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Caltrans weighs in on Newland Sierra plan

San Marcos bans pot cultivation and sales

By Steve Puterski

REGION — A massive development project off Deer Springs Road and Interstate 15 near San Marcos and Escondido received a recent setback from the California Department of Transportation. In a letter dated Aug. 10 to Newland Communities, which is attempting to develop a 2,100-home project called Newland Sierra, Caltrans stated Newland Communities Draft Environmental Impact Report concerning the traffic analysis and mitigation was “insufficient and misleading.” The draft environmental impact report was submitted on June 15. Caltrans said it is the developer’s responsibility to initiate interchange improvements and mitigate traffic impacts from its proposal. In addition, Caltrans said the interstate’s mainline from Deer Springs Road to Pomerado Road has no program in place to “implement the necessary improvements” and there is not “feasible mitigation that would reduce the identified impact to less than significant.” The letter stated the impacts are considered significant and unavoidable. The development site is about five miles south of where Lilac Hills, which voters rejected in last year’s election, is located and near Merriam Mountain. The San Diego County General Plan, which was passed six years ago, calls for 99 homes in the area. The surrounding neighborhoods include Twin Oaks, Bonsall and Hidden Valley. “Newland is aware of the Caltrans DEIR letter submitted to the county during the public review comment period for the Newland Sierra DEIR,” Newland Communities Vice President Rita Brandin said. “Responses to the TURN TO ENVIRONMENT ON 16

By Aaron Burgin

Breeders’ Cup makes Del Mar debut Gun Runner, one of the favorites in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, gets a bath after morning workouts on Oct. 30. Del Mar is hosting the two-day, 13-race Breeders’ Cup for the first time since the season-ending competition began in 1984. The races kick off with four on Friday, starting with the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and culminating with Saturday’s Classic, among the richest races in the world. Photo by Jesse Caris

San Marcos is poised to become the latest North County city to ban growing, processing or selling cannabis outright in advance of Proposition 64 taking effect on Jan. 1. Voters in 2016 approved the legalization of recreational marijuana and a state licensing and taxation system for the product as part of Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The new laws, however, defer to states on questions of whether to allow commercial cannabis activities, which has sent a number of jurisdictions scrambling to craft new rules before the Jan. 1 deadline. The San Marcos City Council unanimously voted Oct. 24 on the first reading of an ordinance that would ban all commercial cannabis activities and would limit indoor cultivation to the limits outlined in Prop. 64, six per residence. The ordinance would also prohibit people from smoking canTURN TO POT BAN ON 10

Escondido Planning Commission approves country club plan By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — It was one big step forward for New Urban West, Inc., but its plan for 380 homes at the Escondido Country Club, dubbed the Villages, still has another hurdle. The Escondido Planning Commission voted 5-1 on Oct. 24 at City Hall to recommend NUWI’s development in the northwest part of the city to the City Council, which will hear the matter Nov. 15. Commissioner Joe Garcia was the lone no vote and Stan Weiler recused himself due to a conflict of interest. The three-hour meeting featured dozens of residents speaking, mainly from two groups — Restore Our Country Club and the Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization — each sporting shirts

Residents packed City Hall to hear discussion and ultimately watch as the Escondido Planning Commission approved to recommend New Urban West Inc.’s plan for 380 homes at the Escondido Country Club. Photo by Steve Puterski

for their cause. Of the 119 in attendance, 60 were against and 59 supported the project, according to a tally by city staff. “I walked the course last

week,” Commissioner Jeff Weber said. “I can’t find a reason not to support it. It’s time to accept change and move on.” In addition to the 380 homes,

NUWI’s plan also calls for 48.9 acres of open space including parks and a greenbelt, four miles of trails and renovating the dilapidated clubhouse. There will be three Village sites, each with different architecture, along with road improvements on Country Club Lane. Many supporters of the project railed against the clubhouse as a source of graffiti, gang activity and slumping property values. Many said the environment isn’t safe for their kids. “It’s extremely encouraging, “Miles Grimes of ROCC said. “What you heard from each of them was they were poring over the documents, the comments made by people in our community TURN TO COUNTRY CLUB ON 10

Beach race poised to set Guinness World Record By Aaron Burgin

Organizers of Surfing Madonna Run have called the race “the world's largest beach run” the past two years. Now, in its fifth year, with just under 5,000 people expected to sign up for the race, the popular beach 5K/10K/15K run could become officially the largest race run on sand — desert, beach, or playground.

A judge from Guinness Book of World Records, which documents all records large, small and quirky, will be on hand at Moonlight Beach on Nov. 5 to determine if the fifth Surfing Madonna Run indeed sets the record. Race organizers are excited and confident that it will happen. “I think we’ve absolutely got it,” said Bob Nichols, founder

and CEO of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the nonprofit that hosts the race. “We are pretty excited.” The confidence is well placed: Largest sand race is a new record category that Surfing Madonna sought to create. In order to create the category, Surfing Madonna representTURN TO RECORD ON 10

Runners hit the sand in last year’s Surfing Madonna Run. File photo

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Buyer plans brewery for Escondido property ESCONDIDO — An Orange County company has bought about a quarter of an acre on East Valley Parkway in Escondido, part of which it plans to renovate as a microbrewery and coffeehouse. Evan Weinberg of Seven Beverages Inc. closed on the purchase of 237 and 243 E. Valley Pkwy. on Oct. 18, according to a representative for the seller, David Baker of H Street Plaza LLC. The sale price was $1,265,000. The property is composed of two retail buildings totaling 9,300 square feet on two legally separate parcels. CrossFit Iconic occupies a 7,000 square feet. Weinberg intends to redevelop the remaining 2,300 square feet into “new brewery and coffee concept” serviced by his current company, Santa Ana-based Cismontane Brewing. The seller was represented by Mark Karren of Del Mar-based Location Matters, a brokerage that specializes in retail and restaurant real estate. — From staff reports

Pala Casino broke ground in October on a $170 million expansion, including a new 349-room hotel tower and aquatic playground. Three Indian casinos have drawn major reinvestment recently to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Courtesy


North County casinos hit boom times By Bill Peterson

REGION — Re-investent in casinos is about as common as casinos themselves. After all, who wants to play in a dumpy, old casino? “Gaming in most markets is a very competitive industry,” said Bill Bembenek, CEO of Pala Casino Spa & Resort. “For that reason, in competitive markets such as Southern California, it is true that gaming companies typically reinvest in their properties in rather significant ways on average every five to 10 years.” However, Bembenek said, what’s happening with the Indian casinos in the San Diego area right now, particulary in the North County, is not that garden

variety of re-investment. This is booming business. Seven of the San Diego area’s 10 casinos either are upgrading now or recently opened an upgrade. Estimates put the total value of these capital improvements at about $1 billion. An eighth San Diego-area casino, Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, celebrated its one-year anniversary in October. Leading the way are the three North County casinos — Pala, Valley View Casino and Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Pala broke ground last month on a $170 million improvement, which will add a 349-room hotel tower and an aquatic playground while

increasing parking and casino floor space. The addition comes on the heels of a $50 million improvement to add a new stage at its Starlight Theater (which has a wine cave buried beneath it) and a new outdoor entertainment venue and restaurant named Luis Rey’s on Pala’s back terrace. Valley View Casino has announced plans for a $50 million expansion project that will increase its casino size by more than 42,000 square feet while adding a beer-and-burger themed restaurant. Harrah’s Resort Southern California recently added a craft brewery and a larger spa, salon and barber shop in a $160 million over-

haul. Put that all together, and it’s about $430 million in improvements just for the three North County casinos. “Each of the North County casinos and each of the casinos in San Diego County have their own unique attributes that differentiate them from one another,” Bembenek said. “What is great for Southern California gaming consumers is that the casinos in Southern California are some of the most up-to-date and well run casinos in the U.S.” None of the casinos discloses proprietary information, such as traffic numbers and gaming participation, but the impetus for the improvements is clear.

“It is evident that visitation to casinos in Southern California has increased over the past five years,” Bembenek said. “Part of this visitation increase is a result of improved consumer confidence, improved employment rates and a stable and improved housing market in So Cal compared to 2008-2010.” With increased casino activity and expanded casinos comes expanded employment. Valley View CEO Bruce Howard said the improvements in his casino will include about 80 new jobs. Pala’s upgrade will add 200 resort jobs, a 10 percent staff increase. That’s in addition to 400 construction jobs. “We are always looking for new ways to enhance our guests’ experience,” Howard said. “This expansion and renovation will be the perfect way for our guests to enjoy dining and gaming at the highest level.” What is especially interesting about the casino expansions is that they’re not, generally, driven by tourism. It is, by and large, local customers and local money. “We are a regional gaming resort destination and predominately serve Southern Californians,” Bembenek said. “We have guests who visit us from out of state, as well. But again, we are focused on offering the best casino resort experience possible to Southern California residents.” He added that many of their guests also visit Las Vegas. The point, though, is that they don’t have to.






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Opinion & Editorial

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Combating the drug epidemic By Marie Waldron

Last week I participated in a prescription drug abuse forum at Valley Center High School. Representatives from North County Mental Health, the Sheriff’s Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI discussed this growing problem. My initial experience with this issue was during my involvement with the San Diego County Opioid Task force as an Escondido City Councilmember. As a parent, I was shocked to learn about drug abuse in young people, how to recognize it and what to do about it. This information must be available to all parents. In this regard, I introduced AB 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act, requiring the State Department of Health to develop a comprehensive education program on heroin and opioid abuse to help the public identify danger signs and find the resources to get needed help. Each October my office participates in Red Ribbon Week, which seeks to educate children about the dangers posed by illicit drug use and the “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign. Thousands of elementary and middle school students throughout the 75th District receive Red Ribbon certificates from me each year encouraging them to live drugfree lives.

An open letter to Sheriff Gore was creating a dangerous situation related I attended the weekly protest gath- to distracting drivers. I told him that most reasonable peoering in front of Rep. Darrell Issa’s office in Vista on Oct. 17. As I believe you would ple, observing the department’s actions, agree, this type of activity exemplifies the would assume that some individual with nature of citizen involvement in a democra- the power to order the use of deputies had cy, encompassing both the majority at the decided to use the department to create a gathering who have significant concerns situation of harassment and intimidation about the current presidential administra- to punish participants, and dissuade their tion and our congressional representative, continued participation in the protests. He and those across the street who dedicate stated that this was not true, that he had their time at this location to support the assessed the situation, and the actions taken were a direct result of his own assesspresident and the congressman. I have been attending these protest ac- ment and orders. Sheriff Gore, I have to ask how the ticktivities now for approximately four months. I would characterize them as extremely eting of parked cars addresses the issue of public safety that well organized, your officer statsel f-pol ic i ng, ed as the purpose and generally for your departrespectful of all ment’s actions? It who might be afseemed to most fected by them, of us that stopincluding buildping the woman ing occupants, who honked her counter-protesthorn, and keepers, neighboring her parked for hood residents, 15 minutes in the and the police. middle of the lane The actions I while writing up a witnessed at the citation, was the event raise very most dangerous serious questions A protest outside Darrel Issa’s office in June. File photo traffic-related moregarding your department’s understanding of its role in ment of the day. It seems impossible to explain what the context of citizens’ exercise of their First Amendment rights. There were ap- we witnessed in any context other than proximately 325 individuals present. All that of harassment and intimidation, and of us witnessed members of your depart- truly, a small blow to the rights of all citment engaging in a systematic process of izens to lawfully assemble and express examining parked cars in search of viola- their opinions. There are many Americans tions such as expired tags or missing front who feel great anxiety at this moment in license plates. A number of tickets were our history, people who believe that they written for these types of violations. As I are watching the desecration of the basic was leaving the event a woman who was tenets of our society, including freedom of driving by honked her car horn in support the press, independence of the judiciary of the protesters. A deputy driving behind and the right to self-expression. her immediately pulled her over, and, as it I am not concerned about some movturns out, cited her for honking her horn ie-plot dictatorial takeover of our society. for a non-traffic related purpose. I think the far greater danger comes in I saw an officer standing near the the insidious nature of individuals, groups honking violator’s car, and posed some and entities finding license in the current questions to him. I asked him to explain climate to bend the law in favor of their the purpose of the anti-honking law, and own interests and/or beliefs. I don’t know he explained that honking for a non-traf- if that is what happened with your departfic related purpose was a citable offense. ment and members therein last week. I I told him that I had been attending these think it is important to determine what gatherings on and off for four months, that happened, and make an honest public decI had never seen a targeted effort to cite laration that clarifies why this happened, legally parked cars, and that I had never and whether it is the department’s intent (in my life) seen a driver cited for honking to pursue such actions in the future. in the context of supporting a gathering. This was not, as far as I am concerned, I asked him why there was this sudden a good day either for the San Diego County push to proactively cite drivers for minor Sheriff’s Department, or for democracy. violations. He stated that, unlike myself, he came every Tuesday to assess the situJoshua Lazerson is an ation, and had determined that the protest Encinitas resident By Joshua Lazerson

I am also participating on the coordinating committee of a 5-year Stanford Neurosciences Institute initiative to share ideas between scientists and policymakers focused on drug addiction. This national initiative tasks members to develop plans to provide ongoing advice and guidance to maximize the effectiveness of the latest research on public policy. These are just a few small steps in the ongoing struggle against drug abuse. Helping to save just one person will make the effort worthwhile.

