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SEPT. 21, 2018


By Steve Horn

They had sent him a message, he said, about the dangers of the U.S. military developing nuclear bombs and the hydrogen bomb. But critics who appeared in the film gave a different message: the UFOs Van Tassel and his followers who made the pilgrimage to the dessert were just confidential planes, jets and other flying objects owned by the U.S. military. The U.S. military has a base in nearby Twentynine

VISTA — Few issues in California have garnered more controversy than the state’s “sanctuary” law, an issue which came to a head at the Sept. 11 Vista City Council meeting. At that meeting, City Council member and mayoral candidate Joe Green proposed a measure to repeal the council’s June 26 3-1 vote to join on as an amicus curiae — or friend of the court — co-signatory for a Trump administration petition to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the Joe Green constitutionality of the California Values Act (SB 54). Better known as the “sanctuary law” bill, the legislation calls for law enforcement officials in cities throughout California to — in some cases and within outlined limits — defy the currently existing federal immigration enforcement policy and halt deportations of undocumented immigrations. Though 30 members of the public came out in support of Green’s measure and only two came out against — with two others having positions which did not clearly fall on either side of the debate — the measure failed to get any “seconds” in the motion to vote on the measure. And thus, the measure died before it could even get a vote. Green told The Coast News he is disappointed, though not shocked, that it unfolded this way. “I didn’t necessarily expect a second but, I did expect some discussion and hoped for a second,” he said. “Since the previous vote was taken under the premise that the state of California was violating the Constitution and this was jeopardizing our cities safe-



North County man still battling after win in tribal court By Jordan P. Ingram

ENCINITAS — After nearly three years of litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, an Encinitas man may finally have his day in court — again. James Acres, 40, will get his shot to prove in Sacramento Superior Court that he didn’t get a fair shake in tribal court. Acres, with help from Solana Beach attorney Ron Blumberg of Blumberg Law Group LLP, has filed a seven-count verified complaint against 17 defendants associated with Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt County, including 14 attorneys, a hotel CEO and a judge, claiming his constitutional due process rights were violated through brazen acts of constructive fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy. Acres, who grew up near the glowing bustle of Las Vegas casinos, first got involved with the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe through his company, Acres Bonusing, Inc. The company provides server-based gaming apps for slot machines in tribal-owned casinos around the country. In 2010, Blue Lake sought to increase its number of slots following a federal ruling that increased the limit for all California tribes to 60,000 machines. Blue Lake received the additional slot licenses and ordered a server and gaming apps from Acres Bonusing for Blue Lake Casino & Hotel’s iPad slot kiosks. Shortly after the initial sale, Blue Lake ordered 30 additional apps and a larger server from Acres. For the next two years, Acres said, he provided Blue Lake with technical supTURN TO TRIBE ON A11

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THE INTEGRATRON DOME in Landers, near Joshua Tree, as seen “Calling All Earthlings,” a feature documentary about the dome and its builder, George Van Tassel, who moved to Southern California in 1947 and claimed that he saw UFOs in the area. Photo courtesy Carpe Stella Productions

New documentary by CSUSM professor shines light on role of UFOs in region’s cultural history By Steve Horn

SAN MARCOS — It’s a bold thesis to tie together a movement of people who believed in the supernatural and UFOs to broad trends within Southern California’s cultural history. But it’s also the one presented in a new documentary out in the ether directed and created by a professor at Cal State San Marcos. Titled “Calling All Earthlings,” the new documentary by Jonathan Berman, associate professor in the School of Arts, Jonathan Berman delves into the mystical Integratron dome building located in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park close to Palm Springs, in a town named Landers. Built under the instruction of George Van Tassel, true believers in the Integratron have come to believe it had other-earthly healing and anti-aging powers emanating from an outer space force field of energy. “What inspired me to make the film was when I saw this picture of the dome in a book about California

GEORGE VAN TASSEL claimed UFOs told him to build a time machine-life rejuvenator in the California desert. Photo courtesy Carpe Stella Productions

and was just kind of entranced by this kind of gothic planetarium-looking dome,” explained Berman in an interview with The Coast News. “And then just the blurb on it that it was going to be this place for basic experimentation, to life extension, inspired by visitors from another planet. All of that inspired me.” Van Tassel, who became a leader of a countercultural movement in the area after moving there from Ohio in 1947, also claimed to have seen UFOs flying around in the area.

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Store harkens back to homesteading era By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — With San Diego County being a rapidly developing area and an influx of home development projects constantly in the works, it’s easy to forget that the county exists in the territory once referred to as the “wild, wild west.” Escondido’s Hawthorne Country Store, though, maintains a back to the land ethos and sells products for those seeking more self-reliance at their homes. With coordinates at 675 W. Grand Avenue at a historic site which has for more than 100 years served as an animal feed business, the store features an array of farm animal feed products, canning goods, gardening products, sells various varieties of chickens and small chicks, has several pigs on-site and also a whole section dedicated to products for horses and horseback riding. It’s a store which seemingly would feel more at home in a place like Nevada or the mountain west than in suburban Escondido, but serves as a sign that many people living in North County still maintain a mentality of self-reliance, store owner Heather Thelen told The Coast News. Thelen also said that the self-reliant spirit exuded by her parents is what served as the motivation to open the Hawthorne Country Store to begin with. “My mother's parents

HAWTHORNE COUNTRY STORE at 675 W. Grand Ave. in Escondido. Photo by Steve Horn

were missionaries and they did not have a lot of money. They were gleaners and taught my mom to preserve available food for future use. She then used these skills throughout my childhood,” Thelen explained. “She made our clothes, there was never room under our beds because they were always full of canning jars, full and empty, and we skimmed the cream off the whole milk and made butter. My dad raised

project animals as a kiddo and brought home elk and squab from hunting trips. We grew a large garden and propagated fruit trees.” As North County becomes increasingly developed, Thelen noted, this set of skills has nearly gone by the wayside among most people. She hopes the store can help change that. “I learned that those skills were not only rare, but maybe endangered. That became a core to what

we do now,” said Thelen. “North County is becoming more and more populous and the large animal backyard market is moving further and further out.” In that vein, the Hawthorne Country Store will serve as the convener of the Escondido Homesteading Arts Faire, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Hawthorne Country Store. “Beekeeping and cheese making will be just two of the demonstrations taking place at Hawthorne Country Store’s annual fall Homesteading Arts Faire,” explains a store press release announcing the event. “The all-day event is designed to connect those that do, teach and sell homesteading arts with those that wish to learn, purchase and experience products and skills from our heritage.” Other forthcoming events for Hawthorne Country Store include the Fall Family Flock Festival set to be held on October. The Country Store also is serving as a sponsor at this year’s Escondido Tamale Festival held at the city’s Grape Day Park on Nov. 3. Beyond its Escondido location, the Hawthorne Country Store also has another storefront in Fallbrook. For more, keep up to date on sales and events happening at the store on the company’s Facebook page.

Student arrested after hoax threat at San Marcos High School SAN MARCOS — An unfounded shooting threat at San Marcos High School prompted heightened security measures on campus Sept. 14 and resulted in a student being arrested for

the hoax, authorities reported. The threat involving the North County secondary school was reported about 10 p.m. Sept. 13, according to sheriff’s offi-

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cials. Investigators determined that a ninth-grader enrolled at the West San Marcos Boulevard campus had conspired with a second youth — a non-student — to post the menacing statements on social media “in an attempt to create fear at the school,” Detective Jason Rouse said. “The student was taken into custody and the threat was determined to be a hoax,” Rouse said. “There are no ongoing threats to the campus at this time, and the school day was not interrupted during the incident.” The arrestee’s name was withheld, which is standard in criminal cases involving underage suspects.

It was not immediately clear if the second alleged perpetrator had been identified or would be arrested. In a separate case Sept. 14, authorities investigated what was initially believed to be a threat of violence targeting West Hills High School in Santee. Officials wound up determining, however, that the threat involved Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky, acccording to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Beaumont. Nonetheless, deputies were assigned to conduct extra patrols at the Santee campus throughout the day “out of an abundance of caution,” Beaumont said. — City News Service

MICHAEL BREAM of EV West stands next to his electric 1965 Volkswagen bus. Bream converts cars in a factory in San Marcos. Photo by Chris Ahrens

The ultimate surf vehicle is coming By Chris Ahrens

In the 1960s, termite-rotted, oil-spewing, 20-miles-to-a-gallon (of oil) Woodies, or rust-and-duct tape Ford panel trucks were the surfer’s vehicle of choice. By the 1970s, the Volkswagen van had taken the top spot. I have owned four VW vans that have taken me on surf safaris deep in Baja, up into Northern California, and, once into Canada. While getting to my destination was slow, once I arrived my van became a home equal or superior to the six-to-a-room roach motel I occupied at the time. The only problem is that Volkswagen vans, especially the air-cooled models, tended to blow up. All four of mine suffered that fate, with one of them rebuilt in Mexico where the wrong pistons were installed and the engine blew again near home, just north of Tijuana. Turns out those German-engineered masterpieces were not constructed for four adults, eight surfboards, camping gear, and 10 days’ worth of food and water in the scorching Baja desert. Four cars and six engines later, I settled on vehicles that lacked foldout beds, but didn’t die of heat exhaustion. Whenever I would consider buying another Volkswagen van, I would be snapped back to reality as one might when considering calling an ex-girlfriend, only to be reminded by a friend of that one painful betrayal. Thus warned, I kept my distance for decades. Then I ran into Michael Bream, a longtime friend who had owned and operated Gravity Skateboards for over two decades. He had a ’65 VW double cab pickup he wanted me to check out. Expecting zero to 60 in just under 15 minutes, I slumped in the passenger seat, cinched up an original belly hugging seatbelt and waited for the old familiar put put rhythm from the little engine that

couldn’t. Unable to detect any sound, I was soon pinned to the seat in a way I hadn’t been since riding shotgun in a friend’s 427 Corvette Stingray years earlier. This old VW — which in racing circles would be known as a “sleeper” since it is far more powerful than it appears — is driven by an electric motor, just like all of Bream’s 20-some cars, and the ones he converts in his San Marcos EV West factory. The modest-sized car conversion facility is occupied with classic Vans, Bugs, BMWs, and even a DeLorean, all of which are in the process of achieving a second life by going electric. “Each of the cars we convert are faster and better when we finish with them, and it’s all free energy,” says Bream before walking me over to the charging station in the corner of the shop. It is here that sun freely powers cars once thirst for gasoline. When asked about the practicality of a Baja surf trip in an electronic car, Bream replies, “Being able to drive six or seven hundred miles on a single charge is just around the corner.” Bream, who has by his own admission has always been a car guy, had long been conflicted between his love of the open road, and his deep environmental principles. He finally made peace in this matter by marrying passion to responsibility. “I like to go out driving, and now I can drive all I want, guilt free in something that’s 100 percent solar powered, is carbon neutral and emission free.” Anyone want to book a trip to Scorpion Bay with me in 2025 in my 1965 Volkswagen Van? I promise the car won’t overheat, and it won’t cost you a penny in gas. At this writing, EV West has about a three-and-a-half year waiting list to convert cars. If you want to learn more about Michael Bream and EV West, visit: http://

SEPT. 21, 2018

49th District race heating up

San Marcos gets go-ahead for 2 bridges By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos recently received a key go-ahead from a federal agency to begin work on a project to build two vehicular bridges over two flood-prone streets. The Federal Highway Administration authorized construction for the Via Vera Cruz and Bent Avenue bridges on Aug. 16 and Sept. 10, respectively, Caltrans spokesman Ed Joyce said. The local projects are under the FHA jurisdiction because federal dollars largely comprise the $100 million project budget, and the federal agency has delegated oversight of the project to Caltrans. The authorizations mean the city can now move forward with contracts for a construction manager and a contractor, who will begin work on the projects as early as early 2019. “The city is good to go start advertising the project,” Joyce said. “We have moved the process forward from this point.” A city spokeswoman said there is no timeline yet as to when the city will solicit bids for the contractor, but earlier reports said that residents could see construction start as early as spring 2019, with completion expected two years later. The bridges are part of a key infrastructure project that residents have anticipated for years, as both streets are frequently closed during heavy rains due to overflows from the San Marcos Creek that runs over both streets. Improving the infrastructure around San Marcos Creek is part of a multi-pronged revitalization of what the city has dubbed the “creek district.” Two large affordable housing developments have gone in on the area’s eastern edge, and the city is currently retooling the master plan for the remainder of the district, after a consultant warned that it relied too heavily on retail. In addition to the four-lane wide bridge at Via Vera Cruz and the two-lane wide bridge at Bent, the project also includes the widening of Discovery Street from two to four lanes between the two streets, a promenade park and bicycle and pedestrian amenities.

