Inland edition, september 25, 2015

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VOL. 2, N0. 20

Students at a San Diego County school observe one of nature’s cycles through an ECO-CYCLE kit. The kits are from the Escondido-based nonprofit ECOLIFE. Photo by Mike Ready

Kits bring environmental awareness into classrooms By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The half-dozen or so fish swam blissfully unaware that they’ve been intertwined in a symbiotic relationship with the rows of small leafy green plants sprouting just above them. But for anyone observing the aquarium, one of nature’s cycles was on full display — the swimming fish and their waste providing nutrients enough for the seeds to sprout and grow, and the plants’ roots filtering the water, providing oxygen enough for the fish to breathe.

Apart from fish food and electricity, nothing else was needed for the process to occur in this way. “It’s a self-sufficient little loop,” said Morgan Bailey, Ph.D., operations director at ECOLIFE, the Escondido-based nonprofit that has been putting together these aquaponics kits they’re calling the ECO-CYCLE. The idea behind the kits initially was to try and reach as many people as possible, explained Mike Ready, ECOLIFE’s aquaponics program manager.

Even as aquaponics has been around for a very long time, Ready said they realized it would be difficult to convert people that were already involved in the traditional methods of farming. Aquaponics is a way of showing a different model of doing things, said Bailey. And so the nonprofit turned to students around the nation with the idea that the younger minds could view the world and their interactions with the environment differently to form a new foundation

of solutions to some of the larger issues facing the next generations. So far, more than 400 kits have been installed in classrooms around the country, with about 375 of them in San Diego County schools, according to Bailey. ECOLIFE is donating some of the kits to local schools, including within the Vista Unified School District and in Escondido. Starting next week, Vista will receive teacher training and 15 kits for use TURN TO KITS ON 14

Tentative agreement reached in mobile home accord By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Negotiations to extend the city’s Mobile Home Park Accord have reached a tentative agreement, according to city Councilman Cody Campbell. The first-term council member said the process started “bumpy,” but over the past year the city and park owners have worked to find a fair and reasonable solution. The accord, which was signed in 1996 by the city and park owners, is a pseudo rent controlled agreement after numerous residents filed numerous complaints. It is not a city ordinance and expires in December. “The difficulty in the process is there’s always a lot of miscommunication,” Campbell said. “It drives a lot of emotion in the process. Fortunately, they saw a response from us.” Homeowners, however, own their mobile home, but not the land it lays on. Park owners, meanwhile, charge rent for the space, which


The Green Valley Mobile Home Park is one of several in Vista expected to sign a new Mobile Home Park Accord before the 1996 agreement expires in December. Photo by Steve Puterski

allows park owners to maintain their facilities. Although the agreement is voluntary and near completion, there are two changes. The deal will allow for some rent increases with the sale of a unit, sharing capital replacement

costs and also rate increases tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Campbell, though, said the two sides were miles apart when negotiations began, but have found common ground. He said neither side wanted to go

through the ballot process, similar to what occurred in Oceanside several years ago, creating a city ordinance. One issue for Campbell, though, is the out-ofTURN TO ACCORD ON 14

SEPT. 25, 2015

Although the Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $310,000 to settle claims filed against District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts, seen here during his 2012 swearing in ceremony, the county’s legal expenses associated with allegations have not yet ended. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Despite Roberts’ settlement, legal costs continue for county By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — Although the Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $310,000 to settle claims filed against District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts by three former staff members, the county’s legal expenses associated with allegations have not yet ended. The county continues to provide defense counsel to at least one claimant, who is being sued by another staffer whose attorney said he has no plans to drop the case. “They say it’s going to cost over $1 million to defend so we have to settle,” Harold Meza’s lawyer, Dan Gilleon, said. “It’s a very, very convenient analysis. But they’re doing the polar opposite in terms of Harold Meza.” Between April and June, Glynnis Vaughn, Diane Porter and Lindsey Masukawa resigned from Roberts’ office and subsequently filed claims, a move which is the precursor to a lawsuit, seeking nearly $1.1 million in compensation. They accused their former boss of, among other things, misusing county resources, creating a hostile work environment, having an unprofessional relationship, though not sexual, with Meza, campaigning on county time and bribery. The other four supervisors previously rejected

severance payments to Vaughn and Porter based on Roberts’ commitment to settle the matter without the use of county funds. But after “careful consideration,” according to a statement released Sept. 5, they “determined that it is in the best interest of taxpayers to settle (the) claims.” They also stated that if lawsuits were filed the county would be required to pay for Roberts’ defense at a cost of possibly more than $1 million. “In addition, we believe it is unlikely we would prevail on all three claims,” they said in the statement. In June Meza filed a lawsuit against Vaughn and Porter, accusing them of creating a hostile work environment by “embarking on a smear campaign,” spreading “despicable rumors,” calling him names and allegedly criticizing his job performance, saying “no one knows what you do” and “no one trusts you.” The allegations of the inappropriate relationship stem from a work trip during which Roberts and Meza were assigned to the same room by the water authority, which hosted the visit. Roberts, a gay married man with six adopted foster children, said everyTURN TO ROBERTS ON 8



SEPT. 25, 2015

Future development dominates town hall discussions Vista

passes pet store ban

By Ellen Wright

By Steve Puterski

Mayor Sam Abed, far right, holds his bi-annual town hall meeting on Sept. 16. Residents’ concerns largely focused on current and future development within the city. Photo by Ellen Wright

They were successful and City Council declared it permanent open space which a judge overturned in March stating the city unfairly discriminated against the property. Last year voters also denied a project to allow about 400 homes on the site. The city still has the option to appeal the judge’s decision although Abed would not say whether or not they plan to.

Mike Slater, president of ECCHO said he’s concerned the city will approve an unfavorable development by Schlesinger. “The supporters are quite worried from rumors they hear that the City Council people are being bought and intimidated by Schlesinger and are going to cave to some kind of settlement,” said Slater. Abed said the site will never remain permanent open space be-

cause of the millions of dollars it would cost for upkeep but he wants to see a project with balanced amenities. “We’re not going to move forward with a project that doesn’t have balanced amenities,” Abed said. Other residents voiced their concerns about future developments in the city. One resident TURN TO TOWN HALL ON 14




ESCONDIDO — During Mayor Sam Abed’s bi-annual Town Hall meeting on Sept. 16, the majority of residents were concerned with the future of the Escondido Country Club and other developments throughout the city. Some residents surrounding the now defunct country club said they were frustrated that the legal discussions between the city and the owner of the land, Michael Schlesinger, are held during closed session. Abed said he’d like to see a solution for the property sooner rather than later because the site is deteriorating which is bad for property values. He also echoed his sentiments from the last town hall meeting saying that Schlesinger is the problem and the city would like to deal with somebody else. “I think he’s a problem and I told (him) nobody wants to deal with you,” Abed said. The problem has been ongoing since Schlesinger bought the property in 2012. He proposed building more than 600 homes on the country club. Surrounding residents formed a group, Escondido Country Club Homeowners, or ECCHO, to combat the development.



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VISTA — Closer than some thought, the city council passed an ordinance to ban retail pet stores from selling commercial bred dogs and cats Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting. The 3-2 approval appeared to hinge on the swing vote of Deputy Mayor John Aguilera, who said he was swayed by the numerous residents who spoke during the past two meetings and others voicing concerns throughout the last month. Joining Aguilera in passing the new law were Mayor Judy Ritter and councilman Cody Campbell, who introduced the legislation during the Aug. 25 meeting. The ban goes into effect in one month, but does allow for stores to sell rescue and shelter animals. It was a proactive move as Vista currently has five pet stores, though none sell dogs or cats. “I am pleased it passed,” Campbell said. “We are in good company with other cities and joining the effort to stop sales in conditions that are not accepted.” Dissenting in the vote were council members John Franklin and Amanda Rigby, although the two made it clear they did not support puppy mill dogs and cats supplied to such retail outlets or the treatment of those animals. Franklin added he wants less government interference, sticking to his political ideology. Franklin said he did not agree with “adding layers of regulations on regulations,” punishing the “good actors” in the breeding of canines and felines and would further burden low-income families from being able to purchase a dog or cat. He and Rigby also said banning a business that is not current operating in the city sends the wrong message. “I don’t agree with adding layers of regulations in banning a business that doesn’t exist in our city,” Franklin said. Aguilera and Campbell, however, disagreed with Franklin’s assertions and said the city must be proactive against retail stores who purchase animals from mills. “I don’t see how we are banning people from pets,” Aguilera said. “After hearing many, many people speak about this, I have gone to the other side.” Campbell, meanwhile, referenced the city of Oceanside is facing a TURN TO BAN ON 14



SEPT. 25, 2015

FieldTurf installed at Moonlight Ampihtheatre By Steve Puterski

VISTA — One of the crown jewels of Vista entertainment has taken strides to help fight the ongoing drought. The Moonlight Amphitheatre recently replaced approximately 8,700 square-feet of grass with FieldTurf, a synthetic grass, which is expected to reduce water usage by more than 196,000 gallons per year. According to Cultrual Arts Program Manager Dan Kays, the turf cost $100,000 to install and is the second major project in Vista to undergo such a facelift. In June, the Vista Sports Park replaced more than 11,000 square-feet of grass with FieldTurf. “We are not having to water it, so we are doing our part,” Kays said. “We as the city are being good stewards to the water issue we are having in California.” In addition to the recent installation at the amphitheatre, the city has applied for a rebate through the San Diego County Water Authority to recoup thousands of dollars in cost. As for the general admission lawn, what Kays refers to as the balcony, the grass is still in place. “It took time to mow, so we are saving city resources that way,” Kays

