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Mission Vista closed due to COVID-19 By Steve Puterski

REGION — The Vista Unified School District Board of Education unanimously agreed to temporarily close Mission Vista High School due to two positive COVID-19 tests. According to an Oct. 26 press release from the district, a second student tested positive, although it was an isolated case and not related to the first case. The board, though, made its decision during its Oct. 27 meeting. According to the release, the parents notified the district their student likely contracted the

Underestimated cost projections threaten dozens of VUSD projects. Page 14 novel coronavirus while traveling with a club athletic team not associated with VUSD. Regardless, at least 150 students and staff members were placed into a 14-day quarantine. According to a report by Fox 5, positives COVID-19 tests have been confirmed at Alta Vista High School, Roosevelt Middle School and Mission Meadows and Alamosa Park elementary schools. However, the current changes to the district’s reopening plans will only apply to secondary levels. The first positive test at MVHS led to the quarantining of 130 students and four teachers. VUSD reopened its 28 schools on Oct. 20 after a lengthy board meeting lasting nearly six hours. The board also approved virtual and in-person models during the meeting.

Shadow Campaign The Coast News investigates reports of a Tri-City candidate’s conflicts of interest, mismanagement and ‘machine politics.’ Page 5.

Chicano educator and activist pays it forward By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — Chicano Educator Dr. Xuan Santos, an associate professor at California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM), has been a mentor to many over the years, a blessing he attributes to his own mentors. He calls them “OGs,” a term he coined that does not, in fact, mean original gangsters, but “opportunity givers.” Santos, a first-generation immigrant from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, grew up in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles that has long been heavily impacted by crime and poverty. “As a youngster, I didn’t know what my life was going to be like. I wanted to do exactly what my father and my mother did and just keep a blue collar job. I wanted to be a worker in a factory,” Santos said. “Then I came into contact with mentors

DR. XUAN SANTOS, left, an immigrant who grew up in a poor Los Angeles neighborhood, earned a Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara and is now a professor of sociology at Cal State San Marcos. Photo courtesy of Cal State San Marcos

that saw something in me life — that I didn’t have to be in Boyle Heights forever, that very few people did.” that I could actually become the architect of my future if OPPORTUNITY GIVERS “When my teachers I just pursued higher eduand mentors started telling cation — I just ran with it,” me about college and the Santos said. He attended Cal State prospect of having a better

Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree, he got his first masters at Cal State Dominguez Hills and went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in Sociology. For the past 10 years, Santos has been at CSUSM and now works as an associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Justice Studies. “I didn’t know that I wanted to become a teacher until I came across teachers that reminded me of my worth. They inspired me, and I decided that I wanted to pay back my community through research and teaching,” Santos said. Santos also works with formerly incarcerated youth and gang-involved students. He serves as the faculty director of Project Rebound, a program that helps formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students to be accepted and retained at the

university and to graduate. “We’re very disproportionately represented in academia, so to come from this highly stigmatized context and to thrive and become a role model as a professor, I always keep in mind all of the people that mentored me along the way,” Santos said. “I refer to them as OGs, opportunity givers, people that understand your plight, your struggle; people that understand that you are a person that has potential and your life has meaning.” Martin Leyva, the program coordinator of Project Rebound and a lecturer in the sociology department at CSUSM, has known Santos for roughly 11 years. Leyva told The Coast News that he considers Santos his mentor, a status he doesn’t hand out lightly. “When I met him, he was one of the first ChicaTURN TO EDUCATOR ON 14


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Average county gas price drops for 8th time in 9 days By City News Service

REGION — The average price of a gallon of selfserve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Oct. 27 for the eighth time in nine days, decreasing

A RENDERING of an “agri-neighborhood” within the proposed Harvest Hills development in Escondido. The project proposes 550 luxury homes on 1,100 acres in the San Pasqual Valley near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Courtesy photo

agri-neighborhood housing community. At its Nov. 20, 2019, meeting, the council voted 4-1 to authorize a $63,470 contract between Concordia Homes and the firm Michael Baker International to continue performing an environmental impact statement for the project. Ahead of that meeting, the council received a joint letter from nearly two dozen environmental, conservation, climate and community organizations urging the council to reject the development. The project was supposed to be presented to the city’s Planning Commission in January or February and then brought to the council for a vote sometime between March and May, according to a timeline released last year by a consultant on the project. Escondido Communications Manager Teresa Collins told The Coast News that the Harvest Hills item is not on any upcoming agenda, so the city does not have a date for the issue at this time. The city did not indicate why there has been a delay. The city may have been

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Could 2020 be the last hurrah for national GOP?


