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SEPT. 20, 2019
VUSD board OKs project labor deal By Steve Puterski
community deserves confidence that their tax money is being used appropriately and that SANDAG is keeping its promises to voters. No agency should be able to operate in the dark.” Waldron's grievance against SANDAG stems from the agency’s an-
VISTA — In a contentious and often raucous room, the Vista Unified School District Board of Education approved a project labor agreement 4-1 during its Sept. 12 meeting. The four in favor — trustHOME & GARDEN ees Cipriano Vargas, Martha Alvarado, Debbie Morton and president Rosemary SmithCheck out field — said those opposing the PLA did not present a strong enough case to warrant a no vote. The PLA, in today’s paper meanwhile, will be negotiated between district representative Vargas, who works as a political organizer for the Service Employees International Union, Superintendent Dr. Linda Kimble, and union personnel. The PLA will be imposed on a portion of the $247 million school bond, known as Measure LL, and which has already broken ground on numerous projects for phase one. There are five phases and since no proposal, or staff report, was presented at the meeting, it is unclear when the PLA, which will only allow union contractors to bid on projects, will begin, according to district officials. “The city of Vista has one of the highest poverty rates in North County,” Vargas said. “When I see a project labor agreement, I see it as an investment back into the community. What I see we can we do is make sure the bond that we passed, people from our communi-
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Waldron bill would give voters say on SANDAG funding changes By City News Service
REGION — Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, announced Sept. 13 that she has filed legislation intended to keep the county’s transportation planning agency from diverting funding from planned road projects, especially in north and east county, without voter approval.
Assembly Bill 1398 would require the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to hold at least four public meetings and get at least two-thirds’ approval from voters in a special election if the agency sought to make changes to funding for projects promised in the 2004 voter-approved extension of Transnet, a
half-cent transit tax that funds local infrastructure projects. Waldron essentially introduced the bill this week through a process known as “gut and amend,” which allows a legislator to re-purpose an already-introduced bill that has gained little traction. In Waldron’s case, AB
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1398 was known as the Government Modernization Act of 2019 when she first introduced it in February and would have created a working group to streamline the operation of the state government. “Unfortunately, SANDAG cannot be trusted to look out for people in all parts of our diverse county,” Waldron said. “Our
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Library touts partnerships with local businesses, organizations By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — At the Sept. 12 Library Commission meeting, Escondido Public Library Director Dara Bradds announced that the library had entered into a partnership with an area business as part of the “Read Local, Shop Local” initiative. The partner? Shakey’s Pizza, a restaurant making a comeback after departing from the city in the 1970s. Now located across the street from the California Center for the Arts on Escondido Boulevard, Shakey’s was the first pizza parlor chain in the U.S., founded in Sacramento in 1954. The partnership will allow card-carrying mem-
bers of the Escondido Public Library to get discounts at the restaurant. “We are proving that the library services are useful and desirable programs,” said Azar Katouzian, senior librarian of adult services at the Escondido Public Library. “We are providing, according to our vision, that we are going to expand the role of our library of ‘Unlimited Possibilities.’ We are trying to think about our patrons and trying to provide more and more services to them.” The “unlimited possibilities” pointed to by Katouzian can be found in the library’s mission statement, which reads that the library exists as “The destination to
expand your world to unlimited possibilities.” Katouzian added that Read Local, Shop Local goes beyond local restaurant discounts, though it offers plenty of those too. She pointed to its partnership with Mathnasium of South Escondido, the Stone and Glass glass blowing arts center and the Persian Cultural Center as examples of the library connecting to regional educational, arts and cultural institutions. In that vein, the program also offers discounts at Patio Playhouse, a local theatrical production company and venue for plays and musicals. Several restaurants and adult beverage establishments are also on the
"Read Local, Shop Local" list. They include The Wooden Spoon, SIP Wine & Beer, Burger Bench, The Grand Tea Room and Cute Cakes Escondido, among others. Read Local, Shop Local got off the ground in 2016 and Katouzian said that it is modeled after the Orange Public Library system’s “Show Your Orange Public Library Card and Save” program. “Escondido Public Library is the heart of our great community,” Viktor Sjöberg, then the adult services senior librarian, said at the time in a press release when the library launched the program. “Having a free library card gives you access to a wealth of cultural
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and educational materials and activities that enrich your life, whether you are looking to teach your child how to read, pursue a college degree or to just have fun.” Similarly, the San Diego Public Library system has "Check It Out" family museum passes, allowing patrons and their families to attend Balboa Park’s Museum of Man and San Diego Museum of Art, as well as downtown San Diego’s The New Children's Museum, all free of charge. To get the word out about the program, Katouzian said the library places brochures on the front check-out desk, the help desk and maintains a web-
site. The library also advertises the program on social media, she said. She further explained that participating businesses, too, prominently display program brochures in-house and that all new recipients of library cards receive a brochure about Read Local, Shop Local. “We do have a good collection of businesses in our program and we are adding more partners to cover different needs of our patrons,” said Katouzian. “It’s a benefit to the library to be able to provide more help and services for our patrons through our partners and we are then also able to get our partners help. Both sides benefit: the library and the businesses.”
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he fireworks you spotted over my house last night may have been out of season and illegal, but I simply couldn’t restrain myself. Last night my son ate meatloaf. Now regardless of one’s opinion of meatloaf, at my house it falls into the category of “real food.” The contrasting other category is the limited list of things that my children, primarily my daughter, will generally consider fit for human consumption. Until just recently, that category included only cheese, turkey dogs, noodles, tortillas, yogurt, scrambled eggs, graham crackers and anything baked by Hostess. That list is, of course, subject to change without notice. What we ate two helpings of one night will be haughtily dismissed as vile the next. Even as it stands, the half-dozen reliable items do not lend themselves to much culinary variety and rely heavily on chewable vitamins for a rounded diet. It makes packing a lunch impossible. It makes leaving my daughter at someone’s house for lunch, where she politely refuses to touch anything they offer, embarrassing. If I didn’t have a husband who will eat almost any leftovers, I might have turned to raising pigs. But with this unexpected consumption of meatloaf, a glimmer of hope shines through that someday I may be able to actually cook one dinner meal that everyone will sit down and eat — quietly, if not enthusiastically. I know for certain now why God gave me my second child. It was to distract me from the wildly arbitrary and particular eating habits of my first. It’s remarkable that I didn’t accidentally starve him to death. For the first few years of his life, his sister could have told him to eat sawdust and he would have done so with a big smile and an adoring gaze. But finally, to my amazement, he occasionally tunes out her freely and loudly offered opinions. I’m not even trying to push those classic childhood horrors like liver or cabbage. I’m just shooting
small talk jean gillette for those things that every child demands and loves, like spaghetti, pizza or peanut butter. Preschool helped. When my son finally got out in the world and saw what his friends were eating, he was amazed. He soon began to sample things off my plate, and if his sister wasn’t around, he sometimes ate more than one bite. But each time I break out something new and normal, his sister chimes in with “Eeeuuuww, that’s yucky!” Her enthusiastic rejections are strong medicine. I have become shamelessly underhanded in my efforts to get my son to take a bite before she can render her predictable howling judgment. My best trick is to slip him his plate first, while she’s looking the other way. At the same time, I will quietly whisper to him the name of the new delicacy, carefully couched in edible terms. For instance, the meatloaf (with a little cheese sauce, I admit) was “turkey bites with cheese.” And it worked. I’m still celebrating. My confidence has soared. If it holds, I may go all out and offer him something really wild, like baked chicken. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer offering one from the archives. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DMTC highlights zero deaths during summer racing VUSD tackles budget, By Lexy Brodt
DEL MAR — With zero horse deaths or serious injuries during racing this summer, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is calling its 80th season’s safety levels “unprecedented.” The racetrack has seen a gradual decline in the number of horse deaths since 2016, when Del Mar witnessed 23 horse fatalities. Since 2016, Del Mar has been rated among the country’s safest horse racing venues, with 0.79 horse deaths per 1,000 starts in 2018. Four horses died this season during training. Two died in what has been referred to as “a freak accident” — a head-on collision between two horses that caused immediate death. The two others were euthanized after incurring injuries during morning training. The industry at large has faced heightened scrutiny in recent years due to high horse fatality rates, with the press and public calling out racetracks and prominent trainers for allowing unfit horses onto the track or using medication to mask pain before a race. Public criticism reached its peak after 30 deaths were confirmed at Santa Anita’s racetrack during the 2018-2019 race season. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper called Santa Anita’s last season “an emotional low for the industry.” In an effort to turn public perception and decrease horse fatalities, the Thoroughbred Club doubled down on its safety efforts this summer. The club brought in an entry review panel to judge the fitness of horses for racing, restricted the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories to 48 hours before
A RACEHORSE competes during the 2019 summer race season at Del Mar. There were no horse deaths or serious injuries during a race this summer. Photo by Abraham Jewett
a race or workout, prohibited the use of a riding crop during morning workouts and implemented random testing for horses at the Del Mar stables. Their efforts built on a number of changes Del Mar made in 2017 and 2018, such as reducing the number of race dates in its summer season and making improvements to the racing surface. For the first time, the club brought in two veterinarians to closely monitor the 1,850 horses that train at the track every morning. One of the full-time veterinarians, Dr. Alina Vale, said the presence of veterinarians had a “real impact” on both the fatality rate, and the general well-being of Del Mar’s horses. “We were preventing horses from training that weren’t necessarily going to have a fatal injury but had an underlying minor injury … we were improving the welfare of all horses in training,” said Vale. Vale would sit in the grandstands every morning starting at 4:30 a.m.
and start taking notes on subtle hints that a jockey might not pick up on: a particular nod of the head, a tendency to lean less on one leg. She would help determine whether horses were allowed to keep training, could use a more controlled exercise program, or needed time off from racing entirely. Vale said the mere presence of veterinarians served as a signal to trainers. “They were more cautious and careful of training horses they shouldn’t be training,” she said. “They were weeding those horses out themselves.” According to Harper, the controversy over Santa Anita was a wake-up call to many trainers who previously “never realized their profession was in jeopardy.” “It’s not business as usual,” said Harper. “I think we’ve made a major step in the thinking and the culture of these trainers.” However, Harper said many have simply left the
state to seek out racing opportunities back east, to “get out of Dodge” as he put it. The outcome, he said, was a significant decline in the quantity of horses this season. The number of race starters decreased by about 14%, from 2,765 in 2018 to 2,372 in 2019. And with less horses, the number of races saw a 6.6% decline. Throughout the season, groups of protestors found their way to the racetrack to demand a ban of the industry. Erin Riley-Carrasco, an Oceanside resident who has been protesting the races for years, said the Thoroughbred Club’s new safety measures are not enough. “We do not believe in middle grounds,” she said. “These animals are being exploited.” Whether or not the public is taking note, attendance this year at the Del Mar racetrack took a 13.8% dip, from 470,529 in 2018 to 405,504 in 2019. Harper, who has been working at Del Mar’s track for over four decades, said the Thoroughbred Club is continuing to look at ways to make the industry safer. The club has had discussions with the Stronach Group — which runs the Santa Anita racetrack – and the New York Racing Association to discuss the potential implementation of uniform standards on medication, for example. But changes begin at home, and for Harper, that has meant looking out for both the safety of the horses, and the best interests of the horsemen. “We’ve brought people back to feeling good about the industry and showed that there was certainly hope for the future, and that other tracks are hopefully coming along in the same way,” he said.
Ex-deputy pleads guilty to sexual misconduct while on duty REGION — An ex-San Diego County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to criminal charges for sexual misconduct involving16 women he came into contact with while on patrol. Richard Fischer, 33, faces up to five years in prison for sexually assaulting women while on duty between 2015 and 2017 in North and East San Diego County. The victims said Fischer groped, hugged or tried to kiss them, accord-
ing to the District Attorney’s Office. Sentencing is slated for Dec. 10, at which time a judge will decide whether Fischer will have to register as a sex offender. The plea agreement was entered on the eve of his trial, which was slated to begin at the Vista courthouse this week. Fischer entered his plea to four felony counts of assault under color of authority, two misdemeanor
counts of assault under color of authority, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. All 16 victims are included in the charges to which Fischer admitted. “This plea acknowledges the separate crimes committed against each victim and is accepted in accordance with the wishes of the overwhelming number of victims who agree it is a just and appropriate resolution that holds the defendant accountable for his
crimes,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “I want to thank the victims who showed tremendous courage by coming forward and standing up to the defendant, who abused his position of trust under the color of authority. I also want to thank the prosecution team for their tremendous work and their commitment to obtaining justice in this case.”
been drafting since 2017 and would guide local transportation infrastructure development through 2050. Last week, the agency announced a tentative spending blueprint of proposed projects consistent with the new regional plan's focus on transit, including a high-speed rail corridor from Oceanside to Escondido, the addition of express lanes on state Route 78 and funding to double the frequency of the North County Transit
District's Coaster train. Since the new plan's unveiling earlier this year, elected officials from north and east county have railed against it for potentially scrapping improvements to certain roads and highways like state routes 52 and 78, which were promised in the 40-year TransNet extension in 2004. SANDAG is scheduled to vote to approve the spending plan later this month. Although the legislature won't consider AB 1398 until next year due
to the legislative year ending today, a spokesman for Waldron's office said she wanted to get the language of the bill on the books before the Senate and Assembly adjourned for the year. Waldron was not able to introduce a clean bill as the state's deadline for new legislation passed in February. Once the legislature reconvenes in January, it will be able to take up AB 1398 without the need for it to be introduced again, according to Waldron’s office.
