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SEPT. 22, 2017

Franklin raises issue of homelessness

Community rallies over library plan

By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Vista Deputy Mayor John Franklin brought homelessness to the forefront during an emotional discussion at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting. Franklin said he believed homelessness is particularly serious in regards to individuals leaving the Vista Detention Facility. Franklin used the example of somebody who has a history of vagrancy or homelessness, being arrested in another city such as Escondido but jailed in Vista. “ … when they are released out of jail here, getting back to Escondido might be a big hurdle for them that for some length of time they just choose to reside on the street,” Frank-

By Rebecca Sykes

ESCONDIDO — As residents waited for the Escondido library to open on Sept. 16, protestors were setting up to rally against the decision to outsource to Library System and Services. LS&S, a Maryland-based company, is the country’s largest library management company and already owns 83 libraries across the country. LS&S says the privatization saves taxpayer money. LS&S has operated an Oregon library located in Jackson County for 10 years. An assessment on the quality of LS&S’ library management was troublesome to the members of the coalition in Escondido. Some concerns of the Escondido constituents included that the library in Jackson County failed to meet 63 percent of the minimum “essential specifications” for overall perforTURN TO RALLY ON A8

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By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Vistans can expect their reinstated ambulance to roll out on Sept. 24. Fire Chief Jeff Hahn provided City Council with a progress report regarding the restoration of a fourth ambulance during an Aug. 21 meeting. City Council unanimously approved the reinstatement of a fourth Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance on May 9. The ambulance was taken out Olga Diaz, Escondido City Coun- of service in 2011 due to the cil member for District 3, speaks economic recession. to protesters regarding the plan to While the economy has Photo by Rebecca Sykes


Fourth Vista City Council amends dog leash ordinance for trails ambulance to be in service By Christina Macone-Greene

outsource the Escondido library.

lin said. Franklin wondered if there was a way to help those released get back to their hometown. Cpt. Charles Cinnamo of the San Diego Sherriff’s Department for the Vista Station was on hand to answer some questions following his mid-year update. Franklin wondered whether when a person is released from jail if someone from the detention center asks if they have a way to get back home. Cinnamo explained that this was not a requirement, but noted that those released are offered bus tickets and trolley tickets to get to their destination. He was quick to point out that


VISTA — Walkers and runners who travel the Buena Vista Park trails can now have their four-legged sidekicks without a leash. The Vista City Council on Aug. 22 amended a park ordinance that now allows dogs off leash on public property within the natural areas and trails within South Buena Vista Park and Buena Vista Park from 7 to 10 a.m., and then again from 3 p.m. to dusk. The new off-leash law goes into effect on Sept. 22. Currently, dogs are allowed off leash on trails at South Buena Vista Park, but with various time restrictions. The new ordinance allows for extended hours as well as permitting unleashed dogs in the natu-

ral areas with trails at Buena Vista Park. Residents requested the Buena Vista Park addition. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby opposed the ordinance while other City Council members approved the amendment. Rigby said she loves dogs and has been a dog owner in Vista. Her concerns stem from people not following instructions. “I see at South Buena Vista Park, there are rules posted and they are ignored regularly,” she said. Rigby explained while off-leash rules were for the trails, she was troubled that this would overflow to other areas of Buena Vista Park such as the grassy areas and the duck pond. “Whether you want



On Sept. 22, Buena Vista Park will allow dogs off leash on the trails. Signage will be provided including off leash restrictions at the duck pond. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

them to or not, once you say see that happen.” As for signs displaying we have no enforcement, it’s going to happen,” Rigby said. “And I don’t want to TURN TO ORDINANCE ON A2



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FBI film on prescription drug abuse to be screened at Mission Hills High By Aaron Burgin

show that 46,000 people die from drug abuse annually in the United States. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, San Diego chapter, San Marcos Prevention Coalition, Mission Hills High School and local businesses and community leaders are bringing the screening to the campus “to support bringing this potentially lifesaving and critical information to our Community,” said Bob Elliot, the chair of the NCADD’s San Diego chapter. “Our plan is based on a partnership with these representatives, together with various San Marcos youth organizations and community leaders to provide a comprehensive com-


graduated from the academy on Aug. 30 and made a beeline to their field orientation phase. “They will do several shifts for evaluation and orientation to our system,” Hahn said. “Then we’ll have our graduation and badge ceremony on Sept. 21. Sept. 24 will be the first day we’ll actually get them in their seats, and we’ll have that fourth ambulance in service, so we’re looking forward to that.”

SAN MARCOS — Mission Hills High School will play host to a special movie screening at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. The film, “Chase the Dragon,” was released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration to raise awareness about the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. “Chasing the Dragon” is a 45-minute film; the title of which refers to the unattainable pursuit of the original or ultimate high. It features stark first-person accounts told by individuals who have abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids with tragic consequences. FBI and DEA research


improved, Hahn noted that the restoration of the fourth ambulance was needed because two of its three ambulances were working beyond the recommended usage. The fourth ambulance would also help increase response reliability. Since City Council approved the additional ambulance in May, Hahn said they had hired six new firefighters/paramedics. They

munity-wide free event promoting drug abuse prevention and education and identifying all the available prevention resources currently in our community,” Elliot said in the release. The film, which can be viewed at chasingthedragon, begins with a foreword by former FBI Director James Comey and acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, who explain that the movie will give “the straight facts form people who have lived with the hard consequences of opioid abuse.” “You’re going to witness real tragedy and wit- Signage will also be enforced to help dog owners on restricted off-leash areas, which will include the duck ness what happens when pond. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene drugs get a hold of real at the city of Vista, shared dog liability,” Dieckmann people and don’t let go,” ORDINANCE that dozens of people walk said. “I believe there was Comey says. CONTINUED FROM A1 these trails every day. The one claim, but that had to those off-leash rules, Rig- public trails connect Bue- do with a dog accidentally by said they must be prom- na Vista Park and South stepping on a sharp object inent for people to notice Buena Vista Park. Hahn noted some othin some mulch.” them. Dog waste bag staer fire training statistics Dieckmann shared Council members tions was also another top- wanted to know about there was no claim about including how their departic of discussion. ment accumulated roughly potential safety issues off-leash dogs leading to “People miss a lot of regarding dogs without a aggression issues. 27,000 hours of training what their dogs leave be- leash on the trails. during the 2016-2017 fiscal Deputy Mayor John hind over there,” she said. year. Staff considered Franklin started off by “I don’t see how this is go- whether the city had any approving the resolution While new members ing to work and keep it on liability claims for a dog with the amendment that took part in these hours, exthe trails. I honestly don’t. bite, or any dog-related it comes back to the City isting members of the fire Once you let them off- litigation, over the last Council in 12 months for a department also took part leash in that (Buena Vista) decade since South Buena review. in continued training. park, they’re going to be Vista Park offered its off“Training is a big part Signage will also be all over the park.” of what we do,” Hahn said. enforced to help dog ownleash ordinance. Therron Dieckmann, The badge ceremony “As far as the litiga- ers on restricted off-leash the director of Recreation tion that we’re aware of, areas, which will include will take place at Station 1 and Community Services there was none regarding the duck pond. at 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

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Vista Marine gets ‘smart home’ from Sinise Foundation

Woodies became a part of the surf culture during the 1960s and were popularized in pop music, such as the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” and Jan and Dean’s “Surf City.” The 38th annual gathering this weekend will draw vehicles from as far as Australia. File photo

Woodies return to Moonlight Beach on Sept. 23 By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS - The woodies are coming - again. For the 38th consecutive year, up to 300 classic vehicles with the signature wooden paneling will converge on Moonlight Beach Sept. 23 for Wavecrest, billed as the "world's largest woodie show." The car show runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Moonlight Beach Parking Lot. "Woodies are part of Americana, and we’re looking forward to an amazing, fun-filled weekend,” said Dan Close, president of San Diego Woodies, which is hosting the event. “Anyone who has ever gone to one of our shows knows that wood-

ies are smile cars. Anytime you look at one, it brings a smile to your face and makes you feel good.” Woodies have been ingrained in the fabric of Southern California culture as they appeared in numerous beach movies during the 1960s and were popularized in pop music, such as the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” and Jan and Dean’s “Surf City.” The cars will begin rolling in during the predawn hours of Sept. 23 from throughout North America and as far away as Australia. Organizers are anticipating several thousand guests and woodie enthusiasts will attend the free car show. Wavecrest will also include

live surf and Hawaiian music, along with children’s entertainment. Surf legend Floyd Smith, co-founder of pioneering Gordon & Smith surfboards, will shape a custom wooden surfboard offered to the winner of a raffle. Other raffle prizes will include a Hansen surfboard, skateboards and two Electra bikes. At 8 a.m. the following morning, Sept. 24, owners of up to 100 or more woodies will set out from the Encinitas Civic Center in Downtown Encinitas for a cruise along Old Highway 101 to the Oceanside Pier and back. For more information about Wavecrest 2017, visit

Gaspar’s company sues ex-Supervisor Roberts over campaign attack ads By Aaron Burgin

REGION — District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar’s physical therapy company has sued former county Supervisor Dave Roberts in Superior Court for libel, accusing him of defamation in connection with a pair of campaign attack ads. Gaspar narrowly defeated Roberts in a bitter campaign for District 3 supervisor last November. The lawsuit, which was filed Sept. 6, stems from a pair of ads — one that Roberts’ campaign ran and another that the San Diego Democratic Committee ran — that claimed that Gaspar’s business, Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, was “known for malpractice, elder abuse and negligence” and had “settled a lawsuit compensating victims who sued for malpractice and elder abuse.” Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy was founded by Gaspar’s husband, former Encinitas mayoral candidate Paul Gaspar. Neither of the Gaspars is listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, rather, the suit lists the business and Brian Stone, a physical therapy

doctor mentioned in the attack ads, as plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are seeking at least $5 million — at least $1 million for each of the five causes of action — as well as attorneys’ fees and other damages. The suit claims libel, negligence and an intentional infliction of emotional distress. Roberts did not return several calls and text messages to his cell phone seeking comment. Gregory Day, the attorney representing the Gaspar’s company and Stone, declined to comment beyond the details in the lawsuit. Roberts’ mailers were disseminated to more than 100,000 households in in the district, and the second was distributed after the company issued Roberts’ campaign with a cease and desist letter demanding a retraction. “To this date, Roberts has never retracted his false defamatory statements, nor apologized for intentionally damaging the reputations of the plaintiffs,” the lawsuit states. “He did not restrict his campaign advertisements to positive messages about himself, or even material allegations against his

campaign opponent, Kristin Gaspar. Instead, he intentionally, repeatedly and maliciously defamed Gaspar Physical Therapy, Inc. and Brian Stone.” The mailers at the center of the lawsuit contained claims that Kristin Gaspar had a “long history of shady business practices,” and that she operated a business known for malpractice, elder abuse and negligence and that Gaspar’s company “broke her patient’s trust.” The lawsuit claims that Roberts’ staff doubled down on the allegations in an Oct. 29, 2016, column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Those claims were in reference to a 2006 lawsuit, which according to the lawsuit was a “slip and fall” incident at a public swimming pool area during off-clinic hours. According to the lawsuit, Roberts’ campaign omitted the factual allegations and details about the settlement that would have shown that the claim was without merit. This included details about the settlement, which did not include any compensation to the plaintiffs.

The offer of compromise included a waiver of costs in exchange for the plaintiff’s dismissing the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the attack ads portrayed the business as being “known for” such allegations, but both Stone and the business had clean records and “before the defendants herein elected to defame them to hundreds of thousands of persons, they had untarnished reputations.” The company had only been sued twice, and both cases ended favorably for the company. Gaspar defeated Roberts, who served one fouryear term, by a little more than 1,200 votes, after Roberts led the race on election night. Gaspar and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, who was eliminated from the Supervisors race after the June primary election, repeatedly criticized Roberts for an office scandal and county policy violations, which cost the county $310,000 last year to settle. Roberts said during the campaign that he wanted to focus on the good works his office had performed throughout the district.

