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SEPT. 18, 2020

Is county backsliding on virus?

San Marcos schools chief steps down

By City News Service

By Tigist Layne

REGION — San Diego County could regress into the state’s most restrictive public health tier due to increasing COVID-19 numbers, with Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday rejecting a county effort to discount the 722 positive tests recorded by San Diego State University since the semester began. The county could find out next Tuesday if it will slip back to the “purple” tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening roadmap. If so, additional restrictions will be slapped onto various businesses until the county can improve its numbers. Data released this week showed one of the two metrics the state monitors being flagged as “widespread,” which could potentially lead to the added restrictions. County Supervisor Greg Cox said Wednesday he was writing a letter to Newsom to ask for considerations in excluding SDSU cases, or for other alternatives to avoid rolling back business openings. But Newsom said he isn’t inclined to overlook the SDSU cases. The governor said the county can’t separate cases at a university because it goes to “what a community by definition is — and that is integrated individuals, and as a consequence you can’t isolate as if it’s on an island a campus community that is part of the larger community. So the answer is no.” According to Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s epidemiology expert, the vast majority of those students live in the 92115 ZIP Code around the university — many just a few blocks off campus. He said that while it is true they are technically in the community at large, they are close enough to TURN TO VIRUS ON 7

we will continue to work each day to maintain our focus on diversity, educational equity and social justice.”  The news comes as the university kicks off its first semester of requiring all incoming students to take two upper-division diversity and equity courses to graduate. Ranjeeta Basu, CSUSM’s interim chief diversity officer, told The Coast News that faculty had been working on the new course requirements for the past few years and it officially went into effect this fall. “As an educational institution, our role is to educate, transform and give our students the opportunity to be agents of change because they’re the next generation,” Basu said. “We hope this requirement will give them the knowledge and the skills to be those agents of change

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) announced at its board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, that Superintendent Dr. Carmen García resigned effective immediately. Assistant Superintendent Tiffany Campbell will step in as the acting superintendent of the district. García was not present at the board meeting, but the district posted a farewell message from the former superintendent on its website. In the letter, García thanked the board for the “amicable separation” and “for the opportunity to work together these GARCÍA past two years with phenomenal students, teachers, parents, staff, administrators, and the community at large.” García also thanked teachers, students, administrators, the district and the community as a whole for their service and dedication to the district. She concluded with a note to the SMUSD community: “As our world continues to shift with the twists and turns brought forth by a global pandemic, our students rely upon the ongoing courageous conversations and support that will provide the best education for all SMUSD scholars. Thank you for your dedication in moving forward with this endeavor in order to create an equity-based system that supports all students, from all backgrounds with multidimensional needs, so that, one day, ‘all means all’ rings true everywhere.” García was appointed by the board in October 2018. She came to San Marcos from San Diego Unified School District where she served as a lead principal at



HEADS UP, FIREFIGHTERS! San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido is saying thank you to local firefighters by offering free admission to all active firefighters in September, which is Firefighter Appreciation Month. STORY ON PAGE 3. Photo courtesy of SD Zoo Safari Park

CSUSM again wins diversity award By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) has received the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the seventh year in a row for demonstrating its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The national honor was awarded to CSUSM by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, one of the largest diversity-focused publications in higher education, along with 89 other recipients. CSUSM, which boasts a student population of roughly than 14,000, more than 40% of which is Hispanic/Latino, is one of four CSU schools to win the HEED Award this year. The others are Fresno, Fullerton and Northridge. “The principles of inclusive excellence have defined my career in my commitment to student social mobility, and I am proud to lead a campus community

CAL STATE SAN MARCOS is one of 90 higher-education institutions to be awarded the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. CSUSM has been honored for seven straight years. Photo courtesy CSUSM

where these principles are at the forefront of everything we do,” said CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt in a statement. “Receiving

the HEED Award for a seventh straight year is validation for the hard work our university has committed to inclusive excellence, and


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Seniors take advantage of active lifestyle at Silvergate San Marcos SAN MARCOS - September 18, 2020 Inside the safety and protection of the Silvergate San Marcos retirement community, seniors are finding creative ways to have fun and be active despite the new normal of the outside world. At Silvergate, residents are focused on staying healthy, spending time safely with other residents, and enjoying each day fully by taking part in regular physical activity throughout the week. “I love the exercise we do here at Silvergate,” said Merrio Izor, a new resident at Silvergate San Marcos who takes full advantage of the community’s activities as they are announced and offered. “They have all kinds of activities. You can pick and choose what you like. If I were at home, I’d stay inside all the time…here I walk every morning which I love. It’s invigorating and I really enjoy it.” New Activities Planned Regularly For Residents With a dedicated Activities Director planning creative and fun events daily, there are always opportunities for residents to get moving and be active. Silvergate’s staff continually plans and leads a variety of fitness classes and physical activities to help residents strengthen their bodies, improve their cognitive abilities, and maintain a greater level of independence for a longer period of time. “We’re not letting the pandemic hamper our ability to offer fun and fulfilling activities to our residents,” said Judy Salazar-Soto, Activities Director for Silvergate San Marcos. “We offer so much more than just socially distanced card games and puzzles. We want our residents to enjoy activities that keep them physically active and mentally agile. We try to switch up our fitness classes regularly to give residents new activities to try and enjoy.”

fun and it gets you going.” “I like to be doing things,” said Gordon Chaves, a resident at Silvergate who served as a community advocate in Palm Springs for many years and now volunteers to help bring new activities into his retirement community home at Silvergate. “I like to be busy and the people and staff here are great. I like the activities we have going on and because I’ve always been active in my local community, I’ve gotten involved here, too.” “While movement plays an important role in any healthy lifestyle, those over the age of 70 experience greater wellness by embracing a well-rounded daily routine that includes physical activity, proper nutrition, socialization, and vigorous mental stimulation. We offer all of that David Leese, a resident of the Silvergate San Marcos, enjoys here at Silvergate,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, a session of the community’s Sit & Be Fit class as part of his Executive Director for the senior living commuregular fitness actvity for the week. nity. Wide Variety of Activities Offered at Silvergate Silvergate residents are transforming their Each month, Silvergate’s fitness classes and health and experiencing greater positivity by wellness activities focus on cardiovascular, muscu- living more actively than they were before lar conditioning, flexibility and balance to help moving into the community. When combined improve overall physical well-being. The opportu- with time spent socializing with friends, the nities to participate in physical activities change activities at Silvergate are part of an overall regularly with new offerings that currently include: health and wellness lifestyle that residents at Silvergate are embracing. • Sit & Be Fit • Dance For Health Community Tours Open at Silvergate • Yoga Lessons • Tai Chi Instruction •

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San Marcos adds 2 years to city manager’s contract By Tigist Layne

SAN DIEGO ZOO Safari Park says thank you to local firefighters by offering free admission to all active firefighters through the month of September as part of Firefighter Appreciation Month. Photo courtesy of SD Zoo Safari Park

Safari Park offering free admission to firefighters By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is offering free admission to all active firefighters through the month of September as part of their Firefighter Appreciation Month to honor the hard work and sacrifice of firefighters everywhere. Anyone who presents their active firefighter identification card with a photo along with their personal ID will receive free admission. Up to six accompanying family members or friends can get 10 percent off the purchase of a 1-Day Pass, as well. California’s firefighters have been battling dozens of wildfires in recent weeks that have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres and are still only minimally contained. The park says that these heroes and their families have been extremely grateful to be celebrated in this way. “Firefighters are true heroes, and we are thrilled to be able to provide free admission to these hard-working professionals,” said Lisa Peterson, director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “It’s no question that firefighters run toward the danger that many others run from—with tremendous risk to their own lives. For that courage, we are grateful.” Gov. Gavin Newsom and other officials met with President Donald Trump on Monday in Sacramento to ask for feder-

al help with California’s wildfires as well as to discuss the impacts of climate change on the state’s ability to manage the fires. President Trump refused to acknowledge that climate change had a role in the fires that continue to burn across the country. San Diego Zoo Global, on the other hand, maintains that climate change, habitat loss and invasive plant species have created situations where fires are occurring much more frequently and with higher intensity. “This year’s fire season is only beginning; but so far, we’re seeing that it will be one of the worse in our state’s history,” said Shawn Dixon, chief operating officer for San Diego Zoo Global. “Added to the destruction of property and the loss of human life, wildfires occurring repeatedly in the same locations are displacing native wildlife and altering fragile habitats that could take decades to repair. It’s more important now than ever that we support those protecting us on the front lines.” Along with their support of local firefighters, the organization also supports more than 140 conservation projects in Southern California and worldwide to monitor native habitats, help replant habitats and to relocate vulnerable species. For more information about the park’s Firefighter Appreciation Month, guests can visit

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met in a regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and voted to extend the contract of City Manager Jack Griffin by two years. Griffin became the city manager in 2012 with an initial term agreement of two years. Prior to his position at the City of San Marcos, Griffin served as city manager of Sebastopol in the Bay Area. He has also worked for the City of Chula Vista as the director of public works and director of general services. Since starting at San Marcos, his employment agreement has been extended several times. The last extension was in 2019 and also provided



that we want to see in the world.” Basu also highlighted the university’s new coaching model that is being implemented this year, which aims to provide each student with a coach who will check in on them and provide them with necessary resources. “Especially in a virtual environment, it’s even more important to reach out and make sure that students don’t feel lost and isolated,” Basu said. “A lot of this model is about diversity and inclusion, making sure that those students who tend to be underserved and forgotten are not. We want to make a deliberate attempt to include them and find out what they need and get that to them.” This model includes providing equipment loans to students and faculty who do not have computer or internet access in their homes. The university has also begun an initiative that focuses on the inclusion of faculty and staff. FACES, which stands for Faculty Advocacy Care Engagement Services, is an effort to make all of the university’s faculty feel included and supported, especially faculty of color and faculty who may not have as

JACK GRIFFIN, San Marcos’ city manager since 2012, had his contract extended by the City Council. His agreement now runs through June 2024. Photo courtesy City of San Marcos

Griffin with a 6% merit increase equally split between a base pay increase and contribution to Griffin’s deferred compensation account.

