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Stone Brewing chooses Stipp as new CEO

COVID-19 takes toll on enrollment

By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — Stone Brewing, founded in San Diego in 1996 and ranked as the country’s ninth-largest craft brewery, Sept. 1 announced the hiring of Maria Stipp as CEO, effective Sept. 14. Stipp spent the past five years as CEO of Lagunitas Brewing Company and before that was president of ecoATM, a company launched in Stone’s hometown of San Diego. Prior to ecoATM, Stipp was executive vice president at STIPP Activision, where she was responsible for “Call of Duty” and “Guitar Hero,” and further in the past, she did stints at Miller Brewing Co. and Kelloggs. “Maria has all the qualities we were looking for in a CEO,” said Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing co-founder and interim CEO. “She brings experience from a very well-respected brewery, and experience from outside the industry too. She lives up to our values and has long admired our revolutionary spirit,” he said. “Most importantly, she’ssomeone co-founder Greg Koch and I are honored and excited to work with. And the latter is a must, because we’re sticking around!’’ Stipp will oversee Stone’s West and East Coast brewing production facilities in Escondido and Richmond, Virginia, respectively, along with two Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens locations and seven Stone Brewing Tap Room locations nationwide, and oversee distribution to all 50 states and more than 40 countries. She will also hold a seat on the Stone Brewing Board of Directors.

By Catherine Allen

change to the sign and its companion along Santa Fe Avenue between Vista Village and Civic Center drives. Both signs will read “Vista” with “Paseo Santa Fe” tucked below. The decision came after a spirited discussion among councilmembers. “We’re going to be building another sign, have another unveiling … and 3,000 people signed a petition to change the wording because Vista wasn’t on there,” said Councilman Joe Green, who brought the issue to the council. “All I wanted to do was put it out

REGION — Early data from two school districts show enrollment dropped as distance learning began. Some families are opting in for homeschooling and other alternatives instead. San Marcos Unified and Encinitas Union Elementary School Districts started the 2020-21 year with slumps in enrollment, compared to the same day last year. Previously, both relatively consistent enrollment since 2015, according to Ed-Data. Disenrollment appears more common among younger students, as Encinitas Union’s 11% drop illustrates. This decrease stems directly from COVID-19, Assistant Superintendent Joe Dougherty said. For San Marcos Unified, 33% of disenrollment in elementary came from the transitional kindergarten and kindergarten levels, according to Assistant Superintendent Mark Schiel. Total enrollment in San Marcos dropped 5% year on year, comparing the district’s data from day three of each school year. Broken down by grade level, the district saw its largest decrease in middle school, which lost 9% enrollment compared to 2019. Elementary enrollment dipped 7%, while high school enrollment gained 1%. “[San Marcos Unified] takes pride in the education that we provide,” Schiel said. “We believe that our enrollment will return to normal when we are able to return to in-person instruction.” Between the third and fifth day of the school year, San Marcos Unified added 71 elementary students (+1%), Schiel said. Likewise, Dougherty believes enrollment in Encinitas will climb once the uncertainty of COVID-19 subsides. But others think enrollment may not bounce back




On Aug. 28, with Legoland in Carlsbad as the backdrop, Supervisor Jim Desmond and a group North County mayors called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow more businesses to open, including Legoland, which employs nearly 3,000 people. Behind Desmond are Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara (blocked from view), San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. STORY ON PAGE 3. Courtesy photo

Vista approves renaming gateway arches By Steve Puterski

VISTA — More than 20 years ago, the Vista City Council focused up on revitalizing and cleaning up Paseo Santa Fe, more commonly known as downtown. Riddled with crime and prostitution, the city was aggressive in its pursuit to change the image and began a long process of doing so. Four years ago, with much of those goals met, the city unveiled its gateway arch, but the reaction was mixed. The sign read Paseo Santa Fe, leaving some residents and those residing outside the city a bit con- THE GATEWAY ARCH at Vista Village Drive and Santa Fe Avefused. But on Aug. 25, the nue will be renamed with “Vista” being the prominent name council approved a name and “Paseo Santa Fe” underneath. Photo by Steve Puterski


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San Marcos Unified to vote again on reopening plan Sept. 15 By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) will hold a governing board meeting on Sept. 15 to vote on in-person instructional models that will be presented to the board at a special board meeting on Sept. 4. The first vote on a reopening plan was held July 21 and failed 2-3. SMUSD began classes virtually for all students on Aug. 18 per Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic plan for California’s schools. Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until

their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. San Diego County was on the Monitoring List, but has remained off of it for 14 days. On Aug. 2, families decided between two options for their students. The first is remote learning/in-person learning, which aims to ultimately return students to physical school if and when it is safe to do so. The second is the Leading Edge Virtual School (LEVS), which is an online option for students who wish to remain off campus for the entirety of the school year.

Elected officials call for more equitable state plan for business By Steve Puterski

REGION — Every job is essential. It’s the message of Supervisor Jim Desmond and mayors of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido and Legoland California Resort President Kurt Stocks during a press conference Aug. 28 urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow more businesses to open. After the press conference, Newsom released a new set of criteria for counties to meet regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Desmond said he was disappointed the governor is changing the requirements and said the state should pivot its regulations through non-essential and essential businesses and industry sectors, to a more inclusive policy. The “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” according to Newsom, is based on a county’s case and positivity rates. Widespread (purple) is more than seven cases per 100,000 residents per day; red (substantial) is four to seven cases per 100,000; moderate (orange) is one to 3.9, and yellow (minimal) is under one per day. San Diego County is currently in a substantial category. “Here we are six months into the COVID virus and now we got a new

set of criteria to meet,” Desmond said. “Just last week we got off the watchlist. It just seems like we’re kicking the can down the road again. It didn’t give us any local control and it’s still being controlled by the governor’s office.” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said the new criteria appear arbitrary with a lack of standards. Additionally, he said the previous policy, along with the new one, picks winners and losers, thus hurting business owners and put in jeopardy their livelihoods and those of their employees. Hall said it is difficult to explain to those who’ve not owned a business of all the nuances, costs and struggles to maintain a business. As a businessman himself, Hall said many feel a connection to their employees and families, thus reopening safely and following protocols should not be based on a sector and everyone should be treated the same. Hall said the city has 20,000 workers in the leisure sector and those people need to work to meet their financial responsibilities. “I think it shows how united we are on the 78 corridor,” Hall said. “From the very beginning, it’s always TURN TO BUSINESS ON 6

The district has still not announced when they will resume in-person classes for students whose families chose the in-person learning model. In the meantime, they have shared a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) that “details [their] efforts to address the academic and social/emotional needs of students in the remote instruction environment,” but does not actually include an in-person instructional model. Families were originally told that they must stick to their chosen learning model for the entire school

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Aug. 12 to extend the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for the third time to Sept. 30, 2020, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The eviction moratorium, which expired on July 31, was originally adopted by City Council on April 8 and was extended on May 20 and again on June 24. The original mandate followed an executive order that was issued in March by Gov. Gavin Newsom creating a statewide eviction moratorium. On May 29, Newsom extended the statewide order through July 28, 2020, but has not extended it further. The city’s urgency ordi-

nance makes it unlawful to evict a residential or commercial tenant in Escondido if the tenant has provided notice to their landlord that they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. Once the moratorium expires, tenants will have up to three months to pay all of the rent owed. During the meeting, Councilman Michael Morasco pointed out the financial hardships being faced by not only tenants, but landlords as well. In response, Councilwoman Olga Diaz suggested they consider using a portion of the city’s share of the federal CARES Act funds to help landlords who may be financially impacted due to tenants who can’t

his current teacher is not a LEVS teacher, and a bunch of other students that are LEVS, when they should have just grouped them together from the start,” Greefkes said. “So the option that we picked, which was supposed to be the most consistent, is actually going to create a bunch of disruption for our kid.” Other districts in the county, like San Diego Unified School District, plan to reopen in phases beginning late September by bringing back their youngest students or students with special needs first for in-person support.

SDSU moves classes online after student outbreak By City News Service

REGION — San Diego State University announced Sept. 2 it is immediately shifting all in-person classes to an online format for the next four weeks after reporting 64 student COVID-19 infections since the semester began last week. While the majority of those are unrelated cases, a few are related to “off-campus, non-educational” activities, said Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s director of epidemiology. Close contacts of all the students, including roommates and family members, have been notified. “This is expected,” McDonald said of students from many different backgrounds coming together in one place. “We do expect more cases. “There have been no hospitalizations yet, but the vast majority have had symptoms. Young people are less likely to suffer symptoms, but this is not the cold or flu. This is a very serious illness.” Luke Wood, SDSU’s vice president for student affairs and campus diversity, said all 200 in-person classes — mostly lab work classes — would move online, and all students who have moved into campus housing would be able to move out if they so choose. “Our students are welcome to stay,” he said. “And

Coronavirus in North County

As of Aug. 31, 38,871 people in San Diego County have tested positive for coronavirus including 6,953 people who live in North County cities. Countywide, 688 people have died of coronavirus-related illnesses. Map by Brad Rollins/The Coast News



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pay rent. “There’s got to be a more equitable protection of a ‘small business owner’ who happens to be a landlord than we’ve currently built in,” Diaz said. “I’ve heard a few residents express concern about being dependent on the revenue from their rental properties for their own living expenses, so if we continue to push off evictions. … I feel like we’re causing a different harm in a different area.” POLICE STAFFING The council also heard a report from Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso on the type of police officer sought by the Escondido Police Department, as well as an overview of the training of police officers.



