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VOL. 5, N0. 18
Palomar talks ‘middle college’ with EUHSD By Steve Horn
REGION — The Palomar College Governing Board and Escondido Union High School District Board of Education discussed plans to create a “middle college” program at an Aug. 27 joint meeting. Meant to offer alternative courses and career paths for Palomar Community College District students, the program’s phase one would link 100 ninth-grade Orange Glen High School in Escondido with Palomar College beginning in the fall 2020 semester. From there, 100 students per year would enroll in what’s been dubbed Orange Glen Middle College, for a total of about 400 enrollees by year four. “Middle college,” explains EUHSD materials published after the meeting, aims “to make high school more relevant to students, and to make college more accessible and affordable.” At the onset of the meeting, Palomar College president Joi Lin Blake called the partnership “a long time coming.” She added that Palomar College had worked with the Escondido district for two or three years to bring the concept to life. In her presentation in front of the joint bodies, Blake further detailed that in the fall 2018 semester, Orange Glen represented 729 out of the 3,230 Escondido Union TURN TO MIDDLE COLLEGE ON 2
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Vista OKs testing labs, pot deliveries
By Steve Puterski
trict’s website. On Aug. 23 Rancho Buena Vista Principal Joseph Clevenger gave a tour of several projects slated for upgrades, including a new softball field and expansion of the gym to include two restrooms, which the old gym did not have. But the biggest upgrade at Rancho Buena Vista will be the construction of a two-story structure with more than 30 classrooms to the portables, Clevenger said. A modern classroom is needed to give students the ability to have more access to better technology and learning environments.
VISTA — Several new uses for medicinal cannabis were approved by the City Council during its Aug. 27 meeting. The council approved testing, distribution and manufacturing facilities along with allowing deliveries within city limits. Since Measure Z passed last year, the city was forced to approve medicinal dispensaries from the resident-backed initiative. The council limited the number of dispensaries at 11, with many either already having or currently working on obtaining their state license. As for the council’s Aug. 27 action, though, all were in favor of testing labs, which are capped at two. The uses for manufacturing and distribution businesses will be determined at a later date by the council, according to Andrea McCullough, Vista’s communications officer. There will only be two of each allowed in the city. “I didn’t support the marijuana industry, but I do believe there are medicinal benefits,” Mayor Julie Ritter said. “I do worry about the kids and the kids are getting marijuana and there’s loopholes.” At least 20 residents spoke against deliveries and other uses for medicinal marijuana. Many said marijuana-related businesses target kids, and marijuana is a gateway drug and can enhance mental illnesses, along with other negative impacts to communities. Several representatives from the North Coastal Prevention Coalition, which is based in Vista, said marijuana use among teens is rising and at a 19-year high. They urged the council to ban
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NEW RESTROOMS are being constructed at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista as part of Measure LL, the $247 million school bond passed last year. Photo by Steve Puterski
School district digs in on needed bond projects By Steve Puterski
VISTA — The Vista Unified School District wasted little time breaking ground on the first phase of its aggressive and needed renovation and improvement projects. Last year, voters approved a $247 million school bond, Measure LL, which features more than 100 projects throughout the district. Much of the work centers on demolishing and replacing dozens of portable classrooms with permanent structures, said Superintendent Dr. Linda Kimble. Some of those sites include Beaumont Elementary School, Rancho Buena Vista and Vista high schools in the first phase. Five
phases are scheduled and is expected to take between 10 and 15 years to complete all, Kimble added. Also, the district is eligible for at least $21 million in matching money from the state. “The overall thought for this project is to remove our portables that are over 25 years old,” Kimble said. “In this district, there were right around 150 that were 25 years old. Cleary, beyond their usable life.” The bond received 62% of the vote and will cost property owners about $0.03 for each $100 of assessed value of their property, or about $108 per year for the typical home owner, according to the dis-
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Planning Commission approves six-story apartment by City Hall
the streets” to boost retail, restaurants and shops within the city’s downtown core. “We’re looking for this project to be a marquee project for downtown to attract other developers to come downtown to do similar projects and increase the speed of the revitalization of downtown Escondido,” said Garza. The goal, he added, is to “make this a recognizable project that will put Escondido on the map.” His son, Touchstone Executive Vice President Addison Garza, added that Aspire aspires to bring in more young professionals to experience what the city has to offer. “Escondido has a lot of great places along Grand Avenue, great restaurants and shops, great parks and museums,” said Garza. “There is nothing that any other city
has that Escondido doesn’t. So, we always thought we’d attract the kind of people attracted to that lifestyle, that can walk and use all these amenities.” Opponents of the project sent a different message: that it would change the character of the historic downtown. It would do so, they argued, by adding in a building which does not resemble the area’s elder edifices, while also vacuuming up parking spots. One of those opponents was Carol Rea, a member of the Escondido Historic Preservation Commission and a longtime resident of Old Escondido. “This Aspire project is in the wrong location and the building is wrong for our unique downtown,” said Rea, adding she had concerns about increased foot
traffic at nearby Grape Day Park without enough funding in the public coffers for maintenance. Diane Gill, an employee at Flippi’s Pizza Grotto for 23 years, said she fears the restaurant could lose longtime customers due to a changing parking situation. But she conceded that having new residents downtown may bring in more customers at-large. “If you can fill (the apartment units), we’ll be busy and I’m happy to know that, because it’ll be great for us,” she said. “But I don’t care about those new people coming to Grand Avenue. I care about the relationship I built with families for 23 years.” Patti Thompson, the administrator of the well-trafficked Facebook group Escondido Friends, testified by
reading a slew of comments from the page in opposition to the project. She also said that, as a real estate agent in the business for 27 years in the community, she does not believe Escondido will become a transit-oriented community anytime soon. “I felt that it’s a sale and if you guys are getting information from (Garza) and taking it as advice, I’m sorry that you would,” said Thompson. Ultimately, though, the Planning Commission was unswayed. Commissioner Stan Weiler said it came down to compliance with the Downtown Specific Plan, as well as RHNA. “So, these are the things that are coming down from the state,” said Weiler. “And nobody seems to be pushing at the state-level. So, our hands are tied many
times when we are reviewing these sorts of projects.” Weiler also said he supports the project, saying he believes it will create “vibrancy” and in turn, bring more people into downtown. Commissioner Jim McNair added that he sees it as an asset that there will be variety in the city’s downtown architecture. “I don’t have a problem with the architecture,” he said. “I happen to like a variety of architectural styles in an area and not everything looking the same, like Santa Fe (New Mexico).” Addison Garza, after the hearing, also addressed historical preservation issues. “The project's use of brick, stucco, wood, and metals melds textures and materials from Escondido's past with a contemporary, relevant design that will improve the appearance of downtown Escondido and attract new residents,” he said. He also expressed excitement that Touchstone had secured the affirmative Planning Commission vote. “Aspire is truly a progressive project for downtown Escondido and increased community interest is expected as part of the public hearing process,” said Addison Garza. “We are fortunate that the Planning Commissioners voted based on the merits of the project — it meets the goals of the city's Downtown Specific Plan, provides housing for a diversity of income levels, is a transit-oriented, mixeduse redevelopment project, and it will bring more activity to local businesses.”
remained similar since fall 2013, according to Blake’s presentation. Blake said that she believes that the existing research and data on the “middle college” paradigm proves that it works. “What it does for K-12
systems is it creates a college-going culture in high school,” said Blake. “Students start to see themselves early going to college. Some of those students that are the ‘maybe’ students, not quite sure if they fit, you know by taking college courses it gives them a sense that they can pursue higher education and there is a place for them.” She said, too, that having such an opportunity in place pushes more students toward successful high school graduation. Further, she said that those students who start early may be close to, if not complete, with a college associate degree by the time they complete high school. But ultimately, Blake said Palomar’s vision extends beyond merely a partnership with the Escondido Union High School District. She explained that the college has opened a line of
communication with North County school districts in Bonsall to feed into the community college’s Fallbrook campus, Poway to feed into the Rancho Bernardo campus, as well as with San Marcos and Vista to feed into the flagship San Marcos campus. Proponents of the program from both governing boards at the meeting expressed a desire not to create an enrichment for thriving high school students alone. In that vein, they have created an 80-20 program for applicants, consisting of allowing in 80% of students with a GPA between 1.89 to 3.49 and admitting 20% who have a GPA of 3.5 or above. Palomar College Governing Board member John Halcón said he would like to see “diversity of not only applicants, but participants in the program.” “The program, in other places has tended to evolve
into a very specialized program for specialized kids,” said Halcón. “That’s what I wouldn’t want to see.” According to a 2017 study conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, which examined 200,000 high school-community college dual enrollment students by pulling data from the National Student Clearinghouse dating between 2010-2016, 88% of them “continued in college after high school, and most earned a certificate or degree or transferred from a two-year college to a fouryear college within five years.” Within those same five years, 46% of them had earned a college degree. Within San Diego County, middle college is not a new concept. The first program of the sort got off the ground in 2001 in El Cajon as a partnership between
Grossmont High School and Grossmont College, now known as Grossmont Middle College High School. For that program, applicants must answer a slate of questions and write an essay answering two essay prompts, which are considered alongside a teacher or counselor recommendation and a student transcript. The first middle college in the United States got off the ground in 1974 in New York City, a partnership between the New York City Board of Education and LaGuardia Community College. Today, 50 such partnerships exist nationwide and 14 of them are in California, according to the Middle College National Consortium. Blake said that the next step is for the two entities to sign an official memorandum of understanding in agreeable terms calling for the creation of a middle college partnership.