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Voter suppression in a democracy: Is this a myth? cially during the Jim Crow ments, restrictions on voter era, when poll taxes, resi- registration drives, elimidency requirements, and nation of election day voter registration, voter purges (eligible voters are removed from voter rolls improperly), felony disenfranchisement, closing polling stations early resulting in long lines at voting places. C u r rently, while our nation literacy and comprehension is gripped in a pandemic, tests were introduced. How- many Republicans, includever, the Voting Rights Act ing President Trump, have of 1965 changed all this. In stated that absentee ballots 2013, the Supreme Court invite voter fraud, a claim ruled Section 5 of the voting many argue is not backed rights act was unenforce- by evidence. In addition, we have seen the United States able. So, now some states Postmaster General cut dehave stricter voter ID laws liveries and order removal such as accepting only cer- of mailboxes and sorting tain kinds of IDs, requiring machines in areas with certain kinds of documenta- predominately black voters tion to get IDs, and requir- with the excuse of cutting ing certain kinds of photos, labor costs. This is an active residency requirements sabotage of our democracy and address requirements, by adding barriers for each “Intention to stay” require- of our vote to be received, delivered and counted. No, this is not a myth! So, we rise against these barriers and vote to elect leaders who will bring sanity to our nation, protect our civil liberties and the environment. To quote Hamilton X: “Who could envision that 4 years ago that those who sat out numbered a 100 milexpressed by various participants on lion, a third of us weren’t the Op Ed page in this newspaper do willing to choose a direcnot reflect the opinions, beliefs and tion, and 80 thousand voters viewpoints of The Coast News. The Coast across three states was all it News will exercise editorial discretion took to swing the election” if comments are determined solely to So, VOTE wisely.

Voter suppression is a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting instead of gaining votes by changing political opinions through persuasion and organizing. The United States has a long history of blocking certain A mericans from voting, which began at the founding of this nation when the right to vote in most states was limited to white male property owners. Non-whites, women, and the non-property-owning poor were excluded. After the Civil War, the 15th Amendment gave voting rights to every man in America, regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” However, from 1890 forward, former Confederate states amended their state constitutions to disenfranchise black voters, espe-

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f anyone wanted to pinpoint the last hurrah of the California Republican Party, the focus would have to be on November 1994, when the GOP’s Pete Wilson was reelected governor and the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 passed by a 2-1 vote as a centerpiece of his campaign. Since then, the state GOP has won a top-of-theticket statewide office only once, when Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor in the 2003 recall election that ousted Democrat Gray Davis on the strength of his movie muscleman persona. Most Republicans knew Schwarzenegger could not have won a party primary election because he was insufficiently conservative and interested in climate change. Many called him a “RINO,” Republican in name only, and still do. That means the party is 1-12 in general election races for governor and the U.S. Senate since Wilson’s final triumph. This came about because in the aftermath of Prop. 187 more than 2.5 million Latino California residents who had not previously shown interest in politics became U.S. citizens and registered to vote, almost all as Democrats. They turned California from a “purple” swing state to solid Democratic blue, its 55 electoral votes the firm property of whomever the Democrats nominate for president. Look around America today and you can see similar things happening in former Republican bastions. In every public poll leading up to this fall’s vote, Democrat Joe Biden had a small lead in Arizona, once solid GOP property. Republican Donald Trump held a small edge in the polling average

california focus thomas d. elias two weeks before the vote in Republican-ruled Texas. The two were tied in Georgia polls. And on and on. Across the map, oncefirm GOP territories were being hotly contested, meaning the party could spend less time and money in previous swing states. The only once-solid Democratic state in question appeared to be Minnesota, reeling from protests and riots after the police killing of George Floyd. Even if Democrats should carry none of the new swing states this year, the inroads they’ve made bode poorly for national Republicans. It’s easy to see why this is happening: The national GOP is making the same errors Republicans committed in California, failing to see how demographic changes alter the political landscape. The only way Democrats seemingly can lose the ground they are gaining might be to lean too far left, if they essentially become a radical Bernie Sanders party. Almost all elected Republicans over the last four years became rote followers of Trump, overlooking his many documented falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic, his use of “alternative facts” and his steady stream of insults to Latinos and other minorities. When minorities taken together are rapidly moving toward becoming a national majority — as they already are in California — those

