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Hunter foe does town hall

Skyline breaks ground By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The Skyline project, which formally broke ground on Aug. 28, will construct both a hotel and residential properties at 2100 San Marcos Blvd., at the easterly portion of the Vista Business Park. It’s described as a collaborative project, with developers including Integral Communities, Ayres Hotels and DR Horton. Skyline will consist of a 100-room hotel by Ayres Hotels and 191 homes by DR Horton. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, Vista Deputy Mayor John Aguilera and City Councilman Joe Green. Joining city officials were Lance Waite of Integral Communities, Bruce and Chase Ayres of Ayres Hotels and Kurt Hubbell of D.R. Horton. According to Waite, principal of Integral Communities, the total cost of the project is estimated to be in excess of $100 million, which is all inclusive. The hotel is expected to open its doors during the third quarter in 2019 whereas the residential portion of the Skyline project could be move-in ready as early as the end of 2018. “Skyline is unique to Vista because it is a mixeduse community located on Vista’s southeastern border. The location fronts on San Marcos Boulevard makes it an ideal smart growth opportunity for the city of Vista,” Waite said. He added, “With this location, we are putting housing next to jobs. The community is in the heart of an overall job region that has 25 million square feet of job-producing business parks.” Waite said one of the hardest things for employers in today’s market is the ability to attract talented employees and show them that there is attainable housing in their neighborhood. TURN TO SKYLINE ON 13

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Only Campa-Najjar accepts forum invite By Steve Horn


Stone and Glass owner James Stone pulls glass from a furnace at his studio last week in Escondido. Over Labor Day weekend, Stone hosted Italian glassblowing artist Roberto Beltrami for a series of workshops. For more on glassblowing and Beltrami’s visit to Escondido, see the story online at Photo by Shana Thompson

Survivor, triathlete pushing the limits By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — If fate had it one way, Escondido’s Aurora Colello says she would have been sitting in a wheelchair within five years of her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2008. Instead, she feels better than ever 10 years later and will compete in the 2018 Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sept. 16 in the Olympic Distance race, which features a 1.5K swim segment, 40K cycling sojourn and a 10k run. “They said I would just keep getting sicker and weaker and that I had a progressive, debilitating disease,” Colello told The Coast News. “The fact that I can race is a miracle. I also race for others who can’t. I have spoken

to many people who were diagnosed the same year that I was and they are in a wheelchair.” Colello has participated in triathlons for 10 years, meaning her MS diagnosis coincided with her launch into the sport and the Malibu Triathlon will be her 51st time toeing the line for the multisport event. Not only is she a multisport athlete, but the 35-year-old Colello — originally from Colombia — is also a mother of four kids aged 11 to 17 and a wife. This will be her sixth time doing the Malibu race and this time around, she is doing so to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The Malibu TRIATHLETE Aurora Colello, 35, of Escondido plans to Triathlon is perhaps best compete in her 51st triathlon on Sept. 16 to help raise TURN TO TRIATHLETE ON 5

money for pediatric cancer research. Colello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. Courtesy photo

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ESCONDIDO — A group of more than 90 people filled the pews at Escondido’s First United Methodist Church on Aug. 28 to see Ammar Campa-Najjar — the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives 50th Congressional District seat — answer questions from the audience. Because his opponent — the Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter — denied an invitation to participate in the town hall-style convening, the 29-yearold Campa-Najjar flew solo for the evening. The First United Methodist Church of Escondido — which explained in introducing Campa-Najjar that it does not endorse candidates for office — has maintained the tradition of candidate forums of this sort for years in the city for elected office. “It’s unfortunate Congressman Hunter couldn’t make it today. It would’ve made for a more robust conversation, but I’m happy to take the time to speak to all of you,” Campa-Najjar said in his opening remarks. “We’ve been working hard and some of our opponents have hardly been working and that’s what’s kind of been shown in this election. Now I think it’s just a question of who is going to lead us into the next adventure for this district.” Answering a question asked by The Coast News, Campa-Najjar addressed what he saw as the biggest policy and social issues facing Escondido. “The biggest issue in Escondido is I want the local chamber of commerce to create business opportunities,” Campa-Najjar said. “I want to provide more access to credit, capital and contracts with small businesses, which create two-thirds of all jobs in this country. I want to create new jobs: that’s critical.” Campa-Najjar also called for more public funding to go toward schools, public libraries and other institutions in the city, pointing to the recent outsourcing and privatization of library services in TURN TO TOWN HALL ON 9


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California Pacific Airlines announces flight schedule Vegas, San Jose, Reno are first destinations By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — On Saturday, California Pacific Airlines makes its debut over the skies of Denver. Although CP Air will not service Denver from Carlsbad, the airline announced its long-awaited service from McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad begins with commercial flights to San Jose and Reno, Nevada, on Nov. 1. Flights to Las Vegas start Nov. 15, according to CP Air Chief Operating Officer Mickey Bowman. CP Air announced two weeks ago it was slated for a Nov. 1 launch date. The company’s Denver service comes with its purchase of Aerodynamics last year, which already had several routes and contracts in operation. But now, CP Air is moving forward with its West Coast operation. “We are excited to bring this to market,” Bowman said. “With a no-hassle airport, this will bring back the joy of flying.” CP Air’s schedule includes two round trips on weekdays to San Jose with single-day roundtrip flights to Reno on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. As for San Jose, CP Air will also fly once per day on weekends. Flights to Las Vegas, meanwhile, will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Passengers will commute on 50-seat Embraer 145 airplanes. Bowman said the tech industry directed the airliner to service San Jose and Reno. Reno has

TED VALLAS, chairman of California Pacific Airlines, announced the company’s first three destinations for commer-

cial service from McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo

become a sort of Silicon Valley suburb with Tesla’s gigafactory (battery production) and other companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Switch and Intuit, to name a few, have set up operations. As for Las Vegas, it’s a desired leisure destination, Bowman said. Reno also provides some capacity for leisure with its close proximity to Lake Tahoe, but the primary driver was the tech industry.

“We believe there is great demand from the tech sector, in particular, for San Jose,” Bowman added. “It sort of kicks off two very strong areas of demand, we feel, that we’re seeing from North County. There has also been a tremendous amount of growth in Reno. Finally, Vegas is Vegas. There is always demand for service to Vegas and we felt needed to be done sooner rather than later.” Customers, he added, can



begin making reservations for the Nov. 1 and Nov. 15 flights. CP Air’s website for ticketing is live and can book reservations up to 11 months. As for pricing, CP Air’s fares range between $99 to Las Vegas and San Jose and $148.99 to Reno. The airline offers both refundable and nonrefundable tickets with the nonrefundable tickets being less expensive. Bowman said the company compared prices from major air-

liners flying out of San Diego International Airport, especially Southwest, to determine CP Air’s price point. Although some prices may be more expensive, convenience of avoiding a minimum 35-minute drive, parking costs between $10 and $40 and less time in security lines adds value to the cost of CP Air’s tickets. Parking at McClellan-Palomar Airport is just $5 per day. “We spent a lot of time studying the fare offerings out of San Diego,” Bowman explained. “We feel that the conveniences offered out of Carlsbad, in particular, justify a little bit of a premium. Not a huge amount. There are some fairly cheap one-way offerings out there.” Also, Bowman said the company will announce later this week or early next week at least one new destination. Company representatives said in May other target destinations include Phoenix and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “Today’s (Aug. 27) announcement marks the culmination of a multi-year effort that will bring significant convenience in air travel between San Diego’s North County and the top Western-Region destinations our community wants to fly to nonstop,” California Pacific Airlines Chairman Ted Vallas said in a statement. “California Pacific Airlines will bring the north county a newfound convenience in air travel options. Our initial set of cities will address the needs of both business and leisure travelers from nearby McClellan-Palomar Airport. Passengers can spend less time fretting the drive to and from the airport and spend more time enjoying their destination.”

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Opinion & Editorial

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State may soon assume proper presidential role


2 years of progress on water issues By Mark Muir

When I started my term as Board Chair of the San Diego County Water Authority in October 2016, California was mired in drought but the San Diego region had sufficient supplies regardless of the weather. Thankfully, just a few months later, epic rain and snow significantly improved water supply conditions statewide, but not before validating our longterm strategy to develop a drought-resilient portfolio of water resources that protect the region during dry times. In fact, we had enough water to store 100,000 acre-feet of water for the future — a testament to regional foresight, coordination, hard work and investments by ratepayers. Being able to assure residents and businesses that we had sufficient supplies to sustain our economy and quality of life was the biggest accomplishment of my two-year term as chair, which comes to an end on Sept. 30. Several other highlights come to mind: • We marked the first and second anniversaries of the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant. During the most recent drought, the plant helped the San Diego region pass the state’s stringent

Ice Cube, but no gun shows? The Del Mar Fairgrounds board of directors permitted a rap concert by an artist with a history of glorifying violence, drug dealing, gang culture and degrading women. Guess what happened? Sure enough, violence breaks out with a gun. Yet,

water supply stress test, and in 2017 it was named the Membrane Facility of the Year by the American Membrane Technology Association and the American Water Works Association. • Also in 2017, the Water Authority was recognized by the nation’s largest statewide coalition of water agencies for innovation and excellence in water resources management with its addition of supplies from the Carlsbad Desalination Project. The 2017 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence was presented at the Association of California Water Agencies’ Spring Conference in Monterey. • Our $1.5 billion Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, built to protect the region from droughts and catastrophic disruptions to imported water supplies, was awarded the engineering industry’s most prestigious global honor in 2017 — the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. • The Water Authority secured several significant victories in lawsuits against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. One key ruling by the state Court of Appeal was that the Water Authority is entitled to approximately 100,000 acre-feet more water annually from MWD than MWD had calculated under its water rights *** the board is entertaining the idea, based on so-called moral grounds, of discontinuing the gun shows attended by thousands of law-abiding San Diegan families who learn gun safety. The board wants to close down family-oriented events, but then they allow Ice Cube concerts. Their hypocrisy is obvious: The fairgrounds board has lost all moral authority.

formula. Another big win was the determination that MWD had illegally overcharged San Diego ratepayers tens of millions of dollars a year. In addition, the court ruled that MWD breached its contract with the Water Authority, which required MWD to set legal rates. • We launched a signature outreach and education program called Brought to You by Water to remind us all that everything we love about San Diego — from its thriving economy to our unmatched quality of life — is fueled by safe and reliable water supplies from the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies. I’m also delighted to report that in June, the Water Authority’s Board of Directors approved some of the smallest rate increases in the past 15 years thanks, in part, to our successful litigation against MWD. New board leaders will take the helm in October, and I have every confidence they will serve as faithful stewards of this vital regional agency. Just like I did two years ago, they will build upon the contributions and accomplishments of so many directors, staff members and stakeholders who continue to make the Water Authority our region’s trusted water leader. Mark Muir chairs the Board of the San Diego County Water Authority We call on the board to realign their priorities with the rule of law and support events that promote safe, legal, responsible activities for families to enjoy, such as the annual county fair and Crossroads of the West gun shows. Michael A. Schwartz Executive Director San Diego County Gun Owners PAC

or all three decades since Ronald Reagan left the presidency, California has been all but irrelevant at the top level of American politics. Sure, plenty of ultra-wealthy Californians are regularly among the top moneybags raising funds for candidates from elsewhere on all parts of the political spectrum. But no Californian has had a decent shot at becoming President since Reagan in 1980. This might change in 2020, as several significant Golden State figures are now looking like candidates, while the one person best situated to run denies having current interest in the job. California’s long run of irrelevance has a lot to do with the timing of primary elections, where this state has often voted long after the nominees of both parties were pretty well settled elsewhere in a clear-cut case of the tail wagging the dog. The cast of characters occupying the governor’s office has also not helped. Republican Pete Wilson staged a 1990s-era run that was completely stymied when he lost his voice for weeks. Democrat Gray Davis never had a real chance, in part because of scandals at home. The Austrian-born Republican muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger was ineligible. And many considered current Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a two-time previous loser, too old for serious consideration. But plenty of California Democrats are running right now, while one major figure is not. Most prominent among the state’s active presidential possibilities is Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney

california focus thomas d. elias who might have trouble pointing to a significant achievement other than getting elected several times. Harris has acted like a candidate both in very vocal and confrontational Senate hearings and by helping out candidates in other states. She’ll have a campaign-like book out in January with the wonky title “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.” She’s even been attacked by President Trump via Twitter, offering prompt and pithy ripostes. There are also Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has spent time in both the early primary and caucus states of New Hampshire and Iowa without visibly inspiring anyone, and East Bay area Congressman Eric Swalwell, once the youngest member of Congress and still only 37, just two years over the minimum age limit to become President. Swalwell, like Garcetti, has not inspired many, but may merely be setting himself up for the future. Then there’s Pasadena-area Congressman Adam Schiff, who is not actively campaigning, but has won admirers nationally for the style and content of his opposition to Trump as ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee. But the best situated California presidential possibility is Gavin Newsom, the odds-on favorite to win the governor’s office this fall. Newsom keeps saying he’s not interested in a 2020 run for President, but who knows what he might do a year from now,

if he’s had almost a year of governing California in potentially interesting ways that figure to make national headlines? That was how his time as mayor of San Francisco went, with Newsom delivering America’s first legally recognized samesex marriages and the first city with universal health care, a top Democratic priority here and in many other places. But Newsom, who started running for governor right after Brown was reelected in 2014, likes to begin his campaigns early, just like Harris, who declared for the Senate two years before her election, immediately after former Sen. Barbara Boxer announced retirement plans. Plus, Harris and Newsom are longtime political allies who share a campaign consulting firm and have never stepped on each other’s toes. So Newsom may bide his time. Still … Newsom running in the 2020 primaries as California’s favorite son would have unique advantages. If he could dominate that scene as he has seemed to dominate the governor’s race, he could get virtually all California’s Democratic National Convention delegates, giving him more than 20 percent of the number needed for nomination before the primary season even starts. No one else begins with that kind of edge. And plenty of politicians have run after first denying their interest. So California may have much more of a role two years from now than it has in many years. Which might make this state’s politics even more interesting after the November election than they are right now.

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Abed sued for blocking resident on Facebook By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — President Donald Trump has captured news headlines for blocking U.S. citizens on social media, generating a successful plaintiff’s lawsuit on First Amendment grounds. But social media blocking extends beyond the nation’s capital and into San Diego County’s government, as well. Escondido Mayor Sam Abed serves as the latest example of a public official in San Diego County blocking constituents in response to criticism on Facebook. In response to the blocking, Escondido resident Benjamin Martinez has filed a lawsuit against Abed on First Amendment grounds, as well, paralleling the lawsuit against President Trump. That lawsuit was filed on Aug. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, first reported by San Diego’s NBC News affiliate, NBC 7. “Members of the public who

do not air their concerns about ABED and keep their criticisms to themselves are allowed to post comments on his Facebook website,” reads the complaint. “Plaintiff is not so lucky; he has been completely blocked from posting comments on ABED’s Facebook website — critical, negative, or otherwise.” Martinez believes, as laid out in the complaint, that his First Amendment rights were infringed upon because he was denied his “rights of free expression and to criticize the government as guaranteed by the United States Constitution,” he argued in the complaint. The lawsuit also proclaims that Martinez’s California state constitutional rights were violated. Martinez has asked to be repaid for damages suffered and attorney fees if he wins the lawsuit. According to previous reporting done by NBC 7 through open records requests, Abed has also

previously blocked several other critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego. NBC 7 has also revealed that public officials throughout San Diego County, dozens in total and a quarter of them when looked at as an aggregate group, have blocked constituents on social media. Those include in North County, many within The Coast News’ coverage area. For example, Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez blocked two accounts on Facebook, according to NBC 7’s reporting. In Vista, City Councilman Joe Green has blocked at eight different accounts on Facebook and Twitter. And in Encinitas, Mayor Catherine Blakespear has blocked four different people on Facebook. “Sadly, the number of thinskinned politicians in this county appears to be growing,” Martinez’s attorney Cory Briggs previously told NBC 7. “They invite everyone to ‘like’ them on Facebook or ‘follow’ them on Twitter ... but as

soon as someone criticizes them, even when done factually and civilly, they block the person from the forum. That’s like locking the doors to city hall because you don’t like the messenger, even before you hear the message. The First Amendment does not allow such retaliation.” Beyond legal implications, Briggs has previously told NBC 7 that blocking on social media has an impact on the quality of backand-forth civic discourse, as well. “Politicians come up with excuses for not having to listen to people who disagree with them,” Briggs stated previously. “And that's one of the problems our country faces right now is you can't get adults to sit down and talk civilly when they disagree.” Briggs is also representing plaintiffs in two other similar lawsuits filed elsewhere in San Diego County. Mayor Abed did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

Vista showing drop in crime By Christina Macone-Greene


Escondido Union School District Superintendent Luis Ibarra, left, Deputy Superintendent Leila Sackfield, Lincoln Elementary School Principal Angel Gotay, El Super Regional Director Rudy Hernandez, El Super Escondido Store Director Monica Aldape and Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Michael Taylor join fifth-graders Abigayle White and Osman Garcia Yanez at Lincoln Elementary to receive a donation of $5,000 from El Super, a supermarket that is opening in Escondido in mid-September at West Lincoln Avenue and North Broadway between state Route 78 and the elementary school. Courtesy photo


known for the large numbers of Hollywood celebrities who participate in it, with luminaries such as Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise and Will Ferrell having participated in races past. Colello enjoys the Malibu Triathlon because, she told The Coast News, “It is just a beautiful place to race! As I come up for a breath during the swim portion, I see the sun rise, the beautiful cliffs of Malibu, it is just stunning.” Originally blinded in the right eye due to the side effects of MS and discovering 10 lesions on her brain, Colello says her vision returned after 30 days better than ever from what she describes as “holistic medicine.” She now resides in Escondido and says she sees it as a great place to train for triathlons. “First, it can get really hot here and that is amazing as an athlete to be heat trained,” she said. “It gives me a huge advantage when I am racing to have my body trained and acclimated to the heat. I love to bike and run here because of the hills and beautiful

scenery. There are a lot of good climbs that train you well for triathlons both for the run and bike. It is not just great race training but it is so enjoyable to ride by wineries, beautiful mountains and valleys.” For cycling, Colello says she enjoys riding along Via Rancho and Del Dios Highway in Escondido, with the ride past Lake Hodges her favorite part of training in that neck of the woods. For swimming, you can find Colello training at the 24 Hour Fitness in Escondido’s Westfield North County Mall or else at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach or Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. She has competed in all triathlon distances except for the daunting Ironman, ranging from the sprint distance all the way up to doing the Half-Ironman affair three times. She hopes to continue on in the sport for decades to come, joking that “I will be that old lady in a triathlon wetsuit at a race in 30 years!” The Malibu Triathlon is the only one on Colello’s schedule this year because she is busy with school, training to get certified in functional medicine. “This type of medicine

is what has helped me to do so well with such a serious diagnosis and even reverse symptoms in my body from this disease,” she explained. “Being certified is going to allow me to help people just like me to get healthy. So, this has taken a lot of time away from triathlons this year, but next year I am going to go back to adding more races to my schedule because I will have a lot more time.” At face value, MS and exceling in the triathlon may not seem to have much in common. In fact, overcoming the challenges inherent in both, Colello says, are what draw the two different things together. “When you get a diagnosis like MS, you either give up and give in or you fight. I choose to fight and stay positive,” said Colello. “I choose to not give up, push through and have a strong mindset. These are the same things needed in triathlon. Triathlon is a very mental sport. If you don’t have a strong mindset, you will give up during your race when you feel you can’t go on.” You can follow Colello’s journey on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

VISTA — Between January and June 2018, crime in Vista was down from 18.31 to 18 percent as compared to last year, according to Police Capt. Greg Rylaarsdam of the Vista Sheriff’s Station. Rylaarsdam provided a Vista Station update during the Aug. 14 Vista City Council Meeting. “I’m excited that the numbers are that low. I hope that we can get them lower, or at least keep them at that level,” Rylaarsdam said. “It goes to show you the work that’s being done by the staff to make the city safe, and to make Vista a safe community — again, this is a historic low for us.” Rylaarsdam also shared crime-rate breakdowns to see how Vista compared to other agencies in North County from SANDAG’s 2017 “Thirty-Eight Years of Crime in the San Diego Region” report. While Vista showed a combined total of 18.31 percent for property and violent crimes, Carlsbad was at 21.59 percent, San Marcos at 14.15 percent, Escondido at 21 percent, Oceanside at 27.1 percent, Encinitas at 16.55 percent and Del Mar at 36.77 percent. Rylaarsdam credited Vista’s lower percentage rate in comparison with other North County cities because of its policing strategies to target prolific offenders. “We keep track of releases from jail,” he said. “We monitor people that are on probation and parole. We monitor crime trends using our crime analysis folks. We monitor crime trends, and when we see that there’s something that appears to be spiking, we look for who we believe may be responsible for those things.” Rylaarsdam went on to say that if those individuals are on probation or parole, law enforcement visits them to ensure they are complying with the terms and con-

ditions of their probation and/or parole. While these visits are a reminder to individuals, law enforcement is also making sure people aren’t reoffending and committing crime again, he said. “Countywide we’ve seen that using information with policing has really benefited us when we go to combat crime,” Rylaarsdam said. Councilman Joe Green thanked Rylaarsdam for the report and wanted to know why the rate of calls for the Sheriff’s Department in Vista has increased even as the crime rate has decreased. He wanted more clarification on this point because at first glance it looked contradictory. Rylaarsdam said that calls for service aren’t an explicit representation for crime rates. “We respond to lots of calls for service that don’t actually result in crime,” he said. “When we get a call about disturbing the peace, or a neighbor calls and says they’re having a problem with a party down the street, those don’t all become reports that are reflected in crime stats. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not out spending a considerable amount of time on those types of calls.” Rylaarsdam also pointed out how studies have shown that persons who commit crimes do have a likelihood of reoffending so part of mitigating this is having regular interaction. “When we have access to them through probation and/or parole, we do maintain contact with those folks to ensure that they’re complying with their conditions,” Rylaarsdam said. “Studies show that if they comply with their conditions and they continue to comply with their conditions that they may not reoffend down the line. So, we try to encourage folks to behave lawfully.”


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City Council member Cori Schumacher, a social and environmental justice acKnow something that’s going tivist, author, and champion on? Send it to calendar@ surfer, speaking on “ tion – Title IX Challenges and Opportunities” from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 at SEPT. 7 the Encinitas Community RAPTORS IN THE GARDEN Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park The Vista Garden Club Drive, Encinitas. Carlsbad, welcomes Nancy Conney, founder of Sky Hunters Rap- GROWING YOUR OWN tor Rehabilitation and EduThe MiraCosta Hortication, speaking on “Rap- culture Club presents Dave tors in the Garden” at noon and Amber Newman, ownSept. 7 at the Gloria Mc- ers of “A Soothing Seed,” Clellan Senior Center, 1400 an Oceanside cannabis Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. nursery, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. For more information vis- 8, speaking on “Personal it or Cannabis Cultivation” at contact Vistagardenclub@ MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside in Student Center Bldg. 3400, THEATER AND ART Aztlan Rooms A & B, second The lifelong learning floor. group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, meets BE YOUR BEST GREEN at 1 p.m. Sept. 7, at the colThe Solana Center lege’s Oceanside campus, Green Living Tour from 10 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. to 11 a.m. Sept. 8 at Solana Bldg. #1000. Speaker topics Center, 137 N. El Camino include the MiraCosta Col- Real, presents sustainabillege Theater production of ity in action as you explore “Hay Fever” and “Grandma worm bins, greywater sysMoses: An American Origi- tems, innovative compost nal.” Purchase a $1 parking projects, tool lending lipermit at the machine in Lot brary, water-wise garden, 1A, and park in this lot. Vis- and more. Register by callit or call ing (760) 436-7986, ext. 707. (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.