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students who wish to move out can do so. However, if at any point they return, they will be placed under quarantine for two weeks.” According to SDSU, at least 15 of the 64 confirmed and probable cases came out of the university’s 7,997 on-campus population. SDSU has more than 130 spaces for students to safely quarantine. Students can contact the Office of Housing Administration to discuss leaving campus housing. Additionally, all SDSU athletics’ on-campus prac-

Escondido extends eviction moratorium through September By Tigist Layne

Sandra Greefkes, an SMUSD parent who chose to enroll her child in the LEVS online-only option, told The Coast News that she is concerned that no models have been shared with parents or teachers. Furthermore, according to an email sent to families by LEVS Administrator Nicole DiRanna, when in-person learning does begin, there will be a “reshuffle and organization” of the remaining LEVS students and teachers. “When they go back to brick and mortar, [my child] might get reshuffled with a potentially new teacher, if

year. However, Superintendent Dr. Carmen García told The Coast News via email that families may be able to switch if space allows. “We recognize that families who selected the Remote to Start/In-Person may find that their circumstances have changed when schools return to learning on the physical campus. When the Return to In-Person Instruction has been finalized, the district will have a process in place for families to request a transfer to a virtual school option (and vice versa) based on space and staffing availability,” said García.

Varso detailed the department’s hiring standards, its transparency efforts and its training programs, which include an emphasis on de-escalation, racial bias, cultural awareness, mental health and the LGBTQ community. Many public comments, as well as comments by councilwoman Diaz, emphasized a need for stricter hiring standards, for example, requiring a college degree for police officers and requiring that all officers are residents of the community. Varso said the department is currently in the “draft phase” of a new de-escalation policy and a new duty-to-intervene policy, which is being created with the help of the North San Diego County NAACP.

tices and workouts will be placed on a two-week pause due to COVID-19 effective Thursday. San Diego County health officials reported 250 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths Wednesday, raising the region’s totals to 39,121 cases and 695 deaths. Of 7,606 tests reported Wednesday, 3% returned positive, bringing the county’s 14-day rolling positive testing rate to 3.8%, well below the state’s 8% guideline. The seven-day average number of tests performed

in the county is 6,648. Of the total positive cases in the county, 3,142 — or 8% — have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 760 — or 1.9% — were admitted to an intensive care unit. County health officials reported three new community outbreaks Wednesday, bringing the number of outbreaks in the past week to 18. Two of the outbreaks were in restaurant/bar settings and the third was in a private residence. The number of community outbreaks remains well above the county’s goal of fewer than seven in a seven-day span. A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households in the past 14 days. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher cautioned residents to take the illness seriously over the coming holiday weekend, and to avoid house parties and other large gatherings. “The actions we take moving forward will impact our trajectory going forward,” he said. San Diego County schools were allowed to reopen for in-person teaching starting Tuesday. Tuesday marked two weeks since San Diego County was removed from the state’s COVID-19 watch TURN TO OUTBREAK ON 6

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Blackout blackmail behind mid-August power outages?


Compromise in Congress needed to save small business By Scott Ashton

Some of the best laws passed by Congress in the past decades, on issues like Social Security, taxes and welfare, were the result of input from and compromise between the two parties. Now is time to put partisan politics aside and find compromise to help our small businesses. As a member of the Save Small Business Coalition, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has been feverishly working behind the scenes to align our objectives to truly have an impact in what happens in Congress to support our business community. Let’s get you caught up. We remain in contact with the US Chamber of Commerce and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, joining their coalition of over 100 CEOs across the country calling on Congress to do more to help small business. It is increasingly likely that that not one of the many bills that had been introduced or moved by either the House or Senate was going to survive as written. Discussions now center around broad topics that are needed to be agreed upon by both sides. We are working to align with most attainable and effective items to help small businesses. We have identified four areas that resonate within the various legislation. Our primary focus and goal remains to push for legislation that quickly and effectively provides the assistance needed for our small businesses. The following are the four key areas that we are working to champion:

larger percentage of operating expenses (which would include Personal Protection Equipment and employee protection costs) to be included in the forgivable expenses or extend the forgivable 24-week period to 11 months. We believe in goodfaith certification for forgiveness of loans under $150k and PPP eligibility should be expanded to include 501(c)6 organizations of 300 or fewer employees. A second round of PPP loans with authorization for an additional $190 billion would benefit our business community. 2. Workforce Development Provide a total of $1.3 billion through a combination of new and existing programs including $500 million for new State formula (60/40 Local/State) and $150 million Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for adults, $150 million WIOA funding for dislocated workers, $150 million WIOA funding for youth, and $350 million for employment services.

3. Business Liability Protection Congress must act to protect businesses from COVID-19 related exposure liability those entities that follow applicable federal, state or local govern1. Payroll Protection ment guidelines related to Program (PPP) Reform PPP reform is needed COVID-19. Liability protection to include allowance for a

protects healthcare workers and facilities from medical liability claims arising out of the provision of COVID-19 care or other care affected by COVID-19 with an exception for gross negligence or willful misconduct. 4. Local Aid (state & local municipalities financial support) Aid should be provided on a quarterly basis based on actual costs and revenue shortfall with an overall cap on funding. Many localities require additional funding beyond what was provided in the CARES act to address increased costs and losses in revenue. The funding to local communities needs to be direct and flexible. Business support does not need to be – and should not be — a partisan issue. It’s time to get things done. This is not a comprehensive list but rather are primary focus areas that both parties should be agreeable to and that will help accomplish our goal to provide meaningful support to small businesses across the country and here in North San Diego County. It is incumbent upon both parties to work together to fund meaningful support to our businesses, our communities, and our people. Scott Ashton is the CEO of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.

ever before in California’s long experience with power blackouts have systematic, preplanned outages been as short as the 20-minute to 30-minute electric shutdowns inflicted on about 3 million homes and businesses around the state in mid-August. Without doubt these blackouts were preplanned. “(We will have) excessive weather conditions and a persistent shortage of electric supply for the California grid,” said a warning texted to electric customers hours ahead of the first outages. There was a lot odd about this, aside from the short span of the blackouts. Gov. Gavin Newsom said later he didn’t learn of the shutdowns until just beforehand, adding they were caused by record-level heat. It’s unprecedented for any governor not to know well in advance. What’s more, while temperatures set records in some places, it wasn’t by much — a degree or two more than in the late summers of recent years. And, as was noted on social media, myriad California homes feature solar panels; schools and most power-using businesses were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. So why any shortage? Trying to blame this on the gradual shift to renewable power from wind and sun, as President Trump did, explained nothing. What really went on? It’s hard to be certain, in part because neither the Southern California Edison Co. nor the California Independent System Operator (CalISO), which runs the state’s electric grid, answered specific questions about how close to capacity several power plants operated during the shortages.

california focus thomas d. elias “This all looks highly suspicious,” said Bill Powers, a San Diego engineer expert on utility operations. The real cause of the problems that inconvenienced some customers, but never enough to produce much lawsuit liability, may have been a recent utility phenomenon known as “blackout blackmail.” The Southern California Gas Co. used this tactic several times in the last few years to keep its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility open in the hills above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. It needs the gas storage, SoCalGas claimed, to prevent blackouts in summer, when gas-fired power plants are sometimes at full strength. But most plants almost never approach capacity, and there were no actual blackouts while Aliso Canyon was virtually empty after its massive leaks starting in 2015. So this was clearly blackmail, the nation’s biggest gas utility trying to scare customers and politicians into letting it keep a hazardous facility open. The timing of the latest blackouts suggests a different sort of possible blackmail. These outages began less than three weeks before the state Water Resources Control Board is due in early September to consider keeping open most of the generating units at four gas-fired power plants cooled by Pacific Ocean water at Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Re-

dondo Beach and Ormond Beach near Oxnard. All had been set to close by year’s end, reducing greenhouse gases as part of California’s climate change strategy. But the state Public Utilities Commission earlier this year okayed a reprieve, moving plant closing dates back by anywhere from one to three years. Together, affected units at the four facilities can produce 3,812 megawatts, far more than enough to make up the stated shortfall of less than 1,500 megawatts cited by CalISO during the blackouts. One megawatt powers one home for about 15 months. No one will say whether the four plants operated near capacity on the blackout days. They usually run far below those levels: In 2018, the highest average load on any unit of the four plants was 10.1% of capacity at Alamitos Unit 3 in Long Beach. Edison, CalISO and the plants’ owners, Virginia-based AES Corp. and Houston-based GenOn Energy Holdings, want the generating stations left open. The PUC said OK, as it usually does when utilities want something. Because no one can or will say whether these plants operated near capacity before and during the latest outages, it’s impossible to be sure this episode aimed to intimidate the water quality board, which has the final say. That’s why it’s a good thing Newsom quickly ordered an investigation, and why that investigation — unlike several others involving the PUC — must actually go forward rather than dying out quietly. Email Thomas Elias at

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Residents protest election interference amid USPS slowdown By Caitlin Steinberg

ENCINITAS — Local protests staged outside of North County post offices underscore a growing fear among residents over the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to deliver essential packages, including medicine, supplies and mail-in ballots. Recent measures imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy — removal of postal boxes and sorting machines, cuts to overtime pay and reduction of post office hours of operation — have stirred anger and controversy nationwide, prompting citizens and lawmakers to take action. In previous weeks, U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano), as well as the political rights group Indivisible 49, have held demonstrations outside of post offices in Oceanside, Encinitas and Solana Beach, calling for greater accountability and oversight during the upcoming election season. Other North County rallies have been held in Carlsbad, Vista, and Escondido, according to City News Service. Across San Diego County, rallies have also taken place in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Hillcrest, Normal Heights, Carmel Mountain, Lakeside, University City, College Grove, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and El Cajon, CNS reports.