After a Del Mar man is diagnosed with West Nile virus in August, the county’s Vector Control Program is taking steps to curtail the region’s mosquito population. Courtesy photo

County uses precautions against West Nile virus The county also uses aerial drops to get to hardto-reach areas, like the San Elijo and Buena Vista lagoons. The next scheduled aerial drop is Sept. 23. The larvicide does not harm people, pets, plants or wildlife. Birds can get affected by West Nile virus and spread it to mosquitoes, which in-turn spread it to humans so county officials have asked people to report dead crows and jays at (858) 694-2888. The virus is untreatable and 80 percent of those who have been exposed don’t show symptoms. The other 20 percent suffer flu-like symptoms,

By Ellen Wright

The city of Vista installs FieldTurf in July at the Moonlight Ampihtheatre and is expected to save more than 196,000 gallons of water per year. Photo by Steve Puterski

added. As for the amphitheatre, Kays said the new turf will also cut down on maintenance costs. Several rows in the reserved section received the turf, while the back row will soon be fitted with wheelchair seating on both sides of the venue. “As we were putting the turf in, we realized we do have access to this level,” Kays said about the handicap seating. “Seeing seniors going in and out of those lowback lawn chairs because that’s the only thing they can afford, so giving them

one more option is always benefical.” According to a press release, the WaterSmart Turf Replacement program offers eligible residents, business and public agencies $1.50 per squarefoot to replace natural turf with water-efficient landscaping options. The city of Vista, however, engaged the projects in line with the state of California’s battle to combat the massive drought. These measures are to help reduce water consumption by 24 percent as mandated by the state. “EasyTurf is ideal for

an installation like this, in which water savings also need to be balanced with the aesthetics, comfort and functionality of the space to maintain a high-quality guest experience,” said Steve Haber, CEO of EasyTurf. In addition to the turf installation, Kays appeared at Tuesday’s city council meeting to present a $3 increase to ticket prices for next season. He said the raise is due to several factors such as the upcoming minimum wage increase by $1 in JanTURN TO TURF ON 14

REGION — San Diego County is taking precautions against the West Nile virus after a Del Mar man was diagnosed with the disease in late August. The 73-year-old was diagnosed with the virus after checking into a hospital for symptoms of encephalitis, brain inflammation that rarely occurs after people are exposed to the virus. Mosquitoes transmit the virus so the county’s Vector Control Program is taking steps to curtail the mosquito population. Technicians target areas with standing water, like drainage ditches, unmaintained swimming pools and ponds, with larvicide and tiny mosquito eating fish.


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The importance of completing the Coast to Crest Trail By Trish Boaz

Arnold helped pave the way for ‘the Donald’ CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS Parallels between current presidential candidate Donald Trump and ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are myriad and obvious to anyone who cares to look. Both are celebrities with no need to spend money on getting-to-know-you TV commercials like ordinary candidates for high office. Both went after political offices after pursuing lucrative careers not even slightly related to running a government. Each claimed not to need special interest money, since both are rolling in dough. Neither has shown the slightest worry about the rumors or reality of his womanizing past and (maybe) present. Voters male and female have never shown signs of worry about their personal indiscretions. Trump’s flashy campaign style, featuring his blue-painted personal jumbo jet and occasional rides for kids in his personal helicopter apes Schwarzenegger’s practice of constantly surrounding himself with klieg lights and aides attired in expensive leather jackets festooned with Arnold-related logos. Because he campaigned only in Cali-

fornia, Schwarzenegger never needed a jumbo like Trump’s Boeing 757, but could make do with a mere private jet he kept at the Santa Monica Airport, not far from his home in Brentwood’s Mandeville Canyon. The similarities go on and on, the largest of them being that their support levels are never diminished by their errors, ignorance or sins. It’s almost as if both were Kardashians, members of a dynasty founded by a lawyer pal of accused and acquitted wife-killer O.J. Simpson, Robert Kardashian, who was long suspected of destroying or hiding key evidence sought by police. That background has never held back any member of his clan. Nor has the way Arnold and The Donald ignore the old caution to “be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth into gear.” Several months into the campaign for next year’s Republican presidential nomination, Trump continues to lead the GOP field, where the No. 2 spot in the polls fluctuates unpredictably. As with Schwarzenegger, and decades earlier with actor Ronald Reagan, Democrats don’t yet see Trump as a serious threat. He puts foot in mouth at least once a week, rarely apologizing and never

backing off what would be serious gaffes for any non-celebrity. Consistency also doesn’t matter, as Trump has changed positions on everything from abortion to immigration. When he entered politics, the muscleman actor Schwarzenegger didn’t have prior positions he could contradict. But he frequently broke promises, including the first one he made as a recall election candidate in 2003. Starting his run on NBC-TV’s Tonight Show, Schwarzenegger vowed never to accept “special interest” money. Then he immediately began accepting campaign contributions from oil companies, car dealers and almost any interest willing to write a check. He also promised to order an independent investigation into allegations he groped and otherwise sexually harassed women. It never happened. There were many others. Once he became governor, it quickly became clear Schwarzenegger had little notion of how to run America’s largest state government. He began by threatening public employee unions, who famously whipped him in every ballot initiative contest they fought. He gave orders to the state TURN TO ELIAS ON 14

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Big ideas are born when people share their dreams and pull together to make things happen! A perfect example of this is the creation of an amazing river park in the center of the county, called the San Dieguito River Park. A small group of friends gathered around a dinner table in Del Mar to express their concerns about the alarming loss of wildlife habitat, sensitive plants and open space near their homes, due to the residential and commercial development boom of the ‘80s. Talk led to action and in 1986, this passionate crew formed the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Along with their predecessors, the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee and the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, they gained the attention of their local elected officials and other leaders who realized that the need for housing, public facilities and infrastructure for a growing population needed to be balanced with conservation of our natural and cultural resources. And so, the San Dieguito

River Park Joint Powers Authority was created to develop and implement the vision of the 55-mile-long San Dieguito River Park and the Coast to Crest Trail that stretches from the Del Mar shoreline to the Julian mountains. During the last 29 years, a lot of sweat equity has gone into planning and constructing the 35 miles of the Coast to Crest Trail that are now open to the public, along with an additional 20 miles of trails that connect local communities to the Coast to Crest Trail. The Coast to Crest Trail provides the community with access to our beautiful parks and open spaces including the San Dieguito Lagoon, a state marine- conservation area, and a popular spot for birds along the Pacific Flyway. The trek from Santa Fe Valley, through Del Dios Gorge to Lake Hodges, over the David Kretizer Pedestrian Bicycle Bridge (the longest stress-ribbon bridge in the world!), past historic Sikes Adobe, and through San Pasqual Valley are 23 continuous miles of pure heaven right in our own backyard. Trails at Volcan Moun-

tain lead to the summit, rewarding hikers with amazing views of the Anza Borrego State Park, Cuyamaca State Park, Cleveland National Forest and the San Dieguito and San Diego River watersheds, including downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. Along with our partners, we are making huge strides in completing key linkages of the Coast to Crest Trail at Lusardi Creek, Pamo Valley and Santa Ysabel. We are fortunate to have a trail that traverses urban, rural and remote areas of the county, providing us with an array of scenic vistas, sights of beautiful plants and wildlife, smells of nature and great exercise. The momentum to complete the Coast to Crest Trail continues to build and support for the trail grows as people become more aware of its existence and experience it for themselves. You really do feel a sense of place —and peace—when you are on the Coast to Crest Trail. But don’t take our word for it—come see for yourself! Trish Boaz is executive director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

Letters to the Editor Violated by settlement Am I the only citizen in our county who feels violated by this settlement? If I understand it correctly the taxpayers will fork out nearly a third of $1 million to avoid greater exposure caused as a result of the misuse of our tax dollars by Supervisor Dave Roberts. And he is still in office! Aren’t there ethics that govern behavior of our supervisors? Aren’t there laws in place that might protect the taxpayer from “inappropriate” use of county funds? I realize that only a moronic electorate would re-elect this man but I am skeptical about our future if there is nothing in place as a deterrent save the possibility of not staying in office while, once again, a docile, dumbstruck electorate picks up the tab! Jeff Tuttle, Oceanside Council endorses Caruso How is it possible that the Carlsbad City Council is not only endorsing the Caruso project without going through proper channels, but lending their sanction to Caruso’s propaganda to discouraging citizens from voting on the matter. This is not the forward thinking city I moved to 39 years ago, and certainly not

the City Council members I plan we are very likely to see a 100 percent plan intend to vote for again. where we lose a lot more Kathryn Casler Parker, of the natural habitat than Carlsbad what is currently in the process. Significantly, the 85/15 Plan means Jimmy UkegaSupport 85/15 Please respect the wa’s beloved small family process. Support the unan- business is safe and Carlsimous vote of our trust- bad’s strawberry farming ed Carlsbad City Council is ensured for generations members, and their roles, to come. This is my hope for the which they were elected to by Carlsbad residents. Do future families and chilnot sign the petition for the dren to reside in Carlsbad. Signing the petition means best of Carlsbad. Mayor Matt Hall and Carlsbad loses this great the Carlsbad city council staple of our community. Carlsbad residents, voted unanimously to support the 85/15 plan after like myself, have volunhearing from a multitude teered tirelessly and their of Carlsbad residents and support should be recogthoroughly reviewed it. nized. It has been a great SDG&E owns the land that pleasure to bring the 85/15 the strawberry farms are Plan’s vision to life with my friends and neighbors. on. This is land that has This is what Carlsbad been in danger of being is all about. sold to developers for Let us not give up and years. continue working to bring Many members of the this great plan to fruition. City Council can testify to Continue urging others to the efforts they have made please support the unanto keep the fields in the imous vote of our trusted city. Carlsbad city council memIf this deal is over- bers, and respect the proturned Carlsbad has a good cess. This petition should chance of losing its iconic not be signed. 85/15 means strawberry fields. There a better Carlsbad, not only is no guarantee. This deal for us Carlsbad residents, also includes many protec- but our children and grandtions and reforms that are children — the future genneeded. erations. And the land has been set aside for commercial Dane Pearson, use, so without the 85/15 Carlsbad