VISTA – On Sept. 15, a groundbreaking ceremony began construction of a specially modified home for local Marine hero Brandon Dodson, financed by the Gary Sinise R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. As the son of a Marine, United States Marine Corps retired Staff Sgt. Dodson has lived in many different places around the world, but considers San Diego home. At the age of 18, two years after the attacks on Sept. 11, Dodson followed in his father’s footsteps and served through five combat deployments, held a high-ranking position, and achieved many accomplishments with his platoon, all while keeping their safety his top priority. On Aug. 9, 2014, during his fifth deployment, Dodson and his platoon were on a mission in a small village when he stepped on a hidden pressure-plated, improvised explosive device (IED). Dodson remembers opening his eyes to chaos around him. His first instinct was to take care of his men until he realized he was the one in need of care. Dodson suffered severe injuries from the blast and both of his legs were amputated above the knee. He spent months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and underwent many surgeries. Dodson lived with his wife and son in a small apartment at Walter Reed for two years. They are now living

at Camp Pendleton in San Diego to be closer to their family. The Gary Sinise Foundation is proudly building the Dodson family a specially adapted smart home in Vista, where Dodson can reclaim his independence near his loved ones. Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program, along with donors, DAV Charitable Trust, The Home Depot Foundation and Semper Fi Fund, as well as building partners, including Shubert Design Furniture, Core Brands, National Wood Flooring Association, National Tile Contractors Association, GE, Sunbelt Rentals, Benjamin Moore, National Association of Home Builders, North American Van Lines, MAPEI, Broan-NuTone, American Airlines, Crossville Tile, Kohler, MIA + BSI Natural Stone Institute, and MLA General Contractors, will join the greater Vista community for this specially adapted smarthome groundbreaking. The simple tasks of everyday life - climbing stairs, reaching a high shelf, getting in and out of the bathroom – can be impossible for the severely wounded. Basic tasks are impossible obstacles and the enduring ambition of rehabilitation is needed to achieve a semblance of normalcy. Under its R.I.S.E. program, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans.

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SEPT. 22, 2017

Opinion & Editorial

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Library plan is bad government By Laura Hunter

New EPA is a threat to state’s smog standards California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Californians interested in keeping this state’s toughest-in-the-world standards for automotive pollution heaved a sigh of relief when the federal Environmental Protection Agency in early August reversed an earlier decision to delay imposition of new national ozone standards for at least a year. That move came after California and 15 other states sued to force EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to back down, and he did before his action could take hold. Pruitt’s reaction also gave rise to optimism among defenders of several other California laws threatened by a variety of officials named by President Trump. But now it seems such optimism may have been premature. For only weeks after his turnabout on new ozone limits mandated under ex-President Barack Obama, Pruitt began a new process that could greatly increase automotive smog. He opened a 45-day public comment period on a proposed rewrite of standards for carbon emissions and other kinds of greenhouse gases emitted by cars and trucks, aiming to ease the pollution-controlling tasks of both carmakers and oil companies. Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, frequently sided in his prior job with oil companies and others in lawsuits aiming to eliminate some EPA rules. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is now seeking documents in an effort to determine whether Pruitt had actual conflicts of interest in several actions he’s lately taken that achieve goals of the lawsuits he formerly pursued against his current agency. “We are moving forward with an open and robust review of emissions standards,” Pruitt said as he began the public comment period during which anyone can react to proposed changes. The effect of the changes Pruitt seeks in corporate average fuel economy standards (often called CAFÉ standards) would cause new emissions produced in the other 49 states to far overbalance cutbacks in greenhouse gases made under California rules. It would mark a return to pre-2000s

days when there were major differences between cars sold in California and what were known as “49-state cars.” Gradually, as other states adopted California’s rules, many of those differences had disappeared before Pruitt took over. He has backed off early efforts to eliminate the California waiver provisions of the federal Clean Air Act, the law that has let this state maintain tougher pollution standards than the rest of America since then-President Richard Nixon signed it 47 years ago. Current federal standards adopted under Obama created an emphasis on gas/ electric hybrids and electric- and hydrogen-powered cars. Not surprisingly, the auto industry likes Pruitt’s latest move, which could result in revoking or greatly revising today’s standards everywhere but in California. Said Mitch Bainwol, head of the Auto Alliance group of carmakers, “The administration is fulfilling its commitment to reinstate midterm evaluation of future fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards.” Both environmental and consumer advocacy groups blasted the EPA action. “EPA is bringing back questions that have already been asked and answered,” said a statement from Consumers Union, parent of the Consumer Reports magazine. The group said polls show 90 percent of Americans want even better fuel efficiency than offered by today’s new cars. A scaling back of today’s rules would place America far behind several other countries in seeking reduced dependency on oil and gasoline. Germany and France, for example, have laws that will ban all sales of gas-powered cars within the next two to three decades. A anti-smog rollback could also threaten California-based electric car companies like Tesla and Faraday, as well as making white elephants of the statewide string of hydrogen refueling stations now being partially financed by gasoline taxes via the state Energy Commission. Email Thomas Elias at His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit www.

It is hard to believe we are in the situation of having to defend our library from the city council majority — again. Ignoring unanimous opposition from the Library Board of Trustees, Library Foundation, American Library Association and residents, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Councilman Ed Gallo and John Masson continue to push to hand over operations of our library to Library System and Services (LS&S), a Maryland-based corporation. This action will devastate our library and is just bad government. The evidence does not show that LS&S will “improve” our library. Mayor Abed’s allegation that LS&S will “improve” our library is demonstrably wrong. Current LS&S libraries in Shasta and Riverside have branch averages showing fewer and less well-attended programs than Escondido’s public library. The LS&S Temecula library has fewer volumes and fewer computers. Not better. Further, LS&S’s poor performance was fully exposed in a 2016 assessment of libraries under its management commissioned by Oregon’s Jackson County Library District Board. The results can only be described as abysmal. LS&S has oper-

ated these libraries for over 10 years and significant deficiencies were documented. The audit of 2015 operations found: • Lack of LS&S transparency makes it “impossible for the Board to determine if it is getting good value for the dollar.” • Exact use of 28 percent of the funds given to LS&S were not known. • Overall performance failed to meet 63 percent of the minimum “essential specifications.” • The Latino community was grossly underserved and the way the library is run “…gives the overall impression that Spanish speakers are not considered part of the community nor welcome at the Library.” • Staff had the lower qualifications, salaries/benefits compared with other Oregon libraries and LS&S met only 11 percent of essential specifications in staff category. The full Jackson County Library Services Performance Review and Quality Assessment is here https:// Outsourcing our last, remaining library will undermine commitment and support for bond for new library. The council says it needs a bond measure for a new li-

brary. However, it is magical thinking to suppose that after having closed the East Valley branch library and outsourced the other, the legion of volunteers needed to pass a bond by a 2/3 vote will be motivated to help them. We won’t. We will be busy working on other strategies to remove our precious library from the constant threat of this council once and for all. Good government and normal due diligence require evaluation of alternatives. Abed, Masson and Gallo aren’t even meeting the basics of good governmental decision-making —comparison of alternatives. Instead, they jumped on the LS&S bandwagon without any meaningful consideration of other sensible options. Our coalition is calling for a stop to the contract process and for council to seek proposals from the current library staff and the county library system and publicly evaluate them. A proposed contract is expected soon. Abed, Gallo and Masson need to hear from all residents who care about our library. Don’t wait. We are running out of time to save our library. Laura Hunter is a member of the Save Our Escondido Library Coalition

Getting bills on the governor’s desk By Marie Waldron

As the 2017 legislative session closes, I am pleased that most of my bill package received overwhelming support, and three of my bills have already been signed into law by Gov. Brown. Six of my bills are on the governor’s desk, including AB 1386, a Legislative Woman’s Caucus priority bill to raise awareness for newly diagnosed breast/ovarian cancer patients about speaking with a genetic counselor to help focus treatment options. AB 532 authorizes courts to offer wraparound mental health, addiction treatment services, counseling, transitional housing, childcare etc. to women with initial misde-

meanor violations to prevent the cycle of recidivism. Most women in our jails have children and have repeated incarcerations. AB 1031 creates the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund to help injured, orphaned or sick wildlife through a grant funded by a voluntary tax return checkoff. AB 658 temporarily suspends the license fee clinical laboratories pay to eliminate an accumulated $12 million surplus, and AB 1361, joint authored with Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), allows water districts to service Indian tribal lands, sponsored by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians in my district, and

ACR 118 recognizing Women’s' Suffrage all await the Governor’s signature. The first bill I introduced this session, and the first signed into law, AB 4, requires that a voter be notified via email or text when a voter's registration is altered online. The Governor has also signed AB 369, sponsored by the Bar Association to clarify rights of appeal in child custody cases. HR 8 for Women's Heart Health also passed. Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista

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SCHOOL CELEBRATES The Calvin Christian School, 1868 N. Broadway in Escondido, broke ground on the Heritage Center Chapel and auditorium in September 2015. At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, the school will gather to dedicate the completed new building. The new facility will seat 600 and includes classroom and meeting space. Courtesy photo

Vista fire chief raises awareness on mental health concerns in fire service By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Vista Fire Chief Jeff Hahn delivered a passionate statement about the correlation between fire service and mental health during the Aug. 21 City Council meeting. During the Vista Fire Department update, Hahn shared that he was already aware of the situation, but had not realized the gravity of it until he acquired the statistics. Hahn said the behavioral health issues he was referring to included PTSD, depression and suicide. “These are issues that have kind of always been in the background but not in the foreground,” he said. “But in the last couple of years, statistics really came up and bit me pretty hard.”

Hahn went to say that many viewed these types of work-related behavioral health issues as stemming from the military — but that isn’t the case. He said those in fire services are facing the same challenges. “The rates run about 22.8 percent for the military, but fire services are right behind them at a 20 percent rate of occurrence,” Hahn said. “Then the one that obviously set me on my ear was that in 2015 and then again in 2016, suicide was the leading cause of death for firefighters nationwide. So, we have a problem.” This information triggered Hahn to do something, so he partnered with the VFFA and the city of Vista to address these issues. In July, they hosted a behavioral health Peer Team


training opportunity for members of the fire service. Seven members of the Vista Fire Department attended as well as their licensed clinician and the Vista Fire chaplain. Hahn shared that he pushed this out within the north zone and countywide level to get participation from other fire departments. “We actually filled that class and filled the second one that’s going to be going on,” he said. In addition to the training program, Hahn reiterated that they hired an in-house licensed clinician with experience in military PTSD. “She’s guiding our program and helping our individuals,” Hahn said. “We’re going to be making some big strides to try to address the problem.”

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LAFCO approves city of Vista annexation of 7.42 acres

RANCHO NOW HISTORICAL SITE A plaque celebrating the listing of Rancho Minerva, 2317 Foothill Drive, Vista, on the state of California Register of Historical Resources, has been installed by Vista Historical Society members Terry Moxley and Spike Harvey. The ranch began in 1911. By 1934, the home was finished with adobe bricks fashioned from soil dug for the foundation. The imposing two-story home features a white exterior, a red tile roof, an 18-foot-tall living room ceiling and rooms filled with memorabilia of early Vista and its residents.