Session wrapup

This session ending Sept. 15th, 977 bills were submitted to Gov. Brown for approval. He signed 859, and seven of those were bills that I authored. My legislation includes AB 4, sponsored by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, to deter online voter fraud by requiring notification via email or text when a voter’s registration is altered online, and AB 1361, sponsored by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and jointly authored with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D–Coachella), to allow water districts to provide service to Indian tribal lands without annexation. This bill is important for our region as there are eight sovereign tribal governments in the 75th district.

I also joined Assemblymember Garcia to co-author AB 1111, supporting career technical education to break barriers to work readiness, training, and apprenticeship. Relevant skills will raise people from poverty to self-reliance. The governor also signed my AB 1386, a Legislative Woman’s Caucus priority bill, raising awareness for newly diagnosed breast/ovarian cancer patients about speaking with a genetic counselor to help focus treatment options, along with AB 369, sponsored by the Bar Association, clarifying rights of appeal in child custody cases. Also AB 1031, creating the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund to support rehabilitation of injured, orphaned or sick native wildlife through a grant funded by voluntary tax return checkoffs. As a trained Project Wildlife songbird rehabber, I know how precious our native wildlife are. Lastly, AB 658, temporarily suspends the license fee clinical laboratories pay, eliminating a $12 million surplus. The Legislature will reconvene Jan. 3. Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.


Stand up for public lands When Ryan Zinke was nominated by the Trump administration to oversee more than 500 million acres of our American public lands as interior secretary, sportsmen had high hopes that he would be, in his words, “a Teddy Roosevelt guy.” As our 26th president, Roosevelt worked tirelessly to stop special interests from developing and privatizing the wild lands that he treasured, conserving more than 230 million acres by establishing 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments. Sportsmen have applauded Secretary Zinke for some of his Roosevelt-like actions, such as advocating for public lands adjacent

to Yellowstone National Park and proposing the expansion of hunting and fishing on 10 national wildlife refuges. Yet we will continue to hold the secretary accountable for pursuing the rollback of conservation protections on millions of acres of national monuments, scrapping collaborative habitat management plans for sage grouse, and not fighting administration proposals to cut popular public access programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These actions threaten to undermine Roosevelt's legacy, and I join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in urging Secretary Zinke to do the right thing and stand up for our public lands. Jesse Cappadocia Oceanside

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Deputy mayor requests do-over on dog leash ordinance for trails By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — During the Oct. 10 Vista City Council meeting, Deputy Mayor John Franklin had a change of heart about a park ordinance that was amended on Aug. 22. Following Franklin’s proposal, staff received direction to bring a new ordinance that would return the leash rules to what they previously were at Buena Vista

from folks on both sides of the issue is a strong displeasure with the fact that we did not take the step of posting notification at the park in question,” Franklin said. “I think with what we went through recently with Bub Williamson Park, I personally feel that I learned a strong lesson … when it comes to the parks.” Franklin was referring to how residents opposed

I personally feel I learned a strong lesson ... when it comes to the parks.”

Park. Councilman Joe Green voted no and Councilman John Aguilera was not present at the meeting. Also included in the decision was for staff to conduct outreach and to have the Parks & Recreations commission revisit the matter by determining a mutually agreeable alternative. Franklin’s original Aug. 22 decision was triggered by unhappy constituents. “The one thing I’ve heard


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the construction of a soccer stadium at Bub Williamson Park. According to Franklin, the City Council owed it to the residents to do a proper posting and give people plenty of time to make decisions that would affect those parks. “Because of the strong sentiments, the disapproval about the process that we followed, what I am asking for the council to do this evening is to consider a motion

to create a new ordinance that would return the rules at Buena Vista Park only to the rules that were in effect prior to two months ago,” he said. While Franklin understood there was a clear desire for members of the community to walk their dogs off-leash, he wanted to hit the reset button on the matter. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby, who opposed the Aug. 22 amendment, agreed with Franklin. “I said this before at the last meeting where I voted against this, and I’ll say it again, the process was not complete in that sufficient notice was never given to the residents of that community,” she said. “It wasn’t posted. To me, that is not the way to do policy in the city of Vista. We need to have communication with our community — we get input from everybody involved, not just one side of it.” The new ordinance will be brought to the City Council at a future meeting. According to the city of Vista, if it passes with a four-fifths vote it will go into effect in 30 days. If there is only a two-thirds vote, it will be brought back for a second reading. If it passes then, it will go into effect 30 days from that date.

‘The Creeper’ handed heavy sentence

Gilbert Chavarria The defendant, who broke into North County homes and molested girls as they slept in 2013, pled guilty late last month to 13 felony charge, including assault with intent to commit lewd acts on children.

ESCONDIDO — An Escondido man who broke into several North County homes and sexually assaulted young girls as they slept in their bedrooms pleaded guilty on Oct. 27 to 13 felony charges, including assault with intent to commit lewd acts on children. Gilbert Chavarria, dubbed “the Creeper,” will be sentenced to 100 years to life in prison on Jan. 4. The 29-year-old former auto mechanic admitted breaking into several homes in Escondido and San Marcos — cutting or removing window screens to gain entry — during early morning hours in June and July of 2013. In those cases, Chavarria would cut holes in the children’s sleepwear and molest them, according to police.

Many of the assaults happened while parents were sleeping in the same room as their children. Chavarria also admitted molesting two 8-year-old girls and a 5-year-old in 2012 at homes where he knew the children, authorities said. The nine victims ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old. Investigators recovered DNA from a family member that linked all of the attacks to the same individual. When officers tried to make contact with Chavarria in August 2013, he fled. On Feb. 5, 2015, after the DNA evidence was submitted to the California Department of Justice, Chavarria was identified as a suspect in the series of sexual assaults. He was arrested a short time later. — City News Service

City to replace playground equipment By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Aging playground equipment at three San Marcos parks is coming down to make way for new structures, city officials recently announced. The city will be replacing the playground equipment at Lakeview, Jack’s Pond and Knob Hill parks between Oct. 18 and Nov. 24, beginning with Lakeview, which should be completed by Nov. 4. Jack’s Pond Park replacement starts Nov. 1 and will be completed Nov.

17. Knob Hill Park’s will start Nov. 6 and end Nov. 24. The playgrounds will be closed during the respective time periods. “While these short-term closures may be a temporary inconvenience, the new play equipment will ensure San Marcos residents have a safe and fun space to recreate,” city spokeswoman Sarah Macdonald said. San Marcos is paying for the new playground equipment — which will cost a

total of $235,000 — out of an infrastructure and rehabilitation fund within the general fund, money the city sets aside for infrastructure repairs, improvements and replacements. The City Council approved the equipment during the most recent budget discussions earlier this year. Work at each park affected will include demolition of existing equipment, installation of new playground equipment and resurfacing of play spaces.

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Escondido parks to get upgrades By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — The City Council approved a budget adjustment for the 2016 Housing-Related Park project funds during its Oct. 25 meeting at City Hall. The city received $1,773,650 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development over four grant years (2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015). The city was awarded an additional $1,207,000 on July 1, 2016, for a 2016 HRP. No matching funds are required. Karen Youel, housing and neighborhood services manager, and Joe Galarth, interim director of public works, delivered the report to the council with staff’s recommendations. Youel said investments in

multiple parks include Washington Park, Grove Park, Westside Park, Felicita minipark and Grape Day Park. Also included are recreational facilities such as the Don Anderson Building, Mathes Center, Oak Hill Activity Center, and others. Two sculpture collections: “Pillars of the Community” on South Escondido Boulevard and “Monuments to Time in the Corridor of Life, Art and Culture,” which begins in Grape Day Park and extends to the intersection of Maple and Grand Avenue, were also included. “The city designed and constructed a new playground structure in Grape Day Park,” Youel said. “The Washington Park pool project removed existing plaster

… and updated equipment to meet current standards. Additional lighting has been installed and has a new water heater.” Previous funds also aided in upgrades to the Santa Fe Train Depot and Park Avenue Community Center. The largest project was to extend the lifespan of the Jim Stone Pool. Because of savings, Youel said other projects throughout the city were eligible for improvements. The council debated whether to entertain other options such as skate parks or other upgrades to maximize additional parks. However, the funds have a specific use, so some of those options would have to wait for Capital Improvement Plan funds. “I would like to see our money improve existing parks and then look at some other options,” Mayor Sam Abed said. In previous cycles the city has used HRP funds to paint and reroof the Santa Fe Train Museum in Grape Day Park, install a new play structure in Grape Day Park, rehabilitate play equipment at Westside Park and Grove Park, rebuild the Jim Stone Pool mechanical room, resurface the Jim Stone and Washington Park pools, renovate multiple rooms and reroof the Park Avenue Community Center, replace signage and repaint the East Valley Community Center and upgrade the Oak Hill Activity Center.


Palm trees crown a ridge near San Marcos in this file photo. Palms in Southern California and elswhere in the United States are falling victim to an invasive — and destructive — weevil. Photo by Jim Mullhaupt

UC researchers take aim at destructive palm weevil REGION — A $150,000 grant has been awarded to the University of California Riverside and a Riverside-based biotech firm to bolster their work in developing pesticides capable of eradicating insects that are destroying palm trees in California and elsewhere. The Washington, D.C.based Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s disbursal will be invested in a joint enterprise by the UCR Center for Invasive Species Research and

ISCA Technologies, which are seeking to create a pest control formula that’s effective in combating the South American palm weevil. The weevils are considered a major threat to commercial date palms, as well as coconut palms, African oil palms, sago palms and California fan palms, according to the FFAR. “This pest has the potential to be devastating to the American date industry,” said Sally Rockey, the nonprofit’s executive director.