SEPT. 25, 2015

North County PAC raises $3,500, questions By Aaron Burgin

REGION — A recently formed coalition of some of North County’s most prominent Republican city officials disclosed that it had raised $3,500 during the first half of the year, raising questions about the group’s intentions. The North County Leadership Council, according to its website, was formed as a coalition of North County elected officials “dedicated to supporting and electing strong leaders for the future while advocating for issues that matter to the region as a whole.” A look at its board of directors and its contributors, however, reveals that the organization is largely composed of North County’s conservative local officials, including Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, Councilman Mark Muir and former Encinitas Councilman Jerome Stocks, who is the organization’s chairman. According to campaign disclosure forms filed by the organization in late July, the NCLC had raised $3,500 from contributions from several of its members — $1,000 from Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern’s committee and $500 each from Gaspar, Muir, Stocks, Vista Mayor Judy Ritter and San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond. Other members of the council’s board include Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall — all Republicans. Stocks said the organization, which is in its neophyte stages, is nonpartisan, and plans on recruiting Democrats and liberals to their membership rolls. “It is a coincidence,” Stocks said of the group’s exclusively Republican leadership panel. “Democrats are more than welcome to join, and we intend to reach out to Democrats and ask them to get involved. “We currently don’t have any general membership, only the founding board, but we do intend to have general membership,” Stocks said. “This is just the foundation.” Stocks said the group’s leadership envisions operating similarly to organizations such as Innovate 78, using the collective strength of the cities north of Highway 56 to create an effective lobbying bloc and working together to recruit businesses, housing and other opportunities. “Basically, more than half of the county’s population lives north of the 56, and the group of us believe that from a political perspective, the gravitational pull has historically been toward downtown San Diego and the South Bay,” Stocks said. “Historically in North County it has been a group of cities working not always cooperatively with our neighbors regarding a number of issues. This is a different approach; we are trying to be more col-

laborative than competitive, and the concept is that if we have the opportunity to learn about the opportunities in each other’s communities, maybe we can do some good for each other.” A number of residents and elected officials are skeptical of the group’s nonpartisan intentions. Councilman Tony Kranz said the first time he heard of the organization was last week when Kristin Gaspar listed it among her leadership credentials in her statement of intent to run for the County Board of Supervisors. Reached Wednesday, Kranz said he said he would give the organization the benefit of the doubt, but said that a statement on its website that the council intends to form a political action committee and endorse elected officials makes him less inclined to believe the group will stay nonpartisan. Kranz said that over the years organizations with similar intentions have ultimately become traditional political action committees that come out for or against candidates or ballot measures. “Political action committees are not as effective when you have multiple viewpoints,” Kranz said. “But, they did just get started, so time will tell whether or not the organization can remain nonpartisan.” A local political expert said that a telltale sign of the intentions of a group like the leadership council would be how soon they reach out to local Democratic leadership. “If improving the political clout of a region is the primary goal, I think they would be able to assemble a board whose leadership has some crossover,” said Thad Kousser, a professor of political science at UC San Diego. “But, if the group solely exists for the hand-tohand combat of an election, these groups typically will choose one side.” With 2016 looming, the organization could tie itself to several major election races, including in Encinitas, a political bellwether community where four of the five city council seats are up for grabs, or the District Three supervisor race, where Gaspar and Abed have already entered the race to upseat embattled incumbent Dave Roberts. Stocks said the group has not discussed its intentions for the 2016 election. “It remains to be seen, doesn’t it?” Stocks said.

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COMMEMORATING 9/11 Vista’s Baha’i Faith Community hosts a multi-faith devotional program, commemorating the Sept. 11th anniversary at the Vista Library on Saturday. Some of the participants included members of the Vista Buddhist Temple (pictured) who shared prayers and meditations regarding the oneness of humanity. To learn more about the interfaith programs, call (760) 518-3940. Courtesy photo

Local Catholics, others, to view Papal address By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Like many of San Diego County’s 800,000 Catholics, Sis. Maureen Brown, a pastoral associate at Oceanside’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church has had Thursday circled on the calendar for more than eight months. On Thursday morning, Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress, the first pontiff to address America’s legislature in the nation’s history. The Pope is expected to advocate for a renewed emphasis on tackling global poverty, confronting climate change, caring for migrants and providing a welcoming church that is pastoral rather than doctrinaire. A number of local Catholic churches have arranged private and public viewings of his historic speech, as well as seminars and sessions in the weeks preceding his visit to provide additional insight into his words. “For me personally, it is just a wonderful experience to have our Holy Father here, especially because I believe the issues he is raising need to be looked at in our society,” Brown said. “Racism, fixing immigration, an economy that is inclusive of the poor and marginalized and our environment.” While St. Thomas More is not hosting a public viewing of he address, Brown

said the church will host a viewing of one of Pope Francis’ homilies from his weeklong visit at 7 p.m. Oct. 2. “I think the other thing people beyond the Catholic Church see is that he is a

I think he is a very uplifting person in times surrounded by so much pain.” Marueen Brown Pastoral Associate

very positive and loving figure who is trying to mold us and call us up for mercy and compassion and have our laws reflect the mercy we should have as human beings,” Brown said. “I think he is a very uplifting person in times surrounded by so much pain.” Local Catholics have

extended invitations to people of all backgrounds and faiths to various viewings, highlighting the belief that the Pontiff’s remarks are more than just religious. One of the larger planned gatherings in North County is scheduled for 6 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Encinitas. Following the Pope’s address, Tom English, a noted environmental expert and interfaith leader, will host a question-and-answer session. English, a Presbyterian, said the Pope’s remarks on climate change transcend religious beliefs. “I think the significance comes from the place we are in history, where people are finally starting to understand the extreme effects of climate change and global warming, and out of nowhere appears a pope with an agenda to do something about the problem,” English said. “When people look back in history, provided we are able to turn the tide of the battle against climate change,

they will look back at this moment as the turning point. “The pope’s address could have a profound implication both globally as well as locally in San Diego, regardless of your religious background,” English said. A second viewing of the Pope’s address hosted by the church will be held at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Encinitas Library. A Franciscan monk, a Presbyterian pastor and a Jewish rabbi will join English in a four-person panel discussion after the viewing.



SEPT. 25, 2015

Escondido optimistic about funding Citracado Parkway Black Angus By Ellen Wright

E S C ON DI D O —T he largest hurdle to getting the Citracado Parkway expansion underway is funding. A section of the road is missing between Harmony Grove Village Parkway and Andreasen Drive. Escondido was denied a federal transportation grant last year although Joyce Masterson, the city’s director of economic development and community relations is hopeful for this year’s round of funding. “We’re very excited because Senator (Dianne) Feinstein has written a letter of support. We’re as optimistic as we can be,” said Masterson. If the city receives funding, Masterson said the project can get underway. “If we get the funding for it, we can really start getting the project going,” Masterson said. “We’re waiting to see if we’re the lucky ones that were selected to receive the funding for it.” She said the response should come any day now. Deborah Lundy, the city’s Real Property Manager, called the project

Currently, Citracado Parkway ends at Andreasen Drive. The city just voted to start proceedings to purchase the land needed to complete the expansion. Photo by Ellen Wright

necessary. “Public interest and necessity requires the Citracado Parkway extension project which will complete the missing section on Citracado,” Lundy said. While the city waits to hear back about the grant, City Council voted unanimously to begin proceedings for an eminent

domain action on Wednesday. Councilman John Masson abstained because of past business with the property owners. Eminent domain allows the city to buy the land at a fair market value. The owners of the property, Pacific Harmony Grove LLC and Mission Valley Corporate Center

have been in discussion with the city since 2012. The property owners considered the city’s offer “far apart on the value of the land,” according to a staff report. The owners have not countered the offer, which is why the city has begun the eminent domain action. The project, once

funded, will add a bridge over the Escondido Creek and add a curb, gutter, sidewalk and landscaped medians along the road. Also, Citracado Parkway between West Valley Parkway and Avendia Del Diablo will be widened. Councilman Ed Gallo said the road extension shouldn’t come as a surprise to the property owners. “It’s been on the circulation element for 60 years,” Gallo said. Masterson said there is no construction schedule yet. The extension project’s Environmental Impact Report was completed in 2012 and last October, the city annexed the 30 acres needed to complete the project. The land was formerly part of the County of San Diego, the Harmony Grove Volunteer Fire Protection Department and San Marcos Fire Protection District. The extension will provide a direct link to planned developments like the Escondido Research and Technology Center and the Nordahl Road Sprinter Transit Station.

to open at Westfield North County ESCON DI DO — Black Angus Steakhouse is opening Oct. 6 at Westfield North County. In celebration of the opening, the restaurant is donating proceeds from every meal sold in October to Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego (North County) and the Palomar YMCA. Meals on Wheels serves more than 3,000 local seniors annually. The fundraiser at Black Angus will provide support for the non-profit during the holidays, which is a peak time in demand for meals. At the YMCA, the funds will go towards after school programs, which help serve at-risk teens without supervision. There are three other Black Angus locations in San Diego, in Mission Valley, Chula Vista and El Cajon. This is the 46th location and a spokesperson for the company said the restaurant will create 100 local jobs in the region. The restaurant is located at 296 E. Via Rancho Parkway.