insults promise to have effects similar to the threat Latinos felt from Proposition 187, which aimed to ban the children of undocumented immigrants from public schools and hospital emergency rooms, among other items. Then there’s the California exodus factor. While the numbers moving from here to other states have been widely exaggerated, annual out-migration has numbered in the hundreds of thousands for the last six years. It’s probably no coincidence that states where many ex-Californians landed, like Arizona and Texas, are no longer solidly Republican. California Republicans know how to reverse their political fortunes: Recognize and help fight climate change, ease their opposition to abortion, get on board efforts to ameliorate racial discrimination, back consumer rights. They’ve refused to do any of that. So their numbers in California dropped this year to about half the total of registered Democrats and briefly fell behind the numbers embracing no political party. This has only begun in other states that are now wavering between Trump and Biden. But as Republicans in office there consistently do Trump’s bidding, they imperil both their own political futures and the national prospects of their party. The same kind of change happened here as a backlash to what many immigrants — legal or not — perceived as a major threat to them. It will happen elsewhere, too, if the GOP does not alter some stances in response to the big changes going on across America. Email Thomas Elias at

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Escondido’s budget deficit results in cuts By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The City of Escondido is facing a projected $176 million budget deficit over the next 18 years, including a forecasted budget deficit of $8 million in fiscal year 2021-22 alone. In the city’s attempt to grapple with the budget shortfall, public services have suffered the most. In July, the City Council declined to place a revenue measure on the November election ballot that would raise the city’s sales tax by one cent to close the looming deficit. The 1% sales tax would have generated $25 million annually in new revenue that would address the deficit, as well as fund projects and programs in the community and maintain city services. A unanimous vote was needed to pass the measure, but the motion failed 3-1 with Mayor Paul McNamara and Council Members Olga Diaz and Consuelo Martinez voting for the measure, while Councilman Michael Morasco voted against it. In the weeks leading up to the vote, McNamara encouraged the council to approve the sales tax measure explaining that “if we don’t get the sales tax, we will put ourselves in such a downward spiral economically, I think it would take us years to climb out of it.” The city was also warned about the budget deficit in June 2019 by City Manager Jeffrey Epp and the city’s financial team, which told the council in a memo: “This coming year, the City of Escondido faces a turning point that will require intense focus to maintain a firm fiscal footing while laying the groundwork for the longer term.” The current fiscal year is coming to a close, and the city has still not found a permanent solution regarding its financial future. The city has, in the meantime, implemented cost-saving measures that include reducing staff, deferring infrastructure maintenance, investing in technology to reduce ongoing costs and outsourcing services, reducing the maintenance of city parks, and eliminating community outreach programs involving crime prevention and youth engagement. Other cuts that the city is considering in the future include closing a fire station, subsequently eliminating nine jobs; reducing animal control services; reducing funding to the Escondido Public Library; closing two city pools; and reducing funding to the California Center for the Arts Escondido. This November, three council seats are up for election and preparations are already underway for a new city manager.


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Tri-City candidate’s interests, shady tactics raise concerns EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second article in an ongoing investigative series into TriCity Healthcare District candidate Jim Burlew. By Jordan P. Ingram & Catherine Allen

OCEANSIDE — New evidence of a Tri-City Healthcare District board candidate’s business interests and murky campaign tactics continues to raise questions about potential conflicts of interest as the Nov. 3 election draws near. Jim Burlew, who’s running for the board’s District 1 seat, was fired as TriCity’s facilities director in 2014 for violating the hospital’s nepotism policies. After losing a bid for the hospital’s board in 2018, Burlew’s latest campaign platform relies on unsubstantiated allegations against the hospital. Several of Burlew’s claims have since been debunked by The Coast News. Burlew’s election strategy also includes orchestrating campaigns for board candidates Savannah Strunk, Robert Motsinger and Deborah Sheri Vietor. All of the candidates list Burlew’s website ( on various online candidate profiles and feature the same laundry list of perceived grievances, including the closure of the hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit under “false pretenses” and missing money from the hospital’s General Fund. “The things that Burlew is talking about are things in the past (from) when he was involved with it,” Tri-City board member and Oceanside mayoral candidate Rocky Chávez said. “And we don't want to go back to the dark days.” According to Burlew’s former hospital coworkers, Tri-City paid Burlew’s inspection company, JB Consulting & Associates, for inspection services of his own work on several projects, a practice condemned by some hospital inspectors as an inherent conflict of interest. Jim Dagostino, a former Tri-City board chair and member of the board’s Finance, Operations and Planning Committee, said many of the projects had “cost overruns” and “problems with finishing on time.” “To me and some of my Board Colleagues it became clear that this job was over Mr. Burlew’s head,” Dagostino said in a written statement to The Coast News. “It is unclear why he was hired by (former CEO Larry) Anderson.” In 2013, Anderson was fired from Tri-City due to alleged unlawful conflicts of interest with Charles Perez, founder of Medical Acquisitions Company, Inc (MAC) regarding the hospital’s medical office building, which resulted in a lawsuit. A Tri-City spokesperson confirmed the litigation remains unsettled — a potential conflict of interest for Burlew, who has pledged

to “stop the ongoing lawsuit that the hospital initiated in an attempt to steal the medical office building from the developer.” Burlew also faced legal trouble with Tri-City shortly after his firing due to his alleged removal of files containing private information of 35,000 patients. TriCity “incurred thousands of dollars” in damages as a result, according to court documents. Burlew and Anderson have since gone into business together, establishing Nevada-based Healthcare Compliance 365, which may position Burlew and his business interests on both sides of the negotiating table for future hospital contracts.