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nouncement earlier this year that it would seek to shift its planning priorities to focus on the expansion of the county's public transit network. The plan, pushed by SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata, would overhaul how goods and people move throughout the county. It would also serve as a reworking of the agency’s 2019-2050 regional plan, which it had
considers where to cut By Steve Puterski
VISTA — Arguably the most pressing issue facing the school district is its significant deficit and how the district moves forward in attempt to balance the budget. During its Sept. 12 Board of Education meeting, staff from the Vista Unified School District reviewed its budget, presented suggested cuts and the board approved contract-negotiated raises. The big item, though, was the list of potential cuts as a result of the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team report released earlier this year. Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Ami Shackelford reported on the General Fund, which the district is currently attempting to balance. However, the plan will take several years as VUSD is operating a negative budget. Some of the potential cuts are an eight-period day at two high schools. Trustee Rich Alderson said it could inflate the cost by up to $2 million to ensure those schools have a robust eight-period schedule. “There are a lot of nuances there that are hard to calculate,” he said. “I think it’s easy for us to say that eight-period day is going to generate $3 million to $4 million in additional cost because we’ll have to ensure staff.” Other potential cuts include more administration staff, reducing legal services and reviewing energy management. Shackelford, who presented the Fiscal Year 201819 actuals, said the district saw a $6.39 million deficit on its restricted side due to an increase in pension costs. Revenues came in $9 million higher than projected, but expenditures were $3 million higher. The total revenue was $274 million, while the expenditures topped $280 million, up from a $277 million esti-
mated. Regarding the raises, the Vista Teachers’ Association current contract stipulates a formula creating a 3.25% raise for all certified staff. However, the California School Employees Association has a “me too” clause to receive the same raise as the VTA. Parents at the meeting questioned why the district would allow the two raises, noting for years such an agreement had been rescinded. Regardless, the board voted, 4-1 with Alderson against, to approve the raises. Both groups raises are retroactive to July 1, and totals $5.4 million, according to the VUSD website. The district is also moving forward with potential refinancing its 2012 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, which could save taxpayers an estimated $2.3 million over the next nine years, according to Tim Cardy of Piper Jaffray, the district’s financial advisor. Cardy said over the past six months interest rates have dropped significantly to 2.01% from its current rate of 4.96%. The bonds affected by refinancing would be from 2023-28, and five of those six have a rate currently at 5% with the other at 3%. The district would refinance $36.37 million of existing bonds, although Cardy said it would not extend the term of the bond. The board agreed to move forward and Cardy said a rate could be locked in early November. If market or interest rates move making it unrealistic to refinance, Cardy said the district would just be in the same position as it is currently. “You want to grab the market while it’s there,” he added. “The October 2020 tax bill, that’s when local taxpayers would start seeing the benefit of the reduced taxes. A lot of school districts are looking at this opportunity. ”
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Crisis for first-time homebuyers in California and across nation
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know what most people think. Government is slow and tied down by bureaucratic red tape. While that may be true in some instances, my office and staff team is here to serve our residents. For unincorporated area communities such as Pauma Valley, Rainbow, De Luz and Rancho Santa Fe, the County is the local government and provides municipal services such as roads and infrastructure and law enforcement. Since becoming the District 5 County Supervisor in January we have focused on serving our communities. To address needs we began revitalization meetings in some of
around the county Jim Desmond our larger communities. Our goal through the revitalization meeting is to bring County resources to communities including Fallbrook, Valley Center, and Borrego Springs. Our approach to each community in North County will be different, but the goal is the same- outstanding service from your County government. I want to encourage all those in the community
who have a problem or question (my team and I love to problem solve) to reach out to my office. I have a great staff who’s working hard, so connect with us by sending me an email at: Jim. Desmond@sdcounty.ca.gov or calling my office at 619531-5555. Please don’t hesitate to contact us — from fixing potholes to mental health services, no issue is too small or too big. We are here to serve. I take great pride in being your elected official, together we can continue to make North County thrive. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Improving mental health treatment By Marie Waldron
As the Legislature adjourns for the year, I’m happy to report that two significant bills impacting mental health treatments in California are heading to the governor’s desk. This session I introduced Assembly Bill 1352, legislation that strengthens the voice of local mental health boards to help meet the needs of the mentally ill. The Bronzan-McCorquodale Act requires county mental health systems to provide services to those with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness. The act also created local mental health boards, responsible for reviewing community needs and services. The boards act in an advisory capacity, and were intended to connect family members, patients and the community to county
Boards of Supervisors and local mental/behavioral health directors, all for the purpose of improving community mental health systems. Unfortunately, over the years their role has been marginalized. My bill will bring a broader perspective to local mental health boards, along with increased community impact and greater transparency. I have also joined stae Sen. Jim Beall (D – San Jose) as the principal co-author for Senate Bill 10. Unlike the Department of Veterans Affairs and 48 other states, California lacks a peer support specialist certification program. Studies show mental health or substance abuse treatment programs that include peer support specialists lead to fewer hospitalizations, improve
client well-being, alleviate depression and many other symptoms. They also create core competencies allowing certified peers to transfer skills from county to county, while allowing providers to access federal matching funds. I’m happy to report both of these bills were approved by the Assembly and Senate without opposition and have been forwarded to Gov. Newsom. With treatment, the mentally ill can turn their lives around. Improving our local mental health systems and expanding treatment options will lead to better outcomes for patients, their families, and for California taxpayers. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.
o one doubts there’s a crisis in California housing. State lawmakers took plenty of actions this summer, getting set to pass a batch of bills that Gov. Gavin Newsom will gladly sign into law. These will temporarily suspend the right of cities and counties to make new building standards, raise fees on low-income housing construction or impose moratoria on new housing. They will streamline the approval process for housing developments where income of buyers or renters is limited to 120 percent of the area’s median income. And other tactics aimed at making housing available to those with lower middle-class incomes. But no one appears to be looking out for firsttime homebuyers, mostly hopeful young adults who often save for years toward the usual 15 percent to 20 percent down payment on a house or condominium. Those folks face a real crisis. A new study from the international real estate service firm Point2 Homes notes that the share of first-time buyers in the total sales nationally and in California dropped from 50 percent in 2010 to 33 percent in 2018, and even lower this year, which is not yet complete. At the same time, the median price (half of all homes are above this level, half below) of an entry-level home has risen faster than home prices in the move-up buyer segment, people getting their second or third homes. First-time buyers pay 31 percent more today nationally than 10 years ago, the study showed, but
california focus thomas d. elias far more in California. Meanwhile, repeat buyers pay only about 28 percent more on average than in 2010. Part of this comes because home prices were depressed during the mortgage crisis that helped fuel the Great Recession of 2008-11. But most of it is due to the continuing upward swing of almost all home prices, most notably in California. This is true even now that prices appear to be leveling off in some parts of the state. Home prices increased by 35 percent nationally in the years since the crash, but in parts of California, the rise was much steeper. In San Diego, for one example, the average home price rose by 101 percent, more than doubling. San Francisco was only slightly behind, with a 100 percent rise from a median price of $638,661 in 2009 to $1.274 million last year. Never before has California seen such large increases. The huge problem this creates for youthful prospective first-time homebuyers is unprecedented and constitutes a crisis state government must address. If California doesn’t take care of its young adults, many of whom are also young parents, many of those people will go elsewhere, a trend that has already begun. These same folks often make up the most educated portion of the state’s workforce, so businesses will follow to
wherever they move in large numbers. Yes, this might ease the traffic gridlock afflicting many urban areas of California, but it can also lead to recession. If they go, they will lessen demand for new housing, costing thousands of construction jobs and lowering the state’s tax receipts just as it has taken on new responsibilities like providing Medi-Cal health insurance to many more residents. It could also lower the equity now held by millions of homeowners, for whom their living quarters represent by far their largest assets. So what’s California to do? The state could begin by dedicating some of its current $21 billion budget surplus to helping young homebuyers whose purchasing power has dropped precipitously through no fault of their own. One way to start could be a low-interest loan fund for first-time buyers amounting to several billion dollars that could enable this vital group to get onto the housing merry-go-round that has so frustrated them. If California had what could amount to its own version of Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Assn., it could stem the flow of educated young persons to other states and make its economy almost recession-proof. But so far, Newsom and the Legislature appear focused on BandAids rather than the needed radical surgery. As it stands, they brag about increasing housing, but ignore a major chunk of the problem.
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As state bill stalls, Palomar reconsiders overnight parking for homeless students By Steve Horn
SAN MARCOS — At its Sept. 10 meeting, the Palomar College Governing Board moved to advance a motion proposed by student representative Linus Smith to create a working group to consider overnight parking for its homeless students. The proposal had previously come before the Governing Board at a meeting in May, apparently tabled as Assembly Bill 302 wove its way through the California Legislature. AB 302 would have created a state mandate for community colleges to provide overnight parking space for its homeless students to sleep in their cars. But it was recently shelved after its author had irreconcilable disagreements about amendments made to the bill as it moved through committees. In introducing the concept, Smith said that the Palomar Faculty Federation — the union representing the college’s professoriate — had already endorsed the idea. After he spoke, so too did trustee Nina Deerfield and everyone else on the board, though others had more reservations than Deerfield. Deerfield noted that she was “100% behind the proposal.” She stated that if the college thought it was important enough to
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provide a food shelter for its economically precarious students, then having a place to sleep is of equal importance. Trustees Nancy Ann Hensch pointed to the Pandora’s Box effect, or creating even more problems than existed prior to the onset of the program. Some of them, she said, could be the possibility of having to turn away non-student homeless individuals and issues of legal liability if incidents go awry during overnight parking time periods. Trustee John Halcón spoke about his own experience living in his car for several weeks at a time while a graduate student at the UC Santa Barbara. Halcón said he often slept at gas stations and would shower at the university gym to make ends meet. And so, he expressed solidarity with the cause, but with caveats. “First of all, we have the four campuses, and every one of those places is going to need this service,” said Halcón, also pointing to the expenses associated with paying for security to oversee the parking lot overnight. “The question becomes, what are the resources needed to ensure the security of our students?” Halcón asked. Trustee Norma Miyamoto said that were the
program to start tomorrow, she would not sign onto it, due to a slew of pressing concerns. She said she believes a working group could aid in quelling at least some of that trepidation because the “questions are varied and the issues are complex” and “those questions need to be examined.” After hearing the takes of the various Board of Governors members, Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake said she would next speak to the staff of the school’s Student Services division to get the ball rolling on creating such a working group. Anthony White, a Palomar College formerly homeless student who has advocated in support of the program and for AB 302, said he hopes the college moves forward on such a plan. “You don’t need permission to do this, that’s the thing. AB 302 wasn’t someone giving the colleges permission to offer this kind of program,” said White. “It was telling they that they had to. And so now that the bill is no longer in place to make this absolutely necessary change, the other colleges should still realize that they have the choice to do this. They don’t have to get their arm twisting into supporting a program like this.”
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KICKBALL FOR A CAUSE
Get involved now and play kickball with a group of Oceanside residents who have banded together to help two local families struggling with the illnesses of their young daughters, at Kickball-4-A-Cause, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Ron Ortega Park in Oceanside. For more information, to sign up to play or to donate visit kickball4acause.com.
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Members of Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach will host a charity event at the club from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22, to benefit Casa de Amistad, providing educational enrichment and tutoring for underserved children. The evening’s theme is the anniversary of Woodstock, and features live music, buffet dinner, a silent auction, a VW bus photo opportunity and more. Sky Green will open the show, then Lifetime Rocker with music from the Woodstock era. Individual tickets are $75 at casadeamistad.org.
A mini workshop on the “Power of Neuro Linguistic Programming and TimeLine” is offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 by Jane Ilene Cohen, NLP & TimeLine Master Practitioner. $10-$20 suggested donation. RSVP and get address at (760) 753-0733.
AAUW SUPPORTING WOMEN
The AAUW-COV Branch will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside. The club supports programs that advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Tech Trek Girl Campers will be giving presentations on experiences at the UCSD or UC Irvine summer Tech Trek camps. For more information, visit https://cov-ca.aauw.net/.
TORREY PINES RESERVE TALK
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve announces a "What's On the Beach and What's in the Ocean?" event from 10:30 to noon Sept. 21 at the picnic tables near the parking lot for the south beach. The event includes a short lecture and displays by Jane and Ray Barger, and an easy nature discovery beach walk. This event is free with Reserve entrance fee. See https://torreypine. org/ for directions.