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Ron Landells of La Jolla, who is 91 years old and blind, got to ride the waves Sept. 9 with members of the Encinitas Lions Club and Urban Surf 4Kids giving him a hand. It was all part of the club’s 23rd annual Blind Surfing Event at South Ponto Beach in Carlsbad. More than 60 sight-impaired guests and 100 volunteers turned out. Courtesy photo

Del Mar gun shows suspended for 2019 By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — The 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors voted 8-1 in favor of a Contracts Committee plan at a Sept. 11 meeting, suspended any contracts with producers of gun shows beyond Dec. 31. A new policy for future gun shows will be presented to the board no later than the December 2019 meeting — thus setting a maximum yearlong moratorium on the gun shows. The two remaining gun shows this year will proceed without changes. The Contracts Committee recommended that the gun shows exist solely for educational and safety training purposes, fairgrounds staff consider an age minimum, and ban the possession of guns and ammunition on state property. Pro-gun show attendee Bill Olson argued that banning guns from the gun show is like hosting “an art show with no art.” Although the Contracts Committee considered prohibiting the sale of firearms and ammunitions outright, the committee concluded that it cannot dictate the commercial sale of guns. The remark elicited sighs from the crowd in an otherwise calm and civil meeting. More than 60 members of the public spoke at the meeting, with more than half speaking in support of gun shows. The board also took comments from several city council members and elected officials including Del Mar Mayor Dwight Worden, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Solana Beach City Councilwoman Judy Hegenauer. Each reiterated their council’s resolutions opposing the gun shows. The Santee City Council recently voted unanimously in support of the gun show. Stephen Hill, a district

director, voiced 78th State Assemblyman Todd Gloria’s opposition to the gun shows. The day prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Gloria sent a letter to the board of directors in support of the Contracts Committee recommendation, while also raising the possibility of drafting legislation against the gun shows. Five elected officials, including Gloria, sent the board letters concerning the gun shows — two in favor, and three opposed. Board member Richard Valdez said the board and fairground staff need to be “mindful” of new legislation that may arise and affect any future policy recommendations. “The legislature in California could decide they don’t want gun shows on state property,” Valdez said. The gun shows, which have been hosted for almost 30 years at the Del Mar Fairgrounds by Crossroads of the West Gunshows, offer hundreds of tables where vendors sell guns, ammunition, knives and jewelry. No loaded firearms or magazines are currently permitted at the gun show, and guests are required to pass through a metal detector, according to the fairgrounds website. “There’s more to gun shows than just guns,” said one attendee, who considers the gun shows to be “one of the safest” events the fairgrounds hosts. Ryan Holmes, who teaches a youth marksmanship program, said his students feel “empowered” by gun knowledge. By taking away the gun shows, Holmes said “we’re not teaching folks to be empowered … we’re teaching them to be afraid.” John Moore, who is running for the 79th State Assembly District seat, said opposition to the gun shows is an “overreaction to a perceived threat.” A few dozen attendees

and speakers arrived in orange T-shirts, announcing their solidarity with NeverAgainCA, an organization that aims to end gun violence. The local organization was created in response to a Florida high school shooting in February, as well as to address the “epidemic of gun violence in our country,” founder Rose Ann Sharp said. Sharp said she hopes the board will reconsider its recommendation that guns continue to be sold at the fairgrounds. “(The issue is) the proliferation of guns on stateowned property,” Sharp said. The organization submitted more than 2,000 letters to the board it had collected opposing the gun shows. Crossroads was under scrutiny earlier this year after the Department of Justice prompted allegations against Crossroads owner Robert Templeton. Templeton is a convicted felon. His daughter Tracy Olcott, who spoke at the meeting, has been managing the gun show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the last 17 years. Stephen Shewmaker, president of the board, expressed concern about several of the items on sale at the gun shows. “What are we doing selling armor-piercing ammunition at a gun show?” he said. Shewmaker, who voted in favor of the plan, said he is “done drinking the KoolAid.” Valdez emphasized the inclusion of all of San Diego County in the conversation, not just the immediately surrounding communities. He concluded that the board is left with “two conflicting positions” to surmount. “The word compromise implies that no one will be entirely happy,” he said.

REGION — The dog days of summer may be over, but the campaign to win Darrell Issa’s seat in the 49th Congressional District is heating up. On Aug. 29 Democratic candidate Mike Levin posted a nearly nine-minute documentary on his website accusing his opponent, Republican Diane Harkey, of running a so-called Ponzi scheme that bilked senior investors out of their life savings. The same day, the Harkey campaign began running a TV ad titled “Predatory” that accused Levin, an attorney, of representing the now-defunct mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, in filing eviction proceedings against homeowners during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Both campaigns stand by the claims made in the videos maligning their opponent and, not surprisingly, dispute the veracity of the charges being made against their respective candidate. The Levin video claims that Harkey spent $1.5 million funding her own campaign using money that was supposed to be invested in construction projects through Point Center Financial Inc., a now-defunct real estate lending company owned by her husband. Harkey was listed as secretary and her husband, Dan Harkey, as president. In early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into Point Center Financial Inc. and in 2013 a judgment of $12.5 million was filed against the company for breach of fiduciary responsibility. The judgment included 11 charges of elder abuse. (Several of those seniors who lost money investing with Point Center are featured in the video.) Point Center Financial Inc. filed for bankruptcy that same year. Parke Skelton, campaign consultant for the Levin campaign, said: “As you saw in the video, she admitted at one point that she had benefited from the company. She was basically using profits from a Ponzi scheme to further her political career.” Near the end of the documentary, viewers are shown the Harkeys’ home in a gated community in Orange Country. Skelton said: “Right before the company collapsed she put the house in her name, so they wouldn’t lose it. Skelton also said that Diane Harkey and husband Dan are no longer married. “They got divorced in 2014, to protect the assets. She says that they separated in 2008 but as far as we know they’re still living in the same

Diane Harkey

Mike Levin house. He voted at that address in the June primary. It’s incredibly suspicious.” In response to the allegations in the video and Skelton’s comments, Bryan Shroyer, Harkey’s campaign spokesman, described Levin’s video as a “fabrication” and later said: “The video is false, and it should be taken down.” He said that what the video doesn’t show is that the plaintiffs did not prevail in the case against her, that it was her husband who was found guilty. When asked about the divorce, Shroyer said: “Regarding the additional accusations, sometime after their divorce, Diane and Dan made the decision to reside together in order to better take care of a close relative who is in need of constant care.” Although the video quotes an article from the March 17, 2009, Orange County Register in which Harkey said that her political spending included money from her husband’s earnings, Shroyer dismissed the comment. “Diane had a 30-year career in business and made her own money.” He denied a charge made in the video that at one point during the lawsuit Harkey had appealed to the state treasurer to have her salary reduced in order to plead financial hardship, saying: “Absolutely not.” Shroyer said that by posting the documentary about Harkey, Levin was creating a distraction. “It’s clear that Levin doesn’t want to talk about the issues because he’s out of step with voters in the district on issues like taxes, health care and immigration.” TURN TO 49TH ON A6


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SEPT. 21, 2018

Opinion & Editorial

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Why the ballot that is lacks props that could have been


Miramar Air Show glorifies war By Dave Patterson

U.S. war spending, now approaching $1 trillion annually, directly impacts how we pay for schools, Medicare, Medicaid, social services and our poor and elderly. We at San Diego Veterans for Peace take the position that the resultant $22 trillion national debt created by lavish spending on war-making is pitched as a good thing at the Miramar Air Show, war made palatable with glorious pageantry and emotional thrills that can’t be topped. This is why we ask the public to just stay home. Worse yet, the Miramar Air Show pageantry is targeted at our kids, like a stranger offering a child candy to get in their car, the military entices our children to believe that war-making is splendid, something to aspire to. Our children are taught to mock death with crass displays like the Death Dealers coffin and hearse decorated with skeletons and parked next to an F18. At the Miramar Air Show, indiscriminate killing is shown as fun and that sinister pitch is made even more clear in this video,

The Miramar Air Show makes war, even nuclear war, look like a good idea with an additional projected spending of $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years. This vast sum to be spent on modernization of our strategic nuclear arsenal will create even more debt to burden future generations. This irrational spending is happening despite the understanding that the detonation of as few as one, but no more than 20 nuclear weapons, likely will create an atmospheric dust storm that will kill crops and trigger the starvation of 1 billion of our fellow earthlings. At the air show, it looks like the war machine is making us safer, but the reality is that our disruptions of other people’s lives is making the world much more dangerous for everyone, as seen in the recent flood of refugees and the birth of ISIS. This is the third year that Vets for Peace has reached out to the public to stay home from the air show, and already we have seen changes as a result of our efforts. The wall of fire, an unbelievably dangerous and environmentally toxic display, was eliminated. The

number of heavy machine guns that kids could play war on has been drastically cut back, and the simulator where kids in face paint could call in air strikes on terrorists has been removed. These changes, however, do not eliminate the emotional appeal of war on kids, and the only way to stop that it is to do something more wholesome with our children. What the air show doesn’t show are the costs of war, such as statistics regarding military and veteran suicides, the number of wounded and maimed, or the number of innocent civilians whose lives have been disrupted by our endless war-making. There are divergent roads that form at the entrance of the Miramar Air Show. Endless war, pain, death and debt, or the road to peace and prosperity. We ask the public to choose the latter for the betterment of our people and the entire world, just by staying home. Dave Patterson is past president and coordinator of the No Miramar Air Show project (NoMAS) and San Diego Veterans For Peace


Prop. 12 is a chance for more humane treatment of animals We should not be unnecessarily cruel to the animals we raise for food, and that’s why I support Proposition 12. Prop. 12 is a popular referendum that will be on the ballot this November, and it aims to ban the sale of animal products that come from factory farms where calves, breeding pigs and laying hens are confined in cages so small that the animals can bare-

ly move around. The proposed legislation represents an important step toward a more humane relationship between humans and the animals we depend on. Prop. 12 would improve on the existing laws by prohibiting caging veal calves, breeding pigs and laying hens at all in California, by increasing the amount of space farms allot to each animal, and

by requiring certain enrichments for animals, like nests and perches for chickens. It would also expand the ban on imports of shell eggs to pork, veal and other egg products. Please vote YES on Prop. 12. Together we can improve the lives of millions of animals. Gail Prizzi Fallbrook

olks with little faith in California voters have won at least a partial victory this year. For decades, since the great Progressive (a tag worn a century ago mostly by moderate Republicans) Gov. Hiram Johnson created the ballot initiative, critics have railed against direct democracy, claiming an uninformed public often makes major mistakes. After decades of griping about “budgeting by initiative,” those skeptics managed to get a law passed in 2014 allowing legislators to change or eliminate initiatives even after they’ve qualified for the ballot, so long as initiative sponsors agree to it. Voters will see the first results of that law this fall: A significantly shorter ballot than they would otherwise have encountered, even though 11 measures remain up for public decisions. Yes, voters will make thumbs up or down choices on issues from $17 billion in proposed bonds to rent control and repeal of last year’s gasoline tax increase. They will still get to determine whether veal calves, pigs and chickens get more rights than they now enjoy and whether folks over 55 will be able to carry their Proposition 13 property tax limits across all county lines when they sell their homes, instead of just some. But voters will not get to make decisions about consumer privacy or soda taxes or even who will pay to clean up leaded paint in homes built since 1951. Instead, sponsors who gathered enough voter signatures to put initia-

california focus thomas d. elias tives on those issues before the voters made deals with state legislators and their ballot measures vanished. So a ballot that could have been much more interesting disappeared in the face of compromises that satisfied big-money interests but might not have pleased the mass of voters. The furthest-reaching of these compromises involved internet consumer privacy. Under new rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown just two hours after they passed the Legislature, Californians now have a right to know what information Internet giants like Google and Yahoo and eBay and Amazon have about them. They can also prohibit companies from selling that information and can ask companies to delete their information after they learn what’s been gathered. That’s a far cry from the ballot initiative which this new law replaces, which would have forced companies to get consumer permission to gather, maintain and sell information on what internet searches individuals make, what they buy on the ’Net, what products they look at but don’t buy and much more. Consumers can only sue in the case of a large leak of information, not over individual exposures. This was an example of compromise of the sort intended by lawmakers

who created the new system for removing initiatives after they qualify. It probably headed off a campaign that would have cost companies and consumer groups $50 million or more. Too bad for the television, radio, newspaper and direct mail companies that would likely have gleaned most of that money. Another compromise removed an initiative run by major paint makers aiming to force the state to loan the companies up to $2 billion for removal of paint that contains lead in 10 cities and counties that won a lawsuit against Sherwin-Williams, du Pont and others. The initiative was withdrawn in exchange for legislators pulling three bills that would have penalized the companies even more. And there were soda taxes. Makers of carbonated drinks had qualified an initiative that would have raised the vote-percentage threshold for passing any new local tax, but agreed to pull it off the ballot in exchange for a new law placing a 13year moratorium on any new soda taxes. The result is a ballot that’s far from the longest ever seen by California voters, but still lets them make important decisions on issues like spreading rent control more widely and lowering gas taxes a bit. But it also isn’t quite the ballot it could have been, as three key choices were gone even before campaigns on them could get started. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, go to

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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum: Where yesteryear comes alive By Adam Bradley

If you yearn for the good old days when San Diego County was strewn with farms for as far as the eye could see — think avocados, citrus, strawberries and more — you might want to explore the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Located at 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Vista on 55 acres, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is where you can observe working farming equipment from yesteryear, as well blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, farming equipment, gardening, tractors, autos, trucks, wheelwrights, machine shop, gas engines, steam engines, steam traction engines, scale model trains, sawmill, and a large collection of collectible watches and clocks. Founded in 1976, this is one museum you won’t want to miss if you love history, learning and taking in days gone by. In fact, there aren’t any other museums on this wide of a scale in the area or possibly in the country. “There are facilities that cover just farming and include trades like blacksmithing and weaving but they don’t include a Clock & Watch Museum or a fullscale layout of a section of the Donor Pass,” said Ashley Jacques, interim director at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. “We are different in that we have become home to so many other collections that add to the

MUSEUM WORKERS operate a Russell steam traction engine during a spring show at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista. Photo by Ashley Jaques

visitors’ experience.” Jaques, who has been at the museum for 18 years, said it all started as the idea of a few guys who went to another group’s antique engine show. “The museum started as a branch of an organization known as EDGE&TA and the group of gentlemen who visited the other show placed an ad asking if anyone wanted to join them in creating a branch,” she continued. “After a few years of successful engine starts up that they did at local fairs and properties they were looking for a permanent

home. In 1976 a lease agreement was signed with the county of San Diego for the 55 acres that the museum currently sits on.” Today, The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a nonprofit organization run by a board of trustees, museum staff and volunteers. Unlike other museums where items sit on shelves or behind velvet ropes, or in glass cases, this place is certainly different. “We are a working museum, a group of doers,” Jaques said. “Just over 80 percent of our collection runs … yes even if it looks like we just pulled it out of


the field there is a pretty good chance it runs. We use our collection to demonstrate to the public the way things were.” On Thursdays (and most all Saturdays) if you happen to visit the museum you will be in awe of the 5,000-square-foot building filled with more than 50 different types of looms in operations. “Our members and volunteers will be hard at work showing how textiles were created,” she said. “On Saturdays and most Sundays our blacksmiths are hammering away in one of two of our exhibits/teaching facili-

ties the blacksmith shop or metal arts building.” The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a venue that everyone should visit at some point for its uniqueness, as well as its educational value. “I truly believe we have something for everyone in our collection that would trigger an interest,” she said. “When I get excited talking about our collection, I start going a mile a minute because I don’t want to leave something out. “Kids love coming and seeing equipment in operation that they have never seen before and their grandparents/great grandparents love coming and reminiscing about the way things were. I have seen and have been able to be a part of more family bonding moments as generations come together to explore our museum.” When asked what the most unique thing about the museum, Jaques said “that’s a difficult one to answer.” “ … there are so many things here — more than 20,000 items in our collection — and it changes depending on what I am working with. But I think overall it would be our collection of Steam Traction Engines. There are not many places on the West Coast you can go and see these machines from the 1800s/early1900s in full operation.” As for where the items come from, Jaques said most of the collections come from


donations. “As local farms in Riverside and San Diego County have slowly closed and become developed, pieces have found their way to the museum through direct donation or our members and friends,” she said. Just like when it was first founded, the museum continues its mission today: Ingenuity, Industry & Arts. “We are showing the ingenuity of past generations and what they accomplished, the industries and teaching lost arts,” she said. If you are so inclined, you can also take a class or two at the museum; some of the most popular offerings include Clock Repair, Blacksmithing and Weaving. “We are a great facility for learning arts that cannot be found at community centers or schools, such as clock repair, forging, weaving,” she said. “We can also help give live demos on the American Industrial Revolution.” This month, the museum will also be participating in some exciting events including: The Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can get their free admission tickets at There will also be the bi-annual Antique Engine & Tractor Show on Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 where all exhibits will be in operation at one time.