By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — During a tense hearing rife with project opponents present, the Planning Commission voted 6-1 in support of a six-story, 131-unit apartment complex across the street from City Hall alongside Maple Plaza. The project will now go before City Council for a hearing and vote. Named “Aspire,” the facility is owned by Touchstone Communities and is slated to contain nine units for very low income households. The building will also contain two commercial tenants, one occupying a 1,985-square-foot space and the other occupying 2,304 square feet. Aspire landed the permit under the city’s new Downtown Specific Plan, which is geared toward creating more high-density housing downtown. The goal of the recently amended plan is to boost business downtown, move people closer to the downtown transit center and comply with California’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) law. Aspire is the second apartment complex owned by Touchstone Communities to receive a permit this summer, with “The Ivy” also receiving a green light in June. Kerry Garza, founder and president of Touchstone Communities, cited the changing state housing landscape and its emphasis on “transit-oriented development” in making the case for the apartment complex in front of the Planning Commission. The goal, he said, it to get more “feet in
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High School District students who attended Palomar College in fall 2018, or about 22.5% of that district’s enrollees. Both that percentage and number has
RENDERING of a proposed six-story, 131-unit apartment complex by City Hall in Escondido. Photo courtesy Touchstone Communities
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Vander Pol named Vista fire chief By Steve Puterski
VISTA — After four years, there will be a new fire chief in the city. Jeff Hahn announced his retirement last week and Deputy Chief Ned Vander Pol was appointed to the top spot. Hahn spent 35 years with the Vista Fire Department, working his way up the ladder becoming chief in 2015. He will retire Oct. 1 and in the meantime, is working with Vander Pol on the transition. In January, he said began seriously thinking about retirement, noting the past five years has seen him miss events, family time and travel opportunities. Still, Hahn, 54, is grateful for the opportunity, noting he was able to accomplish many of his goals, including building a solid executive team. “I had set some goals that I wanted to accomplish … and we’ve definitely moved forward and attained some of those goals,” he said. “I’m very comfortable with him to take over as fire chief. I think it will be pretty seamless to keep the operation moving forward.” Once he retires, Hahn said he and his wife will begin to cross off travel destinations, he will ride his motorcycle and of course, get to some “deferred maintenance,” on his home. “I had a very concentrated effort in this posi-
VISTA DEPUTY Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol was recently appointed the next fire chief for the Vista Fire Department. He takes over for Jeff Hahn, who will retire Oct. 1. Courtesy photo
tion,” he added. “My wife and I share a lot of common hobbies and things that we like to do. We have a pretty good bucket list of places we’d like to visit.” Vander Pol, 48, is a 20year veteran of the Vista Fire Department, the last six as one of two deputy chiefs. He’s risen through the ranks and now will oversee a department responding to more than 14,700 calls per year, which mostly consists of medical aid. But as chief, Vander Pol said his primary function is to support the rest of the department by ensuring they have the best equipment
and access to mental health support and providing the tools and resources needed to effectively and efficiently perform their jobs. Vander Pol said succession planning for himself, his former position and other promotions within the department is another area of focus. Additionally, the transition will take Vander Pol all over the county to be introduced to other regional departments and task forces, where he’ll represent the city. “I appreciate Chief Hahn. He’s done a lot of good here,” Vander Pol said. “It’s a position I’ve always been interested in.
Chief Hahn has put a great groundwork in with both in the fire department, the city and community.” As for facilities, Vander Pol said the department is in good shape, as three fire stations were built or heavily renovated in 2009. However, he said Fire Station No. 3 needs some work, but long-term plans to address those issues will be implemented over the course of the next several years. Another positive area of the department is its growing behavioral health program. Vander Pol said about five years ago he suffered through a tough call and began to realize the benefits of talking and mental health. Through his career, he said the subject has gained more popularity as firefighters didn’t know how to take advantage of such services. The city and the department recently introduced Clifford, a chocolate Labrador retriever, as a facility dog trained to provide comfort to firefighters. Vander Pol is Clifford’s handler and takes the dog to the stations and public events. The Thor’s Hope Foundation, as part of its Firehouse Project, donated Clifford. “That’s been a positive program,” Vander Pol said. “That’s just one part of the (behavioral health) program.”
Vallecitos cuts water use for pipeline repairs SAN MARCOS — The San Diego County Water Authority is preparing to launch a major project to fix a leak in Pipeline 4 in the Moosa Canyon area of Bonsall. Vallecitos Water District (VWD), which services San Marcos, including Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other unincorporated areas in North County, is asking customers to restrict outdoor irrigation to the maximum extent possible beginning Sept. 9, through the duration of the shutdown. Pipeline 4 is a 90-inch diameter pipeline that provides treated drinking water throughout San Diego County including VWD. The lead site is in a remote area with no adjacent homes or businesses. Pipeline 4 will be shut down for up to 10 days. The shutdown is expected to start Sept. 9, however, these dates may be adjusted depending on the
severity of the pipeline leak or dangerous weather conditions, such as Santa Ana winds or Red Flag warnings. Customers should refrain from other outdoor water uses, as well, such as washing vehicles and filling fountains, pools, spas or ponds. Please remember to turn off all outside irrigation/lawn timers during the water-use restriction period. Livestock can continue to be watered. If available, fill water storage containers (such as rain barrels, water tanks or trash cans) prior to Sept. 9, to have irrigation water available for use during the shutdown. VWD is suggesting customers deep soak their groves and landscaping prior to Sept. 8, to minimize the impact to the water supply. VWD staff is already implementing strategies to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown. Updates and additional information can be found at vwd.org.
Safari Park free for firefighters in Sept. ESCONDIDO — The San Diego Zoo will offer free admission for its Safari Park to active firefighters throughout September. Firefighters will need to present an active firefighter identification card as well as a personal ID card at the park’s entrance to take advantage of the offer, which is valid for same-day admission only.
The park will also offer 10% off one-day passes for up to six guests who attend the park with an active firefighter. California Coast Credit Union provided funding for the park’s Firefighter Appreciation Month offer. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido.
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SEPT. 6, 2019
Opinion & Editorial
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Anti-vaxxer’s violent act shows cause morally bankrupt
F Veterans forum upcoming
he County of San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concertation of military personal, with over onethird of county residents connected to the military. As of 2018, there are 143,000 active duty service members and over 241,000 veterans who reside in San Diego County. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, I understand the importance of providing services to folks when they return home from military duty. This is why we have created a Veterans Forum that I encourage everyone to attend. We are partnering with Cal State University San
around the county Jim Desmond Marcos and the Veteran Crisis Outreach Initiative for an upcoming forum around Veteran Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness. The Power of a Story: Building Resiliency for Veterans through Community and Conversation will take place Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. The goal of our forum is to produce a safe and sup-
portive space for a panel of veterans to share their stories of trauma, mental health, suicide, resiliency, and growth as it relates to military service and transition to better inform and equip attendees and others around their interactions with Veterans who struggle with mental health related issues and conditions. Tickets are free to veterans and $10 for community members. You can get them at: www.eventbrite. com/e/the-power-of-a-storytickets-6779250621. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Ruling a victory for homeowners By Marie Waldron
In a big win for California homeowners, the State Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings that direct the state to return $331 million it diverted from Californian's with mortgages hurt by negative lending practices during the economic downturn. In 2012, the State of California received $410 million from a lawsuit involving the nation’s five largest mortgage services – Ally (formerly GMAC), Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, all of which had been charged with multiple federal lending violations. The settlement was intended to provide funding for legal aid, foreclosure hotlines, consumer education and efforts combatting financial fraud. However, the State of California decided to divert $331 million to pay off unrelated debts, including housing bonds, which in some cases were enacted more than 10 years before the 2012 mortgage settlement. A coalition that included representatives of the Asian American and Latino communities sued California and won in two court cases, but delays continued. The Legislative majority even passed a bill (SB 861), that attempted to block the court rulings that benefitted homeowners. Thousands of homes were lost while the state was
trying to justify its illegal diversion of funds. California has a surplus of over $20 billion, and a Rainy Day Fund of over $19 billion, but still tried to divert money aimed at helping people threatened with losing their homes. This is totally unacceptable!! And now that the State Supreme Court has spoken, California must come into full compliance with court mandates. Last month, I sent a letter to Gov. Newsom requesting full details of his plan to bring California into compliance with court rulings. In a matter that impacts so many, full disclosure and transparency are not negotiable.