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“The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is encouraged by the collaboration in this project to help mitigate damage from this emerging threat.” The pests surfaced in San Diego County six years ago, originating from Tijuana, Mexico. The roughly two-inchlong mature weevils bore holes in leaf bases within the crowns of palm trees, laying eggs and then sealing off the holes. The hatched weevil larvae then feed on trees’ tissue, causing rapid decay. The creatures are also known to carry the red ring namatode parasite, which can infest palms, eventually killing them. In addition to San Diego, weevils have shown up in Imperial County and Yuma, Arizona, according to Rockey. Commercial date tree sales contribute nearly $100 million annually to the economies of Arizona and California, while decorative and potted palms translate to a $280 million annual business, according to the FFAR. ISCA Technologies CEO Agenor Mafra-Neto said stopping the weevils’ spread will require the use of compounds called ``semiochemicals.’’ “We believe that this is the weevil’s Achilles heel,” he said. “We will create semiochemical formulations to monitor and control populations of this invasive species in an effective, economical and environmentally friendly manner.” Pesticides will be mixed and tested in the laboratory. Once an effective concoction is developed, the chemicals will be pasted onto trees, attracting weevils, with the goal of eradicating them through exposure, Mafra-Neto said. UCR, ISCA Technologies, the California Date Commission and the Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association are kicking in matching funds, bringing the total project investment to $300,000, according to campus officials. — City News Service

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Fire damages showroom, warehouse in Escondido ESCONDIDO — An early-morning fire Oct. 26 in Escondido damaged the showroom and warehouse at a granite countertop installation and remodeling business, authorities said. Escondido firefighters were dispatched at 2:16 a.m. to the 900 block of West Washington Avenue, where they found smoke coming from the business Granite Transformations for Kitchens and Baths, Escondido Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand said.

The first crews on scene requested an upgraded response, and crews from San Marcos Fire responded to assist, Bertrand said. A total of five engines and two trucks from both departments helped battle the flames. “Due to aggressive action (crews) were able to contain and control the fire in one hour,” Bertrand said. No firefighters were injured battling the blaze, the cause of which remained under investigation, he said.


The Plaza Del Arroyo pocket park was created in 2014 to showcase a vision for Escondido creek that is more natural and welcoming to people and wildlife. Courtesy photos

Escondido butterfly garden takes flight By Jamie Higgins



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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Creek Conservancy will hold an urban butterfly garden planting on from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Plaza Del Arroyo pocket park located beside Evans Tire along the Escondido Creek Trail. “We hope this area becomes an essential resource for urban wildlife and a place for people to enjoy nature,” said Nathan Serrato, TECC’s volunteer and marketing manager. Funding was provided by a grant from Escondido Shines to plant the site with pollinator plants. The pocket park was created in 2014 to showcase a vision for Escondido creek that is more natural and welcoming to people and wild-

life. Funded in part by the Escondido Charitable Foundation with support from the city of Escondido, the park is owned by Evans Tire and maintained by TECC and its volunteers. The butterfly garden is one of many projects that TECC envisions to transform the Escondido Creek trail into a vibrant, 100-acre linear park linking natural open spaces around the city and improving pedestrian access and safety. The organization was recently awarded a grant to develop a design that would naturalize a portion of Escondido Creek in Grape Day Park as a pilot for the entire 6-plus-mile concrete flood control channel. That project, which will take two years, is starting this fall.

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Contributors to the garden include Greg Rubin, owner of California’s Own Native Landscape, Inc., who chose the plants for the area and provided the landscape design and Gigi Hurst of Habitat West, who will assist with planting and irrigation. Members of California State University of San Marcos’ Garden Club and Environmental Studies Club will help with planting and trash removal. Rubin, a renowned landscape designer, author and speaker supports the TECC’s vision for the Escondido Creek. “I have always been supportive of the conservancy’s conservation efforts in my home base of Escondido,” he said. He said he feels that the location of the butterfly garden will showcase the beauty and practicality of a native landscape and serve as high-quality habitat for wildlife. San Diego is the most biologically rich county in the continental U.S., according to the Nature Conservancy’s

website. “Not only is it important to provide habitat to support the rich diversity and beauty of California’s ecology, pollinators serve a practical purpose in the production of fruit trees and food crops,” Rubin said. Native plants were selected that are both drought-tolerant and good habitat for pollinators such as butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. “Pollinators are in peril all over the planet from pollution and habitat loss, so every garden, no matter how small, can make a difference,” Serrato said. Space is limited and volunteers must register online at Volunteers should bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Gloves will be provided. The TECC has plans to plant other gardens later this year and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, according to Serrato. For more information, visit or contact Nathan Serrato at nathan@

Funded in part by the Escondido Charitable Foundation with support from the City of Escondido, the area is owned by Evans Tires and maintained by TECC and its volunteers.

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Rainbow Bridge Dog Memorial goes up in Vista By Christina Macone-Greene

Saved in America is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization with a mission to save missing children and rescue them from sex trafficking. From left are Joseph Travers, executive director; Don Ochoa, SIA operator, former Navy SEALs and SIA Operators Kirby Horrell, Toshiro Carrington and Dan Shomo, and “Frank,” SIA’s social networking investigator. Photo by Steve Puterski

Nonprofit works to rescue runaway kids By Steve Puterski

OCEANSIDE — Their mission is simple, to rescue kids from becoming or who are victims of sex trafficking. A group of 24 men and women at Saved in America, all volunteers, are making an impact in San Diego County by locating and rescuing runaway kids. The Oceanside-based nonprofit provides free services for families whose children have run away. Recently, the group assisted in locating North County teenager Seraphine Bustillos, who ran away from her Elfin Forest home in July and was found last month in Venice, California. The idea came to founder Joseph Travers, a former police officer who worked in narcotics, in 2010 after reading about a case on the East Coast where Brittanee Drexel was kidnapped, raped, killed and her body dumped into an alligator pit. In 2014, Travers had raised enough money and volunteers to formally begin operations. He has recruited former Navy SEALS, British SAS, police detectives and an active lawyer to assist with the organization. “We decided to structure an organization to assist police and parents,” Travers said. “With further study, we found out that 40 percent of child runaways end up in child sex trafficking. In the first 48 hours of runaways, 60 percent are approached by a sex trafficker.” Saved in America has made 49 recoveries in 34 months and also reached a settlement in its first civil case, he added. All the cases are free to the victims’ families or parent as SIA is funded through donations. Travers said each volunteer who is an operator has a private investigator license and developed protocols to work with law enforcement. Families reach out to SIA through its website and then investigators start combing through the runaway’s contacts, especially on social media. The families or parent must also file a

police report so law enforcement can legally rescue a child. In addition, the family or parent must sign a power of attorney to allow SIA to contact their child. Once a child is located by SIA, they contact police to recover the victim. “When the police get there, they are able to take the child no matter what the child says,” Travers said. “In 60 percent of our cases, we reach the child before the predator does.” As for their techniques, Travers said diligent records are kept to assist law enforcement with arrests and prosecution, as well as filing civil lawsuits against the predators, with all costs and any settlements going to the victims. “The skill set unique to the special operators … I can send the Navy SEALs in to hold a perimeter until we see the people we need, mainly the child, until the police get there,” he explained. “They are trained to blend in so you don’t even know they are there.” Currently SIA is working two cases, one where they believe the girl is in Tijuana and another 15-yearold in Visalia. They have worked cases as far away as Florida and are currently attempting to expand their operations to the East Coast, Travers said. The plan is to bring in a team of 18 operators in North Carolina and Virginia. “We’ve also developed a national association,” Travers said. “It’s the National Association of Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC). That consists of the private investigator associations across the country volunteering to help find missing children for free.” Their work has found an audience and on Thursday, they held a fundraiser at Liberty Station in San Diego where Mayor Kevin Faulconer was the keynote speaker. For more about SIA or to donate, visit their website at

VISTA — At South Buena Vista Park, pet owners and their four-legged buddies retreat to the outdoors to take their walks. On the path, they cross over a bridge — and it’s just not any bridge. It’s the Rainbow Bridge Dog Memorial. The bridge concept started with Vista residents Brian Cyr and his wife, Kim. Their beloved dog, Cowboy, passed away of cancer at the age of 13 more than a year ago. Cowboy was a border collie and a service dog for their daughter. The death of Cowboy Brady Creasy, who helped build the bridge as his Eagle Scout Project, left a hole in their hearts. and Brian Cyr at the Rainbow Bridge. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene Cowboy was known by While Creasy’s building many since he’d spend his help champion the venture. playtime at South Buena Vis- And he found Brady Creasy, plans were underway, Cyr who was interested in doing had to figure out who would ta Park. “My wife, Kim, took it as his Eagle Scout Project. oversee the administrative Part of Creasy’s work duties for those who wantCowboy to the park every day,” said Brian Cyr, with was fundraising — materi- ed to order the memorial als needed to be purchased plaques for their pets to place tears in his eyes. to rebuild the on the bridge. Cyr pointCyr walked into Melrose bridge. ed out how “It was a Veterinary Hospital, where the old bridge big project,” he brings his animals and had seen betspoke with Dr. Paul Richieri, Creasy said. ter days and A civil DVM, and his practice manneeded to be engineer ex- ager, Lana Jackson. replaced. Cyr “They were supportive plained the thought, why waterways and and gave me a thumbs up,” not replace it California State Cyr said. with a Rainbow laws. Creasy Richieri thought it was Bridge, named and his building a great idea since so many for the popular team of 30 that of his clients are attached to poem, for peohe supervised their pets. After all, they are ple to memorialize their pets? Cowboy, the border collie could keep the part of the family. Richieri was also After Cow- who inspired the Rainbow original base to the bridge boy’s death, Bridge. Courtesy photo but had to add Cyr attended a neighborhood party. One of on additional support in the the guests was Vista Council- center. Not only did Creasy have woman Amanda Rigby. Cyr said he approached Rigby to raise funds, but he was inabout the Rainbow Bridge volved in the drawings and idea and she thought it was permitting process. From the great. She advised him to very start, it took Creasy a tospeak with the city manager tal of five months to complete and other key people at the the project and multiple trips to the city. city of Vista. After months of planCyr walked away from those meetings with a list of ning, Creasy said, it took tasks. Cyr thought he’d get three days to build the an Eagle Scout at troop 747 to bridge.

thrilled that the city of Vista allowed Cyr to do this project. “I thought it was very impressive and awesome,” he said. Jackson stepped in to help facilitate the plaque orders and send those requests to B&K Engraving in Vista, which makes them for $55. The Rainbow Bridge was completed on Aug. 15. Since that time, a total of 15 dog memorial plaques have been installed on the rails of the bridge. There is room for 200. The Cyrs are overwhelmed by how many individuals embraced and supported the idea of Rainbow Bridge. “It was a lot of hard work, and I’m so thankful to everyone,” Cyr said. Jackson said she went to the bridge a couple of weekends ago and spoke to several of the hikers, some of whom were dog-owner clients. She wanted to know what they thought of the Rainbow Bridge. The feedback was positive. “One said what was so neat about South Buena Vista Dog Park is that it really is a feeling of community," Jackson said. “The Rainbow Bridge is a great tribute to the pets that we love.” For more information on the Rainbow Bridge and to find out how to support it, contact Melrose Veterinary Clinic at (760) 727-5151.

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Escondido, San Marcos roads make county supervisors’ list by Joe Naiman

REGION — The most noticeable provisions of the Road Repair and Accountability Act passed by the state legislature earlier this year are an increase in the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon effective November 2017 and increased vehicle registration fees (based on vehicle value but between $25 and $175), effective spring 2018. The legislation also requires local governments to submit a list of projects the tax revenue will fund to the California Transportation Commission. The County of San Diego will resurface roads totaling 194.63 centerline miles throughout the unincorporated area. A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Oct. 11 adopted the list and authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise for bid and award multiple construction contracts for the asphalt con-



tives had to complete an application process with Guinness World Records, which includes a detailed list of requirements they need to fulfill in order to win the coveted title. Among other things, the Guinness document states that the race must: • Cover a distance of at least 100 meters • Require that all runners start at the same time and wear race number identification • Occur only on sand that is at least 10 centimeters deep • Be timed by at least two experienced timekeepers with stopwatches that are accurate to a hundredth of a second. • Provide one “steward,” or independent race observer, for every 50 race participants. They also had to pay a fee of $12,000 for the judge’s appearance, use of Guinness’ logo and other related activities. “It’s very official, there will be photos taken from above via quad copter, so if they have to, they can do an aerial count,” Nichols said. “It’s expensive to have Guinness come out, but it’s absolutely worth it. The extra amount of participants we have signed up has made up

crete overlay and slurry seal treatment projects. Because the action included authorization of contracts for the work the list includes all roads to be resurfaced rather than just those funded by the gas tax.