PET FIRST AID
Join San Diego Humane Society from 2-5 Sept. 28 at its SDHS Oceanside Campus, 572 Airport Road, Oceanside, for our Pet First Aid course with certification from Emergency Care and Safety Institute. $40 per person at sdhumane.org.
St. Patrick Church invites all to its seventh annual Oktoberfest from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3821 Adams St., Carlsbad. Live “traditional German music” with food prepared by TipTop Meats of Carlsbad. Tickets $20 for dinner, drinks for additional cost. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/StPatoktoberfest.
Road, Carlsbad. The theme is “Sapphire Night – Where the Animals Shine.” For more information visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St., call (760) 753-6413, log on to sdpets. org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and sponsorship information.
BACK TO THE 60s
Mira Costa Life Lecture series continues 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Mira Costa College in the Administration Building, 1 Barnard Drive. The first speaker is Nan Sterman, KPBS, on "A Growing Passion." At 2:30 p.m., President of Mira Costa College, Sunita Cooke will speak on Mira Costa College. A $1 parking permit is in Lot 1A Visit miracosta.edu/life or CENSUS NEEDS HELPERS call (760) 757-2121. Need a job? Census Bureau is recruiting for large 2020 census operation. The pay rate is $20.50 per hour. AHOY, MATEY! Apply online at 2020census. It’s time for Oceanside gov/jobs. For more informaHarbor Days from 9 a.m. tion about 2020 Census jobs, to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. call (855) JOB-2020. 22, all over the Oceanside Harbor. The “Nail and Sail” CIAO, BELLA! amateur boat competition Italian classes for all begins at 2 p.m. Sept. 22. levels begin in October at The Oceanside Fire Fight- the San Dieguito Heritage er’s Association will hold its Museum, 450 Quail Gardens annual pancake breakfast Drive, Encinitas, presented in the mornings. For more by the Italian Cultural Ceninformation go to Oceans- ter. For more information ideHarborDays.com. and to register, visit http:// icc-sd.org. ST. PATRICK’S OKTOBERFEST
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Mira Costa Life Lecture series continues at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Mira Costa College in the Administration Building., 1 Barnard Drive. First speaker is Christa Horn, of San Diego Zoo Global. At 2:30 p.m., Ranjeeta Basu will speak on "World Hunger & Tariffs." A $1 parking permit is in Lot 1A. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121
The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce presents Encinitas Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 along Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, Encinitas. A ceremonial parade will kick off the entertainment at noon. Following the parade, attendees enjoy performances by traditional Bavarian dancers and German food, beer and musicians throughout the afternoon. Attendance is free. Take the free shuttle service from Flora Vista Elementary School’s parking lot off of Wandering Road to the festival. For more information, call the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce at (760) 753-6041 or visit EncinitasOktoberfest. com.
HONORING REV. RATAJCZAK
Wavecrest, the granddaddy of all Woodie meets, is Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, in the parking lot at Third and C streets. There will be 150 woodies of every size, shape, description on display. Enjoy live bands, vendors, food, prizes and awards throughout the day. Courtesy photo
and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will gather for Bocce Ball and dinner at the Elk’s Club, Vista on Sept. 24. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.
FARM TO TABLE
The State Street Farmers Market, in collaboration with the Compass Restaurant, is brings another Farm to Table experience to Carlsbad Village diners Sept. 25. For $70 per person, you will enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Brad, tour the market with the chef and market manager Market tour starts at 6 p.m.; dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets the Compass restaurant or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your CRC HONORS CHAMPIONS The Community Re- seats. source Center celebrates its 40th year, honoring three HIGH HOLY DAYS PLANNED San Diego Outreach Champions of the Cause at its upcoming 40th Birthday Synagogue will be holding Bash Oct. 5, including Eve- musical High Holy Days serlyn Weidner, Laurin Pause vices open to the San Diego and Shea Homes. Purchase community at Morgan Run tickets at https://crcncc. Club & Resort in Rancho ejoi n me .org / MyEve nt s / Santa Fe, beginning with Rosh Hashanah from 10 a.m. CRC40thBirthdayBash. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, folSMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP lowed by a complimentary The city of Encinitas vegetarian lunch. Services and San Diego Law Library for Yom Kippur will be Oct. are hosting a Small Busi- 8 and Oct. 9. The cost for ness 102 workshop from High Holy Days tickets (in2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the cluding all three services) Encinitas Community & Se- is $180 (or $120 for SDOS nior Center, 1140 Oakcrest members) at sdo-synagogue. Park Drive, Encinitas. The org. Those who prefer to pay event is designed to help by check may call: (858) entrepreneurs with improv- 280-6331 or e-mail Cantor@ ing their accounting and sdo-synagogue.org. financing skills. To RSVP, visit eventbrite.com/e/ BE READY FOR DISASTER A Disaster Preparedsma l l-business -101-t ickness Fair is being held from ets-67553970745. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 25 at the McClellan Senior CenALOHA MIXER MainStreet Oceanside ter, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, invites you to Pierside Aloha Vista. Or more information, Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. call (760) 643-5288. 24, Pierside South, 115 N. Cleveland St., Oceanside, third floor. Say hello to new connections and farewell ROTARY DOES GOOD THINGS The Rotary Club of to summer in Downtown Oceanside. Admission is $10 San Marcos meets at noon (includes food and drink). on Thursdays at Cocina del Wear Hawaiian or tropical Charro San Marcos. The attire for a free raffle ticket. keynote for Sept. 26 will be “Lessons of Life as a Professional Skydiver. Visit sanFRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows marcosrotary.org or contact
President Will Rivera at event/emergency-prepared(619) 972-4947 or willrive- ness-planning-workshop/. firstname.lastname@example.org. LIFE LECTURES HANDMADE GOODS NEEDED
Carlsbad Village Association is looking for talented makers to be part of its Makers Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, in downtown Carlsbad Village, in the north lot on Roosevelt Street. Only self-designed and handcrafted items will exhibit in this venue. Interested crafters can apply online at Makers Market. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (760) 644-2121.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds has launched its ScreamZone, from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, opening Sept. 27 through Nov. 2. For tickets, visit https://thescreamzone.com/#tickets.
The city of Carlsbad is hosting three free Author Talks, beginning with Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson on “The Perfect Predator” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Carlsbad City Library, Gowland Meeting Room, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad OLMOS AT LATINO BOOK FEST Edward James Olmos, OIL AND THE MILITARY poet and author Erika SanA screening of the doc- chez, and local hero Erica umentary “The Burden” Alfaro will be the keynote (https://www.amresproject. speakers when MiraCosta org/the-burden) will be from College hosts the Latino 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26, at the Book & Family Festival from Leeds Ranch, 2251 Cata- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, lina Ave, Vista including at its Oceanside Campus, 1 a discussion with the film- Barnard Drive, Oceanside. maker on how fossil fuel Parking is free. dependence is the greatest long-term national security AUTHOR TALKS threat, and why the military The city of Carlsbad is is ready and willing to speed hosting free Author Talks, the transition to clean ener- with Dan Pederson on “Topgy. Contact nikkileeds@cox. gun Adventure” from 2 to 3 net to RSVP or for any ques- p.m. Sept. 28, at the Carlstions. The Leeds home is at bad City Library, Schulman the end of a long driveway Auditorium, 1775 Dove off the main road. Look for Lane, Carlsbad. the orange traffic cone.
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KEEP YOUR BUSINESS READY
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will hold a workshop from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at 5934 Priestly Drive, Carlsbad, to show business leaders how to be prepared and stay protected. Attendees will hear from Stephen Baruch and Josh Mazur of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce of Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance and Dennis Gussman of Red Cross. Cost is $15. Find more information, visit https://carlsbad.org/
Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland Casino Night fundraiser will be held Sept. 28. Tickets can be purchased online at http:// bit.ly/2IMckR3, or by contacting the club via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (760) 683-9427.
GALA FOR THE ANIMALS
Tickets are on sale now for Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s “Celebration of Second Chances” from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Cape Rey Carlsbad, 1 Ponto
Sponsored by the Vietnamese community of Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, a dinner honoring Rev. Michael Ratajczak will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 29, on the upper level of the Parish Center, 1450 S. Melrose Drive, Oceanside. Appetizers, dinner, door prizes and entertainment are planned. Tickets are $125 per person. To register, or for more information, contact Ron Briseno at email@example.com or call (760) 758-4100, extension 104.
TICKETS FOR TASTE
Taste of Oceanside tickets are now on sale from MainStreet Oceanside for the Oct. 5 event. Get tickets at tasteofoceanside. com or Main Street Oceanside office, 701 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Advance food-tasting tickets are $30, and food-and beverage-tasting tickets are $40, for attendees who are 21 and older.
HOW TO GROW LOCALLY
California native plants will be the topic of a presentation at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. A representative from Moosa Creek, a north county wholesale nursery, will explain what you need to know to successfully grow California native plants. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub. org or e-mail Vistagardenclub@gmail.com.
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Council advances housing project debated for decades By Steve Horn
SAN MARCOS — Back when the city of San Marcos first began consideration of the San Marcos Highlands housing development proposal, Michael Jordan had yet to win an NBA championship, Bill Clinton had yet to become president and the Soviet Union had yet to collapse. The year was 1990 and a different proposal, not called San Marcos Highlands but situated on essentially the same land plot, was brought before the City Council. Almost three decades later, at the Sept. 10 City Council meeting, the San Marcos Highlands proposal took one step closer toward realization when an affirmative vote sent the proposal off for consideration before both the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCO). The 189 single-family homes proposal sitting on 265 acres of land aims to annex county land into the city as part of the permitting process for the proposed development, needing an affirmative nod from both the County Board of Supervisors and LAFCO to do so. City Council technically was not voting on the proposal itself. After much contestation by environmental advocates concerned with “sprawl” style housing and protecting biological diversity, City Council approved the housing proposal in a 4-1 vote in 2016 during the tenure of Mayor Jim Desmond, who is now a county supervisor. Instead, the Sept. 10 vote centered around the annexation agreement, needed because the parcel sits on land owned by both the county and city. The annexation agreement had previously been
A PERMIT APPLICATION at the site of the long-proposed 189-unit San Marcos Highlands Project.
tied up in a lawsuit pitting the Endangered Habitats League against the city of San Marcos and the developer of the project, Vista San Marcos Ltd. The parties came to a legal settlement in April and the terms of the settlement could not conflict with whatever annexation agreement the city of San Marcos subsequently drafted. Dan Silver, executive director of the Endangered Habitats League, said he had reviewed the annexation agreement and saw it as conforming with the legal settlement agreement. Silver added that the settlement agreement, per the request of Vista San Marcos Ltd, is currently not a public document is held under seal. “Endangered Habitats League is pleased that the annexation agreement will work in a complementary manner with the settlement
agreement and we look forward to working with all involved on implementation,” Silver said via email. But some concerned community members opposed to the project sounded the alarm when they saw that the annexation agreement was not on the regular agenda, but on the consent calendar, where the item would not receive a public hearing and discussion by the City Council. Several of them signed up to speak at the meeting, and as a result, the item was pulled from the consent calendar and morphed into a standard agenda item. The person central to rallying them to come to the meeting to begin with was Lesley Williams, a biology professor at Palomar College who has opposed the project in her private capacity as a city resident. “I am disappointed
that a 165-page annexation agreement between the City and the Country regarding this project is on the Consent agenda for Tuesday,” said Williams via email. “Given the challenges, ecological impact, and historical contention associated with this project, the City should not rush this annexation through with a rubber-stamp. The councilmembers should postpone the vote so that the public has an opportunity to thoroughly review the annexation agreement and offer comment before approval.” The vote was not postponed, though, and the project advanced after about 40 minutes of discussion. One of those discussants was Michael McSweeney, a lobbyist for the Building Industry Association. He argued that San Marcos Highlands exemplifies what he described as the county’s housing
supply crisis, with more demand existing than supply on the market. “We need to increase the supply. We’ve doubled the population while building permitting activity dropped by 55%,” said McSweeney. “You need to increase supply, so approve housing projects.” McSweeney also argued that affordable housing could only be financed if other types of housing is built first. Councilman Randy Walton, though, took exception with McSweeney’s claim. He said that he believes that the deeper crisis is the cost of new housing hitting the market in the region. “I’m one of those who doesn’t buy that it’s a simple supply and demand problem,” said Walton. “I think that if you can afford more for than 5 or 600 grand,
there’s plenty of supply out there. If you can’t, there’s no supply. So, there is a supply-demand problem, but on the lower to moderate priced housing, not on the high-end housing.” Walton said that within San Marcos, data shows that those dynamics have played out. Mayor Rebecca Jones responded by stating that the “housing complied with the General Plan” and that the City Council “must comply with the general plan.” Walton was careful to say that the city had already entered into a binding agreement for San Marcos Highlands, though, calling his broader argument “immaterial” to the discussion at-hand. Chris Orlando, a mayoral candidate who ran against Jones during the 2018 election cycle and the lone “no” vote in the 4-1 vote in 2016, told The Coast News that he had hoped the City Council would strike down the annexation agreement. For him, it comes down to a matter of infrastructure. “San Marcos didn’t have the infrastructure to support this project when it was first approved and it still doesn’t. In fact, things are getting worse,” said Orlando. “Our schools are bursting at the seams, Los Posas Road is a bottleneck, and the 78 just keeps getting more congested." The annexation agreement for San Marcos Highlands now goes before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 25 for a vote, before heading to LAFCO vote a vote on Oct. 7. Unless significant changes are made by either of those bodies, the project will not go back in front of the City Council and San Marcos Highlands will be open for business.