This month’s council decision extends Griffin’s employment agreement to June 2024, according to the staff report. The council also agreed

to increase the number of months to be paid out as severance pay in the event Griffin is terminated without cause and to provide him with 40 additional hours of vacation. Also passed at the meeting was a resolution approving the construction documents for bid for the Annual Surface Seal Fiscal Year 2020 Project. The council then authorized the city manager to award the project and execute the contract for the project. Finally, the council decided to push the public hearing concerning the disposal of five affordable small housing property interests to the Sept. 22 council meeting. The next City Council meeting will be held on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

many resources. CSUSM also has an overarching Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, which is being implemented step by step with a completion goal of 2022. “We have a lot of inequality, a lot of inequitable distribution of resources across our society, and one of the ways in which people can overcome that is through education,” Basu said. “Anyone who wants it should be able to come to a university where they feel welcome, where they feel at home, where they feel that we are here for them.”

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Opinion & Editorial

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Likely winners, losers among the propositions


Next at SONGS? Remove the fuel By David Victor, Daniel Stetson & Martha McNicholas


n Aug. 7 the last of the spent nuclear fuel storage canisters was lowered inside a concrete and steel bunker at the site. Over the next decade the rest of the site, including the domes, will come down. But the bunker will stay until there is new federal policy that can move the spent fuel. Over the years there has been vehement disagreement about San Onofre, but we hope there is one topic on which everyone agrees: the spent fuel must be removed. As officers of the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel (CEP), a volunteer organization tasked with helping improve communications between SCE and the local communities, we have been on the front lines of these debates. We convene regular meetings – all open to the public, with video documentation online and archived – with the top nuclear experts in the country presenting their views and data to the public. We have looked at every aspect of the plant— even topics, like terrorist threats, that are hard to talk about without classified data. No other nuclear plant in the country has had so comprehensive a program for public engagement than the one at San Onofre. In our meetings, no subject has generated more concern than the problem of moving the spent fuel. Across the political spectrum, people are shocked and angry to learn that the decommissioning of the plant does not mean the removal of everything. The problem is that there is no place to send the fuel rods. Back in 1982 Congress outlined its vision in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, and in the years since that vision has turned into

a pernicious plan: stick Nevada with the fuel at Yucca Mountain. The US Government has already spent more than $15b investigating the site in the desert outside Las Vegas; it has learned a lot of science, but it now looks unlikely the site will ever open. Yet 17 reactors at 14 sites in 11 states that are no longer operating – reactors, like here at San Onofre, that have no place send their spent fuel because political gridlock, like at Yucca, keeps their fuel stuck onsite. The government collected a huge pile of cash, amassed into a $46 billion fund according to the 2016 audit, to pay for permanent disposal. The Federal government is now in breach of contract and some utilities have sued to get back the money that belongs to their customers. Each step in the Yucca logic is easy to understand, but the story overall hasn’t solved the waste problem. We here in the communities around San Onofre must lead the way for a solution. No community is more focused and organized; none has a Congressional delegation so ready to act. The solution isn’t doubling down on Yucca Mountain. The politics in Nevada are too fraught and flaky to make that a viable plan. Nice-sounding ideas— like moving the spent fuel on to Camp Pendleton or to the Palo Verde Nuclear plant in Arizona (which is partly owned by California electric companies)—are interesting to think about. They need constant probing and updating as new political forces alter what is practical in the real world—so that we aren’t tilting at options that won’t work in reality. Realism demands, too, that we focus on what’s clearly the best solution: “interim storage”—a safe place to send the spent fuel

while the nation works out better options than Yucca and while new technologies create new options for permanent disposal. Two sites—one in New Mexico and another in Texas—are already lining up. More will follow if a change in federal law makes interim storage a viable option. We may not want to store spent fuel here at San Onofre, but other communities are keen for the business. Success requires at least two things. First, we must get the California delegation fully aligned on this mission after the November election. Some members are reliably engaged—like Dianne Feinstein, Scott Peters, Mike Levin, Harley Rouda, Salud Carbajal, and Tony Cárdenas—but many are not. We must reach out to build a bigger coalition that shows California’s strength and also engages other communities around the country that are in the same pickle—from Illinois to Ohio, Vermont, New York, Texas and many other states that span the political spectrum. Second, and probably harder, we must band together as a community to focus on the big picture. Passion and acrimony around San Onofre has led to wild claims about the dangers of spent fuel storage in stainless steel canisters. Those have needlessly rattled the local community and are fodder for other communities that watch us and wonder: why would we want to be interim storage sites? The lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, global warming and many other dangers is that good policy must start with science. The same is true here. David G. Victor, Daniel T. Stetson and Martha McNicholas are officers of the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel.

he presidential election appears to be no contest in California, if the polls are correct, with Democrat Joe Biden leading Republican incumbent Donald Trump by as much as 39%, an unprecedented margin. But even without a U.S. Senate race to liven things up this fall, there still figure to be plenty of close contests here, in several congressional districts and especially among the 12 initiatives on the Nov. 3 ballot. Some of those congressional races, mostly in the Central Valley and Orange County, remained too close to call less than two months before Election Day — itself a non-realistic term when all voters will receive mail ballots and most will vote long before the official date of the election. But clear-cut winners and losers can be spotted among the propositions. Start with Proposition 15, the fight over the Split Roll, which aims to deprive commercial real estate of its current exemption under the 1978 Proposition 13 from frequent reassessment and property tax increases. In most years, this would have a solid chance, its sponsors promising around $12 billion in new funding for public schools, cities and counties. None of that money, they say, would come from the pockets of most taxpayers, with the entire new bill footed by owners of factories, office towers, shopping malls and other businesses. But wait. With hundreds of companies sending staff home to work, and thousands of leases getting canceled or going unrenewed, no one can know what office buildings and other commercial

california focus thomas d. elias properties will be worth later this year or next. So the $12 billion promise is nebulous at best. Plus, whatever businesses survive the coronavirus shutdowns will surely pass on to consumers via higher prices every cent of the rent increases that inevitably follow a tax increase. So it turns out the average taxpayer would foot this bill. Once voters figure this out — and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association will speed that along — this measure doesn’t figure to do well. It’s a matter of the poorest possible timing and the impatience for change of labor unions behind the Split Roll. They’re ignoring very public advice to hold off two years until the next general election. But the climate may be right this year for Proposition 16, aiming to end California’s 24-year ban on affirmative action in college admissions, hiring and other fields. Every poll says voters are more sympathetic now to helping minorities upward than they’ve been in decades. While affirmative action went down by a significant margin in a 1996 vote, there’s a good chance for a comeback now. Another likely winner is Proposition 18, allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they’ll be 18 by the following November’s general election. Plenty of senior citi-

zens and middle-aged voters know that high school students taking civics classes can be well informed. Many will gladly opt to expand voting rights a bit. Another potential winner is Proposition 19, letting homeowners over 55 change homes but keep their property tax at the same level it’s been for years under the 1978 Proposition 13. This one, backed by realtors wanting to market more homes, might break up the logjam caused by seniors and others hanging onto properties larger than they really need because they can’t afford the taxes they’d have to pay if they buy another home. This would let older folks downsize more comfortably, while opening up buying opportunities for young families in areas where sales are now infrequent. Reruns also adorn this ballot. Statewide rent control is back after losing badly two years ago. Unless voters have become far more left-leaning since that election — a possibility after two more years of observing President Trump — this one figures to lose again as Proposition 21. New and larger staffing requirements for kidney dialysis centers are also back after losing two years ago, this time appearing as Proposition 23. It will likely lose once more if the big-money dialysis companies again convince voters this move would cause many dialysis centers to close. There’s some predictability to all this, but nothing is certain among the propositions, even when it seems to be. Email Thomas Elias at

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Businesses adjust to new guidelines By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Businesses countywide are once again resuming indoor operations after Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new tiered system for reopening businesses. The new guidelines mean that San Diego restaurants, salons, gyms, places of worship and more can move back inside, with restrictions. Newsom announced the new four-tier, color-coded system on Aug. 28, and counties can move through it based on their number of cases and percentage of positive tests. San Diego County is currently in the red tier, meaning it has “substantial risk.” For restaurants, places of worship and movie theaters, this means limited indoor operations at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Gyms, yoga studios and fitness centers can operate with 10% occupancy, while hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, piercing shops and nail salons can operate indoors with normal capacity. Mask mandates and social distancing guidelines still apply. The county is also requiring that all businesses that are resuming indoor operations have a way to document the names and phone numbers of guests that come in. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher explained in a press conference that this sign-in list will aid in tracking people who were potentially exposed to outbreaks or positive cases at businesses that have reopened. Though many Escondido businesses are hurrying to get back inside, others have had weeks to adjust to outdoor operations thanks to the city’s recent outdoor expansion efforts, and some are taking their time. Bob Carpenter, co-owner of Sunny Side Kitchen in Escondido, told The Coast News that at 25% capacity, they can only seat seven people inside their 600-square-foot restaurant, and they plan on staying outdoors until they can implement a reservation system that will make it easier to track guests. “At a restaurant, there’s a lot of people coming in and out all the time, and we would rather be safe. We’re concerned about our own health and our employees’ health. We don’t want to all of a sudden have 50 people in the restaurant, we’d rather go slow until there’s a more permanent solution,” Carpenter said. “Everyone wants to get back to doing what they were doing, but we’re in a pandemic and that’s not something that we should take lightly.”