A free showing of “Despicable Me 3” (rated PG) begins at dusk at the city of Carlsbad’s annual Family Movie Night Sept. 8 at Stagecoach Community Park at 3420 Camino de los Coches, Carlsbad. Wristbands will be available at the event for $5 for unlimited access to games and activities. Movie begins at dusk, and families are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to set up their blankets or low-back chairs

Join the LIFE Discussion: “Being a Muslim in America” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 on the MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Student Center Conference Room. A panel of Muslim women, led by Lallia Hassane, wife of Taha Hassane, Imam/director of the Islamic Center of San Diego, will talk about real life experiences living as devout Muslim women in America today. AUTHOR SERIES CONTINUES Del Mar Branch Library presents author Peggy HiSEPT. 8 naekian, speaking on her CLINIC ON HELMET SAFETY book “Of Julia and Men” Take part in a free at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at 1309 Skate Rising clinic for girls, Camino Del Mar. For more ages 4 to 18 from 9 to 11 information, call the library a.m. Sept. 8, at the Encini- at (858) 755-1666. tas Community Park Skate Plaza, 425 Santa Fe Drive, SINKING OF THE THRESHER Encinitas. Learn about the The San Diego Archaeimportance of helmets and ological Center presents severity of brain trauma. “USS Thresher Disaster: Build kits to benefit brain Sinking of the First Nucletrauma patients. ar Submarine,” by retired Navy Capt. Jim Bryant from AAUW HOSTS SCHUMACHER 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Join the Del Mar-Leu- the San Diego Archaeocadia Branch of the Amer- logical Center, 16666 San ican Association of Uni- Pasqual Valley Road, Esconversity Women as it hosts dido, as part of their Second

Saturday Series. Admission 744-1569 or mail checks/resis free. Register at sandie- ervations to 1053 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos, 92078. thresher/. GET YOUR GREEK ON

The 40th annual Cardiff Greek Festival will run for two days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 8, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. Tickets $3 at Children under 12 free and free parking at Mira Costa College. No dogs other than service dogs.


The Encinitas Preservation Association presents the Historical Bus Tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 from the 1883 School House at 390 F St., Encinitas. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the iconic Encinitas Boathouses. Parking will be at the old Pacific View Elementary parking lot accessed off of F St. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the 1883 Schoolhouse.



Happy New Year! Join the High Holidays at Chabad of Oceanside/Vista Sept. 9, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Suggested donation is $100 per adult. RSVP to articlecco_cdo/aid/418876/ jewish/Reservations.htm.


There will be a Patriot Day 17th Anniversary Remembrance beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Community Life Center, Faith Lutheran Church, 700 East Bobier Drive, Vista. The day includes a commemoration and all-American barbecue at 1 p.m. to salute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, Fire and EMT units locally. For more information, contact Dick Dinse, at (760) 732-3560 or e-mail RichardDinse@Cox.Net.


The city of Oceanside will be kicking off National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 9 with Noche Mexicana. This free family event will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. To learn more, call (760) 4353057 or e-mail, esanchez@


Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 13th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at Dog Beach, 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Proceeds support the Helen Woodward Animal Center. BINGO FUNDRAISER

The Lake San Marcos Republican Women Federated will host a fund raiser 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 St. Mark Golf Club, Fairway Room, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos, with dinner, nohost bar, lucky-draw prizes and bingo to benefit 4 Paws 4 Patriots. Dinner and Bingo Cards are $50. For reservations or questions, call Elizabeth Laister at (760)

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at 9:30 a.m. Sept.11 at Carls- 2725 Palomar Airport Road, bad Faraday Center, 1635 Carlsbad. Faraday Ave., Carlsbad. For information call (949) 3101778, e-mail membership@ COMING UP WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS North County Widow or visit nsdcgs. DOUBLE-PEAK CHALLENGE and Widowers will gather org. Runners may now regisfor a Luau Dinner Dance ter for the Sept. 29 San Marfrom 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. HARVEST HOEDOWN cos Double Peak Challenge 9 at Shadowridge Country doublepeakchallenge. The North Coast Wom- at Club, Shadowridge Ave., en’s Connection Harvest com or in-person on race day Vista. For reservations, call Hoedown will host watercol- at 6:30 a.m. The San Marcos Anne at (760) 757-2029 or orist Chuck McPherson and Double Peak Challenge will visit John Reed, retired police feature a 10K timed race, a officer at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 5K untimed event and a free at Lomas Santa Fe Country Trail Trot for kids starting FRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows Club, 1505 Loma Santa Fe from San Elijo Hills Park, and Widowers of North Drive, Solana Beach. Walk- 1105 Elfin Forest Road. County is a support group ins are welcome. $30 per for Coastal and Inland res- person. For questions e-mail TASTE OF CARLSBAD VILLAGE idents who desire to foster Tickets for Taste of friendships through various Carlsbad Village from 5 to social activities, will hold 8 p.m. Oct.11 are now on its annual picnic at Aviara SEPT. 12 sale at Community Park, Carlsbad SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BAND events/taste-of-carlsbad-vilSept. 9 and meet for Happy The San Dieguito Acad- lage. Craft breweries and Hour and dinner at Tommy emy High School Band in- specialty wineries will also V's Urban Kitchen, Carls- vites the community to its be featured at more than a bad Sept. 11. Reservations fundraiser from 11am to dozen Sip Stops throughout are necessary by calling 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at Brett's the Village. (858) 674-4324. BBQ, 1505 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. You can eat in REGISTER FOR TURKEY TROT or take out, to support your Come “Move Your Feet local public high school Before You Eat!” At the PaSEPT. 10 music program. Be sure to cific Marine Credit Union DEADLINE LOOMING Sept. 15 is the last day mention "SDA Band" for O’side Turkey Trot 5K/10K for applications for the the 20-percent donation of Run/Walk, senior and youth Carlsbad Village Craft- sales. The funds are used for 1-Mile Run, Thanksgiving er's Showcase. If you are music sectional coaches, in- Day, Nov. 22 at the Oceansan artisan that specializes struments, repairs and other ide Civic Center, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. in hand-crafted artwork, music expenses. Register at osideturkeytrot. whether it be jewelry, woodcom/ by Nov. 19 for $37 for 5 working, beadwork, soap K and $42 for 10K. making, handmade cloth- SEPT. 13 ing, or even repurposing old HOUSING FORUMS HELD items into new, please conEngage Encinitas and BOCCE AND BEER sider the 2nd Annual Craft- the Leucadia Town Council Del Mar-Solana Beach er's Showcase taking place will host two For & Against Rotary hosts the Sept. 30 December 1. interested ven- forums on Measure U - Enci- BocceFest combining bocdors, please visit our online nitas Housing Plan Update, ce with craft beers at the application on Zapplication 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Surf Cup Sports Park east at Crafters Showcase for Encinitas Library, 540 Cor- of Del Mar. To sign up, visit more information and to nish Drive, Encinitas, and or contact sign up. For questions, email 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16, at Molly Fleming via Contact@ the Encinitas Library Com- or call (760) 644-2121 munity Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, MEET THE CANDIDATES moderated by the League ‘NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY’ Election candidate and Live Broadway enter- of Women Voters of North issue forums will air on tainment will be a highlight County San Diego. KOCT television from Sept. of Carlsbad Library & Arts 17 through Nov. 6. Hosts Foundation’s “Night at the QUILTERS GATHER Alison St John and Kent Library” gala at 5:30 p.m. El Camino Quilt Guild Davy interview candidates Sept. 15 at Carlsbad City meets at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 for the 5th District Board of Library, 1775 Dove Lane, at QLN Conference Cen- Supervisors, 76th District Carlsbad. Tickets are $75. ter, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Assembly, Oceanside City Registration and more infor- Oceanside. 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City’s greenhouse gas Home Depot leads renovation at sober living home inventory report released By Christina Macone-Greene

By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The first tangible piece of the city of Escondido’s Climate Action Plan update, its greenhouse gas inventory report, has hit the presses. The report, a 26page document outlining the sources of climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions within city limits, was contracted out and written by the University of San Diego School of Law’s Energy Policy Information Center. It will serve as a roadmap of sorts for how the city considers going about tackling climate change and meeting its Climate Action Plan obligations under the legal auspices of California Assembly Bill 32 of 2006 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act). According to the report, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions are automobile-generated. In total, 53 percent of emissions come from on-road transportation, says the report. That included more than 4.7 million miles per year between 2012 and 2014 of automobile trips into and out of Escondido, as well as 576,000 to 588,000 miles driven from point to point within city limits. Over 60-percent of that traffic in highway-heavy Escondido came from trucks of various shapes and sizes. This emissions predominance by the automobile sector is consistent with other cities across San Diego County and Southern California in general, University of San Diego School of Law adjunct professor and report author Nilmini Silva-Send previously told The Coast News on the sidelines of the launch workshop for the Climate Action Plan, which took place in July at City Hall. Silva-Send serves as the assistant director of the energy policy initiatives center. Electricity sits as the second-highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the city, with 27 percent of the city’s emissions coming from that source point. As previously reported by The Coast News, the largest institutional greenhouse gas emitter in the city of Escondido is the Palomar Energy Center power plant, which is owned by Sempra Energy. Sempra, headquartered in downtown San Diego, is the parent company of San Diego Gas and Electric. The greenhouse gas inventory report also includes projected numbers and figures, which conclude

that automobile usage will go down by 2050, further estimating that greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and natural gas will increase by that same year. “I think what you are seeing with future changes in vehicle miles traveled is something reflective of changes expected to the network overall, with future infrastructure projects that should provide more people with a variety of travel choices or network options,” Mike Strong, assistant planning director for the city of Escondido, told The Coast News. “These improvements increase access with shorter travel distances … but (also) other projects will also increase access to new transportation options that encourage walking, biking, carpooling, or taking transit, such as the Missing Link Project in downtown. Furthermore, a lot of cities, including Escondido, have also planned for future housing density and job growth in urbanized areas where there is existing and/ or planned transportation infrastructure.” Sophie Wolfram, director of programs for the San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign, told The Coast News that she was not surprised by the contents of the report. But she says it should serve as a call to action. “The GHG Inventory tells us exactly what we already knew, which is that sprawling development and car dependency have led to transportation being the leading contributor to climate change in Escondido and in every city in the region,” Wolfram said. “Now the question is how seriously Escondido's elected officials will commit to clean air, healthy hearts and lungs, affordable access to economic opportunity and a livable climate,” she said. “To get there, the city must prioritize walking, biking, transit, and affordable housing near transit as cornerstones of its CAP. Electricity and natural gas are the second- and third-biggest sources of GHGs in the inventory, and we already know that the way to slash those emissions is to eliminate natural gas by fully electrifying our homes, and to get to 100 percent clean energy.” Strong said that coming down the pike in October, the Climate Action Plan will go before the city’s Planning Commission and Escondido’s City Council with a status report on the first round of public outreach.

VISTA — The Home Depot Foundation partnered with North County Sober Living of Vista to pitch in with renovations for its veterans’ transitional living facility in North County. On Aug. 21, more than 75 Team Depot volunteer members revitalized the home into a more functional space for veterans. The Home Depot Foundation gifted $25,000 for this project. North County Sober Living director Lisa Mueller said the organization is a nonprofit transitional living facility. Since its inception in 2006, it has had several facilities. “We work with men and women who have been impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness,” she said. “We provide safe housing, recovery services, community connections for mental health, a continuum of care and med management. Our goal is to try to harness as many resources for them, so that they can re-establish their lives, become self-supporting and independent and move on to support themselves moving forward.” While keeping the anonymity of the clientele, Mueller said the transitional facility that the Home Depot Foundation championed is located on South Melrose and caters to veterans. Mueller wants people to know that since North County Sober Living was founded, veterans have experienced greater need. “Our goal is to meet the needs of our community, and that has been one, especially being as close as we are to the military bases that we have here,” Mueller said. This particular transitional housing is a 29-bed facility at nearly 5,000 square feet. Mueller went on to say the Home Depot Foundation has been amazing. Before the Aug. 21 event, a construction crew completed exterior renovations to address dry rot and wear and tear, which was completed by an outside contractor. Home Depot paid for all the materials for the siding and trim. That portion of the project started a few weeks ago. On event day, Team Depot installed new flooring, window coverings, a ceiling fan, painted specific areas of the home, assembled furniture, and did some landscaping for curb appeal. “We had Team Depot for one of those magical

2 plead guilty to firing on deputies in Vista VISTA — A gunman and his getaway driver pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to felony charges for shooting at sheriff’s deputies who responded to reports of gunfire in a Vista neighborhood last year. Elmer Escatel, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer and one count of shooting a

firearm in a manner which could cause injury or death. Escatel, who prosecutors said was the shooter, will be sentenced to 12 years in state prison at a Nov. 13 hearing. Ixcauatzin Morales, 21, pleaded guilty to one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting in a manner that could cause injury or death and will be

sentenced to five years, eight months in prison. Charges against a third defendant, Jesus Garcia Lopez, were dismissed when it was determined that he was asleep and drunk in the back seat of the car driven by Morales, according to Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe. — City News Service

THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION partnered with North County Sober Living of Vista to help renovate a veterans’ transitional living facilty. Courtesy photo

one-day renovations,” she said. Mueller explained that when the foundation offered to help out, it came as a complete surprise. North County Sober Living was

preparing for a fundraiser and went to Home Depot Store 0679 located on College Boulevard and West Vista Way in Oceanside. They were hoping to get some gift cards.