OCEANSIDE TWINS Eve and Nina Ancekeier hold signs in protest of changes to U.S. Postal Service operations made recently by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The Ancekeier sisters are members of Indivisible 49, a political rights group in North County. Photo by Caitlin Steinberg

Tim and Misty O’Healy, two of the founders of Indivisible 49, organized the picket lines, leading students, veterans and elderly residents in a protest against USPS budgetary cuts. Tim O’Healy, a Marine Corps veteran, described the recent changes as “not only skewing Americans’ ability to vote but an effort to stop voters with voter fraud. It not only affects our economy but everybody’s

way of life and veterans’ health.” “I joined for a reason and it was to protect our rights,” O’Healy said, “Coming out here to protest is a small sacrifice to save our democracy. If people can’t see what’s happening, they either don’t want to or don’t care.” Levin, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, also spoke to the extent that recent changes negatively

impacted veterans, hosting a demonstration at the Oceanside post office on Aug. 18. Levin spoke to The Coast News, highlighting the stories of veterans who reached out to him for answers. “In some cases, they haven’t received their medications in weeks,” Levin said. “For some veterans, this is life and death. 330,000 veterans receive medication each business day through

the USPS. That’s nearly 20 million prescriptions a year, over 80% of which are sent through the USPS.” Levin returned from Washington, D.C., on Monday after voting in support of a bill blocking any further changes and allocating $25 billion to save the federal agency. He is also seeking information from the San Diego Postal District. According to Levin, 671 mail sorting machines were removed across the country, 76 in California postal facilities. Within the 49th Congressional District, Levin said he wants to know how many of the sorting machines were taken, why they were removed and where those machines are now. “I want a full briefing,” Levin said. “I want to review some of the anecdotal evidence I’ve received from constituents and understand the truth behind some of the changes we’ve seen.” When pressed for details by The Coast News about the removal of collection boxes from the Encinitas post office, USPS Strategic Communications Specialist Eva Jackson said the boxes were removed eight months ago due to lack of use. However, the USPS did not respond to further questions regarding budget cuts and the removal of sorting machines immediately following the USPS Board of

Governors’ appointment of DeJoy in May. Even though the USPS has rescinded future service cuts, lawmakers on the U.S. House Oversight Committee questioned DeJoy on Aug. 24 about his motivations for implementing sweeping changes just months before a presidential election. DeJoy, a well-known donor to President Donald Trump’s campaign, told lawmakers, “I am not engaged in sabotaging the election. [The USPS] will do everything in our power and structure to deliver ballots on time.” Speaking at an Indivisible 49 protest on Aug. 15 in Encinitas, Misty O’Healy reiterated concerned residents’ fears that unaccounted changes will negatively impact the upcoming November election. “Our vote is our voice and our voice matters,” O’Healy said. “People want to be heard and the post office is not political, it’s just American.” Levin agreed with the idea that the Postal Service shouldn’t be used in a partisan manner. “We just want to make sure we keep everyone safe and that they can all vote and not have to worry about their health,” Levin told The Coast News. "It really shouldn’t be controversial or partisan in any way.”

North County adult schools open for workforce re-entry Escondido extends business recovery plan By Staff

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council approved an urgency ordinance at their Aug. 19 meeting to extend and modify the city’s COVID-19 Emergency Business Recovery Strategy that was initially adopted in May. The original Business Recovery Strategy, which was set to lapse Aug. 20, implemented temporary regulatory and non-regulatory measures such as permit extensions, off-site sale and delivery of alcohol and temporary signage relief to assist local businesses that had to alter their operations due to COVID-19 regulations. Most recently, the city reduced the travel lanes on Grand Avenue between Maple and Juniper streets to allow restaurants to create temporary outdoor dining locations. The new urgency ordinance extends the plan for another 90 days and adds modifications to several of the regulations. One of the most notable modifications broadens the types of outdoor activities allowed to include other professional, recreation, or instructional services and/ or assembly. Mike Strong, the city’s director of community development, explained during the council meeting that the updated ordinance exempts any type of assembly, like church services for

example, from any use permit requirements. “The goal of this would be to not require any permitting and allow church facilities to have assemblies and church services in their parking lots without any city interference,” Strong said. “Part of what city staff will do … is to proactively reach out to those establishments to let them know their rights or what they can do on their property.” Another modification allows businesses to expand into existing indoor areas such as an adjacent vacant shop to accommodate physical distancing without increasing the overall capacity or occupancy of the operation. At the meeting, the City Council also decided to cancel the election for city treasurer and to appoint incumbent City Treasurer Douglas W. Shultz to the office, since he was the only one who filed to run for the position. The move will save the city roughly $75,000, according to city staff. Lastly, councilmembers approved hiring consultant Teri Black and Company for $27,000 to recruit candidates for the city manager position. Escondido City Manager Jeffrey Epp officially retired on July 11 after 35 years of serving Escondido’s city government, but he is staying on temporarily to help the city transition to a new city manager.

REGION — With a variety of online course offerings including certified nurse assistant and pharmacy technician programs, students can train to meet the needs of a new workforce with new demands – all offered for low or no fee by the Education to Career

Network of North San Diego County (ETCN). The network of schools — including Escondido Adult School, San Marcos Adult School, Vista Adult School and Palomar College — have been working since schools were closed in March to offer online and distance learning.

By providing relevant curriculum that focuses on emerging industry sectors including health care and manufacturing, ETCN schools are preparing adult students for new careers in the industries that are hiring now and into the foreseeable future. Adult school students

have access to an exclusive North County virtual job board that is updated each week with new listings as businesses are beginning the re-opening process. For more information about each adult school’s online offerings and to register, visit


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enlisted my godson to help me with my annual, absolutely must, summer garage cleanout. Since my children had the bad grace to grow up and leave home, I now turn to the next generation, as my back gets dicier. It was glorious to have a big, strong, bright 16-year-old willing to lend me a hand. OK, fine. He did more than lend a hand. He did it all. But I directed. As utterly delightful as it was having him do all the heavy lifting, his company had additional and unexpected bonuses, as well. First of all, he had his iPod at the ready and swiftly figured out how to plug it into one of the old TVs. It was great to have “music to clean by” and to our mutual amazement, I liked most of his playlist. We were happily bopping and hopping as the garage got sorted. The only glitches were his techno selections. I kept asking him if they were stuck in a loop (or, “Is the needle stuck?” in my generation’s terms). He kept laughing at the question. I am also beyond fortunate that I have a 16-year-old nephew who isn’t mortified when his 61-year-old auntie starts dancing in public. I kept it to a minimum, but still… Then, to make it more than a pleasant chore, this man-child kept me laughing for four hours. You sort of had to be there, but the basic theme was his godfather, my husband. He has quietly observed my taciturn, bright, eccentric spouse for years and has created a hilarious alter ego for him. I think it all began when he found out his uncle was a Green Beret during Vietnam. My husband joined the Special Forces so he could be a political adviser who used words rather than guns and spent a fascinating but fairly uneventful year as a liaison with a mountain tribe village. However, my nephew prefers to put forth the premise that my husband is some sort of super-secret spy brain who actually keeps the world safe for freedom — and it is hilarious. “Uncle Lon isn’t magic. He’s a scientist. It’s just



been a challenge for us as to what businesses should and shouldn’t be open. Some businesses do need to have priority … but if you’re going to allow businesses to open with standards, then why wouldn’t those standards be applied to all businesses?” Desmond, meanwhile, said Legoland California is the only Legoland in the world not currently open. He said theme parks are still currently prohibited from opening, although places such as Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are

small talk jean gillette a science that we are not familiar with,” he explained with a grin. As we sifted through the junk (mostly collected by said husband), my godson created various heroic scenarios for his mysterious uncle. Throughout the afternoon, he ad-libbed with each new, odd item we unearthed. “See this paint roller?” he grinned. “Uncle Lon brought on the final defeat of Genghis Khan with just this roller and a can of indoor/outdoor acrylic gloss.” Observations included the fact that Uncle Lon had beaten Sun Tzu at chess, several centuries ago. In addition, he defeated a clan of ninjas with nothing but a Phillips head screwdriver. His godfather had, it seems, dethroned the pharaohs with just a bamboo pole and a pipe wrench. He had also overthrown several South American dictators with nothing but a Ka-Bar knife and the half-used roll of duct tape we found. By now I was crying from laughing so hard, waiting to hear what my mythic husband had done with the brass hinges or the box of sprinkler pieces we just found. When we got to the gardening detritus, it seems that the godfather was actually raising a super-strain of acid-resistant trees in our backyard (this is where my godson generally encounters his godfather). When asked why the nation might need acid-resistant plants, he retorted, “Well, there’s a reason but we, of course, are not privy to it.” He finished by noting that his godfather also had a private line at the DMV. Now that’s a superpower. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer proud to say that said godson is now in the Navy’s officer training school. Contact her at jean@ open with limited capacity. Desmond said Legoland, as with any other business, should be allowed to reopen as long as the proper health and safety protocols are followed. But since so many businesses fall under the classification due to industry sectors, frustration is raging, and some business owners are going rogue to recoup lost business. “The governor's new orders don’t allow (Legoland) to open,” Desmond said. “We were talking about how they should be able to open. A good portion of the resort is outdoors. They take tempera-