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Election puts campaign contribution limits in spotlight By Tigist Layne

REGION — The Escondido City Council has been discussing drastically lowering the city’s campaign contribution limits in recent months as the upcoming elections have prompted an interest in cities with the highest and lowest contribution limits in the county. When it comes to campaign contributions, five cities in the county have set no local limits, defaulting to a recent state law that limits campaign contributions to $4,700. These cities are Carlsbad, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, National City and Oceanside. Other cities in the county range from $100 to $1,090. Of cities with limits, Escondido is one of the

highest, with parties able to donate up to $4,300 to a City Council or mayoral candidate. AccordMCNAMARA ing to a report by Escondido city staff, San Diego sets contribution limits at no more than $600 for council candidates and $1,150 for mayor/city attorney. Chula Vista has a $350 limit. Santee has a $700 limit, Vista is at $300, Encinitas and San Marcos are at $250, Solana Beach and Poway are at $100, and Lemon Grove has a $1,000 limit. Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, who made a campaign promise to lower contribution limits during

his 2018 run for mayor, told The Coast News that he thinks the limit is too high and that there should also be a slightly higher limit for mayoral candidates than City Council candidates. “A concerned citizen who wants to run probably doesn’t have the same name recognition as an incumbent does, but both still have to raise thousands and thousands of dollars,” McNamara said. “There’s a fairness issue there. I just think that what we have is too high and it needs to be lowered.” The City of San Marcos, on the other hand, has one of the lowest contribution limits in the county at $250. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones told The Coast News that, though she

doesn’t support high contribution limits, there has to be a balance. “At $250, you have to work a lot harder and contact a lot more people to get them to donate,” Jones said. “I think it puts individuals at a disadvantage and it probably deters more people from running. It’s important to have as much participation as possible, but it’s hard to do that if people can’t fund their own campaign.” In some cities, like San Marcos, if someone donates to a candidate’s campaign, that candidate may not vote on the donor’s project for a year before and a year after the donation. It’s a concept that Escondido is also taking into consideration after residents, and the Sierra Club,

recently expressed concerns that three City Council candidates received donations of $4,300 from Safari Highlands LLC, proponents of the controversial Harvest Hills development. “Developers are allowed to give money, but can they give money right before or right after an important vote? Is that the right signal to send? Or would we be denying that entity its rights?” McNamara said. “We need to find the balance between an entity’s rights to donate money, but at the same time making sure they aren’t having too much influence.” McNamara added that the City Council will be working to lower contribution limits before the 2022 elections.

San Marcos Unified board Vista budget holds steady amid pandemic the city has used $3.5 mil- for a drop in sales tax came approves reopening plan VISTA — The lion of its Structural Deficit out better than originally By Steve Puterski

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SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District held a governing board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, and unanimously approved a reopening plan for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The first vote on a reopening plan was held on July 21 and failed by a 3-2 vote. Tuesday’s meeting began with news of the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Carmen García. The new acting superintendent, Tiffany Campbell, then presented the board with options for returning students to in-person learning. The board approved a plan that will begin in-person learning for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students beginning Oct. 12, and the remainder of elementary students beginning Oct. 19. Middle and high school students, however, will not resume in-person learning until January. All in-person instruction will be implemented in a hybrid model that will include two days of virtual learning and two days of in-person learning. Mondays will be virtual instruction for all students. SMUSD, which has more than 21,000 students in grades K-12, began classes virtually for all students on Aug. 18 per Gov. Gavin



San Diego High School. It is unclear why García made the sudden decision to step down. Numerous parents and families of the district, however, have expressed disappointment during board meetings and on social media about the district’s approach to the reopening of schools amid COVID-19 concerns. The board held a second vote Tuesday evening, though the district already started classes virtually on Aug. 18. “Many parents have been actively participating

Newsom’s pandemic plan for California’s schools. Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. San Diego County was on the Monitoring List but has remained off of it since mid-August. On Aug. 2, families decided between two options for their students. The first is remote learning/in-person learning, which aims to ultimately return students to physical school if and when it is safe to do so. The second is the Leading Edge Virtual School (LEVS), which is an online option for students who wish to remain off campus for the entirety of the school year. The board acknowledged the reopening plan depends on whether San Diego County can keep its COVID-19 case rate low. The county’s case rate entered purple-tier territory on Newsom’s color-coded COVID-19 monitoring system on Tuesday, which could ultimately prevent schools from resuming in-person learning. The board also announced that Mark Schiel, SMUSD’s assistant superintendent of business services, is stepping down from his position. in the monthly board meetings since last November. That community engagement was in reaction to several decisions and actions made by Dr. García,” said Sandra Greefkes, an SMUSD parent. “There was a significant loss of confidence in her ability to lead our district based on the results of a community-based climate survey. … As parents, we look forward to positively collaborating with the district leadership, teachers and staff. Dr. Campbell is responsive and thoughtful and understands the logistics required to open safely.”

COVID-19 pandemic has ravished municipal budgets across the state and country, although Vista is doing better than others. The City Council was briefed on its budget during its Sept. 8 meeting, and thanks to healthy reserves, is surviving the drop in tax revenue. Sales, property and transient occupancy (hotel) taxes are the three largest sources of revenue for the city, according to Sara Taylor, a Vista senior management analyst, who presented the report. The city transitioned to a two-year budget cycle last year, so Taylor’s mid-cycle review showed revised estimates, revenues and expenditures for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21. The total operating budget for all funds is $149.2 million with a General Fund budget of $83.5 million for FY 2020-21. The operating budget is nearly $1 million less than projected in 2019, a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the staff report. “It has drastically impacted sales tax, transient occupancy tax (TOT), also known as the hotel tax, charges for services, recreation and community services and gas tax revenues,” Taylor said. “Over 80% of the General Fund revenues are generated from three sources — sales, TOT and property tax. Sales tax, however, is highly dependent on continued employment and consumer confidence.” As for the city’s modest surplus projected last year, Vista is tracking to break even for FY 2020-21. City Manager Patrick Johnson said the city took the lessons from the Great Recession in 2008 and applied those new tactics to help avoid layoffs, and cuts to programs and city services. As such, the city has been aggressive in building up two of its reserve accounts, the Emergency Reserves, which has $23.65 million, and the Structural Deficit Reserve, which began the year with $9.3 million. Due to the pandemic,

Reserve to mitigate expenditures and to ensure fewer cuts and keeping services running, Johnson said. “From that experience, starting around 2011 to 2012, we started setting money aside,” Johnson said. “The councils for the last

We are in a really good place financially because of some big decisions we made a couple years ago ...” John Franklin Vista City Council

eight years have been very diligent setting aside, we’ll call it a rainy-day fund, so that way when the next … downturn in the economy occurs, we’re somewhat protected.” Johnson said over the past several months, city staff has been keeping close tabs on the budget. He noticed their early projections

predicted. Those projections, initially, were tabbed at $2.5 million, but the actual total is a $1.8 million decrease. “We are in a really good place as a city financially because of some big decisions we made a couple years ago coming out of a recession,” Councilman John Franklin said. “We have planned for a small recession and our council … put some funds back for a shortterm deficit.” Charges for services dropped by an estimated $2.2 million, sales taxes are down by $1.8 million, transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) is down $1 million and property tax adjustments show a decrease of $243,000. In total, Vista is projecting a decrease of revenues by $5.4 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year. One bright spot, though, has been an injection of tax revenue from medicinal marijuana dispensaries, Taylor said. She reported the sector brought in an increase of $1.7 million in tax revenue from the 2019-20 budget projection. The 2019-20 projection estimated $1.3 million in taxes but has now been adjusted to $3 million for 2020-21.

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pparently, I need to be a good deal less fussy. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that, I’ll admit, but caffeine is a harsh mistress. I am, it seems, in an ongoing battle to get my caffeine fix while adhering to an ongoing litany of reasons I shouldn’t. In the immortal words of SNL’s Roseanne Roseannadanna,”If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.” In short, if it isn’t my stomach, it’s my waistline. All my life, I battled the drowsies every day around 3 p.m. In my 20s and 30s, I sucked down several large diet colas a day to beat back the afternoon droop. I gave up diet anything during my pregnancies, and never could get used to that aftertaste again. Meanwhile, I learned that too much carbonation was a bad thing anyway. Fine, I thought, petulantly. Be like that. It will take more than that to keep me from getting my caffeine fix, I scoffed. About then I discovered lattes. It was something of a rediscovery, since I actually fell in love with café con leche in Spain several decades ago. That stuff will keep you awake for days. But you rarely found it hereabouts until the advent of the convenient coffee shop, bless their overzealous little hearts. Once available, I went about happily sucking down whole milk lattes until I realized they were making me a whole lot chubbier. Fine, I said again, irritably this time. Be like that. Then I heard soy milk was fat free and

was amazed to find it tasted good. So on I went, happily indulging in soy lattes, feeling thoroughly smug and fat-free. Well, it may be fatfree, but somehow my chubbiness didn’t notice. Then the other symptoms of caffeine addiction began to show their vicious, tawdry little faces. First, it beat up my stomach. But if I backed off for 24 hours, my head wanted to explode and fall off my shoulders. There is something enormously sobering about finding you must ingest something in order not to have a screaming headache. Then recently, as I threw myself into a serious diet, I was faced with skim milk lattes. Let me add here that I loathe skim milk, or blue water, as I like to petulantly call it. But skim milk was my only caloric option, it seemed. I switched to tea. Then the challenge became how strong I could brew my tea. I was up to three tea bags at a pop when I realized my teeth had begun to look like I chewed tobacco. Fetching. OK. So we solved the indigestion issue, heavy caffeine headaches and the calorie count question, but now have to deal with stained teeth. I’m currently conducting a daily experiment in my kitchen. I am trying to determine the perfect number of tea bags to avoid yucky teeth, yet banish the midafternoon sinking spells. I may need to apply for a grant. I am currently considering the possibility of just becoming a hermit. This would allow me to nap every day, doing away with all need for caffeine. I’m guessing that’s what happened to Rip Van Winkle. Jean Gillette is freelance writer who came late to the coffee game. Contact her at

San Marcos helps Piercan USA secure $1.5 million tax credit SAN MARCOS — Attracting, retaining and expanding businesses is at the forefront of the City of San Marcos’ economic development efforts. The City offers a variety of services to help businesses thrive. Piercan, a worldwide leader in manufacturing niche polymer products, including specialty gloves (used by NASA, pharmaceutical companies, national laboratories, military, and beyond) experienced this concierge service firsthand. The City helped Piercan secure a $1.5 million California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) this summer. Announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz), the income tax credit is set up to help businesses that want to grow and stay in California.

With this assistance, Piercan will expand their San Marcos operations and hire 62 new employees. The company will be investing more than $7.5 million in wages, equipment and improvements within the next five years. “The City was instrumental in obtaining this tax credit,” said Julio Cedillo, General Manager of Piercan USA, Inc. “I’m very grateful for their support and their guidance through this process, as well as defining new opportunities to help us grow as a company in a reasonable and responsible way.” Piercan, an international company headquartered in France since 1948, has been operating in the U.S. since 1995. It started in Vista, then expanded to San Marcos, where it currently employs more than 60 full time workers.