Request for proposals for polo field lease extended By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — A request for proposals for a potential new tenant on land best known as the polo fields was extended for 30 days after an interested party requested additional time. The proposer said a site visit raised “many previously unconsidered

questions,” resulting in a need for more information to “assemble a viable proposal.” The new deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 14. After that the city will convene a five-member review panel to assess all submissions. The final decision will be made by the San






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Diego City Council. The San Diego Polo Club, the current tenant, has submitted a proposal. “Polo would certainly like to be there,” said Steve Lewandowski, community relations director for the club and match announcer for the past 25 years. “We’ve been there for 29 years. This would give us a lot more ability to plan ahead.” A 120-acre site on the corner of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real was deeded in 1982 to the city of San Diego as mitigation for open space lost when increased residential development was allowed in the river valley. In October 1984 it was divided into two usable parcels. Sixty acres were designated for a polo facility and 20 were authorized for an equestrian center. The other 40 acres were to remain open space. In 1986 the San Diego Polo Club entered into a 26-year lease,

As the city of San Diego considers who should use the polo fields, its request for proposals was recently extended for 30 days. The new deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 14. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

which expired on March 31, 2012. Because the property hadn’t been out to bid for more than two decades, city officials felt doing so was appropriate. But an RFP was never issued, primarily because of an ongoing project to widen El Camino Real. Since then the polo club has occupied the property on a month-tomonth basis. Polo classes, charity fundraisers, soccer and lacrosse tournaments, sporting games for college recruitment, seasonal sales, horse boarding and youth soccer practice also take place at the site. Those activities have come under fire from environmental groups such

as the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley. They say the current uses, along with the traffic and noise they generate, are negatively impacting the river valley. According to the RFP, San Diego’s Real Estate Assets Department is seeking proposals to lease the property for activities, programs and operations in accordance with the deed. Each proposal should reflect the city’s goal to have an operator who provides a high level of service to the public and provides related activities in a fiscally responsible manner that preserves and improves the site as a community resource.

Only terms of 10 years or more will be considered, although a longer lease may be available depending on the proposal and potential capital improvements. “Now it seems the Friends and the public must depend on the City’s Proposal Selection Committee to stand behind their written intent to pick a proposal that will ‘serve the needs of the local and regional community’ without jeopardizing public open space and its value to the San Dieguito River Valley habitat and local families,” the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley states on its website.



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Crafting North County: Everyone coming has been here before Local Brewers Selling Out? small crafting talk north county

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ity brews. Lucrative offers will certainly be forthcoming. Would a Big Beer acquisition in North County be bad for local business? It depends on who you ask. Complicating matters is that craft brewers nationwide have struggled to define what it means to be “craft.” When a craft brewer sells their business or partners with a macro brewer, there is also no formal process to determine whether they’re still part of the craft community. Perhaps there should be one — starting in North County. An accredited certifying agent that certifies craft breweries and brewpubs in the United States could provide both the industry and consumers some needed guidance. A rigorous review process could determine whether a brewer is craft — and when it ceases to be. Distinctive product seals could identify certified craft beers, providing important information in a marketplace distorted by “crafty” marketing and million dollar ad campaigns. It’s important to note that one of the world’s most prominent organic food certification agencies, Quality Assurance International, has been based in San Diego for more than 25 years. A craft beer certification agency based in North County would complement the presence of major craft brewers in our backyard, including Stone Brewing Company based in Escondido, and Mother Earth Brewing in Vista. I don’t begrudge St. Archer for selling control of their business to SABMiller. There is no singular path to success in the brewing industry. Still, the craft brewing community needs to come to terms with their rapid pace of growth, and the need to seize control of their collective craft “brand.” Otherwise, marketing dollars from their competitors will do it for them.

arlier this month, international conglomerate MillerCoors announced it was purchasing majority control of St. Archer Brewing Company, a craft brewer based in Mira Mesa. While some criticized the move as selling out to Big Beer, it opens a key industry leadership opportunity for North County. Unlike prior acquisitions of American craft brewers, few details were disclosed about the St. Archer-MillerCoors agreement. The financial condition and management status of St. Archer have not been disclosed, nor at this point are they likely to be. There is some evidence to suggest that this sale may be providing some sorely needed debt relief and personnel restructuring. On a positive note, pay, benefits and hours are likely to increase for workers. Product quality will also certainly improve with the professional guidance and vast resources of one of the world’s largest breweries. Historically, most corporate acquisitions in San Diego have ended up with the local company closing up shop and shipping good-paying jobs to the headquarters of the new parent company, all for cost-saving purposes. It’s clear that that won’t happen with St. Archer and MillerCoors. St. Archer has announced it is staying in San Diego, and MillerCoors has been in the midst of a strategic corporate reorganization, relying more on their “craft” portfolio and producing less beer overall. Long term, it will be leaning on St. Archer and other acquisitions like it for growth and profitability. Vince Vasquez is a policy Over the coming years, we can reasonably expect analyst at an economic think tank based in Torrey Pines. more craft brewers to be He is a Carlsbad resident. partnering with, or be purchased by, international beverage conglomerates, including those based in San Diego. For North County’s 30-plus breweries and brewpubs, such a move would be a major shake-up in a community that prides itself on a strong reputation for independent, artisan, high-qual-

The thing is, they seem important until now when everyone will be marching through my backyard and house noticing things. What? They won’t notice? I can never be convinced of that. And yes, fixtures have leaked and died, so the last several days have included calling the plumber and buying a new printer. Then I set about taking down the old, tired vertical blinds that have been ignored for 20 years. Once down, nail holes had to be spackled, matching paint had to be dug up in the garage and then, of course, a fast facelift to the stained walls above the window. The exciting news is it actually worked and looks pret-

ty good. Oh, did I mention I tried to touch up my living room with glossy instead of flat? So, while I had the paint out, I re-touched up the touch ups. Then I noticed those paint splatters that predate our arrival. I went after them with solvent and a knife and they are at least less obvious. It seems paint gets rather set after 20 years. Imagine. I then spotted dirt runoff to clear from around my patio and bailed out the rainwater from the hot tub. This required every rag towel I owned (I own a lot), which then led to several loads of laundry. Next, should I weed the patio bricks, and spray in a lame


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From Cuba, With Love One of the remaining 116 Guantanamo Bay prisoners (a man suspected of having been close to Osama bin Laden) has a dating profile on captioned “detained but ready to mingle,” the man’s lawyer Carlos Warner told Al Jazeera America in September. Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani has relentlessly proclaimed his innocence, and Warner released a series of charming letters from his client intended to humanize him. Al-Afghani commented on Lebron James, Caitlyn Jenner, the Ashley Madison website

The Continuing Crisis “Let me get this straight,” wrote an incredulous commenter in September. “(T)hose who oversee” the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Mich., have the park “populated with snakes that can bite and inflict serious wounds.” The remark was in response to a visitor’s having been bitten by one of at least 27 rattlesnakes loose (by design) on the grounds. (The Eastern Massasauga rattler is protected by state law.) On the other hand, the park has posted many snake warning signs, and

the woman who was bitten near an Idaho wildfire in had removed her shoes to multi-ply foil. (3) And then there is Arthur Brown, 78, walk in the lush grass. also “successful” in having Aluminum Foil Makes a kept his house in HermitComeback: (1) City officials age, Penn., free of “aliens” in Tarpon Springs, Fla., by sealing it in foil (alscrambled in May to find an though neighbors griped ordinance that artist Piotr in September about falling Janowski might have vio- property values). lated when he covered two palm trees, and then three sides of his rented home, in heavy-duty aluminum foil, to the consternation of neighbors. Janowski is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his work has been shown in that city’s Polish Museum of America. (2) National Forest Service officials announced success in fire retardation in August by protectively sealing a remote structure

jean gillette These things seem so obvious, once I‘m up to my neck in them, but it appears I will breath my last still learning things the hard way. What I learned today is, don’t ignore all your home maintenance projects until the week before your daughter’s wedding at said home. Yeah, I know. Duh. And presume that at least one major appliance or fixture will break, leak or die.


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one on the trip was assigned to a room with another person of the same gender. He said he and Meza did not share a bed. Gilleon said if the county is going to use the cost-of-defense strategy to settle three claims, they should do the same for his client. “Where’s that same thinking when it comes to Harold?” Gilleon asked. “They use that excuse whenever it’s convenient. I just think that the Republican supervisors chose to settle these cases because it would make Roberts look bad.” Roberts is the first new face on the five-member board since 1995 and the lone Democrat. Gilleon said based on documents and requests for information he has received, Joe Kutyla, the attorney hired by the county for Meza’s lawsuit, “made

it clear he is going to work this case to the bone … and spend county money aggressively to defend this case at all costs.” “Hypocrisy explodes at the County,” Gilleon noted in a recent online post. Gilleon said the case could drag on for at least a year unless a settlement offer is received. “I’m willing to talk to him,” Kutyla said. “He has my number. … He can call me and explain the merits of his case and why the county should pay (Meza) money. “So far he hasn’t done that,” Kutyla added. “The way I see I, it would have to be increased by a factor of 10 to the 120th power just to make frivolous. (His case) is so small it would get thrown out of smallclaims court.” Meza has not specified how much he is willing to settle for but Gilleon said it likely wouldn’t be more than what Vaughn, Masukawa and Porter received.