Escondido area

In unincorporated Escondido, asphalt concrete overlays are planned for: • 0.27 miles of Bernardo Avenue from the Escondido city limit to Gamble Lane • 0.12 miles of Boyle Avenue from Bear Valley Parkway to the end of the county-maintained road • 0.18 miles of Citrus Glen Drive from Idaho Avenue to the cul-de-sac • 0.04 miles of Citrus Glen Court from Citrus Glen Drive to the cul-de-sac • 0.16 miles of Destree Road from Birch Avenue to the end of the county-maintained road • 0.26 miles of Ivy Dell Lane from Jesmond Dene

Road to North Centre City Parkway • 1.05 miles of Jesmond Dene Road from Jesmond Drive to the Escondido city limit • 0.09 miles of Kinross Court from Lemon Place to the cul-de-sac • 0.10 miles of Laslo Drive from East 17th Street to Minor Drive • 0.14 miles of Lemon Place from South Citrus Avenue to the cul-de-sac • 0.15 miles of Minor Drive from Lendee Drive to Laslo Drive • 0.11 miles of Norse Lane from Lendee Drive to the cul-de-sac • 0.04 miles of Scandia Court from Lendee Drive to the cul-de-sac • 0.47 miles of Skyline Drive from Summit Drive to the end of the road • 0.58 miles of Summit Drive from State Route 78 to Skyline Drive • 0.11 miles of Summit Ridge Drive from Summit Drive to the cul-de-sac

• 0.28 miles of Valencia Drive from Summit Drive to the cul-de-sac • 0.04 miles of Valencia Glen Court from Citrus Glen Drive to the cul-de-sac • 0.09 miles of Via Alegre from Via de la Cuesta to the cul-de-sac • 0.06 miles of Via de la Cuesta from Birch Avenue to Via Alegre Slurry seal treatment is slated for two segments of Bear Valley Road in unincorporated Escondido: • 0.13 miles from Lendee Drive to the end • 0.02 miles of the road’s connection to Bear Valley Parkway.

San Marcos

Two road segments in unincorporated San Marcos are on the list for asphalt concrete resurfacing: • 0.24 miles of Lake San Marcos Drive from South Rancho Santa Fe Road to San Marino Drive •0.22 miles of San Marino Drive from Lake San Marcos

Drive to La Fiesta Way Asphalt concrete overlay resurfacing in the unincorporated Vista area is planned for; • 0.31 miles of Buena Vista Drive from Mar Vista Drive to the Vista city limit • 0.26 miles of Fern Place from Buena Vista Drive to the end of the road • 0.05 miles of Hediona Avenue from Sunset Drive to the Vista city limit • 0.19 miles of Hediona Avenue from the Vista city limit to the end of the county-maintained road • 0.33 miles of Marine View Drive from Miramar Drive to the end of the county-maintained road • 0.47 miles of Miramar Drive from Mar Vista Drive to the end of the county-maintained road • 0.02 miles of the Miramar Drive connector from Miramar Drive to Mar Vista Drive • 0.03 miles of Sunset Drive from 300 feet east of

for that.” Nichols said the race is being capped at 4,999 registrants — 5,000 is the magic number that requires an additional battery of requirements, including having another company verify the count from the aerial photos. “It’s a much more indepth and costly process, so we decided to cap it at 4,999,” Nichols said. For the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, which was formed in 2012 by the creators of the eponymous guerrilla mosaic that gained international attention in 2011, the race is its primary philanthropy. It has used the proceeds to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities and public programs that promote the nonprofit’s mission of raising awareness of the ocean. The race has grown each year. This year, Nichols said, they expect at least one racer from every state, and several international racers. “We’ve had a family of four from Sweden who has run in the races the past few years, which is really cool,” On Oct. 21, General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Contemporary Women of North County members and friends participated in DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at NTC Liberty Station to benefit Canine Companions Nichols said. Independence. From left, front, Shea II (CCI blond Labrador service puppy in training), Carol Satcher The run begins at 1 p.m. for and Ginger Primich, were joined by Don King, Jean Smithers, Marianne Furtado, Kathleen King, Dorothy Nov. 5 with kick-off perfor- Markowitz, Lizzie Hodgdon and Rick Flahive. The walk raised $154,000 for CCI. Online donations can be mances and speakers. The made at Courtesy photo Guinness World Records announcement is scheduled to cannabis grows and environ- resulting in the proposed take place at 3:15 p.m. POT BAN mental damage associated ordinance,” the staff report To register for the race, CONTINUED FROM 1 with pesticide and herbicide states. visit surfingmadonnarun. nabis in places where ciga- use as reasons for moving If the city passes the first org. rette smoking is banned in forward with the ban. reading of the ordinance, the The report cites an in- ordinance would take effect the city. The city’s Planning cident in April where em- 30 days after a second readCommission unanimously ployees at an unlicensed ing of the ordinance, which recommended the council dispensary in San Marcos could come as soon as the adopt the ordinance at its were robbed at gunpoint. council’s Nov. 14 meeting. The robbery was reported Oct. 9 meeting. Voters in Vista in EnciSan Marcos has been by a witness outside of the nitas will have an opportuniworking on an ordinance for dispensary who reported ty to weigh in on the future nearly a year, after the coun- suspicious activity at the dis- of cannabis in their city. In cil adopted an interim ban pensary, rather than by the Vista, proponents collected Oct. 25, 2016, in advance employees of the dispensary, enough signatures to place of the November election. the staff report states. an item on the November “The city has a compel- 2018 ballot on whether to alThey have extended the prohibition several times ling interest in protecting low medical marijuana disto allow staff to craft a per- and preserving the health, pensaries. Encinitas elected manent set of restrictions, safety and welfare of the officials voted last week to which they approved Oct. 24. community and preventing place an item on the same In its staff report, the adverse impacts that can- ballot on whether to allow city cites the crime asso- nabis operations, uses and commercial cultivation, prociated with dispensaries, activities may have on near- cessing and delivery of cannuisances reported with by properties and residents, nabis in the city.


Sky Haven Lane to 475 feet east of Sky Haven Lane • 0.29 miles of Sunset Drive from 300 feet east of Bush Drive to 450 feet east of Emerald Drive • 1.08 miles of Sunset Drive from 20 feet west of Marazon Lane to 40 feet west of Melrose Drive Slurry seal will be applied on: • 0.25 miles of Discovery Street from the San Marcos city limits to La Sombra Drive • 0.23 miles of Melrose Way from Pomelo Drive to Sunset Drive • 0.71 miles of Ridge Road from the Oceanside city limit to the Vista city limit. Although the authorization to advertise and award the contracts was included in the Oct. 11 action, dry-weather months are preferred for road projects and construction is not expected to begin until spring 2018. The work is scheduled to be completed countywide by December 2018.


and pored over the EIR. Five out of six could not find a legitimate reason to oppose the plan.” Opponents, meanwhile, railed against increased traffic, noise, the overall scale of the project, saying 380 homes are far too many, and rezoning the area to accommodate the plan. Several also called into question the environmental impact report, saying it was biased toward NUWI. “I have to question city staff’s involvement,” ECCHO President Mike Slater said. “ECCHO asks you reject the EIR and deem the project inadequate.” ECCHO attorney Everett Delano spoke before the commission and said there is alternative option. He sent the city a letter outlining a proposal for 158 units without rezoning and less traffic. However, Jonathan Frankle, project manager for NUWI, said more than one year of public outreach garnered 462 letters of support and highlighted numerous residents and their excitement for the project. “We have a long history in this city and that is why we are excited to compete for the country club,” Frankle said. “We are grateful to the commission for their support, but more importantly, for listening to the growing number of residents who want to end this long saga and renew their community. Tonight’s meeting was a thoughtful discussion about the future of the country club community, and we look forward to bringing this proposal before the City Council.” The battle over the country club has been ongoing for the past several years and quickly escalated over a dispute over property rights between the owner, Michael Schlesinger, and the city as part of a plan for 600 homes. Schlesinger then dumped tons of chicken manure on the golf course as tensions rose between him, the city and ECCHO.

NOV. 3, 2017

Committee recommends Bear Valley Parkway speed limit increase By Joe Naiman

ESCONDIDO — The county’s Traffic Advisory Committee has recommended that the speed limit along Bear Valley Parkway between State Route 78 and the Escondido city limit be increased to 50 mph. The TAC’s unanimous Oct. 27 recommendation is subject to San Diego County Board of Supervisors approval. A first reading and introduction of the ordinances for the radar-enforceable speed limit and all-way stop control is scheduled for the Jan. 10, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting. The second reading and adoption will likely take place Jan. 24, 2018, in which case the speed limit and stop requirement will become enforceable Feb. 23, 2018, although the county's Department of Public Works may post signage earlier. In order for a speed limit to be enforceable by radar, a speed survey must show that the speed limit is within an adjacent 5 mph increment to the 85th percentile speed. The speed limit may be rounded either up or down from the 85th percentile speed. The speed limit may also be rounded down an additional 5 mph if findings are made that the road has conditions which would not be apparent to a motorist unfamiliar with the road. Bear Valley Parkway between State Route 78 and the Escondido city limit near Boyle Avenue measures 0.93 miles. A 40 mph speed limit was established in 1977, but recent road improvements have created a four-lane roadway ranging in width from 91 to 101 feet and the Department of Public Works conducted a review of whether the reconstructed road might support a 50 mph speed limit. A March 7 traffic survey conducted on Bear Valley Parkway north of State Route 78 indicated a daily volume of 9,569 southbound and 9,283 northbound vehi-


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cles. National Data and Surveying Services conducted two March 9 speed surveys on Bear Valley Parkway. The survey 1,100 feet south of Idaho Avenue was taken between 9 and 11 a.m. and measured the speeds of 277 vehicles which had an 85th percentile speed of 55 mph with 74.0 percent of the drivers within a 10 mph pace of 46-55 mph. Thirty of those vehicles made 50 mph the most common speed with 28 vehicles apiece traveling 48 mph and 49 mph. The speed survey 1,200 feet north of Idaho Avenue was conducted between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the 404 vehicles had an 85th percentile speed of 54.0 mph with 77.0 percent of the vehicles within a 45-54 mph pace. The most common speeds were 49 mph with 57 vehicles and 50 mph with 53 drivers.