Past mismanagement Jessica Godfrey, a former staff accountant at Tri-City, recalled frequent problems under Burlew’s direction of the facilities department. “It never failed that it seemed like there was a problem with every project under the direction of Jim Burlew,” Godfrey told The Coast News. “I remember things weren’t inspected correctly and we had to go back and do it over again.” During Burlew’s tenure as facilities director in 2014, the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development (OSHPD) received an anonymous tip advising that Burlew had replaced ceilings throughout the hospital without the state agency’s knowledge, review or approval — a violation of state health and safety codes. Shortly after Burlew’s firing, the facilities department submitted a new renovation plan to OSHPD, costing the hospital an additional $41,337 in construction services in order

to bring the ceilings up to code, according to internal Tri-City documents obtained by The Coast News. In June 2014, the City of Oceanside slapped TriCity with an administrative citation, issuing a stop work order and temporarily suspending the hospital’s building permit at 4120

In my political career, I have not seen anything that flagrant.” Laura Fink CEO, Rebelle Communications

Waring Road after Burlew failed to obtain the proper clearance from the San Diego Air Pollution Control District regarding asbestos removal and without approved stormwater erosion or construction waste recycling plans. As a staff accountant, Godfrey was also responsible for analysis of accounts and purchases, including financial transactions for the hospital’s construction projects, which required frequent interactions with Burlew. According to Godfrey, several employees working under Burlew told her that he was “belligerent” and “a bully.” Godfrey recalled a specific incident after Burlew came to the accounting department demanding immediate payment of invoices to his company. “(Burlew) was kind of bullying her into getting these payments,” Godfrey said. “Burlew said, ‘I want these paid. I think it's important we get these paid. It’s in the best interest of


We need help for our daughter Sarah. As you may or may not know, she has struggled with kidney disease from her early teenage years. Over that time, despite a regimen of various (and sometimes onerous) drug therapies, her kidney function has been, off and on, in decline and recently has dropped to approximately 10% of normal. That is below the cutoff for Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5, also known as End Stage Renal Disease. Sarah needs a kidney transplant. She has been accepted into the transplant program at UC San Diego Medical Center and placed on the waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor. The current wait period for a patient with Sarah’s blood type (O) is more than 9 years. The alternatives are dialysis or, optimally, a kidney transplanted from a living donor. The health screening process for living donors is extremely thorough with the health interest of the prospective donor paramount to the process. From within the core family we have been unable to field a viable direct donor. At present, Vicky is under consideration for a paired donation (an arrangement whereby her kidney would go to

the hospital.’” Godfrey later anonymously reported her concerns to the hospital’s administration. “I thought it went against general practices and values of the hospital,” Godfrey said. “We need people working to make the hospital better and not out for their own agenda.”

Shadow campaign Laura Fink, a San Diego-based political analyst and CEO of Rebelle Communications, said Burlew’s alliance with several other board candidates is highly unusual, but may be successful in a low-information race where voters are “less likely to pay attention.” “In my political career, I have not seen anything that flagrant,” Fink said. “It’s machine politics to an extreme degree, and it's reliant on people not finding out about it.” Motsinger, a certified special project inspector, told The Coast News that Burlew approached him about running for the District 3 seat on Tri-City’s board. “I never thought about the problems until he pointed them out to me,” Motsinger said. “He said, ‘I’ll take care 90% of (the campaign).’ I talk to him every other day and he tells me what’s going on. For example, the signage, little signs with wires they put in people’s yards. He said, ‘Bob, it’s time to do signs.’” During an interview with The Coast News, Motsinger couldn’t recall the district he was seeking to represent, and further acknowledged he doesn’t know much about his challenger (Gigi Gleason). “The young lady I’m running against is a lifetime volunteer, nice lady, but she’s got zilcho,”