SDG&E OFFICIALS say the power line project is needed to meet demands of growing communities in North County, but San Marcos officials believe the project should be undergrounded. Courtesy photo

Vote on controversial power line postponed By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held a meeting on Sept. 10 to vote on a controversial 12mile power line project between Escondido and San Marcos, but after dozens of public comments opposing the project, the CPUC postponed the vote to Sept. 24. The proposed Tie Line 6975 Project by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a 12-mile, 69-kilovolt transmission line that would be located in San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista and Escondido. The project consists of three segments: a rebuild of approximately 1.8 miles of existing overhead transmission line to the west of the San Marcos Substation, a new build of approximately 2.8 miles of a new transmission line from the end of Segment 1 to Meadowlark Junction (San Elijo Road between Elfin Forest and Fallsview Roads), and a re-

placement of approximately 7.4 miles of power lines from Meadowlark Junction to the existing Escondido Substation on existing poles and towers. Sara Prince, a spokeswoman for SDG&E, says that the project is needed to meet the demands of these growing communities. “These communities are exploding in population,” Prince said. “Over the next several decades, there will be even more increased demand on these power lines, and this project would be adding more capacity to accommodate that increased demand for power. What that means is that those customers would have greater reliability and they would be able to have power when they need it.” Attorneys for the City of San Marcos filed a response to the CPUC in opposition to the project citing concerns that the CPUC analysis of the project did not comply with the California Envi-

ronmental Quality Act. A portion of the project would add utility poles over an area that includes the San Elijo Hills and Rancho Dorado housing developments in San Marcos, which, the City of San Marcos says, would significantly increase the risk of loss of life and property due to wildfires. “The major concern that we have is with regards to safety and wildfires. … We’re also concerned that it has the potential to block really critical wildfire evacuation routes,” said Dahvia Lynch, the development services director for San Marcos. “It would affect 1 out of only 4 evacuation routes out of San Elijo Hills, and that development has over 3,000 homes in it.” Lynch told The Coast News that the City of San Marcos “understands that the project needs to happen,” but they have requested that it be analyzed in much greater detail through an environmental impact

report, which, she says, would reveal that the project should be undergrounded. SDG&E maintains that, though they considered the underground route, it would ultimately not be cost-effective. “We design all of our transmission and distribution infrastructure — we design it and construct it and maintain it — in accordance with the strictest state and federal safety regulations,” Prince said. “Our top priority is to operate a safe and reliable grid and to meet our customers’ needs.” At last week’s meeting, the CPUC received 39 comments from residents in the San Elijo Hills area of San Marcos who are opposed to the project. In a 5-0 vote, commissioners decided to revisit the issue on Sept. 24. Officials with the City of Escondido told The Coast News that they have no comment on the project.

2020 Escondido Legends: Cravath, Trussell GAVVY CRAVATH Over the years, Escondido high schools have produced numerous outstanding baseball players. The Escondido History Center is proud to honor the first, Clifford C. Cravath, as a 2020 Escondido Founding Legend. Cravath was born in Escondido in March, 1881. His father, Augustus (A.K.) Cravath, was the first mayor of Escondido, and his mother, Kate Isabella Sikes, was raised in the Sikes family adobe home. Cravath attended Escondido High School, where he was the catcher on the baseball team but, was better remembered as a “bruising fullback” and the captain of the football team. After graduating from Escondido High School in 1899, Cravath moved to Orange County and tried numerous occupations until entering professional baseball in 1903 with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. While playing in California, he picked up the name “Gavvy,” hitting the ball so hard he killed a seagull (“gaviota” in Spanish) in flight. During his five years playing for the Angels, he led the team to two pennants while developing his hitting skills. In 1907, he was sold to the Boston Red Sox. In 1909, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and later to



the Washington Senators. In 1912, after another stint in the minors, the 31-year-old Gavvy received his second chance in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies and batted .284 with 11 home runs. Gavvy’s greatest year was 1913 when he led the majors with 19 home runs, 128 runs batted in, and a.341 batting average. In 1915, he hit 24 home runs, more total home runs than 12 of the 15 major league teams. In 1919 Babe Ruth set the new record with 29 home runs and, in 1921 broke Gavvy’s career home run mark of 119. After retiring from major league baseball in 1920, Gavvy managed teams in the minor leagues and also served as a scout. He settled in Laguna Beach, where he lived in the off-season, and became active in the real estate business. In 1927, he

ran and won a judge seat in Laguna Beach and spent the next 31 years on the bench. In 1963 the Honorable Clifford C. Cravath passed away. JANE TRUSSELL Jane Trussell, an Escondido Forever Legend, was born in San Diego on Oct. 17, 1919. She graduated from Point Loma High School in 1937 and attended San Diego State College, receiving a teaching credential in 1942. She met and married Franklin Trussell, a member of the pioneer family that began farming in the San Pasqual Valley in 1884. It was in this Valley that Trussell made her home and spent her life helping others. Ready to begin her career, Trussell was hired by the San Pasqual Union School District. She spent 34 years at the school, orig-

inally a two-room schoolhouse on Highway 78 where she first taught grades five through eight in the same room. Trussell retired as superintendent/principal and teacher in 1976. Trussell volunteered until 2010 at the new Rockwood Road school, teaching math, P.E., coaching, helping out in the office, driving the school bus, and doing other jobs as needed. Throughout her years at San Pasqual Union, she missed one day of school, the day her husband passed away. Besides her teaching career, Trussell was also known for her softball skills. She started playing right after college and traveled extensively as a member of the “Slick Chicks” and other elite teams. In 1944 during World War II she also played on an Escondido men’s softball team because there weren’t enough men to play. Trussell played in the Escondido Women’s Softball League into her late ’70s and she was also chief umpire in the league for 10 years. Because of her involvement, a softball field in Kit Carson Park is named Jane “Dutch” Trussell Field, dedicated in her honor. Trussell not only played softball, but was an avid tennis player and participated in women’s tennis groups for many years. She also played adult women’s soccer and played fullback or goalie for the “Swarm.”

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Coronavirus in North County

As of Sept. 14, 43,181 people in San Diego County have tested positive for coronavirus of whom 38,129 have recovered and 742 have died. In North County, 7,294 people have tested positive since the pandemic began, but the county does not release city-specific data on the number of recoveries. Map by Brad Rollins/The Coast News



THE ESCONDIDO CREEK CONSERVANCY renamed its Los Cielos Preserve after Betsy Keithley. Courtesy photo

Conservancy names preserve for longtime board member By Staff

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Creek Conservancy has renamed its 906acre Los Cielos Preserve in honor of one of their dedicated board members, Elizabeth “Betsy” Keithley. The Keithley Preserve, in the Elfin Forest area, will now serve as a dedication to the conservation legacy that Keithley has created through her advocacy efforts. “Betsy has been a force at the Conservancy,” said Richard Murphy, board president. “She brought a lifelong passion for the outdoors, protecting open space and habitats to her work. The Keithley Preserve would not have been possible without foresight and action to protect neighboring properties.” Keithley began her involvement with the Conservancy shortly after its founding in 1991 and has been an active board member for the last decade. Having grown up during a time when housing developments were being built in the same open spaces she played in as a child, she quickly realized the value of conservation. The Conservancy’s education programs, which now serve nearly 5,000



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ CELEBRATING VIC CLAY

Carlsbad-By-The- Sea resident, Vic Clay, turned 103 on Sept. 16, still sharp, with many interesting stories to tell. His friends are dismayed because they cannot throw the celebration he deserves, because of the pandemic restrictions. Clay has had a very interesting life including military service and traveling and living all over the world in his professional life. He started his life in the small farming town of Shedd, in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, and worked in the oil business in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. He married Kit and had sons John and Peter. Clay retired from Chevron at age 62 and continued a career of consulting for 10 more years. He moved to Carlsbad By the Sea in December of 1999.


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students annually, are especially important to her as she’s noticed children don’t have the same access or exposure to nature she had growing up. She hopes that their continued exposure to nature will inspire young people to continue the legacy of conservation. “I believe that human beings are part of the ecosystem, and therefore, dependent on all the other life forms among which we live and interact,” Kiethly said. “These species require natural habitats and humans must preserve them. I am grateful that now I have the opportunity to conserve open space for people and animals to enjoy and live in.” “The Keithley Preserve is home to a number of diverse ecosystems including oak woodlands, chaparral, riparian, and coastal sage scrub which provides habitat for the federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher,” said Hannah Walchak, the Conservancy’s Conservation Director. “It’s a jewel of the Elfin Forest area, and only natural we’d rename this after one of our most beloved supporters.” For more information, visit Frank McCoy announced in July that he plans to retire. The city of Oceanside developed a survey in order to gather input from the community on his replacement. The survey is available in English and Spanish, and hard copies will be available at various public counters in the City. Police Chief Survey – English, and Police Chief Survey – Spanish, BE A PARK PERSON

Patrons of Encinitas Parks, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting the facilities and programs of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department, is actively recruiting new members. The Mission of Patrons of Encinitas Parks is to develop and administer a donation program of fundraising and advocating for acquisition, development, enhancement and maintenance of Encinitas P&R facilities and programs. Candidates should have a passion for Encinitas Parks & Rec., a willingness to commit time and effort into supporting our mission, and some experience in HELP CHOOSE A CHIEF serving within a non-profit Oceanside Police Chief organization. Other quali-

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City of San 18,870 campus toDiego make the county’sEscondido request to exclude 2,027 those positive tests from Vista 1,118 the countywide number a San Marcos 1,002 realistic endeavor. McDonald said fewOceanside 1,665 er than 10 known cases in Carlsbad 668 the overall community are Encinitas 372 linked to interaction with SDSU students, and 57the Solana Beach university is ramping up30its Del Mar COVID-19 testing protocols Rancho Santa Fe random 62 through a new surveillance testing program which requires all students living on campus to be tested for the virus. The surveillance program began Wednesday, with around 500 students to be tested every day through Saturday, then starting again Monday. All students living in SDSU residence halls and

ties include fundraising experience and website/social media skills. If interested, e-mail pepencinitas@gmail. com or call Dave Warren at (760) 487-8329. MORE WATER SAVED

Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Recycled Water Pipeline Extension 153A has been recognized Sept. 10 as a 2020 Project of the Year by the San Diego and Imperial County Chapter of the American Public Works Association at its virtual awards event. The pipeline connected the Surf Cup Sports youth soccer fields in San Diego to OMWD’s recycled water distribution system. By allowing Surf Cup to convert the irrigation of 55 acres of grass fields to recycled water, OMWD has reduced potable water demands for irrigation by up to 100 million gallons per year.


testing slots at either the 1,288.3 Student Health Services 1,328.3 Calpulli Center, or the HHSA testing 1,327.1 location at the Parma Payne Goodall 1,096.2 Alumni Center. 1,018.6 Students will be notified of their 935.3assigned testing window, along with 579.7 instructions on what to do, 586.8 SDSU email through their address. 409.1 The university has not -received any reports of faculty or staff-- who have tested positive, SDSU health officials said, nor have any cases been traced to classroom or research settings. If the county regresses to the state’s restrictive “purple’’ or “widespread’’ tier, it would likely shutter indoor operations for restaurants, houses of worship and gyms, limit retail businesses to just 25% ca-


The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it an educational inequity crisis in California that has had a particularly damaging effect on American Indian students. That is the main discovery of a recent survey conducted by a group of nonprofit organizations led by the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at Cal State San Marcos. For the full report, visit index.html.