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while also improving public safety. The law is named after Laura Wilcox, a 19-year-old college student/volunteer who was fatally shot along with two others at a Nevada County mental health clinic by a mentally ill individual who was being treated sporadically at the facility. His family had unsuccessfully tried to require that he receive regular treatments, but under laws existing at that time he could not be compelled to participate. Laura’s Law changed that bringing more treatment options to counties. Seventeen counties, including Nevada, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego, have adopted Laura’s Law. And it’s been very successful. In Nevada County where the law was first implemented, hospitalization was reduced by 46%, incarceration by 65% and homelessness by 61%. Here in San Diego County, just threatening to invoke Laura’s Law has resulted in dozens of patients voluntarily agreeing to treatment. As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I will continue to work on bipartisan solutions that address mental health and public safety issues facing our state and region.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is one of the most effective tools available for treating severely mentally ill persons. Legislation known as Laura’s Law was introduced in 2001 by Assemblymember Helen Thomson (D-Davis) in an effort to make AOT available throughout California. My subsequent legislation, AB 59, extended the sunset date an additional 5 years. Laura’s Law allows court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill patients in participating counties. It is aimed Assembly Republican at individuals who are at risk Leader Marie Waldron, of danger to themselves and R-Escondido, represents the others with the goal of helping mentally ill individuals 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature. return to productive lives,
or years, anti-vaccination activists have demonstrated against laws compelling schoolchildren to be inoculated against diseases like polio, rubella, measles, mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough and others. Now for the first time, this cause has turned violent in an apparent recognition that it will get nowhere on the strength of its own merits and morality. The violence was not severe – this time: Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan, the California Legislature’s only M.D. and a pediatrician sworn to protect and save lives when possible, was pushed aggressively from behind while walking a street near the state Capitol in mid-August, within his own Sacramento senatorial district. He did not fall and suffered no apparent harm. The perpetrator (not named here because notoriety is often a goal of such assaults) resents Pan’s sponsoring several bills tightening California’s vaccination requirements. These have made matters difficult for parents who don’t want their children immunized, seeking to evade the shots while still keeping the kids in public schools. Anti-vaxx groups immediately denied association with the perpetrator, calling him a “lone wolf.” But they embraced him just last year, when he tried to oust Pan both in the primary election and via a still-active recall petition. Pan’s latest bill requires the state health department to review exemption forms written by doctors who sign more than five such waivers in any one year. The bill aims to correct a scenario where hundreds, maybe
california focus thomas d. elias thousands, of parents have sought out scurrilous physicians willing to sign spurious exemptions for fees of about $300 apiece. The anti-vaccination effort mainly uses unproven claims that vaccinations cause autism and other serious reactions. A British study making those claims early in this decade was long ago debunked, its author recanting. Little more than this discredited study, plus purely anecdotal claims confusing correlation with causation, has ever been used to justify exemptions for anyone other than kids affected by things like organ transplants, HIV or ongoing chemotherapy. So the vast bulk of parents trying to exempt their kids essentially disregards the proven fact that vaccinations virtually eliminated once-dreaded diseases like polio and vastly minimized fatalities from measles, for one example which killed thousands of children annually as recently as the early 1960s. On the basis of what amount to folk tales about autism, these parents choose to endanger all others with whom their children might come into contact if they are infected and contagious, but don’t yet know it. Such circumstances produced several significant outbreaks in California within the last six years, exposure to measles occurring at places like Disneyland and the Los Angeles International Airport. The moral weakness of the anti-vaccination
stance is obvious, no matter how often activists masquerade as crusaders for “medical freedom.” Medical freedom can be a just cause when, for example, cancer patients with terminal diagnoses are denied access to experimental drugs or remedies not yet approved by government agencies. Things are very different when the goal is avoidance of vaccines proven effective over many decades. That contrast explains why Pan’s previous bills zipped through the Legislature, ending religious exemptions that formerly applied even when families involved followed no discernible religion. It’s also why the current bill had no trouble getting through state Senate committees and appears poised for Assembly passage and a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom. The anti-vaccination camp has failed for lack of merit to convince many lawmakers of the morality of its cause, frustrating adherents like the man who assaulted Pan while live-streaming his action on Facebook. It’s easy enough to blame an episode like this on today’s contentious political climate, but devotees of morally bankrupt causes have long resorted to violence and threats. The Ku Klux Klan does this; so do other hate groups. And the anti-vaccination camp has never been reluctant to make veiled threats, often painting Pan as a danger to children who should be punished. All of which makes the assault on Pan as much an admission of moral, intellectual and political failure as anything else. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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Council approves amended zoning Palomar may use ballot laws to curb undesirable businesses to seek state bond money By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — After a couple weeks of crafting amendments, at its Aug. 21 meeting the City Council unanimously passed a slate of alterations to the city’s zoning laws aimed at cutting down on undesirable businesses permitted in the city. Those businesses include things such as new pawn shops, drive-thru restaurants and vaping and tobacco shops. The ordinance was first considered and deliberated upon on Aug. 7 by City Council. Passage of the ordinance came in the aftermath of a months-long Zoning Code and Land Use Study, as well as community outreach sessions, conducted by city staff. Amendments to the ordinance included giving more flexibility in the siting of tattoo parlors, transforming the drive-thru legal language from compulsory to advisory and defanging much of the ordinance language pertaining to auto dealerships. Those amendments came in the aftermath of meetings held between community business leaders concerned about provisions in the ordinance and city staff members. James Lund, an Escondido business and real estate attorney who has practiced in the city since 1979, thanked the City Council and staff for hearing out the concerns he raised at the Aug. 7 meeting and in
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Although it is not scheduled until phase two, the project is estimated to cost $24.7 million, with an additional $7.6 million for other classroom modernization, according to the district’s project breakdown. “The big ticket item is we’re looking at a two-story, 36-classroom state-ofthe-art facility for the students,” Clevenger said. “It would also allow for the removal of portables.” One reason for the reduction and demolition of the portables, Kimble said, is the district’s drop in enrollment over the years.
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deliveries and other uses in the city. However, the council opted to allow deliveries as a way to collect sales tax from dispensaries outside Vista, along with providing Vista dispensaries a competitive advantage. Still, not all on the council were in agreement with the additional uses passed. Ritter and Councilwoman Amanda Rigby voted against manufacturing and distribution uses. Rigby said she does not like marijuana, although
discussions held with them since. “During that time (since 1979) I’ve had at least 100 opportunities to come before the council and staff and tell them they were wrong and many times to tell them they were right,” said Lund. “And I would like to thank the council for giving us the two weeks to dialogue. It was a wonderful opportunity and ... we put in some written changes, which were not all accepted, but they were discussed and they were discussed in such a kind, professional manner.” Others, including attorney Catherine Ferguson, representing the Wooden Spoon Restaurant; John Baker of John Baker Property Management; and Toni Giffin, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County all shared similar gracious sentiments. After the public comment period, City Councilwoman Olga Diaz jested that she thought it “was the first time we’ve ever gotten a clean slate of thank yous.” “That’s it? That’s all you’ve got,” she quipped. “You’re very welcome. Thank you for the compliments for our staff. They do work hard and they don’t often get recognition in public, certainly, so ... we’re happy we were able to negotiate something that works for everybody.” Councilman Mike Mo-
rassco kept his remarks simple and to the point. “Ditto. I think everyone’s happy. Group hug,” he said to laughs. Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez, though, did raise some concerns about treatment of other businesses which did not garner a lobbying champion during the two-week period. In particular, she pointed to pawn shops and payday loan stores as places some people go when facing tough economic times. “I wanted to make sure I did my research before just saying these businesses are not allowed,” said Martinez. “Just knowing that people use these kinds of businesses who maybe don’t have bank accounts, who maybe don’t have family members they can borrow $100 from. You know, banks don’t give $100 loans. And so, I really had to ask those questions and I was able to talk to a business owner and just hear their side of this.” Ultimately, Martinez said she relied on numbers and figures to put her at ease on the issue. She said that while Escondido has 10 pawn shops, the more populous Oceanside only has five, while most other North County cities have zero or one storefront. Martinez further pointed to Escondido having 13 payday loan stores, with Oceanside having 11 and the rest of North County cities having
In 2000, Vista Unified had more than 28,000 students. The 2020-21 projection is for just 20,276 students. Kimble said the goal is to create the right size for each campus to compensate for enrollment. The biggest project in phase one is the $34 million in new construction for the V, S, T and R wings at Vista High School. The district will demolish 53 portables and replace with new buildings. Other projects throughout the life of the bond are upgrading infrastructure, becoming complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act and new surfaces, to name a few. “We’ll be adding the
most up-to-date science equipment and then the kids will move into facilities like that,” Kimble added. “The overall concept is building for the next 50 years, nothing niche.” Another possibility for the bond is the state of a proposed project labor agreement, which goes before the board of trustees for approval on Sept. 12. According to Sarah Polito, an attorney for the district, she said during the board’s Aug. 15 meeting a PLA could cost the district up to $59 million from the bond due to higher costs, thus eliminating much of phase five. The estimated cost for the fifth phase is $51.1 million.
believes it does have medicinal properties. However, she also said she believes it is addictive and all hardcore drug users start with marijuana. Due to the new approvals by the council, those marijuana-related businesses will be subjected to additional inspections by the city. The council was conflicted with some of the uses, but due to Proposition 64 and other state laws and a lack of federal enforcement, was left to take a cautious approach, Rigby said. “Measure Z was put on the ballot and we have to follow Measure Z thoughtfully
and carefully,” she added. Jon Jessee, owner of Dr. GreenRX, one of the 11 approved dispensaries, said no one in the industry wants to target kids. He also said alcohol is a bigger issue, noting people who die from alcohol poisoning. Jessee also railed against opponents for saying there are no testing labs in San Diego, noting there are at least three. “I’m supportive of being in it and you guys knowing what’s going on,” Jessee told the council. “I’ve been in the industry for 20 years and no one wants kids in it. That’s just crazy.”
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zero to four. “So, after seeing the overconcentration of these businesses, I support moving forward with the ordinance as it’s written,” said Martinez. “But I am very sensitive to saying that we prohibit any kind of businesses, because I want Escondido to be a business-friendly city and I want to be sure that we communicate with businesses who may be affected by this.” City Council also voted unanimously to authorize a $32,750 contract with the firm True North Research to do public opinion polling on the highest priority city services for Escondido residents. The results of the polling will inform cuts or other measures the city can take in the coming years as the budget becomes lean, a reality facing the city in light of looming pension payment obligations for its workforce. That contract included the creation of a subcommittee which will work alongside True North to help formulate questions and oversee the survey process. Councilman John Masson and Diaz received the support of their colleagues to work on that subcommitee. City Council will convene again on Sept. 11.