Motsinger said. “It’s probably better I don’t know her name. I think somebody told me once. I’m not trying to run against her, I’m just trying to run for the office. She’s probably a real nice person. I think just maybe I might be a bit better.” Motsinger has also proposed for Tri-City to enter into a public-private partnership with Scripps Health to bring “more services, better healthcare to North County,” a suggestion redoubled by Burlew, Strunk and Vietor. “There is no such partnership or negotiation underway with Scripps Health,” a Scripps Health spokesperson said. “Scripps requested that the campaigns/candidates refrain from making these statements and remove all references to Scripps in campaign materials.” The candidates have since removed the healthcare provider from their campaign statements, according to Scripps Health. However, when residents asked Motsinger about his stance on certain issues on his Facebook page, Burlew, not Motsinger, frequently provided a response, prompting a resident to ask, “Can Robert (Motsinger) not speak for himself?” “Jim Burlew is the leader of the group,” said Colleen O’Harra, a District 1 candidate running against Burlew. “They don't speak for themselves.” Chávez questioned Burlew’s motives for seeking a group takeover of the hospital’s board, predicting that a lot will change “if that slate got in.” “The man should not be allowed to be on the board,” Chávez said. “I hope voters see that.” Burlew did not respond to requests for comment.

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suppose things will still go bump in the night on All Hallows Eve, even though we can’t celebrate it as usual. Yes, I am pouting just a little bit because Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have always loved dressing in costume. I get real joy seeing the young’uns from my neighborhood as they proudly show off their clever, adorable costumes. It is a cuteness overload that feeds my soul. I have been battling in my head about how to handle the holiday this year. I don’t want to encourage any unnecessary breathing on each other, but I suspect there may still be trick-or-treaters. I’m trying to figure how to give out candy safely without an overzealous third-grader snatching it all up at once or too many little hands touching it. I’m thinking individual bags, but we will see. After the death of my mother, to keep my dad entertained on Halloween, we began serving hot dogs. That turned into a delightful tradition. It connects me with my neighborhood, especially the parents who had no time to eat while getting kids ready to trickor-treat. But, of course, there will be no hot dogs this year, nor, I suspect, many coming by to eat them. As it happens, my hot dogs were not the highlight in my ’hood. We have many who decorate lavishly and gather in their driveways, anchored by my neighbors who have, for more than 30 years, decorated their garage, dressed in costume, invited friends and family, handed out big candy bars and served Hot Buttered Rum. Another has begun showing scary movies in their front yard. I am confident it will all be back next year and I am ready to calmly but sadly pause festivities for now. But, hey, it is the perfect night for a mask. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who has found this entire year pretty spooky. Contact her at

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Council votes to reduce campaign contribution limits By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — After months of discussing drastically lowering the city’s campaign contribution limits, the Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and approved, 3-1, reducing campaign contribution limits for the mayor and council members. Of cities with limits, Escondido previously had one of the highest with parties able to donate up to $4,300 to a City Council or mayoral candidate. At last week’s meeting, the council voted to lower the limit for district-only council seat campaigns to $1,000 and reduce the limit for citywide races for mayor and city treasurer to $1,750. Councilman Mike Morasco was the only no vote. The council had previ-

ously discussed adopting a provision similar to that in San Marcos, where if someone donates to a candidate’s campaign, that candidate may not vote on the donor’s project for a year before and a year after the donation; however, the council agreed to revisit the issue once the new council is seated after the upcoming election. Laura Hunter, Chair of the Sierra Club NCG Conservation Committee, submitted a public comment at the council regarding the decision: “Sierra Club’s NCG’s Political Committee supports the reductions and campaign limits for mayor and council races. The limits are still quite high, but significantly lower than before so we support them. However, we also request

the council add limitations on those with financial interests before the city as part of this ordinance … we strongly support campaign dollar and time limitations for persons with decisions in front of the City Council … as our city moves in a more positive and visionary direction, our decisions must be as clean as possible, meaning the public needs to have confidence in them.” Hunter added that the Sierra Club recently took issue with three Escondido council candidates, including Morasco, accepting campaign donations from Safari Highland LLC, proponents of the controversial Harvest Hills development, noting that an ordinance would be the first step in avoiding “conflicts” like this one. Morasco responded

during the meeting by pointing out that different groups, parties, organizations and individuals will inevitably support “individuals who they think have the like-minded perspective and interest that they do.” He added that he has always been someone who supports “growth, development, business and housing.” The new law will go into effect after the current election and will be in place for the next general election in November 2022. In comparison, the City of San Diego sets contribution limits at $600 for council candidates and $1,150 for mayor/city attorney. Chula Vista has a $350 limit. Santee has a $700 limit, Vista is at $300, Encinitas and San Marcos are at $250, Sola-

