn about money-saving resources for conserving water at home. — Nov. 3: Turn your lawn into a drought resistant oasis Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or call Senior Librarian of Adult Services, Viktor Sjöberg, at (760) 839-4814.

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ou’ll never hear me say that it’s not good to travel — with this one exception: No need for North County residents to go far to get a first-class whale watching experience. Oceanside Adventures’ new 49-passenger catamaran leaves from Oceanside Harbor twice a day (noon and 2:30 p.m.) every day and there’s plenty to see, says naturalist Carla Mitroff. “Now is blue whale season,” she said, “and we’re seeing humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales. There are more humpback whales in the area for the last couple of years. And we’ve seen one great white shark. You can see the fin come out of the water if you approach them slowly.” Although the traditional whale-watching season is considered to be from about November to March when gray whales migrate from Alaska to Mexico, things have been different for the past two years. “Right now El Nino (a warm current in the Pacific Ocean) is bringing in animals we don’t usually see, like hammerhead sharks,” Mitroff explained. “Some might not have been seen in this area before.” And then there are the thousands of dolphins — bottlenose, common and others — that hang off the Oceanside coast year-round. It can be a spectacular sight, watching these agile, energetic mammals race along the boat, jumping high in the air like a massive dolphin synchronized swimming event. The quiet moments are worthy of watching, too. “We saw a mother and a calf bottlenose inside the harbor the other day,” Mitroff said. Sightings and photos, taken by Mitroff, are posted every day on the website www.OceansideWhaleWatching.com. Make reservations at the website or call 888-507-1130. Also buy tickets at Helgren’s Sportfishing Center, 315 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside. Adults $39; military/seniors (55+) $34; 12 and under $29. Not recommended for children under 2. CONTEMPLATING TRAVELING TO LAS VEGAS TO TIE THE KNOT? Getting married in Sin City is taken to a new level at the town’s newest matrimonial venue, The Hangover Experience. As odd as it may seem, this chapel that has been added to the mother of all wax museums — Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Yes, the chapel is based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ massively popular film, “The Hangover,” and it comes complete with lights that

A blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, takes a dive off the coast of Oceanside after surfacing several times to fill up on oxygen. The whales can stay submerged for as long as 90 minutes.Photo by Carla Mitroff

of hair on the wax figure’s head were placed one-byone. Bradley Cooper’s charOceanside Adventures now runs two trips daily out of Oceanside Harbor to see several types of whales and often hundreds of dolphins just off the coast. The warm Pacific current called El Nino has brought sea life acter, “Phil,” was completed that is unusual for this area. Courtesy photos the year before. The film “The Hangover” has left its mark on Las Vegas, according to promoters. Guests at Caesars Palace’s still ask if Caesar really slept there, and visitors still want to see film locations. To date, "The Hang-

over" remains the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, with a domestic gross of more than $300 million. According to the Nevada Film Office, the film was shot in 15 days and brought nearly a $4 million to the area. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

ROOF! ROOF! Lifelike wax figures of actors Bradley Cooper (Phil) and Zach Galifanakis (Alan) from the movie “The Hangover,” live at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas wax museum.

can change to custom wedding colors; seating for 30; an Elvis minister; flowers and shots of Jägermeister for bride and groom; a DJ; access to the museum; two hours of bar service and mini-buffet hors d’oeuvres and more. The price begins at $5,500. Got a bigger group to witness your nuptials? You can book the "Viva Vegas" room (accommodates 75), located next to The Hangover Experience. There

will be extra guests joining this party — the wax likenesses of celebs who are synonymous with Las Vegas’ history: Elvis, Liberace, Celine Dion, Blue Man Group and the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop). The Hangover Experience was many months in the making. Twenty artists worked on creating the wax version of the “Alan” charac-

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SEPT. 11 MAKING REAL CHANGE Solutions for Change hosts a fundraising gala, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening to Remember â&#x20AC;Ś with our American Heroes,â&#x20AC;? from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Jet Source airplane hangar, 2056 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Tickets are $375, at solutionsforchange. org or call (760) 941-6545. LIFE LECTURES The LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College lifelong learning group is hosting two speakers, Tracy Williams, MCC faculty, explains the play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven,â&#x20AC;? and Dick Field recounts experiences as a WW II paratrooper, starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. SEPT. 12 GRAPE DAY Come enjoy Escondidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grape Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cooke will speak about what makes Mira Costa unique. The program is open to the public. FLAVOR OF GREECE Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church hosts its Greek Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 at 3459 Manchester Ave. BOOKS AND BURRITOS Escondido Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burritos & Book Club for teens, ages 13 to 18, to read and discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversion,â&#x20AC;? by Katherine Howe, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at 239 South Kalmia St., Escondido. HONORING ELDERS Join Intergenerational FunDay from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12, at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 W. Richmar Ave., San Marcos. Celebrate our grandparents at this free family event with a parking lot sale, interactive games, activities, arts & crafts, food, and entertainment.. For more information, call (760)744-5535. ARTWALK The Escon-