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SAN MARCOS — The Palomar College Governing Board is considering voting to authorize bringing a ballot measures to voters which would steer 2 cents in property taxes per every 100 dollars of assessed value of homes in the district to the college for improvement of buildings and facilities. Bond measures require a 55% or more affirmative vote to become law, an authority derived from Proposition 39, which passed in 2000. For 2020, the bond measure could go on the ballot either in March for the primary election or in November for the general election. The college has hired the Encinitas-based firm True North Research to do public opinion polling among voters — and TBWB Strategies to work on alongside Truth North on messaging that fits the polling data on passing a bond measure. But at the July 23 Governing Board meeting, the firm said its polling so far suggests mixed opinions among the public for a vote in favor of a bond measure. In its initial response to the findings in the poll, the Governing Board Palomar College President Joi Lin Blake suggested tabling the bond for the 2020 election cycle and waiting
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until 2022. But just weeks later at its Aug. 13 meeting, the board discussed the bond again and it will receive a vote on Sept. 10. Timothy McLarney, president of True North, presented that the firm polled 800 “likely voter” individuals living within the Palomar Community College District, a 2,500-square-mile area. Surveying in Spanish and English, McLarney said that the firm reached out to participants via phone and email. About 49% of voters, according to True North’s polling, said they would vote “yes” on such a ballot initiative. True North also polled on what issues resonate most with voters for voting in favor of such a referendum. At the top was “Protecting the quality of education,” with 83% of those polled saying it was “extremely important” or “very important” to them. Near the bottom was “Maintaining, upgrading classrooms, facilities at local community colleges,” with only 56% of voters calling that “extremely important” or “very important” to them. McLarney said that True North asks these questions to inform what TURN TO BALLOT ON 9
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Monarch caterpillars and butterflies will be the topic of the Vista Garden Club presentation at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. The speaker is Susie Vanderlip, a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist. Her book will be available for sale after the presentation. Fingertip lunch is at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit vistagardenclub. org or e-mail Vistagardenclub@gmail.com.
Get tickets now for the Boys and Girls Club of Vista’s Texas Hold ‘Em tournament from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 at 410 W. California Ave., Vista. Tickets at bgcvista. org.
The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “Grandparents Day Luncheon” at 11 a.m. Sept. 6, at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Grandchildren welcome. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reservations are required by 1 p.m. one day prior at (760) 643-5288.
The Mira Costa College LIFE learning group will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at Mira Costa College in the Administration Building, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, to hear Eric Bishop on the upcoming theatre Production “Lovesick” at Mira Costa College. After an intermission with refreshments will be Betty Fussell’s presentation on “Eat, Live, Love, Die” at 2:30 p.m. Pick up a $1 parking ticket permit in Lot 1A and park in 1A. Further information is at miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121.
Italian classes for all levels begin in October at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, presented by the Italian Cultural Center. For more information and to register, visit http:// icc-sd.org.
The Hi-Noon Rotary Club invites you all to the sixth annual Carlsbad Brewfest from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Holiday Park, 3400 Pio Pico, Carlsbad. Finest craft beers from San Diego County and beyond, as well as music, entertainment, games and food vendors. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-carlsbad-brewfest-tickets-57561769803.
FAITH AND FRIENDS
The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster
T he C oast News - I nland E dition friendships through various social activities will have dinner at Olive Garden followed by “Fox Fire” at Scripps Ranch Theater, Scripps Ranch Sept. 7. The group will hold its annual picnic at Aviara Community Park, Carlsbad Sept. 8 and have a Happy Hour and dinner at Green Dragon Tavern, Carlsbad on Sept. 12. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324. GREEN THUMBS GATHER
The Mira Costa Horticulture Club will meet at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 7 at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside, Bldg. 3400, Azatlan Rooms A and B above book store. The workshop will be on potting small plants for gifts led by Susan Duey. Soil and plants will be provided, bring a pot to use. Be sure to pay for parking at the machines around the lots. For more information, call (760) 7213281 or check the webpage MCHClub.org.
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Tickets are now available for the upcoming Sept. 28 Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland Casino Night fundraiser. Guests can try their hand at craps, roulette and blackjack or sign up for the Texas Hold’em Tournament with an additional $25 buy-in. Tickets can be purchased online at http:// bit.ly/2IMckR3, or by contacting the club via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (760) 683-9427.
An Intermediate Genealogy Class, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical society, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave. Former Genealogy librarian Mary Von Orsdol will discuss “Civil Registration: Birth, Marriage and Death.” For information call 760PAMPER YOUR PET 390-4600 or e-mail proLearn how to make email@example.com. healthy dog treats at “Made with Love” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the San Diego Humane Soci- CRC HONORS CHAMPIONS ety Oceanside Campus, 572 The Community ReAirport Road, Oceanside. source Center celebrates its Cost is $69 per person. Class 40th year, honoring three includes supply kit with Champions of the Cause at printed handouts, storage its upcoming 40th Birthcontainer, treats and tools day Bash Oct. 5, including for making more treats. Evelyn Weidner, Laurin Sign up at http://support. Pause and Shea Homes. sdhumane.org/site/Calen- Purchase tickets at https:// dar/1180768405?view=De- c rc ncc .ejoi n me.org / Mytail&id=133975. Events/CRC40thBirthdayBash. Advertise your business or submit a tribute at https://crcncc.ejoinme.org/ DINNER AND DANCE MyEvents /CRC40thBirthNorth County Widows dayBash/ShowyoursupporAnd Widowers Club invite tinourProgram. you to a Country Western Dinner Dance from 5 to 8:30 CHANGING CLIMATE SERIES p.m. Sept. 8 with a barbeThe San Diego Assocued ribs buffet and dancing ciation of Governments to “American Roots Band” presents “Our Changing Tickets are $42. Make your Climate Series” a bold new reservation by calling Shir- transportation vision in five ley at (760) 741-8004. big moves from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Vista Li brary, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. The 5 Big Moves are AFRICAN VIOLET FANS the key strategies that will The San Diego County outline a path forward that African Violet Society will builds upon existing inframeet at 10:30 a.m. Sept. structure, enhances connec9 in the Vista Public Li- tivity, increases safety and brary Community Room, sustainability, and improves 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. quality of life. September’s meeting will include handouts and a pre- EL CAMINO QUILTERS sentation by Barbara ConEl Camino Quilt Guild rad on “Why Isn’t My Afri- meets at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 can Violet Blooming?” at QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, SUPPORT FOR WEIGHT LOSS Oceanside. Guest fee $10. The Carlsbad chapter The speaker is professional of TOPS (Take Off Pounds quilter and quilt photogSensibly), a non-profit rapher Trudy Cleveland. weight-loss support group, Contact Gretchen Clare to is looking for new members reserve your place - grenat its Monday meetings from firstname.lastname@example.org. 6 to 7 p.m. at the Calavera Hills Community Center, FRIENDS AND NEWCOMERS 2997 Glasgow Drive, CarlsThe Vista Friends and bad. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 Newcomers will meet at p.m. For additional informa- 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Pegah’s tion, visit tops.org. Kitchen, 945 S. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Members will display quilting and jewelry. This is a breakfast meetSINGLE TRAVELERS ing, so one must purchase The Single Travelers breakfast. Questions, call Club meets from 5 to 7 p.m. (760) 758-4120. Sept. 10 at Hunter Steakhouse, 1221 Vista Way, Oceanside. Donna will discuss her July tour and cy- QUILTERS’ WORKSHOP cling trip through the Baltic El Camino Quilters will States. Call Jackie at (760) participate in a workshop
of Shibori, a Japanese cloth dyeing technique, presented by Sharleen Taira from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Quilt In A Day. Contact Gretchen Clare to reserve your place, at grenlyc3@ gmail.com SENIOR ANGLERS
SEPT. 6, 2019 FAITH AND FRIENDS
The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will walk Carlsbad State Beach followed by dinner at Harbor Fish Cafe, Carlsbad Sept. 14, meet for Happy Hour and dinner at Rockin’ Baja Lobster Restaurant, Oceanside on Sept. 16, and go bowling at Bowlero with dinner to follow, San Marcos Sept. 19. Reservations are necessary: (858) 674-4324.
The Senior Anglers of Escondido will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido, presenting the club’s annual Summer Fishing In Review. The program will highlight member’s fish tales, with photos to prove, from GARDEN ART Kids in the Garden around California, Baja, Class at Alta Vista Botaniand the West. cal Gardens will be 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 with Nature LIFE LEARNING The Mira Costa Col- Drawing and Watercolors. lege LIFE learning group Class fee: $5 each child or will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 adult. Pre-registration at at Mira Costa College in the (760) 822-6824 or farmerAdministration Building, 1 email@example.com. Barnard Drive, Oceanside, to hear Dan Gross on “Exotic Underwater Sea Life of the Philippines.” After WALK WITH A PURPOSE Batiquitos Lagoon an intermission with refreshments, N. Yphantides Foundation will host a free speaks on “What the Health Families With Purpose walk is Going on in San Diego?” at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 from 7380 at 2:30 p.m. Pick up a $1 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. parking ticket permit in Lot Led in part by marriage 1A and park in 1A. Further and family therapists Marc information is at miracosta. and Angie Rosenberg, this edu/life or call (760) 757- walk and talk will focus on learning the importance of 2121. exercise, nutrition and outdoor family fun in building lasting family relationships.
TASTE OF SAN MARCOS
Join the third annual Taste of San Marcos — a collection of the best bites and sips from the culinary and beverage scene in San Marcos. Enjoy an array of eats from local culinary masters and sips of craft brew, cider and wine, plus live music from Jesse Ray Smith. Tickets at https://tasteofsanmarcos2019.bpt.me/. Discount code: $7 off with code: TOSM219
HISTORICAL SOCIETY BBQ
The Vista Historical Society will be hosting its annual Old Fashioned Pit Barbeque from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista, The cost will be $25 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and younger. There will be an apple dessert contest. Bring your favorite apple dessert for a cash prize. For information or tickets, contact the museum at (760) 630-0444.