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include facility tours, prizes and giveaways. To learn about Taylion San Diego Academy or request additional information, please visit their website at www. About Taylion San Diego Academy Taylion San Diego Academy is a free public charter school, serving Kindergarten through 12th grade and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC accredited school offers a variety of programs to meet It has been reported that Vaughan, who was seeking $475,000, will receive $150,000. As Roberts’ chief of staff she “was required by law and by county policy to bring matters of material concern occurring in that district office to the appropriate administrators of the county,” Vaughn’s attorney, Lynne Lasry said. “This included an obligation to report issues of concern raised by those she supervised which related to the conduct of Supervisor Dave Roberts,” Lasry said, adding that her client “appreciates the board’s willingness to revisit her formal claim, to resolve it, and to move forward.” Masukawa, Roberts’ one-time policy adviser who asked for a minimum of $10,000, will be paid $120,000. Her attorney, Helen Zeldes, said her client “is pleased to have this matter behind her so she can move forward with her life. “

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each student’s individual need including virtual school and independent study, as well as various socialization activities and clubs like ASB and more. Taylion San Diego is committed to providing the most flexible options, so that students can easily benefit from personalized learning plans that are designed to allow them to thrive, excel and succeed at their own pace. Curriculum is differentiated to support student engagement, accelerate learning, enhance student achievement and is suited for varying levels of student development. Students are provided with flexible schedules, small group dynamics and access to one-on-one individualized instruction all while fostering social inclusion by countering alienation. With locations in Vista and San Marcos, Taylion San Diego continues to grow to be a partner in the North San Diego County community. For more information on Taylion San Diego Academy, call (760) 2955564 or visit them online at www.TaylionSanDiego. com. Also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “Ms. Masukawa appreciates the county’s investigation and recognition that she was forced to resign due to ‘inappropriate pressure from the supervisor’ and that her allegations were found to be credible,” Zeldes added. Porter, Roberts’ former scheduler who sought $250,000, will receive $40,000. In a statement released after the settlement was announced, Roberts said, “When my Chief of Staff retired after 22 years in that position, the transition to a new Chief did not go as well as I expected and I take full responsibility for that. Now that the settlement has taken place, we are moving forward. “While I strongly oppose the action taken … by a majority of the Board of Supervisors, I respect my colleagues’ right to make such a decision,” the statement continues. “I have said consistently that no taxpayer funds should be used to resolve these issues. “It is unfortunate that they occurred, but they are now behind us. My staff and I will continue to work hard delivering results for the people of the Third District as I have strived to do since my first day in office.” Mel Millstein, Roberts’ new chief of staff, did not respond by email when asked if his boss considered repaying the county.



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Walton’s hoops heaven will have a North County slant

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ill Walton was making his U-turn at Swami’s and maybe that’s where he had his self-realization. “I’m excited and proud that we will be celebrating so much more than basketball,’’ he said. Walton loves many things and riding his bike along Highway 101 and hoops are high on that list. That’s why he lent his name, energy and enthusiasm to the Bill Walton Basketball Festival at Petco Park. This basketball lollapalooza will feature San Diego State and the University of San Diego squaring off Dec. 5. But that’s just icing on a hoops cake that Walton is ecstatic to help bake. “This weeklong festival of life is basically the second-biggest, no-brainer in the history of the world,’’ Walton said. “We have all these things coming together and an opportunity to do things for students, athletes, children and the economy. It’s going to be an absolutely thrilling week.’’ Which promises to have a North County flavor throughout its Nov. 30 through Dec. 5 run. “I’ve heard from a lot of schools and club teams already,’’ Padres President Mike Dee said. While the college game fills the marquee, prep squads and other youth programs are included. That’s what makes the event so cool, as kids will play on the same hard court as the college sharpshooters. Dee should know. It was on his watch in Boston that the 2010 Frozen Fenway was born. Leading up to the collegiate doubleheader, the rink was overrun with tykes, adults and anyone else with blades wanting to experience athletics in a big-time setting. That’s also the vision for the Bill Walton Basketball Festival. “Even before plans for the college basketball game were finalized, we envisioned the court setup being utilized for more than just one day,’’ Dee said. “This is going to be a week full of unique opportunities for groups throughout the community. “We plan on having practices, club teams, adult leagues, really it’s basketball 24-7.’’ In North County, where high school hoops is performed at the highest levels, that’s an invitation

to contact Dee. Don’t tell him your source, but he can be reached at mdee@ Or just tug Walton’s arm when you spot him cycling on North County’s coast. He makes the trek to Swami’s on weekdays from his home hugging Balboa Park, proudly declaring it among the most beautiful rides in the world. “We’re going to make it fun,’’ Walton promised. “That’s the goal of sports.’’ Walton had a blast en route to two CIF-San Diego Section titles at Helix High, two NCAA titles at UCLA and one each with the Trail Blazers and Celtics. But the 1977 NBA MVP’s ever-present smile beams brightest when extolling the impact athletics has on youth. Maybe that’s because Walton never really grew up, despite being 6-foot-11. “Our mission is to have the most fantastic event ever and have all these young children involved say, ’Yeah, I want to play sports,’’’ Walton said. Maybe they’ll meet a future coach at a Bill Walton Basketball Festival clinic. That’s how Walton was introduced to UCLA’s John Wooden, hanging on his every word as a kid at a USD event in the early 1960s. “I am proud, privileged, honored and humbled to be a volunteer for this incredible situation where people are going to come together in our city and play basketball in PetTURN TO WALTON ON 14

The Encinitas Lions Club and the Swami’s Surfing Association host their 20th annual surf event on Sunday giving blind and visually impaired people a chance to surf and experience the waves. Photo by Tony Cagala

Blind surfers experience the feeling of waves By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The third time was the charm for Larry Graff to get his idea off the ground — or in the water — as it were. More than 20 years ago, Graff, then a member of the Lions Club, was watching TV when he saw members of the blind community water skiing. “I thought, because I’ve water skied, ‘if they can water ski, they can surf,’ so I was in the water and I paddled up to Bruce King (then president of the Swami’s Surfing Association) and I said, ‘Bruce, I’d like to take blind people surfing,’” Graff said. As Graff and King tell the story, it would take another two times for Graff to paddle out with King and try to sell the idea. On the third try, Graff was adamant about bring-

ing the idea to fruition and wouldn’t take no for an answer. King relented and they agreed that they could take blind people surfing, forging a partnership for the past 20 years. The partnership continued on Sunday at South Ponto beach where some 50 to 75 blind surfers got to experience catching waves. “They’re courageous, because I wouldn’t do this,” said King, who, 20 years later continues to be a part of the experience. “I wouldn’t go out there

and blind surf. No way. But those people are something else. “And you can feel this when they do it. You can feel the emotion and you feel everything that’s good about this whole thing. And the only way to really feel that is to do it. You can’t convey it in words,” he said. Juan Briceno, 17, had never surfed before and possibly ended up with the wave count of the day, catching at least 30 waves. It felt pretty good out

there, he said. Another of the surfers, Levi Bressan, 16, likened the experience of surfing to swimming with dolphins. Bressan has surfed in a couple of the Lions’ previous surf events and enjoys the waves. “I like catching the big ones,” he said. The event has become the highlight of the year for many of the participants who have surfed in previous events or are doing it for the very first time, exTURN TO SURFERS ON 14

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Fischer bio-pic is a match worth watching By Nathalia Aryani

I dig biopics. They inform, inspire, enlighten and entertain. And they put actors to the test and boast some of the best acting. Consider in recent years, “The Imitation Game“ (father of modern computing Alan Turing), “The Theory of Everything“ (astrophysicist Stephen Hawking), “The Wolf of Wall Street“ (stockbroker Jordan Belfort), “Rush“ (Formula One race car drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda), “Lincoln“ (President Abraham Lincoln), “The King’s Speech“ (King George VI). “Pawn Sacrifice,” directed by Edward Zwick, is no different. A paranoid Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Great Gatsby“) is shown frantically tearing his room apart for bugs, fearing that he’s being watched and listened to by the Soviets. Flashing back to his boyhood, we see a troubled kid from Brooklyn with a hostile relationship with his mother, Regina (Robin Weigert). A single confrontation so intense reveals a deep-seated anger for being kept in the dark about the identity of his father. His childhood scenes also show his neurotic tendencies, including being severely bothered by the slightest noise. Every sound is grandly amplified. Singularly obsessed with chess, Bobby is selftaught. He continues to play and beats his rivals in one match after another, gaining prominence by becoming the youngest U.S. chess champion at the age of 14. A child prodi-


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gy, he pretty much raises himself. He maintains an arm’s-length relationship with his sister, Joan (Lily Rabe). With his star rising, Bobby attracts the attention of a big-name lawyer, Paul Marshall (Michael Stuhlbarg), who offers his services pro-bono so that he could help Bobby navigating terms for competitions around the world. A priest who once beat Bobby, Father Bill Lombardy (Peter Saarsgard), tags along to provide mental support and assist in strategic preparations prior to each match. With each movement, there are so many possibilities and risks. Paul and Father Bill

both play a role in keeping Bobby, often manic with paranoia and delusions, focused and in check. Although it’s inevitable that when Bobby’s behavior grows more erratic and demands more outrageous, they become more of an enabler, particularly Paul. At one point he has the toughest task of all, making sure that Bobby actually shows up for a high-profile match. Highly volatile and combustible, Bobby has no qualm of pulling out at the last minute or walking out of a match. Facing the press and the cameras, there’s narcissistic sarcasm in Bobby’s responses, as far as his perception about himself and his opponents. Humor-

ous as they may sound, he truly believes those twisted views as reality. Bobby eventually faces Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), the Russian grandmaster, first in California and later in Iceland. In contrast with his hot-mess and anxious persona, Boris sports a cool look and silent confidence. A man of a few words, he’s always surrounded by an entourage and gets the best amenities, to the utter dismay of Bobby. The world championship in 1972 in Iceland is the focus of all championships and it is as tense as it can get. The scenes are optimally shot, zooming in on the chess clock and maneu-


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vers of pieces on the board, facial reactions and body gestures of the actors. News footage from the past is interspersed with the games. You don’t necessarily need to know the rules of the game in order to become absorbed in the film. Maguire personifies the polarizing figure and does it in spades. And kudos to the filmmaker, as chess, unlike a physical sport, is not easy to translate to the big screen. The championship is held at a time where America needs a public boost the most, amidst the Cold War, Vietnam and Watergate. Bobby delivers that and chess mania sweeps the nation and the world. As controversial as he is, he becomes an idol. The closing scenes show the real Bobby onscreen and flashes of his life events, deteriorating post winning. In the end, the greatest opponent of the greatest chess player in history is not Spassky or any other grandmaster. It’s Bobby Fischer himself. He’s a pawn of his own inner demon. Brisk and blistering, “Pawn Sacrifice” is a captivating character study about a prodigy, player, champion and pawn. Nathalia Aryani is a film columnist and has a movie blog, The MovieMaven: sdmoviemaven.