Sept. 12 at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido, with a 5K Fun Run, a hometown parade, grape stomping. Vendors, fun zone, and free contests. For more information, call (760) 743-8207 or visit escondidohistory.org. MIRACLE LEAGUE UP TO BAT The fall 2015 season for Miracle League of San Diego kicks off at Engel Family Field, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar Sept. 12 and continues through Nov. 14. For more information, visit miracleleagueofsandiego.org GOOD TIMES BREWING Get tickets now for the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and the Carlsbad Rotary Brewfest from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Holiday Park, with beer tasting, music, entertainment, games and food vendors. Tickets are available for $40 at eventbrite.com, $45 at the door and $10 for designated drivers. AAUW MEETS MiraCosta College President Sunita â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunnyâ&#x20AC;? Cooke, will address the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women from

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SEPT. 13 PATRIOT SALUTE Faith Lutheran Church hosts Patriot Day barbecue and salute to 9/11 and all local armed forces, police, fire and EMT units, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at 700 Bobier Drive, Vista. For more information, call (760) 583-3087 or email RichardDinse@cox.net. SLAMMER FOOD Cookbook author Louise Mathews will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jail House Cuisine: from the right side of the barsâ&#x20AC;? about her 21 years feeding inmates with the San Diego County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department, at 6 p.m. Sept.17 at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Branch Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave. For more information, call at (760) 7534027. DEALING WITH DIVORCE A new support group for those suffering from separation or divorce will begin at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 13 at St. James Cath-

SEPT. 15 BRAIN FITNESS Del Mar Community Connections is offering its two Brain Fitness programs starting Sept. 15, 2015, at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 Ninth St., Del Mar. The programs free for those living in the 92014 ZIP; $75 for all others. To enroll, call DMCC at 858 792-7565 or e-mail dmcc@ dmcc.cc. RESUME UPDATE San Diego County offers a free resume workshop is offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, then schedule a resume review Sept. 16 or Sept. 17. Call (760) 891-3012 to RSVP.

(760) 943-1950 for more information. FIND THE BEST Nominate Encinitas individuals or organization who have achieved outstanding environmental goals, raised awareness or shown innovation about protecting our environment. Nomination forms are available at encinitasca.gov/envawards and are accepted until 4 p.m. Sept. 17. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Do some ballroom dancing every third Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 W. Richmar Ave. San Marcos. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call (760) 744-5535.

SEPT. 18 ISLAND FARE Join the Surfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up buffet at 11 a.m. Sept.18, featuring the Sunset Strummers Ukulele Group, at the Gloria McClellen Center, 1400 Vale TerSEPT. 17 CAR CRUISE Encin- race Drive Vista. For more itas 101 MainStreet Asso- information, call (760) 639ciation will host a Classic 6160. Car Cruise Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17 at 818 SEPT. 19 SPIRITUAL RES. Coast Highway 101. Call TREAT Join recording artist Diane Mandle and transformational coach, Chess Edwards from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 for a retreat with Tibetan bowls, gongs, dance and focused dialogue, at a private residence in Escondido. Address given at registration. Contact chessedwards.co./ coming-home. TASTE OF OCEANSIDE The Taste of Oceanside will include Taste Trolley service this year from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 19, with food, drink and live entertainment BY the Red Fox Tails, and Celeste Barbier Our caring and knowledgeable San Marcos Medical Wells. Food-tasting tickets Staff is committed to providing the residents of San Marcos are $25, Food and beverand the surrounding areas with health care of the highest age-tasting tickets are $35. Purchase tickets online at excellence. TasteofOceanside.com, at the Main Street Oceanside Why choose Graybill? office at 701 Mission Ave. or the Thursday Sunset MarClose to where you live and work Offices ket. For more information, throughout North San Diego County including call (760) 754-4512.