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Richard Lou Hemenez passed away at his home in Vista, California on October 23, 2017 at the age of 77. Richard was born to Louciano and Incarnacion Hemenez in Glendale, California. The oldest of two children, Richard and his younger sister, Sharon, grew up in Inglewood and then Malibu, in a modest home with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. Richard graduated from St. Monica Catholic High School in 1957 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in 1961. While at UCLA, Richard joined the Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity, was invited to be a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, and was selected to participate in Project India, a formative experience that took him and a small group of Bruins to universities throughout India. William F. Longley, 91 Vista October 24, 2017 Steven J. Porkolab, 81 Solana Beach October 27, 2017 Melvin S. Jenkins, 51 Escondido October 23, 2017 Ralph N. Jones, 94 Encinitas October 23, 2017

Number of call boxes along county roads to be reduced By Joe Naiman

REGION — Currently 1,279 call boxes are along the sides of freeways and nonfreeway state highways in San Diego County. That number will be reduced to 379 next year. A 14-0 San Diego Association of Governments board vote Oct. 27, with five cities not having a representative present at the time of the vote, approved the elimination of all call boxes in urban areas and a reduction of call boxes in rural areas from 564 to 379. When the call boxes are replaced the posts will remain and a sign informing motorists of the option to call 511 for roadside assistance will be placed on many of those poles. Several factors merited the reduction of call boxes. The most noticeable of those is the reduction in the volume of calls. Call box volume peaked at 140,000 calls in 1993, but the use of cell phones and the implementation of SANDAG’s freeway service patrol and other free motorist aid Concurrent with his university graduation, Richard was commissioned as a 2d Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He married Julia Martinez of Santa Monica in late December, 1963. Richard and Julia had four children, Kristen Incarnacion, Marie Elena, Mateo Richard, and Linnea Pilar. The family resided in San Clemente, Oahu, and Mar Vista, California, until moving to Vista, California in 1973. Prior to the move, Richard spent 1966 in Vietnam as a Marine intelligence officer. Richard later left active duty and entered the Marine Reserves, where he would serve faithfully for nearly 30 years. Richard worked for Hughes Aircraft in Culver City and later in Carlsbad until 1978, when he left to run his own business, San Diego Floor Covering Supplies, in San Marcos. The business expanded to add facilities in San Marcos, El Cajon, and National City, and for many years his customers were greeted with a generous smile and a story. He sold the business in 1999. Perhaps one of Richard’s proudest moments was when McFarland Books published his annotated bibliography entitled The United States Marine Corps In Books and the Performing Arts. This extraordinary reference work represent-

services have reduced the number of annual calls to an estimated 11,000 for 2017. The safety issue of motorists walking alongside a freeway or rural highway to call boxes, which currently are placed twotenths of a mile apart, was also a factor. Some call boxes have been vulnerable to being knocked down multiple times, and expenses to replace the poles will be reduced if no call box is included. An analysis to determine whether the removal of call boxes would create more of an impact on minority or other low-income populations determined that cell phone ownership among adults is high regardless of income or minority status. The assessment of the region’s call box service determined that motorists on rural highways are more dependent on call boxes due to gaps in cellular phone coverage on some rural routes. The freeway service patrol program includes ed the union of two of his greatest passions: books and the United States Marine Corps. Richard was also active in the Vista community. He was a member of the Friends of the Vista Library, a season ticketholder at the local Moonlight Amphitheatre, a softball coach for his daughters, and a knowledgeable and supportive mentor to many. Along the way, Richard earned an MBA from USC and went on to teach business courses at Mira Costa College. During retirement, he found a hidden calling, which was working with troubled high school students and those who were severely disabled as a longterm sub at California Avenue, Serra Vista, and Alta Vista High School. He also dedicated his time as a member of the Vista Fire Board of Directors, a post he was first elected to in 1987 and would hold until his passing, his last year as President. Richard is survived by his wife, Julia; children Kristen (James), Marie (Troy), Mateo (Josie), Linnea (Duane); grandchildren Kristin, Brady, Lucas, Aidan, Cole, and Colin; great-grandchildren Jessica, Adrien, and KaiLani; and, the many family members and friends who loved “Rich,” “Uncle Richard,” “Mr. H.,” and “The Colonel.”

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roving tow trucks which travel along the county’s urban highways during peak commute periods. The assistance includes providing a minimal amount of gas to motorists with empty tanks, changing flat tires and towing inoperable vehicles at no charge to the motorist. Data from both 511 and call box calls indicated that the volume of calls placed from Interstate 805 and Interstate 5 south of Interstate 8 is highest during the mid-day period when the freeway service patrol is not available. During Fiscal Year 2016-17 the southern I-805 and I-5 corridors had a monthly average of 123 midday assists while all other corridors averaged 94 mid-day assists per month. The reduced operation and maintenance expenses from the decrease in call boxes will fund expanded midday freeway patrol service on the southern I-805 and I-5 corridors to ensure that no social inequity impacts result from the removal of the call boxes.

The call boxes are scheduled to be removed in summer 2018. The roadway signage program will provide 345 fixed signs on call box poles noting the availability of the 511 number for motorist assistance. The motorist aid program which includes the call boxes, the 511 travel information and motorist assistance systems, the freeway service patrol and a regional helicopter (which can also be used for aerial firefighting when necessary) is funded by a surcharge on vehicle registration fees.

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Student scientists take home silver SAN MARCOS — Students from High Tech Middle North County have won a silver award for their submission to the 2017 Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition, sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs. The winning students include eighth-graders Canon Stringer, Clarissa Jacobo Hernandez and Dani Hillman. The competition challenged middle and high school students from across the country to design and implement a campaign that educates the public about marine debris and inspires action. The winning students received a $2,500 award for their campaign,

titled “Ripple Effect.” This campaign was a class project which aimed to raise awareness about plastic pollution. The students involved in the Ripple Effect led several projects, including participating in beach cleanups, creating a children’s book about marine debris, building an informational website and social media campaign, hosting an exhibition for their school community and raising money to purchase a water bottle-filling station at their school. The highlight of their project was creating a life-size whale sculpture out of marine debris, now prominently displayed in their school.

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Classic Chariots prepares for Winter Festival By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — Classic Chariots in Vista is once again rallying businesses to take part in its ninth annual Winter Festival to help make holiday wishes come true for kids and families. The holiday event is slated for Dec. 9. When businesses commit to bringing three to five raffle gifts, such as quality toys for children and restaurant gift certificates for adults, they will have a vendor booth at the event. Raffle tickets are free to all who attend. Families also receive a complimentary meal and soft drink tickets. Last year, the Winter Festival gave away hundreds of gifts and more than 40 Christmas trees. “We actually have had people tell us that if it weren’t for us, they would not have had a Christmas tree this year,” said John Fontanini of Classic Chariots. “It’s important for all of us to get involved because it is a good way to meet and take care of our neighbors.” According to Fontanini, more than 700 people were in attendance last year. Because of the growing event popularity, Classic Chariots is inviting other business

A scene from last year’s Winter Festival, which drew more than 700 people. This year’s ninth annual event is scheduled for Dec. 9. Courtesy photo

to take part in the special event. “The goal is to get as many businesses involved as possible so we can give away more gifts than ever before,” he said. In 2016, 20 businesses stepped forward to help. This year, Classic Chariots

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Chariots, said the networking opportunities with other businesses at the event are sensational. “Networking is so important, and that’s why we are opening this up to everyone who wants to support this community,” he said, adding that businesses supply their own tables and promo gifts for visitors. “Businesses get to participate in this event by bringing gifts and hopefully they will pick up some new customers, too.” The Winter Festival is a win for everyone involved. Chitgari stressed how important it is for Classic Chariots to give back to the community. He said his company doesn’t lose sight of the fact that it’s their customers that have made their business thrive. Classic Chariots is known in the community for helping local schools in Vista with supplies as well as helping the military stationed at Camp Pendleton. Chitgari said he hopes that businesses step up for this great opportunity that will benefit kids and families during the most giving time of the year. “If local businesses provide these gifts, we will have a spot for them at the festival,” Chitgari said. Businesses interested in learning how to secure a vendor spot for the Classic Chariots ninth annual Winter Festival on Dec. 9, can call Susie at (760) 295-6237.

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Man to stand trial for woman killed by stray bullet in Escondido shootout

The development, called Park Circle, will include recreational and commercial areas among its 74 acres.

is scheduled for Nov. 6. The victim was found shortly after 9 p.m. March 7 alongside eastbound Grand Avenue near Midway Drive, suffering a gunshot wound to her head. Her silver Toyota Camry had crashed into a parked vehicle, and investigators believe Kennedy was struck by a stray bullet fired by one of at least two gang members shooting at each other. Kennedy was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where she died.

K. Michael Kirkman found that enough evidence was presented to order the defendant to proceed to trial. A 16-year-old boy was also arrested in the case and charged in Juvenile Court. District Attorney Summer Stephan has yet to decide whether Torrez will face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of murder and a special circumstance gang allegation in the death of 55-year-old Catherine Kennedy. A Superior Court arraignment

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County OKs 332-home subdivision in Valley Center By Brad Rollins

VALLEY CENTER — San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer’s request for entitlements to build a 332-home subdivision plus recreational and commercial areas on about 74 acres in Valley Center. The development, called Park Circle, was previously recommended for approval by both the San Diego County Planning Commission and the Valley Center Community Planning Group. Supervisors voted 5-0 on Oct. 25 to grant zoning reclassification, a major use permit and other permissions sought by San Diego-based Touchstone Communities.

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The project’s 4.2-acre commercial area plans to include an 1,800-square-foot restaurant with drive-through and four commercial retail buildings for shops. Board of Supervisors chair Dianne Jacob said Park Circle had community support and fit within the County’s General Plan, which was updated in 2011 and focuses on putting development where infrastructure exists and restricts homes in vulnerable and sensitive areas. Touchstone Communities executives say they expect their homes when built to cost between the $400,000 and $600,000.

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VISTA — Alta Vista Botanical Gardens invites families to its Nov. 11 class, to learn about soilmakers — worms — and the wonderful cotton growing at the gardens at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive. You’ll even do some weaving. Class time for the Kids in the Garden is from 10 a.m. to noon. Class fee is $5 child and $5 per adult for garden entry. All fees collected support the Alta Vista Children’s Garden. Adults will stay with their children. Pre-registration is required, so there are materials for all. Contact or call (760) 822-6824. Your registration for the class includes your visit to the Children’s Garden: the Ricardo Breceda “Serpent,” the new Children’s Discovery Trail, the Enchanted Garden Tube Tunnels, the fantastic Fall Fun Festival scarecrows, the interactive Children’s Music Garden, the Turtle and Dino Dig, the Incredible Edibles Garden and your self-guided tour of the 14-acre gardens. When you join and buy a family membership in Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, the monthly Kids in the Garden class and entry to the Gardens are free for a year. Membership forms are available on the website, School field trips, Scout badge sessions, and club tours are available for a reasonable fee. Farmer Jones is a retired elementary teacher with 28 years’ experience in the classroom. She is a master composter who has been working in school gardens and children’s gardens for 44 years.

Touchstone Communities intends to build a range of housing types on a roughly 74-acre site, ranging from 101 traditional homes to 167 “cluster” and “alley” homes that are detached but built in clusters of six, eight or 10 on smaller lots. In addition, the project plans to build a 2.6-acre public park in its center that will include a stage for events, lawn, fire pits, basketball courts, fitness equipment, tot-lots and bathrooms. The project will also include nearly two acres of private parks, a private recreational area, 4.4 miles of trails, a dog park and open space around Moosa Creek, which runs through the site.

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The union demonstrated outside the hospital a couple of times this year, saying that experienced nurses were choosing to work elsewhere. “This contract is a victory for the entire community, as well as the RNs,” said Alyce Budde, a nurse for 27 years at Tri-City. A hospital spokesman could not be reached for comment.

ity, while the hospital will make changes in staffing, scheduling, health and safety protocols and protections for senior RNs and new graduates. The protections cover issues like workplace violence, patient handling, and mandates for education, training and safe staffing. The union refused to specify pay raise amounts.


OCEANSIDE — Registered nurses at Tri-City Medical Center announced that they ratified a 3 1/2-year agreement with the hospital in Oceanside on Oct. 26, following more than one year of negotiations. The California Nurses Association said more than 700 registered nurses at the facility will receive pay raises based on senior-

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Caltrans letter, as well as responses to all the public comments, are underway as required under CEQA, following a rigorous and thorough process led by the county planning and environmental staff.” In addition to the homes, an 81,000-square-foot commercial town center, 36 acres of parks — 14 community and neighborhood parks with five pocket parks — two sports fields, 19 miles of trails, 20 acres of vineyards and a site for a future k-8 school are also proposed. No maps of the trails has been submitted, according to the Newland Sierra website, but they would be maintained by the homeowners association. If passed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the first homes would be ready by 2021. According to the Newland Sierra website, it expects to go before the Board of Supervisors in spring 2018 with construction beginning in 2019. Caltrans’ letter, meanwhile, also takes issue with the three park and ride facilities near the project site at Deer Springs, Mountain Meadows and Gopher


Canyon roads. The letter states all are at 100 percent capacity and the need for additional parking is “eminent.” Caltrans questioned why Newland is only interested in “coordinating” or “promoting” use of the park and ride. Due to the scale of the proposal, Caltrans said Newland should contribute financially to expand the parking at those sites. Newland Communities claims the peak-hours traffic in the morning and evening commute periods would be greater under the General Plan due to traffic generated by office professional and larger scale retail. In addition, the company claims 34 percent less water will be used with this development, as opposed to a 2-million-square-foot commercial center under the General Plan. The project has also spurred pushback from nearby residents, with at least 100 fighting to stop the project from becoming a reality. Newland Communities created 4S Ranch in Rancho Bernardo and has another development in Temecula. The company’s headquarters are in San Diego with projects throughout the country.