Donors will be awarded a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. Know something that’s going Anyone 17 and older, who on? Send it to calendar@ weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Appointment and photo OUTDOOR WORSHIP identification required. The Village Church Call (800) 469-7322 or visin Rancho Santa Fe will it reopen its campus for an for more information. outdoor Sunday worship service on the church patio at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Ran- BAGS & BAUBLES cho Santa Fe. The service The FACE Bags & Bauis limited to the first 100 bles virtual fundraiser for who register online at vil- the Foundation for mal Care and Education The service will con- (FACE) is scheduled for form with all county and Sept. 12. Tickets at bagstate social distancing Bid for guidelines. Limited shade raffle items like a $750 is available. All are asked Nordstrom gift card, a to wear a face mask and Drybar gift basket, food & bring a hat and sunscreen. wine packages, and more. There will be no children’s All proceeds go towards programming, however, saving pets in need. children are welcome to attend. For questions about BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES the service, email HolThe theme for a Kids li Crawford: holllic@vil- in the Garden class at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, will be “Bugs & Butterflies,” from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at 1270 Vale TerLABOR DAY IN THE GARDEN race Drive, Vista. HandsSan Diego Botanic on activities will be proGarden In Encinitas will vided for distanced, seated open on Labor Day, Sept. family groups. Class fee is 7. Make your reservations $5 per person, paid at the for the upcoming holiday class. Pre-registration reweekend at SDBGarden. quired at farmerjonesavorg. Please note that when or (760) making reservations, all 822-6824. Visit altavistabvisitors are registering for an arrival time at the Garden – available during halfhour increments. Once visitors are at the garden, they CLUB KIDS FOR PEACE are welcome to stay as long Kids for Peace is ofas they would like, while fering a youth Club Kids maintaining proper social for Peace, its first virtual distancing and face cover- after-school club. Weeking guidelines. ly meetings begin Sept. 15 with an online Zoom gathering for junior peacebuilders (grades 2-3), midWESTWARD HO! dle peacebuilders (grades The North San Diego 4-5) and senior peaceCounty Genealogical Soci- builders (grades 6-8). Cost ety will hold a webinar for is $240 for one semester, its Intermediate Class, 10 including a Club Supplies to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Dor- Box mailed to your home, othy Miller will present, T-shirt and 16 days of activ“Westward Ho! Impact of ities led by club directors. the Northwest Ordinance Scholarships are available of 1787.” Register at nsd- for low-income families. For questions, call Questions? E-mail info@ (949) 310-1778. or call (760) 730-3320.



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Boys and Girls Club of Vista is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at 410 W. California Ave., Vista in the parking lot.

tures and follow protocols.” The park employs nearly 3,000 people in San Diego County and is one of the largest employers in North County, according to wire reports. “Legoland is ready and eager to open once the state and county guidelines are given,” said Kurt Stocks, Legoland California resort president. “All health and safety guidelines that have been approved for other San Diego attractions can easily be observed at our park and our measures go above and beyond to keep our guests and employees safe.”



Throughout the month of October, all children 11 years old and younger are invited to visit the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park for


list and marked nearly three weeks that the county’s case rate remained under 100 cases per 100,000 people. Remaining below that metric has paved the way for kindergarten through 12th grade schools to reopen for in-person teaching, but many districts are expected to take a cautious approach to reopening. Schools that choose to reopen must follow state guidance, including mandatory face coverings for students from third grade through high school, in-

SEPT. 4, 2020 free. As part of Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, Zoo and Safari Park guests will get the chance to observe amazing creatures, experience a safe, fun day with family and learn how everyone can help animals through conservation. For more details about Kids Free, visit SanDiegoZoo. org or CLINIC FUNDRAISER

You can register now for a virtual "Magical Mystery Tour," that kicks off online from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26, to benefit Vista Community Clinic (VCC). There will be no charge for the event and sign-ups will receive a free gift in the mail before show time, so they can participate in the magical event. The COVID-19 shut down has created concerns about the future of services and programs, and maintaining staff. For tickets and more information, go to: VCCSEPT20. You can also e-mail VCC Chief Development Officer, Betsy Heightman, at, or call her at (760) 631-5000, ext. 1139 for more information or sponsorship opportunities.



Casa de Amparo is hosting a Back-to-School drive, collecting school supplies for its high school and college-age students. For details and a complete list of what is needed, e-mail


North Coast Repertory Theatre will present a full theatrical production streaming online through Oct. 11, “Necessary Sacrifices” will stream on showtix4U. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at


Metrolink is introducing Kids Ride Free on weekends as of Aug. 29, for the next six months, anywhere Metrolink travels across six Southern California counties. Adults can purchase a $10 Weekend Pass at ticket machines or by using the mobile app. Children simply board the train with their parents. For more information, visit creased cleaning and disinfecting practices and implementing a six-foot distance requirement, where possible, in classrooms and non-classroom spaces. On Monday, San Diego County businesses including movie theaters, gyms, museums and hair and nail salons resumed indoor operations, with modifications, under newly issued state guidance. All indoor businesses must still abide by social-distancing and face-covering mandates, as well as having a detailed safe reopening plan on file with the county.

Escondido artist named Forever Legend By Staff

ESCONDIDO — Internationally known and multi-talented artist Robert Lee Freeman shared his skills and compassion to benefit all of us and is a 2020 Escondido Forever Legend. Freeman was born on the Rincon Indian Reservation in 1939, and except for a short stay in the Bay Area, lived his life in the Escondido area. He attended Central School and Escondido High School, where he played football. At 18, he enlisted in the Army and served for three years, the last year at the DMZ in South Korea. After he FREEMAN received his honorable discharge, he held many jobs to support himself, but always loved sketching and creating sculptures. With his natural, selftaught ability, Freeman established a following for his drawings, oils. acrylics and wood carvings. In 1967 he decided to become a fulltime artist, producing murals, sculptures, etchings, designs and exhibits. His murals may be viewed at Saint Bartholomew’s Catholic Church on the Rincon Reservation, Harrah’s Casino, California State Museum in Lake Perris, and the Los Angeles Library in San Gabriel. His sculptures include “Tukwut,” a life size bronze sculpture of a mountain lion at the entrance to Cal State San Marcos, “The Journey” in Santa Fe Springs and “Coronne” in San Juan Capistrano, honoring Native American women. Freeman also had exhibits of his art at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, Riverside County Art Museum, and the University of Vermillion. Freeman’s works traveled throughout the United States for four decades, and to Yokohama, Japan, and Germany. He created art for Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles. As an author, Freeman wrote and illustrated booklets including “War Hoops,” “Jazz,” “For Indians Only” and “Rubber Arrows.” He provided illustrations for Welda Johnson’s “Brothers of the Earth” (available at the Santa Fe Train Depot in Grape Day Park). Lee’s compassion led him to donate both his art and time to the Salvation Army, the Boys Club, Native American Women’s Club, Heart Fund, Kidney Foundation and many others. He and Edwina, his wife, traveled for many years to a village 15 miles South of Tijuana to improve the living conditions of the impoverished citizens in that area. At Palomar College, Freeman taught in the Art Department and Native American Studies for 16 years. He was also the Artist in Residence at the University of San Diego in 2003.

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Escondido City Council talks Mountain View Park project By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to discuss the future development of Mountain View Park on the city’s east side, with options including a ballfield, bike trails and renovations to a portion of the park. Mountain View Park, located at Citrus Avenue and Glenridge Road, was historically used for farming citrus and avocados. The City of Escondido purchased the property in May 1985 to provide a recreational area for the community in the eastern area of the city. Updates to the park are part of the Mountain View Park Master Plan, which was approved in 1988. The plan includes several amenities, such as tennis courts, little league fields, play structures and a concession stand, which have all been completed. The council addressed three areas of the park: the multipurpose open play areas, the historic property and field house on the corner of Citrus Avenue and Glenridge Road and the knoll area on the corner of Citrus Avenue and Mountain View Drive. City staff presented four ideas for those areas, the most favored ones being that the multipurpose area be converted into a baseball field, bike paths for the knoll area, and a renovation of the historic field house. The developments would be funded by Prop 68 grant funds that had been allocated to Escondi-



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do in June in the amount of $271,303. The council said the city will work with community groups and gather public feedback on the proposed amenities. COMMERCIAL CANNABIS The city also heard an evaluation report of commercial cannabis possibilities in Escondido at Wednesday’s meeting. In 2016, 52% of Escondido voters approved Proposition 64, which permitted recreational cultivation, manufacturing, sales, and use of cannabis for adults age 21 years and older. This was one of the lowest approval percentages among San Diego County cities. In 2018, by unanimous vote, the City Council approved Ordinance No. 201803R, which prohibits commercial cannabis activities in the City of Escondido. The report showed that since then, according to the City’s Resident Satisfaction Survey, conducted in June 2020, residents showed an overall general support for commercial cannabis in Escondido. The report also indicates that the City of Escondido could expect to earn approximately $100,000 annually for each commercial cannabis operator within city limits if they were to decide to permit commercial cannabis. Councilwoman Olga Diaz suggested that staff come back to the council in a future meeting with more specifics on how the city could take action on this issue if it chose to do so. worth of food, supplies and masks to Brother Benno’s at 3260 Production Ave. Aug. 15. Brother Benno’s then distributed the items to Oceanside families in need. The club was able to purchase snacks, bottled water, plastic gloves and more than 500 masks with funds from the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund Covid-19 Community Assistance Grant Program. Members of the club delivered. Members of the club delivered the goods to the Brother Benno’s Distribution Center The club’s members have volunteered at the Distribution Center for several years, helping the organization serve free meals to local families. The Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Club ( welcomes new members who want to serve their community. For meeting information, contact Beth Walls at mwalls@oceansidepacific. org. TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Arah Allard, of Del Mar Hills Elementary School, Del Mar Union School District was one of five educators named as a San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Allard will be honored during the 30th annual Cox presents: A Salute to TeachKIWANIS DONATION ers, airing as a pre-recorded The Oceanside Pacific show on Nov. 21 on Cox’s Kiwanis Club provided $500 YurView network.