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Get your kids’ costumes ready, because SeaWorld has spooky surprises and fall fun in store at Spooktacular. Advanced reservations are required at https:// /san-diego / events/halloween-spooktacular/tickets/. New and enhanced safety procedures all throughout the seasonally-decorated park and for a limited time, kids get free admission with each fullpaid adult. SPOOKY SURPRISES are planned for Halloween on Oct. 31 at SeaWorld. Courtesy photo


The annual Miracle Babies “Phantom Gala” will be virtual. Guests may bid on auction items for the entire month of October, culminating in an at-home celebration on Oct. 31. People can purchase from a selection of various Toast Packs, which will include wine, champagne, and Tito's Handmade Vodka, along with custom cocktail recipes, and various merchandise. Toast Packs range from $250 to $750 each for the VIP Toast Pack. Tickets may be purchased at


The Scream Zone: Road Kill is back, through Oct. 31 at the Del Mar ‘Scaregrounds.’ Tickets at https:// This year guests will experience the frights from the dis-comfort of their own automobile. Vehicles will weave through a mile-long course transformed into scenes from classic horror films and the demented minds of the Scream Zone’s imaginative creators. Although Legoland California is still waiting approval to open, the resort is joining hosting an outdoor experience, “Halloween in Miniland.” Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October, the Park’s Miniland U.S.A becomes a not-so-spooky Halloween

na Beach and Poway are at $100, and Lemon Grove has a $1,000 limit. Five cities in the county have set no local limits, defaulting to a recent state law that limits campaign contributions to $4,700. These cities are Carlsbad, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, National City and Oceanside. The council also approved permits to develop a 42-unit condominium at 2608 S. Escondido Boulevard and to demolish an adobe (formerly Hacienda de Vega restaurant) classified as a significant historic resource. A 2% inflationary adjustment to fees for public facilities, park development, traffic impact and drainage facilities was discussed and were to be voted on at the council’s Oct. 28 meeting.

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SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and heard an appeal regarding the construction of a new Kaiser Permanente hospital. The council voted unanimously to deny the appeal and to approve the site development plan for the proposed hospital. The city originally approved the application from Kaiser Permanente to construct a 7-story, 206bed hospital at an existing medical office complex at 400 Craven Road in 2019. In September, the city’s Planning Commission certified the final supplemental environmental impact report (SEIR) and approved the site development plan for the hospital, according to the staff report. Shortly after the Planning Commission’s decision, an appeal was made by M.R. Wolfe & Associates on behalf of Friends of San Marcos opposing the proposed project based on its environmental impact. The council reviewed the project’s environmental impact report at the Oct. 13 meeting and voted to deny the appeal, uphold the Planning Commission’s decision and move forward with construction. The council also adopted resolutions amending city code to conform with state code regarding accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Councilmembers approved an urgency ordinance and a non-urgency ordinance to amend its ADU regulations to comply with new state regulations and “to preserve community character and quality of life and ensure the health and safety of its residents,” according to the staff report. The resolutions will ensure that local ADU ordinances align and comply with new state legislation regarding ADUs that were approved in 2019.

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Escondido proceeds with DUI checks despite vote By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — A motion to accept a grant to fund traffic safety programs such as DUI checkpoints in Escondido failed at a recent City Council meeting, but the city manager eventually accepted the grant anyway, despite the program’s controversial past. Councilmembers were presented with the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant in the amount of $515,000 at its Sept. 16 meeting. The grant would fund salary and benefits for one full-time DUI traffic enforcement officer, traffic safety supplies, DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, and traffic safety enforcement details. The council deadlocked 2-2 on whether to authorize the Police Department to accept the grant. Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilman Mike Morasco voted yes. Morasco said police “have to use every tool that they have,” because Escondido has one of the highest drunk driving rates in the state compared to similar-sized cities. Councilmembers Olga

Diaz and Consuelo Martinez were the two no votes, citing concerns that DUI checkpoints may be ineffective and could create a “sense of distrust” within the community. That distrust comes from years-long suspicions among Escondido’s Latino community that DUI checkpoints have historically been used to target undocumented immigrants. Following the meeting, City Manager Jeffrey Epp, within his authority to do so, accepted the grant on behalf of the city. “It’s unprecedented for the city manager to accept something that was put on the agenda for us to decide, and then he goes and circumvents that process, that’s unprecedented, and I feel it’s unacceptable,” Martinez said of Epp’s decision. Martinez said that, for months, she has been requesting data regarding saturation patrols vs. checkpoints; a written statement from OTS saying that DUI checkpoints are a requirement for receiving the funds; information regarding who exactly determines the number of checkpoints, where they are placed with-