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Paranormal society offers monthly tours at the historic adobe By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — San Diegans interested in a blend of history and paranormal activity may find a hidden gem at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista. On the third Friday of every month, Nicole Strickland, the founder of the San Diego Paranormal Research Society, is one of the Spirits of the Adobe Tour hosts. Strickland, along with her San Diego Paranormal Research Society team, began hosting the Spirits of the Adobe Tour in 2011. It started as a seasonal fundraising tour with proceeds going to benefit the Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista. The concept quickly grew in popularity. A year later, the city of Vista, along with Strickland, decided to make the Spirits of the Adobe Tour a monthly event. “The tours are designed to be a historical-paranormal research look at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe,” Strickland said. “The tours are designed to educate people on how history and the paranormal are so intertwined — you really can’t have one without the other.” She went on to say that

the San Diego Paranormal Research Society conducted its own independent research and learned not only about the history, but got a grasp on what was going on there spiritually. Since her team has frequented the Adobe, Strickland said they have built a rapport with the energies there that communicate with the living. According to Strickland, people they have communicated with include the Couts family members, the Pollard family, Juan Gonzalez and more. As Strickland and her team guide guests, they talk about the history, point out some artifacts and discuss some of the exciting paranormal personal experiences they have encountered. Strickland’s team also has technology and equipment on hand, such as electronic voice phenomena, electromagnetic field detectors, motion sensors and laser grids. While some may argue that paranormal research is not a science, others will say it is a science, or a pseudoscience. “I think that the field is advancing, and it is becoming more of a science in its own right,” she said.

The San Diego Paranormal Research Society takes guests on a unique tour of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista every month. Courtesy photo

One room guests visit is the “original room,” also known as the original adobe. “We do a little psychometry session in the original room. This was actually the first building or structure that was built on the land — inside there are original 1850s bricks,” she said. “So, we talk about psychometry in the field of supernatural research, and how a lot of intuitively inclined individuals will hold an object for a while and see if they can get impressions or emotions from certain time periods.” The tour lasts two hours, and Strickland says it goes very quickly. Strickland said the com-





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mon thread of feedback she hears is that guests appreciate how her team approaches the tour with a very humble reverence and respect. “This isn’t the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland,” she said. “We approach each tour as we would any paranormal research project that we would do privately.” To learn more about the monthly Spirits of the Adobe Tour, visit http://www. rancho-buena-vista-adobe/ spirits-of-the-adobe To learn more about the San Diego Paranormal Research Society, visit http://

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Vista council toys with design ideas for appreciation coin By Christina Macone-Greene

Encumbered walks the paddock after morning workouts on Oct. 31 in preparation for the two-day Breeders’ Cup today and tomorrow. Del Mar is hosting the 34th edition of the season-ending competition for the first time. More photos on Page A17. Photo by Alex Evers

Del Mar is hosting the two-day, 13race Breeders’ Cup for the first time since it began in 1984. The races kick off with four on Friday, starting with the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and culminating with Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, among the richest races in the world. Photo by Alex Evers

Two plead guilty in ‘stolen valor’ armed robberies SAN DIEGO — Two men who wore stolen Marine Corps clothing during a series of armed robberies at eateries and convenience stores in San Diego pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to robbery, conspiracy and other charges. David Magana, 28, and Joseph Olmos, 24, will be sentenced Jan. 12. Magana, who pleaded guilty to 11 counts of robbery, conspiracy, auto theft and personal use of a firearm, faces nearly 39 years in prison. Olmos pleaded guilty to eight robbery charges, conspiracy, auto theft and evading police and faces 21 years and four months behind bars. The robbery spree — dubbed the “Stolen Valor” bandit series because the robbers wore stolen military clothing during some of the holdups — happened between January and March 2016 at five establishments, including BBB Shoes in National City, Sombrero's on West Main Street in El Cajon and Jamba Juice on College Grove Way.

VISTA — City Councilman Joe Green initiated a discussion item about resident reward coins at the Oct. 10 council meeting. Councilman John Aguilera was not present, however, the remaining council members gave their input to help further shape the design concept. The idea behind the reward coin is to gift Vista residents as a way of recognizing and thanking them on behalf of the city for making a difference in their community. Green suggested a chrome-colored coin with the city of Vista seal on the front side with the image of City Hall on the backside. He asked his fellow council members for their opinions. Councilwoman Amanda Rigby thanked Green for bringing up the discussion item. She shared that she and a previous council member brought the idea up a few years ago. At that time, it was going to be an out-of-pocket expense and it was exceedingly expensive, Rigby said. Rigby said she liked the concept for the front side of the coin but had a different idea for the back of it. Rather than City Hall, she suggested the city of Vista’s

mission statement and said it would be more meaningful. Rigby said she has the city’s mission statement in her office and she reads it every time she is there. “It (the mission statement) says, ‘The City is dedicated to providing exceptional services, to improving Vista’s quality of life, and to enhancing the uniqueness of the Vista community,’” Rigby said. Rigby also pointed out that Vista was a city name used in other parts of the nation such as in the state of New York. Because of this, she said she somehow would like the coin to have the state of Cal-

ifornia on it. Green agreed that having the city’s mission statement on the backside of the coin was a great choice. He also agreed that both the city and state should be present around the city seal. “I think what we really need to do is give the staff consensus to OK the use of the city seal for a coin,” Green said. It was also agreed that the resident reward coin would be used to promote the city. The purchase of the coins cannot exceed $5,000. The City Council did not need to make a motion since staff received clear design direction.


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Massive New Curated Antique and Vintage Marketplace opens on the coast in South Oceanside! OCEANSIDE — “South Oceanside is buzzing with activity,” Brandon Vega said. “When we came up with the concept for Sea Hive, we wanted to create a fresh take on the traditional antique mall, and be a part of that buzz.” By all accounts the owners of Sea Hive Marketplace, which opened its doors in August, have succeeded. The nearly 13,000-square-foot space Sea Hive calls home has more than 100 vendors displaying vintage, modern, antique and artisan made items. A visit is best described as a shopping experience rather than a trip to the store, partly due to its size, but also because of the vibe and the extensive and ever-growing inventory. Customers will recognize many former staff and vendors from the beloved, now-closed Solana Beach Antique Warehouse. Vega describes Sea Hive describes as “the Antique Warehouse on steroids.” “We want to give our customers the most exciting and enjoyable experience possible,” Vega said. “We have screened and hand-selected each vendor from all over San Diego, L.A. and Orange counties. Many of them were previously selling at the Antique Warehouse. Our inventory has something for everyone. From comic books

News of the Weird Ewwwww! Quick-thinking paramedics in Dorset, England, saved the life of a man whose fishing outing went south when a dover sole jumped down his throat and blocked his windpipe on Oct. 5. Sam Quilliam, 28, had just caught the 5 1/2-inch-long fish and went to give it a kiss when it wriggled free and lodged in his throat. "I ran round the pier like a headless chicken and then passed out," Quilliam told The Guardian. When first responders arrived, Quilliam was not breathing, but friends were performing CPR. Paramedic Matt Harrison said: "It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive. ... I was able to eventually dislodge the tip of the tail and very carefully, so as not to break the tail off, I tried to remove it -- although the fish's barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up." Finally, the fish "came out in one piece," Harrison said. Quilliam said his brush with death won't put him off fishing. "Once I am back at work and fit, I will probably get back at it again," he said. [The Guardian, 10/13/2017] What's in a Name? Carrie L. Hitt, 42, of Junction City, Oregon, died after her Ford Bronco left the road on Territorial

and skateboards, to vinyl records and vintage toys, whether you’re looking for a baby shower gift, a wedding ring, or a unique piece of art to add to your collection, this is the place to find it.” “Our inventory is extremely diverse,” Jen Zoutendyk, the store manager said. “We have classical antiques, new and vintage clothing and accessories, art, furniture, collectibles and much more. We are also very proud of our jewelry selection. We have everything from fine, new and antique jewelry with diamonds, gold, platinum and gemstones from every era, to designer costume jewelry such as Chanel and Dior. We also have a large selection of sterling and Native American turquoise jewelry.” Fans of serendipity will appreciate how Sea Hive came to be. The line from Vega’s career in Los Angeles in choreography to here was not a straight one. “I had also been selling classic cars, and then the economy tanked,” he said. “My wife is an aerospace engineer, and she was transferred

Highway and rolled on Oct. 4. Hitt was ejected from her car and then struck by a second vehicle, driven by Nadine M. Killmaster, 32, of Yakima, Washington. Oregon State Police told The Register-Guard they believe Hitt was using a mobile phone just before the crash. [Register-Guard, 10/6/2017] Horsing Around -- Lindsey Partridge of Ontario, Canada, booked herself at a pet-friendly Super 8 in Georgetown, Kentucky, for the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover on Oct. 4. At check-in, Partridge asked the front desk clerk if the pet policy included horses, to which the clerk answered, "Aw, I wouldn't mind. You could do that." So Partridge returned to her horse trailer and brought Blizz, her retired racehorse, into the hotel. Partridge and Blizz took a video and a few photos in the room, but eventually Partridge took Blizz to the Kentucky Horse Park, where the rooms are more suited to equine visitors. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Blizz took third place in the trail competition during the event. [Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/14/2017] -- Meanwhile, in Iowa, a pair of women stopped at a traffic light in Altoona in October looked at the car next to them and saw a horse staring back from the back seat. "This is the most Iowa thing that has EVER happened to me," Hannah Waskel tweeted,

to San Diego. I started to furnish our house and ended up with three coffee tables at one point. She told me, when I get home from work there better be only one coffee table. I ended up selling all three of them at a profit.” Recognizing he had a knack for procuring and selling vintage pieces, just two weeks later he opened Atomic Bazaar in Hillcrest and that’s how he entered the mid-century modern and vintage industry. “It ended up growing so fast and becoming so high end that it eventually moved to an online business,” he said. He ventured out into other branches and was doing design work and remodeling homes.

along with a video of the miniature horse. "We started laughing and the people driving the horse saw us and waved," Hannah told UPI. "They even rolled the window down for the horse." [United Press International, 10/16/2017] Questionable Judgment Tucson, Arizona, firefighters were called on Oct. 15 to a mobile home park after a resident there tried to remove spiderwebs from beneath his trailer using a propane torch, but ended up setting his home on fire. KVOA-TV reported that the unnamed man's elderly mother, who also lived there, suffered minor injuries while being carried out of the mobile home with the help of neighbors. [KVOATV, 10/16/2017] Wait, What? U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport made an unusual discovery in the luggage of a traveler arriving from Vietnam in October: 54 illegal bird nests. The nests, which are considered a delicacy in some countries, are built out of solidified bird saliva and are used to make soup and broth, reported UPI. However, they are banned from entering the United States because they may carry infectious diseases. The nests were destroyed. [United Press International, 10/13/2017]