Vista man gets 20 years for soliciting sex from 14-year-old years old, yet when she asked Jackson if it was bad that she still wanted to “cuddle” with him, he told her, “Not at all, is it bad that I don't care about your age?” according to court documents. The two continued talking over text messages, during which he attempted to persuade her to meet up with him for sex, despite her stating she was nervous and unsure if they should meet. Jackson responded by telling her, “Please I'm dying to see you.” When she said, “I know it's hard to say yes because I only known you for 2 days over the phone,” Jackson responded, “Take a leap of faith?” according to court documents. Eventually, he went to the girl's home, where they engaged in sexual acts outside the house. After he left, the victim told her sister, who contacted police. Oceanside police officers arrested Jackson four days later.
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REGION — A former Navy police officer who engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old Oceanside girl after convincing her on social media to send him sexually explicit photos, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Sept. 16. Isaiah Smallwood Jackson, 23, of Vista was convicted last fall of sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a minor after he convinced the girl to send him nude photos, then meet for sex outside her home. He was 21 at the time. Following his prison term, Jackson will be on supervised released for 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender, which will preclude him from initiating contact with minors, loitering in places primarily frequented by minors, or using the Internet unless the device can be monitored by U.S. probation officers. Prosecutors say Jackson met the girl on an app called “Spotafriend.” Her online profile indicated she was 14
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SEPT. 20, 2019
Skip the crowds and check out these national parks e’louise ondash
he good news is that more and more people seem to appreciate our country’s most precious resources — our national and state parks. The bad news is that we seem to be loving them to death. Crowding and all the attendant problems are a reality in Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion. How do we avoid the crowded trails, traffic jams and long lines at the gift shops? First, avoid high season, but even better, don’t go. Instead, visit a lesserknown-but-just-as-beautiful national park. Here are a few suggestions by leading travel writers, authors and environmentalists that were recently published in The Guardian: • Instead of Montana’s Glacier National Park (3.3 million annual visits), see
annual visits). Just 110 miles northeast of Seattle, the latter has 300 glaciers, abundant wildlife, gorgeous scenery and trails. • Instead of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (15 million), visit Point Reyes National Seashore (2.5 million), both in Northern California. Just 90 miles north of San Francisco, there are 150 miles of trails with views of the Pacific Ocean, and a generous spring wildflower bloom. With high tide, Alamere Falls cascades over a 30-foot shale cliff into the ocean. • Instead of Bryce Canyon National Park (2.6 million), visit Grand Stair-
case-Escalante National INSTEAD OF visiting Utah’s Zion National Park, which attracts 4.5 million visitors who cram into the park’s narrow canyon, Monument (983,000), both check out Cedar Breaks National Monument. Not far from Zion, Cedar Breaks provides equally dramatic scenery and excellent hiking trails. Photo by E’Louise Ondash
in Utah. About 200 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the latter has beautiful slot canyons and other-worldly landscapes at every turn. Research before going because it is a wilderness area. • Instead of the South
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Sports ‘Coach’ Kentera’s return Escondido High School alum has high to radio a hit for listeners hopes for CSUSM cross-country season sports talk jay paris
he “Coach” is on the afternoon clock, which suits him just fine. “It’s perfect for me,” John Kentera said. “At this stage of my career, I couldn’t have drawn it up any better.” Kentera, 61, is known as “Coach” in local radio circles and just about any other local orbit one travels in. He’s back with a noon to 3 p.m. weekday gig on 97.3 The Fan, where he talks all things sports and does it in a manner few can duplicate. Whether it’s at Petco Park, an area diner or at a prep football game, Kentera always has time for others. That includes his radio show where listeners call in and the host actually listens. “I like to engage with them and talk to them instead of at them,” said Kentera of Solana Beach. “I like to hear what they have to say. I’ve probably said this thousands of times on the air, but I look at my listeners as an extension of the Kentera family.” It’s Kentera’s folksy way and down-home manners which has made him a favorite of the region’s airways for three decades. Since playing sports at then-San Dieguito High School and switching to Torrey Pines in the 1970s when its doors swung open, Kentera has been a part of the local sports scene. After coaching at various levels in high school and college, he lifted his curtain on a lengthy radio career in 1990. The longgone Mighty 690 wanted to do a late-night prep show which, of course, took callers. The energetic Kentera was a rookie in every sense of the broadcasting world, but a veteran in the proper way to treat people. Whether a listener wanted to yap about a forgotten prep star or brag about his overachieving child, Kentera handled everyone with kid
gloves. “Some radio hosts don’t like to take calls because it exposes them if they don’t prepare,” Kentera said. “And a lot of them don’t care what the listeners have to say.” Kentera is money by letting everyone get their two cents in. He’s on San Diego’s only FM sports station and his frequent smile leaps through the frequency. “I’m blessed to be doing this,” Kentera said. “I knew it was going to be hard to get back in after I took some time off.” Kentera, who also served at the San Diego Sockers general manager, stepped away after a 25year run at what became the Mighty 1090 on Oct. 3, 2015. His deep pipes were silenced until 2018, when he started filling in at The Fan and handling Padres preand post-game shows. But it was Oct. 3, 2009, which made Kentera pause for more than a station identification. He suffered a serious heart attack and he’s not forgetful of his upcoming 10-year anniversary of having a clean bill of health. He does so with a show produced by the talented Adam Klug and keeping, as always, tabs on San Diego County’s prep sports. Kentera orchestrates the popular “High School Football Show” on Thursday nights with co-host Braden Surprenant and calls a football game on Friday nights on the station’s app link with radio.com. “Radio.com is really neat,” Kentera said. “Relatives of these players can listen to the games from all over.” When another losing Padres season ends, radio listeners are winners, too. As well as the games being on radio.com they will air on The Fan. Speaking of the Padres, there is no bigger fan of the local nine than Kentera. He cut his teeth on the Pacific Coast League Padres by attending his first game in 1959 and if slicing his arm, it’ll bleed Padres brown. His thoughts on his favorite club careening toward its ninth straight losing season, which matches a franchise high (low). “They’ve got to get some veteran starting pitching,” Kentera said. “All these weaknesses aren’t as drastic when you’re giving up three-to-four runs a game instead of six-toseven. I also might revamp the outfield and they have to figure out what to do at catcher.” The catch with Kentera? Finding someone he doesn’t enjoy conversing with. “I like people,” Kentera said. “That’s just who I am.”
By Steve Horn
SAN MARCOS — For CSUSM redshirt junior cross country runner Shea Vavra, speedy long-distance running has always come naturally. It started in middle school, said Vavra — a kinesiology major — where during weekly mile runs, he would go out aggressively and always run for the win during gym class. And it continued at Escondido High School, where Vavra ran personal bests of 4 minutes 27 seconds in the 1,600 meter (just shy of a mile) and 1:58 in the 800 meter (just shy of a half-mile) as a top runner for the team. But Vavra said he did not like cross-country when he first tried it in high school. “But then I kind of realized that everyone on the team was pretty cool,” he said. “And like, I like the whole environment of cross-country practices, and this whole experience of meets and everything. And I think after my freshman year of high school, that’s when I really started to get into it and take it seriously.” A 2016 high school graduate, Vavra’s improvements as a runner have continued steadily throughout college, running personal bests of 1:55 and 3:55 in the 800 meter and 1,500 meter, respectively, during his 2019 track season. The 1,500-meter time converts to a 4:13 in the full mile. And in cross-country, Vavra finished in 24th place at the 2018 West Region Championship for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division-II meet and 17th at the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference championship meet. But cross-country, first and foremost, is a team sport. Though few teams make it to the national meet, even fewer individuals can punch a ticket to the big dance. Unlike track, everyone runs in the same race and team points are tallied according to place finished. And after the team made the national meet for the first time in program history last fall, Vavra said the team is hungry for more in 2019 and hopes to place higher than its seventh-place finish in 2018. The sentiment was echoed by second year coach Torrey Olsen, who said the team hopes not only to make the national meet in Sacramento, but to perform well there. “The guys have really high goals,” Olsen said. “I don’t want to put them out there, but they certainly involve a strong improvement over last year and the guys’ goals this year are at the national meet. Whereas last year, the goal was more so to make the national meet happen.”
CSUSM REDSHIRT junior cross country runner Shea Vavra, who graduated from Escondido High in 2016, is ready to lead the Cougars this season. Photo via Instagram @shea_vavra
Olsen said that eight men from the 2018 cross-country team return for the 2019 campaign, including Joshua Litwiller, a graduate of Carlsbad's La Costa Canyon High School. Litwiller just missed qualifying for the national meet in the 10,000-meter run during the track season. And he mentioned key freshmen recruits and transfer stu-
dent-athletes, with a deep roster of 23 total runners. Vavra grew up in a track family. His dad, Mark Vavra, was a collegiate 400-meter hurdler, while his grandfather was a sprinter and mom ran the 800-meter in high school. Mark Vavra was also Shea’s cross country and track coach in high school. Vavra said that one of the draws of going to
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Escondido, were recognized and honored by the staff for their dedicated service and time during an Appreciation Dinner in August in the Lyric Court. The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, celebrates 25 years of promoting the arts throughout Escondido. Volunteer teams support the center museum, education programs, community events, marketing/ administrative offices and theaters. Get more information at http://artcenter.org/ support/volunteer/. FOOD PANTRY AT MIRACOSTA
MiraCosta College is kicking it up a notch with a new Mobile Food Pantry to complement services that already include a MiraCosta Cares Farmers Market and a campus pantry that provides an emergency sack lunch or snack for any student in need of a meal. The Mobile Food Pantry made its inaugural campus visit on July 23, stationed at the Oceanside Campus Library Hub Circle next to the Administration Building. Upcoming scheduled dates are from 1 NEW BUSINESS IN VISTA The Vista Chamber of to 2 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Commerce celebrates Sep- Nov. 26, Jan. 28, Feb. 28, tember grand openings for March 24, and April 28. new businesses at HEXOCBD Sept. 17 at 1945 W. Vis- OUTSTANDING STUDENT ta Way, Vista, and for Bodhi Nicholas Farrell, of Integrative Health at 2023 San Marcos, was named to W. Vista Way Suite C, Vista The University of Alabama on Sept. 19. President’s List for summer 2019.
After relying on San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House during a life-changing medical crisis, San Marcos residents Josh and Michelle Rathweg are now giving back by serving on the executive committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s 10th annual ROMP Gala on Oct. 12. San Diego’s Ronald Mc- CENTER THANKS VOLUNTEERS Donald House provides “a Volunteers of the Cal- HISTORICAL MUSEUM REOPENS home away from home” to ifornia Center for the Arts, The repair to the foun-
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George Chamberlin November 5, 1945 September 1, 2019
George Chamberlin – born in Kansas City, KS on November 5, 1945. His family later settled in Los Angeles where he graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School. He fell in love with radio back in the 1960s and started out as a disc jockey. His first broadcasting job was working the graveyard shift at a Palm Springs radio station. However, it didn’t take long for George to work his way to San Diego, home to his family for 46 years. Even though his first love was always broadcasting, George spent time as the Administrative Aide to Senator John Stull of San Diego, and later went on to work as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities. For about 15 years he combined his work in finance with his love for broadcasting and wore many hats while working in the San Diego
news media, including radio, television and print. It was very easy for him to let go of the brokerage career and dedicate his time to broadcasting and public speaking. He has received numerous awards and commendations and has been honored three times by the Small Business Administration as the Media Advocate of the Year. For more than 30 years, he delivered business updates starting at 5 a.m. weekday mornings on KNSD-TV’s “NBC 7 News Today” newscasts. He wrote business columns for the North County Times newspaper and served as executive editor for the San Diego Daily Transcript newspaper for more than a decade. Up to the last weeks of his life he delivered weekday business reports as business editor with KOGO News Radio 600AM and hosted a Sunday talk show on personal finance on KOGO. For more than two decades he was the publisher and editor of a national newsletter, Investing for Rookies, aimed at teaching basic investing strategies to beginning investors. George also developed a reputation around San Diego County as a popular speaker and master of ceremonies averaging ten or more talks a month to civic groups and business organizations. George and his wife Terry are active in the commu-
nity, serving as founding board members and past presidents of the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club. George also served on the board of directors for New Haven Youth and Family Services in Vista, and San Diego OASIS. He was an avid tennis player most of his life, adding a love of golf in his later years. We would like to thank Dr. Joel Lamon and Dr. Carolyn Mulroney of UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center for their care over the past 3 years. He passed peacefully at home on Sunday, September 1, 2019 after a 3-year battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Terry, son Tom (Tracy), daughter Sara, and 4 grandchildren: Sophia, Lorenzo, Lily and Elias and his dog, Lexi. He is also survived by his brother Mike (Barbara) of San Clemente and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A public Celebration of Life will be held at the San Marcos Boy’s and Girl’s Club, One Positive Way, San Marcos, CA 92069 on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in George’s name to the San Marcos Boys’ and Girls’ Club (www.boysgirlsclubsm.org), New Haven Youth and Family Services of Vista (www.newhavenyfs.org) or OASIS of San Diego (www.oasisnet.org/San-Diego-CA).
dation of the Vista Historical Museum at 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista, is complete. The museum thanks all who contributed to the fundraising campaign to pay for the repairs. The museum hours of 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, resumed Sept. 18. NEW GYM IS HIRING
In preparation for the opening of its first San Diego location at 1055 Wall St., La Jolla, later this year, Life Time is hosting a hiring event from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Marriott San Diego La Jolla, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. For more information, visit https://careers.lifetime.life/.