The city of Oceanside will host Oceanside Noche Mexicana 2019 from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month. This free family event, open to the public, will take place at Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, 300 N. Coast Highway, performances by local Latino bands, singers and dancers. To learn more, call (760) 435-3057 or e-mail, ESanchez@OceansideCA.org.
HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT
Bring your pup to the “All Day Yappy Hour” 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at any of the 13 Luna Grill locations across San Diego County, to raise funds for the San Diego Humane Society. The event will feature $3 wine and beer specials and Kabob Dog Treats for your furry friends. Guests must mention Yappy Hour or show flyer for sales to benefit San Diego Humane Society. Log GET TO KNOW YOUR SNAKES Batiquitos Lagoon on to LunaGrill.com to find Foundation docents will location nearest you. host a free event at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. Local herpetologist Steve Bled- VOLUNTEER WITH THE CITY City of San Marcos volsoe will bring live snakes (non-poisonous) for a pre- unteers provide a variety sentation. Learn what to do of services that help augment the work of city staff. if you see a snake. Volunteering with the city provides an opportunity to MOVIE UNDER THE STARS Enjoy movie-themed utilize valuable skill sets games and activities plus a and develop new ones; gain free showing of ”The Sand- valuable work experience lot” (rated PG) at the city towards a new career path; of Carlsbad’s Family Mov- and learn how local governie Night Sept. 14, at Stage- ment functions. Each voluncoach Community Park at teer hour given by a commu3420 Camino de Los Coch- nity member helps increase es in Carlsbad. Arrive at 5 the effectiveness and effip.m. to set up blankets or ciency of city departments low-back chairs and enjoy and their programs. To take activities before the movie part, visit san-marcos.net/ begins at dusk. Visit carls- departments /parks-recrebadconnect.org for more ation/volunteer-opportunities. event information.
Educator a ‘Forever Legend’ ESCONDIDO — The Future Legends Awards Group (FLAG) has chosen nominees for the Forever Legend award created by the Escondido History Center, with a $10,000 sponsorship from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians for 2019. The committee wants to introduce those being honored with the Forever Legend award, leading up to the award presentation in an October ceremony. Each Forever Legend will have a $1,000 honorarium given in their name to students from nine different high schools in October. Harriett Whetstone Church has been selected as one of nine 2019 Escondido Forever Legends by the Escondido History Center. Church has strong family ties to Escondido. Her great grandparents, the Lewis Boyles, were the first members of the family to come to Escondido from Mississippi in 1896.They bought 100 acres near Bear Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue, built a large house, and planted citrus trees. Her grandparents and parents also lived on that property. Harriett’s father and mother, Roy and Margie Boyle Whetstone met in school, were childhood friends and neighbors. When they returned home from college, they were married and raised their family in Escondido. Church was the first of five children born to the Whetstones in 1915. She attended local schools, graduated from Escondido High School in 1934 and went on to graduate from UCLA in 1937. She met her future husband, Albert Church, there. After they graduated and got married, they moved first to Vista where she taught high school for five years. They returned to Escondido when Albert began working for the County Agricultural Department and Harriett resigned to raise three daughters. As a young mother, Church was a Girl Scout leader, president of the PTA, school superintendent at the First Methodist Church, and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Escondido Union School District. In 1965, he returned to teaching English and home economics at Escondido High School. She also served as a counselor until her retirement in 1973. At that time, she became the director of the Escondido History Center, served on the North County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee.
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Youwen Ouyang, a Cal State University San Marcos professor of computer science, has been recognized by the California State University system with a Faculty Innovation and Leadership award for his commitment to student success. The awards recognize faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices in teaching, course design or support programs that significantly improve student success. Awardees receive $5,000, as well as $10,000 allocated to their academic department.
KNOX WILLIAMS HONORED
The city of Vista’s Economic Development Director, Kevin Ham, has been selected as the 2019 Jeffrey A. Finkle International Economic Development Council Organizational Leadership Award recipient. Each year, the award recognizes an individual who has led an economic development organization with “integrity, tenacity, and a philanthropic spirit for 15 years or more and has played a significant role in the success of the organization.”
Weingarten Realty has announced that Wingstop Restaurants Inc., the award-winning wing concept with more than 1,250 locations worldwide, is leasing 1,600 SF in Rancho San Marcos Village, at San Marcos Boulevard and Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos.
Knox Williams will be presented with a special Carlsbad Charitable Foundation Philanthropy award, recognizing his “extraordinary dedication to celebrating and investing in the Carlsbad community.” The ceremony will be held at an End of Summer LOCALS WIN SCHOLARSHIP Event Sept. 12. The San Diego Foundation awarded more than VISIT DEL MAR 24/7 HD $2.8 million to hundreds of OnTap wants to share students across San Diego its new Del Mar 24/7 live County for the 2019-2020 stream cameras. There school year through the are four views of the coast Hubbard Scholarship Fund line, Del Mar Coastline, at the San Diego Founda17th Street Lifeguard Tow- tion. Among the recipients er, Del Mar Beach and Del from Oceanside were JilMar North Beach, allowing lian Abasta, Leah Cottrell, viewers to catch the latest Jamarria Davis, Yuleymi surf and beach conditions. Gondola, James LedesVisit https://hdontap.com/ ma, Jenny Nguyen, Bella index.php /video /stream / Teta and AnnMarie Walkde l- m a r- u lt r a hd - b e ac h - er. The recipients for the cam, https://hdontap.com/ 2019-2020 school year from index.php /video /stream / Escondido include Jenna del-mar-beach-live - cam, Atencio, Giselle Cortes, ht t ps : / / hdontap.com / i n- Jennifer Rodriguez, Maxd e x .p hp / v id e o / s t r e a m / well Lee, Makayla Anderdel_mar_beach or https:// son, Carolina Lopez, Nahdontap.com /index.php / nette Steenstra and Isaac v i d e o / s t r e a m / d e l - m a r- Sayasane. north-beach. STUDY IN AFRICA
Jannis Lee of Oceanside was among 19 speech-language pathology graduate students who participated Baldwin Wallace University's service-learning program in Zambia, Africa. The two-week clinical practicum, providing speech and language services at a variety of sites. Lee worked at several locations, including hospitals and schools, and gained exposure to the fields of speech-language pathology and other allied health professions in the developing country.
MEMOIR WINNERS TO PERFORM
Encinitas authors, Suzanna Spector of Cardiff and Nicola Ranson of Leucadia, were among the top 10 winners of the 2019 San Diego Memoir Showcase. This year’s contest theme was “I Didn’t See That One Coming,” and almost 200 submissions were received and reviewed by a panel of judges. These pieces will be performed before a live audience at the North Coast
Escondido Union School District signs extension for active shooter training By Steve Horn
ESCONDIDO — The age of mass shootings in schools has ushered in a new reality, with teachers and staff preparing for the worst case scenario: having a shooter in their midst. With that in mind, at its Aug. 15 meeting, the Escondido Union School District signed a contract extension with a company specializing in active shooter training drills. Passed on the consent calendar, the district resigned a new three-year deal with the Ohio-based ALICE Training Institute for $35,250, or $11,750 per year. All district employees will receive an ALICE training, while students will participate in drills. Michael Taylor, assistant superintendent of business services for the Escondido Union School District, said that the goal of using ALICE is “to prepare for that reality” of mass shooting incidents. “No particular incident prompted our signing with ALICE in 2016,” said Taylor. “We knew that as an organization we could be vulnerable, so we wanted to get ahead of the question, What are you doing to decrease that vulnerability.” ALICE stands for “alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.” On its website, the company says it has trained over 1 million individuals in all 50 states. The firm was formerly known as Response Options, created in the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, which saw 13 people killed and the two perpetrators commit suicide. Beyond schools and higher education insti-
tutions, ALICE trains law enforcement, workplaces, government agencies and places of worship. The company’s founder, Greg Crane, said he created the company because law enforcement generally cannot get to an active shooter scene until the damage is already done. “This led me to research how the schools were preparing and what they were instructing personnel to do prior to police arrival,” Crane says in one of the company’s videos. "What I learned was that in almost every school in the country, there was only one protocol: lockdown, a mandated secured in-place response." ALICE says it aims to end the “one-size-fits-all response” to shooting events. “We want all Americans to have the knowledge and skills to survive when shots are fired,” explains its website. “We can achieve this by training as many people as possible and implementing training in drill form. We have seen the successful results of fire drills. It’s time to start anticipating manmade disasters.” But ALICE has also faced criticism from those who have participated in its drills in states nationwide. In Indiana and Pennsylvania, teachers ended up injured while doing an ALICE training after being shot by plastic pellets during a shooting simulation. And in Alabama and Wisconsin, when it was reported that the ALICE training paradigm was used to teach subjects to throw canned goods at an active shooter, one school security expert ridiculed the exercise.