“When we were talking with their store manager about gift card opportunities, they were so excited about what we did, that they had introduced us to their grant program,” she said. And that’s how it all started. North County Sober Living got word they were granted a month ago, and the process has been a fluid one, Mueller said. Yolanda McCullough, specialty manager at Home Depot Store 0679, said she has personally been part of these projects ever since she started with the company. “It’s always been a passion of mine to be able to help out our veterans,” she said. “In this case, a sober living home where they can rebuild their lives. I just want to thank everybody who will be coming out — they are taking time out of their busy lives as well to help our veterans.” Mueller describes The Home Depot Foundation experience as an amazing one where the corporate and local community volunteers join together for a cause. For many, it’s their day off, and they are giving back. “Being involved in a nonprofit is about being of service to others — it’s really great to see other people in our local community that are just willing to go help without expecting anything in return,” Mueller said. “We’re super grateful.”

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San Marcos retiree keeps busy through volunteering Join ‘One By Adam Bradley

SAN MARCOS — Thanks to his dedication to volunteerism, longtime San Marcos resident Richard “Dick” Ellis has learned about giving back to others tenfold. The 75-year-old retiree happily dedicates two mornings a week as a volunteer driver for the San Diego Ronald McDonald House. He covers ground by foot, as well as on the road, to gather up food and retail donations from the community to support those families with a critically ill or injured child in a San Diego hospital. “I make the rounds to many of the grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Ralphs and Vons among others where I pick up donations such as food items, produce, meats, baked goods and dairy,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of really nice people along the way and there are some really great people who work at The Ron- RICHARD ‘DICK’ ELLIS of San Marcos said about his time as a volunteer: “The Ronald McDonald House makes me feel like ald McDonald House.”

What is the RMH? The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” to families experiencing a medical crisis by providing 55 overnight suites, full access to the House’s resources — including meals, nap rooms, a nondenominational chapel ¬— and more so families can remain strong for their child, as they experience one of the most difficult times of their lives. Ellis said he initially became involved with the Ronald McDonald House as a tribute to his late daughter, Sabra, 35, who actively volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She died in 2014 from an aneurysm and suffered from neutropenia, a white blood count disease.

I am doing something really good for families, and the Safari Park is so much fun. I am working with people, kids, animals, and I get to be outside at the park.” Courtesy photo

“She loved children and she was happy to volunteer her time and my initial reason to volunteer for RMH was to carry on with that commitment,” he said. “After spending time volunteering though, I really learned and understood why she enjoyed it so much. Now, I volunteer because I see how it affects the families and children who need our support.”

More Volunteerism In addition to volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, Ellis is also a volunteer for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for two days a week. He often heads to the park after his morning shift at the Ronald

McDonald House. Between the two volunteering gigs he is devoting between 20 and 25 hours per week. He said both volunteering positions have been more than satisfying and quite fun. Each role is different, but each one is fulfilling in its own way and brings something different to the table. “At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, I am a park ambassador and I specialize in elephants and the animals in the Walkabout Australia area,” he said. “That along with the three to four hours a day after my volunteering efforts walking keeps me occupied and gives my wife a break at home.”

Ellis received special training to learn about elephants, kangaroos and wallabies to answer visitors’ questions and give them further insight into these animals. Incidentally, did you know that elephants have the best hearing of all land animals? “The Ronald McDonald House makes me feel like I am doing something really good for families, and the Safari Park is so much fun. I am working with people, kids, animals and I get to be outside at the park,” he said.

Before Volunteering Ellis, who was born in the Rochester, New York, began his career working on a dairy farm in western New York. After his high school years, he spent three years in the military and worked three years as a welder. He then settled into a rewarding career in the medical equipment field for 47 years before deciding to retire. “I tried to retire after working long hours, but I got bored really quick,” he said. “So, I went back to work before finally retiring in 2015.” Ellis also earned a college degree at age 60 from University of Phoenix in 2003 and he was the student speaker at graduation where he spoke about the motivation to get a degree at age 60. “Let’s just say part of the reason I went back to school was because I have three sisters who are teachers,” he laughed. The transition from working full time to volunteering, (which began again in 2015) for Ellis has been pleasing this time around: “I have found the current volunteering efforts to be enjoyable as it is quite different from what I

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had been doing,” he said.

A Slight Hiccup However, things haven’t always been smooth sailing on the volunteer circuit for Ellis, for example, in 2017, he suffered a heart attack and had to undergo a quadruple bypass. “The cardiologist and my doctor said walking would be good exercise after the surgery. And it has been,” he said. “I really enjoy walking overall, and I enjoy walking on the horse trails and at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos. I worked my way up to 15 miles a day about four months after the heart attack and I have continued at that pace. I didn’t want to overdo it.” “I’ve always been a walker,” he said. “I’ve lost 50 pounds since my surgery with the help of walking regularly.” Personal Life Ellis has resided in San Marcos for 20 years and is married to his wife, Mandy. He has a daughter, and a son, as well as a stepdaughter, and four grandchildren. He also has two dogs. Ellis added the best thing about volunteering for him at Ronald McDonald House is “knowing my efforts are doing others good and the hardest is the commute in I-15 from San Marcos to the RMHC location in San Diego.” But don’t look for him to hand in his busy volunteering cape any time soon, Ellis said he’ll be helping until he’s “no longer physically able.” Obviously, something that is very good news for the Ronald McDonald House and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.House and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Book, One San Diego’ ESCONDIDO — Be a part of “One Book, One San Diego,” this year, through the Escondido library, by reading “March” by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Participate in library programs through Oct. 30, and complete activities for chances to win weekly drawing prizes and log your progress online. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, is one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. “March” is a vivid, first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. The library will host special events at the Escondido branch, 239 S. Kalmia St., including “What Would
 You March For?” from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Join in to create a protest sign that you would be proud to carry. Tickets are free, but registration is required at All craft materials will be provided. For ages 5 to 12, the ‘One Book’ event will be a P.J. Storytime from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Wear your P.J.s and bring your favorite stuffed animal to this evening storytime. There will also be ‘One Book’ Toddler Tales from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20 for walkers through 3 years. Both sessions end with a craft. The official “One Book, One San Diego” launch event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 in downtown San Diego at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave.

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REGION — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife, who were indicted on charges they spent more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, made their first appearance Sept. 4 before the federal judge in San Diego who will be handling the case. Gregory Vega, the congressman’s attorney, told U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan that it will be a few weeks before he’s able to determine which motions to file before trial and asked for another status conference on Sept. 24. The judge denied Vega’s request that Hunter be allowed to skip that hearing. The congressman and his wife, Margaret, left through a back door after the brief hearing. According to the

60-count indictment, Hunter and his wife took money from campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts and falsified Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports to cover their tracks. The indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016 in which the Hunters are accused of illegally using campaign money to pay for such things as family vacations to Italy, Hawaii and Boise, Idaho, school tuition, dental work, theater tickets and smaller purchases, including fast food, tequila shots, golf outings and video games. Hunter and his 43-yearold wife face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and falsification of records. At the couple’s arraignment, Vega charged that the

case against the five-term congressman was politically motivated. Hunter, a 41-year-old former Marine, has been critical of the Justice Department, calling it “corrupt and answerable to no one.” Hunter is facing Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar in the November election in a district that has been a longtime Republican stronghold. Hunter’s father previously held the seat representing much of the East County, as well as Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center and Escondido. The congressman has said he hasn’t done anything wrong and is looking forward to clearing his name at trial. No trial date has been set. — City News Service


Escondido as a case in point. Gang violence, too, is an issue Campa-Najjar said needs addressing in the city. “There’s a lot of gang-related crime that not a lot of people talk about on my side of the aisle, but we need to start working on that,” Campa-Najjar explained. He said many programs are available and stressed the importance of “getting atrisk youth in these programs and … demonizing them, making sure your zip code doesn’t determine your destiny.” He then asked, “How do we reach out to those people?” For Escondido, Campa-Najjar also addressed the issue of the political power of real estate developers and their connections in City Hall. “When it comes to the real estate developers, I’ll do it when it’s the right thing to do, but I won’t do it because they’re cutting me a check,” he said. “I don’t accept any corporate PAC (political action committee) money.” Pledging to take no corporate campaign donations for his race for Congress, Campa-Najjar said he believes doing so will make him more accountable to voters and less so to special interests. “I think what happens is when you take special interest money, you lose your way,” Campa-Najjar remarked at the forum. “Because you can literally win elections with never having to do this. You just spend your way to winning.” Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter, were recently indicted by a federal grand jury for using campaign money for personal expenses, such as flights and vacations. Though no questions were asked about this by the audience, Campa-Najjar found an opportunity to broach the topic when asked a question about his grandfather’s background. Campa-Najjar’s grandfather Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar, who died 16 years before the birth of his grand-

AMMAR CAMPA-NAJJAR, running to unseat U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter in November’s election, speaks at an Aug. 28 candidate forum at Escondido’s First United Methodist Church. Hunter did not attend. Photo by Steve Horn

son in 1973, was the head of the intelligence wing of the Palestinian political party Fatah, which had a splinter group named Black September which committed acts of terrorism. One of those acts was the attack in Munich at the 1972 Summer Olympics, which was orchestrated by Yusuf al-Najjar, an act for which he was assassinated by the Israeli military in 1973 under the auspices of what was dubbed Operation Wrath of God. Though Campa-Najjar grew up in the East County portion of San Diego County, he lived in the Palestinian territory of Gaza from 1997 to 2001. The Bill of Rights calls for “every man to chart their own course and choose their own destiny. Every person is responsible for their own choices,” Campa-Najjar stated in response to the question. “So, how about this? I’m not responsible for choices and actions of someone else and Hunter is then responsible for his own choices … If my opponent has to dig back three generations on me, then you’ve got a pretty clean candidate because I can go back to last week on Hunter.” Campa-Najjar has called for a two-state solu-

tion in Israel and the Palestinian territories, which he said will require “generous concessions” on both sides of the bargaining table. Overall, the forum primarily focused on domestic issues, such as health care, creation of a federal jobs program, immigration, the debate over imposing a federal gas tax and the issue of the ongoing debate over the U.S.-Mexico border wall, among other things. Hunter, despite the indictment, still leads in the most recent poll taken by Survey USA — 47 percent to 39 percent — an eight-point lead in a district which has long voted Republican. Duncan Hunter’s father, Duncan Hunter Sr., formerly served as a Republican congressman for the district. On the day of the forum, Hunter spoke in front of the organization Women VIPs in Washington, D.C. At 6 p.m. Sept. 28, the First United Methodist Church in Escondido will host another forum at focused on local elected officials running for office for the Nov. 6 midterm elections. This will include candidates for both City Council and the mayoral election and the event is open to the general public.