By Joe Naiman

VISTA — San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission approved the annexation of a 7.42-acre parcel off of Phillips Street into the city of Vista. The 8-0 LAFCO vote Sept. 11 also detached that area from the Vista Fire Protection District and the Buena Sanitation District. The property is already within the boundaries of the Vista Irrigation District, so water service was not included in the territorial reorganization. The city of Vista conditionally approved the subdivision within that area into 23 lots, which meets zoning and general plan standards for both the county of San Diego and the city of Vista. The city of Vista and the county of San Diego adopted a master property tax agreement

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released should have a plan to get home. “We should have some greater level of certainty that this person is actually going to make it where they’re going, and if we need to finance a way to get people where they’re going, then it seems to me like it’s a small cost to pay,” Franklin said. Franklin shared there has to be a right way to solve this problem. As it stands, what is currently happening is not humane and just for those individuals, he said. Franklin added that persons released should not get economically stranded. Cinnamo explained

that for that very reason they are starting regional conversations to help mitigates the issue. He added that there is no reason for the San Diego Police Department to bring a person to Vista and vice versa. “It’s something we shouldn’t tolerate, and that’s why we started having these conversations,” Cinnamo said. “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. We can’t send our problem somewhere else.” Cinnamo said everyone is aware of this issue and they are trying to determine a way to approach it at a regional level. In addition to those re-

leased from the Vista Detention Facility, Franklin also pinpointed those who were homeless due to mental illness and addiction. He said addressing homelessness should start with human kindness regardless of one’s political ideology. “It (homelessness) is not what we as compassionate people should ever tolerate in our society. We should insist at whatever cost that everybody has a nutritious meal and that they have a warm place to lay their head at night,” Franklin said. “… We’ve got to start this conversation, and we’ve got to have this conversation.”

old, he had no collar or tags. No chip, either. His coat told of poor grooming and worse nutrition. He feared almost everything. He seemed to relax only when enclosed in his carrying crate or perched on the front seat of our Volvo. He had no use for the outdoors, and little use for other dogs. He did, however, have a monumental respect for cats. At night, he sought refuge at the foot of the bed, under the covers. It was pretty clear that his entire world had been a car and an apartment, not on the ground floor. Wiley hadn’t been with us long when we had a family dinner to welcome my dad back from the hospital where he had undergone major back surgery. It was a fairly formal affair that featured a boneless roast leg of lamb marinated in rosemary and garlic and, for dessert, Dutch apple pie with ice cream. My dad was confined to the mas-

ter bedroom, so the whole family joined him there for dessert. After a few minutes, I slipped out to tidy up. As I was clearing the dishes, I noticed that someone had already put away what was left of the lamb. While sticking other leftovers in the fridge, I looked around, but didn’t see any lamb. I had thought that about a third of the leg was left and was puzzled. I went back to the master bedroom and asked my wife where she’d put it. She said she hadn’t touched it. I went back the dining room and picked up the serving platter. While it seemed quite clean, looking closely at the thin coating of lamb grease I could clearly see what could only have been several small dog prints. Looking closer still, I made out more small greasy dog-prints on the tablecloth, leading to a chair. Something caught my attention and I turned to see Wiley warily eyeing me around the edge of a bookcase. As I approached, he looked sheepish, and well he might. His bel-

ly was distended and his breath was redolent of rosemary and garlic. There was no doubt: This sixteen- pound dog had just leaped onto the dining room table and eaten what must have been two pounds of lamb in less than five minutes. He reeked of garlic for three days. The following day, using bits of hot dog, I patiently trained Wiley not to jump up on the dining room table when foraging. I’ll never really know if the training worked, though, because I never again left him alone in a dining room with a leg of lamb. In time, Wiley lost much of his fear. He came to love most people, some dogs, the great outdoors, and even swimming in the lagoon. He became a mighty hunter of anything half his size or smaller, except cats, which he always gave wide berth. He came to love much in the world, but to be honest, it must be said that his first love was always meat. S.H. Chambers has been drawing cartoons for The Coast News since 2002.

which transfers a portion of property tax revenue from the county and the Vista Fire Protection District to the city to cover the change of service providers. A reorganization also requires a sphere of influence study which determines the boundaries best served by a particular agency, although the annexed area was already within the city of Vista’s sphere of influence. The Vista Fire Protection District contracts with the city of Vista for fire prevention and emergency medical services and the city of Vista administers a single sanitation system both for city of Vista wastewater collection and Buena Sanitation District wastewater. The city will provide sewer service to the project from an existing sewer main within Phillips Street, which is ap-

proximately 175 feet from the annexed area, and the closest city of Vista fire station is Station #2 on Valley Drive approximately two miles away. “We’ve had no opposition from the community or public agencies,” said LAFCO local governmental analyst Robert Barry. The initial annexation proposal only included the property to be subdivided. However, adjacent property, which had been in the unincorporated portion of the county, includes rightof-way for Santa Fe Avenue and North County Transit District right-of-way for the Sprinter light rail line. The LAFCO action also annexed the Santa Fe Avenue and NCTD right-of-way areas into the city of Vista and detached those areas from the Vista Fire Protection District and the Buena Sanitation District.

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Publisher Jim Kydd reflects on 30 years of The Coast News By Aaron Burgin

‘Healthy newspapers make a healthy community’ ENCINITAS — Going strong after years of economic volatility and the impact of the digital world on newspapers, The Coast News Group is celebrating 30 years as the source of hometown news in North County. In its first issue, published Sept. 17, 1987, the local news coverage was just as relevant as that in today’s Coast News papers. Page one tells of a citywide beach party, a triathlon winner and decisions on the future of a hotel project. Publisher and owner, Jim Kydd, launched the paper to offer North County coastal residents a quality product with the news they weren’t getting in the dailies - news of their communities, area activities and events. “There have been other weeklies, but none as professionally written and produced as The Coast News,” Kydd said. He set up the newsroom in his garage near Moonlight Beach and the rest is history. Kydd is a New England transplant who fell in love with the Encinitas lifestyle, and has become well-known in North County. He still lives in the same house near the beach. His son Chris Kydd, was raised in the heart of the first newsroom, is an Encinitas native, and is now the paper’s associate publisher. In a world where most newspapers answer to the whims of major corporate chains, Kydd has resolutely remained an independent operator, never hesitating to take a stand on local issues. He has made The Coast News a champion of life and culture in North San Diego County. “We have always believed that healthy newspapers make a healthy community,” Chris Kydd said. In 2007, Jim Kydd extended coverage to Rancho Santa Fe and in 2014 added the Inland edition for coverage to Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. Coast News Group now publishes The Coast News, The Coast News Inland edition and the Rancho Santa Fe News.

Thirty years ago, Jim Kydd stood in the garage of his home overlooking Moonlight Beach, carefully looking over pages of newsprint, his 4-year-old son sleeping on the floor wrapped up with the family cat, Hazel. The pages were filled with stories about his new hometown, with pictures of bikini-clad women scattered throughout. Kydd called it “The Beach News.” Three decades later, Kydd’s creation is now The Coast News, and has become one of the most read weekly newspapers in California and the publication of record for North San Diego County. When asked about reaching the 30-year milestone, Kydd answered as only he could. “Aside from the fact of being hit by the old-age truck, I don’t know, that’s the most obvious thing,” Kydd said. “Who would’ve known?” Kydd, a transplant from the Northeast, had helped launch two publications in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, before leaving with his then 2-year-old son, Chris, for warmer weather and opportunity in California. He first landed in Pacific Beach, where he lived for a year while commuting to work in Oceanside. He learned about Encinitas from friends in San Diego. “People from downtown said it was a cool North County city that had a good vibe,” Kydd said. “I’ve been here for 30 years now.” After bouncing around several newspaper jobs in Oceanside, Vista and Clairemont Mesa —admittedly fired from a few — Kydd said he decided to get into business for himself. “I couldn’t seem to find a decent job, so I got to the point where I said, ‘I can’t find a job, I might as well start a paper of my own,’” he said. “I know how to do it, so I might as well.” And so Kydd did. He spent $2,000 of his $3,000 credit card limit to clean out his garage that was full of motorcycle parts, oil pans and other items. “I would always say that if anyone asked me if I became successful, what was the hardest part of becoming successful, I would tell them that it was cleaning out my garage,” Kydd said. Then, with only a black and white Mac Plus computer, Kydd started to put together his dream — a dream that included a lot of skin. Kydd said he wanted to put together a paper that reflected the beautiful coastal community the people of Encinitas called home. What better way to portray it than with beautiful women, men and children in their bathing suits — on every other page, he said. The paper’s debut edition, for example, featured a 20-year-old Escondido waitress, Stephanie Mackno, in her bikini at Moonlight Beach. “It’s the same way the coast itself connects with people,” Kydd said. “I figured if I like the thing they are coming

Jim Kydd first published the Beach News, as The Coast News was then called, on Sept. 17, 1987. Since then, he has launched the Rancho Santa Fe News and The Coast News Inland Edition. File photo

to enjoy, they would like the paper too. I wanted to create a paper that people would pick up and look at.” Mackno, who the Coast News was able to locate, said she thought it was a great idea to feature beach bodies in the paper, and loved being a part of the paper’s first edition. “I was enjoying that time of the season, it was great, and the paper brings back lots of great memories of summer,” Mackno said. “I thought it was a great experience, and the paper is great, I’m glad to hear that it’s still around.” Mackno wasn’t the only one at the time who thought the paper was a great idea. It became an immediate hit with the locals, and save for the second week, Kydd has published the paper every week for 30 years. “Without getting into the whole ‘God’ thing, some force in the universe looked down on me and blessed me for trying all the time and working until 4 in the morning,” Kydd said. “People would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, the Beach News, I love that paper!’ It just connected with people.” And as the years passed,

the paper continued to grow — and grow up. He grew the paper until it became too big to publish from his garage, and moved it into an office on Second Street. He prides himself on being able to say he has always paid his employees and his obligations on time. In 1997, 10 years after the first issue, Kydd announced the paper would be rebranded as “The Coast News,” its name today. Kydd said he changed the name around the same time that Stuart Grauer changed the name of his private academy along El Camino Real to The Grauer School. In 2004 Kydd kicked off a second newspaper, The Rancho Santa Fe News. He followed that in 2014, expanding circulation with The Coast News Inland Edition to serve the communities of Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. And over time, the pictures of girls in bathing suits disappeared and the paper began to cover serious issues in the community, from the location of the new library in 2002 to the fate of Proposition A in 2013. “I think one of the things

about Encinitas is that it doesn’t change too much, and it has kept its nice, seaside sort of vibe and I know that people have fought hard to keep it,” Kydd said. “And I think that is something we have helped out with.” Teresa Barth, a former Encinitas councilwoman who has lived in coastal North County her entire life, said The Coast News has reflected the region and played a vital role as a vehicle to give people a better understanding of the issues. “When it started it was more easygoing, and it has absolutely evolved to become an important part of our community and issues of importance, such as incorporation and other major political issues throughout our history,” Barth said. “As the community has matured, so has the paper.” Barth said she believes the reason the paper continues to exist and be successful is the local ownership. “The paper has kept its local roots, we know the publisher, Jim Kydd, and his son Chris, they are members of this community,” Barth said.

“It is not run by some faraway corporate headquarters in Chicago, it is someone we know and see around town. Keeping it local is where the success has been.” Kydd has ceded much of the day-to-day operations to the boy who was sleeping on the garage floor in those early years, Chris, The Coast News’ associate publisher. Even with the success the paper has seen over the three decades — including dozens of local, state and regional awards — he counts Chris as his biggest success. “He is my proudest achievement,” Kydd said of his son.



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mance, 28 percent of the funds given to LS&S fall into a category of “other” and the uses of these funds are unknown and the library services underserved the Latino community, among others. “Based on the calendar of upcoming programs, there are no storytimes in Spanish (there is outreach to Spanish-speaking childcare). The system offers a Book Club in the Bag collection, but only English titles are offered. There are definite holes in the Spanish-language collection … ” stated the report for the Jackson County, Oregon, library. Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz spoke to the members and protestors outside the library. The crowd chanted “Olga” as she made her way in front of the crowd. “The very first place I visited in this city, when I moved here was this library,” she said. “The morning I woke up as a new resident in Escondido,

Members of the Save the Library Coalition unveiled an “Unwelcome” mat, right, on Sept. 16 in response to the city’s plan to outsource library operations to Library Systems and Services (LS&S). City Council members have yet to sign the contract due to angry constituents. Photos by Rebecca Sykes

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Vista Fire Safe Council to receive $10,000 grant By Joe Naiman

VISTA — The Vista Fire Safe Council will be receiving a $10,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant to purchase fire-retardant gel and associated equipment. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Sept. 12 approved the use of District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding for the purchase of new fire gel kits along with pressure washers, hoses, storage caches and educational materials. Each county supervisor has an annual $2 million discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program is intended to provide grants to nonprofit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels. In addition to nonprofit organizations, county supervisors can also fund schools and fire departments, and supervisors can also use money from their budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads and libraries. Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the board. Supervisor Bill Horn recommended the District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds for Vista Fire Safe Council. The Vista Fire Safe Council educates residents about reducing the risk of wildfire damage. Their mission is to provide fire safety education, encourage pre-fire management, hold meetings and engage community participation through programs and activities. The supervisors’ action also provided Neighborhood Reimbursement Program money to the DeLuz Volunteer Fire Department and to the Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council for fire gel. During the October 2003 Paradise Fire the DeLuz Volunteer Fire Department traveled to Valley Center and became the first fire department in San Diego County to use fire-resistant gel to save homes. During the October 2007 Poomacha Fire the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department utilized its supply of gel to create fire breaks and defend structures. The gel can be applied to equipment and vegetation as well as structures.