MEDICINAL MARIJUANA businesses in Vista will be allowed to expand at their current address after the City Council approved a $390 application fee. An unnamed dispensary in District 2 brought the item forward. Courtesy photo

Vista passes marijuana expansion fee are charging our business owners for what we need to charge them. They have been successful businesses … and the tax revenue generated has been excellent.” Expansion was not identified in Measure Z, which was passed by Vista voters in 2018, nor was it addressed by staff with subsequent fee recommendations, according to the staff report. As such, staff prepared the application to address a minor review required to permit this and any future requests. Also, the majority of the required information would have been provided during the initial review period, but Zimmerman said the $9,368 fee was not appropriate to apply to an expansion application. Additionally, Green referenced the city’s recent decision to approve yearly fees

of $23,000 for non-delivery businesses and $28,000 for those with delivery. Currently, there are six medicinal marijuana businesses operating in the city. Green said the expansion fee is appropriate considering the staff time for review is minimal. Councilman John Franklin, meanwhile, stressed the item before the council was not expanding the number of dispensaries in the city. “This item does not authorize new locations or increase the total number of dispensaries,” he said. “This simply provides for a marijuana business to expand within its existing footprint and not beyond the address. We are treating them fairly.” Two residents spoke against the item, saying marijuana puts the health

and safety of the community and youth at risk. Kelly McCormick, a parent and public health educator, agreed all fees, especially those associated with marijuana, should truly reflect the staff cost. However, she said many parents are not in favor of expansion. McCormick said there are an abundance of marijuana businesses with Measure Z. Also, she said it equates to another business coming to town and it should be treated as such. Becky Rapp, another concerned parent, also said expansion was upsetting. “It seems more research should be done,” she said. “According to a recent SANDAG report, drug use is up among teens by 5% from last year. Marijuana is the drug of choice for youth. We do not need to expand pot shops in our city.”

primary concern. To help students, AT&T is expanding its Access program for landline-based internet service to include households with members on the free and reduced lunch program. Under this program, households receive AT&T’s high speed internet service for just $10 per month with no installation or equipment fees. Students who would like more information about CHAMBERS ADD PLATFORM The Oceanside, Carls- Access from AT&T can visit bad and Vista Chambers of or call (855) Commerce have partnered 220.5211. to take their business advocacy work to the next level CSUSM’S HAMILL HONORED by purchasing subscriptions Cal State San Marcos to OneClick Advocacy, the psychology professor Sharon advocacy software platform Hamill is among 25 faculty of OneClickPolitics. “The and staff members being Carlsbad Chamber of Com- recognized by the Califormerce has always placed a nia State University system high priority on advocat- with Faculty Innovation and ing for our members and Leadership Awards for their helping them to mobilize commitment to student sucwhen issues arise that af- cess, particularly in courses fect them. The COVID pan- or areas with traditionally demic has necessitated that low success rates or perwe increase those efforts sistent equity gaps. Hamill on all fronts. This platform is recognized for her leadwill allow us to mobilize ership in palliative care edand activate legislative re- ucation and innovative apsponses more efficiently proach to raising awareness than ever before,”, said Bret about completing advance Schanzenbach, CEO of the directives for health care. Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. COOL GRANT FOR B&G CLUB Boys & Girls Clubs of INTERNET ACCESS HELP Oceanside has received As students prepare a $5,000 grant from the for the new online class- Oceanside Charitable Founroom, internet access is a dation to purchase a com-

mercial freezer for their Culinary Arts Teaching Kitchen. The freezer will increase food storage capacity for the Culinary Arts Program, which is especially important as the Club continues to provide an Emergency Food Program for youth.

teaching artist with La Jolla Playhouse and Arts for Learning.

By Steve Puterski

VISTA — For those medicinal marijuana dispensaries outgrowing their location, the City Council has approved a new fee for them to expand on their current location. During its Aug. 25 meeting, the council approved a $390 fee for marijuana businesses who can expand at their current address, according to Aly Zimmerman, assistant city manager. If a dispensary moves to a new location, it would trigger different processes and fees, she added. The item was brought forward by an unnamed dispensary, although it resides in District 2, according to Councilman Joe Green, who represents the district. “I know that it’s new and uncharted territory,” he said. “This fee at $390 does truly know that we


DIY A'GoGo had its grand opening Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 in Leucadia at 1055 S. Coast Highway 101. This new local business is full of arts and crafts ideas, supplies and a curated collection of goods. DIY À GOGO is owned by Debi Beard of Debi's Design Diary and DIY Paint Co.


Helen Woodward Animal Center announced that the Pets Without Walls’ program returned as of Aug. 25. It was the first of several scheduled visits providing the services of the Center’s Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic to Operation Shelter to Home at the San Diego Convention Center. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable populations in need of critical services have been homeless and low-income individuals who care for furry companions, but service had been suspended due to pandemic restrictions.


New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad, has hired Frankie Alicea-Ford as Artist-in-Residence for the 2020 - 2021 season and will lead Teatro Pueblo Nuevo and Education/Outreach programs. The position is funded by a grant from the California Arts Council. He is currently working as a


Cal State San Marcos’ TRIO Student Support Services program will receive a federal grant of more than $1.7 million over five years, the U.S. Department of Education announced. The funding for the first year is $348,002, a 3.5% increase over last year. TRIO SSS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support 206 CSUSM students who come from a low-income background, are a first-generation college student and/ or they have a verified disability. FUNDING FEEDS SAN DIEGO

The GHT Companies, developer and distributor of nutraceutical products at 2465 Ash St., Vista, concluded its fundraising initiative for Feeding San Diego Sept. 2, presenting the final check of $5,000, representing an overall donation result exceeding $30,000 to Feeding San Diego. “We’re proud to have surpassed our initial fundraising goal by over $5,000, and it touches us tremendously to know that the money has provided over 120,000 nutritious meals to our community,” said Jim Rex, president of the GHT Companies.


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Food &Wine

Rock royalty makes splash with French Rosé district of France being the center of Rosé as the Champagne district of France is to Champagne. Rosé made in this district shines with a light pink color, gently mixed from the aforementioned Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah, each a stunning grape from the nearby Rhone Valley. It all makes for a superior expression of a South of France style Rosé found in Hampton Water. For more, visit

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T NATE BRYSON is beer rep for The Lost Abbey in San Marcos. Photo courtesy Nate Bryson

They bring beer to North County This is the first in a series of interviews with some of the industry workers who are working to bring beer to North County.


t is widely assumed beer representatives have one of the most fun jobs ever. They talk about beer all day, visit cool bars and sometimes get to sample the merchandise. Those duties also involve a lot of in-person interaction, time on the road and competition for sales locally. I reached out to several reps working to bring beer to North County to see how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted them. Nate Bryson got his start in the beer industry spending a decade at Stone Brewing World Bistro in Escondido. You may have seen him behind the bar. He moved into management, took a new position with Coronado Brewing, and finally landed at his current home as a rep for The Lost Abbey in San Marcos. His experience as a beer buyer makes him uniquely suited to be on the other side selling it.

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Ryan Woldt start home delivery of our beers. ... I spent most of my days in those first few weeks making home deliveries. Now, much of my routine has returned to some sort of normal except that I spend half my time visiting off-premise accounts [grocery and liquor stores] and delivering beer that had been ordered previously. With distributors opting not to pick up new [or] special release beers we have been self-distributing many of our beers including the Tiny Bubbles brand that we launched in April. … Launching a new brand in the midst of all this was difficult to say the least, but thanks to a lot of hard work, and a lot of miles on the car, we have that brand in over 200 stores around the county. Cheers: Have you been surprised by any changes in consumer reaction during this pandemic? Nate: Honestly, yes. Obviously with bars and restaurants being forced to close we had to shift to almost exclusively packaged beers. We are seeing that sales of previously slower moving, high alcohol beers, are on the rise. It appears that consumers are drinking more of high ABV [alcohol by volume] beers that normally wouldn't sell [as quickly as] they are now.