Jovita Carranza, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, kicked off National Small Business Week Sept. 22. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened at 7110 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad on Sept. 9. Franchise owner Philip Jones hosted a grand opening and fundraiser from through Sept. 13 to support Carlsbad Educational Foun- NEW EYE CARE AT VCC The Vista Community dation/Grocery Gifts ProClinic Optometry departgram.

North County Covid 19 Testing Sites QUEST DIAGNOSTICS - OCEANSIDE VISTA 3601 Vista Way Ste 104, Oceanside 92056 COVID-19 testing only (no screening) Physician referral required Testing by appointment only Test type: Antibody Test Hours: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday CVS HEALTH 1980 College Boulevard, Oceanside 92056 COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site By Appointment Only COVID-19 testing only (no screening) No physician referral required Test type: Molecular Test CVS HEALTH 635 South Melrose Drive, Vista 92081 COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site By Appointment Only COVID-19 testing only (no screening) No physician referral required Test type: Molecular Test CVS HEALTH 4615 Frazee Road, Oceanside 92057 COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site By Appointment Only COVID-19 testing only (no screening) No physician referral required Test type: Molecular Test CVS HEALTH Drive-up testing for COVID-19 7740 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Carlsbad 92009 Hours: By appointment only CVS HEALTH 2650 Gateway Road, Carlsbad 92009 COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site Appointment Only. No physician referral required COVID-19 testing only (no screening) Test type: Molecular Test

QUEST DIAGNOSTICS - VISTA SYCAMORE Scheduled to Begin Testing COVID-19 testing only (no screening) Physician referral required Test type: Antibody Test 902 Sycamore Ave Ste 201, Vista 92081 CVS HEALTH COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site By Appointment Only COVID-19 testing only (no screening) No physician referral required Test type: Molecular Test 1302 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069 Hours: By appointment only CVS HEALTH COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Site By Appointment Only COVID-19 testing only (no screening) No physician referral required Test type: Molecular Test QUEST DIAGNOSTICS ENCINITAS EL CAMINO REAL COVID-19 testing only (no screening) Physician referral required Testing by appointment only No drive-through testing Test type: Antibody Test 477 N El Camino Real Ste B201, Encinitas 92024 Hours: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM Saturday MEDICAL ONE 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, C5 San Diego 92122 619-232-3500

pacity and have major impacts on indoor business for most other industries. SDSU reported 37 confirmed and nine probable cases Wednesday. The school is playing an outsized role in the county’s 7.9 new daily cases per 100,000 population, San Diego Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said Tuesday. The positive testing percentage for the county is 4.5%, good enough for the “orange’’ tier of the state’s four-tier reopening plan. Should the county have a case rate higher than 7.0 next week, it could be moved into the purple tier — the most restrictive. However, if the numbers from the university are removed from the equation, San Diego County suddenly drops below the mark to remain in the “red’’ tier.

County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar on Tuesday released a statement explaining her issues with the state’s data. “We have a major problem with the caseload at SDSU — a problem that threatens to shut down our economy completely for a third time,’’ she said. “We are having productive conversations with the Governor’s office. If we can get relief from these impossible metrics, establish local control and remove the SDSU cases without jeopardizing business licenses and CARES Act money, it will be a win for San Diego.’’ San Diego County public health officials reported 264 new COVID-19 infections and six deaths from the illness Wednesday, raising the region’s totals to 43,445 cases and 784 deaths.

ment announced the acquisition of another state of the art piece of medical equipment to aide in the diagnosis and treatment of several eye conditions/diseases. VCC has acquired the Topcon Maestro 2 Optical coherence tomography (OCT). The OCT is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-sectional pictures of the back of the eye to help detect retinal abnormalities. Appointments are currently available and the clinic is accepting new patients. To

make an appointment or find out more, call or text VCC at (844) 308-5003. HOTEL RESTAURANT OPENS

Located inside the historic Fin Hotel at 131 S. Coast Highway, The Switchboard Restaurant offers Hawaiian-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner daily as well as brunch on weekends. Paying homage to the history of the building, the owners decorated the space to honor the communications operators working there during World War II.


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Making wine as Carruth Cellars celebrates 10 years ruth Cellars’ three tasting rooms will be celebrating the winery’s 10th anniversary by giving away raffle drawing prizes each week. Each is open daily. Two grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the celebration. Complete details on the Carruth website,

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arruth Cellars, with Adam Carruth at the helm, is the largest urban winery in San Diego County with four bustling locations in Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Little Italy and a new production facility across from Oceanside Airport. In the past 10 years, Carruth Cellars has grown to operate three tasting room locations, bottling some 20,000 cases of a wide variety of Carruth wines, primarily sourcing grapes from Northern and Central California. The Carlsbad tasting room will soon offer a small plate menu with the addition of a new kitchen, which should be serving by the end of the year. The new Oceanside location will transform into “The Hangar” with the addition of a production brewery and beer and wine garden, set to open in 2021. The winery has been rewarded with 15 award winners from the highly rated San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In our recent visit to Carruth Oceanside with Tech Direc-

CARRUTH CELLARS Assistant Winemaker Steve Michaliszyn randomly tastes the seeds, juice and skins of Chardonnay for quality control before processing. Photo by Rico Cassoni

tor Rico, Carruth and his team had already arrived at 5:30 a.m. to start processing 24 bins of Russian River Valley Sonoma Chardonnay, purchased from a supplier vineyard with leading winery client credentials. Processing includes pressing, fermenting, aging in tanks and oak barrels and bottling for eventual sales. The goal that day was to get the 12 tons of fruit out of the bins and pressed, then passed by large hosing to waiting barrels.

After a quick tour of the production equipment and an even quicker stop at a bin full of Chardonnay grapes for a taste of the newly arrived fruit, we dodged some fruit bin-moving vehicles and arrived at the red wine barrel storage area for our highlight of the day, barrel tasting of five reds as they got set to be bottled for sale in the weeks and months ahead. 1st tasting, 2019 Russian River Zinfandel with splashes of 2018 and 2019

Alexander Valley Petite Sirah; 2nd tasting, 2018 Dry Creek Grenache made Ridge style plus splashes of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah; 3rd tasting, 2018 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah; 4th tasting, 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir; and 5th tasting, 2018 Knights Valley Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a limited premier production Cab (150 cases) that both Rico and I thought would be sold out as soon as it hit the shelves. All month long, Car-

Sojourn Cellars releases Fall 2020 lineup When I saw the Sojourn Cellars Fall 2020 lineup, I quickly reminisced about the Spring 2020 launch party that Senior Editor Frank and I attended at the Ruth’s Chris Del Mar location. Guests were treated to Sojourn Cellars Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals along with Ruth’s Chris small bites, including Angus sliders. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is preventing release parties for the Fall 2020 launch, but the show must go on with or without soirees for the Fall 2020 release! Being from Sonoma, one of the Pinot Noir capitals of the world, Sojourn would be expected to continue its tradition of killer Pinots — and it has. This release features exclusive small-lot bottlings of 2018 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from exceptional Sonoma vineyards, including

94-point rated Ridgetop and Riddle Vineyard Pinot Noirs. Sojourn also has allocations of its extraordinary 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville Ranch Vineyard available. The Oakville Ranch Cab was one of Frank’s and my favorites from the Spring 2020 release, bringing together an extraordinary terroir and meticulous farming. With six more months in the bottle, now even more profound. Their Fall 2020 Release includes the following: • 2018 Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir — 94 Points • 2018 Riddle Vineyard Pinot Noir — 94 Points • 2018 Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir — 93+ Points • 2018 Wohler Vineyard Pinot Noir — 93 Points • 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir — 92 Points • 2018 Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay — 95 Points • 2018 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay — 93 Points • 2017 Oakville Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon — 93 Points • 2017 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon — 92 Points Sojourn is offering 10% savings on case purchases (12 or more bottles), as well as ground shipping includTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 9

Women in food, farming tell their stories in ‘Northern Harvest’ lick the plate david boylan


bout a year ago I was approached by Wayne State University Press to read a manuscript titled “Northern Harvest” by Emita Brady Hill and to reply with my feedback on whether it was worthy for publication. As it turned out, a good number of the women who told their stories to Emita Hill for the book had been guests on my radio show in

northern Michigan and they all had great stories to share … which they were able to do more in-depth in the book. I gave it a big thumbs-up and to my delight, the book was published and has been getting rave reviews, and not just among folks who live in Michigan. The women profiled have stories and struggles that are universal and worth reading for anyone who puts value on the hard work, dedication and passion it takes to operate

a farm, start a restaurant or any other culinary related endeavor. I wanted to share a bit of Emita Brady Hill’s story, so I had her on my show and took some excerpts of that for this week’s column. You can listen to the interview at w w LTP: Tell me about your earliest interest/exposure to great food. EBH: I grew up in a house with “healthy” food that was totally bland, no spices, no onions, garlic, anything that “smelled.” Age 12, I was in France in a little restaurant with my mom and had my Julia Child culinary epiphany, and it was almost the same year she had hers. Lamb can be rare and juicy; haricots verts are a different species from green beans; baguettes are not like Wonder Bread. I never looked back. LTP: How and when did your family start coming to northern Michigan and describe the difference between the culinary scene then and now. EBH: My mom and her siblings were brought by train to Long Lake where

Harvest,” was perfect once I began listening to these women and their stories.