Vega, an Oceanside resident, was scouting spaces for a different project one day when he was drawn to one, but it wasn’t for lease at that time. Down the line when he saw the space was for lease he partnered with Todd Stephenson, owner of the Estate Sale Warehouse in Oceanside, a well-known face in the area and the industry. Karen’s Consignment Gallery owner Rob Murray soon joined them, and a new business partnership was formed. But it all began with the space itself. Many had wondered what would eventually end up in the building that was originally a 1950s garage. “The reason I called about the building to begin with is because I had a huge crush on it,” Vega said of the former 1950s garage with modern architecture. The community has embraced what Sea Hive brings to the area. “The response has been overwhelming,” Vega said. “We get a lot of positive feedback about the layout

ed that Rachel A. Deckert, 27, tried to turn herself in at the Lewis County Jail on an outstanding DUI warrant on Aug. 21, but was turned away because she brought along her partner -- literally glued to Deckert by her pinky finger. When Deckert tried again the next day, still attached to her partner, police and firefighters were called. The two women were attached by a copper elbow pipe into which they had each inserted a pinky finger secured with “some kind of epoxy,” a firefighter said. They told authorities they had been that way about a week at the suggestion of a couples therapy counselor. “They haven’t been able to feel their fingers for three days,” said police detective Patty Finch. Efforts to separate the women were unsuccessful, and Deckert was released with advice to seek medical attention. [Daily World, 8/22/2017]

Timing Is Everything Eva Pandora Baldursdottir, a member of the Icelandic parliament from the Pirate Party, was scheduled to take part in a debate on Oct. 12, according to UPI, but an unexpected injury lent her an especially jaunty look for the televised event: She had to conduct the debate wearing an eye patch after her toddler daughter scratched her eye. “Sometimes astounding things can happen at the worst time,” Baldursdottir shared on Facebook, along with a photo of her wearing What We’ll Do for Love The Daily World in Cen- the eye patch. [United Press tralia, Washington, report- International, 10/13/2017]

and our merchandise. We have Oceanside locals who wander in and end up staying for a few hours. And we’ve had many former customers from the Antique Warehouse come and visit us — they are so happy to have something like this again.” Sea Hive is excited to announce two outdoor shopping events. Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. they will host their first outdoor shopping experience. The Hey Sugar, Hello Cookie! food truck will be serving up yummy treats as well, so be sure to come hungry! The second outdoor market will be Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This juried event coincides with Sea Hive’s first annual Holiday Shopping Event and will feature vendors and local artisans. Come enjoy music and light refreshments while you take care of everyone on your holiday shopping list! Sea Hive is located at 1555 S. Coast Highway in Oceanside. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit, or call (760) 547-5706. Find updates to Sea Hive inventory almost daily on Instagram at and Facebook at

Awesome! For the last time, Flight 666, traveling from Copenhagen, Denmark, to HEL (Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport), took off on Friday the 13th of October. A Finnair spokesman said the flight, questionably numbered for the superstitious among us, has been making the trip for 11 years and has flown on Friday the 13th 21 times. “Today will actually be the final time that our AY666 flight flies to HEL,” a spokesman told The Telegraph. Some Finnair flights are getting new numbers, and the infamous route will be renumbered to 954. The flight arrived safely in Helsinki. [The Telegraph, 10/13/2017] Bright Ideas -- Malcolm Applegate, 62, of Birmingham, England, couldn’t take life with his demanding wife anymore, so 10 years ago he escaped. Applegate spent five of those years living in the woods near Kingston, until applying to live at a homeless charity called Emmaus Greenwich Center in South London, Fox News reported. “Without a word to anyone, not even family, I packed up and left ... I went missing for 10 years,” Applegate said. “I enjoyed my life,” he wrote in a blog on the Emmaus Greenwich website, but says he’s grateful to the charity for encouraging him to reconnect with his sister. As for his wife, there has been no reaction from her to Applegate’s reappearance. [Fox News, 10/17/2017]

-- Residents of Rogersville, Missouri, are protesting a high school fundraising plan to convert an abandoned funeral home into a haunted house, according to, calling the idea distasteful and insensitive. The Preston-Marsh Funeral Home had been scheduled for demolition, but the owner gave permission to students from Logan-Rogersville High School to use it at the end of October to raise money for a safe graduation celebration for seniors. Students said they would use leftover equipment such as gurneys to enhance the spooky experience. But one Rogersville resident said doing so is “akin to opening a strip club in an old church.” [, 10/12/2017] Oops! In Vero Beach, Florida, a husband and wife made a hot bet on the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers football game on Oct. 8: The loser would set their team’s jersey on fire. When the Packers won, the husband, 27, took his blue and silver Cowboys jersey outside and set fire to it. But, as he later told sheriff’s deputies, because he was drunk, he then tried to put the jersey back on, and that’s when things got heated. Family members pulled the burning jersey off the man and rushed him to the Indian River Medical Center. A witness told the Sebastian Daily “skin was hanging off his arm and back.” He suffered secondand third-degree burns to his hand, arm and back. [Sebastian Daily, 10/9/2017]

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Deal could open door to NBA return to San Diego SAN DIEGO — Billionaire Joseph Tsai, co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and the owner of the professional lacrosse team that will begin play here next year, has reached a deal to buy 49 percent of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets franchise, it was reported Oct. 27. The agreement, first reported by ESPN, would see Tsai take over majority control of the team in four years and could open the door to him relocating the Nets franchise to San Diego, which has not had an NBA team since the Clippers relocated to Los Angeles in 1984. Tsai's wife and children live in La Jolla, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the couple donated $1 million to the La Jolla Music Society toward construction of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Tsai — owner of the San Diego Seals lacrosse team — spends much of his time in Hong Kong. Also fueling speculation that Tsai could move the team to San Diego, besides his local connections, is the fact that his deal to take over majority ownership of the Nets will reportedly exclude him from acquiring Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where the Nets play. Tsai's San Diego Seals will begin play in the National Lacrosse League a year from November at the Valley View Casino Center. “I have a strong passion for lacrosse, and look forward to bringing the NLL to San Diego,” Tsai said in August when it was announced he would bring the expansion franchise to San Diego. “Our team is committed to creating a fan-first experience and to being an integral part of the local community.” Tsai, who was born in Taiwan and holds a Canadian passport, played lacrosse at Yale. He went on to earn his vast wealth co-founding Alibaba, which in August had a net worth of $420 billion. Tsai is the executive vice chairman of the company and has a personal fortune somewhere between $9 billion and $11 billion, according to Forbes and Bloomberg. The San Diego lacrosse team unveiled its new Seals nickname, logo and team colors earlier this week, saying the name acknowledges the marine mammal and the Navy's elite special forces unit, which trains in Coronado. — City News Service

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ave Roberts was on baseball’s biggest stage after directing the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first World Series since 1988. But Roberts wasn’t always in the spotlight’s glare. Roberts once took a classic fall, which is light years from being a Fall Classic manager. “It was a tough lesson,” Roberts said of his misstep. While most are patting Roberts on the back, some recall when he was laid out. Roberts was entering his junior football season at Rancho Buena Vista High, when a knee injury waylaid the three-sport star. Roberts had to skip a year of sports along his uneven path as a player, coach and manager. But here he is, leading the Dodgers to the World Series, with Game 3 on Saturday in Houston. “When you miss a season your scholarships start to dwindle,” said Roberts, who remains a Cardiff resident. “And I wasn’t the biggest guy so there were a lot of doubters.’ Roberts rebounded his final year at RBV to earn a football scholarship at the Air Force Academy. But he had second doubts about orchestrating a triple-option attack. So he called his first prep baseball coach. “He was all set up to go to Air Force,” said Butch Smith, Roberts’ junior varsity coach at Vista High. Instead his passion for

Dave Roberts’ bond with Butch Smith, one of his high school coaches in Vista, was on display this season when the Dodgers and other big league teams wore tribute patches on their jerseys. Courtesy photo

baseball set in. Roberts belatedly declined Air Force’s offer in the summer and circled back to baseball. “But it was so late in the game that there were no baseball scholarships,” Roberts said. Although Roberts had something nearly as good — Smith’s phone number on a land line. Roberts dialed it, with a request for Smith to point his pickup truck toward UCLA. The undersized but over-the-top confident Roberts was eager to convince Bruins coach Gary Adams that he needed Roberts on

erts having a bum knee, to being a 28th-round pick, to being a Boston Red Sox icon for stealing a postseason base, to beating leukemia, to having the Dodgers in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. But it was his freshman year, with Smith, Roberts often points to. They developed a bond which Roberts shared recently when the Dodgers wore tribute patches on their jerseys. Roberts read: “Thank you Dad and Butch Smith.” Roberts’ dad, Waymon, passed away in March. “Butch Smith really mentored me and was like a second father,” Roberts said. “I wanted him to know what he meant to me. Outside of my family, he’s the biggest Dave Roberts fan.” No one is getting a bigger thrill than Smith seeing Roberts on the Dodgers bench. “You only meet so many people in your life like him,” Smith said. “I had never met anyone like him before or since. God just kind of dropped him in my lap. “It’s like having your son be the manager of the Dodgers, that’s what it feels like. And the best part is it couldn’t happen to a nicer human being.” Contact Jay Paris at Follow him @jparis_sports.

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his team. “Coach Adams has never seen him swing at a pitch or catch a ball,” Smith said, with a hearty laugh. Those are some big odds. But those knowing Roberts from his Little League days in Oceanside and Vista, he

wouldn’t bet against him. “We talked about it and went on up there,” said Smith, who coached for 10 years at Vista. “And we get there and I don’t say a word.” Similar to what Adams saw, Smith was blown away by Roberts’ command of the room. “He walked in there with that big smile — he was the class president — and just told coach Adams that they needed him and he was going to be on the team.” Roberts convinced Adams and he went from walking in to becoming a walk-on. He ultimately earned his scholarship en route to being an All-American center fielder. “Coach Adams had never seen him play,” said Smith, still amazed what Roberts accomplished. “But coach Adams could see he was something special.” Steve Hargrave is another one of Roberts’ special coaches, working with Roberts his final three baseball seasons at RBV. Roberts, a quarterback, was also the point guard on the basketball team in his sophomore year. “Not many of those guys around,” Hargrave said. “I just tried to stay out of his way not screw him up.” Roberts never veers from thanking those aiding his remarkable journey. It’s one that’s gone from Rob-





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taste of wine frank mangio etals and varietal blends. Family member Garrett Busch and his wife, Betsy, play an important role in operating and managing Trinitas Cellars, which over the years has remained a small but high-quality winery, cultivating loyal customers. They have enjoyed the fruits of an increasingly


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sophisticated brand that has taken its place among those who seek an exceptional selection of wine luxury. Trinitas is also a member of the Heritage Collection of properties, a luxury hotel collection, led by Trinitas Resort and Spa in Napa, just below the Trinitas estate vineyards, with a dramatic Estate Cave tasting room and wine learning center across the street. At a recent gathering of trade and media professionals, we had the privilege of meeting the Busch family with CEO Garrett Busch presenting his team staff, including Kasey Hills, Southern California regional manager; Sean Haarberg, VIP hospitality manager; and Marty De La Rosa, director of sales. The event, held at one of the premier Busch properties, Estancia La Jolla, is managed by Mairead Hennessy, with Danny Fancher as director of food and beverage. All wines were carefully crafted from premium grapes in Northern California. New releases I would recommend are: the 2014 Chardonnay Carneros from Stanly Ranch ($32), the 2013 Petite Sirah from the Contra Costa County Sandy Lane Vineyard ($35), the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley in Coombsville, St. Helena and Knights Valley ($60) and the 2012 Meritage Napa Valley from the Meritage estate vineyard at Meritage Resort & Spa ($65). Garrett Busch revealed to me a big enlargement for the family’s resort in Napa to be called the Village at Meritage Resort. “We hope to open in 2018 by June with 9 differ-

cery stores as they are more gourmet markets, which, in fact, many refer to themselves as these days. I’m not complaining as variety is good but it can be dangerous, as a culinary aficionado to go into one of these mar-

kets for a loaf of bread and some milk and $200 later walk out with a full cart of gourmet goodies. On top of the overspending potential, some of these markets are so pristinely merchandised and full of beautiful people it can be a bit intimidating and pricey for regular folks. On the far other end of the spectrum we have our Smart & Final type stores that definitely hold more appeal for the budget-minded, yet I would be hard pressed to ever buy fresh produce there again as it does not seem to be the freshest available. I was about ready to accept these extremes on either end of the grocery spectrum when I was turned on to Frazier Farms Market in Oceanside by coworker Brooks Venters, who had made their deli a regular stop on his weekday lunch rounds. For the first couple of months, I would beeline to this amazing deli and contemplate the wide variety of TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 26