Cheers: How have your days changed from pre-COVID-19? Nate: Thanks to COVID … my daily routine changes from week to week. Pre-COVID, I would wake up, check and respond to emails, plan my route for the day, and visit accounts [mostly bars and restaurants]. I liked to pick a couple accounts per day where I could sit at the bar and talk with the bartenders and regulars to try to find a place in their draft list for one of our brews. Then March 17 hit, and things changed. With Cheers: Have you had most of our accounts clos- any really unusual intering and many off-premise actions during the past six accounts wary to order months? in fear that they may be TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14 shut down, we decided to

he wine world seems awash with Rosé, a pink-tinted red wine blend that began in the rolling hills of Provence near the Rhone Valley in the South of France and is still considered to be the biggest seller of Rosé on the planet. A few years ago, interest and sales accelerated when actors Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie purchased close to 1,000 acres of land for multiple uses, most of which is devoted to Miraval Rosé in partnership with the Family Perrin ($21.99). The latest international celebrity to join the Rosé sweepstakes is the king of ’80s rock, Jon Bon Jovi, with his 2019 Hampton Water Rosé he created with his son Jesse Bongiovi (19.99). If you were in a cave in the ’80s, let me refresh your memory. The band Bon Jovi was formed in 1983 and went on to sell over 130 million albums worldwide, with thousands of concerts performed in over 50 countries for more than 50 million fans, with ticket grosses well over $1 billion. Let’s take a closer look at Hampton Water and why it could do very well in the Rosé derby. Blush reds do well when they’re produced in the terroir or place where they came from, namely the South of France … Provence and Languedoc just west of Provence. The

JON BON JOVI has created a unique Rosé that exemplifies the essence of the relaxed lifestyle of the Hamptons and the South of France. The wine is the fresh and lively Grenache-based Hampton Water. Courtesy photo

local reds used to produce Hampton Water are Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah, the traditional grapes of the French Mediterranean. The wine is fresh and lively, intensified by aging in French oak barrels. This South of France standout wine is masterminded and put together by famed French winemaker Gerard Bertrand especially for Bon Jovi. It has already been

given a 90-point rating from Wine Spectator and an honored place in the Spectator Top 100 list, as well as many other honors in the wine world. Peeling back more layers of this wine, we find a distinct minerality thanks to the benefits of aging and grapes that have matured in an old European style, with earth notes that befit a richer, vigorous flavor. Think of the Provence

Keep dining outdoors at Firenze At the time of this report restaurant dining is still outdoors only, although this COVID-19 protocol limitation is due to be lifted anytime by authorities. If this happens and you had Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas/Rancho Santa Fe booked, keep the outdoor dining plan. Firenze has created an outdoor garden with relaxed spacing for quiet, serene dining. Twenty-five years ago, owner Barry Podwell created Firenze after years in the video business in Los Angeles and named it after the iconic Italian city because “it’s very artsy, with lots of culture.” Since his goal was to create sophisticated Italian dining with a Tuscan emphasis, the name Firenze fit beautifully. Even the outdoor garden could double as a Tuscan piazza. Its large fountain will peacefully serenade you with its cascading water while you enjoy a food and wine list unTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14

A chef-driven staycation at Legacy Resort lick the plate david boylan


’m always looking for interesting places to stay while enjoying other areas of San Diego without the hassle of driving home, so when a friend mentioned the Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa, it piqued my interest. The backstory on this place is extensive but worth noting before I get into my fabulous experience at Theresa’s Italian Steakhouse with Executive Chef Brian Freerksen there. The Legacy International Center is a high-end Bible-themed resort rooted in a vision that the now-deceased Pentecostal preacher Morris Cerullo had for the land. Widely known for his overseas crusades and worldwide ministering for 70 years, the longtime televangelist relocated the headquarters of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism to

THE SEA BASS is seriously good at Theresa’s Italian Steakhouse.

the retreat. The project was built with a combination of donations from thousands of Cerullo’s followers and proceeds from the sale of ministry assets, including the organization’s former offices on Aero Court. The Legacy Center, located on Hotel Circle South, marks a dramatic transformation of a site off Interstate 8 that had been home to a motel, gym and mini-

mart. The beautiful complex of low-rise stone and glass buildings that have taken shape over the last two years holds the promise of drawing tourists to an area that has traditionally been more of a place for folks to crash after a day of visiting area attractions. Now it’s an attraction unto itself. The limestone facade rising above the freeway

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in Mission Valley came straight from a century-old quarry in Israel. The domed motion-seat theater, housed within the meandering 18acre resort, draws inspiration from Disney theaters. The 4-D Dome 100-seat theater located in the project’s Welcome Center will house most of the Legacy Center’s attractions, many of which TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14

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Sierra Club: Council candidates should return donations from project developers By Tigist Layne


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ESCONDIDO — The Sierra Club San Diego Chapter released letters sent to three Escondido City Council candidates, Mike Morasco, Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia, requesting they return campaign donations from Safari Highland LLC, proponents of the controversial Harvest Hills development. On Aug. 22, the Sierra Club urged that the candidates, who each received $4,300 from Safari Highland LLC, return the money, citing a “conflict of interest.” The City Council is expected to vote on the Harvest Hills development in the coming months. The divisive project is a high-end sprawl development that proposes an up-zone to 550 units on 1,100 acres of open space currently zoned for just 27 units, according to Sierra Club’s media release. Critics of the development say it will endanger wildlife habitats, increase wildfire risk and have negative effects on transit and climate change. Proponents of the project say it supports sustainability by being the city’s first carbon neutral, net zero energy and agri-neighborhood housing community. Laura Hunter, Chair of the Sierra Club NCG Conservation Committee, told The Coast News that the Sierra Club hopes that Escondido will implement an ordinance

like San Marcos’ to limit donations from entities with financial decisions in front of the council. “We are trying to shine light on the excessive influence of money in local government. For many years, Escondido has had what can only be characterized as obscenely high campaign limits. … It is past time to end the current situation that smacks of ‘pay to play,’ which allows campaign coffers to be loaded up with money when an important decision for the residents and city hangs in the balance,” Hunter said. “It just isn’t right, and the public knows it.” The candidates submitted the following statements to The Coast News:

and those are the ones who they’ll usually endorse and support. That’s the process I’ll always follow and it’s the process I’ll continue to follow, as does everyone else.”

Tina Inscoe (District 2): “I'm grateful for all who've supported my campaign, but to be clear, those who support my campaign are endorsing my ideas and vision for Escondido, not the other way around. I believe in responsible, smart growth which puts current residents of Escondido ahead of new residents and developers. I will hold all new development to the highest standards for environmental stewardship. I'll also insist that new developments not only provide for traffic, water, schools, parks Councilman Mike Morasco and other infrastructure im(District 4 candidate): provements, but that those “A lot of different or- improvements benefit existganizations out there will ing residents as a net posiscreen candidates that are tive for our community.” running for a seat and they’ll have a series of questions Joe Garcia (District 3): or interviews and they will “The only demands either support or endorse with which I am concerned those candidates based upon are those that are in the best how they match up philo- interest of my district and sophically with their organi- the City broadly. My stances zation’s plan. That could be on issues and my votes will the Sierra Club, it could be not be dictated by any interthe DIA, it could be any num- est group, either the Sierra ber of groups out there and Club or developers. My focus they all do the same thing. remains, as it always has, on Those groups analyze those promoting economic growth, running and they make the improving fiscal responsibildetermination of who philo- ity, and supporting neighsophically aligns with them, borhood safety.”

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Seniors choosing Silvergate retirement living over isolation at home SAN MARCOS - September 4, 2020 Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, neighbor, or friend, almost everyone knows a senior living alone at home who is relying on outside help for day-to-day needs and care. The elderly face important challenges to their health and wellbeing as the world shifts dramatically toward social distancing measures and a new way of life. Reaching out to local seniors and encouraging them to ask for help has become a priority for the team at Silvergate San Marcos, the area’s premier senior living community. Caregivers continually work to identify seniors struggling to cope with being at home alone. They often discover that finding adequate in-home care can be problematic for those who are frail, advanced in years, or have multiple chronic conditions. “We’re seeing more and more families overwhelmed by trying to deal with the day-to-day needs of an elderly loved one,” said Joan RinkCarroll, Executive Director at Silvergate San Marcos where the Community’s solid reputation for providing outstanding care to seniors dates back more than 30 years. “We want seniors to know there’s a better alternative to living alone at home right now, where social isolation can coexist with loneliness and depression. At Silvergate, it’s exactly the opposite. Our senior living community offers relief to over-taxed families and a balanced, healthy lifestyle to at-risk seniors. We take care of the basics – but more importantly, we provide the appropriate care and social interaction they so desperately need – in the current health environment.” Quarantined or Social Distancing with Friends “After months of this pandemic, seniors want to engage again,” said David Nelson, the San Marcos community Marketing Director who speaks with local seniors weekly. “It is discouraging for them to see people of other ages resume basic

resident ratio that provides increased supervision, 24 hours a day, when needed. The community’s Resident Care Director oversees a staff of Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) supervisors, professional caregivers and trained medication technicians who regularly check on residents, escort them to important health appointments as needed, tend to their needs and assure their safety and well-being.

activities while they feel left out. Still, they want to be safe. Here at Silvergate, they can relax, enjoy the community, be safe and let our staff take better care of them. We administer their medications properly, make sure they’re eating well; and find new ways for them to interact in socially distanced, small-group settings.” Going It Alone or Outstanding Care at Silvergate When facing the challenges of social isolation at home, seniors are particularly vulnerable to rapid declines in health. The reduction in mental stimulation that normally comes with socializing and engaging with the wider world may worsen the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When health decline occurs, fear of going to medical facilities may prevent elderly individuals from receiving the care they need. Family and friends who have served as caregivers also may be afraid or unable to visit, limiting a senior’s ability to even receive care. At Silvergate, residents receive round-the-clock, high-touch care from highly experienced caregivers. They benefit from an industry-leading caregiver-to-