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LabRats is helping today’s local students to become tomorrow’s leaders ENCINITAS – Students are extremely curious and impressionable, so instilling an academic interest early in life, typically between the ages 8-14, could spark a lasting desire to pursue a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career. Occupations in the STEM field are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth. The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of

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MUSIC AL FRESCO Enjoy live music at Sea Coast Exclusive Properties 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at 500 Grand Ave., Carlsbad. Live, local musicians play “busker-style” on State Street every Friday night. For an updated schedule, visit http://carlsbad-village. com /events /friday-nightlive.

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FIBER ART EXPO The “West Coast Fiber Exhibition” Sept. 23, where fibers are made into contemporary fine art, will be held at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, with Designing Weavers, “Color-Bytes” and spinning wheel and loom demos with the Palomar Hand-Weavers Guild. Come “sit and stitch” with Andrea Zuill and Jean Benelli, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, email MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHERS An Artists’ reception is being held 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 for the North County Photographic Society Members’ photography exhibition, at the Encinitas Library. The show will run through Oct. 28, at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Professionally judged images in eight categories submitted by NCPS member/artists are on display. FACULTY ART SHOW

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skills that students learn in STEM education. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Education, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields and the US has an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects, as a result, our nation has been experiencing a decline in

the output of STEM talent that is not conducive to high demands. School curricula have largely been lacking in their math and science components—these statistics are what inspired the formation of LabRats San Diego, a non-profit 501(c)(3) after-school science education company.

“All young people should be prepared to employ critical thinking so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow,” said J. Ryan Merrill, education director for LabRats San Diego. LabRats hosts an 8-week series of interactive science labs for children ages 11-14. Lab sessions will be held every Wednesday through October 25th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., at the Encinitas Community Center. Children will participate in a variety of competitive, team-based experiments to implement, enhance and enrich their emerging knowledge in science. The interactive science lab sessions are instructed by Dr. Shawn Carlson, Ph.D., a physicist and innovator in STEM education. His scientific approach has been featured in many national publications such as Newsweek, US News,

World Report and Scientific American as well as numerous newspapers and TV shows. In recognition of his work in STEM education techniques, Dr. Carlson received the prestigious MacArthur Genius Fellowship Award for his work in science. In addition, Dr. Carlson is an innovator of “Engagement Education,” a system of instruction designed to motivate students to gain authentic competency. “We feature an innovative teaching philosophy developing Self, Social and Custodial Engagement to help students find their passions,” said Dr. Carlson. To register students for the science lab, visit or call 760 450-4717. Scholarships are also available. LabRats also occasionally hosts Professional Development Workshops for local parents and teachers interested in learning advanced STEM teaching techniques. Visit for more information.

MiraCosta Community College hosts an Art Faculty exhibit: “Beneath the Surface” in the Kruglak Gallery through Sept. 29. Gallery Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 3400 Student Center OC3419 at 1 Barnard Drive, Carlsbad. PIANO MASTER Hear pianist Christine Brown in concert at a CD pre-release concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. $25 at the door. Ticket includes a copy of the new CD. For more information, visit 3 Redneck Tenors perform at the Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe on Sept. 29.

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CERT Wednesdays@Noon presents a free concert by pianist Kasey Kay. From noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, call (760) 633-2746 or visit WedNoon. MORE NEIL SIMON Neil Simon's “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” has been extended through Oct. 8 at the North Coast Repertory SEPT. 25 Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa SLEIGHT OF HAND Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Comedian, actor and sleight Beach. For tickets, call the of hand virtuoso, John Car- box office at (858) 481-1055. ney takes the stage in his one-man show “Carney SEPT. 28 Magic,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 CONCERT CELEand Sept. 26 at North Coast BRATES NEW CENTER Repertory Theatre, 987 Lo- With the opening of the new mas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Performing Arts Center at Beach. Tickets are $30 with Oceanside High School, the performances. Visit north- OHS Foundation will be for tickets or hosting a Benefit Concert call our box office at (858) at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the new 481-1055. Oceanside High School Performing Arts Center, featurSEPT. 27 ing talented OHS graduates. FREE PIANO CONMUSIC OF THE WOMEN A free concert: “Music of Women Composers,” is offered at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Musicians will be by Eileen Wingard, violin; Carolyn Sechrist, cello; Shirley Weaver, violin; Valerie Chereskin, flute; Janet White, cello and Fontaine Laing, piano.

Preceding the concert, at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with a Community Open House scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30. For more information, visit ART SHOW AT FAIRGROUNDS Art San Diego, contemporary art show will offer a four-day run Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, inside the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairground. One-day tickets are $20 online/ $25 at the door for general admission. For opening night attendance, tickets are priced at $75 online/$85 at the door. For more information, visit


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and $15 for youth ages 13 to 18. Children age 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Season ticket price of $225 for all four concerts is available. Evening includes heavy appetizers and a wine bar. More information is available at ccrsf. org. Tickets can be purchased through the website or by mail to PO Box 2781, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. NEED MUSIC COORDINATOR A community musical theater group in North County is looking for someone who knows music, to volunteer to be music coordinator for its fall/ spring Country-Western production. Responsibility: join the group, learn the show, play CD music for singers. Rehearsals would be in October. Performances Oct. 14 through Dec. 9 at various venues in North County. Spring performances will be from February to May, 2018.


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Bless you, tortoises! small talk

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here are various unusual pets to be found these days, but locally, a tale of two tortoises continues to fascinate me. My friends are the custodians of desert tortoises, and these reptiles have always seemed a very classy, rather civilized creature. That is, until I recently learned that they sneeze, and now require the owners to put drops up their nose. I don’t think I even knew tortoises had nasal passages. I can sort of see where they might be, but they seem really, really tiny. And here I thought it was tricky getting de-waxing solution in a retriever’s ear. I must immediately calm all animal lovers, by assuring them that my friends neither caught nor bought these tortoises. They inherited them. They were found in the road in Orange County in the 1930s, by a relative. The critters lived with a great-aunt, while the fellow, who rescued them from being road kill, went off to World War II. Then when he died in the 70s, my friends graciously took on the care of the two males. And if you envision having a tortoise for a pet as a simple task, you would be wrong. These stately creatures get a pre- and post-hibernation check up, plus regular good health visits at the veterinarian. They get special vegetation to eat and they have their own custom-built shelter and the run of a really big backyard. They even got to attend the wedding reception of my

friends’ youngest daughter. The pair are very probably nearing 100 years old. A predator-free lifespan for their species in the wild is only 50 to 80 years. These two serene creatures now have the ultimate retirement home. First, I love the fact that there is a vet out there who is knowledgeable enough to examine and diagnose a desert tortoise. During their recent pre-hibernation exam, this same rare doc noticed that one of them sneezed. Upon further investigation, he noted their throats were a bit red. I am absolutely tickled by the mental image of a vet getting a tortoise’s mouth open wide enough and long enough to see what color its throat is. At first, the vet thought they were seriously red, but then discovered he was looking at a piece of hibiscus leaf. Nonetheless, their little throats were redder than he liked. Lab tests turned up a bacterial infection that my friends will be treating with tortoise nose drops, three times a day. Again, I am chuckling at the mental image of coaxing a tortoise to keep its head out long enough to get medicine up the nose. As silly as all this sounds, my friends assured me that inserting drops is far simpler than getting them to ingest a pill. When all is said and done, I still puzzle how one gets a tortoise to lean back and tilt its head up, when it very probably would rather not. And what the risk level is of losing a finger in the process. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who likes desert tortoises because they make her feel young. Contact her at jgillette@

SEPT. 22, 2017

Pilot program turns food waste into energy By Patty McCormac

REGION — The Encinas Wastewater Authority and Waste Management have launched a 90-day pilot program of turning leftover food into renewable energy for the plant. Ken Ryan, district manger of Waste Management of North County, is excited about the program. “California prides itself on being progressive and being a leader in providing closed loop recycling,” he said. “The idea with the project is to reduce and eliminate as much waste as possible on the front end, keeping food waste out of landfills.” The proposed Assembly Bill 1826 would require mandatory recycling of foodstuffs in the future. For the pilot, food waste is contributed by restaurants and other large facilities in Orange County where Waste Management’s CORe® process turns the leftovers into slurry, which is about the consistency of oatmeal. Then it is added to regular wastewater, which includes human waste and all the “other stuff” that ends up at the wastewater processing plant. “The bottom line is instead of just that stuff being treated by the digester you have mixed it with the food waste and what that does is cause a significant increase in methane gas, gas that can be used to generate green power,” Ryan said. “It can be converted to any number of uses like natural gas to fuel vehicles or be used on site, which could reduce dependence on the grid, reduce the electric bill or be put back on the grid for general consumption.” Encinas officials are monitoring the effective-

BEFORE: A Waste Management truck arrives at the Encinas Wastewater Authority in Carlsbad with its load of raw material for processing. Photos by Patty McCormac

ness of the methane gas on its plant. Debra Biggs, director of operations at the Encinas Wastewater Authority, said the test will help decide if this is something they want to plan for in the future. Biggs said the plant is already using restaurant grease trap waste to increase the production of biogas for the plant. “We did a pilot with brewery waste and now we are trying food waste,” she said. She said Encinas is well aware of the assembly bill and is trying to be part of the solution for the state. Biggs said that in a wastewater plant nothing is wasted anymore and that Encinas treats water for irrigation, to cool equipment and to water golf courses

which helps keep down the cost of buying expensive water. It wants to keep its own costs down to help give relief to the consumer. If the program is given the green light in San Diego County, local waste will be given to local processing for local closed-looped recycling in San Diego County. In the future, residents would put the food waste on the curb next to their regular trash and recyclables. Ryan said the downside is that Waste Management will have to send out a fourth truck and there will be costs associated with that, but on the other hand, it might slow the rate of increase on the trash bill. The pilot program began the end of August and will continue for 90 days.

AFTER: Processed slurry, about the consistency of oatmeal.

Surfliner dropping stops at Encinitas, Poinsettia COASTAL CITIES — Starting Oct. 9, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains will no longer service the Carlsbad Poinsettia or Encinitas COASTER stations. Currently, six of the eight Pacific Surfliner Rail-2Rail trains stop at these stations each day as part of an agreement that benefits local Amtrak passengers and COASTER ticket holders. The upcoming changes are intended to better align station stops with ridership demand. Stations just to the north and south of the affected stations will continue to offer Rail-2-Rail service for these six trains. The Rail-2-Rail agreement between Amtrak and North County Transit District (NCTD) allows for passengers to utilize eight specific Amtrak trains each day listed in the COASTER schedule, with a COASTER ticket. These Amtrak trains will stop at certain COASTER stations along the way. Effective Oct. 9:

— S o u t h b o u n d Amtrak Rail-2-Rail 784, 790/1790, 796, and northbound 567/1567, 573, 595 trains will service the following stations: Oceanside, Carlsbad Village, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, Old Town San Diego, and Santa Fe Depot. — Southbound Amtrak Rail-2-Rail 592, and northbound 761/1761 trains will continue to service the following stations: Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego, and Santa Fe Depot. Train numbers are subject to change. Passengers should check train schedule prior to purchasing tickets. The Amtrak Rail-2Rail agreement is suspended for COASTER passengers on certain dates throughout the year when Pacific Surfliner trains are projected to be operating at high capacity. These dates are listed on NCTD’s website in advance of each suspension.