CITY FINANCES DAZZLE
An award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the city of Encinitas Finance Department for its role in preparing a comprehensive annual financial report. The city was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Fiscal Year 2017-2018 comprehensive annual financial report. NEW COO FOR NCHS
North County Health Services has announced the appointment of Ivan Coziahr as the Chief Operations Officer at NCHS. Coziahr is a graduate of Western Illinois,
SEPT. 20, 2019 holding a degree in Human Resource Management, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine where he also earned his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. B&G CLUB SALUTES FISHINGER
MiraCosta student Tori Fishinger received recognition for her service as a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside Board Installation. Fishinger was awarded the Chairperson’s Award for her enthusiasm, eagerness to serve BGCO youth and accepting the position as the 2019 Annual Boys and Girls Night Out Gala chair. Fishinger has served as a board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside since June 2018.
CLINIC OPENS FOR VETERANS
Cohen Veterans Network has opened its newest mental health clinic in partnership with Veterans Village of San Diego, 4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego. The clinic offers mental health care services to the more than 225,000 veterans in San Diego County as well as military families. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD is part of a national network founded by Steven A. Cohen, who made a $275 million commitment to launch a network of mental health clinics to serve post-9/11 veterans and military families.
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All things Viking at weekend festival By Steve Puterski
VISTA — Thousands will flock to take part in the heritage of Odin, the God of Gods, to Loki, the trickster, at an unexpected Valhalla, the 17th annual Vista Viking Festival. The two-day extravaganza runs Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 at Norway Hall, 2006 E. Vista Way, and features music, food, drinks, culture, re-enactments and, of course, Viking weapons. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22. It’s the only fundraiser of the year for the Norway Hall, which is a club for those celebrating, researching and learning about their Scandinavian history; although it’s centered on Norway, according to President James Jerpseth. The event exploded in popularity several years ago
thanks to History Channel’s hit TV show, “Vikings,” he said. Prior to the show, the event typically saw about 4,000 to 5,000 attendees. “We were completely unprepared one year,” Jerpseth said. “We had more people than we knew what do with. We had to step everything up a whole other level.” It’s a trip down history lane, he added, noting the focus is on Viking culture from 900 A.D., while other Renaissance festivals are centered between 1200 A.D. to 1400 A.D., at the latest. But after the first season of “Vikings,” people flocked en masse, Jerpseth said, as the festival drew 10,000 people, overwhelming the organizers. But like true Vikings, the organizers overcame the mass of people and expanded their event and assistance, enlisting between 800 to 900 volunteers, he added.
The festival also includes live music, blacksmithing, traditional bread baking, a marketplace, a kids zone and the chance to shoot arrows and throw spears and axes. Also, traditional Viking encampments are set up. Attendees will get to watch or participate in battle cry and horn blowing competitions, a log toss and a fish fling. Another feature is the growing list of craft brewers, especially those with an emphasis on mead, a honey-based alcohol. Also, numerous vendors will cover the grounds with their Viking-era products, while the go-to food is lefse, a Scandinavian flatbread. “There’s about four or five Viking re-enactment groups that set up … all using period tools,” Jerpseth said. “Inside Norway Hall there’s a whole area concen-
trated on handy crafts.” As for the music, James Lucas, the public relations director for the festival and Norway Hall member, said numerous Celtic and Scottish bands will perform as it is difficult to track down what the Vikings listened to more than 1,000 years ago. Still, visitors will be treated to Rachel Nesvig, who will play a Norwegian instrument known as the Hardanger fiddle, similar to a violin. Lucas said the festival has also made several improvements with parking, more shuttles and seating, along with a new ticket booth and ticketing system. The cost is $15 for adults 21 or older, $10 for ages 13 to 20, $3 for 6 to 12 and kids under 5 are admitted free. Parking is $5 at Vista High School, 1 Panther Way, or Guajome Park, which includes a free shuttle.
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Arthur Harris at the Oceanside VA Clinic, was delighted to receive handmade lap blankets from the GFWC Contemporary Women of North County as appreciation for veterans’ dedication and sacrifice. Visit cwonc.org. Courtesy photo
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Fallbrook homecoming for 127 West chef
hen I venture out of The Coast News territory for a bit of restaurant exploring, my travels usually take me down toward San Diego. I thought it was time to head in the other direction for a change and head out to Fallbrook. I heard Chef Eric O’Connor, who I knew from several of my favorite restaurants in Encinitas some big-name places since then, was at the helm at 127 West Social House so I made plans to get out there. That said, I had also not ventured out to Fallbrook since I attended the Avocado Festival a few years back. This quaint town is situated immediately east of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton. Back in the day it had a stagecoach stop for the stage that ran from Temecula to San Diego. Fallbrook is known for its avocado groves and claims the title “Avocado Capital of the World.” It is a beautiful area and also home to a burger joint I’ve been hearing rave reviews about called Nessy Burger that I will have to make another trip back for soon. So back to O’Connor, who spent three years at the iconic Calypso Café during the height of its popularity. Calypso was one of my favorite local food and live music venues and O’Con-
127 WEST SOCIAL HOUSE Executive Chef Eric O’Connor, who was raised in Fallbrook. Photo courtesy 127 West Social House
nor was part of the culinary team of pirates who I would really like to get in one place and record some of their stories. It was also the place where you could find Jack Tempchin gigging on a regular basis singing the songs he wrote for the Eagles. I miss Calypso! O’Connor’s culinary road also included stops at When in Rome, Tastes and Calypso Fish House, also in Encinitas. He also had stints at Santa Luz Country Club, Prep Kitchen, The Black Stallion, Ballast Point, Analog, Barbarella, Knotty Barrel, 83 Degrees and another one of my favorites, Firefly Grill & Wine Bar. He was also the catering chef at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. So yes, his style was shaped by some of the better restaurants in the area. He joined
127 West Social House in January 2018 and it’s been somewhat of a homecoming for him as he was raised in Fallbrook. A fire gutted the restaurant in 2016 but it has since been renovated and it’s a great looking space that has plenty of indoor seating, a nice bar and a very spacious outdoor deck which is where we sat to sample some of their fare and record a Lick the Plate on 100.7 KFMB show where I learned a bit more about O’Connor. The helicopters from Camp Pendleton flew overhead as we began our sampling. We started with their simple, yet delicious version of the classic Wedge with baby iceberg, house made pesto buttermilk dressing, beer vinaigrette,
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bleu cheese crumbles, applewood bacon and heirloom tomatoes. I will take a wedge salad like this every day of the week. Another fine starter were the Fried Green Tomatoes with Alabama white sauce and a corn-pepper relish. I’ve not had some good fried green tomatoes in a long time, and these hit the spot. Entrées came next and my eyes lit up when I saw they had pork schnitzel on the menu. It’s one of my favorite dishes ever and chef O’Connor did it right coated with house breadcrumbs, cooked to a moist perfection and sitting on a bed of cheesy grits topped with a pickled house slaw. And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds, a perfect combination of flavors and textures. The burgers are spot on as well and we sampled the “Fallbrook” with Fallbrook avocado guacamole (of course), applewood bacon, pepper jack cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato on a brioche bun. Stone fired pizza is also represented and we went with “The Brook” with arugula pesto, achiote marinated shrimp, mozzarella, fresh avocado and fresh cilantro. It was a different combination of flavors but it somehow all worked together. There is a full bar with crafty cocktails, beer and wine and plenty more on this menu that highlights the culinary road of chef Eric O’Connor. 127 West Social House is worth the scenic road trip to Fallbrook for sure. Find them at 127 West Elder Street, Fallbrook, or www.127-west.com
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San Marcos brewery wins ‘Best in Show’ at Craft Beer Summit
he California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) celebrated its 30th anniversary during their its annual California Craft Beer Summit, held this year at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Sept. 12 through Sept. 14. Over 6,500 brewers, industry members and beer lovers attended the event, which included a trade show, educational sessions, meetings and a beer festival. This year also marked the CCBA’s inaugural Craft Brewers Cup. One hundred and ninety independent California craft brewers submitted a total of 1,266 beers into competition, and awards were given in 58 style categories. The “Best in Show” award went to San Marcos’ Rip Current Brewing for their Breakline Bock, which was entered in the Traditional German-Style Bock category. Resident Brewing (downtown San Diego) and North Park Brewing (of North Park, of course) took gold and silver, respectively, in the New England Style Hazy IPA category, one of the most competitive categories in the competition. AleSmith Brewing (Miramar) and
craft beer in North County Bill Vanderburgh Societe Brewing (Kearny Mesa) took gold (for San Diego Pale Ale .394) and bronze (for The Publican), respectively, in another highly competitive category, American Pale Ale. In total, 22 San Diego County Breweries won 37 of the 170 awards given. That’s about 22% of the medals going to San Diego. The full list of winners is available here. San Diego Breweries won two-thirds or more of the medals in eight style categories. The Californian Craft Brewers Association was formed in 1989 as a trade organization to promote the interests of California’s small, independent brewers to the California legislature. It is the oldest state-level trade organization for independent brewers. Over the years, CCBA’s lobbying efforts have helped create the legal and economic conditions that have allowed craft brewing to thrive in California. Tom McCormick, executive director of the CCBA, says
BROOKLYN BREWERY brewmaster Garrett Oliver issued a call to action for brewers to hold fast to the ideals of craft beer at the 2019 California Craft Beer Summit this month in Long Beach. Photo by Bill Vandenburgh
that, “Craft breweries are nity with jobs, charitable locally-owned businesses giving, economic growth which benefit their commu- and provide a place for the
neighborhood. Our role at the CCBA is to protect and grow the craft brewing and small business community which has become so important to California’s cities and local communities.” Today, there are over one thousand small, independent breweries in California. The state with the next largest number of breweries is Colorado, with under 500 breweries. According to the CCBA, 95% of Californians live within 10 miles of a craft brewery. California’s craft breweries contribute well over $8 billion to the state’s economy. (San Diego County contributes over $1.1 billion of that: see this previous column.) Before you start worrying that the craft beer market in California is oversaturated, according to data from the national Brewers Association, California has only about three breweries per 100,000 of population over the age of 21, which makes California the 28thranked state in terms of brewery density; 15 states produce a greater volume of beer per capita. Bart Watson, economist for the national Brewers Association, was a featured speaker at the CA Craft Beer Summit. He noted that the craft beer seg-
ment has never been stronger, but that competition has never been more fierce, either. The U.S. is on track to have over 10,000 breweries, about 1,200 of those in California. However, brewery numbers by themselves don’t tell the whole story: The smallest 75% of US breweries are responsible for just 0.6% of annual national beer production by volume. One of the legends of craft beer, Garrett Oliver, brewmaster and partner at Brooklyn Brewery, was another speaker at the Craft Beer Summit. His “Tap Talk” was a call to action for brewers to rededicate themselves to the ideals of the craft beer movement: using real, wholesome ingredients, to make authentic, “true” beer. Oliver drew parallels between the craft beer movement and the Slow Food movement, with which he has also been closely involved. He challenged brewers who are putting donuts and commercial breakfast cereals in their wort while making “hype” beers. “If wax and artificial colorings in donuts don’t upset you in beer — what would upset you?” He added, “When you look in the mirror. Are you the brewer you showed up to be?”