Senior Living Lifestyle Benefits Transitioning to retirement living at Silvergate also gives seniors the ability to take advantage of the service-rich lifestyle afforded exclusively to residents. Nutritious meals are prepared by a professional chef each day. Activities and things to do are regularly planned for residents, and friends and family are encouraged to safely connect with loved ones. By remaining at home, basic needs such as assistance with bathing, basic home cleaning, and support with memory loss may be left entirely unmet. By moving to Silvergate, seniors receive best-in-class care and assistance with the activities of daily living. They experience a greater sense of normalcy, find safe opportunities for socialization and receive the exceptional care they would likely find hard to cultivate while still living alone at home. Families Entrust Their Loved Ones To Silvergate Now more than ever, Silvergate’s veteran team of caregivers is developing creative ways to support residents within the community while still safely providing in-person community tours to local seniors who would like to learn more about the relief and benefits provided by a nurturing staff of caregivers. To learn more about independent living, assisted living and memory care at Silvergate, set up a safe, private tour, by calling David Nelson at 760-744-4484 or visit

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VISTA — A virtual “Magical Mystery Tour,” will kick off an online fundraiser from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26, to benefit Vista Community Clinic (VCC). Established in 1972, VCC has evolved to become a federally designated Community Healthcare Center serving Southern California. “We’re doing what we can to pick up the pieces from COVID-19 and offset the deep losses we’ve experienced,” said Fernando Sañudo, the VCC’s CEO. There will be no charge to register for the virtual event. Everyone who signs up by the deadline will receive a free gift in the mail before show time, so they can participate in the magical event. A virtual celebrity appearance is scheduled, but the clinic is keeping a

tight lid on who the special guest will be. “With no venue to arrive to, nor dress code to abide by, we have instead created an entertaining, magical mystery event to rally our base of loyal community members, past donors, and new people to ensure healthcare for so many who’ve lost jobs and health insurance, and others who are uninsured or under insured,” Sañudo added. The first-ever virtual event will include silent and live auctions, including items like a Catalina Island getaway, electric bikes, golf club fitting, and much more, with high interest items posted ahead of time for viewing and bidding purposes. As the primary care safety net for more than 70,000 families and individuals at nine locations from

L.A. to San Diego, VCC has grown to become a critical care resource. But PPE supplies for frontline workers, a drop-in patient visits, heightened safety measures, and staff needs have rendered a significant blow to the clinic’s funds in the past six months, with no end in sight. The impact creates concerns about the future of services and programs, and maintaining staff. The clinic is extending an open invitation to everyone to join them in the fight to secure access to healthcare when it’s needed most. For tickets and more information, go to: ELP/VCCSEPT20. E-mail VCC Chief Development Officer Betsy Heightman at, or call her at (760) 631-5000, ext. 1139 for more information or sponsorship opportunities.

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there one last time.” He conducted his own unofficial survey through Facebook and the response was overwhelming, 81% of his Vista followers wanted “Vista” as the header. The cost, meanwhile, is estimated at $35,500 to change the old sign, while the new arch is nearly built and will be installed in the coming months as the city completes Phase III of the Paseo Santa Fe Streetscape project. The project is reducing lanes, adding roundabouts, seating and landscaping, extending sidewalks and including diagonal parking to increase pedestrian traffic along the corridor. One goal of the project is to extend the retail and restaurant offerings along Santa Fe Avenue. At first, Mayor Judy Ritter was on the fence, citing how Paseo Santa Fe was core to the project. She noted how businesses in the late ’90s rarely included their location during discussions due to the reputation of the area and wanted to change the perception. After Ritter finished, Councilwoman Corinna Contreras said the name change is because of the work Ritter and previous councils, city staff and others have done to change the reputation of downtown. “The only reason we’re bringing this forward is because of your leadership and people are proud to live in Vista,” Contreras said. “We’re having this conversation about changing it to Vista because of the work from you and other councils did to make Vista just a better place.” Councilman John Franklin admitted when he saw the unveiling four years ago, he was confused as to why it didn’t read Vista. He said he understands both sides of the debate, but ultimately voted for the name change. The new sign, meanwhile, will also include a hummingbird, the official bird of the city.

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he beaming light not far off the Pacific Ocean serves as a beacon of hope. In the dark of night, night after night, the illumination could seemingly aid lost captains steering their vessels toward safe harbor. Instead the LED light bulbs deliver a promise for a better day to Padres fans, those that have been experiencing rough seas since 2010. A.J. Preller, the Padres’ nocturnal general manager who lives near Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach, created a tsunami of positive news this week. With the Padres showing a pulse this season, his vision of 2020 is one of them making the postsea-

“There’s talk of us getting to the playoffs,” said Preller, during a rare moment when his phone and ear were disconnected. “But we want to go deep in the playoffs.” The Padres are good at talking the talk. Recently Preller walked the walked, often conducting business where most people go to swim and surf. Over a span of three days, Preller took the Padres’ roster and shook it like a dusty rug. While shedding pieces that no longer fit — or were more valuable in what they could get in return — Preller constructed a squad that is high on talent, confidence and depth. Preller snagged the best starter in the Indians’ Mike Clevinger. He addressed the black hole at the catcher’s spot with not one, but two, fresh receivers. He snagged a closer with the first name of Trevor and why does that have a

PADRES GM A.J. Prelller was very active at this week’s trade deadline. File photo

familiar ring? Trevor Rosenthal is tasked to get the game’s final three outs, and the last time a dude name Trevor (Hoffman) did that, well, he ended up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The question of who’s on first is no longer a leadin to a comedy routine. A resurgent Eric Hosmer has emerged, but the addition of Mitch Moreland provides an ample replacement, as well as him being a dynamite designated hitter.

Not only is Preller providing sunshine during this COVID-19, 60-game season but it’s also Clevinger’s nickname. “Sunshine” escaped Cleveland for San Diego and wouldn’t that brighten you up, too? “They’re the most exciting team in baseball right now,” Clevinger said. “This is definitely the place to be. I’m stoked they wanted me here.” Clevinger yaps like the parade of surfers who traipse in front of Preller’s

residence on a regular basis. What’s not done often is the Padres making the playoffs, 2006 being the last occasion. Even before Preller’s wheel i ng-a nd- dea l i ng, the Padres were raising a ruckus. Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is among the most exciting players in the game and third baseman Manny Machado is earning his keep — which is saying something on a $300 million contract. Outfielder Wil Myers has relocated his sweet swing. Second baseman Jake Cronenworth is the leading candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year Award and, speaking of rookies, manager Jayce Tingler has looked comfortable, even when wearing a mask, on the dugout’s top step. For the bottom-dwelling Padres, it’s already been a season to remember and the big payoff could be on the horizon.

When the year started, the Padres were 104 games under .500 since Preller, then a rookie GM, grabbed the wheel on Aug. 6, 2014. But now rivals can’t sleep on the Padres, who are seeking their first winning season since 2010 and their first playoff win at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Preller seldom smacks the snooze alarm because he rarely dozes and unplugs his baseball mind. “You guys know him well,” Tingler told reporters. “He doesn’t sleep and he’s relentless.” How about the awakened Padres making the playoffs for only the seventh time since they hung their shingle in1969? Sweet dreams indeed for Padres backers, those with a GM who was frontand-center during an epic swell of trades. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports.


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ing trying to educate your own children. … I know Double Peak has very excellent teachers and a high standard. I just want to make sure I can continue that for my kids.” Dissatisfaction with distance learning may continue to push students to alternatives. Loisel says teachers are trying to make the best of distance learning, but if they aren’t provided proper resources and training for remote instruction, connecting with students will be all the more challenging. If persistent, disenrollment could cause schools to lose out on revenue next year, as funding in California largely depends on enrollment. While Maddison says the effects on revenue could be significant, Schiel says it’s too early to tell. Enrollment numbers from several other school districts will become available in the coming days. Dan Brendel contributed to this article.

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San Marcos hopes to grow youth program By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Sheriff’s Station, which founded the highly successful Respect Project for high-risk youth, says they are hoping to expand the project by next spring to serve even more kids in the community. The RESPECT Project was founded in 2014 by a group of four deputies; two of them, Dustin Nelson and Todd Baker, are still involved in the program. RESPECT, which stands for Respect, Ethics, Strength, Perseverance, Education, Courage and Trustworthiness, is an after-school program that serves middle school and high school students from all over San Diego County. Ruben Medina, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Department who supervises the department’s juvenile services groups, told The Coast News that the 16-week program focuses on mentorship and exposing the kids to opportunities they may not usually be exposed to. They bring presenters from the business world, higher-learning educators, entrepreneurs, reformed people who have been through the system but have found a way out, while also providing mentorship and social services. “We don’t just focus on the youth themselves, but we focus on the family as a whole,” Medina said. After the 16 weeks, deputies continue to provide mentorship to the students. Many of the graduates of the program come back to help the other classes. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones told The Coast News that the city attributes its consistently low crime rate to these youth intervention programs. “The RESPECT Project is one of our largest efforts,” she said. “It’s important that they have these mentors and that they also have these connections to law enforcement.” The program, which is funded by grants and realignment funds, expects to open a RESPECT Project building in San Marcos. San Marcos also takes part in Camp LEAD (Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity), a three-day high school camp funded by school districts that want to participate. Camp LEAD immerses deputies with faculty and students and is designed to foster leadership skills and improve understanding and respect between students, as well as develop connections between students and law enforcement. “If we can change the trajectory for some of the kids and keep them out of the system while building a partnership and while changing their view of law enforcement, it’s a huge win,” Medina said.