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ESCONDIDO – Stop by and meet Escondido Public Library’s information experts at Escondido’s Certified Farmers’ Market Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. The Farmers’ Market is open Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. on Grand Avenue, be-

tween Kalmia and Juniper Streets. Each week, from 3 to 6 p.m., library staff will be on hand to meet the public and learn more about the community’s information needs. They will also share information on how to obtain a li-

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and Iron Chef Finalist; Matt Gordon, Owner and Executive Chef, Solace Restaurant Group; Fabian Gallardo, Chef de Cuisine, Petty Cash Taqueria. ECOLIFE Conservation is actively in search of sponsors, and event registrations for this special event. A number of opportunities are available ranging from $200-50,000. Benefits may include name and/or logo recognition via the event website, print advertising, and tickets to their annual Monarch Butterfly Expedition in Mexico. For more information or to make a tax-deductible sponsorship or registration, visit ecolifeconservation.org/gala ECOILIFE Conservation is an Escondido-based 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2003. Their mission is to actively strengthen the vital relationship between people, wildlife, and the habitats on which we all rely. They do this though education and implementation of fuel-efficient stoves and aquaponic farming, a sustainable agriculture technique. Their programs range from the jungles of Uganda, to the classrooms and farms in America, to the mountains of Central Mexico.

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brewing is of a pale color with lots of hops to increase alcohol content which can get up to 10 percent (on the Piper Double IPA). San Diego has been on a tear with the number of breweries increasing exponentially. The city of Vista boasts 14, more craft breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S., and the city has set up a development fund to ultimately increase the number of microbreweries to 58. They are considering naming that part of state Route 78 that runs through the city to “Hops Highway.” Pale Ale is the basic brew that has done the job for such San Diego brands as: Stone (No. 10 in Craft Beer Sales in the U.S.), Ballast Point (No. 29) and Karl Strauss (No. 41). We’re not talking small change here. In 2011, brewers and brew pubs generated almost $300 million in sales in San Diego County. Like winemakers, brewmasters yearn for that individual taste and flavor,

and the people at Ballast Point feel they have it in the Sculpin India Pale Ale. Because of its hoppy sting, it was named Sculpin after San Diego’s local rockfish, with poisonous spines but delicious meat. Hops are added at five different stages. High in alcohol for a beer, this one is clocked at 7.7 percent. Sculpin has hooked the 2010 and 2014 Beer Gold Cup. Today, there are four locations for Ballast Point as they get ready for the Octoberfest season, the biggest beer drinking event of the year. You can drink and eat in most locations: Miramar, Scripps Ranch and in San Diego’s Little Italy and Linda Vista districts. Restaurants that just paid lip service to their beer list are now catching on and you now can select from many craft beers, mostly on tap. The latest, Chandler’s in Carlsbad, is typical of the promotions TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14

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hile I did write about a fishing expedition a year ago, this summer has blown that one out of the water, so to speak. The photos I’ve been seeing for the past few &#0 1.$4,) months on social media of friends with monster hauls of bluefin, yellowfin and dorado have been popping up almost daily. I had an idea to sit down with some of those folks and get some of their best fish stories from this summer and in general. I included one of my own because this type of fishing is still fairly new to me and I still find it thrilling beyond belief. I also included a very simple recipe for mahi-mahi fish tacos. My story started out at 3 a.m. on a friend’s 42-foot trawler, a beauty of a boat that topped out at around 9 knots, which made for fairly slow going. That made no difference as both dorado and yellowfin had been hitting as close as 10 miles off of La Jolla. Plus the slow speed enabled us to troll on the way out. We did have plenty of live bait though and we soon spotted a boil of dorado, the colorful great eating fish also known as mahi-mahi. Our lines went over and within an hour or so we had our limit. I still had a line in and was relaxing on the front of the boat, thinking of a quick nap when I heard the sound of my line screaming out of my reel. I jumped to my feet thinking I had a large dorado but the more experienced guys on the boat quickly corrected me saying that’s a monster tuna! And so the fight was on, to me it felt like an hour and it was as tough as any Crossfit workout. I finally got it to the point where we could see flashes of color and the size estimates were flowing . . . one went upwards of 80 pounds. I was freaking out, this was the fish of a lifetime. And just like that it was over. The line snapped and the monster tuna was gone. I felt like crying but they assured me it happened all the time. There was some redemption though, within 30 minutes I had another big fish on, long fight, and we landed this yellowfin that topped out at more than 40 pounds. Cruising back to Kona Kai marina with good friends, my son Quinn and a boat full of fish was killer experience and a fish story

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I’ll have for a lifetime. That said, in the world of experienced watermen like John Park from Fish 101, my story would constitute an average day at sea. John is a true waterman, to the point where he had an experience this summer that still has me in awe. John was way offshore with a commercial fisherman friend who had told him of bluefin tuna that had been congregating at the surface, puddling as they described it. That is like a dream scenario for spearfishing and that’s what John Park was equipped to do. He had a bungee attached to a float and no scuba gear . . . if he was going under he was holding his breath. He described the sight as surreal, these monster fish swimming all around him and he got a clean shot off and hooked into a 153-pounder that took him about an hour to land. Not many people can pull that off folks and I feel lucky to even know this guy. He mentioned a 220-pounder being taken with a spear this summer also. I can’t even imagine that experience. Oh, and by the way, if you have not been, get to Fish 101, one of the best seafood experiences anywhere. Tommy Gomes, who works at Catalina Offshore, a wholesale and retail fish distributor in Bay Park is as knowledgeable on the topic of fishing as anyone in San Diego. He comes from a long line of Portuguese San Diego fishermen and knows the history of the industry like few in San Diego. He has been at sea for months at a time and has stories