That expert, Ken Trump, runs the consulting firm National School Safety and Security Services. Trump formerly worked in the youth gang unit for Cleveland City Schools and as a school security director for a suburban Cleveland school. Trump says that he believes ALICE relies on trumped up fears, while criticizing the techniques because he says they are not proven to work in any academic literature. “It preys on the emotions of today’s active shooter frenzy that is spreading across the nation,” wrote Trump of ALICE. “Using unproven tactics in child-oriented settings fails to acknowledge and integrate the high risk of doing so by skimming past age, developmental, special needs and other implications of such unproven tactics.” In fact, when Crane first taught the ALICE method in his own classroom in Texas when the firm was called Response Options, he was reassigned to a different school because complaints poured in that the method went too far. The school district sent over 8,500 letters to parents apologizing, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Associated Press reported that the letter was signed by every principal in the school district, except for Lisa Crane, the wife of Greg Crane and now an executive at ALICE. Youth psychology experts have also knocked the practice. “Participation in live drills and mock funerals, even when participants are
fully informed, is likely to cause significant distress and psychological harm for some participants,” opines a 2017 paper co-written by David Schonfeld, a professor University of Southern California and Eric Rossen, director of professional development and standards at the National Association of School Psychologists. “Negative responses may become exacerbated among those with prior losses or trauma, anxiety or stress disorders, or other behavioral health problems.” But the Escondido Union School District is “conscious that we do not want to build Fortress America on our campuses,” said Taylor. “We tailored our ALICE training to make sure that we do not traumatize our employees and students,” Taylor continued. “We are very conscious about that. If you opt for training that causes trauma, then it becomes counterproductive.” Taylor added that the district is careful in how it trains its kids, as well, while noting that it also does online training and not active-shooter training with faculty and staff. Kids, too, do not partake in simulated active shooter training. “We’ve tailored the ALICE training to help meet the needs of and be sensitive to the vulnerabilities that our staff and students might have,” said Taylor. “We conduct age-appropriate drills; we tailor the training and the lockdown drills based on the age of the students.” ALICE did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.
NEW FACE AT THE GLEN
Steve Floyd, a resident of San Marcos, has joined The Glen at Scripps Ranch as the new Life Plan Community’s food and beverage manager. The Glen at Scripps Ranch is the newest Life Plan Community to be built in the San Diego area. Before joining The Glen, Floyd was the executive chef/operations director for the Brigantine Family of Restaurants in San Diego for 15 years.
PALOMAR’S PERFECT SCORE
Palomar College earned a perfect score for transparency in a recent report from the San Diego County Taxpayers Education Foundation which evaluated 23 area school districts with active bonds for its 2019 School Bond Transparency Report Card. The San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation is the non-partisan educational programming arm of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, conducting studies and research to support the Association’s efforts.
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kinds of messaging should be done in seeking an affirmative vote on bond ballot initiatives. “It’s always the case that when you talk about facility improvements, they are going to test lower than issues like improving the quality of education,” said McLarney. “And that's an important reminder that although bonds are about facility improvements, at the end of the day, voters don't care so much about buildings and facilities, they care about what happens in those buildings and facilities. And in particular, how the improvements that you would fund with a bond are ultimately going to translate into better ability to educate students.” Jared Boigon, a partner at TBWB Strategies, said that he believes it will take $400,000 to $450,000 to fund an advocacy campaign in favor of getting a bond which would move the dial on the issue. But Blake, responding to the findings, said she feared that the measure would fail if placed on the ballot in 2020. “Given the data and the survey results and the heavy lift it will take us to pass a bond, I don’t think the district will be successful,” said Blake, adding that the Palomar College Foundation would be willing to give $250,000 toward the campaign. “And I would hate for them to utilize those funds if we cannot pass the bond.” Though Blake recommending tabling the bond ballot initiative until the 2022 election cycle at the July 23 meeting, at the Aug. 13 Board of Governers meeting, trustee John Halcón recommended moving forward on pursuing bond money from voters. “And so we need, in my mind, I think we need to move forward cautiously,” said Halcón. Certainly we need to be asking the hard questions, but I think we need to move forward with a bond to try to get this campus up to 21st century standards.” Trustee Norma Miyamoto, countering, said that the campus faculty and staff should be consulted before advancing the bond. “I believe before the board could move forward, we really would need to take the temperature of the campus at large and see if there is a willingness and an energy to have this effort and initiative at this time,” she said. Trustee Nina Deerfield posited that the college should look at what other bond measures are under consideration in the area, as well, surmising that voters may be wary of too many tax raises appearing on their ballots. The bond measure will receive further discussion, and then an action vote, at the Governing Board’s Sept. 10 meeting.
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North County union reps discuss Labor Day state of play By Steve Horn
REGION — For most, Labor Day is a day off and a time to recline, barbeque or spend time with family as summer winds to an end. But for those involved in organized labor unions, it’s also a time to celebrate gains, mourn losses and plan for the future. Within North County, the epicenter of the labor movement resides within the North County Labor Alliance, a consortium of area labor unions which meets monthly to discuss common issues. The Alliance, too, serves as a key endorsement for those running for elected office in the region. Members of the group include teachers unions in both K-12 and higher education, trade unions and public sector unions. Teresa Laughlin — co-chair of the Alliance, co-president of the Palomar Faculty Federation union and an economics professor at Palomar College — said the Alliance started as a means of teaming up on common regional concerns. A symbol of the Alliance’s wide regional reach,
We all have common shared concerns with working people and how working people are treated by management.” Teresa Laughlin
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Laughlin’s co-chair is Paula Orbaugh, a vice president of the Oceanside Teachers Association. “We all have common shared concerns with working people and how working people are treated by management,” Laughlin said. “Each of us support one another in our own goals for our own shops.” One of the times the group coalesced in a very public way was on Black Friday in 2014. On that day, the Alliance protested in front of a Walmart in Vista to demand a $15 minimum wage for the store’s work-
force. Laughlin credited Palomar College mathematics professor and Palomar Faculty Federation member and Shannon Linehart for her role in creating the Alliance as the regional cousin to the San Diego Labor Council. Today, Laughlin said a major upcoming focus for the union is who it will endorse in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 race. “The supervisors have a lot of power over procedure, in a way, over a lot of different organizations,” said Laughlin. “And so, you want somebody who will have a perspective of someone who will at least be understanding of the labor perspective and listen to the labor perspective, instead of turning a deaf ear to us.” She also said that, outside of the electoral arena, the Alliance also will aim to ensure that retraining takes place for those jobs that are lost and those which arise due to climate action and regulations. Housing affordability, Laughlin add-
ed, is also a mainstay concern of the Alliance. Another union with a North County footprint is Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 221, which maintains its office in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. SEIU 221 represents several thousand public employees, such as city staff in Encinitas, those employed by Head Start school programs, San Diego County employees, as well as classified employees — such as janitors and clerical workers — within the Fallbrook and Grossmont school districts. Carrying more clout and having more members and money on-hand than the Labor Alliance, SEIU made a major splash when in June it endorsed Democrat Terra Lawson-Remer for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 race. So far, the union’s political action committee (PAC) has given $70,000 to Lawson-Remer for the primary race, which will take place on March 3. David Lagstein, political director for SEIU 221, said that beyond the Dis-
trict 3 race, the union is closely following the city of San Diego mayoral race, the San Diego County Board of Supervisor District 1 race ensuing in the South Bay and the race for the 50th Congressional District currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine). Part of the 50th Congressional District sits in Escondido. In a post on Facebook on Labor Day, the union pointed to a recent Gallup poll showing that public support for labor unions is at its highest in 15 years as a hopeful sign for the future. “As Labor Day turns 125, we should reflect on what working families can do together — including creating a national holiday to honor the hard work of ordinary people,” wrote David Garcias, president of SEIU 221. “People are realizing that many of the problems that we are now facing, including income inequality and the U.S. pay gap for women and black and brown workers, are made worse by declining union membership.”
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Chargers open season with promise and problems sports talk jay paris
he Chargers — remember them? — are teed up and ready to start another season on Sunday against the visiting Indianapolis Colts. What it will bring should be interesting as they begin Year 3 of replacing San Diego with Los Angeles in front of their name. Writing about the onetime locals always brings elicits a mixed reaction and we get it. Some readers still track the NFL squad they grew up on, especially with quarterback Philip Rivers still living amongst us. If rising early enough, one can catch Rivers commuting from Rancho Santa Fe and through North County en route to the team's facility in Orange County or to a game in Carson. While the accessible and agreeable Rivers is always easy to root for, some readers could give a flip about the Chargers. Once they fled north past the county line, that was a line in the sand some fans
couldn't cross. Although some of those former patrons still follow the Bolts, if only to root against them. So, with that here's the preview of the one-time Los Angeles, then-San Diego, back-to-Los Angeles Chargers of Carson and isn't that a mouthful. In any language and in any locale, the Chargers are loaded on both sides of the ball. But then again, the cup is also to the brim with question marks in the aftermath of a 12-4 season, one in which they notched their most wins since 2009 and scored a road playoff victory. Rivers' right arm continues to produce as he stiffarms Father Time. In 10 of the past 11 seasons he has eclipsed 4,000 yards passing. His accuracy was keen as ever last year in heaving 32 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions. With targets such as Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen, who's coming off consecutive 1,000yard seasons, and the rangy Mike Williams, who had 10 touchdown catches in 2018, there's plenty of places for Rivers to aim his offerings. Plus, tight end Hunter Henry is back, although future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates isn't, to complement
THE CHARGERS are set to begin their third season in Los Angeles.
those stretching the field. Ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are the 1-2 punch on defense, attacking rival quarterbacks with A vengeance. Bosa missed nine games last season with a foot injury, but he's fit this year. That bodes well for Ingram, who's nearly as good and reaps the benefits of opposing blocking schemes focusing on Bosa.