By Claudia Piepenburg

REGION — If you’re a parent of a pre-teen or teenager, your child might be juuling. Juuling is the latest iteration of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes). There’s no lighting-up with an e-cigarette — just press a button and inhale the vapor. The modern e-cigarette was invented by a Chinese pharmacist in 2003, and first sold in the United States in 2006. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control stated that 2 million U.S. middle- and high-school students had used e-cigarettes within 30 days of the survey. And vaping technology has come a loong way since its inception. Initially, e-cigarettes looked similar to flip-type cell phones, but with the introduction of JUUL (hence the term “juuling”) in 2015, the devices took on a whole new look. Now, vaping devices can fit into the palm of one’s hand without being seen. JUUL devices look very much like a flash drive with a USB connection that can be recharged by plugging into a computer. The device holds little pods that come in flavors such as mango, mint and cucumber. Each pod contains nicotine levels equal to a pack of cigarettes. “Teens are often smoking one to three pods a day,” said Haley Guiffrida, program coordinator with Vista Community Clinic. Through a grant that initially was to provide education on the dangers of secondhand smoke, Guiffrida has given 40 presentations since January to schools, police departments and self-regulatory organizations, explaining the dangers of vaping, particularly JUUL devices. “JUUL is one of the most popular vaping devices with youth,” Guiffrida said. “The pods contain one of the highest percentages of nicotine on the market.” According to the National Institute on Drug

UNDERAGE VAPING has become a growing concern for parents and health advocates. Courtesy photo

Abuse, 66 percent of teens think that vaping products contain just flavoring. In her conversations with teenagers, Guiffrida has found that to be true. “They’re always surprised when we tell them how much nicotine is in one pod,” she said. “For most of them, this is the first nicotine product they’ve ever used, and they use it because they don’t think it contains any nicotine at all.” Although Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in 2016 raising the age to purchase cigarettes and e-cigarettes to 21, Guiffrida said that many retail stores don’t realize that devices like JUUL contain nicotine. “It’s a matter of educating everyone,” she said. Teenagers can purchase vaping devices, JUUL in particular, through social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. Hashtags like #doit4juul and #juulnation are used to advertise the product. “They’re also buying JUUL online and from friends and family,” Guiffrida said. In a statement posted to the JUUL website, the company said it does not support underage vaping and welcomes continued scientific research into pos-

sible health risks associated with vaping. "We fully support FDA’s efforts to curb underage use of tobacco products, and we believe restricting access to flavors will negatively impact current adult smokers in their journey to switch from combustible cigarettes. Appropriate flavors help adult smokers who do not want to be reminded of the tobacco-taste of a cigarette. We encourage FDA to allow for further scientific exploration on the role flavors play in helping adult smokers transition away from combustible cigarettes," the statement reads. “As JUUL Labs works to support adult smokers in their efforts to switch, we also remain steadfast in our commitment to preventing underage use of vapor products. Both goals can be achieved through reasonable regulation to restrict advertising and naming of flavors such as cotton candy and gummy bear that are directed at children. We look forward to continuing to engage with FDA, policymakers, and community leaders on helping to reduce cigarette use while protecting young people.” Barbara Gordon, a prevention specialist with the San Dieguito Alliance, works with Guiffrida on education and prevention programs, as does Rosalina Herrera, youth development program assistant with the San Diego County Office of Education. Both women share Guiffrida’s concerns that neither kids nor their parents understand the potential risks of vaping. “It’s all about education,” Gordon said. “We’ll ask kids, do you smoke and they’ll say ‘no’ and then we’ll ask them if they vape and they say ‘yes.’” Gordon said there’s concern because teenagers become addicted so quickly. “Once they’ve started vaping, they’re four times more likely to transition to TURN TO VAPING ON 21

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Water district offers film scholarship ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District is encouraging local high school and college students to enter California Special Districts Association’s “Districts Make the Difference” video contest for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $2,000. Aspiring filmmakers can create a 60-second video telling the story of a special district, such as OMWD, that increases public awareness and understanding of the services California’s special districts provide to residents. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 30. Finalists

for the statewide competition will be announced Nov. 1 and winners will be revealed in December after a month-long period of public voting. For more information about the contest and to review the application and rules, visit The competition gives entrants an opportunity to practice film-making with the potential to win a scholarship, while also learning about an often overlooked form of local government. Special districts provide a wide range of specialized, focused services throughout

California. Contestants may work alone or as team, and can focus on one specific district or a complement of special districts that provide essential services to their community. High school and college students are encouraged to visit local special districts when creating their videos. OMWD asks that students submit footage shot within San Diego County that reflects the importance of water to our community, the value of water, the efforts involved to ensure a safe and reliable supply of water, or careers in the water industry.

Among people age 65+ falls are the leading cause of injury death. 1 In 3 seniors fall every year. The leading cause for falling is lack of activity; decreased muscle, decreased flexibility, poor nutrition, medications, and home hazards. Muscle strength decreases 17-41% per decade after age 40. Not to worry there is a lot you can do to prevent falls. Most importantly exercise can reduce your risk of falling by improving strength, balance, flexibility, and bone mass. I asked senior inhome trainer Rachael Stoltz, a leader in senior health and author of the book “Your Past Is Not Your Future” what types of workouts were right for fall prevention. Stoltz answered “The key to fall prevention is building lean muscle. Developing lean muscle decreases joint pain, builds bone density, and decreases injuries. Lean muscle gives you better balance, builds strength and burns fat at rest. For me it’s not just about strength training it’s a combination of weight training, balance training, nutritional counseling, foam rolling, stretching, and reviewing home safety checklists for fall prevention. It’s important to learn the right way to stand, sit, and get off the floor. Anyone can be strong, feel safe, and maintain their independence.” Rachael Stoltz has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. I asked Stoltz’s longtime client about his experience with fall prevention. Roger Beale said, “I’m 83 years old. I had been training with Rachael for a while to gain strength and balance. I tripped and fell and caught myself in a push up position. I jumped my legs in and stood up! Rachael has changed my life she’s given the confidence in my abilities so that I can keep my independence.” Concierge Personal Training is a business founded by San Diegan Rachael Stoltz. For more information call (858)2848004 or visit

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Zero waste workshop comes to Vista By Kelli Kyle

VISTA — On a beautiful Saturday morning at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in the hills of Vista, three picnic tables sat covered with black plastic bins and bags of shredded paper. People of all ages diligently soaked the paper in water and squished it into the bottom of their bins. Later, the mixture housed several tiny earthworms that would break down organic food waste in what is known as the vermicomposting method. Vivian Boring, a teacher at Madison Middle School in Vista, left with two bins to take to her students’ garden club. “We’re hoping the kids can learn about their food and sustainability, and what it takes to grow your food,” Boring said. “Then they can have a deeper appreciation of it.” Boring was one of nearly 45 attendees at last weekend’s Save Your Scraps Workshop, hosted by the nonprofit I Love a Clean San Diego in partnership with the city of Vista. The workshop was designed to educate residents on levels of organic and manmade waste and provide ways to cut back. “Reaching for glassware instead of plastic ware, reaching for a reusable water bottle — these are all small steps we can take to leading a more sustainable lifestyle,” Katie Shea, education specialist with the nonprofit, explained to attendees. The workshop rotated participants through three stations — one on food waste reduction, compost practices and ocean-friendly gardens. Things wrapped up with the vermicomposting bin activity, which gave the first 25 registrants ma-

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SAVE YOUR SCRAPS workshop attendees create vermicomposting bins. The Aug. 25 event, hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego and the City of Vista, taught residents how to reduce their organic and manmade waste. Photo by Kelli Kyle

terials to create a compost bin that day. Alaine Ibarreche, another education specialist with I Love a Clean San Diego, said this interactive experience is an important part of understanding composting. “To really do it hands on and see that it only takes a few minutes, rather than someone telling you that — there’s definitely a sense of confidence that participants leave with,” Ibarreche said. I Love a Clean San Diego, based in Point Loma, holds workshops and cleanups all over San Diego County. In North County, it has hosted events in Encinitas as well as Vista.

This was the first time in its six-year partnership with the nonprofit that the city of Vista held the organics workshop. According to Leslie Webb Blanco, an assistant with the Vista Public Works Department, when city learned about the program, it saw it as a perfect fit to help comply with state mandated waste management plans. “The city provides learning opportunities for its residents and businesses on managing their waste when the opportunity arises,” Webb Blanco said. “The workshop was a great addition to our ongoing education and outreach efforts.”

Next up for the nonprofit and the city of Vista is a community cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 1, where volunteers will pick up litter from the Carlsbad Watershed. For Boring, events like the cleanup and the Save Your Scraps workshop reinforce the idea that anyone can play a role in living sustainably. “Everybody can do it, regardless of where you live,” Boring said. “You just have to get creative. It’s the little things that help.” For more information on upcoming I Love a Clean San Diego events in North County, visit www.ilacsd. org.

K, parents. You need to stop and I mean, right now. Stop spending time with your children. Stop finding them hilarious and adorable, and above all, stop taking them anywhere the least bit fun. That means stop taking them anywhere, because, you may have noticed, just having them along can make the ordinary fun. Why am I throwing down these harsh rules? It’s for your own good, I promise. It will make their inevitable departure in some future September, much, much less awkward for you. That stage may seem light years away, but if you fail to heed my warning, you will, in time, find yourself being ambushed by memories in the oddest moments. Even though my bums graduated from high school 12 years ago, I still have skirmishes with that pesky empty-nest thing. I’m not saying that having a childfree existence doesn’t offer a solid number of upsides. You can clean a kitchen and, with a little clever use of paper plates and the microwave, it might well stay clean for up to 24 hours. Your laundry diminishes tenfold, you never want for a clean towel, you rarely step in unexpected puddles in unexpected places and the milk lasts past its expiration date.

But just when you think you have it knocked, you’ll open your car window along Coast Highway and smell salt air, wood smoke and a hint of roasted marshmallows. Suddenly your head is filled with images of sandy, slightly sunburned, happy children, and a summer full of warm memories. You might get past that, but then you’ll stop by an office supply store and find yourself near tears because you will never need to shop for school supplies again. For some weird reason, I always enjoyed the mandatory time they had to spend with me to gather the necessary gear. Last week I misted over when I saw a coupon for Knott’s Scary Farm. Our elementary district has a break right before Halloween, so we always had time for great road trips. We used to have glorious Halloweens with weeks of costume prep, pumpkin buying and good fun. Halloween’s so quiet now, I started serving up hot dogs in the driveway. When the memories overtake me, I need to take some bold steps to keep the blues at bay. Happy hour with my girlfriends is a very good start, and perhaps a massage and a good book. They aren’t the sweet scent of a happy, post-beach kiddo or the glow of goofy, kid-carved pumpkins, but I think it will distract me until Thanksgiving. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer whose kids were too much fun. Contact her at

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REGION — While an athlete’s physical abilities might diminish with age, one thing doesn’t, said Kirsten Cummings — their competitive spirit. Cummings knows this all too well. A former professional basketball player who played on two U.S. National teams and in the country’s first women’s pro basketball league, the American Basketball League, Cummings said she knows firsthand that the competitive fire stays lit, even as the years pass and she becomes further removed from her pro days. But options to release those competitive juices are slim for seniors. “The love for competition doesn’t die with age, it’s just that many senior men and women don’t have the opportunity to compete,” Cummings said. But every year for the past 31 years, seniors do get the opportunity to compete in the San Diego Senior Games. The monthlong series of events kicks off in September, and includes tour-

naments for individuals and teams in events such as basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard, soccer, swimming and track and field. Cummings, the executive director of the Senior Games, said the games are a great opportunity for seniors — and some competitors as young as 40 — to be around people who share the same athletic and social interests. “We have discovered that while you maybe can’t jump as high or run as fast, you can compete against people your own age, and become locked into a world of people who were just like us, who love to compete and the Senior Games gives them a place to do that,” Cummings said. The senior game events are held in public gymnasium venues across the county, including in Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and other venues across the city of San Diego. Competitors as young as 40 or 45 years old can compete in some of the events, including basketball, volleyball, racquetball, paddleball and golf.