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Saddle up for a fun evening at the 2018 Teens Jeans & Dreams Team Penning competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Del Mar Race Fairgrounds Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. It supports the foster children and graduates of San Pasqual Academy. General admission, $30 adults/$15 children under 12. For more information and to register, contact (858) 759-3298.

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The 16th annual Vista Viking Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Norway Hall Cultural Center, 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista. Free shuttle from Vista High School parking lot. Come enjoy music, mayhem, marketplace and mead. More information at https:// THAT’S LIFE The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is host- HELP SAN ELIJO LAGOON Volunteers are needing two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 21, Oceanside ed at the San Elijo Lagoon campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Conservancy . A six-week Admin. Bldg. #1000. The training, led by Conservantopics include “Artificial cy conservation and educaIntelligence & Robotics” tion experts, begins Sept. presented by Ken Gonzales, 22. Volunteers will inspire PhD, AI Campus Solutions, students to connect with and “The Box of Life” pre- nature, restore habitat for sented by Ernie Cowan, col- endangered animals, mainumnist. Purchase a $1 park- tain trails for access to open ing permit at the machine space, and serve as ambasin Lot 1A, and park in this sadors at community events. volunteers lot. Visit Conservancy or call (760) 757-2121, ext. commit to a minimum of 40 hours a year. For more in6972. formation and the volunteer online application, visit SanKNOW YOUR FRUIT TREES John Clements, moder- ator of San Diego Gardener, will talk about the planting, LEARN AND TASTE Beekeeping and cheese care, and maintenance of fruit trees in San Diego’s making will be just two of moderate climate from 1 to the demonstrations taking 3 p.m. Sept. 21 on the San place at Hawthorne CounElijo Campus, MiraCosta try Store’s fall HomesteadCollege, 3333 Manchester ing Arts Faire, from 9 a.m. Ave., Cardiff in the Student to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at 675 W. Grand Ave., Escondido. The Center Conference Room. all-day event connects those

North County National Merit Scholarship semifinalists named NORTH COUNTY — On Sept. 9, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some National Merit Scholarships offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Legislative Advocate Allison Olson at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Ann at (760) 415-7006 or

Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Semifinalists from Inland North County high schools include: Classical Academy High School: Elliot T. Pak and Crystal Sung. San Marcos High Tech High North County: Connor F. Jennings and Nicholas J. Jennings. San Marcos High School: Madeline F. Bartels, Aidan L. Katson amd Quinton A. Schluederberg.

who do, teach and sell homesteading arts with those that wish to learn, purchase and experience products and skills from our heritage. For more information, visit FRIENDSHIP GARDENERS

The Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.. Sept. 22. Learn about our upcoming events, speakers and field trips for 2018-19. Newcomers are always welcome. Call (858) 755-6570 for Del Mar meeting location.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Encinitas Fire Department will present a disaster preparedness program, “Are You Ready,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Drive, Encinitas. The free program offers detailed steps to take before FIRST RESPONDERS San Diego Children’s a disaster strikes. Register Discovery Museum partners by e-mail to ayr@enccert. with the Escondido Police org. Department and the Escondido Fire Department daily GENEALOGY GROUP North San Diego Counfrom 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to familiarize young visitors ty Genealogical Society will with the ordinary heroes meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in our community through Sept. 25 in Carlsbad City a new interactive exhibit Council Chambers, 1200 “Neighborhood Heroes” at Carlsbad Village Drive, to 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. hear Carol Davidson Baird. Free, reservation not required. For information call SEPT. 25 (760) 390-4600 or e-mail DREAMKEEPERS Reservations are due Sept. 25 for DreamKeepers Project Inc’s annual, free SEPT. 26 membership appreciation AUTHOR VISIT The Del Mar Branch Lievent, “A Morning of Coffee, Sweets and Good Friends” brary present Sebastian Slo10 a.m. to noon at a private vin, author of “Ashes in the residence in Rancho Santa Ocean: a Son’s Story of LivFe. DreamKeepers Project ing Through and Learning Inc. supports the Family Re- From His Father’s Suicide” covery Center in Oceanside at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at 1309 RSVP to contact@dream- Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. or (858) For more information, call 756-6993 for details and di- (858) 755-1666. rections. Consider bringing a donation for the babies SEPT. 27 and toddlers at FRC.

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista, will open its doors free of charge Sept. 22 to all Museum Day ticketholders. The theme is “Women Making History.” Tickets and infor- DESIGN THE PARK SITE mation at The city of Encinitas MuseumDay. One ticket is and RRM Design Group will permitted per e-mail adhost a meeting to help dedress. sign the skate/bike spot element at the Standard Pacific Park Site at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 SEPT. 23 at City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan FAITH AND FRIENDS Ave., Encinitas. For more inThe Catholic Widows formation call or e-mail Enand Widowers of North cinitas Special Events and County, a support group Projects Supervisor Nick for Coastal and Inland res- Buck at (760) 633-2760 or idents who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend REPUBLICAN WOMEN Mass at St. John the EvanCarlsbad Republican gelist, and lunch to follow Women welcome state Sen. in Encinitas Sept. 23; play Patricia Bates and CFRW Bocce Ball and dinner at



Shroyer brought up The Coast News the ad the Harkey campaign had created, accusing Levin of being involved in evicting homeowners. He said: “Levin’s defense is prettyweak. On Oct. 6, 2008, Jerry Brown announced an $8.7 billion predatory lending settlement with Countrywide. Ten days later, Levin represented Countrywide for the first time, knowing full well what kind of practices they had been engaged in.” Skelton responded: “We answered this in the primary.” [Editor’s note: Paul Kerr, one of Levin’s Democratic challengers in the June primary, ran on a platform that also accused Levin of represent-

ing Countrywide against homeowners.] Skelton explained that over a decade ago Levin was employed at a law firm called Bryan Cave doing environmental compliance work. Bryan Cave also represented Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2007. “When the mortgage market collapsed in 2008, an unscrupulous lawyer from L.A., named Mitchell Roth, recruited over 2,000 desperate homeowners to file frivolous lawsuits against several lenders that included Countrywide. The suits claimed, without merit, that the mortgages weren’t valid.” Skelton went on to explain that despite the fact that Roth collected monthly retainers from the clients but did nothing

hab and reactivate Pacific View School. This month’s work party will include a front-entrance makeover that includes planting 14 organic heirloom citrus trees. Sign up at FANDANGO


The Gloria McClellan Center is offering free crafting classes on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to noon at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Learn paper sculpture, sand painting, collage, wind chimes, and more. No reservations needed.

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is teeing up for its 18th annual Golf Classic, Sept. 21 at the Omni Resort & Spa Champions Course. This one-day fundraiser supports CEF’s STEM and music programs within the Carlsbad Unified School District. To register, visit, or call Taylor Beveridge at (760) 929-1555, ext.108.


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North County Widow and Widowers will meet for Happy Hour at 7:30 p.m. at The Broiler, 1325 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside. For further information, call Johny at (760) 207-3387.



All are invited to join the Pacific View School Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept 29 at 608 3rd St., Encinitas. The Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance is hosting its monthly work party to re-

to advance the suits, they still had to be answered. “Nearly every lawyer at Bryan Cave was assigned to file answers to some of them —including Mike. They were not foreclosure proceedings, and after the suits were dismissed, the owners who had brought the actions were referred to loan modification to help them stay in their homes.” The Harkey documentary has not been taken down and the Levin ad is still running on local TV stations. The last poll taken over a four-day period at the end of June shows Levin ahead of Harkey 44 percent to 41 percent, with a margin of error of +/-4.6 percent. Levin’s website is: Harkey’s website is:

The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will host Fandango plus live music by Alias from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at La Flecha House, 6036 La Flecha, Rancho Santa Fe, to celebrate Rancho Days, as well as the centennial of Lake Hodges Dam. Tickets are $30 and include a taco bar and non-alcoholic beverage. Cash bar for alcoholic beverages, , For further information or reservations, visit or contact Sharon Alix, (858) 756-9291.


Boy Scout Troop 777 invites the community to its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at the Encinitas Elk’s Lodge,1393 Windsor Rd with pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee/tea, and juice (nut and gluten-free options available) Tickets $5 from a troop member or at the door.


Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary hosts the Sept. 30 BocceFest combining bocce with craft beers at the Surf Cup Sports Park east of Del Mar. Information at or contact Molly Fleming via


Tickets are available now for the Junior League of San Diego annual fundraiser gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at Morgan Run Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, to support youth transitioning out of foster care and combat human trafficking in San Diego. Tickets are $160 at KNOCK OUT PARKINSON’S

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego is holding a “Knock-Out Parkinson’s” gala, Oct. 6 at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. Guest of honor will be Rasheda Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali. Tickets at

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Some disagreement, much agreement at Vista mayoral forum By Steve Horn

VISTA — Though election season and electoral races draw out differences between candidates, a Sept. 18 Vista mayoral candidate forum bore out at least a decent chunk of the opposite, too. That is, despite having plenty of differences in style and in policy proposals, the three candidates on the ballot for the city’s Nov. 6 mayoral election share many similar views, as well. The three candidates — Republican Party Mayor Judy Ritter, local business owner and Republican Dominic D’Agostini, and independent City Councilman Joe Green — sat on a panel at the Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista, which played host to a question-and-answer session moderated by the Vista Free Press. More than 90 people filled the room at the golf club. Many contentious city issues were raised during the forum, including the Measure Z referendum initiative on allowing storefront marijuana dispensaries into the city, homelessness and its accompanying mental health crisis, housing development and housing density, the “sanctuary city” debate and the city’s involvement in that arena, and whether or not the city should have its own police force, among other issues. On some of those issues there was broad support from the candidates, while on others there were sharp differences. Among the biggest dif-



ty, I felt I provided clear information and testimonythat disproved both of those notions. I feel that none of my colleagues seconded my motion because they are concerned with how their party may view that vote. I’ve chosen to be a no party preference candidate as I have no loyalties to any party. I work for Vista, and in my opinion, my colleagues put politics over people.” The original June 26 vote was spearheaded by Councilman John Franklin, a key figure within the San Diego County Republican Party. Franklin owns the political consultancy firm Pacific Political, Inc., works as the Finance Director for Republican Diane Harkey’s congressional campaign for California’s 49th Congressional District and works in a similar capacity for the re-election campaign for Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. Green criticized Franklin by name to The Coast News for the role he says he has played in the whole brouhaha which has ensued in Vista over the City Council’s reaction to SB 54. “I don’t like the divisiveness this has caused in my community,” he said. “I feel that Councilman Franklin bringing this forward in June was a political move to help solidify his position in the San Diego Republican Party. Our mayor and deputy mayor (John Aguilera) are also San Diego Repub-

ferences in policy views came on the marijuana issue, with Ritter saying she is against storefronts selling the recreational drug, saying it would fundamentally change the character of the city. “I think it is going to change our city,” Ritter said, adding that Vista used to be the “meth capital,” where people would come to get the drug. “I think it will bring our city down and it will take a long time to bring the image of our city up.” On the other side of the debate — and on each side of the table, with Ritter seated in the middle — the two other candidates came out in support of Measure Z. Some against the ballot initiative have said it would have a corrupting influence on children, to which D’Agostini compared it to the arcade game establishment Dave and Buster’s, which sells alcohol despite being a venue primarily for youth recreation. Saying he felt it was only a “matter of time until it becomes federally legal,” D’Agostini said that he thought Vista should get ahead of the curve and begin developing its cannabis industry to bring “tax dollars into the city.” But the storefronts should be well-regulated and zoned, much in the same way bars and taverns are, he said. Green came at the issue from a legal perspective, saying the city is still 22 years behind the 1996 Cali-

fornia state law which legalized medical marijuana. It is time to get with the times, he opined. “I feel like our council and the council I sit with right now is the reason why this regulation is even on the ballot,” Green said. “Our inability to implement a policy that allows a limited number of marijuana dispensaries within our town is the reason our citizens’ initiative is on the ballot. If we could have come up with a policy before the signatures came up, we’d already have a policy in place. Unfortunately, the council I sit with is scared of marijuana.” Green also chided the city for what he said was ignoring the will of its residents who, in a poll, stated at a rate of 67 percent that they would like storefront marijuana dispensaries in Vista. The “sanctuary city” law issue, too, brought a

lican Party-endorsed candidates and going against Councilmember Franklin may have jeopardized their endorsements. They are all up for re-election in November. My hope is that in November, regardless of the results, we can set aside all partisanship and focus on working on the issues that will truly benefit our city.” Franklin did not respond to repeated requests for comment. But if Green is the yin as it pertains to this issue, then Mayor Judy Ritter could be described as his yang, because she told The Coast News that she believes Green’s decision was equally a political decision. It is election season, after all, and Ritter, too, is a candidate for the Nov. 6 mayoral race, running for re-election. “Joe Green knew exactly what he was doing and where the decision stood when he brought SB 54 back a second time,” she said. “He knew how the council had previously voted, he knew it was a divisive issue and yet he alone brought it back again. The issue had been discussed by the council at our previous meeting, we listened to many of the same speakers the second time, (and that’s why) no one chose to second Joe Green's motion to withdraw and no [else] one chose to discuss it a second time.” In a July ruling, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Judge John Mendez shot

down the Trump administration’s proposal for an injunction to halt SB 54 from going into effect. And in August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit shot down the Trump administration’s proposal to deny federal funding to cities or states which have sanctuary laws or policies on the books. There are multiple amicus briefs floating around, Green explained in introducing the measure, saying that he believes the City Council should not pledge support of any sort of amicus brief until it has a chance to review what the legal arguments entail. All of the other members of the Vista City Council did not respond to requests for comment addressing a question about voting to sign onto an amicus brief before having a chance to read it over and review it. Until the June 26 Vista City Council vote, Green was a member of the Republican Party, but he has since left the party and is running as in independent. “As elected city officials, I feel it is our responsibility to bring our community together and avoid dividing it whenever possible,” Green said in his opening remarks. “This SB 54 debate, or sanctuary city debate, does nothing for our citizens and does nothing but divide us.” The Vista City Council convenes again at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in City Hall Chambers.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES Joe Green and Judy Ritter listen as fellow candidate Dominic D’Agostini speaks at the Sept. 18 candidate forum. Photo by Steve Horn