Fortunately, both sides of the ball have impact players. Unfortunately, both sides of the ball have holes that have some questioning how good the Chargers can be. Running back Melvin Gordon skipped the preseason and training camp in a contract dispute. He wants his deal extended to compensate him at around
$12 million to $13 million a year. The Bolts countered with about $10 million, an offer they yanked off the table on Sunday. If Gordon wants to go, he'll earn $5.6 million — take it or leave it. The thinking here is he takes it at some point. Maybe a bigger issue is the health of Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung. He
was stuck with a pulmonary embolism in June, which caused blood clots that has since had him sidelined. Okung, who protects Rivers' blind side, will miss at least six weeks and possibly the season. For Rivers those are two big obstacles for him to overcome. He'll turn 38 in December and he has never been fleet of foot. Without a proven running attack and a sturdy left tackle to compensate for his age and lack of mobility, well, that's not good. On defense All-Pro safety Derwin James is on the shelf. He was the first rookie in franchise history to record 100 tackles last season, the versatile firstround pick lining up in various spots in coordinator Gus Bradley's defense. But a broken foot will keep him out until late November. That's a huge blow and one the Chargers will be hard-pressed to cover-up. Up, down or in the middle of the AFC West is where the Chargers will eventually settle. The next four months, if anyone is interested, will tell the tale of the team that high-tailed it out of San Diego. Contact Jay Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at jparis_sports
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Talking tacos VUSD tackling significant budget deficit statewide average of 87.06% in 2017-18, the last year data was available. Up next is potentially cutting back on some programs, although Kimble said the goal is to ensure not as many educational opportunities for students are cut. In addition, she said the board could look at cutting transportation, although she doesn’t recommend it, reviewing the eight-period day at Rancho Buena Vista and Vista high schools and providing elective and counseling at elementary schools. “Now it really becomes difficult because we’re looking at services that impact kids,” Kimble added. The financial struggles are also due in part to declining enrollment, a declining birth rate, increasing pension costs and competition from charter schools. The district’s enrollment has decreased by 982 students in the last three years and has declined from 27,6751 in 2000-01 to 21,118 in 2018-19, Contreras said. And since the district has students across the funding spectrum, as calcu-
lated by the state, those revenue losses are greater. “Places where there is a higher amount coming per student tend to have more charter activity,” Kimble said. Other steps the district has taken to mitigate its budget deficit include maximizing attendance, identifying unduplicated students, applying facility use fees, spending and hiring freezes on a case-by-case basis, reviewing all expenditures, restricting funds allocated to all qualifying expenditures, monitoring class size and reviewing special needs budgets, Contreras said. In addition, she added, the board will review and consider consolidating schools (Olive Elementary School was closed last year), a parcel tax, charging a 3% administration fee on developer fees collected and evaluate storage surplus. “We are taking the budget situation seriously and the board will be taking the FCMAT report recommendations and input from staff, teachers, students and the community for the budget,” Contreras said.
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VISTA — A budget crisis is affecting how the Vista Unified School District is approaching the next several years. The Fiscal Crisis Management Team from the California School Information Services is keeping a close eye on the district’s negative operating budget and steps the district is taking to rein in millions in deficit. The district and FCMAT agreed in February to review the General Fund budget and use it to develop a baseline for a multi-year projection for this and the next two fiscal years, according to a FCMAT report. The district’s 201819 budget projects deficit spending of $10.7 million, but a surplus of $377,438 by 2019-20 and a deficit of $1.5 million in 2020-21. The district’s 2019-20 General Fund expenses for this operating budget totals $262.5 million, according to Lisa Contreras, the district’s director of communications. “Right out of the gate, we were facing financial difficulties,” said Superintendent Dr. Linda Kimble,
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“mild.” (Oh, don’t start with me about the “mild” label.) My mouth just says, “No!” Even though I settled in San Diego during high school, I didn’t go much farther south than Ensenada. And when I did, I never got inebriated enough to try the street food, which is where I might have stumbled over the fish taco. Bless those lil’ surfers who did dine on them and brought the recipe north. Being able to eat a lovely, deep-fried fish taco has kept me from being a complete taco outcast. In my next life, I want to be a woman with a mouth of iron, who’s also really good at math. I want to be able to eat like Anthony Bourdain did — just grab whatever the food truck hands through the window and chow down. Until then, I’ll just watch with envy and stick to the refried beans.
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Head Carlito’s way for killer chicken in O’side taste
aware of Carlito’s because of its proximity to my day job in the light industrial section of Oceanside off the 76 near the skydiving airport. Besides the smattering of eclectic businesses located in the area there are some food and beverage gems to be found. The classic dive bar One More That’s It is here, along with Oceanside Brewing and more. It’s full an area full of contradictions also with the Tesla repair shop right next door to the chopper shop, as in motorcycle chopper repair shop.
The loudest bikes around next to the silent Tesla rockets. If you venture off into the side streets through the industrial park, you will come across old school motor homes that have been commandeered by the homeless, or semi-homeless as they may be and rigged up and decorated in crazy ways that are reminiscent of a Mad Max movie. All that said, I like the mix of humanity going on up here, it makes me grateful for what I have. Carlito’s uses a special blend of spices on their whole, half and quartered charbroiled chickens then grills them to a moist perfection and includes that chicken in a plethora of dishes. Being the Mexican style chicken soup aficionado I am, I quickly latched on to
f you did not get the movie reference in the headline, here is the background on that. “Carlito’s Way” is a 1993 movie directed by Brian De Palma starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, Luis Guzman, John Leguizamo and Viggo Mortensen. Pacino has the lead role as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican criminal who vows to go straight and to retire in paradise. But alas, his criminal past proves difficult to escape, and he ends up being dragged into the same activities that got him thrown in the joint in the first place. It’s a somewhat clichéd script but and received mixed reviews but has become somewhat of a cult classic and Sean Penn gives a great performance as Carlito’s lawyer. Like “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” it’s one of those movies that suck me in every time. OK, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with the topic at hand, chicken from Carlito’s in Oceanside. First off, I’m only
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their version that, while not quite up to the gold standard of La Especial Norte, is a very respectable soup and the fresh flour tortillas are a nice touch. Add some avocado to this soup and it would compare to some of the best I’ve had. Whole, half, quartered and mixed piece chicken meals are the way to go for me at Carlito’s. My go-to is the two-piece, dark meat thigh and leg with rice, beans and tortillas. On super hungry days or when I
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feel like some leftovers I’ll go for the half or full chicken with the same sides. It should be noted that if you want to watch your carbs at lunch, they do offer steamed veggies as an optional side, which is a nice touch. Chicken burritos are a dime a dozen around San Diego, but chicken burritos filled with the magical grilled chicken from Carlito’s chicken are one-of-akind. My suggestion when visiting Carlito’s for the first time is to make sure anything you order involves chicken then you can expand your horizons from there. Even their fried chicken is worthy. I’ve also dabbled in their Fajita Plate, Juevos Rancheros, Chicken Nachos, Chicken Torta and even spread my horizons a bit and did their Buffalo Wings and was not disappointed.
They offer up the standard sides found at most Mexican joints but also surprise with a very decent potato salad and macaroni salad. Both of those work very well as sides with the chicken plates and I’ve taken to creating chicken and potato salad tacos with the fresh tortillas. Mexican sodas are represented and there are dessert options though I’ve not gone there yet. Another somewhat random bonus if you stop by Carlito’s during the day is the strong possibility you will see skydivers falling from the sky toward the airport just across the 76. The easiest way to access Carlito’s is to exit Mission Boulevard from I-5 and go east. Find them at 158 Roymar Road in Oceanside and reach them at (760) 4333427.