in the city and why; as well as other effective options for dealing with drunk driving. Martinez told The Coast News that she has received almost none of this information. “Who determines where these checkpoints will be and why? I hear a lot of things about, ‘Well, this is where we have the most accidents and the most incidents,’ but what really ends up happening is that the majority of these checkpoints are placed in my district, and my district is the most heavily populated Latino district,” Martinez said. She noted that this has happened to her for the past several years when it comes to not receiving adequate data. “It’s not about being against money for our city or being against drunk driving. Of course, I’m against drunk driving, of course I want more money for my city, but process matters and transparency matters and data matters, and we’re missing that,” Martinez said. “The point is that a policymaker is asking for information and she’s not getting that information.” Epp sent this state-

ment to The Coast News via email: “It’s unfortunate that this half million-dollar grant isn’t being advertised for what it is: money from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety to conduct a wide range of traffic safety measures, which we need badly in Escondido to combat impaired driving. The grant covers the cost of saturation patrols, education, and a variety of other traffic safety measures. Two of our Councilmembers strongly supported receiving this money to make Escondido a safer place. The City of Escondido has accepted this grant for many, many years, including the last several years.” Regarding Martinez’ statements, Epp said that they provided a map of the city to councilmembers showing recent years’ checkpoint locations, and “they were very well scattered.” He added that “checkpoint locations are chosen by the traffic safety team in the Police Department based on a variety of factors.” Police Chief Ed Varso could not be reached for comment.

SMUSD faces growing budget woes ahead of new leadership By Tigist Layne

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REGION — With all of the attention rightfully given to COVID-19, Palomar Health District staff says don’t forget to give attention to your other health needs. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remind women that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. But a diagnosis doesn’t have to be severely life-altering, Palomar Health Breast Care Nurse Navigator, Jyl Delarosa, said. “When we find the cancer early, the outcome is generally good. The earlier the better.” That’s why it’s recommended that women over age 40 (or earlier if there is a strong family history of breast cancer) have a screening mammogram every year and when you feel or see something unusual at

any age. The process usually starts with your physician referring you to a women’s center, like Palomar Health’s Jean McLaughlin Center in Poway, where you will have your breasts imaged. The process is much more manageable now than in years past. “It may be uncomfortable for some but not painful and it’s temporary,” Delarosa said. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes. It’s important to get an annual screening mammogram because you may not feel anything different. Delarosa believes you may be walking around with cancer and not realize it. If you wait until you feel something unusual, you may have missed your opportunity for a good outcome. For more information, go to

SAN MARCOS — As school board elections near and the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) has begun transitioning elementary and middle school students back to in-person learning, the district’s budget deficit is projected to steadily increase over the next few years. In its most recent budget, approved in July, the district projected a roughly 12% budget deficit in fiscal year 202021, which is more than $29 million. The budget also assumes the district’s projected cuts will be at $14 million for this fiscal year. By FY 2022-23, SMUSD is expected to face a deficit of about 16%, with anticipated cuts at about $4.5 million. SMUSD’s fiscal future has been shakier since the start of the COVID-19 crisis; however the district has been facing structural deficits since before the outbreak began. The school district, which serves about 21,000 students in North County, narrowly avoided anticipated deficits for their 2018-19 school year, but has showed a steady downward slide since then. In fact, the district has been projecting a budget deficit since the 2017-2018

adopted budget. Declining enrollment, increased cost of special education and the increased contributions to pensions are all factors that school officials point to as reasons for deficits like these. Unlike other North County school districts including Oceanside and Escondido Union, however, San Marcos saw a steady increase in enrollment before COVID-19. After the start of the COV I D -19 crisis, school districts across North C o u n t y, including S M U S D , have seen a decrease in en rol l ment and are all feeling the financial impact. According to state law, if a district remains in a deficit for too long, it may lose the authority to govern itself, and be placed under control of the State Superintendent of Education. To avoid this, SMUSD has had to make steep cuts and, in recent years, the district has even had to dip into its reserves. “Like many other school districts in California, San Marcos Unified will be facing a very challenging financial period over the next several years,” said Vincent Chris-

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Delicious BBQ in a family friendly community meeting place Back in 1966, the Olson family started selling quality firewood out of their wood yard in Escondido. It was a trade that has been graciously passed down from generation to generation. Steve Olson — owner of Mike’s BBQ — carried on that legacy, working his fingers to the bone and manning avocado groves for over 30 years. In doing so, he sought to provide a strong foundation for his wife and three daughters while simultaneously passing down the same great values instilled in him by his parents. Today, Olson Firewood remains a thriving business, happily servicing San

need for classic BBQ, Steve secured the opportunity to once again serve the community. He wanted his establishment to be the hub of hospitality, “My mission is to have a place that’s a great spot for a cold beer after a long hard day, or sip soda pop and eat delicious BBQ after little league games. A spot where people feel at home and can watch and cheer their favorite sports team,” Steve reflected proudly. Essentially, the Olson family wanted a place that everyone is Escondido and surrounding areas could call their spot. During the early stages of opening the establishment, the Olsons

My mission is to have a place that’s a great spot for a cold beer after a long hard day or sip soda pop ...”