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A bevy of Buddhas in Warner Springs
f you feel your questing for enlightenment needs a pilgrimage to a remote area where the miracle of giant Buddha statues are placed randomly at the end of a narrow windy mountain road, then look no further than the Lieu Quan Meditation Center out in Warner Springs. I had been out there before but wanted the experience to be fresh for the readership, so I dragged my roommate early Thursday morning for a road trip to see this sacred site. We were going to go early enough to watch the sunrise there, but it occurred to me that the roads are super dark and A BUDDHA STATUE at the Lieu Quan Meditation Center in winding as the ascent is over Warner Springs. Photo by Susan Sullivan 3,000 feet and the gate that
on fire Susan Sullivan leads to the center may not be open at that hour, so we waited till about 5:30 a.m. to head out before it got too hot. It takes about two hours from Oceanside to get to the locale, and the GPS stops a little ahead of actually arriving, so keep going until you see a row of brick pillars with carved lions on them. Then be prepared to stand in amazement as you scan the horizon and view the largest
The truth about CBD oil By Vanessa Cordova, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
You might have noticed it’s touted as an ingredient in drinks, lip balms, lotions, drops, or even candies. CBD is all the rage right now and readily available at your neighborhood health store, coffee shop, or spa. But what exactly is CBD, you may ask yourself. Is it safe? Does it work? First, let’s get some background information on what we’re talking about here. What is CBD oil anyway? CBD stands for cannabadiol; a compound extracted from hemp plants. It is a component of marijuana, but it does not cause the euphoria or intoxication that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) causes. While marijuana contains both THC and CBD, CBD by itself does not appear to have any abuse or dependence potential.
CBD IS A COMPOUND extracted from hemp plants but does not cause the euphoria or intoxicaton that THC causes. Courtesy photo
Does CBD have any benefits? There have been many claims that CBD oil can treat conditions such as anxiety, pain, inflammation, and insomnia; however, because both marijuana and hemp were considered illicit substances for so long, research on CBD has been very limited. In June 2018, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the prescription use of Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD oil, for treating two types of severe epilepsy in young children. As of today, this is the only FDA approved use of CBD oil. Some preliminary research suggests that CBD may help with chronic pain. Animal studies showed CBD relieved arthritic pain and inflammation, but there have been limited human studies. The studies that were done were small, of poor quality, and showed mixed results.
crease other medications in your blood stream similarly to how grapefruit juice does. One safety concern regarding CBD is that up until recently it was considered a supplement, and supplements lack regulation. For example, a 2017 study in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) showed that 84 CBD products from 31 different companies had less than half of the ingredients that they said they had in them. So you cannot know for sure that the product you are buying has what it says it has on the label. The FDA is now cracking down on companies marketing CBD as a cure-all for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and anxiety. The FDA is also currently reviewing pathways to better regulate the CBD market as a whole. Furthermore, due to the lack of quality long-term human studies, we do not know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
Is CBD safe? Potential side effects of CBD include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, irritability, and liver abnormalities. CBD can also interact with certain medications. For example, recent reports warned how CBD can increase the level of the blood thinner Coumadin in your blood, and it may also in-
The Bottom Line Don’t fall for the HYPE, but be hopeful that CBD will one day be proven to be HELPFUL. Researchers are in the early stages of their controlled studies now on CBD, so be patient! We will have more evidence in the next couple of years, with hopefully more specific information
on dosing. Don’t fall for outlandish claims that CBD can cure everything. This is simply not true - there’s no data to support this. If CBD is something you want to try, talk with your doctor. Remember that anything you put into your body has some type of effect. You should weigh the risks versus benefits with your doctor. If you have any questions regarding CBD oil, I will be speaking with my colleagues Dr. Novak, Dr. Pietila, Dr. Baroudi, and Dr. Ferber, on October 31st at the Ocean Hills clubhouse. We will be presenting more in-depth information on CBD, and reviewing other topics as well such as arthritis and the upcoming influenza season. Nurse Cordova attained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Cal State San Marcos, and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Tri-City Primary Care. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Cordova was a Registered Nurse, specializing in cardiac and respiratory disease since 2010. Nurse Cordova thoroughly enjoys being able to treat a variety of conditions and has a passion for Geriatrics.
Buddha sculptures in America. Intermittently spaced and peeking through oak and pine trees that adorn the parcel of land that makes up the monastery, this day was fresh from the obvious flash floods and it occurred to me that this special place is yet another powerful spiritual vortex and it was only enhanced by the fresh smell of sage and pine, cool sand underfoot. It's a totally random place with no signs or instructions but to walk in and make your way to stand before these stunning giant statues. How did they get there? Why are they here? Attitude changes from giddy to resolute; talkative to silent reverence. Awe may be the better word. An overwhelming feeling of reverence and admiration is produced by this grand, sublime and powerful silent retreat center. That must be the effect that Lieu Quan’s founder, the visionary monk Reverend Thich Nguyen Dat had been going for when he envisioned creating this tranquil meditation center in a beautiful scenic area that gently demands one take the time to contemplate. When we set out to experience the center, we were consciously preparing for a time of tranquility and that in itself creates a certain peace that then vibrates out to the world from this Buddhist Culture Center. The monastery opened in 2000 to give people an opportunity to do just that — enjoy a peaceful place to commune with nature and reflect on the Buddha’s teachings. Everyone is welcome here, regardless of religion. The statues represent
the four stages of Buddha’s life from birth to enlightenment some 2,500 years ago. The Reclining Buddha (Nirvana) Statue is one of the largest such statues in the United States. It stretches a magnificent 46 feet long, reaching up to 10 feet high. The Enlightenment Buddha Statue towers up to 20 feet high and is 10 feet wide; the Wheel of Dharma Buddha Statue is 25 feet high, 12 feet wide and weighs in at 245,000 pounds; and the Maitreya Bodhisattva is 14 feet high and 10 feet wide. People are tempted to climb up onto the statues, but please maintain respect for this sacred space so it remains intact for future generations to visit and enjoy. We all have a Buddha nature within us. Each of us is seeking enlightenment in some way since time began. All the great thinkers, saints, and Bodhisattvas have had or attained spiritual knowledge or insight mostly by spending time in nature and contemplating God. Each simple yet majestic, elegant hand-carved statue causes one to reflect just long enough to ponder the meaning of life. Each statue is a vast forest unto itself. And just like the great Buddha, once we discovered this, we had to share it with you, our readers. You don't need to be a Buddhist to appreciate the beauty and meaning of each of these carvings. They are a reminder of the quest. A reminder to be still and know. That the truth is and always has been within. Where the fire stirs in the soul. Lieu Quan Meditation Center is located at 31130 Chihuahua Valley Road in Warner Springs, California.
REMEMBER ME THURSDAY Helen Woodward Animal Center unites with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide for the annual Remember Me Thursday campaign. TV producer, philanthropist and author Bethenny Frankel, above, is the official spokesperson for the 2019 effort. On Thursday, Sept. 26, pet lovers and animal rescue groups are asked to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for homeless pets to live in forever homes. Courtesy photo
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Glamourous gemstones at GIA in Carlsbad Feast your eyes on the 1,000-plus gems and jewelry pieces on display at the Carlsbad campus of GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones and pearls. GIA’s annual free-tothe-public open house, hosted this year on Friday, Oct. 11, offers guests the chance to explore museum exhibits, see classroom demonstrations, and learn about both rare and popular gemstones, all while exploring GIA’s 17-acre ocean-view campus, located at 5345 Armada Drive. GIA’s museum exhibit includes Jewels of Hollywood, a display of jewelry owned by some of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, including Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, and Madonna, and Eyes of Brazil, a 16-piece arrangement of the cross-
Fair, the gem and jewelry industry’s preeminent recruiting event. Visit GIA. edu/career-fair for updates and details. To schedule a tour throughout the rest of the year, visit GIA.edu/gia-museum or call +1 760 603 4116. Established in 1931, GIA protects the public through gemological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development. The world’s foremost authority in gemology, GIA sets the standard for determining the quality of diamonds and performs research-based identification of colored gems and pearls. GIA created the 4Cs and the GIA’S ANNUAL free-to-the-public open house is hosted this year on Friday, Oct. 11. Courtesy photo GIA International Diamond Grading System™, which 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 are recognized globally as sections of a massive agate a rare look into carvings Earth. The open house will in conjunction with GIA’s the industry standard for geode. The newest exhib- done on diamonds – one of it, Carved Diamonds, gives the hardest substances on take place from 8 a.m. to annual Jewelry Career diamond quality.
Connecting generations through technology Four easy ways tech can bring grandparents closer to their younger family members Smart home technology is becoming more and more popular, making it easier for people of all ages to cook or monitor their house while away from home, take care of the shopping without leaving their living room, or even video chatting with their doctor from the comfort and convenience of their bed. The technology and internet speeds available today are also making it easier for people to connect and have meaningful moments of human connection, especially for family and friends who live far away, or who have experienced a life-changing event such as illness or death in the family that has left them feeling alone and isolated. Larry has been coping with the loss of his wife, Pat, after a difficult battle with
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Halter Ranch has won the winery of the year award at the 2019 Central Coast wine competition. The Paso winery won 11 awards. Adelaida is showcasing its Viking Estate Vineyard Signature 2016 Cab ($100). This vineyard is 1,700 feet in elevation with Calcerous Limestone soil and 40-degree weather fluctuations. Another Viking Estate Adelaida wine is the 2014 Cab Franc ($80). Aged 20 months in new French oak barrels, the wine’s silky texture leads to an opulent finish. Austin Hope has been named the wine industry Paso Robles Person of the Year. His wines include
dementia. To keep his late wife’s memory alive, Larry is using social media to connect with his granddaughter Jessica over his most precious stories about his wife. Through videos about his life (past and present) that he shares with Jessica on social media, Larry and his granddaughter are learning about each other more than ever. Like Larry’s and Jessica’s newfound digital connection, here are four ways technology can help grandparents connect with their younger family members. 1. MESSAGING APPS A recent study revealed that 73% of grandparents own smartphones, which means that the power to connect is already in the palm of their hand. Messaging apps like WhatsApp or Talkatone are a great introduction to texting for grandparents. Messaging apps make it easy to send and receive text updates, photos and videos all in one place. And, when there’s time for a longer con-
versation, grandparents and their grandchildren can use these apps to chat for free, as most don’t use up cell minutes. 2. VIDEO CHAT It can be difficult to go months without seeing family or friends, especially your grandparents. Video chat makes you feel as though you’re in the same room as someone, regardless of geographical distance. Have a video conservation through apps like Skype or FaceTime from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can enjoy a sunset with your grandpar-
ents or share big life events such as graduations or weddings they cannot physically attend. 3. GAMING AND CREATIVITY APPS Creative apps like Magisto, FXGuru and PhotoFunia allow you to personalize photos and videos, which can make file sharing more special and fun. Looking for some friendly competition with your grandparent? Try a gaming app like Wheel of Fortune or Minecraft. Or keep your grandparent updated with an app like Keepy, an interactive plat-
Austin Hope, Treana, Troublemaker, Liberty School and Quest. His 2017 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99) has a dark ruby hue on the palate and supple tannins that carry juicy fresh picked blackberries, black pepper, clove and vanilla bean. Eberle Winery with Gary Eberele at the helm has seen the growth of Paso more than anyone. His first vineyard was planted in 1971 and his pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon came in 1979. His current 2016 vintage ($45) has provided some of the finest fruit in the winery’s 38-year history, comparable to 2007, which Gary proclaimed as “the best vintage ever to come out of Paso Robles.”
J. Lohr, like a few of the other big production wineries in the district, wants you to know that it produces premium, small production elite Cabs, that I like to call “wow” wines. One such wine is the J. Lohr Signature Cab 2016 ($100). An “ultimate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon,” this wine is aged 19 months in 100% new French oak and uses the best hand-picked grapes from the respected Beck Vineyard known for its pure fruit at its 1,700-foot height. Robert Hall is another who’s low-production, high-quality wines will surprise premium wine lovers. Its 2016 Cavern Select Cab ($54) has aromas of black current, sweet tobacco and spice. Flavors include dried
berry, cedar and dark chocolate. This wine was prepped and barreled for 28 months before release. Rotta is a fascinating winery with its spacey astro-feel labels and big, powerful Cabs. Its current entry is the 2015 Cab ($50), another epic example of westside Paso wines. On the nose, bright red berry fruit with hints of cassis, peppercorn and cream. On the palate, impressive big berry fruit, black currant, cassis peppercorn and licorice. It’s the flagship of the Rotta estate. Another to try is the 2016 Cabernet Franc, a “higher vibration wine. It’ll take you to another dimension.” DAOU Vineyard and Winery, an early organizer of the PRCC, while perfect-
73% OF GRANDPARENTS own smartphones
form for sharing school projects and artwork. And don’t forget about family tree apps like Ancestry, where you can all discover photos and stories together as you navigate your family history. 4. SOCIAL MEDIA Start a private Instagram account where you can post photos and videos for your family’s eyes only. Grandparents have lots to share, so encourage them to make their own Instagram handles and record their stories. This can be a unique way to learn about your grandparent’s past or to pass down family memories, post those Ancestry results, or share family recipes that may otherwise get lost over the years. Facebook is the most popular social media platform among grandparents. Snapchat is another option to send and receive custom pictures or videos with a variety of fun filters and lenses.