MICHIGAN WRITER Emita Brady Hill’s new book, left, is “Northern Harvest,” profiles of women involved in farming and other culinary endeavors. Courtesy photo

I now spend my summers before 1900. Her memories were so golden that decades later as a wife and mother living in Baltimore, she piled children and poodles (five of each) into her station wagon and drove west. My earliest memories of Long Lake are around age 3 or 4. My earliest culinary memories are that this region was a culinary wasteland. No restaurants to speak of until a few outliers —Tapewingo, Rowe Inn, Bécasse — in the early ’70s, and not one was in the city limits of Traverse City.

LTP: How did the idea for the book come about? EBH: In 2015, I had published a book of oral histories, “Stories of Courage and Community,” told me by Bronx residents. I love interviewing people to get their stories. The first time I thought of interviewing women in the food business in Michigan was when I learned about Angela Macke’s tea farm and was blown away that a tea farm could exist and even thrive here in northern Michigan. And the title chosen by the publisher, “Northern

LTP: Give an example of the diversity of the women you wrote about. EBH: I love all the stories and each one is unique. I laugh out loud every time I read again about Cheryl Kobernik’s adventures with the tractor and spreader as they kept breaking down. I marvel at Mimi and Jody’s encounters with the cocoa growers in Central America and their commitment to fair trade chocolate. I am overwhelmed by what Emily Umbarger has accomplished at Interlochen, transforming and greening the campus with multiple projects that are almost entirely grant funded. Awesome! I knew a number of women in this region in different aspects of the culinary world because my daughter, Madeleine Vedel, knew them before I did from managing a cooking school in Provence. Among the 20 women are chefs, farmers, cheesemakers, chocolate makers, orchardists and one of the first CSAs in the region. “Northern Harvest” can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or order it through your local bookstore.

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A Desperado brings the beer had to adapt to the safety concerns surrounding COVID-19? Dan: The regulations are challenging at times. We have a binder with enough rules and regulations that we have printed out over the last past months to destroy an entire rain forest. The hard part is that so many of the new regulations are open for interpretation. Definitely makes it challenging. We want to be in compliance, but that is not always easy. We just do the best we can and ask the same of our customers.

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Oktober-Feast: Rotary event to last all month By Steve Puterski


CARLSBAD — Oktoberfest has become Oktober-Feast. The annual festival organized by Carlsbad HiNoon Rotary Club and Carlsbad Rotary Club is taking a different approach this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of its usual oneday event at Holliday Park, the Rotarians are joining forces with nine restaurants for a month-long celebration to raise funds to be donated back to community organizations. “It went through several iterations of what we could do,” said Bill Baer, the Oktober-Feast co-chair said. “Then in June or July, we came up with Oktober-Feast.” The club never thought of canceling the event, but knew it had to pivot to avoid breaking a 38-year tradition. So, creative thinking took hold and the club opted to partner with local restaurants to help drive business during a historically slow month, said Vince Ponce, co-chair of the event. At the height of the pandemic, Ponce said the organization began discussions on what they could do, rather than what they could

Being active philanthropists, the idea of the month-long event is an opportunity to give back to the community in the form of participating restaurants. So far, the Rotarians have secured nine restaurants as part of the program. Customers will receive 15% off food tickets at those restaurants, while the group is soliciting sponsors. The sponsorship money will then be donated to various charities, nonprofits, club projects and high school scholarships. “Rotary would be the vehicle to market and really drive patrons to the restaurants that chose to participate,” Ponce said. “Understanding families are really struggling … we thought that by discounting meals at restaurants we could have more local families and help businesses.” Those participating include The Landings, Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse, Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana, Tin Leaf Kitchen, Gregorio's Italian Restaurant, Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, Señor Grubby’s and Tommy V's. Tip Top Meats, a German-style restaurant, is also providing a special German meal for $9.98.


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eer representatives seem to have one of the most fun jobs ever. They talk about beer all day, visit cool bars and sometimes get to sample the merchandise. I reached out to several reps working to bring beer to North County to see how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted them. Dan Jackson of Dos Desperados Brewing in San Marcos got his start in college working his way from bar back to bar manager. Through a regular customer Dan met Steve Munson, owner of Dos Desperados. The rest they say is history. Dan has spent the past five years representing the brand in San Diego, and says, “Now it’s more family than a job.”

DAN JACKSON has represented the Dos Desperados brand in San Diego for the past five years. Courtesy photo/Dan Jackson

sensitive to their [efforts] dealing with this pandemic. For me as the sales manager, I mostly dealt with bars and restaurants. That has switched to a lot of liquor stores and bottle shops as we move from draft sales to packaging. Promotions and events have almost completely disappeared. We concentrate on in-house promoting now. Cheers: How have your I have also switched from days changed from pre- almost 100% field work to almost half my time spent COVID-19? Dan: As far as commu- in the tasting room … nication with accounts, a lot Cheers: Have you been has changed. First off, there is the factor of new hours surprised by any changes in for some and closures of consumer reaction during other establishments. Try- this pandemic? Dan: The customers ing to not only contact but sell products to bars and have been great, especially restaurants that have half our regulars. Obviously, we to a quarter of their normal all deal with the occasional business is tricky. You want anti-masker or people who to push and sell, but also be refuse to follow the rules.

In those cases, we politely ask them to follow our rules to keep us and them safe. Of course, some refuse, and we are forced to ask them to leave. Fortunately, those incidents are few and far between. I have been surprised by the number of new faces that are out to support small businesses like ours. It feels good to have the support of the community during these rough times. The most limiting thing to tasting room sales are the restrictions we now have to deal with. We got into the beer business, not the restaurant business. It definitely makes it challenging dealing with food trucks and food retailers, but it is what we have to do right now.

Cheers: What’s your favorite D.D.B. beer? Dan: Not to sound like a homer, but all of our beers are my favorite. Pancho Villa IPA is what really got me to say, “I can sell this beer!” [It is] a 9% ABV monster that drinks like a 6.5% ABV West Coast. Hazinitas Hazy IPA is the beer I wait all year for. A hazy brewed with Vic’s Secret [a style of hops], that we only do in the summer. The tropical fruits — guava, pineapple and passion fruit — really pop, yet Hayden Weir, the head brewer, keeps a nice hop bite that really balances the brew. Cheers: Anything else we should know? Dan: As far as Dos Desperados Brewery goes, we are alive and kicking.

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ome good words to embrace: Make each day your masterpiece. Rick Lepire would agree. Most know Lepire from the diamond as a gem of a North County baseball coach. He led Vista High to 365 victories, a playoff spot in 17 of his 18 seasons and a CIF San Diego Section title. He also worked two seasons at Cal State University San Marcos, putting some bite in the Cougars’ outRICK LEPIRE’S artwork depicting longtime Dodgers broad- field play. And he improved caster Vin Scully, left, and current Dodgers third baseman the aim of Palomar College Justin Turner hangs in their homes. Photos courtesy Rick Lepire pitchers as an assistant

jay paris coach. Now Lepire’s best work comes via blank canvases, doing just what he did for his players: making them sparkle and shine. “I thought that one day I might like to paint,” said Lepire, who won numerous coach of the year honors. “So, the last four years I’ve

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sage of it to his wife, she loved it and said she wanted to hang it in his office.” After being a fixture in baseball's world for so long, Lepire found another creative outlet. Although it’s not the first time he’s revealed his cultured side. He wrote and recorded a CD of baseball songs on “Play Ball,” in 2006. “He can LEPIRE sing a little bit,” said David Demarest, who coached Lepire at Orange County's La Quinta High and later became a close friend. “He’s always up doing the karaoke.” How did his nine-song effort do? “We sold a few,” Lepire said, “then it went to the bargain bin.” Lepire hit the right notes as a coach and now he’s doing it through art. He’s been commissioned to paint everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to scenic landscapes to music festivals. Minus baseball, Lepire fills the afternoon hours with flourishing strokes. “I was used to getting home at 6 after practice and now I was getting home at 2:30 so I had to figure out something to do,” Lepire said. “I just never really had other interests when coaching. So, by not coaching, I guess it was a blessing in disguise as a I started painting and just kept going.” Contact Jay Paris a t Follow him at @jparis_sports.