SEPT. 22, 2017


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Lowdown on Lodi hit the road

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an Arbuckle stretches to reach the wild grapes, blackberries and elderberries attached to the tangle of vines just above his head. He succeeds in plucking all three fruits and offers them in his outstretched hand. They are sweet and juicy — even the elderberries. Berry-picking on an early September morning may not be all that unusual, but the thing is, we are sitting in kayaks. On a river. In Lodi. Yes, that Lodi. Surprised? Arbuckle isn’t — at least not anymore. A native of Lodi, owner of Headwaters Kayak Shop and operator of Lodi Lake’s boat concession, Arbuckle thought he’d never look back after leaving in 2004 for college. But he had promised “a girl” (now his wife) that he’d follow her anywhere, and she ended up in Lodi. He wasn’t thrilled, he confesses, but “that’s when I discovered kayaking again,

and the Mokelumne River quickly became my outdoor sanctuary and gave me a new appreciation for the area. It allowed me to see things with fresh eyes.” Which is what those who know and love Lodi want visitors to do. The area is still highly agricultural, but the grape-growing sector has evolved from one that exported its crop to Napa and Sonoma to one that keeps its produce and creates its own wines. The Lodi appellation, earned in 1986, now claims more than 85 wineries that produce more than 450 labels. (More on this in the next column.) And for those who would rather (or also) embrace the outdoors, there are plenty of options in and around Lodi. At Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River, you’ll find birds and birders, rafters, tubers, fishing enthusiasts, paddle boarders and kayakers. Speaking of which, back on the water, we navigate upstream on the serene Mokelumne, gliding through some its 26 hairpin turns that eventually will end in the Eastern Sierras. One minute our route takes us past what appears to be wilderness; around the next corner we come upon multi-million-dol-

Dan Arbuckle, Lodi native and boat concession operator, regularly enjoys kayaking on serene Lodi Lake. Fed by the Mokelumne River, the lake was created by the Civic Conservation Corps during the Depression to supply drinking water to the town of Lodi. Photo by Robert Calzada

lar mansions with expansive lawns, manicured gardens and fountains. Local mallards and other species of ducks seem pretty tolerant of our presence, only quacking loudly when there seems to be an internal dispute. For those who prefer solid ground, VisitLodi has an excellently detailed guide to the area’s extensive bike trails and routes of various lengths. Choose from itineraries that include country roads, vineyards and wineries, cafes, historic downtown, and wildlife territory. You can even cycle to Sacramento and hop the 5:10 p.m. Amtrak back to downtown Lodi. For a sense of where Lodi has been and where it’s going, ask David Stuart, a fourth-generation San Joaquin County resident and

CEO/director of the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum. Located in leafy Micke Grove Regional Park, the museum includes eight exhibition and four historic buildings. At the entry of the museum, we stand on a hugely enlarged satellite photo of the area, which delineates farms and fields, rivers, creeks and roads and illustrates the city’s close relationship with the 1,100 square miles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Murals on side walls give the illusion of surveying California’s Central Valley (snow-capped Sierras to the east), and around the corner, plenty of artifacts representative of the Miwok and Yokut Indians and early European settlers. “I like that we’ve added

or upgraded exterior exhibits to put that early history into the context of the natural habitats in the region and … tell how important the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been in shaping our history,” explains Stuart. (Not to miss: the fascinating video that explains where all that pizza sauce comes from.) Not in sight are important documents like the diaries of two sisters who traveled in 1859 via wagon to San Joaquin County. “The diaries didn’t give us a lot of information on the wagon (restored and on display),” Stuart says, “but they did tell the whole story of the five-month trip. That gave us all the examples we needed to develop the exhibition on the American setters (who

came to) San Joaquin County.” The afternoon culminates with a less-cerebral but still historic destination — the A&W Root Beer shop in downtown Lodi. Franchise owner Peter Knight reminisces via Skype about his days as a teen employee there and his collection of A&W paraphernalia, displayed in the shop’s glass cases. The root beer floats before us are the perfect ending to a day of discovering — or re-discovering — Lodi. For a free visitor guide: E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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SEPT. 22, 2017

Comedian Dunham at Valley View Casino North County Realtors host homebuyers fair

SAN DIEGO – Record-breaking, global comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters to the San Diego Valley View Casino on Sept. 25. He begins a show tour on the road this fall through spring 2018. America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Sept. 25 on Dunham just released his latest standup special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix this month. The special features

Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster. Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of nonstop touring and innovation. With over a million

YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC. His 2015 standup special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, debuted on NBC Primetime in the fall and ranked as the time period’s top nonsports program on the Big 4 in every key measure. After taping Relative Disaster in Dublin, Ireland, Dunham returned to the U.S. and has continued selling out arenas across the country on his Perfect-

ly Unbalanced Tour. Dunham’s contribution to the world of show business and comedy was recognized Sept. 21 when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom. Said Dunham recently, “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 with a car full of clothes and a couple of dummies, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be tripping over my own star on the Walk of Fame. It’s truly fantastic and a great honor; I just hope it’s not in front of an adult store. Okay, actually, that would be hilarious.”

VISTA — The North San Diego County Association of Realtors, a 5,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will host a Homebuyers Fair from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sept. 23, at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive. Admission is free and the public is invited to the educational event, including first-time homebuyers. Information will be available in both English and Spanish. Topics discussed will include information about the home-buying process, benefits of ownership versus renting and improving credit scores. Additional information will include special grants and down-payment assistance programs to help homebuyers overcome affordability challenges and become purchase-ready. Participants will include representatives of a credit counseling service, a tax preparation firm for tax-related questions and a HUD-approved nonprofit

agency that provides virtual counseling services and housing-related programs and resources. Also available will be free health screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure at a health and wellness booth, as well as educational materials provided by Kaiser Permanente Center for Healthy Living and the San Diego Black Nurses Association. The Consulate of Mexico booth will offer consular services. Scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony will be Vista Mayor Judy Ritter. For more information, call NSDCAR at (760) 734-3971 or visit NSDCAR officials said attendees will not be solicited by realtors at this educational event. The workshop is made possible by a grant from the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Program. The NSDCAR Housing Opportunity Committee is presenting the fair.

Hanna’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ run comes to end By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Merrick Hanna said goodbye to “America’s Got Talent” last week, and hello to seventh grade. But not before he got a chance to fly. The 12-year-old Encinitas boy, who had captured audiences with his creative robotic dance style coupled with his prepubescent exuberance, was eliminated in the penultimate stage of the NBC variety show. “I was so happy that I got all positive feedback,” Merrick said about the judge’s critique of his final performance. “It’s an amazing feeling because I didn’t think I would make it past the judge’s cuts and to make it all the way to the semifinals was amazing. “I’m a little sad about getting eliminated, I will miss some friends I made on the show.” More about them later. In his final performance, set to Jon Bellion’s “iRobot,” Merrick, with the help of carefully hidden wiring, soared above the stage. He flew, if only for a few moments, he said. “Flying was so amazing,” he said. “It was an experience I won’t forget.” Merrick’s parents, Shawn and Aletha Hanna, said they knew the odds were stacked against their son in the semifinals, where he was competing against five contestants who were widely considered favorites to advance to the finals. “We all knew if he didn’t get into the Dunkin’

Save (three contestants who receive a final chance to be ‘saved’ by live voters) he was going home, and he was prepared for that eventuality,” Aletha Hanna said. When asked if there was something he would change in his final performance, Merrick said he would have asked for more time to prepare. Aletha and Shawn said they were proud of Merrick’s performance, which he choreographed and arranged in less than two weeks, something he wasn’t used to until that point. “The last two pieces were brand new, and he had to make it up in a very short period of time,” Shawn Hanna said. “It was complicated doing that, and creating something that would resonate with viewers and judges.” But Aletha Hanna said the experience of creating that final piece was something that few kids get a chance to do at Merrick’s age. “He got to train with Gregg Curtis, who was brought in to design the aerial sets for Alegria (a Cirque de Soleil production),” Aletha said. “He had several flying lessons. I mean, what an incredible experience.” Merrick said that he’s planning on taking a break from reality television, after turns on “Lip Sync Battle: Shorties” and “So You Think You Can Dance” over the past year. He wants to get back into stage acting, and of course, he will continue to dance.

SEPT. 22, 2017


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Former pinch hitter Sweeney is a big hit when talking Padres sports talk

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t’s the middle innings of a Padres TV telecast and isn’t Mark Sweeney a tad early? “Hopefully I can inject something without being the third guy that is stuffed in there,” Sweeney said. There’s always room for the knowledgeable Sweeney, especially when the Rancho Santa Fe resident is preaching baseball on Fox Sports. “This is a blessing,” he said. Sweeney was a godsend as a pinch-hitter, mak-

ing numerous managers look smart over a 14-year career in the majors. It was late in games where Sweeney shined when he delivered countless clutch at-bats. His 102 RBIs as a pinch-hitter are tops in baseball history. His 175 pinch-hits are No. 2 alltime. With those credentials, Fox colleagues Mark Grant and Don Orsillo can always slide over. If Sweeney’s in the booth — or chatting before and after Padres games — he’s always worth a listen. Instead of having all the answers, Sweeney shares the challenges all players face. “I want to bring the everyday realization of how hard this game,” said Sweeney, who played for seven teams that included

two stints with the Padres. “The game was so hard for me.” But the sweet-swinging lefty who started with the 1991 Boise Hawks in Single-A stuck around. The ninth-round pick of the California Angels started a journey that required him to do the little things in order to make a big impression. “I had to figure out a way, day-to-day, how to stay in it,” Sweeney said. That meant paying attention while watching Tony Gwynn punish thousands of baseballs from a tee. That meant listening when veterans and coaches distributed lessons of a game in which no one has all the answers. “I really do like talking about baseball and the strategy that goes into

a three-hour game,” Sweeney said. “And I would love to get better and better at doing it.” Sweeney, 48, spelled Grant five times this year in handling nine innings and he worked two nationally televised FOX games this season. He’s wrapping up his sixth season putting his discerning eye on the rebuilding Padres and just what does he see? “A lot of people thought they would be right around 100 losses this season and that didn’t happen,” Sweeney said. “And you got to see who was going to step up as big leaguers.” Manuel Margot in center field gets two thumbs up from Sweeney. Same goes for catcher Austin Hedges. Both are considered integral building blocks for an organization that is sinking

to its seventh straight losing season. “Manny is the guy that sticks out to me as legitimate,” he said. “And with Austin, it’s the work that he puts in with the pitchers that is just incredible. Both of them are every day players that are trying to get better, every day.” Sweeney, though, points to Jose Pirela as the team’s MVP. An outfielder thought to be a descending player after a poor season last year has established himself as part of the mix going forward. Hunter Renfroe’s rise and fall? While he hit 20 home runs, he was also demoted to Triple-A last month. He hit his 21st ho-

mer on Monday, the day he was recalled. “He does have some stuff he has to clean up,” Sweeney said. “Defensively we know he has a strong arm but sometimes you just don’t know where it is going. And in trying to hit the 500-foot homers instead of the 375-foot ones consistently, he’s going to have to make that adjustment. But if he puts in the work, I think there is a lot of upside there.” Sweeney, as usual, is on the up-and-up. That rings true no matter the inning. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports.

Public invited to take a first look at Oceanside High Performing Arts Center By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The public is invited to take a first look at the newly built Oceanside High School Performing Arts Center during an open house and benefit concert this month. The Performing Arts Center has been a long time coming. The 111-year-old high school has never had a performance hall. Former band director Mark Phelps recalls using the school gymnasium for performances during his tenure. Construction of the

Schedule Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, ribbon cutting Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., community open house Sept. 30, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., benefit concert massive 29,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center took two years. The facility includes a 502-seat performance theater, a 120-seat black box theater, a ticket booth, two classrooms, an accessary office, labs, studios and storage areas. It also boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and theater lighting with a catwalk and dimmer room. “It’s not just a theater, it’s focusing on teaching aspects,” Phelps said. “There’s a recording studio, space you can have construction and a full scenery shop.” As of Sept. 8, a construction fence is still around the facility while a few finishing touches are being completed. Lisa Contreras, Oceanside Unified School District director of communications, said staff will likely have the keys to the performance center next week. The facility will be

used for rehearsals and performances by music, chorus and drama classes. It will also serve as a hands-on learning environment for careers in the arts. “The opportunities are endless,” Contreras said. “We’re very excited about it being an icon here in Oceanside.” The performance center is expected to be utilized by community groups as well. It is located just off I-5 on Mission Avenue, which serves as a gateway to Oceanside. “It’s a great thing for the school and community,” Phelps said. “I’m biased on this one; I think it’s the nicest thing around. So many aspects of it are first-rate.” The Performing Arts Center cost $24 million. It was funded through 2008 Proposition H bond funds, which provided $195 million for school district facility improvements. Phelps, who is an alumnus, will direct the benefit concert Sept. 30. Current students and school alumni, who now work as professional musicians, will play a mix of big band, jazz and classical tunes. Some musicians will be coming from out of state to perform at their alma mater. Many of the alumni performers are also current or former teachers of Oceanside High School. Featured performers include Tad Calara class of 1989, Nova Charle class of 1993, John Troy class of 1968, Dan and Cheryl Swem class of 1968, Lola Gulley class of 1975 and Chris Chanco class of 1995. “It’s a pretty diverse lineup,” Phelps said. “They’re all thrilled and excited to be coming back and making music.” The performance will close with all musicians on stage for the school fight song. Attendance is limited to 450. The concert is spon-

sored by the Oceanside High School Foundation and Alumni Association. All proceeds benefit student scholarships, programs, supplies and facilities. Residents are also in-

vited to a free open house before the concert. Students will lead guided tours of the facility. “We welcome them in to see what they did for our kids,” Contreras said.