HOW TO HELP YOUR GRANDPARENTS While nearly threequarters of grandparents have smartphones, only 44% identify as tech-savvy. Teaching non-tech savvy family members how to use video chat and social media can be a bonding experience and will help pave the way for easier and more frequent communication in the future. You can also set your grandparent up with useful home features like the SURE Universal Remote, which allows them to control their TV and other devices from their smartphone. Some grandparents may not realize they can watch their cable TV content from their mobile device or schedule a DVR recording using apps like Cox Connect. Technology doesn’t have to be in the way of making real human connections. It can be the way – especially for older adults like Larry. Learn more about Larry’s journey to using technology at www.cox.com/grandstories.
ing a wide number of Cabs, has just released The Bodyguard ($40), one you have to look for. It features a Petite Verdot with Petite Sirah that Daniel Daou calls “approachable luxury.” For more information on the PRCC and each of the wineries visit pasoroblescab. com.
exotic music with a European influence from Spain and Paris, and now his new home in coastal Laguna Beach, where he now records in his home studio. Here’s a smart idea. See the concert, then stay at South Coast Resort at a 15% discount on accommodations for ticketholders. Guests can use the code SUNJZ. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit southcoastwinery.com/concerts. • Vintana in Escondido is hosting a wine dinner with J. Lohr from Paso Robles from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20. The five-course menu features a luscious lamb dish and J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Cost is $80 each. RSVP at (760) 7457777.
Wine bytes • Jazz guitar great Marc Antoine with Brian Simpson on piano are the next concert headliners Sunday, Sept. 29 with show time at 6:30 p.m. at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in Temecula wine country. General Admission is $40 per person with a Gold Level, VIP Level and Sponsor Table available. Antoine brings joyous
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‘THE MARQUETRY LEOPARD’ painting out of multiple species of veneer in marquetry wood inlay, by Escondido artist Mac Hillenbrand.
Escondido woodworker among artisans at ArtWalk Carlsbad By Lucia Viti
CARLSBAD — ArtWalk Carlsbad will celebrate its second year on as one of San Diego’s prominent art festivals. Sidling sweeping ocean views on Armada Drive, the two-day event will take place on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 and showcase paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, metal and woodwork from over 175 local, regional and international artisans. “ArtWalk Carlsbad, our newest fine arts festival, will provide national and international artisans a chance to connect with North County art enthusiasts,” said Sandi Cottrell, ArtWalk Carlsbad’s event director. “Carlsbad’s Armada Drive with its scenic, breathtaking ocean views and cool breezes, is a must-visit event for art collectors of all levels. Attendees will also love the one-of-a-kind colorful chalk art taking shape on the asphalt.” Mac Hillenbrand, artisan and owner of Amber Waves of Grain, will be among the craftspeople showcasing their talents. The Escondido resident will display his Marquetry wood paintings, wooden inlay paintings that sidestep the use of paint. Hillenbrand describes the unique renaissance art form from the “gilded age” as a “multi-dimensional”
mosaic inlay process that uses wood sourced from “urban timber.” Pieces, noted within the genre of psychedelic abstract expressionism, also utilize veneering techniques that uncover “nature’s hologram in the swirling eddies of the grain.” Resins, woodworking dyes and paints are occasionally added as tints to change grain lines into rainbows. Hillenbrand can also reveal mountains and waterfalls through tinted shellac and create stained glass through resin and wood-dye concentrated over plexiglass. “I create techniques to accommodate the aesthetic goal of the series that I’m working on,” he said. “For my wave series, I transform natural grain lines into surf waves and surf breaks by exploring the oceanic textures found within the wood. I can actually see surf breaks in the grain. “People never ask why I create marquetry pieces, they only ask me how I do it,” he said. “The artist's job is to make things pretty. Sometimes pretty things. Sometimes beautiful ideas. I strive to do both.” Hillenbrand said that he arrived serendipitously into his life as an artist. Born and bred in Del Mar as the sole child of “civic minded, faux-hippy lawyers,” he spent his youth camping in
the Sierras and surfing in Baja. His parents eventually opened a hostel in Mammoth where he “remained an un-showered feral canyon explorer often at odds with my well-kept classmates.” The mountains, the ocean and skateboarding became both refuge and inspiration for his present-day woodworking. College gave way to learning how to paint and refurbish the large and unusual as a degree in filmmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz also included a painter/contractor license. “Happier” to be around musicians than his fellow filmmakers, Hillenbrand converted a produce warehouse into underground music venue and community arts space called The French Fry Factory. The area’s most “revered rock and roll and art venue” became an instant hit. During the club’s successful tenure, the budding entertainment promotor worked as a painting contractor “to save himself from the agenda of outside funding.” Despite its success, Hillenbrand moved back to San Diego to care for his aging parents. There he worked as a painting contractor until his health forced him to quit. “For several years I
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enjoyed the simple life of painting and surfing until I developed an acute allergy to a chemical found both in latex paint and neoprene,” he said. “Poised to reconsider my livelihood, I used my trade skills to become a fulltime artist.” Hillenbrand tapped into his construction experience along with his love for “refinishing cabinets and wood furniture” for direction. Committed to perfecting his craft, he attended San Diego’s American School of French Marquetry and studied under the tutelage of Patrick Edwards, learning the art of wooden mosaic inlay from the “great.” As his growing portfolio was readily accepted into juried art shows and woodworking competitions, Hillenbrand quickly established himself among art enthusiasts. Although he readily admits, “Working as an artist while paying a mortgage and supporting a family with two children makes for an adventurous life. Festivals like ArtWalk Carlsbad have given me the opportunity to thrive.” ArtWalk will also host interactive, family-friendly arts and crafts activities on its kid-friendly lane known as KidsWalk. “KidsWalk gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves and tap into the artist within, which exists in all of us,” Cottrell said. In addition to a street food and a wine and beer pavilion, ArtWalk Carlsbad will feature live entertainment including a “special engagement” from singer-songwriter A.J. Croce. A portion of the day’s profits will be donated to ArtReach San Diego, ArtWalk’s nonprofit partner that offers hands-on art education to children from kindergarten to eighth grade — with a focus on Title One Schools — that would otherwise have no resources for art. ArtWalk Carlsbad will take place on Saturday Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale http://www.artwalkcarlsbad.org.
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MUSIC BY THE SEA
Music By The Sea concerts present Andrew Harrison on saxophone, Nadia Azzi on piano and Jason Lo, accompanist at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $14 online at encinitas.tix.com or call (800) 595-4849. GARDEN SCULPTURE
Sculpture in the Garden X showcases 10 sculptures from nine talented artists 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 30 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. All sculptures are for sale. Naomi Nussbaum, curator. $18, $12, $10. More information at sdbgarden.org/sculpture.htm.
ART & STORIES
Oral traditions and art making come together to explore Fabiola Jean-Louis' themes in this first Art & Stories event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Lux Art Institute. Cost is $10. RSVP to https:// luxart.wufoo.com/forms / s5776qx14ywh8z/.
email@example.com or calling (760) 651-2523. ARTWALK CARLSBAD
ArtWalk Carlsbad, will return to Armada Drive to bring immersive art experiences, visual arts and live music from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sept. 22 on the grounds above the Carlsbad Flower Fields as chalk artists create temporary masterpieces live and more than 175 visual artists showcase and sell their art. To RSVP for free tickets to ArtWalk Carlsbad, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART CLASSES AT ACE
Studio ACE announces its September line-up of classes for children. Register at studioace.org, call (760) 730-5203 or stop by Studio ACE, 3861 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Drop by from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 for a family fun Sunday where artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to explore different art projects such as mixed media, sewing, art history and more. Projects usually take 30 to 45 minutes, though some may take more. $5 suggested donation per family. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. CHRISTIAN CHORAL
The Gloria McClellan Center will screen a new movie release at 1 p.m. Sept. 20, at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Call (760) 643-5282 for the movie title or log onto gmacvista.com. Free movie and refreshments. Closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
‘NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY’
The Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 with a special “Night at the Library” gala featuring a live musical performance by singer, dancer and actor Elijah Rock in the Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium, with a dining experience within the library, at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Advance tickets are required at carlsbadlibraryartsfoundation.org or by contacting
A 90-minute concert of traditional and contemporary Christian choral music by the Gary Bonner Singers will be held at 4 p.m., Sept. 22 at First United Methodist Church of Escondido, 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. A free will offering will be accepted.
MANDOBASSO AND FRIENDS
MandoBasso, with Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin, will perform Irish and Nouveau Americana and original compositions, joined by singer/songwriter Auni at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the French Corner, 2744 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad.
SEPT. 23 COLORS IN OIL
Artist Vered Warren presents Layers in Color, oil paintings on display at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 22
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413 Project’s ‘Jane Eyre’ pairs small dramatic space with hors d’oeuvres By Alexander Wehrung
ESCONDIDO — One thing I’ll say about the experience of watching 413 Project Theater’s adaptation of “Jane Eyre” at the Grand Tea Room in Escondido was that actually sitting down to watch the play was an experience unlike any other. Immediately upon entering, the audience was escorted into the 19th-century-style dining room, where plates were arrayed with plenty of hors d’oeuvres, spring salad, finger sandwiches and blackberry goat cheese toasts, et cetera. For drinks, there were a few varieties of tea, water and champagne with raspberries dunked into their golden depths. The three dining room tables were arranged in a rough square surrounding the “stage,” which was essentially a rug in front of a fireplace, about the size of a small room, maybe 8 by 10 or so feet, not counting other areas of the dining chamber the cast took advantage of. Such a confining dramatic space gives the expe-
rience of watching the unfolding story with a sense of spatial intimacy, but if you are seated inwards towards the “stage” space, you cannot help but wonder if an actor might accidentally bump into you. As for the play itself, “Jane Eyre” is an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel about governess Jane Eyre and her romance with Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield estate, where she works and lives. The play mostly focuses on this part of the novel, shooting through Jane’s childhood to get to the meat of the story. Jane is played by Hunter Thiers, whose performance focuses on Jane’s emotional vulnerability; she often stares at the floor and speaks softly, yet she is still outspokenly determined and assertive when it comes to her own goals. Thiers often serves as the play’s narrator, as she delivers exposition from Jane during transitions between scenes, a clever way to distract the audience from the other actors as they move props in the darkness. Also,
she does a dynamite English accent. Robin Thompson plays Rochester in a loud, boisterous way, whilst also playing up the character’s playful side, propping his feet up and clapping a wounded man’s shoulder. His routine as the disguised Rochester playing at being some sort of fortune-teller is especially amusing, when you consider the fact that he’s an actor playing a character playing another character — with a “granny voice” no less. And props to the man for being able to pull off such pointy sideburns so well. The rest of the play’s adult cast pull double duty in multiple roles, from named characters to ensemble ones. The actresses who play the Ingrams and the Rivers — Kelly Saunders and Sophia Wright — pull off different accents to maintain the illusion. Fellow Rivers portrayer Grayson Lea, as John, is openly uncouth, and Lea’s performance welcomes you to dislike such an openly sordid individual. The play also utilized a soundtrack score and non-
Student-produced drama takes the stage CARLSBAD — Carlsbad High School students announce the presentation of “Oneirataxia,” the second annual, completely student written, directed and produced play, to be staged from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 -12, in room 5002 of Carlsbad High School, 3557 Monroe St. There is no intermis-
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Skate company a beacon for girls, women By Steve Puterski
ENCINITAS — After years spent in action sports and battling through gender barriers, one Encinitas entrepreneur and skater branched out on her own. Kate Adams, 32, started Kateboards earlier this year with a mission, which is to break down barriers for women and girls who want to skate. Adams has seen firsthand the progress made over the years to include more girls and women, but she said there is more work to be done. Adams designs her own boards and has slowly created a community through meetups and private lessons in Encinitas. “Knowing what quality skateboards are and getting those into women’s hands is a really big thing for me,” she said. “A lot of times, women are marketed to with cheaper components, brighter colors and just handed off that way.” As such, Adams incorporates quality components in her boards to provide her customers with the best possible experience. Additionally, her marketing and branding touches empowering and breaking down barriers. As a result of her growing reach and business success, Adams is also partnering with Lululemon, a women’s athletic and yoga apparel company in Carlsbad. The two will collaborate on a board and empow-
KATE ADAMS of Encinitas cruises down Coast Highway during a July ride with about 20 other girls and women. Her company, Kateboards, strives to create an inclusive environment for girls and women who want to learn how to skate. Photo by Steve Puterski
erment goals, along with providing girls and women discounts on athletic wear. “I want skateboarding to be approachable for women,” Adams said. Sormarie Nievs, a friend of Adams’, joined about 20 women during a meet-up at the end of July at Swami’s Beach. There, she said supporting her friend is important, as is getting to know others who attended. Nievs said boys are typically introduced to the sport earlier and more often, citing injury concerns
or getting cuts and bruises from spills as reasons girls may shy away or be discouraged from learning the sport. “It’s good to cruise and learn that falling is OK,” she said. “You feel like a kid. You kind of forget everything, you make mistakes, you fall. People are scared of trying new things and it takes some courage.” Adams targets new recruits on Instagram and so far has seen a positive response. Slowly, though, Adams meet ups have been
growing in popularity from about five the first time several months ago, to between 20 to 30 girls and women of all ages and backgrounds. “I want to get more women get into it and hopefully we’ll see more women represented,” she said. “Having the meet-ups is a huge part of Kateboards. To me, laying this foundation is about really creating that environment that conveys the importance of what we’re trying to get women involved with.” Adams, who was born
and raised in Laguna Niguel, has always been drawn to action sports, whether it be skateboarding or surfing. She made her way down to Encinitas to start her career after graduating from San Diego State University. She started with Arbor and Sector 9, two skateboard companies, where she stayed for five years. The experience gave her great insight into the business, how it operated, manufacturing challenges, logistics, accounting and sales. However, she left her job to travel abroad for two months, where the spark for Kateboards was born. Adams went into real estate, saving her money to launch her own company. She launched with the Breakthrough deck, a simple, long board with seafoam wheels. The name, meanwhile, represents breaking the mold and busting past the limitations people set for themselves. For other decks, she recruits artists to give the final product flare and personality. For example, the Asta is a limited-edition board featuring muralist Lauren Asta, which showcases a dozens of people, doodle-style, on the board. Adams is preparing to release to more decks this fall, each featuring a different artist in line with her company’s mission and values.