2-to-1 split along the same lines on how the city of Vista should involve itself in the debate over SB 54, the California Values Act. That bill, under a specified set of circumstances, calls for local law enforcement officials in the state to go against the grain and not work as agents on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Green, who has been outspoken in his opposition to the city’s involvement in the issue, called for a diametrically different approach to the issue. It is one he coined the “Vista Values Act.” “I feel the California Values Act could just as easily be called the Vista Values Act,” Green stated. “I don’t support the filing of the amicus brief … because of the demographic I represent in Vista and simply because I’m not elected to a partisan

office. It’s not about being a Republican or Democrat, it’s about being a Vistan.” D’Agostini said that he initially supported the city’s current approach on the issue, with the City Council voting on June 26 to join as an amicus curiae signatory in the Trump administration’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court calling for a reversal of SB 54. But then, as he did research, he said his views changed. “I didn’t want to harbor illegal criminals in my town, but after researching and filtering through a lot of information, I’m going to go against my party on this one and I would vote against joining the amicus brief,” said D’Agostini. “At this point, this is between the federal and state government and shouldn’t be decided at a city-level. This is a law set by California and until the law is changed, I feel we should follow it.” For her part, Vitter took more of a conventional law and order-type view on the issue, saying she supports the city’s current approach on the issue because “we are a nation of laws” and the state should abide by federal law. “We are a nation of laws and we need to follow the national laws,” Ritter said. “And that’s why (the Vista City Council) voted 3-1 to add our name to the amicus brief for the lawsuit that is the United States of America v. State of California, so that’s kind of what’s that all

about.” Both Green and D’Agostini also championed having received no endorsements from other politicians and only have received support from members of the Vista community. Green, perhaps in a veiled dig at his Republican Party City Council colleague John Franklin, also said he has no ambitions to run for any higher offices other than mayor of Vista. Franklin, as his side business, manages campaigns for Republican Party congressional candidates, including — most recently in the California’s 49th Congressional District — Darrell Issa and Diane Harkey. Those issues drew sharp distinctions, but on issues such as whether the city should have its own police department (negative), homelessness and mental health (much more needs to be done), and whether the city should allow for digital billboards to flash on the sidelines of Highway 78 (negative, mostly with single-word “no” answers), similarities aplenty arose, as well. Perhaps one of the most unique policy proposals came from D’Agostini, who stated that he would consider a bussing program to take people who served time in the San Diego County Jail in Vista to their last known address. He said it could serve as a potential means to put a damper in both the homelessness and mental health crises.

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EcoVivarium offers hands-on encounters with reptiles, amphibians By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — It features a tortoise, a scorpion, snakes, iguanas, a chameleon, a turtle, a frog, a Nile monitor and more. But don’t be confused: the EcoVivarium is not a zoo. Rather, Escondido’s EcoVivarium — located in the city’s downtown across the street from its long-standing Suzy Q’s Diner — sits as a hands-on and educational museum alternative to the city’s more famous San Diego Zoo Safari Park. And the EcoVivarium’s founder and executive director, Susan Nowicke, said that she intends to keep it that way. “Our mission is education,” Nowicke said during an interview and tour of the EcoVivarium given to The Coast News. “But we do that by rescuing reptiles, amphibians and arthropods and using them as a teaching vehicle.” Nowicke said that 98 percent of the EcoVivarium’s animals are rescued and 2 percent are donated. None of the animals are purchased, other than a few bugs which have short life spans. The museum opened

ECOVIVARIUM’S primary focus is using rescued amphibians and reptiles as a way to educate. Photo by Steve Horn

as a nonprofit in 2009 and all the way through 2016, upwards of 200 different animals lived in Nowicke’s house. Then in 2016, the EcoVivarium moved to its current location at 136 S. Juniper Street and so too did the animals from Nowicke’s home to this new address. One of the truly unique features of the EcoVivarium experience is that the

reptiles and amphibious animals, such as the frogs, have been trained in doses of hundreds — and in some cases thousands — of hours. This has allowed them to feel comfortable around and enjoy human companionship, much in the same way a pet dog or cat would, Nowicke explained and demonstrated with one of her turtles, a Nile monitor

and other animals who live at the EcoVivarium. Ultimately, Nowicke explained, a good handful of the animals which reside at the EcoVivarium are adopted with help from the San Diego Herpetological Society. A fountain of knowledge about the behavioral characteristics of each of the different animals, Nowicke credited her knowledge and ability to train the animals back to a slew of mentors from around the world who trained her. She said that learning how to interact with the various reptiles, amphibians and anthropods is a constant learning process. And it is one in which she has trained herself as an autodidact, with a formal education in the field of business, not animal biology. Since opening in the city’s downtown, the EcoVivarium has served as a hub for field trips and educational experiences for K-12 students throughout San Diego County, and even extending into Riverside County and Orange County, Nowicke explained. She emphasized that the EcoVivarium stands alone as both a hands-on ex-

perience, in which visitors can hold and interact with these types of animals, while also taking an education-centric approach. One of the other major things Nowicke and her staff teach visitors is how the animals living at the EcoVivarum fit into the broader ecosystem and the important roles each of them play in maintaining it. Pointing to the tendency of many zoos and other environmental organizations having a “save the endangered species” mentality, Nowicke explained that at the EcoVivarium, the organization focuses more on a broader push to preserve and save ecosystems at-large. “It is not enough (to push) to save a single species,” stated Nowicke. “We can do that all day long and animals will live in zoos and people will look at them through glass.” Nowicke also said that in an era in which many children live and breathe during their waking hours using their technological devices, rather than spending as much time outside and in nature, the organization’s educational mission has become that much more vital.

“If we could change one child’s outlook, that child could have the impact that needs to be there and that child can be the one who solves the dilemma or finds the solution (to preserving ecosystems),” said Nowicke. “If you want to go look at interesting animals and read interesting facts, you can do that at the zoo. Our goal here is to take the connection to the next level and have people understand is what their relationship is with animals and why they’re essential. And hopefully change a few habits along the way that may make it better for everybody.” On Saturday, Sept. 22, the EcoVivarium will play host to a free entry day under the banner of the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Escondido’s San Diego Archaeological Society, too, will take part in that day. Normally, entry fee costs $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children aged 17 and younger. The EcoVivarium will also be present at the Dec. 1 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) Maker Festival, set to be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Oceanside Harbor Days Yoga can reduce stress on body at cellular level reels in big crowd again Ask the Doctors By Steve Puterski

OCEANSIDE — Thousands poured into the city for the annual Oceanside Harbor Days. One of the biggest attractions came on Saturday afternoon when the U.S. Navy showcased its LCAC, or hovercraft, before several thousand people. The massive fans to power the boat blasted spectators with sand as they watched the vehicle plow through the surf. Also, pirates roamed the beach as visitors, especially the kids, were treated to Pirate Village, which showcased buccaneers and mermaids. The event, which has been an Oceanside staple for more than 60 years, was once again a hit as about 20,000 people attended over two days, said Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Events Kristi Hawthorne. “Things went very well,” she said. “We had perfect weather … the kind of stuff we like to brag about. The weather brings out the crowds and puts ev-

erybody in a happy mood.” One of the big highlights, Hawthorne added, was a pair of Arizona siblings who made their first appearance in the Nail ‘n Sail boatbuilding and sailing competition. With the help of their father, they constructed their boat and even made the finals of the racing, although they did not place. In addition, the Tiki swim, which was held on Sept. 16, had its biggest field as hundreds of swimmers competed in a 1.2-mile or 2.4-mile swim into the harbor. “They had record numbers of swimmers,” Hawthorne said. “We couldn’t be more pleased in how well it went. We are very appreciative to the city, our sponsors and all the volunteers.” Harbor Days began in the 1960s before the harbor even existed. The city received word from the state it would be allowed to construct a recreational, small-craft harbor, so the City Council went all in on an event to celebrate its approval. Anchoring the event were more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, food court and the Pirate Village, while the showcase events include two pirate costume contests for kids 12 and under and the ever popular Nail ‘n Sail. As for next year, Harbor Days will be held on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 and Hawthorne said she doesn’t expect any big changes to the event. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” she added.

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DEAR DOCTOR: I'm one of those Type A people who's pretty much always stressed-out. My wife got me to try yoga about six months ago and I'll admit, I do feel better. Now our local TV station has reported that yoga and meditation might actually be changing my genes. How can that be? DEAR READER:First, congratulations on trying something new (we know it's not always easy) to improve your quality of life. The day that you stretched and visualized and breathed deep for the first time, you joined a growing groundswell of interest into yoga and meditation as avenues to enhanced well-being. A nationwide survey three years ago found that between 2002 and 2015, the number of adults who regularly practice yoga doubled to 21 million. With this level of interest, it's no surprise that biological effects of yoga and meditation would become the subjects of even wider scientific inquiry. What was unexpected, though, were the results of a recent study. According to British researchers, who parsed the data from a group of previously published studies, mind-body interventions like yoga and meditation can affect the body at the cellular level.

Curious about the molecular mechanisms behind the mounting anecdotal evidence about the benefits of mind-body interventions, the researchers chose 18 studies into the effects of yoga, mindfulness meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong and deep breathing. A total of 846 people took part in those studies, each of which analyzed gene expression in their participants. That is, they looked at how each person was affected at a cellular level. What they found was that each of the mind-body interventions appeared to put the brakes on the genes and the genetic pathways that promote inflammation. Although inflammation is a crucial part of the body's immune response, it's a double-edged sword. The inflammation response protects the body from foreign invaders and after an

injury. But when inflammation continues unabated, it creates problems of its own. Conditions like arthritis, asthma, diabetes, many cancers, atherosclerosis and various types of dementia all have chronic inflammation in common. When the researchers analyzed the data in the 18 studies, it turned out that each of the mind-body interventions decreased the activity of genes and gene pathways involved in inflammation. As you say in your question, news reports have said that yoga and meditation changed peoples' genes. But they didn't. What did happen is that these activities appeared to affect how those genes behaved. And what was particularly interesting was that, despite the differences in the various techniques, the outcome -- a lessening of inflamma-

tion -- remained consistent. Seated meditation is, obviously, almost exclusively stationary. Tai Chi, yoga and Qigong, meanwhile, involve varying degrees of physical exertion. Yet all yielded similar benefits. Whether you're actively bending and stretching and deep breathing or simply taking 20 or 30 minutes to clear your mind, the study's authors concluded, the daily practice leaves a "molecular signature" on your cells. This, in turn, can reduce and even reverse how stress and anxiety affect the body at a cellular level. Not a bad return on the investment. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

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SEPT. 21, 2018

Exhibit teaches homeowners to coexist with coyotes By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — They’re the neighbors of almost everyone who lives in San Diego County, but they’re also the ones nearly everybody loves to hate. And those who love them, too, have some lessons to learn to be good neighbors. That’s the thrust of the message on display now at an exhibit at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve in Escondido, called “Co-existing With Coyotes.” Showing at the Recreational Reserve’s Interpretive Center, the exhibit’s brainchild is Adena Boxer-Capitano, a retired veterinarian who volunteers as a docent at the Interpretive Center. Boxer-Capitano decided to get a master’s degree from a program run jointly by the University of Miami-Ohio and San Diego Zoo Global called Project Dragonfly upon retiring as a veterinarian. The exhibit, and all of the research which went along with creating it, helped Boxer-Capitano fulfill obligations toward obtaining her degree. But Boxer-Capitano said the master’s degree was really just a means to an end for her to gain more knowledge about the vexing canine which is the coyote and then teach the public and neighborhoods throughout San Diego County more about them. “My master’s degree is focused on research, conservation and education about coyote coexistence,” explained Boxer-Capitano. “Ultimately trying to get communities to formulate their own community coyote coexistence plans since the prevalence of coyotes and potential for conflicts continues to increase.” As a committed environmental conservationist, Boxer-Capitano’s exhibit says that those who share similar views to her and those who would prefer to see coyotes killed and away from neighborhoods ultimately should come to the same conclusion. That is, despite decades of humans trying to hunt them down, Boxer-Capitano says that the scientific community believes that coyotes are here to stay. For now, she concludes, it is just a question of how best to coexist with them and not get hurt or hurt one’s pets in the process. That is the logic which undergirds the exhibit. “This canine is native to North America and its entire evolutionary history is one that shows the remarkable ability to adapt and persist from the Ice Age to the present day,” Boxer-Capitano explained to The Coast News. “Its ancestors survived the Ice Age when so many

‘COEXISTING WITH COYOTES’ exhibit at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve in Escondido. Photo by Steve Horn

other animals died off and the present-day coyote is thriving despite decades of relentless persecution to eradicate it.” Among its survival techniques, explained Boxer-Capitano, is learning from human patterns and staying away from them for their own personal safety. She added that coyotes are interested in humans and their homes not because they are interested in hunting humans in of themselves, but because they see humans as a means to an ends for food they leave behind in their garbage cans, as two-limbed beings who walk dogs they might be interested in having for dinner, as people who grow food such as fruits and vegetables in their backyards which they can have for a meal, etc. The more those things are done, the more coyotes feel comfortable around humans and their homes, feeling comfortable and habituated around them because — as Boxer-Capitano explained — they begin to think “Oh, maybe humans aren’t so bad after all.” “These animals are intelligent, clever and resourceful which is how they have managed to survive in our neighborhoods surrounded by humans,” said Boxer-Capitano. “As a result, coyotes are opportunistic feeders. They will eat what is most readily and easily available using the least amount of energy. Pet food left outside, fruit on the ground in our yards, bird seed that attracts rodents and unattended pets (that are all provided by humans) are some

of the easiest food of all to obtain.” Boxer-Capitano also recommended against taking the dog out for a walk during dawn or dusk, which is prime feeding time for coyotes. Both of those time slots also happen to be popular dog-walking times. Another of the craftier things coyotes do, animals which Boxer-Capitano explained are known as “trickster dogs” by some Native Americans, is use their trademark howls to make it sound like there are more of them there than there actually. They do so as a means of deterring other predatorial threats living amongst them in their ecosystem. The exhibit at the Interpretative Center allows visitors to listen to all of the dozen different sounds coyotes make by using their smartphones as a means to scan QR codes, which bring them to a website which houses the different respective coyote sounds. Given their craftiness and ability to be hunted down at a rate of one per minute in North American, yet still survive and replicate as a species, coyotes may seem a bit insurmountable for those who fear them or fear their domesticated pets getting eaten for lunch by them. On the flip side of the coin, Boxer-Capitano says that those who think they can just feed or remain peaceful around coyotes are also wrong, because those coyotes who do not fear humans become “problem coyotes.” “If a coyote is seen in a location

in the neighborhood that it does not belong — such as your yard, sidewalks, parks, or playgrounds — every person should help train that coyote that it does not belong there, just like you train your dog to stay off the furniture,” said Boxer-Capitano. “Train the coyotes in your neighborhood to stay in the wild and undeveloped areas and away from people and pets by acting big and loud every time you see them in an inappropriate place. Yell, wave your arms, stomp your feet, use a noise maker or pop open an umbrella or throw objects in the direction (not at) the coyote until it runs away. These strategies, if practiced uniformly by the entire community, have proven to be successful in neighborhoods all over the country.” The exhibit also pointed to another practical device which homeowners can implant on the top of their backyard fences as a means of keeping coyotes away, called the Coyote Roller. The rolling pin which sits at the top of the fence — which Boxer-Capitano says should be at least six feet tall, because coyotes can clear a fence any lower by jumping over it — is something coyotes would hit and then spin backward upon attempting to leap over a fence line. A conventional fence line, by comparison, is something coyotes could jump up to, claw onto, and then drag themselves over. For dogs, the exhibit points out, owners can purchase a Coyote Vest. That vest has sharp spikes and can be seen as somewhat analogous to a bulletproof vest for humans. That is, it may not be foolproof, but it is better than having no defense to stave off an attacking coyote. The “Co-Existing With Coyotes” exhibit will be on display until the end of 2018. After which, Boxer-Capitano explained, her goal is to take the exhibit on a road trip to other stations throughout San Diego County. Because coyotes live throughout the county, she said, she hopes the exhibit can live in various formats throughout it moving forward, as well. She also has created a website titled, appropriately enough, “Coexisting with Coyotes.” "Our goal is to make this the beginning, not the end, so that we can educate people about coyote co-existence all over the county,” explained Boxer-Capitano. “No matter how you feel about them, co-existence has been proven by scientists as the only long-term solution. We can do that to keep our pets safe, our families safe and keep the coyotes wild and free."