that could fill a book, so fitting him in a paragraph was tough. One thing that did stick out in our conversation was the fact that it’s been about 30 years since fishing has been this good this close off the coast. It might not get this good again in some of our lifetimes so enjoy it while it’s hot! And if you have not been to Catalina Offshore, it’s worth the trip down to Bay Park as they have an amazing retail counter and you might catch Tommy Gomes giving a demonstration. Here is my recipe for mahi-mahi fish tacos. Cut your fish into either one long chunk or a couple of smaller ones. Have three bowls at the ready, one with flour, one with beaten eggs and one with panko breadcrumbs. Coat the fish in flour, then egg, then finish in the panko. I also put some Cajun seasoning in the flour for a little kick. Fry them in very hot peanut oil and until super crispy brown on both sides. For the sauce blend mayonnaise, sour cream and a half a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add more of the peppers depending on how much heat you like. I like flour tortillas charred a bit on a gas or electric burner then fill them with the crispy fish, chopped cabbage and the chipotle sauce. Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday – Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@ artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.


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SPORTS sports Tandem surfers set sights on World Championship talk

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To beat Cal, SDSU needs to keep it on the down low Rocky Long was on a roll and when isn’t he? The San Diego State football coach was going on and on about California quarterback Jared Goff. The Aztecs play the Bears on Saturday, and like most weeks, Long was laying it on thick in praising an opponent. “He’s as accurate as any quarterback I’ve ever seen,’’ Long said, and he’s seen plenty. “Every throw is right on the money.’’ One can bank on Long hyping a rival. But Long is right on the money, too. “He never misses an open receiver,’’ Long said. “I wish he would.’’ Wishing won’t help much at Cal. The Aztecs could be in for a long day in Strawberry Canyon if their offense doesn’t blossom. Say again? SDSU, with its attack that hugs the ground, is made for games like this. Goff, a sensational talent, will likely play on Sundays. But he’s not so good he can heave touchdown passes when near the student section. “He has a hard time scoring when sitting on the bench,’’ Long said. But the Aztecs had a difficult go running the ball against the University of San Diego, which raises one big ol’ red flag. If the Aztecs are to notch a Pac-12 road win, their rushing attack must improve. “We have to play much better on offense,’’ he said. But didn’t SDSU tack 37 points on the overmatched Torerors? Yes and no. The numbers don’t lie but how they were accumulated tell the story. The defense scored on two interception returns as USD turned the ball over six times. Offensively, the Aztecs got a choppy performance from their running game (179 yards, one touchdown) and pedestrian effort from new quarterback Maxwell Smith (9 of 21,100 yards and an interception). Long, as he usually does, knows why. “Our offensive line’s technique and fundaments went totally out the window,’’ Long said. “They were very, very physical but if you don’t do it right, it doesn’t matter.’’ Long chalks it up to his big five being excited about hitting someone with a different uniform. He does so TURN TO SDSU ON 18

ENCINITAS — Having gone weeks without surfing together, facing a beach closure due to a sewage spill and a hurricane affecting whether or not the competition would even be held, the prospect of competing in the Duke’s OceanFest for tandem surfers Ahlia Hoffman and Travis Long was, in a word, uncertain. That uncertainty continued for the pair when Hoffman pulled a muscle in her shoulder while practicing their lifts in a pool. But then the beach was re-opened, the hurricane had moved on and Hoffman got medical assurances that no further damage could be done to her shoulder. So the world’s current fifth-ranked tandem surf team out of Encinitas would get to surf in the waters where the sport got its start after all. Though, for the only team from the mainland U.S. to make it through four heats and into the finals, it wasn’t an easy day out among the waves. During the finals, Hoffman said they got pitched off a wave pretty badly, the leash on their surfboard breaking, forcing them to swim after the board. Long, Hoffman said, started after the board, with time slipping away from them during the event. All the while, Hoffman’s arm was seizing up and her shoulder was on fire from her injury as she swam to Long and the surfboard. Yet, after getting back on the board, they managed to catch one more wave before time ran out. “I thought for sure we got last — fourth place,” Hoffman said, adding that even a