The oldest competitor in last year’s event, Cummings said, turns 104 years old. “Though when you get that age, you don’t know if they’re coming this year,” she said. And there is a basketball team composed of mostly 90-year-old women. “It is our goal to let every man and woman know that they have an opportunity to compete in sports,” Cummings said. Cummings said that one of the big draws for the event is that winners qualify to compete in the national championships in 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While not competing in the senior games locally, Cummings actually qualified for the New Mexico games in the Pasadena senior games in June — she said that her duties as executive director make it difficult to compete in the local games. By virtue of her professional career, which ended in 1997, Cummings said she had to wait 20 years to compete in the games, and will make the national games in her first year competing.

“I think that is definitely a big draw for some seniors,” Cummings said. “Should they want to compete at a national level, they can.” Signups are still open for select sports, and eligible residents can register at Visit the website for more information on the sports, dates and venue locations.

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Escondido high schools shifting to solar power By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — For the Escondido Union High School District, it started as a way to save money on its monthly bills. Yet, in so doing, the district has embarked on a broader plan to transition toward using more solar power as part of its energy portfolio. The current iteration of that effort is being led Mark Cavassa, who serves as the energy specialist for the district. It’s a job he has held since the 2013-2014 school year. Cavassa, formerly a teacher at San Pasqual High School, said his job entails mentoring district employees in smart day-to-day energy consumption practices, as well as monitoring day-today grid-level consumption practices for district schools. “I implemented a district-wide energy conservation program that primarily targeted user behavior and the focus was on saving energy while classrooms/ buildings are not in use,” Cavassa explained to The Coast News. “That turned out nicely, as two years down the road we had reduced our energy use by about one million kilowatts per hour. As a result, and with the cost of solar coming down, it began to make sense for us to go solar.” The district has a power purchasing agreement for solar energy with the company Sunpower for 3.5 megawatts per year, Cavassa further detailed, which consists of about 60 percent of the district’s overall usage. “Despite the 35 to 40 percent increases in electricity rates, we have managed keep our utility costs almost the same,” Cavassa said. In a walkthrough of the San Pasqual High School campus, Cavassa showed The Coast News what the school is doing to achieve greater energy efficiency. This includes solar power panels implanted in 2016 as massive shade awnings in the school’s major student parking lot, LED-powered lights making up 90 percent of the exterior portion of school’s campus and in the gymnasium; as well as a battery-powered electricity generator which was manufactured by the company Tesla. Tesla — a company more famous for producing electric vehicles — owns

the electricity generator. But the generator itself is administered by the company Stem, which specializes in creating artificial intelligence patterns for electricity usage. Calling its program Athena — the namesake of the ancient Greek goddess — Stem learns from the school’s electricity usage patterns and has created a battery-charging and electricity-generating cycle based on these patterns, Cavassa said. On not so hot days, San Pasqual High School’s energy can come in large part from the solar panels, with sun being an abundant commodity in Escondido and San Diego County at-large. That allows the Tesla electricity system to sit idle and charge up through its battery during those time periods. The district’s conservation efforts have been helped along by California Proposition 39 — the Clean Energy Jobs Act — which passed and became state law in 2012. “Under the initiative, funding is available annually for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible energy projects such as energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation at schools,” explains the California Energy Commission of the law. “The Proposition 39 K-12 Program provides grant funds for energy projects — energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation –— at schools within a local educational agency.” According to the California Energy Commission’s 2016-2017 Progress Report on Proposition 39 spending reviewed by The Coast News, the district has spent more than $1.5 million todate in grant funding from the program on energy conservation and clean energy line items. Solar power is also in place at other Escondido schools, including Orange Glen High School, Escondido High School and Del Lago Academy, according to Cavassa. Though Cavassa currently leads the district’s energy conservation and clean energy push, he credits Michael Simonson, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services — for taking the initial lead and spearheading the efforts.

THE SKYLINE PROJECT at the Vista Business Park will include an Ayres Hotel, slated to open in 2019.

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The Skyline project will help achieve those goals. Waite noted how the Skyline site was previously graded. “It sat fallow because of its proximity to San Marcos Boulevard sitting nearly 30 feet below the existing business park and without direct access,” he said. “It was uniquely positioned to be a mixed-use site.” Waite said the site was the desired location because it was already next to an existing infrastructure, and a bus line planned for future 15-minute interval rapid transit. Mayor Ritter also said a few words at the groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the project. “In order for Vista to stay competitive in our growing economy, we as a city must be able to provide safe communities, sustainable lifestyles, and attainable housing while still maintaining our community character,” she said. “I thank Integral Communities, D.R. Horton and

LANCE WAITE of Integral Communities speaks at the Aug. 28 groundbreaking, saying how Southern Californians now see Vista as a destination to visit and to live. Photo by Ashley DuChene Photography

Ayres for recognizing and respecting that.” Waite explained how the Skyline project chose the city of Vista because it’s a business-friendly leader in North County. “They worked efficiently and tirelessly to

help get this project underway,” he said. Vista’s Director of Economic Development Kevin Ham described the Skyline project as a testament to the city’s commitment to fostering a business-friendly service environment for

the Vista business community. “We look forward to the completion of this project and the many benefits it will bring to both our Vista residents and to our business community,” Ham said.


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North County teacher Eric Joyce has announced his candidacy for the Oceanside Unified School District Board in area 1. Joyce has worked in the classroom for almost a decade to empower learners with special needs. The father of two young children intends to provide a bridge between the parent and teacher perspectives. Joyce recognizes the importance of sharing a community vision for the future of Oceanside Unified schools. “Public schools hold the potential to be the pride of our local communities” Joyce said, and would like to bring all community members to the table to invest in the children’s futures.


Lotus Gallery celebrated its grand opening at 5670-J in Carlsbad Gateway Center, Carlsbad Aug. 8. Owners Tsajon and Kamalia von Lixfeld invite all to experience art through ancient objects of art, and the beauty of gemstones. Tjason is a GIA graduate gemologist and Asian art specialist. Kamalia has been designing jewelry for 20 years. The Lotus gallery is available Monday through

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The San Marcos Double Peak Challenge, set for Sept. 29, will feature a 10K timed race, a 5K untimed event and a free Trail Trot for kids starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road. Organizers are seeking vendors to participate in the outdoor Vendor Expo from 7 to 11 a.m. Booth fees vary. Visit doublepeakchallenge/expo for entry form and more information. Deadline is Sept 14.

The San Diego North Coast Singers named composer/conductor Melissa Keylock, as its Associate Artistic Director. Keylock has held leadership positions in Princeton Girlchoir and American Boychoir School.


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im and Bill, the Tobin brothers, are always seeking the road less traveled for their successful wine shop and bar in San Marcos. They cut their wine teeth in the old Long’s Drug chain in San Diego, then struck out on their own when opportunity rang, to purchase a wine operation in San Marcos eight years ago. They took North County Wine Company from an inventory of 300 bottles to 600 bottles in a short time. The only thing that’s holding them up from going to another 600 is space. Once on the floor, NCWC’s wines move out the door quickly with well-orchestrated consistent promotions and low prices. The Wine of the Week feature is always from an upscale winery with a price that’ll insure it moves quickly. With the current wines being snapped up and new wines priced to go out the door faster than they came in. At times, with new labels coming in, it appears they do have way more than 600 wines to sell. The fun starts on Wednesdays with the Wine of the Week revealed and tasted. Recently it was a “patio pounder,” the 2016 Napa Valley Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend for just $9.97. You can always get a taste before you buy at the in-house bar with an always-fresh

wine system pouring plenty of choices. On the occasion of the wine shop and bar’s eighth anniversary held recently, the NCWC team kicked it off with a traditional saber ceremony, where the brothers and employee Cathryn Venettes, opened $250 French champagnes with the ceremonial swords, swiftly but carefully slicing the tops off the bottles. I told you they were one-of-a-kind! Why did they open their wines with a saber? It’s a tradition dating back to Napoleonic times and the French Revolution and it’s officially called Sabrage and considered a high honor for the ceremony of opening a bottle of sparkling wine. Here’s how it goes. At a right angle, slide a saber or similar blade down the neck of the bottle toward the cork, allowing it to hit the collar with a lot of force to snap the glass cleanly, causing the cork to shoot across the room with a pleasant sounding pop and a froth of fizz. There is a lot more to this fun event so Google “Sabrage” for the full story including safety precautions before you try it at your next birthday or anniversary party. When you visit North County Wine Company, you’ll want to enjoy their back patio which is shaded, has tables and chairs for outdoor sipping and a BBQ for some of the special events. Whether it be the Midweek Flight, Thirsty Thursday or Top Flight Friday and Saturday, the party never lets up. Check it all out at northcountywinecompany. com or call (760) 653-9032.

big new wine at the gala. The winery was awarded “Best Of” winery by San Diego Magazine. The Bordeaux-style blend Maestrale, a Gold Medal winner, will also be featured. Tickets are $55 each. For details, contact (619) 991-9911 or visit • Amici’s Ristobar in the Carmel Valley district of San Diego is the newest addition to a glamorous new group of food and wine friendly restaurants in the area. It is celebrating California Wine Month in September with a special event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18. This Wine and Bites event will be offering exclusive wines from Amici’s reserve cellar, along with curated bites. You can expect nine great California wines for tasting. Head chef Rohelle Gabriel has planned a tasting menu that is very unique. Tickets are $49 per person and reservations can IT’S ALL SMILES for the team at North County Wine Company in San Marcos — Cathryn be made at the restaurant’s Venettes, left, Bill Tobin and Jim Tobin — during their eighth anniversary party and saber Open Table page or by callceremony. Photo by Frank Mangio ing (858) 847-2740. Il Fornaio features wine, cuisine of Campania

Have you taken a journey through Italy lately and had its dining delights in some of its delicious districts? Il Fornaio in Del Mar would have been a wonderful way to learn about the authentic cuisine and wines of Campania. It recently spotlighted the culinary charm of Campania, from Naples to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. Aglianico is the native red wine of the region. It is an explosive, intense body of dark cherry with aromas of ripe berries, spicy pepper, violet and

prune. And there are delicious native dishes to pair with it. We found Pummarole a Capri with chopped heirloom tomatoes tossed with Mozarella di Bufala cheese, basil and extra virgin olive oil. The wine was a delightful Rosé. My favorite and one that most resembled the legendary entrees of Italy went by the challenging title of Strangulaprievete a Surriento. The ingredients included housemade Gnocchi with fresh Mozzarella cheese, Grana Padano cheese, oregano, basil and tomato sauce, all baked in the oven. Aglianico wine is

recommended with this rich dish. In September, Il Fornaio will unveil its menu for the district of Marche, on the third through the 16th. Don’t miss it! For details, call (858) 755-8876. Wine Bytes

• The Best of San Diego, an Italian Celebration is the event to be at. The location is at Gianni Buonomo Vintners Winery and Tasting Room, in the Ocean Beach District of San Diego, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15. A top-quality chef will create the feast and a new release Sangiovese will be the

• Seasalt Restaurant in Del Mar continues its winning ways with winning wine dinners. Next one up from owner Sal Ercolano is a dinner with Cakebread Cellars, at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 27 and Friday Sept. 28. Cakebread is Napa Valley’s celebrated winery and in my opinion the best Merlot winery west of Bordeaux. All wines are perfectly paired by Chef Hilario. Call (858) 755-7100 to reserve your place at this momentous occasion. Reach him at Frank@

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CSUSM business school adds new ‘soft skills’ requirement By Steve Puterski

SAN MARCOS — Business students have a new requirement starting this year at the California State University San Marcos. Dr. Jim Hamerly, dean of the College of Business Administration, instituted the business professional development program, which brings soft skills to students. In addition, he recruited 29 C-level executives as mentors and instructors for the students who started the semester on Aug. 27. At CSUSM, 85 percent of business students are local and remain in the area after graduation, Hamerly said. Additionally, 85 percent work and half of those work full time. “They are working and paying their way through school,” he said. “They have the best work ethic of any college students I’ve seen because they want to be here and they are working to pay their way through school.” Because of the requirement and upperclassmen electing to take the class, Jill Laing, CSUSM’s director of student services, said the college is offering 13 sections this fall. Each section is represented by one executive in residence (EIR) plus a course instructor. With the EIR, they must commit 100 hours per year in both the classroom and volunteering with the students. The two-credit class also gives students one-on-one coaching with an EIR, while the instructor develops the class’ content, according to Laing. “It helps them create goals that are fluid,” she explained. “They’ll also work with them on some of the basic things like resume writing and mock interviews.” Although students are given plenty of practical and hard skills through their traditional studies, Hamerly saw a hole, the soft skills. For example, business etiquette at lunch or dinner, resume building, following up after interviews, networking skills, measuring career confidence and many others were missing.