SANDAG taps longtime government and transportation official as executive director REGION — A longtime Southern California transportation planner was named Sept. 14 as the new executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments. Hasan Ikhrata has worked for the past decade as executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments, an agency he joined in 1994. He previously worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. SANDAG made its decision after a nationwide search and approved the terms of Ikhrata’s contract Sept. 14, according to the agency. SANDAG’s board of

directors also will work on specific performance measures for Ikhrata before he starts on Dec. 3. In his new job, Ikhrata will lead a SANDAG staff of 375 people and oversee a $1.3 billion annual budget. Under the board-approved agreement, Ikhrata will enter into a three-year contract. His annual salary will be $414,149, matching what he earned at SCAG, according to SANDAG. Agency Chairman Terry Sinnott called Ikhrata “a proven consensus builder” and a “heavy hitter” in the government sector. “Hasan knows Southern California,” Sinnott said. “He has the respect and the connections at the state and federal level to

bring in funds to help us build infrastructure.” Ikhrata described his new job as “a new and interesting challenge that will provide a great opportunity.” “My goal coming in will be to listen and learn,” he added. “I will need a deep knowledge of all the communities and stakeholders of the San Diego region if I am to do my job, which will be to help all of us build a shared vision for the future and then make that vision a reality.” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Ikhrata “brings incredible expertise and a new perspective that SANDAG greatly needs.” Faulconer, a SANDAG board member, also

sits on subcommittee that led the recruitment effort. According to SANDAG, Ikhrata earned a master’s in civil and industrial engineering from UCLA and is a doctoral candidate in urban planning and transportation from the University of Southern California. Ikhrata holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in civil and industrial engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union. The executive director reports directly to the board of directors composed of 21 elected officials from the region's 18 cities and San Diego County government. — City News Service

Longtime KUSI anchor killed in Texas crash REGION — Former KUSI anchor and reporter David Davis, who retired from the television station earlier this year, has died in a traffic accident in Texas. Davis was killed in a crash near Dallas while on a cross-country road trip, KUSI reported Sept. 12. It was unclear when it occurred. He joined KUSI in January 2003. Davis anchored in four states and won several awards for his work, including coverage of the Jeffrey Dahmer capture and weeklong 9/11 reports from New York, according to KUSI. — City News Service

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port, software updates and several new games. However, the experimental iPad machines were not well received by customers, and by 2012, Blue Lake Casino & Hotel had stopped offering iPad slots to its customers altogether. “It was hard to get people to play it,” Acres said. “There was no bill acceptor and they had to train employees to operate them.” Three years later in 2015, Acres received a letter from Blue Lake seeking $330,000 — $250,000 for the original cost of the machines plus interest — alleging Acres made spurious guarantees that his apps would “make them a lot of money.” The tribe filed a lawsuit, claiming that it was fraudulently induced to enter into a business arrangement with Acres’ company resulting in a breach of contract. “If this had been a contract with a company not associated with the (Blue Lake) tribe, it never would have gone this far,” Blumberg said. “Sovereign immunity is really at the root of what caused this to happen because they can rule with impunity.” Tribal sovereign immunity doctrine provides Native American tribes with the same legal protections as individual states and the federal government. In 1953, Congress passed Public Law 280, transferring criminal jurisdiction from the federal government to a handful of states located in Indian country, including California. Before PL 280, individual states had no jurisdiction over Native American activities on tribal land. Since the passage of the law, state courts have expanded to include civil litigation, further entangling a Gordian knot of state, tribal and federal jurisdiction disputes. “(Public Law 280) is outdated,” said Tony Brandenburg, retired chief judge of the Intertribal Court for Southern California. “Its sole purpose was to disenfranchise Native Americans.” In January 2008, a tribal ordinance officially established the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Court, giving the tribe jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases. The “exhaustion of tribal remedies” doctrine requires individuals or parties involved in a lawsuit with an Indian tribe to first “exhaust” all possible outcomes in tribal court before appealing to a state or federal court for review, according to an article published by the American Bar Association. Blue Lake was operating within its rights to litigate with Acres, and the idea of a drawn-out legal battle against a sovereign nation had become a troubling reality for the casino-gaming entrepreneur. “I started freaking out and even spent a night in the emergency room because it was so stressful,”


T he C oast News - I nland E dition Acres said. Acres suffered a heart attack, starting to feel the crushing weight of a stacked deck. And then he learned that the judge assigned to his case, Chief Judge Lester J. Marston, was also listed as an attorney representing Blue Lake. Acres promptly filed a motion asking for Marston to recuse himself, but Marston denied his request. “I truly believed I had no chance at a fair trial and I would be completely denied due process,” Acres later said in a release. Before completely surrendering, Acres consulted Blumberg who convinced him to finish the legal process in tribal court. Blumberg reasoned that if Acres could demonstrate that his due process rights were violated, it could trigger a federal judge to review his case. The standard for federal judicial review is the “bad faith exception.” Experienced tribal court litigator and North County attorney Alexandra McIntosh agreed with Blumberg’s strategy. “If you are dealing with a judge who is corrupt and has a conflict of interest then you shouldn’t have to exhaust your tribal remedies because it will go nowhere,” McIntosh said. And there was more. Blue Lake billing records and court documents revealed that not only had Marston previously served as legal counsel for the tribe, but that Marston was being paid both as an attorney and chief judge while presiding over Acres’ case. It appeared that Marston was not being completely honest about his professional relationship to Blue Lake. And Acres could prove it with a paper trail. On Nov. 8, 2016, Marston issued a declaration in district court stating that he “(does) not act on behalf of (Blue Lake) in any capacity other than as the Chief Judge of the Tribal court,” according to court documents. But Acres pointed out that in 2014, Marston was listed as the attorney for Blue Lake Rancheria in Blue Lake v. Shiomoto. Marston states on the declarations page: “I (Lester J. Marston) am the attorney for the Plaintiffs, the Blue Lake Rancheria (“Tribe”), Jennifer Ann Ramos, and Arla Ramsey in the above-entitled action. I am also the Chief Judge of the Tribal Court of the Blue Lake Rancheria.” The fix, it seemed, was in. In order to change what was happening in Blue Lake Tribal Court, Acres had to challenge the very system that seemed to be working against him. “If (Acres) hadn’t challenged (the tribe’s fraud claim), he was dead in the water,” Brandenburg said. “Until someone tests the law, it’s valid. That’s the way it works.” Acres sought relief in United States District Court in the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

Again, he appeared without legal representation. “It’s a very impressive feeling when you file your stack of documents (in federal court) and set this entire machine in motion,” Acres said. “You pay enough money and the whole federal government will listen to what you say. It was very humbling.” Based on Acres’ investigation, District Judge William H. Orrick granted him discovery and ordered Marston to sit for a deposition. Marston recused himself from the case. After filing two federal lawsuits to enjoin the tribal action and with Marston’s replacement Judge James Lambden on the bench, suddenly Acres was back in the game. Lambden, a former as-

sociate justice for the California Court of Appeals, reviewed Blue Lake’s fraud claim and issued a summary judgement in favor of Acres, finding that “reasonable minds could only come to one conclusion,” according to court filings. The tribe subsequently dismissed the case. “Judge Marston should never have been on the bench,” Blumberg said. “It took the fear of going under oath to force (Marston) to finally remove himself from this case.” Today, Acres is awaiting a new trial but under very different circumstances. As the plaintiff filing seven causes of action against 17 defendants, the North County resident is seeking more than $4 million in addition to punitive damages and payments made to

Marston and his associates during tribal litigation. “I want to make sure that no one sits in that tribal court again,” Acres said. “My whole livelihood was at stake. This can’t be happening. It has to stop.” This time, Acres has enlisted Blumberg as his council. As an attorney, Blumberg has said he is nothing short of impressed by Acres’ “brilliant” pro se efforts, giving him the distinguished title of “lunatic savant.” But for Blumberg, Acres’ case raises larger questions surrounding jurisprudence and sovereign immunity. “From my perspective, sovereign immunity has to be reviewed,” Blumberg said. “Ask anyone who has come before a tribal court. You have no due process.

It’s impossible. The only time you get due process is when the tribe comes to collect.” Blue Lake Tribal Court currently has several cases pending in its tribal court, all of which are contract disputes, according to the California Judicial Branch website. “(Mr. Acres) is damn lucky to be out of tribal court,” McIntosh said. “He’s damn lucky the district court gave him the relief they did to get rid of the conflict of interest.” Marston still serves as chief judge and attorney for Blue Lake and is a member of the California-Tribal Court Forum. Marston and the co-defendants in Acres’ complaint have not responded to repeated requests for comment.

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Latest Viejas Casino addition is a getaway for grownups hit the road

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e stood in the small park between hotel buildings at the Viejas Casino & Resort near Alpine and looked skyward. Promptly at 9 p.m., the sky began to explode in green, red, gold and silver fireworks — some of them bright bursts of circular color, some fizzling down to earth in snake-like formations, and others shooting skyward from the roofs. The loud and sparkly celebration was staged at the East County resort to mark the Labor Day weekend. The festivities also were a part of the official opening of the all-suites Willows Hotel & Spa at Viejas, the newest addition to the ever-expanding resort-kingdom of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Visitors must leave the kids at home for this one; this newest hotel and spa are adults-only territory where they are pampered and indulged — perfect for a couple’s weekend or a gals’ getaway. And from North County, it’s only a 50- to 75-minute drive, but it feels like a world away. Visit or call (619) 445-5400.

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to suit up in first-responder uniforms, unwind a fire hose to fight a fire, radio to dispatch from a real Escondido Police Department motorcycle, practice emergency calls and conduct rescue missions. The museum sees the exhibit, and the partner-

ship with the different branches of first responders, as an opportunity to familiarize children and families with those who protect us, and encourage a positive relationship. For many children and families, seeing a police car or hearing the sound of an ambulance or fire truck can be associated with fear. The exhibit aims to bridge that gap. “Children will be able to experience first-hand and learn about the ordinary heroes in our community; they’ll learn to associate the sight of a fire truck, police vehicle, or ambulance with the women and men who protect us every day,” said Wendy Taylor, the museum’s interim managing director. “Through theatrical and imaginary play, our young visitors will be inspired to help one another, and understand how to respond to an emergency.” This exhibit is part of the museum’s “Our Town: Careers and Community” space; an area dedicated to helping children familiarize with different experiences or places they might encounter in their daily lives, and to inspiring career exploration through role play. For more information about San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, visit

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Assembly candidate’s accuser faces charges By Aaron Burgin

STEWARD OF THE INTEGRATRON Nancy Karl plays the Tibetan bowls in the feature documentary about the desert dome, “Calling All Earthlings,” by Cal State San Marcos professor Jonathan Berman. Photo courtesy Carpe Stella Productions


Palms named the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The critics added that Van Tassel might have passionate followers, but that doesn’t mean that the documentable science is on their side. For his part, Berman said he was careful not to cast judgment on Van Tassel and his legion of followers in the documentary. At the same time, albeit, he said it is undeniable that the movement of people who came to follow Van Tassel, his ideas and the Integration, are key pieces of what would eventually become the state’s countercultural movement in the 1960s. Berman added that Van Tassel, a man from a small Ohio town, was not the most likely candidate to lead such a movement given his background. And yet, some of his outspoken views on environmental sustainability, his antiwar and anti-establishment posture and his stance on the U.S. Southwest’s nuclear research, testing and development all at the apex of the Cold War, were all enough to land him and his followers in the crosshairs of monitoring by the FBI. “Calling All Earthlings” documents this FBI monitoring via primary historical documents which are displayed during the movie, one of which describes the movement of people surrounding Van Tassel as a

potential “front” for “Communist sympathizers.” One person interviewed in the movie went so far to say that he believed the FBI monitoring of Van Tassel and his followers can be seen historically as the first frontier of the Bureau’s controversial years-long Counterintelligence Program. “The idea that he would have these gatherings that were so unusual” at the time and in that place, Berman explained. “(H)e was gathering people in the desert to do this work and to help fund the dome and he was gathering people together to have space craft conventions. So, all of a sudden people were gathering to discuss very alternative ideas.” Those ideas, Berman further highlighted, were about concepts such as “peace and love” and a call to “stop your war machines, stuff like that, and love the universe.” Despite the anti-establishment, counter-cultural and what some may opine as kooky or religious-like nature of those who truly believe in the power of the Integratron, Berman himself and at least one source within the film says that the broad counters of the belief system are actually espoused by most people who come to make a home in California. Those are the beliefs of environmental sustainability, in fending off aging and the renewed

spirit of civic engagement and anti-establishment outrage seen in cities across the state, not to mention the entire country. “George was able to take that understandable urge to live longer and better, which is still part of people's lifestyle out here, and I would argue one that spread across the country,” Berman explained. “And kind of couched it as, or talked about it in terms of wisdom and that people only received wisdom after a certain amount of years on the planet, right?” “Calling All Earthlings” is now available streaming on-demand on platforms such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play. And though that is the case, Berman said that he hopes to do screenings in San Marcos and more broadly throughout San Diego County for those community groups interested in having him present for postfilm question-and-answer sessions and discussions. This is now Berman’s second film on the state’s countercultural history, with the other one titled “Commune” and covering the countercultural history of Black Bear Ranch in the far Northern California in the 1960s. Berman says moving to San Marcos from the East Coast and living in teaching in the community has been an instrumental component of his documen-

tary projects completed in recent years. “Part of the destination is the journey, and it's been a great journey with all of my colleagues and students” and San Marcos sits as “the heart of the best of Southern California. Beautiful nature, you can think, and it's a lot more open-minded than back east,” said Berman. “It's the perfect place to (have time to think), and some of my colleagues are experts in certain fields, like I had anthropology (questions), so I had some feedback there, and yeah, it's been interesting and it's been great.”