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Free immigration clinics available REGION — Interfaith Services hosts free Immigration Clinics for immigrants looking for help with a case or advice are invited to a Clinics. In Escondido, clinics are every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. and one Tuesday a month from 5 to 7 p.m. and on the first Friday and third Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido. To schedule an appointment, call (760) 4896380, ext. 231. The Carlsbad Service Center, at 5731 Palmer Way, Suite A, offers clinics from 11 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of the month and Oceanside

has clinics from 1 to 2 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at 4700 N. River Road. To schedule an appointment, at either coastal locations, call (760) 7212117. Come talk with immigration lawyers about your case, a case for your loved ones or just general strategies to help be secure and prepared. Information is available on DACA applications, naturalization applications, U-Visas, VAWA petitions, SIJS applications and Family Immigration petitions. Advice can be gotten on Deportation Defense, or what to do if ICE comes

to your home. Clinics also offer information on how to protect family members and general immigration. Attorneys will try to assist with cases or will help find appropriate counsel. Even if you do not have a claim, there are documents you can gather and things you can do to improve chances of staying in the United States. To schedule an appointment, call (760) 489-6380, ext. 231. When you arrive, write your name on the Immigration Clinic signup list at the reception desk, and visitors will be called in order from that list.

Sheriff’s Department delivers midyear update; crime rate down By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Capt. Charles Cinnamo of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for the Vista Station presented City Council a midyear update during its Aug. 21 meeting. Cinnamo made clear that the numbers were unofficial and were being used strictly for operational purposes. Cinnamo said that SANDAG has not yet reported its official 2017 law enforcement midyear numbers and he expects it will publish its 2017 mid-year report in the upcoming weeks.


Why Walk? By Karim El-Sherief, MD

Why Walk? Will it really make that big of a difference in my heart health? It will. Walking is low-risk, easy to start, and has a very low dropout rate. In fact, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Walking can help keep you fit, while reducing your risk of serious diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Walking can also give you more energy and help relieve stress, while providing an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. And best of all, you don’t need any special equipment or memberships to go for a walk. And you can go for a walk anywhere and at most anytime. Clearly, walking is much more than a means of getting from Point A to Point B. It’s a simple physical activity that can boost your heart health and help you live longer. Research has shown that walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can…. • Improve blood pressure, blood lipid profile and blood sugar levels • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity • Enhance mental well-being • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (Type 2) diabetes • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease And for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise, like brisk walking, some people may live two hours longer. If you are looking for a place to start your walking program, I suggest you join us at the American Heart Association’s Inaugural North Coun-

ty Heart & Stroke Walk, September 30th at the Oceanside Pier. ABOUT THE WALK: TriCity Medical Center is collaborating with the American Heart Association to launch a new community event to promote heart health and overall wellness. The inaugural North County Heart Walk at the Oceanside Pier in September is the best way for companies and individuals to get involved in the fight against the No. 1 and No. 5 killer of men and women heart disease and stroke.

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As the American Heart Association’s premier national walking event, the Heart Walk has launched its new platform; Healthy For Good. This is a revolutionary movement to inspire the community to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. JOIN US AND GET HEALTHY FOR GOOD! DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2017 LOCATION: Oceanside Pier TIME: 7am – Expo Opens, 8am – Walk begins MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Caitlin Snead 858-410-3827 or visit ABOUT DR. KARIM EL-SHERIEF: Dr Karim El-Sherief is a cardiologist who specializes in radial surgeries. He received his medical degree at University of California at Los Angeles and completed his internship at University of Southern California. He speaks Spanish and Arabic and loves his wife, three daughters and soccer. To learn more about Dr. Karim El-Sherief or to make an appointment, visit www. or call 855.222.8262.

“So, with that in mind, the numbers you will see tonight will be unofficial, and when you compare the report that actually comes out, there may be some slight discrepancies based on certain statistical calculations,” Cinnamo said. The first topic Cinnamo addressed was Vista’s crime index, and the data revealed good news. “We have continued to have the crime rate decrease in the city,” he said. “We’re now at best as everybody can tell, a 30-year low sitting at about 18.7 for our crime rate — lower than most surrounding cities.” Other North County city crime rates include Carlsbad at 19.7, Escondido at 20.6 and Oceanside at the highest with 27.6. “We’ve been very successful in trying to keep the property crime down while at the same time mitigating some of the violent crime issues,” he said. Cinnamo reported that more than half of the crimes are domestic violence related. Their department was looking at various ways in trying to mitigate this from occurring, he said. Next up was a deputy workload breakdown of calls for service made from community members and by deputy self-initiated activity. Over the years, calls for service have fluctuated, Cinnamo said. However, an uptick in calls occurred during the first seven months of 2017. “There’s not necessarily a particular or a specific reason why, but that’s where the trend is currently. The calls for service are

We have continued to have the crime rate decrease in (Vista).” Charles Cinnamo Sheriff’s Department

increasing,” he said. “Right now, it’s about 400 calls for the first seven months.” When deputies have free time and are not responding to calls, they cruise around looking for suspicious activity. According to Cinnamo, deputies come across crimes in progress. Those numbers decreased due to the uptick in calls for service made by the community. “As calls for service go up, the amount of free time that deputies have for discretionary enforcement goes down,” he said. “We have a finite pool of deputies and a finite pool of time.” On average, deputies get about three calls per day. Cinnamo said while that doesn’t sound like a large number, when it’s translated into an actual law enforcement service, it can take a substantial amount of time. One example raised was the increase in mental health calls. “Mental health calls take deputies off the beat for a significant amount of time to get those folks in the mental health facilities and actually get them the treatment that they need,” Cinnamo said.

SEPT. 22, 2017


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Taste of San Marcos is back featuring a burgeoning restaurant scene

LTP: Tell me about North City, the event location.  RR: North City is the newest development in San Marcos. This “urban oasis� will be creating a downtown area for San Marcos with a

mixed-use area of apartments, single-family homes, commercial offices and some of trendiest restaurants in North County. Â LTP: Can you give me an overview of the San Marcos restaurant scene in general, how the old-school places coexist with the new

and provide a nice mix? RR: There have been some newer restaurants such as URGE Gastropub, Decoy and The Bellows, which create a great compliment to the popular offerings of Old California Restaurant Row. It gives residents of San Marcos the opportunity for a wide variety of restaurant choices without having to leave town.


t was great timing that I was alerted to the upcoming Taste of San Marcos happening Sept. 23 as I just had a really nice dining experience at The Bellows and Decoy, both in San Marcos. There will be more than 20 other San Marcos restau rants participating plus breweries and a kid’s craft area that will feature unicorn sundaes, which seems like something I might want to get in on. Rick Rungaitis is the CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce which puts on the event so I thought he would be the guy to get more information from on the event and the evolving culinary and craft beer scenes in the area. Here are some highlights from our conversation.  LICK THE PLATE: Is this a first time event? How did it come together?  RICK RUNGAITIS: It’s been a couple of years since the San Marcos Chamber has hosted the Taste of San Marcos. With the hiatus and the new location this event will have the feel and the look of a new event. One of the roles of the chamber is to offer community events for San Marcos residents and others who live in North County. We have hosted an annual Spring Street Fair in April and a Fall Street Fair coming up on Oct. 8. With the number of popular restaurants and craft breweries in San Marcos we felt there was a void by not hosting a Taste event.Â

 LTP: What is the role of the chamber in the event?  RR: The chamber is hosting The Taste of San Marcos with many great partners, sponsors and volunteers. North City has been generous in providing the space for the event and URGE Gastropub has stepped up to offer the perfect beer garden venue. Other sponsors include EDCO, Tri-City Medical Center and Newland Communities.   LTP: How about activities for the kids?  RR: Charity Wings, located in the middle of the Taste on North City Drive, will be having a crafts section for kids to make felt food and they will also be featuring unicorn sundaes. Other fun activities will be sprinkled throughout the

event so folks are encouraged to bring kids or make it a date night!  LTP : Your restaurant list is extensive, who do you have participating this year?  RR: It is a very extensive list this year, so I’ll get right to it. Our restaurant participants include: Ara Lebanese Grill, Cay Bistro, Chronic Tacos, Cocina Del Charro, Curry Craft, Decoy Dockside, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, Everbowl, Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House, It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen, Nekter Juice Bar, Old California Coffee House

and Eatery, Panda Express, Pick Up Stix, Pizza Nova, Rossi’s Pizza, San Marcos Brewery & Grill, Slater’s 50/50, Stella Public House and URGE Gastropub & Common House. Â

tickets?  RR: Advance tickets can be purchased at www. or call (760) 744-1270. Advance tickets are $20 for just food tasting or $25 day of event and $30 for food plus unlimited craft beer samples in advance and $35 day of event. For more information on the event location go to www.northcity. com.Â

line. Reach him at david@ or (858) 395-6905.

LTP: You also hav Who can we expect to have their pouring samples?  RR: Yes, San Marcos is home to some great craft breweries and we have a few of them participating. The Hop Concept, Lost Lick the Plate Abbey, Mason Ale Works, can be heard on KPRi, Newtopia Cyder, Rip Cur102.1 FM Monday - Friday rent Brewing, Stumblefoot at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Brewing Co. and Port BrewBoylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke ing will all be on hand. Apparel, an Encinitas based  LTP: How do folks get marketing firm and clothing

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News of the Weird Seniors Gone Weird Guests at Scotland's Macdonald Loch Rannoch hotel were terrorized by Robert Fergus, 72, and his wife, Ruth, 69, in February when the Troon couple rampaged through the lobby with scissors and threatened to shoot other guests. The incident apparently began when Mrs. Fergus pounded on a hotel room door at 1:45 a.m., leading the guest within to call front desk staff, who Mrs. Fergus told her husband treated her "with hostility." That's when Mr. Fergus "reacted disproportionately" by running naked into the lobby with scissors, cutting communications cables and shouting that he would "slit" and "kill" onlookers. Meanwhile, Mrs. Fergus told staff she was going to "get a gun and shoot you," according to prosecutor Michael Sweeney. Staff and guests ran out of the hotel, while Mr. and Mrs. Fergus returned to their room to pack and took off in their BMW. They were apprehended when they

T he C oast News - I nland E dition flagged down a police car to accuse the hotel staff of abusing them, and Mr. Fergus could not pass a breath test. At their sentencing on Sept. 1, their attorneys blamed overconsumption of alcohol for their behavior, noting that Robert Fergus "had previously been of good character." Nonetheless, they were fined 4,100 pounds and ordered to pay 800 pounds to cover the cost of damage to the hotel. [The Guardian, 9/1/2017] Criminal's Remorse An anonymous Australian tourist mailed back a small stone he lifted from the Cwmhir Abbey in Wales, a Cistercian monastery founded in 1176, in August. The thief included a note explaining his remorse: "I have been an avid follower of the Welsh kings and their history, and so I took this rock. Ever since, I have had the most awful luck as if Llewellyn (sic) himself was angry with me." Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native prince of Wales, was beheaded and buried at the abbey in 1282, and legend says his ghost haunts the abbey. The trust that manages the abbey put the returned stone and the note on dis-