SEPT. 26 MUSIC IN A DAY Museum of Making Music (MoMM) will be hosting its inaugural Learn to Play Day featuring free music lessons and workshops from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Open to all ages, Instruments will be provided. ARTSPLASH The Carlsbad ArtSplash Chalk Art and Entertainment Festival dives onto Armada Drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Event-goers will find free parking and free admission to arts, music, entertainment and food, 3D chalk art and a parade with the Fern Street Circus. Event proceeds benefit arts and music programs in North County schools. For more information, visit carlsbadartsplash and, JAZZ DUO Gifted jazz pianist Mikan Zlatkovich and his JazzMikan Trio Plus headline with Lori Bell on flute, Katie Thiroux on bass, Matt Witek on drums and special guest, Jamie Shadowlight on electric violin at 7:30 pm. Sept. 26 at the Brooks Theatre,217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. All tickets seats are $15 online at oceansidetheatre. org or call the Box Office at 760-433-8900. ART AT GARDEN The Double Takes Art/ Photo Show & Sale will be held from 9 am to 5 pm. Sept. 26 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission to gardens. For more information, events.htm. SEPT. 27 THE CAT’S BACK Youngsters ages 3 to 5 will enjoy the live stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 11

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The Cat in the Hat comes to the California Center for the Arts Sept. 27 for a fun-filled children’s performance. Courtesy photo

Cat in the Hat comes to Escondido By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — In the words of the famous adopted San Diegan Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” If anyone knows how to have fun, it’s the Cat in the Hat and the storybook will come to life Sept. 27 at the California Center for the Arts. “(The performance) feels just as youthful and exhilarating as reading a Dr. Seuss book," said director David Barker.

Nonprofit theatre company Childsplay is among a handful of companies in the U.S. putting on the performance and it comes to the Center for the Arts for only one day. The show will introduce children to themes of rhyme, imagination, literacy, responsibility and creativity. The story follows the Cat in the Hat, a mischievous cat in a tall red and white-striped hat. Sally and her brother get the surprise of a life-

time when a rainy day is transformed into a funfilled romp through their home, complete with Thing One and Thing Two. The 45-minute show is recommended for children in grades pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade with shows at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $18 and the San Diego Children’s Museum, which is across the street, is offering free admission to attendees. An optional discussion follows the performance.

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NINJAGO RIDE BEGINS CONSTRUCTION Legoland California announces the opening of Ninjago, a new interactive attraction on Sept. 17. A new ride is currently under construction and will allow the riders to control the outcome. Riders will use hand gestures to shoot at targets during the ride, which is set to open in the spring. The new attraction is based on the popular Cartoon Network series of the same name. Photo by Ellen Wright


Festival opening night film “Septembers of Shiraz” and party will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Reading Cinemas Theater 1, 701 5th St., San Diego presented by Harrah’s Resort So Cal. The SDFF is headquartered in Del Mar.

try Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. The CONTINUED FROM 10 evening includes dinner, Cat in the Hat” at noon stories, spoken-word perand 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the formance, poetry and live California Center for the music, sponsored by San Arts, Escondido, 239 S. KalDiego Writers, Ink. Tickets mia St., Escondido. are $50. To submit a story, e -ma i lszsleep @ pacbel l. SEPT. 28 net or call (858) 357-7877. OCT. 1 NOTES FROM DOROSOLO BLUES Local Proceeds will support the THY North Coast Reperto- guitarist Robin Henkel Rancho Coastal Humane ry presents “One Perfect plays solo blues, 7:30 to Society. Rose,” stories and poems by 10:30 p.m. Oct 1 at Zel’s Del Dorothy Parker at 7:30 p.m. Mar, 1247 Camino Del Mar, MARK THE CALENDAR Sept. 28. To order tickets, Del Mar For information, MUSIC OF ‘ANNE visit the at northcoastrep. call (858) 755-0076. FRANK’ San Marcos Theorg, or call the box office, RESCUE STORIES atre West will present the (858) 481-1055. Hear true stories about peo- musical production of “The ple and their pets at “Who Diary of Anne Frank” at 2 SEPT. 30 Rescued Whom?” from 6 to and 6 pm. Oct. 4 at the San FINE FILMS The San 9 p.m. Oct.1, 6 to 9 p.m., at Marcos Community Center, Diego Film Foundation the Lomas Santa Fe Coun- 3 Civic Center Drive. Ticket prices are $15 at (760) 8067905 or visit broadway MEN IN TIGHTS The city of San Marcos Theatre West Youth Theater presents the musical production, “Robin Hood,” at Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. THE $50 MILLION CAMPAIGN FOR CALIFORNIA on Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS IS A UNITED at the San Marcos CommuEFFORT ENCOMPASSING OUR COMMITMENT TO nity Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Tickets are $10 at the Community Center or may Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders be purchased at the door. For more information, go Great Communities est or call (760) 744 9000. MURDER MYSTERY Solving Critical Issues Get tickets now for the murder mystery “Par for the Corpse,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 and at 2 At Cal State San Marcos we lead with innovation and p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lake San nurture a culture of bold ideas, novel approaches and Marcos Conference Center, 1105 La Bonita Drive. ambitious aspirations. We aren’t satisfied with the Tickets are $14 at sanmarstatus quo. We think big. We ask, ‘how can this be or call (760) done?’ and then we roll up our sleeves and get 290-4252. to work. TASTE & STROLL Get tickets now for the Del Mar Village Taste & Art Stroll This campaign, undertaken at this pivotal moment with Artisan stroll 9 a.m. to in our University and regional history, is not just 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Winston inevitable-it’s imperative. We must succeed because School, 215 9th St., Del Mar, we know the impact our accomplishments will have with taste and sip stops from noon to 3 p.m. Visit on individuals, families and communities. taste.delmarmainstreet. com or the Del Mar Village Learn more at Association, 1104 Camino Del Mar Suite 1, Del Mar.



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his month marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast, and we all remember the horrific images of New Orleans’ residents hanging on for dear life in so many ways. Recent media coverage has demonstrated how the Crescent City has been resurrected in some areas but is struggling in others. The historic St. Roch neighborhood took its hits, but is springing back to life. Never heard of St. Roch? “We are located between the Ninth Ward and the French Quarter — a few blocks from the river,” explains Myron Clark, recently promoted to manager at St. Roch Market, an old building enjoying an incarnation as a new restaurant — or perhaps more accurately, as 13 new businesses.

A historic park in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Jackson Square is a National Historic Landmark. It is named after President Andrew Jackson who proved himself a hero at the Battle of New Orleans, the final Royal Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter dates to the French colo- The historic St. Roch Market, lomajor battle of the War of 1812. Jackson prevented the British from tak- nial era and is considered to be the epicenter for local art and high-end cated in the New Orleans neighing the city. Photo by Jeff Anding shops, galleries, hotels and restaurants. Photo by Jeff Anding borhood of the same name, began as a 19th century open air market. The market was a sea- and offering a diverse menu hood, named after the patron Closed for 10 years in 2005 beThis gloriously restored building, which began as an food restaurant during the of produce and foods from saint of good health, earned cause of flooding from Hurricane open-air market in 1875, has ‘60s and ‘70s, then was nearly the world over. its moniker from the saint Katrina, the market opened six been through several incar- destroyed by Katrina. The offerings include considered to be the patron months ago as a restaurant with 13 stations offering foods from After the hurricane, local produce (this vendor of good health. nations. around the world. Photo by Rush

It was closed during the Depression and slated for demolition, but residents came to its rescue. Their protests were heard, and in 1937, the market was restored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s programs that put desperate people to work.