ENCINITAS — A North County woman who falsely accused former State Assembly candidate Phil Graham of groping and forcibly kissing her now faces criminal charges stemming from her claims. According to Superior Court records obtained by The Coast News, the District Attorney’s office has charged Nichole Burgan with misdemeanor filing of a false police report stemming from the claims made during the lead up to the June 5 primary election. Graham, who failed to advance to the Nov. 6 general election after finishing in third place during the primary, is the stepson of former California Gov. Pete Wilson. Burgan said that Graham forcibly kissed her during the early morning hours of May 14 after a night of drinking at the 1st Street Bar in Encinitas. But variations in her story to different media outlets and a series of restraining orders filed against Burgan in the past that accused her of filing false reports raised doubts about the veracity of her claims. The Sheriff’s Department investigated and disproved the claims after reviewing video surveillance inside and outside of the bar and interviewing sever-

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ruise lines, whether it be on oceans or rivers, have never been so in demand by the public. Seems like new ships are being released weekly and the fleets are nearly full as passengers are booking a year in advance to visit their favorite ports of call. Some newer cruise ships are so large, with more than 5,000 passengers, that they are able to fit a replica of Central Park New York in the middle of the ship. Where in the world would you like to go? Venice, Alaska, the Caribbean, Singapore are all accessible by these giant hotels on the water. Some travel packages offer as many as 20 ports of call, especially the European and Mediterranean cruises. Many of the restaurants on board the big ocean-going ships are free to passengers, including a buffet restaurant where it’s all you can eat, and then some, with food and drink available nearly 24 hours a day. If you want to dine in your room, and lot of passengers do with a premium balcony, that’s no problem. Just fill out the handy order forms in your cabin and your food and wine choices will be at your room when you want it, at no extra charge. Most ships have five or more specialty dining formats.

From sushi to juicy aged prime steaks, you will have many to choose from. If it’s a village on the Rhone River in France or a vineyard on the Rhine in Germany that you want to immerse yourself in, a river cruise is for you. With these ships, you go from 5,000 to 500 and many are as low as 100 passengers. These wine country cruises emphasize wine with seminars, guest winemakers, worldwide group tasting and wine lists in restaurants that are plentiful and reasonably priced. Many of the shore stops have vineyards just outside of town, and planned shore excursions at no extra cost. Celebrity cruises, one of the big cruise lines on the circuit, has recently opened its Cellar Masters wine bars on its fleet. Cool live music, cushy chairs and a bold collection of the familiar and unknown but lovely tasting whites and reds. Six to eight sommeliers work every ship to sharpen your wine education skills. One of my frustrations is the pushy way that drink packages are directly marketed to passengers. At Celebrity, a “Taste the Vineyards” package begins at over $100 a day with limitations on the values of each bottle included. Each package must be pre-paid. Buyer beware. The better way to go is one of the many wine events on board. For just $30 I signed up for a “World Wine Tour,” tasting 12 generous portions of whites and reds from wine countries like France, Italy, South Africa,

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Spain, Chile and our own Napa Valley where choices from Beringer and Caymus were poured. My personal winners were the Gamay red from Joseph Drouhin of France and a Sangiovese Sabazio Rosso from Tuscany, Italy. Two bottles are allowed on board at no cost, but the corkage charge, at least on Celebrity, is $25. One final thought on the nice advantages of being on a cruise ship. If you’ve had a bit too much to drink on one of those six-course free dinners, there is comfort in knowing that your “designated driver” is the ship’s captain and your cabin is a short walk back. See more on Celebrity at

when the fine dining restaurant brought in Paul Hobbs winery from Sonoma and Napa Valley. Hobbs has forged new paths to wine greatness and a sense of place wherever he has harvested wine grapes, that have been applauded for some 30 years. Paul’s brother Matt Hobbs presented diners with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet from various top shelf vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Valley. These were paired with excellent cuisine led by an on-bone New Zealand Venison Rack of Lamb and a pan roasted Pacific Sea Bass. The next big wine dinner event will be the Wait Cellars event at PAON on Oct. 3rd with five courses and a reception that begins PAON AND PAUL HOBBS The excitement from at 5:45 p.m. These are Rusthe full house at PAON in sian River Sonoma wines Carlsbad was at fever pitch and owner Bob Wait will be

in attendance. Cost is $120 • Forgotten Barrel, the per person. RSVP via email historic winery in Escondito Kate at info@paoncarls- do is planning a five-course winemaker’s dinner with master chef Erin Sealy from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. They WINE BYTES • The Newport Beach will be pouring five differWine & Food happens from ent local wines. John Eppler, Oct. 5 to Oct. 7 for the fifth winemaker, will be giving year. This is a lovely, upscale insights on his lineup of exdeluxe event with VIP chef cellent wines. Cost is $95 dinners, Food Network & each. Visit www.winepairseBravo’s top chefs and Grand or call (619) 233Tastings from 2:30 to 6:30 3541. p.m. Oct. 6 and Sun. Oct. 7 • Winesellar & Brassewith a VIP ticket. Tickets are $200 each. Access www. rie in San Diego’s Sorrento New por t BeachWinea nd- Valley has a Walk Around Wine Tasting from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 with Pinot • Vittorio’s in Carmel Noir selections. Worldwide Valley is presenting a Paul Pinots have been chosen for Hobbs Napa Valley wine this event. Cost is $35 per dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 27. person, $30 for club memThis is still another opportu- bers. Call (858) 450-9557. nity to mix great wines with the excellent cuisine of VitReach him at Frank@ torio’s. Call (858) 997-7634 for price and a place.

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pparently, I need to be a good deal less fussy. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that, I’ll admit, but caffeine is a harsh mistress. I am, it seems, in an ongoing battle to get my caffeine fix while adhering to an ongoing litany of reasons I shouldn’t. In the immortal words of SNL’s Roseanne Roseannadanna, “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.” In short, if it isn’t my stomach, it’s my waistline. All my life, I battled the drowsies every day around 3 p.m. In my 20s and 30s, I sucked down several large diet colas a day to beat back the afternoon droop. I gave up diet anything during my pregnancies, and never could get used to that aftertaste again. Meanwhile, I learned that too much carbonation was a bad thing

anyway. Fine, I thought, petulantly. Be like that. It will take more than that to keep me from getting my caffeine fix, I scoffed. About then I discovered lattes. It was something of a rediscovery, since I actually fell in love with café con leche in Spain several decades ago. That stuff will keep you awake for days. But you rarely found it hereabouts until the advent of the convenient coffee shop, bless their overzealous little hearts. Once available, I went about happily sucking down whole milk lattes until I realized they were making me a whole lot chubbier. Fine, I said again, irritably this time. Be like that. Then I heard soy milk was fat free and was amazed to find it tasted good. So on I went, happily indulging in soy lattes, feeling thoroughly smug and fat-free. Well, it may be fat-free, but somehow my chubbiness didn’t notice. Then the other symptoms of caffeine addiction began to show their vicious, tawdry little faces. First, it beat up my stomach. But if I

backed off for 24 hours, my head wanted to explode and fall off my shoulders. There is something enormously sobering about finding you must ingest something in order not to have a screaming headache. Then, once, I threw myself into a serious diet and was faced with skim milk lattes. Let me add here that I loathe skim milk, or blue water, as I like to disdainfully call it. But skim milk was my only caloric option, it seemed. I switched to tea. Then the challenge became how strong I could brew my tea. I was up to three tea bags at a pop when I realized my teeth had begun to look like I chewed tobacco. Fetching. OK. So we solved the indigestion issue, heavy caffeine headaches and the calorie count question, but now have to deal with stained teeth. I’m currently conducting a daily experiment, trying to determine the perfect number of tea bags to avoid yucky teeth, yet banish the mid-afternoon sinking spells. I may need to apply for a grant.

I am currently considering the possibility of just becoming a hermit. This would allow me to sleep in and nap every day, doing away with all need for caffeine. I’m guessing that’s what happened to Rip Van Winkle. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer, who really would prefer a nap. Contact her at jean@

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Innovate 78 succeeding in growing Escondido Creek Conservancy gets grant North County businesses, startups By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Business is booming in North County and this year is lining up to be one of the best for Innovate 78. Innovate 78 consists of five North County cities — Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido — uniting to boost businesses along with Highway 78 corridor. It was created by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation to foster various industries and startups. Jennifer Schoeneck, economic development manager for the corporation, and Christie Marcella, economic development manager for the city, gave an update to the Carlsbad City Council on Sept. 11 about the program’s success. Most notably, Innovate 78’s social media engagement has experienced an explosion, especially over Twitter, as more startups and other smaller business are engaging with content.

“It’s definitely a function of our engagement with the startup community and the Innovate 78 initiative,” Schoeneck said. Keeping with the startups, she said a focus this year has been on those budding entrepreneurs and how to connect them with investors, resources and spaces to build their businesses. In addition, she established quarterly meetups, with a goal to spur discussion and share experiences with a modest expectation of 20 to 30 people per event. But the response has been greater with at least 80 or more people in attendance at the first three events. Another is scheduled for Oct. 17 in Oceanside on life sciences and will feature Padres Peddle the Cause, which focuses on funding gaps for the sciences. “We haven’t had that kind of unified effort in North County before,” Schoeneck said of the social media and meetup

efforts. “From that first event, we’ve just seen an increase the number of registrants and attendees. It allows attendees to hear an honest and open perspective to build a business.” Also, Innovate 78 is bringing more established companies into the fold with the startups to share experiences, advice and navigating the business landscape. During her presentation to the city, Schoeneck she spoke of the financial impact businesses are enjoying. In the tech industry, for example, there is a total impact of $6.1 billion with 24,685 jobs at 850 firms. Additionally, Innovate 78 also assists companies with receiving California Competes Tax Credits, which is an income credit for businesses expanding in the state. Schoeneck reported 19 companies have been awarded $6.2 million and will be adding 800 more jobs over the next five years.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Creek Conservancy has been awarded $380,873 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement the Reidy Creek Restoration and Beautification Project. “Reidy Creek is an important natural waterway in the Escondido Creek watershed,” said Richard Murphy, president of the Conservancy, “but it has suffered from infestations of non-native plants that have diminished the ecological values of the creek.” The project is a partnership of the Conservancy, the city of Escondido, and the private property owners along the creek. The grant provides funding to remove invasive exotic trees and plants from the creek, as well as clean up and prevent trash and pollution on a large scale. Private property owners have expressed concerns over homeless encampments in Reidy Creek, and the resultant trash and pollution. “The city is happy to be a part of this important creek project,” said Escon-

dido City Manager Jeffrey Epp. “It should improve public safety by removing non-native trees and plants, making it easier for Police officers and Public Works staff to patrol the area for unauthorized encampments and litter.” Resulting from this project will be the restoration of riparian and floodplain habitat for threatened and endangered species, restoring ecological condition and function, improving habitat for fish and wildlife, enhancing flood protection, and community outreach. Reidy Creek, a primary tributary of Escondido Creek, is an important riparian and floodplain habitat within the Escondido Creek watershed. The watershed supports conservation of special status species including the least Bell’s vireo, which is known to recolonize river banks after restoration. The project treatment area stretches 21.15 acres from where the creek intersects El Norte Parkway to Lincoln. Large-scale invasive species removal will occur along 0.81 mile of the

In loving memory of

ANN LORRAINE CORY November 24, 1930 to September 2, 2018

ROBERT “BOB” QUINCY TAYLOR Celebration of Life November 11, 1946 to September 7, 2018

Robert “Bob” Quincy Taylor passed away at the age of 71 on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Salem, OR, surrounded by his family and friends. Bob was born November 11, 1946 to Quincy Baugh Taylor and Dorothy Ager Taylor in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Encinitas, CA, where he graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1964. While he spent the last portion of his life in Oregon, he was a “Southern California boy” at heart. He loved to root for his favorite SD sports teams, and his favorite band was the Eagles. He was very excited to see them in concert in Portland earlier this year. He also enjoyed gardening and collecting antiques. He married Kathy J. Dziedzic on July, 7, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bob was a dedicated professional, having spent his career as a supervisor in the circuit board industry, including with Burrough’s Corporation in Carlsbad, CA. He retired his career from WVRC in Lebanon, OR, a company dedicated to providing vocational training to persons with disabilities. His time with WVRC softened his heart for others in need. Bob committed the last 18 years of his life to being sober and shared the AA 12-step message of strength and spirituality by sponsoring others seeking a fulfilling life through sobriety. He counseled many others with a straightforward yet caring approach. Bob was a strong and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was the one we came to for honest advice – not sugarcoated but always given with love in his heart, which we appreciated about him. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Jean Taylor of Lebanon, OR; daughters, Deborah Taylor Foster of Escondido, CA, Jennifer Taylor of Sacramento, CA, and son Michael J. Taylor of Tucson, AZ; 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. We will miss him dearly.

“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln

CARLSBADOur Mom, Ann Lorraine Cory died peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday September 2, 2018 at the age of 87. For the last few months she resided at Olivenhain Guest Home with her husband of 70 years, Leonard Cory, and was surrounded by family and friends. Ann was born on November 24, 1930 in St. Louis, MO to Katherine and Paul Hammert. When she was 5 years old her mother and stepfather, Alois Kirsch, moved the family to Pacific Beach, Calif., then Cardiff, Calif., where she grew up with her siblings Nancy (deceased) and Al (deceased). She lived in Encinitas most of her life. Ann was a loving and devoted wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt. She was talented in many ways from being a great cook, to beautifully decorating the windows of the family’s clothing

stores, Cory Brothers Men’s Clothing (later named Leonard’s Traditions). Ann took up selling a fantastic skin care line of cosmetics, and made this business her own. Ann had a glow when you’d see her, and people naturally gravitated toward her. Her friendships were far reaching and she would help out at any given time if she could. Her warmth, generosity, kindness, and laughter will be deeply missed. Mom taught us to be true to ourselves, to be strong, and love unconditionally. She will be greatly missed, and will remain everlasting in our hearts. Ann is survived by her loving husband Leonard; daughter Linda (Robert) Roskovics of Henderson Nevada; son Larry (David Cutler) of Cathedral City, Calif.; daughter (deceased) Laurie (John) Bianchi of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter Lynette Cory of Carlsbad, Calif.; Granddaughter Nicole (Joseph) Mareno of Atlanta, Georgia; and Grandson Anthony Bianchi of Leucadia. Calif. A private graveside service will be held at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside. Kindly: Donations to Olivenhain Guest Home and Abreva Hospice for skilled nursing, care, and kindness.