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Enjoy free Music At The Museum during the Sept. 7 Oceanside Art Walk from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Explore the exhibitions and stay for the free concert with Wish and the Well. The music starts and cash bar opens at 7 p.m. Galleries close at 8 p.m.

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When Hamerly took over as dean, one of his first questions was why the students were not doing better landing jobs. He said the number of students at graduation is “embarrassing low,” and after interviewing graduating students and meeting with the advisory board, Hamerly discovered some startling statistics. Eighty-five percent of those graduates, when on location for a job interview and asked if there was anything they wanted to tell the interviewer, said nothing. In addition, 85 percent never followed up, even with a thank you note. Hamerly realized the students, through no fault of their own, did not possess professional and soft skills, the traits needed to stand out during an interview and receive a job offer. “When I talk about professional skills, I mean, do you know how to break into a conversation?” Hamerly rhetorically asked. “Do you know how to have a business meal? These are really simple things our students simply don’t have.” Hamerly said he relates to many of the CSUSM student body, as he was a first-generation college student and also did not have those soft skills. Fifty-five percent of CSUSM students are first generation and come from blue-collar and low-income back-

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grounds, as Hamerly did growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and ‘60s. The EIRs have been recruited as instructors. They will be spending about 10 hours per week coaching the students, Laing said. “It doesn’t matter what your background is or who you are, everybody can continue the soft skill development,” Laing said. “Eighty percent of our students say that the program and EIR have contributed to their career confidence level and what direction they are going to go.” The class, meanwhile, is required for every business student and conducted during their sophomore year. Of course, this year’s crop of juniors and seniors are not required the class. Hamerly started the business professional development program two years ago as a pilot program with eight instructors. Last year it grew to 15 C-level executives and this year is the first year it is required for credit. “Things like business ethics, business etiquette, how to do career exploration and how to be an effective communicator,” Hamerly explained. “They will have done a lot of instruments and a psychological profile of what are their strengths and weaknesses, and we will actually connect them with a couple disciplines that we think are ideal jobs for them.”

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Take time away from the frenetic pace of today’s living to contemplate the beauty & goodness around you! Learn to hold and cherish each lovely joy that life has ever brought your way and, when your days aren't quite so bright, they'll bring the sunshine back again. Learn to understand the true meaning of peace on earth, good will towards all mankind. Learn to accept the weakness of others in the hope that they can learn from your good deeds. Cast away loneliness for beautiful memories. Eliminate doubt and replace it with faith. When you're blue, regain hope. When you're troubled, seek inner strength. May you always live and love in such a way that others will see your contentment and share your joy each day. The staff at Allen Brothers Mortuary Chapels in Vista and San Marcos, honor those who perished on September 11, 2001


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The Alley Cats, a premier Doo Wop Show, will be the free event at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in the Pala Events Center. In the resort’s Cave restaurant, hear Warren La Plante, Nuevo Flamenco at 7 p.m. Sept. 7, David Reynolds, Acoustic Pop at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and Vince Mendoza, Jazz/Pop at 5 p.m. Sept. 9. For more information, visit

at Community Lutheran Church, 3575 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido. For these auditions, they would like a short monologue (about 1 minute) and 16 bars of a song (20-30 seconds). For more information on auditions or about working as part of the production staff, contact Kristin Morales at YOGA AT THE MUSEUM

After an inspiring all levels session of art and yoga with Heidi Borsch, from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 9, participants will enjoy an acai bowl on the terrace at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Proceeds support busses for onsite school field trips to OMA. Pre-registration required at

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Join the two-day workshop “Colorful Images Of Laura Owens” from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept.11 and Sept. 13. Cost is $90 Using contemporary LA artist Laura Owens as an inspiration, Robin Douglas will show how to use image, text, pattern, and textures to create a creative composiFIRST FRIDAY ART WALK tion. Register at oma-online. First Friday Art Walk org/. Oceanside is partnering again with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, from 5 to 9 p.m. SEPT. 12 Sept. 7 at 110 N. Myers St. ‘AND ALL THAT JAZZ’ Visitors can buy art and enMoonlight Stage Proter artwork raffles benefit- ductions opens its season ting “Dollars For Dreams,” with the musical “Chicago,” on the second floor. Steelin’ at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 through Tin Band will perform up- Sept. 29 at the
Moonlight stairs on the Hello Betty Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale upper deck. Singer-Guitarist Terrace Drive, Vista. TickMelody Mejia will debut as ets: $17 to $57 at (760) 724an Art Walk performer on 2110
or the south side of the upper deck. Steve Davidson will FAMILY CONCERT SERIES be crooning in the south The Carmel Valley Lilobby. Aki Burkes will lead brary Family Concert Series his drum circle by the fire presents mezzo-soprano Alpit near the main hotel en- exandra Rodrick, with piatrance. nist Ines Irawati, at 7 p.m. Sept. 12
at 3919 Townsgate Drive, Carmel Valley. For SEPT. 8 further information, call ART IN THE GARDEN (858) 552-1668. Youngsters will make creative Recycled Art projects CROP using “saved” trash SEPT. 13 with .93 Farmer Jones. from 10 TRADITIONAL CELTIC MUSIC a.m. .93 to noon Sept. 8 at 1270 The Oceanside Public Vale4.17 Terrace Drive, Vista. Library and the Friends of Class4.28 fee is $5 per child, and the Oceanside Public Li$5 per adult Garden entry. brary present a free concert Pre-registration required of traditional Celtic music at farmerjonesavbg@gmail. by Scotland’s Tannahill com or (760) 822-6824. For Weavers to the Oceanside more information, visit alta- Public Library AT 6 P.M. September 13 in the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast MAKE A SAND MANDALA Highway, Oceanside. The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting free 2nd Saturday art lessons to create a sand mandala, led by Center Teaching Artist, Cecelia Linayao from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept.7. Seating is provided on a first-come, firstserved basis. Visit http:// for more information.



Community Players Theatre will hold auditions for “Scrooge, the Musical,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10

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Interfaith coalition convenes forum on human trafficking By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — An interfaith coalition convened a community forum on the issue of human trafficking within city limits and beyond on Aug. 25 at the First Congregational Church of Escondido. Brought together by the First Congregational Church’s Missions and Social Justice Team, the forum featured speakers from a cross-section of the San Diego County community. They included Mary Ellen-Barrett, deputy district attorney for San Diego County; Jaimee Johnson, a human trafficking survivor and founder of the organization Sisters of the Streets; Jonathan King Cretot, a case manager for the LGBTQ Center North County; Trish Martinez, the Native Ameri-

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can liaison for the San Diego Human Trafficking Advisory Council; and Estela De Los Rios, executive director of CSA San Diego County. The First Congregational Church is part of a broader interfaith coalition of groups fighting against human trafficking in Escondido and San Diego County named Escondido Together. Also part of that coalition is Mosques Against Trafficking, which is spearheaded by the Islamic Society of North County, overseen by Yusef Miller. Miller served as the moderator for the panel. On the sidelines of the event, Miller said the bulk of the work his organization does — upwards of 90 percent of the workload — is educational outreach, akin to the forum hosted at the First Congregational Church. But

$1 million for new public restrooms. "I just want the city to be clean," Mayor Breed said, "and I want to make sure we're providing Unusual Hobby Social media have giv- the resources so that it can en us the dubious opportuni- be." [San Francisco Chronity to document all manner cle, 8/14/2018] of celebratory, mournful, hilarious and contempla- Bright Idea tive events. And so they -- As his trial got unhave opened the door to derway on Aug. 22, Chinese fame for "Paul Flart" (real University of Hong Kong name: Doug), a 31-year-old associate professor Khaw hospital security guard who Kim-sun pleaded not guilty took to Instagram in March to a breathtaking murder to share with the world his plot. Prosecutors say that "sphincter sirens." Flart in 2015, Khaw filled a yoga spent a lot of time sitting ball with carbon monoxide, around at the front desk then left it in the trunk of with nothing to do, but, he his wife's car, where it slownoticed, "The lobby has re- ly leaked the noxious gas ally great acoustics, and nat- and killed his wife and their urally, we all fart. One day I 16-year-old daughter. The ripped a rather nice one and BBC reported that Khaw got really good sound from was angry because his wife it, so the next time it hap- wouldn't divorce him so that pened I recorded it and sent he could be with a student it to my group chat." Those with whom he was having lucky friends encouraged an affair. When colleagues him to go viral and helped caught Khaw filling the him choose his Insta han- ball, he said he was going to dle, Paul Flart. Today, he's use it to kill rabbits, but in racked up more than 20,000 his statement to police, he followers, according to Vice. said the gas was to kill rats Unfortunately, hospital in his home. He is charged management isn't among with two counts of murder. them, and on Aug. 23, Flart [BBC, 8/23/2018] was fired from his job. But -- Jeffrey Tomerlin, 45, he's not deflated; he plans to was charged with assault expand his reach: "We can on Aug. 19 after he hurled do Paul Flart on vacation, a soft, fluffy, edible weapon you know, throw in like a at his ex-girlfriend. When Hawaiian shirt and a hat ... Tomerlin saw his ex in a and then just fart around car with her new boyfriend, Florida." [Vice, 8/23/2018] he walked up to her window and threw a biscuit at her face. He also charged Government in Action The public works de- the car, banging on it and partment in San Francisco saying he would kill them, gets, on average, 65 calls reported WKRN, earning every day with complaints additional charges of public about feces on the sidewalk. intoxication and vandalism. Public works director Mo- It was not clear whether the hammed Nuru and the city's biscuit damaged the ex-girlmayor, London Breed, put friend's face. [WKRN, their heads together and 8/21/2018] came up with a solution: the Poop Patrol. In mid-Sep- Florida. Says It All tember, five public works On Aug. 20, the Miami employees with a steam Herald endorsed Republicleaner will begin scouring can Bettina Rodriguez Agupoop "hot spots," such as ilera, who was running to the Civic Center, Tender- replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Leloin and South of Market htinen to represent a disneighborhoods, during the trict that includes parts of afternoons to clean up what Miami and Miami Beach. nature has left behind. (An- (She lost her primary bid on other team also cleans over- Aug. 28.) Rodriguez Aguilnight.) Officials told the San era has been a city official Francisco Chronicle that and a business executive, the waste comes from dogs the Herald noted, but conand people, and the may- ceded, "We realize that or recently allotted about Rodriguez Aguilera is an

his organization does other things, as well. “The other 10 percent will be services, or connecting people with services,” Miller said. “So we give them references. Other than that, we go to Native American reservations and give the same lecture, we go to churches and give the same lecture, we go mosques and give the same lecture. Schools, we give the same lecture. So that’s mainly what we do: we give awareness. But once we get this awareness out, hopefully — the thinking is — the demand will drop and the actual contact with victims will stop.” Ellen-Barrett, who serves as a deputy to San Diego County Attorney General Summer Stephan, opened the panel up by discussing unusual candidate." Before she was a candidate, Rodriguez Aguilera appeared on Spanish-language television programs to talk about her experience of being abducted by aliens when she was 7 years old. Three beings, two women and a man who reminded her of Jesus Christ, spoke to her "telepathically" and took her aboard their spaceship. Inside, she saw "round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship," and she said she has communicated with them several times since then. However, editorial page editor Nancy Ancrum didn't think Rodriguez Aguilera's beliefs or past experiences compromised her as an effective public servant. "Here's why we chose her: She's not crazy," Ancrum told The Washington Post. "I don't think we went off the rails here." [Washington Post, 8/20/2018] Owwww!