St. Roch Market sat idle for a decade, “then renovation started in 2010 and lasted until 2014,” explained co-owner Will Donaldson. “It’s been opened for about six months and we have a full complement of vendors.” Which means that all 13 “stalls” in the gorgeous, elegant interior are occupied


supplies other vendors in the market); an oyster bar; exotic waffles; fresh seafood and seafood dishes; Nigerian cuisine; gourmet baked goods (gluten-free and vegan selections available daily); and something called Koreole, “a little bit of Creole flavor with traditional Korean dishes.” The St. Roch neighbor-

A German priest who immigrated to New Orleans promised during the yellow fever epidemics of 1867 and 1878 that if no one died in his parish, he would build a chapel in honor of St. Roch. No one died in either epidemic and the chapel was built. Today, the church and adjacent cemetery continue

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to be a highly visited site. St. Roch Market and other new homes and establishments continue to appear in post-Katrina New Orleans neighborhoods but not without controversy. Longtime residents — typically black, working-class and low-income — say that gentrification is causing property values to rise and this is pricing them out of their neighborhoods. Whatever happens, visitors are sure to continue coming to New Orleans to see and enjoy the rich fabric of the city created by its people, food, neighborhoods and history. Visitors to “NOLA” (popular acronym for New Orleans, Louisiana) this fall will have plenty to see and do. • New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 15-22) — What began as a local production has developed into a premier, Oscar-qualifying, film festival that attracts thousands of producers, directors, writers and actors from across the globe. Films are shown throughout the city. • Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (Oct. 16-18) — Lots of great food; lots of great music. Held in the Central Business District. • Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest (Nov. 14-15) — Come hungry to take on the eighth annual celebration of New Orleans’ signature dish. Features a smorgasbord of gumbos in every variety — including vegan — complete with a side of the city’s finest brass, jazz and R&B bands. treme-gumbo. • Oak Street Po’Boy Festival (Nov. 22) — Celebrate the famous New Orleans sandwich with this annual street party. Features traditional roast beef and oyster, as well as fried lobster and softshell crab. poboyfest. com/. • For more information, and E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@



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An Iowa pork cutlet sandwich was one of the odd, but delicious offerings at the Charger game. Photo by David Boylan

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will admit up front that I was at the Charger’s game a few weeks ago because they were playing my hometown team the Detroit Lions. The Detroit Lions, at the time, had not played a game and had the promise of a winning season in front of them. They have since dropped to 0-2 and that promise has faded as it always does. I’ve also become a Charger fan over the years so this game really was a win-win scenario for me. Besides all that, I heard that the pre-game tailgating was taken very seriously and sure enough, we arrived two hours early and the parking lot was already full with pop-up tents, RVs, grills, smokers and full-on portable kitchen setups. We were lucky to find a place to park at all. The crowd was also full of Detroit fans so that was a treat and everywhere we walked showing our Detroit colors folks were eager to invite us in to sample their food. But it was the crew from Oceanside next to us that had one of the more impressive setups I’ve seen anywhere. They were Pacific Islanders and turns out one of them owns a restaurant in Oceanside called Guahan Grill that features the cuisine of Guam. I’ll be following up with them for a future Lick the Plate column for sure. They had a grill going where they were finishing baby back ribs, chicken thighs and much to my delight, big fat

oysters. I simply went over to inquire about the oysters on the grill and was welcomed like family and given a heaping plate that included all of what I just mentioned. Everything on that plate including a big heaping scoop of macaroni salad was amazing. I must say they were all huge Charger’s fan but welcomed me anyway — even with my Detroit jersey on. This was not your stereotypical beer and brats tailgate action happening. The variety of the food being consumed reflected the diverse ethnic melting pot that made up the crowd. In fact, I heard a lot of folks just came down for the pre-game party and did not even attend the game. Some of those folks were so loaded at noon I’m not sure how they could make it through a full game anyway. Finally it was time to leave the party and make our way into the stadium. This was the most uncomfortable part of the day as it was just before kickoff and thousands of folks had the same idea, with very limited entry points. The wait in the sun packed liked sardines in a line that did not move almost had me to the point of going back out to enjoy the party for a while longer. Once in, our seats were in the shade, which I was thankful for. Our first stop for food was the traditional stadium hot dog and while it is really not fair to judge any stadium hot dog against the Tiger Stadium dog I enjoyed growing up — which was, by far, the best ever hands down — the Charger dog or whatever it was called was lukewarm and served on a dry bun. It was almost inedible but of course we ate it anyway and shortly after that of course, we noticed a whole row of food TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14

With peach season on its way out, be sure to try this Pork and Peaches dish. Photo by Alicia Ross

guarantees a tender result and it’s simmered in the peach sauce for full flavor. The most difficult aspect of today’s recipe is peeling the peaches, which is not that hard, really. But if you can find freestone peaches in your produce department or, better yet, fresh from the orchard, go for those. It just makes pitting and slicing easier. Any variety of peach will be delicious in this mildly sweet and slightly savory sauce. Serve your pork with rice or butter noodles and a crisp green salad to round out your meal. Enjoy! Suggested menu Pork and Peaches Butter noodles Crisp green salad Pork and Peaches Start to finish: less than 30 minutes Yield: 4 servings

By Alicia Ross


3 cups peeled, pitted and sliced fresh peaches 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/3 cup light brown sugar Juice and zest from 1 lemon 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound (1/2 package) pork tenderloin Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

each season is almost gone, so you will not want to wait until next year for this delicious dinner of Pork and Peaches. What’s more, you can get this delectable meal on the table in 30 minutes. Its stovetop preparaIn a medium saucetion makes this recipe fly pan, combine peaches, together. Pork tenderloin water, wine, sugar, lemon

juice and zest. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until peaches are soft. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium. Slice the tenderloin on the bias, about 1/2 inch thick. Season the slices on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the pork in the hot oil and cook on medium for about 3 minutes on each side or until the edges are slightly brown and pork is cooked through. When peaches are soft, pour off most of the juices directly into the pork pan, leaving about 2 tablespoons with the peaches. Remove the peaches from heat. Add the Dijon to the pork and peach juice and stir to mix. Stir and cook the pork and peach juices until the syrup reduces and begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Serve pork with reserved peaches over rice or butter noodles, if desired. Approximate values per serving: 280 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated), 83 mg cholesterol, 30 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 83 mg sodium. (Cook’s Note: The sodium content is affected by the amount of seasoning added to the pork prior to cooking; 83 mg is the nutritional value of an unsalted

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in classrooms around the district. And later in the year 15 more kits will go into Escondido school classrooms. Monte Vista Elementary received a kit last year. Their school was the first in Vista’s school district to receive one of the kits, according to the Monte Vista Elementary’s Principal Charlene Smith. Smith applied for the kit as part of a fifth-grade classroom service-learning project in conjunction with Solutions Farms, also based in Vista. “The students were investigating different solutions for repurposing fish sediment that collects in the pump,” she said. “And the children actually got to see the plants growing and the fish growing and feeding off of the plants and they got to see the whole cycle.” The classroom is using the kit once again this year, Smith said. “It’s real-life experience,” she added. “This brought it right into the


asked Abed and the council to have a survey to gauge resident’s views on the future of the city, which Abed said was a great idea. Abed said the city historically doesn’t support every proposed housing development but does support “quality developments,” like that of Latitude 33. Last month, the same developer was approved for



continuous problem with a retail store. The business, he said, has resulted in the store “operating illegally.” “I don’t want that,” Campbell added. “Creating an ordinance after the fact is impossible. This is the correct way to do it.” Several residents spoke to the council all but one in support of the ban. Susan Powell and Linda Sabo both told the coun-


and photosynthesis, beyond the textbooks, she added. Apart from the scientific components being taught is the side benefit of kids learning about healthy eating. If a student watches kale grow, for instance, Cole explained, they might

be more eager to try it, rather than have it show up on a plate in front of them. “A lot of kids, they don’t necessarily know where their food comes from, especially in urban San Diego areas…and this is giving them the opportunity to grow their own food and actually want to try it and eat it,” she said. Also at hand comes the lesson of learning how people use their resources, Bailey explained. “We have to successfully live within our means, particularly within California and with hitting limitations in California with the drought,” he added. “Using our resources wisely goes far beyond agriculture,” Bailey said. “It goes to our agriculture, it goes to our energy production, it goes to our transportation. If we can get students to think differently about how we utilize and work with our natural systems, I think that can bring a holistic approach to sustainability. We can’t just target agriculture, or transportation, or energy, we have to think differently about all of them.”

another condominium project, with 112 units. Abed said they were approved because the upscale condos attract people with disposable incomes that are good for the city’s economy. He also pointed out that developments in the city are guided by the city’s general plan, which undergoes extensive public scrutiny. “The public approved the general plan so we are making development decisions based on the public

vote,” Abed said. Another issue a resident brought up was a city employee who was recently fired for running an anti-Semitic website. About three months ago, John Friend was fired from his administrative position in the city manager’s office. Abed would not comment on personnel issues but said as soon as Friend’s website was discovered, the city took action.

classroom and they got to live it everyday…it was practical experience for them.” Kait Cole, outreach coordinator at ECOLIFE, said, from the teacher’s perspective, the kit is a new tool for them to use. It’s a way to visually learn complex science standards such as the nitrogen cycle

Using our resources wisely goes far beyond agriculture.” Morgan Bailey, Ph.D. ECOLIFE

cil of how each bought a dog bred in a puppy mill and each animal suffered a lifetime of illnesses and medical issues. Sabo, who was a former Humane Society board member, said he dog went to five veterinarians and had both hips replaced due to subpar breeding. Powell’s pet, meanwhile, suffered from ongoing digestive problems. Resident Tom Flemming, however, opposed the ban saying the council

didn’t need to be “stacking regulation on regulation.” Other residents commented on the horrors of puppy mill breeding and how it has lead to euthanasia, cruel conditions among other problems. Vista joins San Diego, Encinitas and Chula Vista as other cities in the county to have bans. San Marcos, which delayed its vote on a ban, had a retail store open thus leading their city council to pass a moratorium, which expires in April.


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plained Bob Mangini, Encinitas Lions Club treasurer and chairman of the event. Every mid-September the club fills up the beach with surfers and surfboards. “It makes us feel good, it’s something we all enjoy doing,” Mangini said. Mangini said because of their blind surfing event, two other Lions Clubs, one in Hawaii and in Australia, have started similar events. There are about 42 members of the Encinitas

Lions Club, which is part of the Lions Clubs International that began in 1917 with the intent on helping and improving the communities they serve. Some of Encinitas Lions Clubs’ notable community improvement projects include the installation of audible crosswalk signals in downtown Encinitas and the offering of sight clinics where they provide eye exams and distribute prescription eyeglasses. The nonprofit club receives money for its projects through donations and fundraising.