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creek and be implemented by the Urban Corps, which provides work experience to underserved youth. Because of environmental rules about when work can occur in natural areas, plant and tree removal work will begin in the fall of 2019. As part of this project, the Conservancy will invite neighboring residents to guided nature walks and bird-watching along Reidy Creek. Residents in the surrounding communities include low-income seniors, families, retirees, veterans and those with disabilities who will be able to enjoy the improved creek area and participate in the outreach events. The project also provides opportunities for youth Conservation Fellows to be mentored as part of the project. Conservation Fellows is an existing program of the Escondido Creek Conservancy whereby high school and college students from disadvantaged communities in Escondido are mentored and given real-world work experience on a conservation project.

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Vista theater alone in MoviePass embrace By Steve Horn

VISTA — MoviePass is a business model on the verge of collapse, at least according to most observers of the company. Yet until that seemingly inevitable reality ensues, those who use the smartphone app which offers subscribers a $10 fee to see up to three movies at member theaters per month can see just about any movie of their choosing at all of the times they show at the Cinépolis movie theater in Vista. And in the increasingly contracting world of MoviePass, that is an extreme rarity. The mystery, though, is why this is the case in Vista. Cinépolis, a luxury chain movie theater company with San Diego County locations in Vista, Del Mar and Carlsbad, declined to comment on the matter. MoviePass, too, referred The Coast News to the Frequently Asked Questions portion of its website and declined to comment on how or why theaters opt-in or optout of certain MoviePass time slot or movie offerings. “We are constantly working to provide moviegoers with as many options as possible each day,” MoviePass spokeswoman Alyssa Allen told The Coast News. “We encourage all members to refer to the schedule and check the app before heading out to the theaters for the most up-to-date movies and showtimes available.” Both the Carlsbad and Del Mar locations for Cinépolis do not participate in MoviePass at all. And the rest of the participants in MoviePass throughout North County have begun to greatly limit their offerings to dues-paying members of the company. The Vista Cinépolis, meanwhile, has taken up e-ticketing at the theater for MoviePass members, al-

CINEPOLIS LOCATIONS in Del Mar and Carlsbad don’t participate in MoviePass, while other North County locations severely limit the app’s offerings. Courtesy photo

lowing the members to pick both the movie and screening time far in advance of the film the day which it shows and then print out their ticket on a computer at the theater when they arrive. Most of the theaters in San Diego County, by juxtaposition, have a system in place in which one must be within 100 feet of the theater to reserve a seat for the movie showing. Those screening times often change throughout the day, making it a difficulty to plan a day around. These dynamics, both the limited number of showings at Escondido’s Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX Theater and the vast number of showings at the Vista Cinépolis, have motivated some Escondido residents to make the trek to Vista in order to utilize their MoviePass subscriptions to a fuller extent. One of them is Jeff McLeod, an Escondido resident who uses his MoviePass every Friday to do dinner and a movie dates with his wife. At first, they would go to the

local Regel Escondido, but that changed when movie options became much more limited at the local cinema. So, off to Vista’s Cinépolis they went and have continued to go despite the 20- to 30-minute driving sojourn to the theater. “We knew from the beginning that $10 (a month) was way too good to be true and I read through the user agreement,” explained McLeod. “I found in the contract the section in MoviePass in which the company basically wrote that it could change the terms at any time as needed” and that it had “written itself an out.” McLeod said that if MoviePass is no longer an option in the future, such as if the company goes south financially, seeing movies in the theater will take place far less often for him and his wife. Another Escondido resident, Wendy Cajina-Nolte, told The Coast News that she plans to cancel her MoviePass subscription soon, though, because she views Vista as the only theater in

the general area which still makes having her membership worth the cost. And she, unlike McLeod, is not willing to make the drive outings to Vista by way of Escondido. Regardless of how area theaters — including the Vista Cinépolis — choose to interact with MoviePass, it is not clear how much longer the company which many described by financial analysts as a too good to be true business model from its onset in 2017, will remain financially afloat. The stock of its parent company — Helios and Matheson Analytics — is trading at an abysmal two cents per share as of Sept. 11 and MoviePass’ chief product officer recently jumped ship and left the company. Until if or when it does go out of business though, those interested in MoviePass can sign up on the company’s website or through the smartphone app. Having a smartphone is a mandatory prerogative for those hoping to utilize a MoviePass membership.

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North County stars shine at hoops event REGION — With his team trailing by one point with 30 seconds remaining, Rancho Buena Vista senior guard Patrick McLachlan had the ball in his hands and victory in sight. Bringing the ball across halfcourt, McLachlan used a series of crossover dribbles to free himself of his defender, then rose up to shoot a 21-foot three pointer. The shot fell, and ultimately proved to be the game winner. McLachlan’s heroics gave his Team West an 87-85 overtime victory over Team West in the 2019 Creme Game, the final game of the fourth annual 3P Creme of the County on Sept. 1. The basketball showcase, held at Army Navy Academy, gave some of the county’s top basketball players an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of top basketball writers, scouts, coaches and fans. Several North County players shined at the showcase, including McLachlan, who despite his heroics was not the most valuable player of his game. That honor went to a fellow North County player, 6-foot-6 Torrey Pines senior Travis Snider, who was named MVP based on a consensus vote of scouts on hand for the game. Snider and McLachlan were teammates during the travel basketball season, when they played for Vista-based Gamepoint. Snider said after the game that he was honored to receive the distinction. “It just feels great to come out here and play well with many of the top players in the county,” Snider said. The 2019 Creme Game was the final of nine games played at the Duffield Sports Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

beginning with a game featuring rising eighth-graders from the class of 2023. In one of the most anticipated games of the day, the 11 a.m. 2022 Creme Game, Army Navy’s own Alexis Marmolejos was named MVP for his performance. Marmolejos, who transferred to Army Navy last month from the Dominican Republic, said through a translator that he was excited for the upcoming year. “I came here because of the opportunities that I’ll get at this school, and the great education I’ll receive,” Marmolejos said. “And to have a chance to play against the best basketball players in the United States.” Two other players from The Coast News coverage area were named MVPs in their respective games. Santa Fe Christian freshman guard Vincent Berlucchi was named MVP of the 2022 Select game, the second game featuring players from the 2022 class. Fallbrook junior guard Joel Calhoun was named MVP of the 2020 Select Game. The event, organized by The Coast News writer Aaron Burgin, drew some of the top scouts on the West Coast, including McDonald’s All-American voter Frank Burlison, Pangos Camps Director Dinos Trigonis, Prep Hoops So-Cal director Devin Ugland, Northern California scouting guru Gerry Freitas and Cal-Hi Sports lead writer Ronnie Flores. Additionally, the staffs of San Diego City College, Miramar College, Southwestern College, University of Saint Katherine, Whittier College, University of La Verne, Life Pacific College and Fullerton College attended the event.

CS San Marcos athletics names new head trainer SAN MARCOS — Paul Signorelli is the new Cal State San Marcos head athletic trainer, CSUSM Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo has announced. “Paul brings with him to CSUSM incredible knowledge and expertise in the sports medicine field,” Milo said. “Paul’s leadership will allow us to take the care we are able to provide for our student-athletes to the next level.” Signorelli joins the Cougars after 19 years as associate athletic trainer at NCAA Division I University of San Diego. During his time with the Toreros, Signorelli worked with eight of the 17 NCAA sponsored teams. During his years at USD, Signorelli was responsible for mentoring graduate assistant athletic trainers and athletic training students, structuring education for coaches and administrators on topics such as concussions, sickle cell traits and heat-related illnesses, along with providing the

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Foundation Foot & Ankle comes to Vista Medical Plaza VISTA — Dr. Luke Berthelsen, DPM, considers himself pretty lucky. As a podiatrist, he is able to help his patients improve their mobility and thus their quality of life. From general podiatry to foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, he has the same goal of patient care and satisfaction. “Listening to people and developing a plan that works for them, that’s my guiding principle,” he said. Foundation Foot & Ankle opened its doors in the Vista Medical Plaza in May, and Dr. Berthelsen couldn’t be happier to be here. Originally from the Midwest, he moved to Vista three years ago and now he gets to practice in the city he calls home. “I love Vista,” he said. “My office is just a few minutes from my house. And I feel that it is an underserved

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area that needed more physicians.” In his practice, he serves both children and adults for a wide range of issues. Dr. Berthelsen has extensive experience in complex reconstructive surgery, diabetic wound care (limb

preservation), foot and ankle pain plus sports medicine. He finds his work with limb salvage to be especially rewarding. He completed a rigorous foot and ankle reconstructive surgery residency at the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital, which makes him

exceptionally qualified to treat patients with issues like Charcot foot syndrome. The serious and potentially limb-threatening syndrome is a complication of diabetes that weakens the bones, joints and soft tissues in the ankles and feet. “It’s really fulfilling to see patients who couldn’t walk, but now do so without pain, or save limbs they otherwise would have lost,” Dr. Berthelsen said. Foundation Foot & Ankle utilizes cutting edge techniques and technology to treat their patients. “There are many new exciting advancements in technology and treatments, and I’m happy to offer this advanced podiatry care to the Tri-City area,” Dr. Berthelsen said. The office offers on-site digital imaging and x-rays and amniotic allograft injections

for nagging musculoskeletal likes to spend time with his wife and two boys. He can tendon issues. Shaylene Harris is Dr. also be found surfing around Carlsbad in his free time. Foundation Foot & Ankle is located at 2067 W. Vista Way Suite 265 in Vista at the Vista Medical Plaza. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4 p.m. Fridays. For more information or to book an appointment, visit or call (760) 463-9155. Dr. Berthelsen Foundation Foot & AnPodiatrist kle is located at Vista Medical Plaza — the premier outBerthelsen’s office manager patient health center in the and helps to ensure office Tri-City area. visits run smoothly and effiIf you’re a physician ciently. “She does an amaz- look­ ing to grow your pracing job, she is on top of every- tice, Vista Medical Plaza thing and super friendly,” he offers sev­eral unique advansaid. “I am fortunate to have tages to help grow your busiher, as are our patients.” ness. When he’s not helping To learn more, visit: his patients, Dr. Berthelsen

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Issa nominated to head trade agency

Airport master plan moves in new direction for city

REGION — President Donald Trump on Sept. 19 nominated retiring Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, to be director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Issa, 64, announced in January that he would not seek reelection this year. Representatives of Issa’s office could not be reached for comment on the nomination, which is subject to confirmation by the Senate. Issa has been in Congress since 2000 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2011 to 2014. Prior to his election to Congress, Issa worked in the private sector and founded Directed Electronics in 1982. Issa “advanced technology solutions in manufacturing, development and global trade,” according to a White House statement on the nomination.

By Steve Puterski

— City News Service

CARLSBAD — Time is ticking before the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan update is sent before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. As such, the City Council approved on Sept. 11 several measures to work with the county over the highly controversial master plan and draft environmental impact report (DEIR). However, the city did not reveal its strategy or methods for those negotiations, opting for a closed session to formulate their plans. The plan, meanwhile, will go before the County Board of Supervisors as early as next month, or in the next several months. Denver-based attorney Peter Kirsch of Kaplan Kirsch and Rockwell, though, did lay out several “action items” the city and county could use to strengthen commitments

and obligations. In the summer, his firm responded to the plan with a second comment letter citing numerous concerns over inaccurate methodologies, data, transparency, environmental and noise concerns, to name a few. “Airport governance and decision making is really important to give the community the confidence the kind of challenges we are facing today don’t happen in the future,” Kirsch said. “There’s a lot of distrust in how decisions are made with the airport. A lot of questions about the role of the city and of the county with regard, not just operations of the airport, but the development of the airport and most importantly the impact of the airport on the community.” First, airport and governance is a major sticking point and the recommendations include creating a Joint Powers Agency with

There’s a lot of distrust in how decisions are made with the airport.” Peter Kirsch Attorney representing city

Carlsbad, the county and most likely other North County cities. Other alternatives include creating an airport commission or amending the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee to include representatives appointed by the city. Additionally, other concerns from the city’s comment letter concerning the DEIR include impact mitigation and land use, noise, transportation, biological resources, greenhouse gasses, aesthetic and visual resources and

hazards. Finally, information and transparency is another topic and the city is pushing for the county to submit monthly reports detailing noise monitoring. “To be perfectly blunt about it, there is a distrust of the county and the information the county is conveying about its master plan and its EIR,” Kirsch added. “If there’s one result of this, it should be the county should be more transparent. Not just to the city, but to the residents.” The council approved to include adding noise “monitors as necessary” as the county plans to replace at least one monitor. Councilwoman Cori Schumacher pushed for the council to include the monitoring, while Councilman Michael Schumacher (no relation) ask for the language to not be as finite as the airport may need more than one monitor.

As a result, the city decided it was the best path forward. Mayor Matt Hall said to avoid confusion between what noise is and to whom, data is important to make decisions in the future. Residents, meanwhile, continued to turn their ire toward the county for, what many said, has been a historically devious entity wielding unchecked power to grow the airport to a size not compatible with the city and neighboring residents. Several noted how the county’s previous master plan in 1997, and representatives, said one thing, then did another. Transparency, several said, has created a deep mistrust of the county and its true intentions. “The reality is we still don’t have answers about the expansion,” said Hope Nelson of the group Citizens for a Friendly Airport.


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A rts &Entertainment new movie release at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Call (760) 643-5282 for the movie title or log onto Closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Join the reception and artist talk welcoming artist Becky Robbins from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost is $10. For details, visit

Halloran will host a children’s workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, discussing her process and inspiration paired with a hands-on cyanotype art project using images from photographic glass negatives from the Harvard Observatory. Cost CALL TO ARTISTS The Escondido Arts is $20. Partnership is seeking artists to create small scale: NAKED LADIES BLOOM 12-inches or 30.5 centimeThe “Naked Lady” Art ters, from all mediums, for Festival exhibition, celeits exhibition Oct.12 to Nov. brating the local Naked 3 at 262 E. Grand Ave. Es- Lady flower, will be held condido. For details, call at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the (760) 480-4101 or e-mail@ “Old Fire House” Del Dios Community Center, 20155 Elm Lane, Escondido.