Hoffman. “I have to thank my friends and family and community for their encouragement, their support, their love as I’ve gone through all of this. It hasn’t always been easy.” Before heading back to Hawaii, Hoffman and Long will compete in the Dale Velzy Surf Contest and Luau Sept. 19 at Doheny State Beach. While they both have full-time jobs, (tandem surfing isn’t it for either one), the duo is still looking for travel sponsorships to help get to the competitions. For those interested in helping Hoffman and Long Encinitas residents and professional tandem surfers Ahlia Hoffman and Travis Long place third in the with sponsorships they can be reached at ahlia@ahliayoga. Duke’s OceanFest tandem surf competition in Hawaii on Aug. 27. Courtesy photo com or tandemsurfer@gmail. fourth place finish would’ve training will be working on been better than last year psyching themselves up for that. when they placed fifth. “We’re hoping to do realBut during the awards ceremony, Hoffman and Long ly, really well and that’ll give weren’t the names called for us our next world ranking,” Hoffman said. fourth place. What about their ultiHoffman said she thought there might’ve been mate goal? “I want to be world chamsome mistake. “And then they called us pion,” Hoffman said. “I like it,” Long said. “I for third and I was shocked. I like her spirit. That’s why was so excited,” she said. With the third place fin- she’s my partner.” Doing well in the compeish, the pair has qualified for the second time in as many titions is the culmination of years for the ITSA World hard work and time they’ve Championship of Surfing at put into their craft, especially Hawaii’s Makaha Beach in the trust the two have built as a team. early December. “But also, for me personLong said for that competition, they’ll be looking to ally, what I’ve overcome to establish a couple of go-to se- even make it this far,” said quences that they can immediately pull out on waves. Most of that training is done at Suckouts in Cardiff or at Swami’s, which, when they’re going through their routines on land, can draw a crowd. Long is also anticipating really big waves in Makaha in December, so part of their

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ing program secured their own permanent housing in the past 12 months, according to Anglea. The Winter Haven Shelter was just expanded to offer services year round. Another center in Escondido is set to open its doors in a month, the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center. Once finished, the Hawthorne center will house 32 beds for homeless people recovering from hospital stays. Of the 32 beds, 20 will be reserved for veterans. The success rate for the Recuperative Care Program is also high. More than 70 percent of those enrolled in it overcame homelessness once finishing the program.

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PTSD. According to Tilley-Grajek, thousands of veterans are also struggling from TBI among other disabilities. “Most staggering is that 22 veterans commit suicide each day,” she said. “Due to such a significant backlog of veterans in need of ser-

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with their “Tap Thursdays.” Four local brews go for just $8 every Thursday. Before I fell in love with wine and founded TASTE OF WINE in 2005, I co-founded and managed the Encinitas Oktoberfest, now in its 20th year, for the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and “Mr. Encinitas” Edgar Engert. I ran the first 10 years and it was a fun run of Authentic German Bavarian culture that I was happy to be a part of. This year it’s Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. Some 200 vendors, food, beer, wine and soft drinks, live Oompah Pah music and games will keep you coming back for more. Ballast Point beer will be there for your tasting pleasure, as well as others. Details online at en-

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Caltrans wants to do,” Kern said. “Caltrans will try to solve the problem. It may not be one the neighborhood likes.” Lowery said there is also the widening of I-5 to consider, which has started in San Diego and is moving north. He added construction of the ramp moving traffic from Route 78 to northbound Interstate 5 could not be done until interstate lanes are added. He said he asked Caltrans and SANDAG for a timeline of when freeway construction will begin in Oceanside and has not gotten an answer. “They say they don’t have any idea,” Lowery

T HE C OAST NEWS - I NLAND E DITION In Oceanside, Interfaith members focus some of their efforts on at-risk youth through the Transitional Youth Academy. Teenagers are given one-on-one academic mentoring and have the opportunity to intern and learn job skills. Director of External Affairs at AT&T, John Osborne was on-hand to donate $120,000 to the program because, he said, it works. “The AT&T Foundation looks for programs that are successful and particularly likes to fund those programs that can be replicated at other nearby institutions,” Osborne said. Over the past two years, the foundation has spent $300,000 to replicate the Interfaith program at Oceanside High School and bring it to El Camino High

School. Interfaith receives the majority of its funding from government grants and contracts and charitable gifts. At the annual report Wednesday, community leaders and members discussed areas in which they’d like to see Interfaith focus on in the coming year. A representative from Brother Benno’s said they’d like to see the detox program re-open for homeless people struggling with addiction because there are no detox centers in the region. The biggest obstacle in opening a detox facility is finding and funding a building. Other community suggestions included traveling social workers and increased collaborations between faith-based organizations.