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King of the coop A homestead entrepreneur takes flight in North County By Jordan P. Ingram

OCEANSIDE — Since kindergarten, Oceanside teenager Henry “Hank” Driskill has helped his family raise chickens in their North County backyard and at his grandparent’s farm in Michigan. Today, the sophomore trade-school student has combined his love for animals and years of farmhand experience to offer ministrations for residents with domestic animals. Driskill’s business, Hank’s Homestead, provides weekly, monthly and annual cleaning and maintenance services for chickens, pigs, goats, miniature horses and a variety of other animals in Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside. The young entrepreneur said he was in middle school when he landed his first job

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Finding the perfect patio plants By Samantha Nelson

Patios are outdoor extensions of the home, and with just the right plants, patios can quickly become the best room outside of the whole house. Whether it’s a small apartment deck or a backyard oasis, patios need a little bit of flowers and greenery to enhance their look. Certain plants can be useful to have on the patio for purifying air or providing shade and privacy; other plants are simply easy on the eyes. Choosing the right plants will depend on how much shade and access to sunlight it requires, according to Hassie Ficher of Green Thumb Nursery in San Marcos. “A lot of people are choosing fruits and vegetable plants, which require sun,” Ficher said. Plant lovers don’t necessarily need a garden to grow fruits and vegetables either. Many such plants can be planted in containers

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and will grow nicely on a small deck or patio as long as they have sunlight. Ficher said ferns also make for great patio plants, as well as flowering plants like azaleas, camellias, hibiscus and lantanas. More green options for the patio include elephant ears and philodendrons. Ficher said many people are buying more plants like lantanas, gomphrena and pentas to attract butterflies. Another popular plant for butterflies

Tips to make your home more energy-efficient By Steve Puterski

REGION — Saving money and resources is a priority for many homeowners and renters. And there are several ways to drive down energy and water bills, such as moving to energy-efficient appliances, taking advantage of free programs and incentives, seals, windows and other household items. Mario Sierra, the former director of environmental services for the city of San Diego, said newer home builders are incorporating more energy-efficient designs, but older homes need some upgrades. “If you’re purchasing a new home, you should be benefiting from a lot of this new technology,” Sierra said. “Moving forward, I think we’ll be in good hands as long as we keep on this track.” For those with older homes, Sierra said qualified San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers are eligible for a number of incentives. The utility has free programs to weatherize the home, change out showerheads, faucets and even install new doors. Other avenues for a more efficient home, Sierra said, include tankless water heaters, which are mandated in new home construction, low-flow toilets and smart thermostats. Solar panels are also required by law for new home construction. Michelle Perez, the campus energy engineer at the University of California, San Diego, said there

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hen I was away at college, I would return each summer to my family’s summer cottage on Lake Michigan. The small front yard led the way to a pair of sand dunes, and then, in just few feet, was the lake. As I stepped onto the sandy beach, I exclaimed with glee, “I am home!” For all of us who have moved away from home, possibly many times, it is hard to re-create that wonderful sense of ownership and love of the Earth again. I have visited many Southern California public gardens, and finally found one that made me feel at home and provides a place of peace and sanctuary. The Meditation Garden at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas offers all the criteria that a sanctuary garden can offer its visitors. Orange and yellow Koi circle peacefully in the pond, small waterfalls joyfully spill from the edges of bluffs and a canopy of trees and shrubs provide shade for guests. According to Lauren Landress, Director of Public Affairs at the Fellowship, “The Meditation Garden provides the visitor with


Carlsbad resident Amy Wills has employed Driskill’s services to help with the upkeep of her father’s chicken coop. “Chickens are messy,” Wills said. “Hank’s services take a big load off my dad. Now, my father gets to enjoy the chickens while Hank does the hard stuff.” Former customer and North County business owner Holly Della Vedova told The Coast News that Driskill provided weekly care for their 11 chickens. “We have two kids, four businesses and we are super busy running

many beautiful spaces in which they can find respite from daily life. Benches are placed in secluded areas so people can meditate alone or with a small group. In St. Francis Circle, the trees form an awning and guests can be seated in what Yogananada called, ‘the Wall-less temple.’ Nearby, the bluff meditation area allows the viewer to sit on a bench and view the ocean.” The Encinitas Hermitage was built in 1938, and the property is visited each year by thousands of visitors. Although the grounds are presently closed, a virtual tour is available at https://, which also provides free instruction regarding meditation techniques. This garden has always inspired me and I have compiled some of its elements so that even the amateur gardener can create a place of peace in their own yard or even on a patio.

require close sniffing or rubbing to release their magic.” Many of these plants open and throw their scent upon us as the sun goes down, which is a perfect time to sit in your sanctuary garden.

THE MEDITATION GARDEN at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas provides all the elements necessary for a perfect sanctuary garden. Courtesy photo

SCENTS FOR INDOORS AND OUT The scented plants that we grow in our garden can also be brought indoors. I recently met Aaron Lahman and his wife Sara Leoni, who introduced me to pure essential oils. The classes that they teach include products from Young Living Essential Oils encourage consumers to “replace many synthetic household products such as colognes, deodorants and cleaning products with nature’s living energy – essential oils.” To learn more about the 600 essential oils in the collection, contact them at: If you have questions about building your sanctuary garden please contact me at For a complete selection of plants and more information on building a meditation and sanctuary garden I would suggest Jessi Bloom’s, “Creating a Sanctuary,” (Timberland Press, 2018).

wooden chair, a stone bench or an old wicker settee, one of the most important elements of the meditation garden is that you will sit! This is not the type of sitting we do on a daily basis at the PICK A LOCATION computer, but a place for reIdeally, a sanctuary flection, mediation or readgarden should be in a quiet, ing. No cell phones allowed! somewhat shaded area away from the hubbub of daily PICK A FORM FOR YOUR life. Even if you just have SANCTUARY GARDEN one tree in your garden that If you have a small can provide a shadey spot, yard, some people start with this would be the perfect simple stones placed in a place to sit. Or in a small circle in front of the seating garden patio, choose a spot area. under an awning away from In the circle, you might the direct sun, with enough place fragrant flowers, space for a chair and small herbs or scented shrub. table. But remember, this is not a high maintenance garden, CHOOSE SOMETHING so place your plants in pots ON WHICH TO SIT rather than creating a huge Whether it is a favorite landscape project. If your

sanctuary is located on a patio, you can create a miniature sanctuary with a small fountain, rocks and potted plants on your table.

in neighboring Carlsbad. But he said his goal is to save enough money to buy a new vehicle. “I really want a van because I love mountain biking and surfing, and in a van, I can fit everything in there and lock it up,” Driskill said. For those wondering what it’s like to clean a chicken coop, it’s fairly tedious work. And of course, there are chicken droppings everywhere. Before entering the coop, Driskill said he always puts on his purple gloves and a face mask to avoid breathing harmful dust and particles. “I start with putty

knives to scrape poop off the walls,” Driskill said. After putting the scrapings in a green-waste receptacle, he removes the old bedding, typically consisting of hay, straw or mini-flake wood shavings, and sprays the entire coop with vinegar. Driskill then sprinkles diotamaceous earth (fossilized phytoplankton) on the floor of the nesting box, which helps protect the hens from mites and other bugs. Driskill scrubs the waterer to remove algae and finishes the job by installing clean bedding, fresh feed and clean water. Once his work is done, Driskill

enjoys spending time with the animals, including a 200-pound potbelly pig named Sadie, which the owners treat like a family dog. “(Sadie) was my first pig pen I ever cleaned, and they are way cleaner than I expected,” Driskill said. “She had blankets and old sheets in one corner of her pen. I reorganized them and put them in a big pile and she would move them and lay inside of them instead of mud.” Driskill said he plans on keeping the business while he attends at North County Trade Tech High School in Vista and has even considered expand-

ing his enterprise to unincorporated rural areas in North County. Outside of his cleaning services, Driskill is studying construction and machining at school. Eventually, he wants to learn a trade, such as welding or carpentry, and work with his hands. Three days a week, Driskill attends the Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Program at Oceanside Harbor Beach, helping teach children beach safety and ocean lifesaving skills. For more information about Hank’s Homestead, please visit @hanks_homestead on Instagram or call 760-994-2225 for quote.


Construction Inc. is a leading general contractor and has been serving San Diego County since 1991. Cross specializes in ADUs, custom homes, extensive remodels, and exterior hardscape and landscape projects. In addition to experienced project management, Cross self-performs all landscape and hardscape work to ensure your project is delivered with the highest quality. Once you decide on add-

ing an ADU to your property, Cross Construction Inc. can help with all phases from financing and design to permitting and construction. In order to streamline the process and make it even easier for you, Cross worked with an interior designer to create standardized interior finish packages. Simply select what works for your budget and Cross will handle the rest. Or you can work directly with the Cross designer to customize the look and feel

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around,” Della Vedova said. “(Hank) would clean out the coop and make sure they had fresh food and water. He’s just a fantastic young man.” Della Nova recalled when Driskill first approached them about a job, he brought a resume, cover letter and professional referrals. After his interview, he wrote them a note thanking them for the opportunity. “It’s just impressive,” Della Nova said. “I told him you’re going to go far in life.” Recently, Driskill saved enough money to buy an electric bicycle, which he rides to his cleaning gigs


1,200 SF. These plans along with the City of Encinitas PRADU plans can also be submitted to the City of San Diego. “Besides adding increased property value, generating additional income, ADUs offer multigenerational living and an overall great lifestyle,” said Cross Construction Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Cailin Drakos. Locally owned Cross

a simple aquarium pump.” Supplies and instructions for ceramic bowl kits can be found at The homemade ceramic fountain can be placed in the middle of your CREATE YOUR OWN rock circle, or if you have a GARDEN ORNAMENTS Fountains and sculp- patio garden a smaller founture form the centerpiece of tain can be purchased at many a successful garden. A garden centers. sculptural addition can be as simple as large piece of SCENT IN THE GARDEN In Katherine Whitedriftwood, or a stone sculpture such as a Buddha or side’s book, “The Way We favorite animal. Fountains Garden Now,” she gives us can be built from scratch, many plants that can be Jano Nightingale is a as I learned while study- used to set the mood for rehorticulturist and Master ing at the Desert Botanical laxation especially in the Gardener and former Director Garden Landscape School evening. She has lovingly of the Master Gardener Proin Phoenix. Rebecca Senior, named them, ‘plant pergram at Cornell Cooperative former director of the school fumes,’ and suggests that Extension in Cooperstown, explained, “A bubbling “Nicotiana, Phlox, Evening New York. She works on comfountain can be as simple as Primose and Night Bloommunity gardens and teaches finding a great large ceram- ing Jasmine are real tossers, gardening classes in North ic pot and adapting it with in other words they do not County.

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Celebrate Textile Month with the Oceanside Museum of Art. Join curator Beth Smith for a virtual round table with several of the artists featured in SoCal Quilters Roundup, OMA’s Southern California Contemporary Quilts exhibition, livestreamed from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Cost is $5. Register at


Be part of the Oceanside Museum of Art “Art Apart Three-Day Workshop: California Watercolors,” livestreamed from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 6. Cost is $55. Register at https://bit. ly/3gOc7f1. Explore idyllic California locations in this three-part virtual plein air workshop series with artist Carol Cottone-Kolthoff. Participants must provide their own materials.