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The Gloria McClellan ART AT LUX The Cowboy Jack Center will screen a free, Artist-in-residence Lia “Hank” Show is performing 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Carlsbad Pilgrim Church, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad, For ticket information, contact LOOKING AT HUBBLE

Oceanside Museum Of Art presents the exhibition James Hubbell: Seeking Balance“ Sept. 22 through Feb. 3 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, with artwork focused on Hubbell’s pursuit of peace, beauty and spaces.


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In recognition of Emily Bronte's 200th birthday, join us for a special presentation focusing on the lives and work with the San Diego OASIS program, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 22, at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. Free.

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Del Mar artist paints the pretty horses cal art news Bob Coletti


his issue highlights the work of Expressionist Gabrielle Benot. Gabrielle Benot, currently a Del Mar resident, began sketching and drawing at an early age. Influenced by Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Joan Brown, Willem De Kooning, Jean Paul Riopelle and others she takes an interest in partial figurative representation, reducing the subject matter to simplistic elements in her works. Her works are powerful and speak to the viewer, having energy and movement. Gabrielle Benot has more recently developed a reputation as a major figure in equestrian art. Benot’s equestrian art is showcased by private parties on a global basis and she remains inspired to capture the equestrian experience in artistic form. Horse racing is one of the most ancient of all sports. Horse racing is also one of the most modern of all sports. Such duality, the division of horse racing into two opposed or contrasted aspects, reflects the timelessness of the sport itself - timelessly

GABRIELLE BENOT works a canvas. Courtesy photo

‘THREE HORSES’ by Gabrielle Benot.

beautiful and timelessly in motion. Harnessing inspiration from the aforementioned duality, while presenting the galloping gallantry and simultaneous graceful elegance of her horse racing subjects into timeless masterpieces. The artistic quality of Benot’s work transcends genre classification, but

surf music, will play a free SEPT. 27 concert from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Encinitas Ranch Golf PARADISE IN ACRYLIC “Paradise,” acrylic Course, 1275 Quail Gardens paintings by Douglas CroDrive, Encinitas. zier, of photorealistic scenes from architectural icons, TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS Prayer Dudz presents and local beach scenes closTuesday Night Comics at es Sept. 30 at Cardiff Li7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 with Hap- brary, 2081 Newcastle Ave., py Hour at 6:30 p.m. with $3 Cardiff. beers and free appetizers, at North Coast Repertory SCULPTURE IN STEEL Jon Koehler’s steel Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana sculpture, “Pushing Boundaries” through Oct. 16 at Beach. Rated R. the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. SEPT. 26

Local Peter Pupping Trio, with Mark Hunter and Kevin Koch, launched its new album “Jazz Bend” at Ki’s Sept. 14. Copies are available at guitarsounds. com / httpswwwweeblycomeditormainphp.html. BRING THE JAZZ We d n e s d a y s @ N o o n ART IN THE PAGES presents the Ryan Dart Trio Jim Stiven’s exhibition at noon Sept. 26 at the Enci”Book Arts,” with hand- nitas Library. made artist’s books, will continue through Sept. 30 REMEMBER BURT REYNOLDS at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Dinner and a Movie Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. in Cardiff will host a free showing of “Local Hero” at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the CarSEPT. 24 diff Library, 2081 NewcasGOURDS GALORE tle Ave., Cardiff. Bring your San Diego County own dinner or snacks For Gourd Artists host Gourd- details, call (760) 753-4027. stock through Oct. 18 at Civic Center Gallery, City GET YOUR OWN EXHIBIT Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., The city of Encinitas is showcasing the 100-mem- looking for artists to exhibit ber San Diego County in 2019. The Cultural Arts Gourd Artists. Division will mount 55 exhibits in the city’s three art galleries. Applications must SEPT. 25 be received by Oct. 15. The SOUND OF THE SURF application process is all The Fabulous Wood- done online at encinitasca. ies, specializing in classic gov/visualart.

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Jon Koehler’s sculpture exhibit, “Pushing Boundaries” will run through Oct. 16 at the Encinitas Library Gallery.


Artist Corina Ionan presents “Don't Like Blah, Just WOW,” showing her digital photography

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her work reflects elements of abstract, impressionism and modern art. Benot’s paintings have been displayed in many galleries and are owned by private collectors on a global basis. See more at: California Art News is dedicated to promoting the California Art Community. through Oct. 17 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery,. FOUND ART COLLAGE

Fritz Rothman presents his “Look What I Found” collage through Oct. 17 at Encinitas Community Center Gallery.


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Old Mission: Where Hollywood filmed early movies, TV shows By Adam Bradley

OCEANSIDE — The Zorro tales were a myth and showcased images of “whitewashed adobes walls, chivalrous Dons, beautiful senoritas, ‘ubiquitous padres,’ and the simple, loyal Indians,” according to the book “The Real World of Mission San Luis Rey” by the late Jim Downs. And if you thought Antonio Banderas was the first actor to play the blackmasked hero Zorro (“Mask of Zorro,” 1998,) guess again. Quite a few before him yielded the mighty sword. For instance, in 1957, actor Guy Williams starred in the popular 1950s TV series “Zorro,” which had portions filmed at the famous Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside. Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the King of the Missions, is a National Historic Landmark. The largest of all the 21 California missions, it is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public. And some of America’s favorite characters appeared for filming sessions in Oceanside, including the cast of “Zorro.” Prior to the series, in 1920, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. starred in the silent film “The Mask of Zorro,” filmed at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Over the years, there have been many movies, TV series and productions about the famed character, and too many to list here.

Odd Files New World Order

Kimberel Eventide, 36, believes her purpose here on Earth is to help other humans become elves, just like herself. A resident of Illinois, Eventide identifies as a Pleiadian Starseed, an Otherkin who first realized she was an elf after reading and watching the “Lord of the Rings” series by J.R.R. Tolkien. She spends her time dressing as an elf in silk, velvet or nature-inspired clothing and pointed elf ears — but she doesn’t wear them all the time because “my own ears have a slight point to them.” Eventide’s husband supports her elfdom but “he does not understand it and does not watch many of my videos,” she said. “I am an Elven spiritual teacher who offers personal Skype online sessions to help individual souls,” she explained to the Daily Mail. Her mission, called “Projectelvenstar,” is specifically to help humans transform themselves into High Elves — “ears are optional but can become a byproduct of becoming extrasensory and hearing better over time.” [Daily Mail, 8/29/2018]

The Zorro character was first created in 1919 by novelist Johnston McCully in his book “The Curse of Capistrano,” which centered on the swordsman named Zorro aka The Fox. This character later became a classic hero of early California when Disney created the TV series starring Williams.

the bride’s father pursues them, tragedy strikes. The movie stars William Hurt and Timothy Hutton as two friends who become enemies because of these events. Last, but certainly not least, even the great Alfred Hitchcock featured the mission in an episode of the “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” series (1955-1962) “The Diplomatic Corpse” in 1957, according to Mission archives.

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As for the action-adventure Western series starring Williams, it was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was based on the Zorro character created by McCulley, and the series premiered on Oct. 10, 1957, on ABC and ended July 2, 1959. Seventy-eight episodes were produced, and four hourlong specials were aired on the Walt Disney anthology series between Oct. 30, 1960 and April 2, 1961, according to the website Wikipedia. And according to the mission’s archives, as well as those who work there like Executive Director Kathleen Flanagan, Disney Productions filmed some early episodes starring Williams on-site. In fact, after it wrapped up filming, Disney left behind props that are still viewable at the Mission. For example, there is a set of cemetery gates it created because the gates already installed at the cemetery on-site weren’t what they wanted. According to Christie Sahhar, the mission’s museum director, episodes 2, 3, 4, and 12, were all filmed at the Mission. She added the front Boakye, 31, of Worcester is one of two suspects wanted by Westborough police for allegedly selling 15 kilograms of counterfeit gold dust. In July, the victims met Boakye and his accomplice at an Extended Stay America hotel and tested the gold dust for authenticity. Apparently satisfied, they paid $26,000 in cash and transferred $280,000 into a Bank of America account, after which they received a locked Sentry safe that supposedly held the gold dust. Boakye told them they would get the combination to the safe after the transfer cleared. But two days later, when they were unable to open the safe, the victims called a locksmith. Inside — shocking! — was counterfeit gold. [MassLive. com, 8/29/2018]

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‘ALFRED HITHCOCK PRES- Residents get a thrill Even some of the locals ENTS’ filmed an episode at Mission San Luis Rey de of Oceanside back in the Francia in Oceanside. day got a thrill when they

GUY WILLIAMS was the first of many actors to portray the title character in the telvision series, “Zorro.” Courtesy photos

of the Mission, the cemetery, arcade, Bell Tower, colonnade area and inside the church are all areas that appeared. Also in the cemetery is a commemoration plaque dedicated to Williams. “Zorro definitely scaled our Bell Tower in one scene,” Sahhar said. “The cemetery gates are on display in our museum and they are pretty neat.” “It is fun to share our movie history with others. It is one more dimension of the Mission, along with our retreats, events and active cemetery, that many people don’t know about,” Flanagan ca Lake, California, looked at video from his surveillance camera late on Aug. 29 and saw a person on the property, but it wasn't until the next day, when he looked around for any damage, that a man was discovered stuck between a wall and a garage. KCAL TV reported that it took firefighters more than an hour to free the unnamed man, a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary the night before. Los Angeles police arrested him for trespassing as he was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. [KCAL, 8/30/2018] Overreactions

Bryan Tucker of Sandston, Virginia, was FED UP TO HERE! with kids littering his lawn as they waited at the Henrico County school bus stop adjacent to his property. So on Sept. 4, he installed a battery-powered electric fence. “They don’t respect other people’s land,” Tucker told WTVR TV. “I pick up trash every day.” Officials informed him later that day that the fence was placed on county property, not his own, so Tucker took it down. But he still thinks the point was made: “The message has gotten across,” Tucker said. “Parents are posting and talking about it.” [WTVR, 9/4/2018]

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said. Downs’ book said with the emergence of the Hollywood movie industry after the turn of the century, Missions like Rey were used occasionally as scenic backdrop for several films and TV series such as “Zorro.” Feature films

In addition to the “Zorro” TV series, the mission has also been used in several feature films. The Downs book also mentioned the film 1946 series “The Vigilantes are Coming,” which was produced and much of it filmed found in his yard Sept. 4 after committing suicide by decapitating himself with a chain saw. According to the Daily Mail, Russian media reported the teen’s single mother had bought him a computer, at which he “spent hours,” said one unnamed source. “This is what killed him.” [Daily Mail, 9/4/2018] — Monica Walley of Holden Heights, Florida, wrote a negative online review Aug. 20 about the Daybreak Diner in Orlando, accusing the restaurant of refusing service to her disabled mother. The negative review didn’t sit well with the diner owner’s son, Michael Johnson, or his housemates, Jesse Martin and Norman Auvil, reported WFTV. That evening, as the three sat drinking beer, Martin looked up Walley's address, then they drove to her home, where Auvil, 42, shot three rounds into the house. “I actually could feel the air from the bullet as it passed by me,” said Ken Walley, Monica’s father. “I didn't think anybody was crazy enough to do something like this over something so small,” Monica Walley said. Auvil was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with shooting into a dwelling, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. [WFTV, 8/31/2018]


An Orlando, Florida, home will need more than roof repairs after a crane parked outside tipped over

at the mission. Other films partially filmed at the Rey included the “Unpardonable Sin” in 1918. Also filmed at the mission was the Western classic of the late 1950s “Have Gun Will Travel.” It followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman gunfighter who preferred to settle problems without violence yet when forced, excelled in fighting. When working, he dressed in black, carried a derringer, and used a now-famous calling card with a chess knight emblem. More recently, in 1988, the full-length movie “A Time of Destiny” featuring Mission San Luis Rey is a story of love and revenge set during World War I in Italy and San Diego. It is said to be loosely based on Verdi’s opera “La Forza del Destino” and tells the story of two young lovers forbidden to see each other, who run off to elope. When on Sept. 4, splitting the house in half so cleanly daylight could be seen through it. United Press International reported the roof was under construction when the machinery fell over, likely because the ground underneath it was wet, said Ivan Fogarty, corporate safety director for crane operator Beyel Brothers Crane & Rigging. No one was inside the home at the time, and no one on the roofing crew was injured, but the house has been declared unlivable. [UPI, 9/5/2018] Fooled Ya!

University of Houston student Jehv M. looked at a blank wall in his local McDonald’s and saw opportunity. Hoping to boost Asian representation in the burger chain’s advertising, Jehv created a poster featuring himself and a friend touting McDonald’s french fries. They bought used McDonald’s uniforms at a thrift store as disguises, then boldly hung the poster in a Pearland, Texas, location as customers ordered and ate around them. United Press International reported that 51 days later, the poster still hung on the wall unnoticed, as shown in a photo on Jehv’s Twitter feed. As of Sept. 4, it was not clear whether management at McDonald’s knew of the poster's origins. [UPI, 9/4/2018]

were cast in the series “Vigilantes” according to the Oceanside News article dated April 23, 1936: “Many Oceanside residents today become motion picture actors with the shooting of scenes for the picture, “Vigilantes,” by the Republic Production company, with the King of the missions, San Luis Rey being used as a background. “The plot of the story centers around early California history, just before the ‘gold rush of ‘49,” when the Fathers were having a struggle to keep the missions free from corruption, and invasion by the Indians and the greedy Spanish soldiers. Eagle, who is portrayed by George Narbeth, seeks to avenge the wrongs done the Indians and in so doing whips the captain of a group of invaders seeking gold. Seeing their leader beaten the thieves retreat, leaving the mission after much destruction.” through Columbia Park, Washington, she witnessed a beaver being struck by a car. She stopped and tried to help the animal, wrapping it in a towel before going home to find a container to put it in. When she returned to the scene about 30 minutes later, YakTriNews reported, she found 35-year-old Richard Delp sexually assaulting the dying beaver. Unsurprisingly, Delp was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine; police charged him with possession and animal cruelty. The beaver didn’t survive. [YakTriNews, 9/4/2018]

Questionable Judgment

Billy Warren Pierce Jr., 44, an inmate of the Pasco County (Florida) Jail, already awaiting trial on charges of capital sexual battery of a child, compounded his problems by trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill his victim and her family. WFTS reported the unnamed inmate told detectives Aug. 22 that Pierce offered him $9,000 and instructed him about how to get into the house, even suggesting using a gas line fed through a window as the murder method. Jail staff also obtained a contract signed by Pierce, detailing the targets of the killing and the agreed-upon price. When told on Sept. 4 he would be charged with solicitation of murder, Pierce objected, “But I haven’t paid Inexplicable On Sept. 3, as an un- him any money yet.” [WFTS, named woman drove 9/4/2018]

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