Mohamad Zayid Abdihdy, 24, declared that he's "going back to hookah" after a fiery incident on Aug. 25 involving his e-cigarette. The cellphone store worker was in an HDTV Outlet store in Anaheim, California, buying a new television when the smoking device exploded in his pants pocket. "The gentleman, he is running ... and he is screaming and yelling," store manager Antelmolare Guzman told NBC4. "Apparently, all of his right leg was completely burnt all the way down. Part of his private parts were also kind of affected." While Abdihdy ran to the restroom to see to his burns, Guzman put out the still-flaming e-cig on the store's floor. Abdihdy, who did not go to the hospital, said he still can't walk on his leg. [NBC4, 8/28/2018]

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that 80 percent of human trafficking victims are in California and they make up 100 percent of her case load. Tackling human trafficking — in particular sex trafficking — she said, is a major priority for Stephan. Johnson, a former victim of sex trafficking and now an advocate for other survivors, now does volunteer work for Sisters of the Streets and the Survivor Leader Network of San Diego. She said that for Sisters on the Streets, she and others head to areas around San Diego County at which sex workers and trafficked women stroll the streets seeking business and attempt to be a positive resource for women looking to get out of what’s often referred to as “the life.” “I do street outreach en participated to support the East Lancashire Hospice. [UPI, 8/27/2018] The Meth Made Me Do It

Mason Tackett of Floyd County, Kentucky, told WYMT that neighbors called him on Aug. 26 to say his cousin, Phillip Hagans, was carrying items out of Tackett's house. When Tackett returned home, he said, "It looked like he was packing up for a yard sale when he come out." Hagans was "lying, throwing his hands, saying stuff like, 'I didn't do it. I didn't do it.' ... He did pull a gun on me," Tackett said. But what he really couldn't understand was Hagans' choice of items to steal: a cheese grater, an empty Lysol bottle and soap. "Who steals a cheese grater?" Tackett asked. "He stole my soap. Who steals soap? ... Must have been a bad batch (of methamphetamine) around here 'cause Floyd County has gone crazy in the last four days." Hagans was charged with receiving stolen property and being a convicted felon with a firearm. [WYMT, 8/26/2018] Extreme Measures

A man named Tang from Sichuan Province, China, promised his girlfriend, Yang, that he would buy an expensive luxury car for her. The only problem was that he didn't have the money. So he cooked up a scheme, inviting Yang and her brothers to the Chengdu car dealership on Aug. 16, where he had allegedly put down a 10,000 yuan payment. Tang asked the group to wait there while he went to get the cash, but instead, according to Shanghaiist, he went to a supermarket and bought a fruit knife. Outside, he found a secluded spot and cut up his own arms, then called Yang and said he had been robbed at knifepoint of the 750,000 yuan he had supposedly withdrawn for the car. While her brothers took Tang to the hospital, Yang waited for police, who eventually excised the story from Tang. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and a 500 yuan fine. [Shanghaiist, 8/23/2018]

once a month, which is really healing for me,” she said. “So, basically we collect nice purses from the community and fill them with hygiene items and makeup items and a business card and we go out and just fellowship with the other women who are still out there. It’s not to go out and save anybody, but it’s to plant a seed to remind them that somebody cares and loves them and someone who’s been there and that they can relate to and that there is hope and there is another side to this.” Johnson also noted that in San Diego County, those women who have more of an “exotic” look — which could mean of a certain race or biracial — go for a higher price on the sex trafficking market. She was also careful to say that she thought that the U.S.’ “oversexualized” and “lustful” culture was the root cause of the sex trafficking issue, as opposed to it being a case of good people versus bad people. “It’s not that somebody’s evil or somebody’s good and we’ve got to fill the prisons up with them and all of the buyers are bad,” she said. “We have to get to the deeper root of this issue and that is pornography, and that is lust and that is an oversexualized culture.” Human trafficking is not just a theoretical concern in Escondido. In 2013, a 13-year-old human trafficking victim was secured from a motel in Escondido by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, brought into the city from Fresno, California. The Escondido Police Department is part of the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force, which is overseen by District Attorney Stephan. Fending off human trafficking, of course, is not only

a concern for people with a religious life outlook. But for Holgie Choi, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Escondido, working on this issue is at its core an issue of faith and religiosity. “We come together because we believe that faith can change our streets or faith can change our city,” Choi explained. “So, we try to tackle issues of homelessness, human trafficking, if there is a national crisis somewhere in our nation such as gun violence, we host prayer vigils. I’ve been very blessed to be part of this interfaith group of all traditions, whether it’s Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, we can all collectively work together for a common cause.” Mosques Against Trafficking’s Miller said that Escondido Together will next play host to a backpack-stuffing event from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 at the First Congregational Church. An interfaith community will gather on that date, he explained, to prepare backpacks with objects helpful to saved victims of trafficking transitioning back to everyday life in the community. This will be the second annual gathering of the sort. “They’re meant to be a first contact gift for anyone who’s coming out of that life,” Miller explained. “We give them some sense of humanity and warmth that people care about them. And what we did last year was we had different religious traditions volunteer to bring certain items for these backpacks.” Miller further explained that Escondido Together focuses on having teenagers at the backpack event because teens are often the target of human traffickers.


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Gunman still hospitalized DEL MAR — A man wounded in a deputy-involved-shooting at the ticket window of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club remains hospitalized and did not attend an arraignment on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Daniel Elizarraras, 22, of Escondido has stable vital signs at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and is expected to survive, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said. The shooting was just before 6:40 p.m. Sunday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., San Diego County sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said. Rapper Ice Cube was performing and Elizarr-

aras wanted to buy a ticket to the concert, Stubkjaer said. No more tickets were available. “An argument ensued and nearby deputies responded,” she said. “The man pulled out a silver plated semi-automatic handgun and fired several shots into a crowded area. Deputies engaged and returned fire.” No deputies or civilians were hurt, authorities said. Spokesman Mac McBride said the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, would be looking into possible security changes. The club does not have metal detectors. — City News Service

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Outlets at San Clemente ( The trolley is operational from Memorial Day through the end of September, and stops at one of 16 locations every 15 minutes. You can track the trolley in real time at www. If you come to San Clemente for the day, park at one of the mall’s ample lots, hop on the trolley and forget about the stress of finding a parking space. It’s 10 minutes to the downtown area or the beach. Parking at the outlet mall also means you can explore what these 55 brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants are doing to pull folks away from online shopping. For shoppers who earn a certain number of points (the program is free), there is a stylish, ultra-comfortable VIP lounge and luxurious bathrooms that feature automatic and heated toilet seats (really). The bathrooms and lounge for general shoppers are also worth a visit — whether you have to go or not! Other attractions are the free giant board and yard

games (corn hole, chess, Connect 4) in the central court; environmentally conscious landscaping; regular events throughout the year; dog and pet-friendly environment; 3,300 parking spaces (some covered); meticulously clean public spaces; free strollers and wheelchairs; and lots of space, space and more space — easily evident as we walk through the mall’s expansive tile corridors. The investors and mall designers gave particular attention to creating open space, explains Vista resident and marketing director Nicki See. “They know that people don’t want to feel crowded or crammed, and (open spaces) make people want to stay longer.” Back on the trolley, we hop off at stop No. 2 (Avenida del Mar and N. Calle Seville) and walk another two blocks to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. The registered historic landmark home was built by San Clemente’s founder, Ole Hanson, and affords a spectacular view of the beach and pier. The Spanish Colonial Revival home’s large rooms and carved wooden ceilings provide the perfect showcases for art exhibits and events. Don’t miss some of the historic photos of Los Angeles and Orange County cities. Visit Stay: Volare Hotel (one block from trolley stop; free hot breakfast); $120 and up. https://www.volareresorts. com. For more information, visit For more photos of San Clemente, visit ondash.


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1 at this payment JG492232 Model not shown. (Standard 2.5i model, code JFA-01). $0 Customer Cash Down plus tax, title license and 1st Month’s payment due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $24,409 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $21,600 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Total monthly payments $7,884. Lease end purchase option is $15,174. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. Retailer participation may affect final cost. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/ repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, 15 cents/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 9/9/18

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2018 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

1 at this payement J3287425 (2.5i model, code JDB-01). $0 Customer Cash Down plus tax, title license and 1st Month’s payment due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. MSRP $27,589 (incl. $915 freight charge). Net cap cost of $23,500 (incl. $0 acq. fee). Lease end purchase option is $16,277.51 Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. Not all buyers may qualify. Net cap cost & monthly payment excludes tax, license, title, registration, retailer fees, options, insurance & the like. At lease end, lessee responsible for vehicle maintenance/repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear/tear, .15¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year and $300 disposition fee. Lessee pays personal property & insurance. Offer expires 9/9/2018

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SEPTEMBER CLASSES & EVENTS 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

9/10 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

9/28 Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Accelerated Course

8-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3100 to register/fee involved.

9/6, 9/17 Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Visit to register/fee involved.


CHILDBIRTH & PREGNANCY Breastfeeding Support Group

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500.

All classes are held at locations below unless otherwise indicated. Tri-City Medical Center – 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center – 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Please note, classes are subject to change. Please call to confirm.

For even more classes & programs visit SUPPORT GROUPS


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Update Course

SEPT. 7, 2018

Better Breathers

1:30-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3055 for more information.

2nd Wednesday of Every Month Women’s Cancer Support Group

10:30-11:30 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3540 for more information.

2nd Wednesday of Every Month Mended Hearts Support Group

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.846.0626 for more information.


9-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays NEW Mi Ortho (Arthritis Foundation Aquatics to be integrated into Ortho program)

Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 for more information, class schedule, registration/fee involved.

2nd Tuesday of Every Month Ostomy Support Group of North County

Call for Class Schedule NEW Mi Neuro (Step by Step for Parkinson’s to be integrated into Neuro program)

Friday of Every Month Diabetes Support Group

Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays Parkinson’s Exercise

1-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Dates may vary.* Call 760.470.9589 for more information. * Last

11 a.m-12:30 p.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.1201 to register.

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 for more information.

1st Thursday of Every Month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd Thursday of Every Month 7-9 p.m. Aphasia Support Group

Meets Fridays Diabetes Self-Management Course

3-5 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.644.120 for more information.

Meets Wednesdays Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7151 to register.

Breastfeeding Your Baby Class

7-8:30 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 619.482.0297 for more information.

Spine Pre-Op Class

7:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center.

9/11, 9/26 Total Joint Replacement Class

Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500. 6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5500 to register/fee involved.

Nexxt class 10/18 Baby Safe Class - Infant CPR

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved.

9/20 Baby Care Class

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5784 to register/fee involved.

9/13 3-Wk Child Preparation Class

6:30-9 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.5750 to register/fee involved.

Next classes begin 10/7 Maternity Orientation

Tri-City Medical Center. Registration required. Call 760.940.5784.

Next Open Class 10/16 7:30-8 p.m. Orientación de Maternidad En Español

Quienes deseen más información pueden llamar al 760.940.5750. 9/8, 3-3:30 p.m., 9/27, 7:30-8 p.m.

eClass, Understanding Childbirth Online Classes $60, Available 24/7

Meets Thursdays Survivors of Suicide Loss

1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month Narcotics Anonymous Meets Fridays & Sundays Bereavement Support Group

2:30-4 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 888.328.4558 for more information.

Meets Wednesdays

WELLNESS “Stepping On” Fall Prevention Workshop 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3617 to register. FREE class.

Next 8-wk class in Fall Stroke Exercise

10-11 a.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.7272 to register.

Meets Thursdays NEW Mi Strength

10-11 a.m., Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. Call 760.931.3127 to register/fee involved.

3 Weds. of Ea. Month. Call for Class Schedule

ORTHOPAEDICS CLASSES 12-2 p.m.,Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3795 for more information.

12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3795 for more information.

9/5, 9/19 Total Shoulder Replacement Class

12-2 p.m., Tri-City Medical Center. Call 760.940.3795 for more information.





Meets Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays



Presented by Tri-City Medical Center • Sept. 15-16 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

AUGUST 10-12

Oceanside Harbor • Free & Open to the Public

Two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including a costume party for kids 12 and under (accompanied by parents) at Pirate Village, Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas, Nail ‘n’ Sail Competition, Military, Public Safety displays, music, a beer garden (patrons 21-years old and over with a valid ID showing proof of age required to enter) and more.


For more information call 855.222.8262 or visit

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