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The Oceanside Museum Of Art, at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, has reopened as of Sept. 17. All of the exhibitions are newly installed and ready to be seen for the first time in person. They include “Allan Morrow: After Fires” through January, “Pamela Earnshaw Kelly: Witness” through Jan. 31 and “GIFTED: Collecting the Art Of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956” through March 14. LUX STARTS SEASON

Lux Art Institute has officially reopened with two new exhibitions, Artist-in Residence Cosmo Whyte and Regional Artist Beliz Iristay. For a free SEPT. 30 ticket and reservation, visit https://luxartinstitute. GRAB A GALLERY FOR ART The city of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division oversees three civic gal- REGAL THEATERS REOPEN Regal Theaters has leries: the Civic Center Gallery at City Hall, the reopened its theaters. Encinitas Library Gallery, Reopening plans include and the Encinitas Commu- new health and safety nity Center Gallery (with measures that adhere to 2-D and 3-D exhibits at all the latest CDC and public locations). The galleries health guidelines. are accepting applications to exhibit in 2021, and is SHARE YOUR ART EVENT asking artists to consider North County Arts applying. The application Network invites groups process is done online. to upload their events for Complete a fillable online 2020 Open Your Hearts to form and email up to 6 North County Arts “Home JPG high res. images. in- Is Where the Art Is,” to formation and instructions are at and e-mail October events visualart. The deadline is calendar to NCANamanSept. 30. There is no gal-, to be conlery commission, the artist sidered for inclusion in receives 100% of all art the 2020 virtual brochure sales. of virtual offerings for the Open Your Hearts to North County Arts promotion enONGOING titled “Home Is Where the ART IN ESCONDIDO Art Is.” In the Escondido Arts Partnership’s Yel- ARTS PARTNERSHIP low Room at 262 E. Grand Escondido Arts PartAve., Escondido, is the art nership’s artist members exhibit “Tell Me Some- show works in glass, cething Good,” an interac- ramic, assemblage, wood tive space to leave a “hap- carving, fiber and a varipy rant.” EAP asks you to ety of traditional artistic leave a message of inspira- mediums for the Members tion, a happy story, a quote Only Exhibition in the or anything to encourage Escondido Municipal Gala smile. Gallery Hours: lery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Escondido. and Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DISCOUNT ART San Dieguito Art Guild SAVE LIVE THEATER AT STAR hosts a 10% off all artwork Help Save Live The- show on first Saturdays of ater at the Star. No gift is 2020. The next one will be too small to help the Star Oct. 3 at the Lumberyard Theatre Company contin- Shopping Center, 937 S. ue to produce first-class Coast Highway 101, Suite entertainment. Though C103, Encinitas. offerings full, audience-driven pro- for the Open Your Hearts gramming is not permit- to North County Arts proted at this time, the Star motion entitled “Home Is Theatre is doing its best to Where the Art Is.”

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CARLSBAD — After a long career in banking and investment, one Carlsbad man has taken up the pen. Patrick A. Howell, 48, had his first book, titled, “Dispatches from the Vanguard: The Global International African Arts Movement Versus Donald J. Trump,” published three weeks ago. The book discusses the five estates of power, notably looking at the people behind the scenes wielding incredible influence over policymakers and other aspects of life in America, Howell said. He said for every person who rises to power, there is a “creative” who holds power rather than actual power (such as an elected official), dubbed the 5th estate. Howell said creatives, such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, among thousands of others, have risen to give a voice to the voiceless. Penguin Random House picked up the book, although little of the book has to do with Trump, but focuses on those in power and the strawmen and metaphors for white privilege and capitalist despotism, according to the publisher. “It was a series of interviews,” Howell said of the book’s origins. “I came up with an idea of stringing all the interviews I’d done with all the creatives.” Creative individuals, he said, range from poets, philosophers, thinkers, artists and others, noting the country is amid a transformative period in American

PATRICK A. HOWELL’S new book looks at writers, poets, artists, social entrepreneurs and political activists in the Global International African Arts Movement. Courtesy photo

history. Howell’s journey began 30 years ago when he start-

ed his career as a banker, eventually landing at Wachovia. But his creative itch was burning and so he sold his company, San Diego Investment Conference, before launching his new storytelling company, Victory & Noble, with Tori Reid. With Reid, the duo is involved in writing and book publishing, podcasts and film and TV production, with a focus on Black and other disenfranchised populations. One goal for his company is to bring a fresh, new look to Black voices. “We’ve helped bring a couple of other books to publication,” Howell said. “Just starter steps until we can get to tell the stories we really want to tell, the stories of the marginalized, and we think there is

great opportunity out there. About 10% of our stories get told.” Additionally, Howell said he aims to break down the “Hollywood industrial complex,” which Howell said recycles the same Black stories over and over. Howell is also in the process of reinventing his sleep cycle to maximize his creative flow. For him, it means bed at 8 p.m., waking at 1 a.m. to start writing before a quick nap during the day, if he can find the time, and resuming his day. “I’m beginning a new creative expression for myself,” he said. “That’s a great time to do work. The world is quiet, and the spirits find you. All you have to do is find a way to be still and focus on your work.”

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San Diego Botanic Garden offers Garden-to-Table dining every Thursday and Friday through Oct. 16. Three San Diego-based eateries, MIHO Catering, Cardiff Seaside Market and Vigilucci’s, will be cooking up three course meals – including entrée, main course and dessert – that can either be picked up or delivered. Supporters can choose from eight different fixed menus each week – that include dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options. Get your tickets and more information at sdbgarden. org/garden-to-table.htm.


Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista brings hands-on Jewish discovery and growth through its Judaism UnBoxed Holiday and Shabbat baking kits delivered to your door. Create Jewish memories and moments of connection and beyond with the entire family as you make and create special Rosh Hashana treats for the holiday table. To order a kit, visit: Unboxed. Call (760) 8067765 for more information.


After consultations with medical experts and closely following the direc-

tives of governmental agencies and Rabbinic authorities, Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista will be opening up for outdoor services at 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. Chabad of Oceanside/Vista will host high holiday services for Rosh Hashanah with an evening Service 6:45 p.m. Sept. 18, Shabbat services at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and a morning service at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. There will be a special Shofar Service for higher-risk members at 1 p.m. and a Family Service with Shofar Sounding 5 p.m.

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Marshall Goldsmith, leadership expert, will be the featured guest for the fall seminar of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at Cal State San Marcos. The seminar, titled “Leading in a Time of Crisis,” is from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Sept. 24 via Zoom. Register VORRESTI PARLARE ITALIAN? at The Italian Cultural html. The virtual event is Center is offering Italian free and open to the public. classes online with Zoom, for all levels, beginning in October. For more information and to register, visit LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO The countywide envi ronmental protection event is back Sept. 26, produced DNA INTEREST GROUP The DNA Interest by I Love A Clean San Diego. Group, sponsored by North This year, Coastal Cleanup San Diego County Genealog- Day volunteers will particiical Society, will hold its pro- pate close to home to safely gram via a webinar, from 1 protect and cleanup streets, to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Genet- parks, canyons and beaches ic genealogist Diahan South- within their own communiard will present, “Making ties. Volunteers can learn Y-DNA and mtDNA part of more and register for free your Family History.” Free, now at but visit to receive the registration CLINIC FUNDRAISER You can register now for link. For questions, e-mail or call (760) a virtual “Magical Mystery Tour,” that kicks off online 688-9393. from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26, to benefit Vista Community Clinic (VCC). There will be GOOGLE EARTH WEBINAR no charge for the event and North San Diego Coun- sign-ups will receive a free ty Genealogical Society will gift in the mail before show hold a program meeting 10 time, so they can partici-

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Chabad of Oceanside/ Vista has opened up for outdoor services at 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. The Chabad will host high holiday services Sept. 27, for Yom Kippur with a morning service at 9:30 am, Yizkor Memorial service 11:30 am and 2 p.m., a family program at 3 p.m. and a Mincha and Neilah service at 5:45 p.m., ending the fast.

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Hosted by Pacific Ridge School, explore school options in San Diego with an “Experts in Education” webinar series session, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Join the event at eventbrite. com/e/119124557759.

Escondido COVID-19 grants helped 100 small businesses By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The City of Escondido recently wrapped up its $1 million business grant program, which awarded grants to 100 small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The city first introduced the program in July to provide support to small business owners who needed help with payroll costs, commercial rent payments and capital costs. Escondido partnered with the San Diego North Economic Development Council to administer the grants, which were funded by part of the city’s portion of the federal CARES Act. The program officially concluded on Aug. 28 with 100 business helped and all of the $1 million used, according to Amber Tarrac, Escondido’s deputy director of economic development. “We received a lot of feedback and words of gratitude from businesses who received the grants,” Tarrac said. “It’s been a really difficult time for businesses, but they are the backbone of our economic vitality and our community, so we wanted to make every effort to support them in this really difficult time.” Businesses were eligible for up to $15,000 in

funding and were required to be located within the City of Escondido, hold a valid business license, have $1,000,000 or less in gross business revenue and be for-profit businesses including home-based and sole proprietorships. Tarrac told The Coast News that, because the city eventually ran out of funding, not all of the businesses that applied received grants. Cute Cakes Bakery & Cafe was one of the lucky ones. CEO Jill Reilly said she was approved for the grant within a week of applying and received her money less than a week after that. “We received $15,000 and used all of it toward payroll. I needed to keep my people coming to work, and I’m hoping this buys us a little bit more time until we can get more business back in here,” Reilly said. Cute Cakes, located on Escondido’s Grand Avenue, has been operating since 2010, and is now open for outdoor dining and indoor dining at reduced capacity. “It’s been a little gift to keep me going, and we’re so grateful for how supportive the city has been with everything going on,” Reilly said. “And with this grant, I’ve been able to retain most of my employees and make sure that they are still taken care of.”

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Mental Health Tri-City’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services offers virtual treatment options for patients who would benefit from Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) care. These include services for the following diagnoses: • Major Depression • Anxiety Disorders • Schizoaffective Disorder • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

• Bipolar Disorder • Schizophrenia • Personality Disorders • Substance Use

Please call 760.940.5051 to go through the screening and intake process.

Tri-City Medical Center now offers Telemedicine appointments. To learn more visit or call your primary care physician. Current providers include: • Orthopaedic Specialist of North County • Urology San Diego • Tri-City Primary Care • Tri-City Medical Center Behavioral Health Services

4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 | 855.222.TCMC (8262) |

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