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play, presumably to deter future sticky-fingered visitors. [Metro News UK, 9/1/2017] A Singular Obsession -- In Wenzhou City, China, an 11-year-old boy underwent surgery in August to remove 26 magnetic Buckyballs from his penis. The balls caused a blockage in the boy's urethra, which caused bleeding and swelling. He told pediatrician Wang Yongbiao that he put the toys in his penis because he was "curious." (Bonus: The boy was identified in news reports as "Pi Pi.") [Metro News UK, 8/30/2017] -An unnamed 35-year-old man in Liaoning Province in China was rushed to the hospital with intense pain and bloody urine in June, after having inserted sewing needles into his penis over the past year. It took doctors at the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Region only an hour and a half to remove 15 needles, measuring from about 2 to 4 inches long. The urologist, Dr. Cao Zhiqiang, said patients who engage in this type of behavior "are looking for excitement through unusual ways." He suggested caution for those who "fascinate about peculiar sex." [Daily Mail, 6/23/2017] Ironies A Turkish homeless man who was sentenced to house arrest in June has had his sentence altered to better reflect his circumstances. Baris Alkan, 31, had been confined to a specific area, an empty spot enclosed by metal plates, near a bus station after being detained for using and selling drugs. "I don't have a home address, so I have to stay here," he said. "Even though I don't have a house, I'm under house arrest." The court subsequently lifted the house

arrest order and now requires Alkan to sign in at a nearby police station once a month. [Hurriyet Daily News, 6/23/2017] People Different From Us Emily Mueller, 33, of Ohio asked a photographer friend, Kendrah Damis, to take pictures of her pregnant with her fourth child -- and covered in 20,000 bees. Mueller, who is a beekeeper, checked with her doctor before the photo session and was stung three times during the shoot. She said she associates bees with life and death: "Bees came into my life in a time that we had just suffered a miscarriage," Mueller said. "That's where everything fell into place for me -when honeybees entered my life." She hopes the maternity photos will highlight the importance of bees. [United Press International, 9/1/2017] Dumb Crook Steven Gomez-Maya, 20, handed tellers at the TD Bank North in Seymour, Connecticut, a note on Aug. 19, demanding money. He apparently failed to notice that his note was written on the back of his girlfriend's pay stub, and when he tried to return to the bank (presumably to retrieve the note), the doors were locked. Seymour police tracked down the owner of the pay stub, and when they arrived at the girlfriend's home, they caught Gomez-Maya as he was driving away. The hat he wore during the robbery and "a large amount of $10 bills" were found in the car, and he was charged with first-degree robbery. [Valley Independent Sentinel, 8/31/2017] Animals Run Amok A swan on the grounds of Blarney Castle in Ireland suffered a harrowing experience on Aug. 31 when it

SEPT. 22, 2017 landed in a field where cattle were grazing. At first, the cattle just looked the swan over, but when the bird hissed at them, they took off after it. The swan tried to fly away, but the cows butted and stamped on it. Garden manager at the castle Adam Whitbourn was finally able to lean over a fence and drag the swan out of harm's way. "It was an aggressive attack," Whitbourn said. "I put (the swan) back in the lake and have checked on him twice. He's sitting there looking bedraggled so I'm hoping it's a happy ending." Rather than a swan song. [Irish Examiner, 9/1/2017] The Classic Middle Name Anthony Wayne Sandusky, 26, of Mascotte, Florida, was welcomed into the home of a Groveland woman on Aug. 22 because he had nowhere else to go. She went to sleep, and when she woke up, her mother said Sandusky had closed all the blinds, locked the doors and was carrying their possessions out the back door. She found two bags of items in a nearby field, including a stamp collection valued at $250,000. When confronted by police, Sandusky said he took the items because the woman was "being mean to him." [NEWS 13, [8/25/2017] Compelling Explanation Andrew Shaw, 44, of Lancashire, England, appeared before the Blackpool Magistrates Court on Aug. 29, facing three counts of possessing obscene images of children on his computer. Shaw and his wife arrived at the court with their guide dogs, as both are legally blind (Shaw has a small amount of sight in one eye). His attorney explained: "It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult to put an age to

images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year-olds." Shaw was granted bail. [The Telegraph, 8/29/2017] Oops! Most news items about sinkholes highlight the large size of the hole. But a man in Brooklyn, New York, was trapped by a sinkhole in the middle of the street that was just big enough to swallow his leg. Steven Suarez, 33, was making a delivery with a hand truck on Myrtle Avenue on Aug. 29 when his foot disappeared into the pavement. "I was scared," Suarez said. "It was my whole entire right leg, up until my tailbone basically." Suarez was trapped for nearly an hour as bystanders directed traffic around him and rescue workers tried to free him. Co-worker Joe Grunbaum, 32, said Suarez seemed to be in a lot of pain, but the only casualty of the incident turned out to be Suarez's right sneaker. [NY Daily News, 8/29/2017] What's in a Name? The state administration for industry and commerce in China has had to put its foot down about long, ridiculous names for companies. New guidelines prohibit long-winded names, such as There Is a Group of Young People With Dreams, Who Believe They Can Make the Wonders of Life Under the Leadership of Uncle Niu Internet Technology Co. Ltd. This northern China company, which makes condoms, will now be known as just Uncle Niu. The new restrictions also prohibit words that are overtly religious or political or company names that claim to be the "best." We can only guess what Beijing Under My Wife's Thumb Technology Co. Ltd. will use as its new, shorter name. [Sixth Tone, 8/14/2017]

SBA awards funding grant for veterans program WASHINGTON – Local veteran-owned businesses can increase their chances to compete for federal grants by training in best practices, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The U.S. Small Business Administration this week announced the award of $500,000 in a cooperative agreement with the Montgomery County (Maryland) Chamber Community Foundation’s National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP), to deliver the SBA’s Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP) for veterans throughout the United States. The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, enables VIP to deliver entrepreneurship training to veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses nationwide interested in pursuing, or are already engaged in federal procure-

ment. Businesses in North County San Diego can apply. VFPETP is a three-day certification program designed for veteran-owned companies to increase their ability to win government contracts by establishing best business practices. The curriculum, which includes VIP START, ideal for companies entering government contracting; VIP GROW , geared toward expanding within government contracting; and VIP INTERNATIONAL , structured for companies that export or have federal contracts performing outside the United States, addresses various stages of the business owner’s development in the procurement arena. To learn more about the Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program, For information about SBA assistance to Veteran entrepreneurs, visit www.

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North County Girl Scouts reach highest mark SAN MARCOS — Camila Antunes of San Marcos, Vista’s Tera Cafro and Escondido residents Morgan Butler, Taylor Jaspering and Bridget Stephenson, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for creating meaningful, sustainable change in the world around them. Antunes, Cafro, Butler, Jaspering and Stephenson, who had all began scouting in kindergarten, have also earned their Bronze and Silver awards, before embarking on their Gold Award projects. Antunes’ project helped get teenagers and young adults involved in the search for a cure for breast cancer. She produced a video documentary and distributed the materials to local schools and other organiza-

tions. A graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, Antunes is the daughter of Eduarda Antunes, and was with Troop 1279. Cafro, the daughter of Lisa and Carmen Cafro, developed an interactive, semester-long math club that combined a summer camp vibe with a complex subject. Now a freshman at Pacific University, Cafro is a Mission Vista High School graduate. Butler’s award addressed her discovery that foster youth sometimes feel disconnected from their communities. She started a club to bring together students from San Pasqual Academy (a school for foster youth) and her own high school, Del Lago Academy. Butler is the daughter of Cindy Butler

and Greg Butler. Jaspering made “sympathy bags” for pet owners who use the San Diego Humane Society’s euthanasia services. To ensure the bags provided optimal comfort and support, Jaspering studied cognitive behavioral therapy models. Jaspering is a 2017 graduate of Escondido Charter High School, and alumna of Girl Scout Troop 4478. Stephenson, daughter of Mona and Todd Stephenson, was a member of Troop 4478 and graduate of Classical Academy High School. For her project, she led a task force to spread From left, Morgan Butler, Taylor Jaspering and Bridget Stephenson, as well as (not pictured) Camila Antunes Tera Cafro, recently earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle badge. awareness of human traf- and Courtesy photo ficking and prevention methods. The group raised special events and an $5,000 to fund survivor emergency safe house for rehabilitation programs, rescued victims.

Horse Heritage Festival celebrates rural roots SAN MARCOS — Be part of the Horse Heritage Festival and the 10th annual Ride & Stride Oct. 15 at Walnut Grove Park. The event is sponsored by Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association and the San Marcos Historical Society. Saddle up your horse, leash up your pooch, or lace up your sneakers for a ride or a hike. Help the horse park by entering the 3-mile Ride & Stride. The route takes you along Twin Oaks Valley’s quiet and horse-friendly

trail system. Check in at 8:30 a.m., start time at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the ride improve the public horse show grounds at Walnut Grove Park. Following the “Ride & Stride,” family activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be pony rides, a petting corral, frontier games, horsemanship demonstrations, Heritage Park activities and museum, pumpkin patch, crafts and food. Special demonstrators

will include Jeffrey Hedgecock, who will demonstrate jousting and skill-at-arms activities. Jody Childs will demonstrate both advanced and beginner level tricks you can teach your horse. Horses can learn to pick up your hat, sign an autograph, answer questions and lay down on command. Come meet the Temecula Eqwine Riders, a group of trail riders typically found roaming the vineyards of Temecula’s Wine Country. For more

information, visit There will also be mini horses on parade, gymkhana, and more. The Horse Heritage Festival promotes the cultural history of San Marcos and the effort to preserve a rural and equestrian presence. For more information, contact patty@ or (760) 744-9128.

Student exchange needs reps REGION — ASSE International Student Exchange programs is seeking individuals to serve as area representatives in North County. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to international understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. For more information about ASSE or becoming an area representative, call the Western Regional Office at (800) 733-2773 or email Visit the website at

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SEPT. 22

HIGH HOLY DAYS Chabad of Encinitas, 2059 Village Park Way, offers Kamp High Holidays, for youngsters, with babysitting for the little ones. Families are invited for high holiday services, with beginner services so no one will feel lost. Kiddie Kamp has stories, songs and edible art. No membership, affiliation or tickets necessary. RSVP at or call (760) 943-8891. STAY SAFE If you are in contact with anyone impacted by or still in areas hit by recent hurricanes, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers a wealth of resources for homeowners, including action steps, tip sheets and emergency planning information, to use in upcoming hurricane coverage at‎. Local doctors also recommend cdc. gov/disasters /disease/infectious.html for warnings

and advice on electrocution, carbon monoxide poisoning and contamination. PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER Vista’s Pregnancy Resource Center will be hosting an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at 1830 Hacienda Drive, Vista, to share who they are, where they are and what they do. BE A DOCENT Learn about the plants at the San Diego Botanic Garden, help with planning and special events, garden beautification and helping the garden run smoothly. Classes run 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 30 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. $60. Enroll at (760) 4363036, ext. 213. CHAMBER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Vista Chamber of Commerce is set to begin a big project to help area businesses. It is looking for volunteers to help with the Cares Business Walk from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 28, beginning at Hyatt Place, 2645 S Melrose Drive. The chamber plans to visit and talk to 250 businesses in one day, asking how business is

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going, what are the challenges and how it can help. Register online at vistachamber.chambermaster. com to volunteer or call Kent at (760) 726-1122 or email kent@vistachamber. org. HARVEST LUNCH The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “Harvest Buffet” at noon Sept. 22 at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reserve by 1 p.m. one day prior at (760) 643-5288. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Reservations are required by Sept. 22 for the Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club Lunch, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach. $25 check payable to Lomas Santa Fe Country Club at sign-in desk. Contact Terry at tminasian@ or

SEPT. 23

ARMENIAN FESTIVAL Friends of the Oceanside Public Library celebrate Armenian culture at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, with traditional music, dance, food and author presentations by screenplay and novel writ-

er Lisa Kirazian and vegan cookbook author, Dikranouhi Kirazian. The event kicks off the One Book, One San Diego community read of “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian. LOWRIDER AS ART Cal State San Marcos’ Latino Association of faculty and University Police Department have teamed up to host the inaugural Lowrider Experience from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 on campus, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. The event will showcase lowriders as an art form and will include a feature film screening, live music, free raffle giveaways and children’s activities. The event is free and open to the public. BE MY SALTY DOG Join the SaltDog Classic Beach Fest held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 23, at Seaside State Beach, 2526 S. Coast Hwy with a Tiki bar, live entertainment from local artists, art exhibitions, and outdoor adventures such as kayaking. Tickets available for $10 at WORLD OF WOODIES San Diego Woodies Hosts Wavecrest 2017 will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Cruise down to Moonlight Beach to experience more than 300 woodies of every size, shape and description. Live Hawaiian