vice dogs, K9 Guardians was formed to team more service dogs with more veterans. There is no cost to the veteran.” Since the nonprofit’s inception, K9 Guardians has already placed two of its dogs with someone in need. Currently, they have five teams in training. “Our goal is to place 22 our first year to coincide

with ‘22 A Day,’ the number of veterans that commit suicide every day,” she said. “Our mission is to reach out and save lives.” To learn more about K9 Guardians including volunteer opportunities, financial support and guest speaking engagements, visit k9guardians.org, call (844) 594-8273, or email fetch@k9guardians.org.

cinitasoktoberfest.com. WINE BYTES The second annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is planned for Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 with some of the nation’s biggest chefs exhibiting their individual talents while spotlighting Orange County’s best restaurants, wine experts and wineries from 1 to 5 p.m. Over 30 restaurants will keep you sampling their best along with cooking demonstrations. Sit in on elite wine panels, with over 200 world-renowned wines tasted, even rare “cult” wines. Live jazz music is promised. This event is brought to you by Southern Wine & Spirits. All events and pricing can be found at newportwineandfood.com. Call (888) 511-FEST. La Gran Terraza at the USD Hahn University Center has its Wine and Dine events going. Wine paired dinners with Chateau Ste. Michelle Sept. 22, Antinori

Oct. 6, Gaja Winery Oct. 13. Cost is $50. Call (619) 8498205 for RSVP and times. Vigilucci’s in Leucadia presents Pairings Prevail Sept. 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for this sensory experience of wine and food. Call (760) 8028402. RSVP with limited seating. South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in Temecula invites you to the Blessing of the Wines, Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dine and dance, live music, exciting prizes for stomp competition. $55 general admission; wine club price is $50. For tickets visit: store. wineresort.com.

said. “I definitely have no idea.” Lowery concluded his presentation with the forecast that freeway buildout, which may take 10 years, would likely only hold traffic growth for two to three years, and then other solutions would be needed. “We won’t be moving at all on freeways with 12 lanes and interchanges,” Lowery said. “It’s a 10-year answer to a 100-year problem.” He suggested investment in robust transit development to address traffic congestion. He said it’s important to also improve bus, rail, pedestrian and bike travel. This is not the last discussion on the issue. Bledsoe said she feels

Lowery provided insight on the topic that has more questions than answers. She added the chamber would probably invite a speaker from Caltrans or SANDAG to give an update in the middle of next year, when the project is further along. “At this stage of the game they don’t have all the answers, and shouldn’t be expected to,” Bledsoe said. “I hope we see some solution in the next couple of years. The city has a lot of tourism, and beautiful beaches, we need to be able to move people effectively.” The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce meets the first Thursday of each month at 928 N. Coast Highway.

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tion in 1994. But in the late 1970s or early ‘80s, Rincon and Librarian Kris Jorgensen aren’t sure, a stray cat wandered into the library at the county center and became the unofficial mascot. Prudence was his name, and he became beloved by the staff. He was fed and cared for and due to his infectious personality, a painting of Prudence hangs in the library. In 1981, though, a lot was purchased on Eucalyptus Avenue for $160,000 and in 1994 the current 30,000 squarefoot facility opened. “There is a picture of him (Prudence) sitting on this open encyclopedia,” Jorgensen said. In the past several years, however, Rincon has taken an aggressive approach to keeping the

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the river. The grant will help fund the construction of 2,965-foot addition that will advance the current path east from Jimmy Durante to the Old Grand Avenue Bridge viewpoint and bring the scenic loop trail one step closer to a future connection at the Crest Canyon segment. The total project cost is estimated to be $475,000, which includes design, entitlements and easement acquisition, environmental review and mitigation and construction. About 65 percent of the funding has been committed through a $150,000

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has been called a “scientific fraud” by area activists and allied engineers, including former Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee. Said David Jay Weisman, head of the San Luis Obispo-based Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, “The NRC seems to always accept anything PG&E tells them.” PG&E is far from unique in its favorable treatment from that commission. The NRC has

SEPT. 11, 2015 library relevant and engaged with the community. Currently, she said, the library has an average of 24,000 to 25,000 customers per month. She has instituted numerous programs outside of what many would consider the function of a library. In addition to homework, reading and education programs, Rincon has created and been pitched ideas such as Zumba, music, fitness, citizenship classes, developing programming for adults with disabilities, serving summer meals to children who rely on school lunches during each semester and much more. She said the role of libraries have changed over the past decade with the growing influence of technology making it easier to find books. As a result, Rincon, who came to the Vista branch in 2012, said libraries must be proactive to survive.

“If libraries don’t evolve with the times, they’ll disappear,” she added. “We host the most programs in the county and have the largest footprint. It has become more of a community hub, not just to check out books but some sort of service.” In addition, the Friends of the Vista Library, an all-volunteer group average about $35,000 per year in donations to the library. And in the race to 1 million in total circulation last year, Jorgensen, several of the staff and even San Diego County Library Director Jose Aponte shaved mohawks into their heads in the final push to reach the milestone. “We were at like 900,000 the previous year,” Jorgensen said. “We put our hair on the line and bunch of us did. We pushed, and pushed and pushed and we made it on the final day.”