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Carlsbad murder plot trial underway By Kelly Wheeler

CARLSBAD — A woman frustrated over a pending divorce conspired with her gun instructor to lure her estranged husband to a dark Carlsbad dirt road, where he was shot, a prosecutor said Oct. 30. Diana Lovejoy, 44, and the alleged gunman, Weldon McDavid Jr., 50, are each charged with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Deputy District Attorney Jodi Breton told jurors in her opening statement that Lovejoy’s estranged husband, Greg Mulvihill, got a call just before 11 p.m on Sept. 1, 2016, from a person claiming to be a private investigator, who supposedly had information on his estranged wife. The caller instructed Mulvihill to go to a dirt road near Avenida Soledad and Rancho Santa Fe Road, where he could pick up a package containing materials pertaining to Lovejoy, according to the prosecutor. She said Mulvihill and a co-worker, Jason Kovach, drove to the area and used a flashlight to look for a package taped to a power pole. Kovach, who was called as a witness, testified that he armed with an aluminum baseball bat that Mulvihill had given him. They saw some rustling in the bushes, then noticed what looked like a someone lying in a prone position with a rifle pointed at them, he said.


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“Greg yelled ‘gun!’” Kovach testified. The witness said shots rang out and he and Mulvihill took off running back toward their car. As Mulvihill drove away, he told Kovach, “I think I’ve been shot,” the witness testified. Kovach called 911 and told a dispatcher, “My friend has just been shot. He’s bleeding pretty bad.” The witness said a gunman was hiding in the bushes and was wearing camouflage. The prosecutor said Mulvihill was trying to reclaim his life after Lovejoy had made claims that he had molested their young son and sexually abused her. The couple had been separated since July 2014 and were in the final stages of completing their divorce, Breton said. Carlsbad police determined that the phone used to call Mulvihill was purchased by Lovejoy, and feces found in the bushes at the scene of the shooting were traced to McDavid, the prosecutor said. Investigators found a multitude of guns and a silencer in McDavid’s garage, as well as seven spent shell casings, Breton told the jury. The prosecutor said Mulvihill was three weeks away from receiving a $20,000 settlement from Lovejoy as part of the divorce and was set to share custody of their son. McDavid’s attorney, Ricky Crawford, said his

client was a trained marksman and former Marine who fired his rifle only after he heard someone yell, “I have a gun!” “If Weldon McDavid wanted to kill someone with his skill set, he would have done so,” Crawford told the jury. “That was not his intent.” Crawford said Lovejoy — whom he met when she took shooting lessons at a gun range where he worked — told him that she had been trying for years to get someone to do something about her estranged husband allegedly abusing their child. If someone showed up to a meeting to get information about the situation, he must be guilty, McDavid thought, according to his attorney. “He (McDavid) was never asked to perform a violent act,” Crawford said. “He never agreed to do so. He was never offered money.” Brad Patton, Lovejoy’s attorney, said his client had taken out a temporary restraining order against Mulvihill because she claimed he was abusing her and their son. After the restraining order elapsed, Lovejoy still had concerns about her estranged husband but “at no time was there a discussion/ conspiracy to murder her husband,” Patton told the jury. McDavid faces 50 years to life behind bars if convicted, and Lovejoy could be sentenced to 25 years to life.


One big Happy family

n my next life, I am definitely coming back as one of my daughter’s cats. My daughter and sonin-law are the world’s biggest softies. Their cat-owner history now includes three strays out of four cats. As some readers may already know, I’m allergic to cats and was a little surprised when my daughter acquired her first one. I don’t think she did it just to discourage unannounced visits to her apartment. She will neither confirm nor deny. The first cat arrived when my child went exploring the deserted top floor of the building where she worked in Los Angeles. There she found a small cat, trapped in the empty offices. We still wonder how it got there. The next cat came from a no-kill shelter but a third joined the family when her husband found a tiny, feral kitten at his night job. It rubbed up against his legs,

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then she introduced me to an adorable, big-eyed piece of fluff they had named Happy — like I could say no to that. Again, my big-hearted son-in-law is to blame, and I find it adorable. He saw the kids at his preschool fussing over a kitten in the play yard. There had been two kitties the day before, they told him. “That little cat looked like a chicken nugget for coyotes,” he said. “I just couldn’t leave him.” The fact that Happy is as cute as they come, with white paws and white markings, did not hurt his decision, I suspect. They just arrived today and Happy is currently hiding somewhere in the attic, because I already forgot and left the bedroom door open. I think I’ll just double up on my allergy pills tonight.

and he was undone. So then there were three. Sadly, over the years, two of them wandered away and failed to return. We choose not to speculate on their fates. After recent plans were made for daughter and husband to live with us for a while, my daughter dropped by unannounced, saying she “wanted to talk to me.” No mother ever wants to hear that, but I set aside my panic and sat down. “If we got a second cat, would that be a deal-breaker for moving in with you?” she timidly asked. After nearly falling off my chair in relief, Jean Gillette is a freeI assured her that two cats lance writer fighting the urge kept upstairs would be no to snuggle soft kitties in her worse than one, but I loved house. Contact her a jgilthat she was worried. And


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novation & technology program facilitator, faculty incorporate digital skill-building, media literacy and STEAM initiatives across the curriculum. Eighth-grade Conceptual Physics students launch high-altitude weather balloons, while history students turn research papers into podcasts and world language students broadcast TV segments. Individual courses, such as the middle school Making Music class, encourage a deeper examination of topics. Students in this STEAM course fabricate stringed instruments and learn to play them, all while exploring

the physics of sound. Numerous STEAM and integrated electives, such as Entrepreneurship and 3D Design & Printing, are offered in the upper school. Beyond the classroom, students can take on the challenges of innovation through service learning and clubs. Examples include the Alternative Energy Sources group that makes biodiesel to power school events and the Firebird Research Institute. Families interested in learning about innovation at Pacific Ridge are invited to an Open House on Saturday, November 4, at 1:00pm. To register:

Oceanside woman named PETA’s ‘sexiest vegan over 50’ By Patty McCormac

OCEANSIDE — Erin Riley-Carrasco more than fits the picture of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ sexiest vegan over 50 years old. At almost 54, she is gorgeous. Her skin radiates health and she is filled with glowing energy. The Oceanside resident beat out candidates from across the nation for the honor. Still, she does not view it as a beauty contest but as a platform from which she can advance her passion for a vegan lifestyle. And she is passionate. Riley-Carrasco explains that her health is one reason to be a vegan, but it is more her love and respect for animals as living beings with feelings and with lives of their own. She has been a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) member since age 19 and she has done her share of standing on street corners waving placards sticking up for animals that can’t sick up for themselves. “You can’t love animals and eat them. How

can you love dogs and eat pigs which studies show are more intelligent than d o g s ,” she said. “ W h a t Erin Rileygives us Carrasco the right to torture, mutilate and eat their flesh? It does not sit well with my soul.” In addition, she said she is horrified at the drugs given to cattle and pigs to encourage growth and discourage infection from the filth in which they live. And its not just meat, she said. Milk and dairy products are filled with the same antibiotics and drugs. Think chicken is safe? Nope. They too are filled with the stuff, she said. Fish? Not as healthful as you think and for many of the same reasons. The solution, she said, is to adopt a vegan lifestyle. In fact, she believes that if everyone became

vegan, most of the world’s problems would fade away. She said that it is cows, not automobiles that emit the most greenhouse gases. “We don’t have a backup planet,” she said. And that world hunger could be solved if veganism was embraced by the rest of the world. Then instead of poor countries growing and selling their grain to countries that raise cattle for food, they could eat their own grain and thrive. She works tirelessly on behalf of animals. As part of a group, she and others have helped ordinances be passed in seven San Diego County cities that pet shops can sell only pets from shelters and not puppy mills. They are celebrating SB 485 signed recently by Gov. Jerry Brown that prohibits puppy mill puppies being sold at any pet store in the state. “Erin is the most deserving person in the whole wide world to win this. She lives it. She walks the walk,” said Suzie Williamson, her lifelong friend. “She lives by example.”

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sandwich and prepared food options. The sandwich list is impressive and way too extensive to get into too much detail here but I will list some favorites that I’ve sampled. The “Classic Ruben” is spot on with the standard ingredients and then there is the standout and highly original “California” with grilled carne asada, roasted potatoes, red sauce mayo, cheddar, salsa fresca, avocado, sour cream on a telera roll. Yes, if it sounds a bit like a California Burrito in a sandwich it’s because it is but it’s better. Being quite capable of creating a stellar meatloaf sandwich myself, I approached the “Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf” sandwich skeptically. That said, the red pepper turkey meatloaf with caramelized onion, red pepper relish, tomato and mayo on a ciabatta roll was on point. Besides the 20-plus specialty sandwiches, there is the ability to create your own and I’ve been on a chicken salad kick lately but they have all the standard sandwich fillings. The deli also has a splendid array of side salads, soups and the like. I do have some advice on this deli though, as it does get busy. If you are in a hurry, I would take advantage of their online ordering and avoid the wait. I actually prefer to order there and get some shopping done while I

wait. I also like to mix up my order name as it always gives me a good laugh to hear the deli folks yell out “order ready for Gern Blanston” which is written on my sandwich bag. And yes, I stole that from from the oldschool Steve Martin sketch and OK, I am easily amused and now my Gern Blanston cover is blown. So it was during my early visits to the deli at Frazier Farms that I started to notice the diversity of the clientele flowing through the store. Yes, there were a smattering of hipsters and yogis as we are in Southern California and this is their turf, but they were not the majority and there was hardly an aloof power mom in sight. First responders, students, local office workers, blue-collar tradesmen, moms and a nice diversity of ethnicities are all part of the mix at Frazier Farms in Oceanside. That mix is reflected in the staff as well who are all super friendly and well-versed in the products in their departments. That attitude and knowledge was very evident in the cheese area where I met department Manager Erin Majewski. Her selection of cheese is wide and her depth of knowledge was extensive. I’ve been saying this for a while, but I’d love to take a class on cheese and get my game up to speed a bit. I’m quite certain you could approach Erin with a culinary scenario and she would be able to suggest a cheese to work with it.

Another standout department is the seafood area that takes delivery six times per week from local purveyors. All the seafood is labeled with country of origin, fresh or frozen and farmed or wild. There are also a lot of San Diego-based purveyors in the mix including local favorites Basiltops Pesto, Bambucha Kombucha and D’oh! Cookie Dough. There is an extensive health and wellness section, and several lines of “Frazier’s Own” products including the juice bar and olive oil. Besides all that, there is every department you would expect at Frazier Farms. They have a bit of history in the area as well with the first Frazier Farms store opening in Escondido in 1971. It’s family-owned and they have another location in Vista and they have a full catering department for your next event. Besides my regular lunch visits I’ve taken to stopping by for my regular shopping on my way home to Encinitas. If you are in the area, I’d suggest you give it a try. Find them at 1820 Oceanside Blvd in Oceanside and 225 Vista Village Drive in Vista. Order online at www. Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over as a column in The Coast News and in Edible San Diego. He can be heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at

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