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SEPT. 22, 2017 and surf music throughout the day, along with raffle prizes and awards. GARDENERS OF DEL MAR The Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Call (858) 4810197 for meeting location in Del Mar. If you have a love of gardening and are interested in meeting new people join them to learn about their upcoming programs. Newcomers are always welcome. DEL MAR MARKET ORGANIC Del Mar Farmers Market is a certified organic and nonprofit Farmers Market that operates year-round on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Upper Shores Park at 225 9th St., Del Mar. LEAGUE LOOKS AT VOTING Michael Vu, San Diego County Registrar of Voters, will be the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Carlsbad Women’s Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. For more information, contact Elizabeth Brady at or visit MARINE RETIREMENT EXPO The 24th annual Retiree Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 at the Pacific Views Event Center, 202850 San Jacinto Road, MCB Camp Pendleton. For more information, go to WATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE Come join the Leucadia Wastewater District 2017 Open House and Environmental Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at 1960 La Costa Ave., Carlsbad, with organizations that work to protect our watershed and local environment. Visit for free

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tickets. Tour the water recycling plant, check out the Vactor truck, watch the TV inspection system at work, enter a raffle for prizes from local shops and enjoy food and drink. PATH GALA Make reservations now for the PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) 13th annual “Strut for Sobriety!” luncheon, boutique and fashion show at 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are $85 at anewpathsite. org. KIWANIS CHARITY GOLF The Sunrise Kiwanis Foundation and the Vista Education Foundation are hosting the Mike Cavataio Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 23 at Twin Oaks Golf Course 1425 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos. All proceeds benefit students in Vista. For information on playing or sponsoring, contact (760) 945-1473 or VIKINGS ARE LANDING The Sons of Norway present the 15th annual Vista Viking Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24, at Norway Hall, 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista. For more event details, visit vikingfestivalvis- REGISTER TO VOTE The League of Women Voters of North County will register voters during the public Leucadia Wastewater Management Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 23, at 1960 La Costa Ave., Carlsbad and from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 on California State University at San Marcos campus in Kellogg Plaza, at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Voters may also register online at For more information, visit http:// HOME-BUYER’S FAIR The Vista Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free Community Home Buyer Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Sept. 23 at 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista.

SEPT. 24

HERITAGE MUSEUM FUN This month, as fall begins, create your own family tree and fill it with colorful leaves that represent your family members every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Free. For more information, call (760) 6329711.

SEPT. 25

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED Casa de Amparo is seeking donations so Casa kids can go back to school with the supplies they need. Supplies are needed for both high school and college students. Casa de Amparo is a shelter for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect in San Diego County. Contact Tania Paniagua at or call (760) 5663559 with questions. For a full list of supply needs, visit TURN TO CALENDAR ON A22

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- An old idea will have a better chance of turning into something rewarding if you launch it now. Negotiate a deal to get what you want.

Embrace mental and physical challenges with open arms. Your ability to drive your message home will put you in a leadership position. Don’t back down when you should be moving forward. Live up to your promises and stick to what you know. Avoid impulsive and unpredictable people.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Look over important papers and make sure everything is up to date. An emotional partnership will need to be nurtured if you want to come to an agreement regarding how to move forward.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Don’t let someone being excessive or impulsive entice you into taking part in something that isn’t wise. Being a risk-taker will not end well. Protect your life, money and possessions.

tical solution. Keep the peace to avoid interference. Only do what’s necessary.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Patience will be required, along with the ability to look at every angle of a situation carefully before you take action. Overreacting and excessive behavior will lead to trouble.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Keep your money and possessions in a safe place, and don’t share information that could result in loss or damage your reputation. Protect your emotions and your pass- TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Take hold words. of whatever situation you face. Your LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Rela- ability to get things done will give you an tionships must be handled with care. edge over any competitor. Romance will Jealousy will surface, changing the dy- improve your life. namics of the way you or someone else GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don’t fear feels. Don’t jump to conclusions. Hon- doing things differently. By taking a esty will be required. unique path, you will discover skills and SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Refuse to traits that will help you excel in an area get involved in someone’s lofty scheme. you least expected. Change is good. You are best off taking a conservative CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- A probapproach and doing your own thing. lem with a friend, child or parent will get Stick to what you know and do best. blown out of proportion. Look for a pracLEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Strive to get things done and keep the peace with the ones you love. Getting along will help you get your way in the end. Be humble, CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Un- gracious and kind.


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SEPT. 26

FREE IMMIGRATION HELP A free Immigration Clinic provides immigration lawyers every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, once per month, from 5 to 7 p.m., and first and third Fridays of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at 550 W. Washington Ave., Escondido, to help with cases and discuss general strategies to help families be secure and prepared. Call (760) 489-6380 ext. 231 to schedule an appointment. CATHOLIC FRIENDS Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group of North County residences who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will gather for Bocce Ball at the Vista Elk’s Club and dinner to follow, Vista Sept. 26 and for Happy hour and dinner at Casa de Bandini, Carlsbad Sept. 28. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324. FUTURE CODES CLUB Escondido Public Library will host an information session about Future Codes Club for students in grades nine to 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, in the Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. GENEALOGY SOCIETY North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet with coffee hour at 9:30 a.m. and a pro-


SEPT. 22, 2017 gram at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 26 in Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. For information call (760) 632-0416, email, or visit CARLSBAD GOP WOMEN Carlsbad Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. Sept. 26, hosting San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond on “Future of San Diego and Palomar Airports” at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35. For more information, contact Niki at (760) 931-9420 or TALES OF ESPIONAGE Former spy Eric O’Neill will speak at Cal State San Marcos at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the USU Ballroom, California State University San Marcos, 595 Campus View Drive, San Marcos, retelling a story of espionage cybercrime and cybersecurity. The event is $10 for community members. For directions, visit /gu ide /maps. html.

SEPT. 27

MOMS & TOTS Join the Moms & Tots Open House, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita, Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit

ca de Campeche, Rancho El Ganadero, El Zapotanito, or Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre farms in Business news and special Mexico. The investigation is achievements for North San Diego County. Send information ongoing and CDC will provide updates. For more informavia email to community@ tion, visit foodpoisonjournal. com/foodborne-illness-outAMERICAN GI FO- breaks/2-dead-78-hospitalRUM SCHOLARSHIPS The ized-235-sick-with-salmonelAmerican GI Forum Educa- la-imported-papayas/. tion Foundation presented RANCHO MINERVA scholarships this summer to GOES HISTORICAL A plaque high school students entering has been installed at Vista’s and students returning into historic Rancho Minerva, at college. American GI Forum 2317 Foothill Drive, Vista, Commander Manuel Astoria celebrating the listing on the and Secretary Charles Mc- state of California Register Dowell presented awards to of Historical Resources, subKristalina Banuelos, John Jay mitted by Terry Moxley and College (New York); Shayelln Spike Harvey. Morrison, USC; Robert TEACHER OF THE Ramirez, UC San Diego; Nixia YEAR NOMINEES The Rodriguez, Cal State Chan- “Cox: A Salute to Teachers” nel Islands; Jasmine Alaniz, was held Sept. 16, recognizing Cal State LA; Lily Vasquez outstanding teachers from and Daisy Vasquez, MiraCos- throughout the county, who ta College; Gilberto Arroyo, now qualify to win San Diego University of Antelope Val- County Teacher of the Year. ley; Hannah McDowell, Texas Winners from North Tech; Ayleen Gonzalez, Sacra- Coastal schools included: mento State and Jessi Derby, James Fieberg, Sage Creek Concordia College. High; Michelle Turnbull, Sage SALMONELLA OUT- Canyon Elementary; Jessica BREAK FROM PAPAYAS Conn, Ocean Knoll ElemenA Mexican Papaya outbreak tary; Ron Martino, Jefferson has left two dead and 78 hos- Middle; Debbie Dahlquist, pitalized and 235 sick from Ivey Ranch Elementary; Su26 states with Salmonella. sie Bouchard, Torrey Pines The CDC is providing updat- High; Lisa Campbell, Skyline ed information on three of School. the four separate multistate Top teachers from inland outbreaks of Salmonella in- school districts included: Ron fections linked to imported Peet, San Pasqual High; Lana Maradol papayas from Mexi- Albertson, Bear Valley Midco. Each outbreak is linked to dle;David Peterson, Juniper papayas imported from a dif- Elementary; Susan Moyniferent farm in Mexico. CDC han, Madison Middle; Melissa recommends that consumers Cuevas, Knob Hill Elementanot eat, restaurants not serve, ry and retailers not sell recalled BODY DESIGN OPENS Maradol papayas from Cari- Solana Beach Chamber of


SEPT. 28

TORREY PINES DEMOCRATS Torrey Pines Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. Hear local women legislators. FLOOR CARE CLASS Empire Cleaning will be hosting a free Cleaning Academy on Floor Care from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at 1320 Distribution Way, Vista. Come receive hands-on training on cleaning, stripping, waxing, and maintaining floors. For more information or to RSVP, call (760) 434-0333 or e-mail jvizcaino.empire@gmail. com. GREEN SOCIAL HOUR The North County Eco Alliance invites the community to its Green Social Hour. 5:30 p.m. Sept.28 at its new office, 5857 Owens Ave. #300, Carlsbad.


DMF TALKS The Del Mar Foundation presents Dan Cartamil, an expert in shark biology from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, who will present a lecture on thresher sharks from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Wine and light refreshments will be served and reservations are required at: Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting Sept. 14 at the grand opening of Body Design Fitness Center, 742 Genevieve St., Suite T, Solana Beach. For more information, visit WIGS, EXTENSIONS AND MORE Strut Hair Solutions, at 202 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, celebrated its grand opening with a Wigs & Cocktails party Sept. 14. The owners noticed a gap in the wig and hair extensions market in North County. For more information, call (858) 755-9447 or email Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. CYCLING FUNDRAISER FOR KOMEN Cycology Fitness is hosting a cycling class Sept. 24 at 3 pm to help raise funds for Lorraine Cimusz, an agent with the Rancho Santa Fe office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and her teammate, Angie McGinnis, for their participation in the Susan G Komen three-day, 60-mile walk. For further information on the event and to signup for the class, contact Lorraine Cimusz at 760-822-9749 or info@ LorraineSellsSD. HAYNES NAMED PIONEER Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes has been honored as a National Association of Social Workers Pioneer. NASW Pioneers are considered role models for future generations of social workers. Their contributions are reflected in social policies and human services programs.

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3 at this payment J3202111, J3211297, J3226222 Model not shown. (Premium 2.5i model, code JDD-11). $1,850 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $29,487 (incl. $875 freight charge). Net cap cost of $26453.44 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $9718.92. Lease end purchase option is $ 21280.64. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorum taxes (where applies) & insurance. Offer expires 9/24/17

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2017 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

1 at this payment HG281541 (Standard 2.0i 5MT model, code HRA-01). $1,979 due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $22,570 (incl. $875 freight charge). Net cap cost of $19,940 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $6,804. Lease end purchase option is $13,993. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/ mile over 12,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 9/24/17.

5500 Paseo Del Norte, Car Country Carlsbad

Car Country Drive

Car Country Drive

760-438-2200 ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 9/24/2017.


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SEPT. 22, 2017





Join us for the inaugural North County Heart & Stroke Walk. Walk for your family, friends, or for yourself! Registration is FREE and open to the public.

Locally sponsored by

Make a Difference Tri-City Medical Center is collaborating with the American Heart Association to launch a new community event to promote heart health and overall wellness. The inaugural North County Heart Walk at the Oceanside Pier in September is the best way for companies and individuals to get involved in the fight against the No. 1 and No. 5 killer of men and women - heart disease and stroke.

MORE INFORMATION Caitlin Snead Caitlin.Snead@hear 858-410-3827

As the American Heart Association’s premier national walking event, the Heart Walk has launched its new platform; Healthy For Good. This is a revolutionary movement to inspire the community to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Join us and get Healthy For Good!