Vista students come from families in which no one before has gone to college and no one really talks about it as part of their future. “We’re planting the seeds so, if they’re not hearing that message at home, they’re getting the message here, and we’re setting that expectation high,” Mejia said. “They’re

hearing what college is like so they can make it their dream.” Realistically, not every student who goes through Monte Vista will wind up going to college, Smith said, but at least they’ll know the opportunity is there. “We’re just promoting that culture,” Smith said. “Every child deserves to know about university.”

county grant provided through District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts; $73,000 in private donations and $54,500 in grants received by the conservancy; and $35,000 from Del Mar, including a $5,000 grant from the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley. “This is the first donation San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has been awarded by the Zable Foundation and we are very pleased to be partnering with them on the project,” Boaz said. To create additional opportunities to engage with trails, REI stores are partnering with nonprofit organizations to host or promote volunteer events for National Public Lands Day Sept. 26.

REI, the conservancy and Del Mar are sponsoring a cleanup event from 9 to 11 a.m. that day at River Path Del Mar. Volunteers are needed to clear vegetation and debris in preparation for the construction of the extension project. Participants will receive free REI Stewards T-shirts while supplies last. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, bring a reusable water bottle and gardening or work gloves if they have them. Visit the city website at delmar.ca.us for more information or to register. Donations are still being sought to close a $162,500 funding gap for the extension project.

couldn’t be happier,” he said. The latest proposal from Schlesinger is to build 270 homes with lot sizes ranging from 7,000 to 16,000 square feet. A representative of

Stuck in the Rough, Dick Daniels said the company is “currently selecting a homebuilder who will handle community outreach, processing and entitling the 270-home land plan.”

never denied a license request for an atomic power plant from any utility. “The NRC is a rubber stamp for the utilities,” Weisman said. In fact, the commission has “accepted” PG&E’s seismic study, but also gave itself 18 months to examine the report and then issue a final ruling on Diablo Canyon’s earthquake safety. All of which means that anyone unhappy with the pattern of utility favoritism at the PUC can expect little or no comfort

and support from any federal commission. The patterns of behavior by FERC and the NRC are similar enough to what the PUC did for decades without any legal challenge that these two agencies also should get careful and constant observation to ensure against continued outright favoritism of the big utilities. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net


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of overstepping your boundaries if you come on too strong or meddle in other people’s affairs.

By Eugenia Last FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson

THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schorr

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- It’s your future, so take all the time you need to feel comfortable with how things are going. Moving too quickly will cause you to make mistakes and poor choices.

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3P Crème of the County basketball showcase a success By Coast News Staff

months ago to host the showcase, said the gymnasium was the perfect venue. “Duffield is one of the newer basketball gyms in the county, and it’s large enough that it can house the fans, but intimate enough so that fans really get to see the action up close and personal,” Burgin said. “We’re already looking forward to next year.” Craig Matthews, the school’s facility events coordinator, echoed Burgin’s sentiments. “We were definitely pleased with the turnout and the reception to the event, all the way around,” Matthews said. “Everything ran smoothly and the basketball action was top notch.” Each player played in one showcase game- the “Crème” games were reserved for players who are considered among the top 20 players in their graduating classes, and “Select” games were for other local standouts. Several of North County’s brightest basketball talents were on display, including Richard Polanco, a junior at the host school, who is being recruited by several Division 1 universities, including the University of Southern California; and Taurus Samuels, a sophomore point guard at Vista High School who is also being recruited by a number of Division 1 schools. Samuels said he enjoyed some of the additional activities at the showcase, including stations where the players were measured, weighed and had their wingspan and vertical leap measured. “It made it feel more like a combine than a showSeveral of North County’s brightest basketball talents showcase their skills on the court. case,” Samuels said. “It was definitely one of the best school basketball players a lege coaches and basketball vy’s Duffield Sports Center. showcases I’ve attended.” The Coast News was one Burgin, who partnered chance to showcase their tal- scouts, as well as their famients in front of several col- lies. It was held at Army Na- with Army Navy about two of the event sponsors.