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Leonard Raymond Cory Dec. 4, 1929 - Aug. 8, 2020

Our Dad, Leonard Raymond Cory died peacefully in the early morning of Saturday August 08, 2020 at the age of 90. He had resided for the past few years at the Olivenhain Guest Home. Leonard was born at home on December 4, 1929, to Sam and Lilly Cory. A native of Encinitas, he was from a well-established family. His father Sam started Cory Dry Goods in 1924 in downtown Encinitas and Leonard worked as an usher at the La Paloma Theater as a teenager. Sam and Lilly endured the Great Depression, trading food for clothing. Those were tough times, and Leonard and his brother Ed

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Teri Sue Franklin Tucker August 24, 1956 August 14, 2020

Teri Tucker, age 63, She entered this world on August 24, 1956, in Covina, CA. Beloved daughter, wife, and sister, she was called to her eternal resting place on Friday, August 14, 2020, She past suddenly and unexpectedly. Teri grew up in Covina, CA until high school when she moved to Cardiff by the Sea, CA in 1971. Teri attended San Dieguito High School, and graduated in 1974. Teri worked for Avon for

helped their dad and mom get through them. He married his high school sweetheart, Ann, whom he met at San Dieguito High School. Leonard and Ann were married before graduating, but kept it a secret. He carried on his father’s legacy by growing the store to become Cory Brother’s Men’s Clothing (later Leonard’s Traditions). Working the clothing stores was his main focus, but he also sold clothing on the road for various companies. Along with other local businessman, he was instrumental in starting San Dieguito National Bank, and grew it into multiple locations before eventually selling it. He had amazing support from his wife Ann, and four children, Linda, Larry, Laurie and Lynette. In addition, his entrepreneurial skills, he was known for his athleticism. Leonard was also a pilot and a barber. Leonard is survived by his son Larry Cory of Cathedral City, Calif.; his daughters, Linda Roskovics of Henderson, Nev., and Lynette Cory; his son-inlaw John Bianchi; granddaughter Nicole Mareno of Atlanta, Ga., and grandson Anthony Bianchi. 22 years and loved being a part of the Avon team. After retiring, she became the Boss of the House where she love to entertain, cook, spend time with Jamie and their many kitties. Teri participated regularly in online craft club’s and hosted events at her home. She enjoyed stamping, making cards, pins, and paper crafts. Teri loved Oregon and spent every summer on her grandparents farm. She also loved to go for drives, whether it was a day or two weeks to go see small town America. Her favorite was the California coast and driving up to see the giant Redwoods. Teri is survived by her husband Jamie, brother John, sister in laws Diane and Patty, brother in laws John and Mike, and many nieces and nephews. Teri is pre-deceased by her mother and father, Wayne and Geri Franklin Donations in Teri’s memory may be sent to Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas.

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Michael Ronald “Mickey” Millsap October 30, 1998 August 13, 2020

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son Michael Ronald “Mickey” Millsap. Mickey passed away on Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 due to complications with diabetes at his college residence in Corvallis, Oregon. Mickey Millsap was born on Oct 30,

1998 in San Diego, CA. A member of the 2017 graduating class of San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, CA; Mickey was 21 years old and entering his 4th year of studies at Oregon State University to pursue a double major degree in Education and History. He had a variety of outdoor passions ranging from skateboarding across campus to camping and hiking trips with college friends; experiencing new places in Oregon with his “Delt” fraternity brothers. Mickey was a headstrong independent thinker with a quick wit while making many new friends wherever his journeys took him. An Eagle Scout from troop 776 in Encinitas; Mickey was also a very proud member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Oregon State. Mickey considered Corvallis his new “home town” some 996 miles north of his native southern California

beach town of Encinitas, CA. His “Delt” fraternity brothers were his extended family along with his many close friends from Encinitas, southern California and Oregon. Mickey is survived by his loving family; his fraternal twin brother Matthew; his parents, Connie and Jim Millsap who reside in Encinitas, CA. In conjunction with the Oregon State University Delta Tau Delta fraternity, a special tribute and memorial in Mickey’s honor will be made to the Corvallis Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Friends and family are encouraged to post a memory on the Tribute Wall for Mickey Millsap on the Demoss-Durdan funeral home website, A celebration of Mickey’s life will be announced at a future date.

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t’s easy to get annoyed with travelers who look like they should have stayed home. Airline travel has come almost to a standstill now, but in normal times (pre-pandemic and hopefully at some point in the not-to-distant future), flights include more and more people for whom traveling is a huge challenge. And it falls to the flight crew to help get these people to their destinations in relative comfort and safety. Like most, I haven’t been anywhere lately, but I have memories of some intrepid travelers, like my brother, Larry. He died 12 years ago, and had several serious illnesses during his last seven years, including a broken neck. He was not a candidate for surgery, so doctors strapped him into a “halo” brace that stabilized his neck for the many months that it took for his cervical vertebrae to heal. This cumbersome, 60-pound device made him look like Martian robot, and it was amazing to watch him maneuver. Larry was determined to fly from his home in Sacramento to visit family in the Phoenix metro area and

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take his then-11-year-old daughter with him. I can only wonder what the cabin crew thought when they saw him coming, but between his chutzpah, the crew’s help and the combined efforts of my other siblings,

my brother and niece made it to their destination. A few years earlier, my daughter and I became part of a group of challenged travelers when we accompanied 20 disabled adults — students from a Palo-

mar College program — on a flight from San Diego to Reno. Our final destination was a Lake Tahoe-area “adaptive” ski school (now called Achieve Tahoe) for the disabled at Alpine Meadows. The school’s in-

structors had devised all sorts of simple machines and complicated contraptions that made it possible for almost anyone to enjoy shushing down the slopes, regardless of disability. The participants, with both intellectual and physical disabilities, ranged in age from 19 to 60. They came with an enormous amount of luggage, braces, canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and titanium plates in their skulls — enough shiny stuff to send the metal detectors into seizures. But thanks to the teamwork of their families and five chaperones, some generous folks who donated the money for their airfares, and a well-trained airline crew and TSA employees, we all made it on and off the plane without incident. Getting everyone into vans for the ride from the Reno airport to the large, multi-level home that we shared for five days was another thing. Many of the students had a penchant for wandering, which made keeping the group together for an hour an exercise in near futility. I was surprised our enormous mountain cabin had no accommodations for disability. I later learned this was done on purpose. One of the teachers explained that it forced the students to adapt and problem-solve. Sometimes traveling under challenging circumstances is not in the plan.

Many years ago, my mother-in-law, Helen, fell very ill while traveling in China. She had been coping with cancer, but when she and my father-in-law, Paul, left Ohio, she was doing well. Helen was determined to fit in all she could in what was left of her life. Helen and Paul left on a high note for their cruise and things went well for about half the trip. Then Helen suddenly relapsed and went into a coma. They had to get home. I don’t know how my father-in-law did it, but he cared for his wife during the entire, long flight from halfway around the world. He said the flight attendants had been very helpful and made what could have been a nightmare of a trip at least bearable. Some credit also goes to all those workers who transport mobility-challenged passengers around the airport terminal. My in-laws made it home and went directly to the hospital where Helen died the next day in the company of her husband and two sons. So, the next time you see someone who you think has no business getting on an airplane, give them credit for having the courage to travel despite how difficult it might be. And be thankful for the airline attendants and others who are willing to go the extra mile to make traveling possible for many who otherwise couldn’t go.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Cupid is strong in the Aries aspect this week, with the cherub opening romantic possibilities for single Lambs, and strengthening ties ‘twixt loving pairs already in a caring relationship. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your dramatic flair might make things more interesting as you recount an event to your colleagues. But be careful not to exaggerate reality to the point that facts and fancy combine to form fiction. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You love to talk, and this week you should get lots of chances to share your thoughts with people who will not only pay attention to what you have to say, but will want to hear more. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The pattern of recent changes could begin to shift from mostly workplace-related events to more personal matters. Continue to keep an open mind as you prepare to deal with them. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Reward yourself for what’s sure to be a dynamic week with a getaway to someplace wonderful, hopefully with a wonderful someone. You’ll return refreshed and ready for what’s ahead. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might want to suggest resolving an old disagreement before it can affect a matter expected to come up for discussion. It’s always best to start with a clean slate.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) The week favors combining dollops of creativity and practicality to work out both professional and personal problems. A longtime friend could have something of note to suggest. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprising facts could come to light if you decide to probe deeper into an “opportunity” than you might usually do. What you’ll learn could determine what you’ll earn. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone close to you might seek your counsel. Hear him/ her out, but hold the line at giving actual advice until you get credible answers to all your questions. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) What seems to be an overwhelming workplace project can be dealt with quite well if you handle one category at a time. Things will soon begin to fall into place. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A personal matter might need more of your time than you had expected. Try to prioritize between your many outside commitments and your domestic responsibilities. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A developing situation still needs more time to grow, and more time to study before you can plunge in and make some attention-getting waves. Patience is best for wise Pisceans. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for organization that would make you a fine archivist. (Are you listening out there, Library of Congress?) © 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.


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

• Bipolar Disorder • Schizophrenia • Personality Disorders • Substance Use

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

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

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