The Lions are one of the few clubs, Mangini said, that 100 percent of the income for charity goes out. Graff said when he first started the event it would be just helping blind people surf and experience the waves. “But as it turns out, we have a profound impact on the volunteers and the surfers,” he said. “This helps people who are living with disabilities experiencing something that they haven’t experienced before. It helps create an awareness in everybody about overcoming challenges,” he said.



town investment groups who want to charge more for rent using fair market price as a starting point. The problem, he said, is it would force seniors and military veterans on fixed incomes out of their homes. They could move to other cities, or in the worst-case scenarios for some would be homelessness. “At the end of the day, public opinion will go against them very strongly,” Campbell said. Park owners started negotiations asking for their residents to pay for operating and 100 percent capital replacement costs plus $150 rent increase upon a sale and $50 rent increases in the second and third years. Generally, the rent can’t increase more than 2 percent although if there is a break in homeowner-to-homeowner sales, rent can increase more. Yet, another issue was when a tenant leaves, a


trucks and our sporting event, beer-fueled munchies kicked in again. Ironically, I had just seen a feature in Thrillist about the “must have” food from every state. For Iowa it was the pork cutlet sandwich that sounded so delicious I wanted to hop on a plane to Iowa just to have one. Much to my delight, one of the food trucks was


including a fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. One in 150 people with the virus have serious neurologic complications that can be life threatening. People over the age of 50 years old and with weakened immune systems have an increased risk of compli-



uary. The amphitheatre will also present a number of shows, meaning they will bring in outside productions plus the program’s four summer shows. To offset the cost, however, Kays said the cultural program is reach-



attorney general, only to be reminded that independently-elected official did not work for him. He appointed a former utility company president to regulate that company as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. Would Trump, who has bragged about taking advantage of federal bankruptcy laws because “everyone else in my position does,” display similar desires to be a kind of strongman? There’s little

SEPT. 25, 2015 third party would buy the home and not owner occupied, and a storage lease would be applied to the third party. When a new buyer came in, the park owners would base the rent off the storage lease, which was not apart of the original accord. “It was a purely a way to game the system,” Campbell said. “It affects availability for future residents. They want to move everything to market (rate). Of course we have to care about the future because we have this large and growing senior population looking for housing.” Campbell said several parks declined to disclose their operating costs to him, even though at least one park, Green Valley Mobile Home Park, which is owned by Rutherford Investments, pulled in $1.3 million plus gross (revenue). Average rent in Green Valley is between $725 to $750 plus any existing mortgage. “Don’t tell me you’re

not making a profit,” he said. “You’re just trying to increase your bottom line. I said you don’t want to go before the public on this because they will run you out of town, figuratively speaking, over putting seniors and veterans on the street because they can’t afford their rent.” If the deal falls through, Campbell said the city would take up the issue and “take a stronger, more heavy-handed approach.” Despite the outcome of the deal, Campbell said the residents he has spoken with are “cautiously optimistic.” Campbell said five park owners have been active in the process with 1112 who is expected to sign as well. There are other parks not owned by investment groups and generally follow the accord without signing the document. “The deal isn’t over until it’s inked,” Campbell said. “There is also the enforcement side. We can’t have these games that they were playing.”

called the “Iowa Breaded,” which translates into pork cutlet sandwiches. This simple breaded and fried pork cutlet on a bun with a couple of pickles and nothing else hit the spot like little else in my sporting event foodie memory. Not sure why it was there, but it was, and it was delightful. There were plenty of other food truck choices and next time the Lions are in town, I will

have to check them out, that is if we still have a football team in San Diego.

cations. The county has found more than double the amount of dead birds that tested positive for the virus compared to last year. Thus far, 95 dead birds with the virus have been counted and 18 batches of mosquitoes tested positive. Last year, 41 dead birds and six mosquitoes batches tested positive. According to public

health officials, late summer is when the virus peaks. “The late summer is when we expect West Nile virus to peak, and there were cases diagnosed through October last year, so people need to protect themselves from this potentially deadly disease,” said County public health officer Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.

ing out to other entities in neighboring cities. “You’re buying what they are selling,” Kays said. “We wanted to bring more into this venue. We want to use it and utilize it more throughout the year. We do musical theater, but that is a small aspect of the entertainment spectrum.” Moonlight Stage Pro-

ductions has released its 2016 schedule and includes “Sister Act” from June 15 to July 2, 2016; “Peter Pan” from July 20 to Aug. 6; “Titanic” runs Aug. 17 to Sept. 3; and “The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy” from Sept. 14 to Oct. 1. Tickets go on sale in January and for information contact (760) 724-2110.

doubt he would bring at least as much bombast to the office. Democrats who now belittle Trump’s White House chances because he doesn’t pepper his speeches with many facts or pay much heed to what he could do by himself if elected should remember Reagan, who as a campaigner also did not bother much with facts. When faced with tough questions in the early months of his winning 1980 campaign, he often turned toward the wings offstage, saying

“I’ll let Ed (Meese) answer that one,” referring to a top aide he later appointed U.S. attorney general. When an opponent rattled off facts and pointed out his contradictions during debates, he grinned wryly into the camera and said, “There he goes again.” So might Trump if Democrats keep taking him lightly. That’s the lesson for them from Reagan and Schwarzenegger, the only other big-time celebrities to seek the highest office they possibly could.

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Fighting Fifth Marines blitz Camp Pendleton beach By Sgt. Eric Keenan

CAMP PENDLETON — Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment conducted an amphibious landing as part of Exercise Dawn Blitz on the beaches of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 5, 2015. Dawn Blitz is a multinational, amphibious training exercise designed to hone the amphibious landing skills of I Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Expeditionary Strike Group Three and allies of the United States. “One of our biggest strengths in the Marine Corps is that we can rapidly build combat power ashore,” said Capt. Joe Fontanetta, Alpha Company commander, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. During the exercise’s amphibious landing, Alpha Company Marines were transported by 14 amphibious assault vehicles with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion from the USS Somerset to the shore of Camp Pendleton. “We are able to train and learn how to deploy from a ship, come ashore, and whether it’s a combat or a humanitarian mission, we do it efficiently,” said Fontanetta. After taking the beach, the Marines pushed further into Camp Pendleton to set up a defensive position against a simulated enemy. The Marines will be fighting this simulated enemy until the close of the exercise, Sept. 10. “It is a coordinated effort

Marines with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion unhook towing cables from an amphibious assault vehicle following an amphibious landing during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Photo by Sgt. Eric Keenan

across the battalion,” Fontanetta said. “We take one beach with a small boat company by the cover of night from over the horizon and then come in hard with a mechanized company with armor, speed

and firepower. Then when [the enemy is] trying to figure out what to do, we’ve got a company flying ashore cutting off they’re lines of communications.” This exercise is another

step toward the Marine Corps strengthening and returning to its amphibious roots. “Amphibious landings are what pays the bills for the Marine Corps,” said Gunnery Sgt. Heath

Fernald, a platoon sergeant with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. “We’ve shown during this exercise that we are capable of splashing out from multiple amphibious ships effectively.”

Camp Pendleton school holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new track By Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez

CAMP PENDLETON — Camp Pendleton’s North Terrace Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the school’s new track, Sept. 2. Glen Bullock, a former Marine and owner of a local construction company, volunteered time, materials and equipment for the project. “It feels great to be able to help out like this,” said Bullock. “I did 10 years in the Marine Corps and my wife and I don’t have kids so this is a great way to help

out and give back to the community.” Bullock also encouraged his employees and associates, several of them former service members, to join him and volunteer their time and skill to work on the project. The former service members provided additional construction materials and expertise for the project, which began early August and took three weeks to complete. “It’s a labor of love for former service members to be able to help out like this,” said Bullock. Camp Pendleton’s North Terrace Elementary School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the school’s new track, Sept. 2. Photo by Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez

The school’s running and expressed their grati- nated with a celebratory lap by the school’s running team provided handmade tude for his hard work. The ceremony culmi- team around the new track. gifts and cards to Bullock “We didn’t have a track before, so I’m grateful for Glenn for donating 100 percent of his time and resources in building the track,” said Carrasco.

North Terrace Elementary School belongs to the Oceanside Unified School District and is one of three base schools part of that district. It serves more than 800 pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students on base.

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brate the North County Quilters’ Association’s 30th anniversary at its Quilt Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Williams Barn-Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. Bring a copy of this calendar for $1 off $5 entry. For more information, contact Carrie Harrison at (760) 822-9977 or HARBOR DAYS Oceanside Harbor Days run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. The Oceanside Outrigger Boat Club invite you to paddle out with club members from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both event days. For more information go to OceansideHarborDays. com. WHEELS AND MORE Cruising for the Cause will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at Mission Marketplace Shopping Center, 427 College Blvd. For more information, visit DEMOCRATS GATHER The Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Speakers include Dr. Sunny Cooke, president, Mira Costa College, and Vicki Chin from the San Diego Chapter of the Brady Campaign. For more information, contact Carol at (760) 753-4082 or visit demcco. org. SEPT. 27 PEDAL FOR PARKINSON’S Bicyclists will ride a 5-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile ride or a spinning class during Pedal for Parkinson’s Sept. 27, starting at Revolution Bike Shop, 235 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach. Entry is $45 each. Sign up at SEPT. 30 SIERRA CLUB MEETS Sierra Club North County will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido. Enjoy a “ Climb to the Roof of Africa – Kilimanjaro” lecture and slideshow. For more information, visit or call (760) 484-3440. OCT. 1 DISCUSS AND LEARN The North County Jewish Seniors Club sponsors a free Current Events Discussion Group on the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. The club will also hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Oceanside Senior Center. Speaker will be Michael Winkelman on changes in the Medicare program. Reservations are not required. Call (619) 840-6800. DARK IN OCTOBER Bonsai and Beyond will not meet in the months of October and December 2015. For more information, call Phil at (858) 259-9598 \ OCT. 2 DROP RUMMAGE SALE ITEMS You can drop


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