CARLSBAD — With the beautiful Carlsbad coastline as the backdrop and the historical Army and Navy Academy school site as the setting, more than 200 of the region’s top basketball players participated in the inaugural 3P Crème of the County basketball showcase, which organizers said was a major success. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected it to turn out the way it did,” said Aaron Burgin, a Coast News staff writer, who in his spare time is a basketball scout and operator of the Full-Time Hoops scouting service. “We are extremely excited and elated with both the turnout and the great basketball action on display.” Jim Thompson, the founder of the nonprofit 3 Point Play, the event’s title sponsor, was also impressed with the event. “It went off without a hitch,” Thompson said. “You can’t ask for more than that.” The Crème of the Coun- Middle and high school basketball players from around the county converge on Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad for the inaugural 3P Creme ty gave middle- and high- of the County showcase. Photos by Tony Cagala

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with his fingers crossed. “We have to play much better than we did last week,’’ he said. They better, because there aren’t too many col-

lege quarterbacks at Goff’s level. The Bears had the nation’s 10th best offense last year with its up-tempo, no-huddle offense. In thumping Grambling State, 73-14, in the opener, Goff threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns — in the first half. “It’s up to us to put as much pressure on him as we can,’’ defensive end Jon

Sanchez said. “We got to get him on the ground.’’ The best way is to keep his feet on the sidelines. A heavy dose of Donnel Pumphrey (only 71 yards against USD) does that if the Aztecs return to their strength: running the football, which will take an improved effort from those opening the holes. SDSU scooted for 2,809 yards last season, the sec-

ond-highest total in school history. It’s a history that shows zero wins in three road dates with the Bears. Now that’s rocky. “All we got to do is to do it once,’’ Long said. “Then it happens all the time — I’ve seen it happen. We’ll get it done sooner or later.’’ If accomplishing it sooner, the Aztecs will to work up a lather — on the ground. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.


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MCI Distance Learning Courses Move to MarineNet By Cpl. Asia J. Sorenson

CAMP PENDLETON — Marine Corps Institute Distance Education Program courses will now be exclusively on MarineNet. “One of the important things MarineNet allows us to do, aside from being easier to update the courses, is that it allows access for everybody to take the course wherever they are,” said Jeffrey R. Willis, director, Camp Pendleton Region, Training and Education Command. “So, when an important topic comes up

that you want training on, MarineNet provides a way to get it complete with immediate feedback, which is beneficial to unit leaders and the Marine Corps.” An administrative message released early this year stated that having distance learning courses through the Marine Corps Institute and the College of Distance Education and Training was leading to a disjointed training and education curriculum. Headquarters Marine Corps responded to this issue by approving the

transfer of MCI distance learning courses to CDET. Completion of MCI courses, including the online courses being transferred, can earn Marines up to 100 additional self-education bonus points on their composite score. A composite score determines promotion from the rank of lance corporal to corporal and corporal to sergeant. MCI’s online courses also include the distance education program courses required for a Marine to be professional

San Onofre area beach utilized CAMP PENDLETON — Green Beach, located in the northern training area of Camp Pendleton, will be utilized for the first time during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015. Marine Corps Installations West Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is providing I Marine Expeditionary Force with the required training areas to allow the evolution of operational maneuver from the ship to objective maneuver for amphibious operations. Dawn Blitz 2015 strengthens the Navy/Marine Corps team’s amphibious core competency and builds upon the successes and lessons learned of previous exercises in the series. The exercise this year will include an increase in coalition/partner nation participation, a greater focus on crisis response, and an emphasis on live, amphibious operations on multiple objectives. Dawn Blitz 2015 is a multinational amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California, designed to train Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG 3), 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB), Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF), Mexican Armed Forces (MAF), and New Zealand Armed Forces (NZAF) in seabasing, amphibious landing and command and control. The Green Beach Ac-

cess Point will be used during the exercise. It provides the only amphibious access to the Base's northern training areas, and allows the passage of large tactical vehicles to amphibious training areas on Green Beach and units’ ability to directly travel from the sea to the inland objectives during exercises. The renovation of the Green Beach operation access corridor began July 8, 2013 and was opened Sept. 3, 2014. The renovation of

the bridge at the access point has since provided expanded training and tactical options to units conducting amphibious exercises off the 1200 meter long beach. The construction replaced timber trestles with a more permanent concrete structure that supports large tactical vehicles and maneuvers by providing a wider portal and allowing for more practical and safer access to Camp Pendleton's Northern training areas.

military education course complete and eligible for promotion across the ranks. Leading Marines was moved from MCI to MarineNet in November 2011. The course is designed to develop and enhance a Marines’ ability to think critically and make sound, ethical decisions. All Marines must complete Leading Marines in order to be eligible for promotion to corporal. “Leading Marines was one of the early courses and one I think is really useful

and brings up important topics for Marines,” said Willis. All MCI courses that were marked for the transfer in MARADMIN 209/15 will be available on MarineNet, http://www. marinenet.usmc.mil, by the end of September. Once the MCI website is gone, MCI transcripts will still be available through Joint Service Transcript, jst.doded.mil. However, MCI course completion certificates will no longer be available for

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