t had been four years since I set foot on the strip in Las Vegas … Disneyland for Adults, Sin City and all that. It’s the city that never sleeps. I can vouch for that, I am still getting over the Vegas hangover. Each year, over 40 million people visit this pleasure mecca. A cabbie told me this: about 8,000 cabs and ride-share vehicles are on the street on a given Saturday night. I checked in at the Venetian-Palazzo hotel combo and snagged a spacious two-level suite with a view of the strip on the 43rd floor for just a few bucks more than the basic suite. But like most hotels in Vegas, the recently enforced “resort fee” with amenities that I never used, shot up the cost of the room so there was no bargain to smile about. A personal five-day direct check of who is coming to Vegas, breaks down to a huge number of Millennials and Baby Boomers. Boomers flock to the casinos, concerts and buffet restaurants, Millennials in large groups soiree over to the lounges and revealing parties. It was quickly apparent that the restaurant scene was showing some wear, at least at the Palazzo. A once-excellent steak house, Delmonico’s, owned by celebrity chef Emeril LaGasse, was fading into oblivion. Sure, I could if I had countless hours to spare, find the latest and gaudiest restaurants with their over-thetop wine prices, which leads me to the point of this column. Restaurant wine prices in Vegas restaurants are shocking. Would you pay $375 for a nondescript 2013 bottle of Napa Valley wine? With frustration building at these 400% to 500% markups, I asked a Palazzo service employee where she would go for a fairly priced bottle of wine, and her answer surprised me. So here is your key to value wines on the Las Vegas strip. Next to the Palazzo and just about all the hotels on the strip are drug stores like Walgreen and CVS. Each of these drug stores has a wine department with a world of choices, especially in the $15 to $30 range. After several choices, my favorite was TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 18
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Food &Wine The serendipitous ascent of Culture’s head brewer craft beer
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leks Kostka, head brewer at Culture Brewing Co., didn’t mean to become a brewer. She didn’t mean to stay in California, either. Craft beer lovers are lucky she did. In just five years since moving to California, Kostka has worked her away up from bartender at Acoustic Ales, to distiller at the now-defunct Kill Devil Spirit Co., to cellar person, assistant brewer and ultimately head brewer at Culture Brewing. Along the way she has won two prestigious medals at the Great American Beer Festival. The first was in 2016, when Kostka was assistant brewer: a gold medal for Culture’s Brown Ale. Then, in 2017, in her first year as head brewer, Culture won bronze for their Blonde Ale. At the time she took over as head brewer, Kostka was just 25 years old. Born in post-Communist Poland, Kostka and her family emigrated to Chicago when she was 2 years
ALEKS KOSTKA, center, had planned on a career in medicinal chemistry before Cari Mihalcean, right, Kostka’s best friend since middle school, urged her to leave Chicago and “try out San Diego for a year.” Kostka is now head brewer at Culture Brewing in Solana Beach. At left is Culture brewer Addison Poth. Photo by Bill Vanderburgh
old. Her family’s farmhouse burned down just around the time they won a green card lottery to come to the USA. In a hero’s origin story, that sort of life moment is the decisive break with the past that forces the hero to accept a new path. But for Kostka that path wasn’t revealed yet for many years. Kostka completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Northern Illinois University in 2014. Kostka had been recruited to play NCAA D1 volleyball but her major was too demanding and she had to
quit the team. As part of her degree, Kostka worked for two years on a research project with a professor, synthesizing anti-malarial drugs. She expected to use her degree and experience to find a job in medicinal chemistry. On an eight-week Euro trip after college, Kostka decided she wanted to leave Chicago. That’s when Cari Mihalcean — Kostka’s best friend since middle school — called and asked her to “come try out San Diego for a year.” In a story common to many who move
here from colder climes, they are both still here. Taking a job bartending with Mihalcean was just to fill her time while she was “temporarily” in San Diego. One thing led to another, though, and soon Kostka realized brewing was a way to utilize her scientific knowledge and have a whole lot of fun doing it. The switch from medicinal chemistry to brewing was more of a straight line than you might imagine. Kostka’s father regularly made his own whiskey and mead while Kostka was
growing up. They had a home bar in the basement of their Chicago home where, like any good European, Kostka drank with her father before she was of legal drinking age. Kostka sometimes even thought of getting into the bar business with her father. Then, as a poor college student, Kostka started homebrewing for her roommates and friends as a way to save money. That’s how she discovered “the joy of making something for all my TURN TO CRAFT BEER ON 18
Taste of San Marcos — and avocados, too SAN MARCOS — You’re invited to the third annual Taste of San Marcos — a collection of the best bites and sips from the growing culinary and beverage scene along North City Drive in San Marcos. For tickets to the Sept. 14 event, visit tasteofsanmarcos2019.bpt.me; include a discount code TOSM219 for $7 off. Stroll the city and enjoy an array of eats from local culinary masters and unlimited sips of craft brew, cider and wine from local and independent wineries and breweries. Jesse Ray Smith will perform live. You can upgrade your taste experience to include access to The CADO, the world’s first avocado pop-up museum, celebrating California’s favorite fruit, adjacent to the Taste of San Marcos and at a 20% discount. Feel the avocado-skinned walls, get schooled on the growing process by singer Jason Mraz (via old-school cassette tape), meet the Hass Mother Tree of California and other features of pure avocado culture. Each ticket upgrade also includes The CADO’s signature handmade tote bag. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID, as you must be 21 years or older to enjoy the brews, hard cider and wine. Additional non-alcoholic drink options will be available. Parking is free and convenient in the parking structure next to the event on Campus Way.
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“Metaphorical Relationships” acrylic paintings will LIBRARY CONCERT be on display through Sept. Carlsbad City Library’s 9 at the Civic Center Galconcert series present With- lery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulin from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in can Ave., Encinitas. the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. Within features DESIGN WORKSHOP Santiago Orozco on lead voOceanside Museum Of cals and guitar and Jamie Art offers a two-day workShadowlight on violin. shop: Color, Composition and Design, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. VISTA ARTIST 10 and Sept. 12 at 704 Pier Artist Amanda Oswald View Way, Oceanside. Memhosts an artist reception for bers $60, visitors $90. Regher 77-painting show, “Re- ister at oma-online.org. newal,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Vista Chamber of Com‘FISH AROUND THE CORNER’ merce, 127 Main St., Vista. See the ocean life art of Susan Harris with “Fish Around the Corner” ceramic sculptures through Sept. EXPRESSIONS IN GLASS 10 at the Encinitas Library Deborrah Henry pres- Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. ents “Sea to Desert – Ex- More information at (760) pressions in Glass” through 753-7376. Sept. 9 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas.
The Olivenhain Town Council presents the Outdoor Cinema Series, “Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse,” at dusk Sept. 6, behind the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. Admission is free and refreshments will be sold onsite. For more information, visit Olivenhain.org. GARDEN SCULPTURE Sculpture in the GarART WALK den X showcases 10 sculpOceanside hosts its tures from nine talentmonthly First Friday Art ed artists, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. through April 30 at San 6 at Artist Alley in down- Diego Botanic Garden, 230 town Oceanside. Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. All sculptures are for sale. $18, $12, $10. More inMUSIC AT THE MUSEUM ABSTRACT TAKE Art Walk: Music At The formation at sdbgarden.org/ ACRYLIC METAPHORS The abstract artwork Kerry Campbell’s of Susan Brook, “Infinite Museum presents Whitney sculpture.htm. boundaries” will run through Sept. 11 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.
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Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe ready to begin its 20th season with American operatic tenor, Ben Gulley, backed by the Timeless Trio at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, at The Village Church Fellowship Center, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets at ccrsf.org.
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friends to enjoy and bringing people together.” With hindsight, Kostka says that she probably wouldn’t have enjoyed sitting at a lab bench all day. She appreciates that brewing involves plenty of physical activity in addition to its technical and scientific aspects. Kostka and her brewer Addison Poth (whom she originally met when his distillery was next to the one she worked at) spend their days in a brew house that is open to the outdoors — in Solana Beach, so the weather is almost always perfect. And she and her co-workers have a ton of fun while they are working. Poth and Kostka are often heard singing along to the music blasting from the brew house stereo while they are working, and they are constantly cracking each other up with jokes and pranks. Mihalcean is now the events manager at Culture, too. Kostka says it doesn’t feel like she is going to work, it feels like she is just going to hang out with her friends. “Thank God we work together,” Kostka says. “Who else would get our rad jokes?” It is not all just fun and games, however. For example, when Kostka came on, Culture had entered their Blonde into competition before but had never won anything with it. Kostka did a deep dive on the water chemistry, changed things up, and a good beer became a great beer.That’s the kind of attention to detail you’ll find in all of Culture’s beers, which are very well made, precisely “to style” and delicious. Culture doesn’t chase trends — you won’t find any pastry stouts or other outlandish beers, though they are now making a few hazy IPAs. As a bonus, Culture uses Clarity
Ferm in most of their beers, an enzyme developed by local brewery supplier White Labs that cleaves proteins, rendering the beers safe to drink for those who want to or need to avoid gluten. Culture believes in making a range of beers that can be enjoyed both by beer aficionados and complete newcomers to beer. Culture Brewing has been on a steady growth trajectory. In addition to the brewery and tasting room in Solana Beach, they have satellite tasting rooms in Ocean Beach and Encinitas. A fourth location is due to open later this year in Manhattan Beach. Culture sells almost all of its beer through its tasting rooms. That is a strategy more and more small breweries are adopting. Profits on beer sold on-site are about four times higher than on kegs sold through bars. Because of continued growth of demand in the existing tasting rooms and in preparation for the new Manhattan Beach location, Culture has increased its brewing capacity significantly. They bought recently shuttered Council Brewing’s 30-barrel fermenters and installed them last month. They now have 270 barrels of fermentation capacity, up from 50 barrels when Kostka started at Culture. Their production capacity is now in the neighborhood of 2000 barrels per year. At 28 years old, Kostka says she is very happy to continue doing what she is doing for several more years. “Our job is to make people have fun,” she says with pride. The physical part of brewing takes a toll on the body, though, so eventually she hopes to open her own brewery, where she can be the creative director, developing recipes and managing a team to produce the beer.
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TOY STORE FOR CHEFS San Marcos Chamber of Commerce ambassadors joined Chefs’ Toys employees for a celebratory ribbon-cutting on Aug. 23. Regional Manager Ralph Sandoval, left, holds large scissors while San Marcos store manager Eric VanValkenburg readies his chef’s knife to cut the ribbon. The new location is at 307 E. Carmel St., just off the 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road. Chefs’ Toys provides food industry supplies and commercial kitchen equipment. Guests enjoyed product demonstrations, food samples and discounted merchandise throughout the day. Courtesy photo
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the Sonoma Rodney Strong 2014 Merlot for $20. Party in your room, or take it to a restaurant for an acceptable corkage fee. I found that $20 is the going rate to open the bottle, refill the glass as needed and chat with the Sommelier about wine. Next time you’re in Vegas, play it smart and walk into a restaurant with your own wine. Blaufrankisch easier to love than pronounce Alright, first thing to know is the name. So here it is broken down by sound: Blou-frankish. You are now qualified to purchase and enjoy this fascinating red wine with smooth tannins, an earthy old world quality on the nose and bright fruit forward flavor, all the way to the finish. This grape originated in Austria and grows nicely in the state of Washington where Keith Rolle discovered its virtues and brought it to his winery in the Ocean Beach district of San Diego.
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A few weeks ago he staged a 2015 Blaufrankisch Appreciation Day Party and Dinner that sold out! “This is a rare varietal from Austria and we’re the only producer of Blaufrankisch in Southern California,” Rolle pointed out. “You may know that this same grape in Washington is called Lemberger but that sounded like stinky cheese so we stayed with Blaufrankisch. After a few practice pronunciations,
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