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Odd Files Redneck Chronicles Melinda Frye Toney, 44, of Oak Hill, West Virginia, was charged with wanton endangerment on Aug. 22 for brandishing a pistol in the parking lot of the New Life Apostolic Church on May 11. It seems Melinda, wife of Pastor Earl Toney, and Lori Haywood, 29, wife of Youth Pastor David Haywood, had an ongoing conflict, according to a police spokesman. Fayette County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Willis told the Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia, that the “straw that broke the camel’s back” was an argument over a T-shirt Lori Haywood wore to a church event. The two couples met at the church that day to try to hash out the wives’ differences, but, said Willis, “(I)t just made it worse, I think.” Melinda Toney left the meeting and went to her car, where she retrieved her firearm. When Pastor Earl moved to stop his wife, the gun discharged. Det. Willis confirmed that Melinda Toney had a concealed weapon permit. [Register-Herald, 8/28/2019] Serving the Public The Sharonville, Ohio, police department found a way to turn a resident’s misconceptions about marijuana laws in Hamilton County into a teaching moment on Sept. 3. The department posted on its Facebook page a recording of a call received on Aug. 25 from “Mr. Marilyn Manson,” who complained that “two Sharonville cops ... stole my f-ing weed last night.” The angry man insisted that anything “under 100 grams is cool, right?” but was, in fact, wrong. (It is legal to possess up to
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100 grams of marijuana in the city of Cincinnati, but that law does not cover the entire county — including Sharonville.) The officers who confiscated the weed were arresting the man’s wife, whom he identified as Marilyn Manson during the call, when they found the contraband in her purse. In a second call to police, the caller also complained that the officers had taken his carryout order from Red Lobster. “It was a fresh meal of Cajun f-ing pasta!” he ranted. Fox19 reported that a police supervisor later met with the man to clarify the laws about marijuana and explain what had happened to his dinner. [Fox19, 9/7/2019]
Police Report A Texas motorcyclist with the memorable nickname “Baby Jesus” taunted Blue Mound police on Aug. 10 as they tried to pull him over. Police posted dashcam video of Jesus Sebastian Gomez doing wheelies and standing on his motorcycle while weaving in and out of traffic, eventually getting away from officers. Fox News reported that witnesses viewing the video helped identify the rider, and police issued a statement urging Gomez to turn himself in. “(Y)ou need to come speak with us regarding this incident or we can come to you. (We could have a come to ‘Baby Jesus’ meeting),” they offered. Gomez surrendered to the TarRepeat Offender rant County Sheriff’s Office Police in Wilton, Con- on Sept. 4 and was charged necticut, told WVIT they with evading arrest. [Fox scored a two-fer on Sept. 7, News, 9/6/2019] thanks to 64-year-old Ellen Needleman-O’Neill. The What’s in a Name? woman was arrested that Rep. Raul Ruiz, 47, a afternoon after a caller California Democrat reprealerted police of a driver senting the 36th Congreswho hit a parked car in a sional District, may face an parking lot. Officers con- unusual opponent in the Noducted field sobriety tests, vember 2020 election: GOP which they said Needle- candidate Raul Ruiz, 57, a man-O’Neill failed, and she construction contractor. “I was charged with operating want to give the citizens a motor vehicle while un- another option,” challenger der the influence of alcohol Ruiz told Politico. “I’ll say and/or drugs, along with this. I had the name first.” possession of a controlled [Politico, 9/5/2019] substance (for the Tylenol 3 found in her bag). Police Least Competent Criminal released her, but hours later Gary Lambe, 54, made she was seen driving away the job of the Toronto (Canfrom a liquor store in her ada) Police Service easier car. Officers stopped her on Aug. 23 when he allegedagain and found her to still ly made a photocopy of his be under the influence, they face during a break-in at a said. Police also said they commercial property there. learned Needleman-O’Neill Police said the suspect “ate didn’t have a valid driver’s some food items” and crelicense, hadn’t registered ated the picture of his face her vehicle, and had lost her — which he left behind. right to drive after the first Fox News reported that offense earlier in the day. police eventually arrested She was charged with addi- Lambe, who was already tional crimes and is sched- in custody for an unrelated uled for two court appear- incident, and charged him ances on Sept. 17. [WVIT, with breaking and entering and failing to comply 9/9/2019]
with probation. [Fox News, has approached them, iden9/9/2019] tified itself as belonging to the Kaysville Police DepartMost Competent Criminal ment and issued directions Yusuke Taniguchi, 34, to them. On Sept. 8, a drone a shopping mall clerk in told people walking on the Koto City, Japan, was ar- campus of Davis Technirested earlier this year for cal College to evacuate, using his superpower — a although it didn’t specify photographic memory — why. Earlier, a couple walkfor apparent evil. Accord- ing their dog were followed ing to police, Taniguchi by a drone that told them to was able to memorize more take their dog inside, Kaysthan 1,300 numbers from ville police officer Alexis credit cards as people used Benson told Fox 13. Benson them at his shop register, said even if the department SoraNews reported. He owned a drone (which it admitted to investigators doesn’t), it wouldn’t use that he would remember it to issue evacuations or the name, card number, ex- make commands. She also piration date and security warned that impersonating code, then write the infor- the police is a crime. [Fox mation down as the custom- 13, 9/9/2019] er walked away, later using the accounts to make on- Wait, What? line purchases of items he New for 2019, Mattel is would then sell. Police, who releasing a Dia de los Muertracked him to his address tos Barbie. That’s right, by using orders for two ex- Day of the Dead Barbie, pensive handbags, found a celebrating the traditional notebook with hundreds of Mexican holiday honoring accounts listed. [SoraNews, ancestors. She arrives wear9/7/2019] ing a full-length embroidered dress and traditionWeird Science al skull-like face-painting — In the southern Indi- representing the dead. Dia an state of Andhra Pradesh, de los Muertos is celebrated 74-year-old Mangayamma from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, Yaramati gave birth to twin and the doll’s designer told girls on Sept. 5. Yaramati ABC7 he wants to expand and her 82-year-old husband awareness about the holihad wanted children for day. [ABC7, 9/10/2019] years, but they had been unable to conceive. “We tried The Continuing Crisis many times and saw numerThe SC-Club, a nightous doctors,” Yaramati said. club in Nantes, France, is “So this is the happiest time celebrating its fifth anniof my life.” The Washington versary with a new attracPost reported that Yarama- tion — robot pole dancers. ti had already gone through The bots will wear high menopause, so a donor’s heels and sport a CCTV egg was fertilized with her camera for a head, along husband’s sperm, then im- with mannequin parts overplanted in her uterus. Her laid on their robot bodies, doctors, who claimed she reported Sky News on Sept. is the oldest person in the 1. The camera/head is deworld to give birth, deliv- signed to “play with the noered the twins via cesarean tion of voyeurism,” designsection. [Washington Post, er Giles Walker explained. Club owner Laurent Roue 9/6/2019] assured patrons the robots — Residents of Kays- won’t replace his 10 huville, Utah, have reported man dancers. [Sky News, two incidents when a drone 9/1/2019]
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information, visit kids-act. FACULTY ART SHOW com or call Aleta at (760) MiraCosta College 846-6072. presents an “Art Faculty Exhibit: Again” showcasing the artwork of our MiraCosPAPIER MACHE ART Luis Murguia displays ta College art faculty runs Paper Mache caricatures, through Sept. 26 on the created in honor of the Day Oceanside Campus, 1 Barof the Dead in “A Celebra- nard Drive, Oceanside, Stution of Life and Death” dent Center. through Nov. 2 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.
nounces its upcoming production of the drama, “Intimate Apparel,” directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed. The production will run Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Oct. 20. Tickets: $25 - $36 at New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad or online at newvillagearts.org, or via phone at (760) 433-3245.
ide. Projects usually take 30 to 45 minutes, though some may take more. $5 suggested donation per family. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. A monthly class rate of $15 ($12 military) is available at the beginning of each month for all children’s classes.
ry Theatre presents Tuesday Night Comics at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.
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FIESTA EN LA PLAZA
Wednesdays@Noon presents a free concert, “Secrets of the Heavenly Harp” with Naomi Alter on harp and Jane Masur on flute at noon Sept. 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.
RANCHO ART GUILD
Running through Nov. 4, with an Art Night reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5, the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “The Sculpted Form,” at Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas with sculptures in wood and metal. For more information, visit https://ranchosantafeartguild.org/.
Mission Fed has partnered up with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to bring Musica En La Plaza. from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 with live music, dancing, tacos and tequila to the California Center for the Arts. at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido.
CIRCUS: ‘LA NONNA’
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents the Zoppè Italian Family Circus: “La Nonna – Power, Beauty, Elegance” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and Sept. 27; at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and at noon and 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at 340 WILD ART N. Escondido Blvd., EsconMore than 20 artworks dido. Tickets are $25 to $40 by the Artists Alliance of online at artcenter.org or by the Oceanside Museum of calling (800) 988-4253. Art are on view 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 27 at the Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, SEWING SUNDAY Encinitas. Cost is $18. For Studio ACE announces more information, visit sdb- Sewing Sunday classes for garden.org/events.htm. children from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, with textile artist Ann Olsen. Register at studioace.org, call (760) 730NEW AT NEW VILLAGE ARTS 5203 or stop by Studio ACE, New Village Arts an- 3861 Mission Ave., Oceans-
North Coast Repertory Theatre opens its new season with “Amadeus,” running through Sept. 29 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.
REGION — San Diego International Airport will begin nonstop service in 2020 to San Luis Obispo and to Oregon’s Redmond/ Bend region on Alaska Airlines. Flights to the new routes start Jan. 7, 2020, with tickets already on sale. Routes will operate daily year-round with Alaska’s Horizon Air as the operating carrier, using Embraer 175 jets, an aircraft featuring only window and aisle seating — and no middle seats. The San Luis Obispo route on the Central Coast and renowned winery region is home to the 22,000-student California Polytechnic State University, some 230 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of San Diego. The Redmond location is nearly 1,000 miles north of San Diego in the Bend-Redmond high desert region east of Oregon’s Cascade Range. The area hosts two public college campuses and is popular for its outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, fishing and white-water rafting. Alaska Airlines also announced it will be increasing the frequency of flights between five existing San Diego routes: Orlando: Will increase flights starting Jan. 7 to daily nonstop service; Boise: Will add a second daily flight starting March 19; Santa Rosa: Will add a second daily flight starting March 19; San Jose: Will increase nonstop service, starting March 19, to six flights daily; and B o s t o n : Adding a second daily flight, starting May 21.
Artist Natasha Ragland will have an exhibit of original paintings entitled “Visions of Joy” at the Georgina Cole Library 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad through Nov. 1. She and her father, Jack Ragland, have a website: Ragland Fine Arts Atelier. The exhibit is open during TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOW library hours. Showing through Nov. 2, the North County Photographic Society, 24nd annual NCPS Members’ Ex- EXPLORE THE ABSTRACT hibition can be seen at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Encinitas Library Gallery, Guild presents “Explor540 Cornish Drive, Enci- ing the Abstract,” a new nitas, with an Art Night exhibit exploring abstract reception held from 6 to painting through Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. Oct. 5 also at the li- Rancho Santa Fe Library, brary. 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, contact Cheryl Ehlers at artbuzz1@ TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS gmail,com or (760) 519North Coast Reperto- 1551.
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