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Diego County. In addition to deep-rooted respect for firewood, Steve also held a love for the bar and restaurant industry. In the 1980s, Steve and his wife opened a small bar in Ramona. Later, knowing there was a local

suffered a loss in the family. Their nephew, Mike Schneider, passed away at the age of 16. “It was a difficult time,” Steve said, “but what came easy was the decision to keep his name alive.” Thus, Mike’s BBQ is

the commitment to the community. The Olson family strives to work with as many local vendors as possible. They also highlight and support local breweries, contract with local tradesmen for building maintenance, hire within the communi-

ty, and support local sports leagues/teams and athletes. Not surprisingly, Mike’s BBQ is proud to use Olson Firewood straight from their very own wood yard. Cooked over a mesquite wood grill, their BBQ remains a step above the rest,

both in quality and care. (Wood is available for purchase.) While the Olsons have a terrific story of tradition, hard work and commitment to community, they attribute their success to the wonderful customer and local community support.

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Petition seeks expulsion of CSUSM student accused of sex assault By Ariana L. Kitts

The Cougar Chronicle SAN MARCOS — A petition on calling for the expulsion of a CSUSM student for alleged sexual assault and abuse has gathered over 13,000 signatures. The third-year CSUSM

student is being accused of “sexual assault, groping, sexual coercion, abuse, gaslighting and other non-consensual actions,” according to the petition. The petition states, “If CSU San Marcos is committed to ‘protect all people regardless of their gender or

CSUSM student of abusing her and others on a Sept. 29 Instagram post. After 11 other alleged victims came forward to her, Pham created the petition demanding the student’s expulsion on Oct. 9. In response to Pham’s Sept. 29 post, someone from

gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence,’ please pursue expulsion and immediate legal action in order to create a safe environment for all students attending CSU San Marcos.” Angie Pham, a student at UC Davis, accused the

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the official Instagram account of CSUSM responded, “We take this very seriously, and have referred this to our Title IX office.” Title IX is a federal law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance. Pham posted about the petition on her Instagram on Oct. 9. An Instagram user who said he was the accused student commented on that post on Oct. 10, writing in part, “Angie’s decision to expose me with all of these baseless accusations are unacceptable. All of her accusations are not true. Half-truths are never the truth.” That user did not respond to The Cougar Chronicle’s request for comment

via an Instagram direct message, and The Cougar Chronicle has been unable to find any other contact information for the student so far. The petition can be accessed at is a website where anyone can create a petition for free and anyone can sign a petition. It is unclear how many of the 13,000 signatures of the petition calling for the student’s expulsion are individuals connected to the CSUSM community. The Cougar Chronicle has requested an interview with Pham. Updates on this story will be posted at


year as well as the multiyear projections for the next two years. Last month, the district’s superintendent, Dr. Carmen García, abruptly resigned amid increased tensions with the board and the district’s families. The district also has three board seats up for election next week. The new board will be responsible for appointing a new superintendent. The SMUSD community has widely expressed how hopeful they are that new leadership and new representatives will also mean a more stable fiscal future for the district.


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ASS Winery and Vineyard earned its third Winery of the Year award from the 18th annual Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC). Previous winners for CASS were 2015 and 2018, making it the first time a winery has won this award three times, all under the supervision of 34-year-old chief winemaker Sterling Kragten. This year’s competition included 503 wines from 86 wineries in 10 counties, from Alameda to Ventura. All 18 wines submitted by Cass medaled. Specializing in Rhone Valley French wines, Cass collected 3 Best of Class, 4 double Golds, 7 Golds, and 7 Silvers that produced the point average to win the overall honor of Winery of the Year. “It’s a big honor, there are lots of great wines in Paso Robles,” said owner Steve Cass. “I love the fact that the more obscure varietals (like Rhone reds and whites) are gathering so much attention.” Visit

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’ve never been a Halloween guy. I didn’t trick-or-treat as a kid. I don’t like scary movies. Carving pumpkins doesn’t make sense to me, and as a bartender there was nothing worse than trying to check the I.D. of a dozen adult-ish patrons dressed up with masks or faces painted like whatever superhero villain was trendy that year. That is until I discovered the Pumking. The Pumking is a superhero of seasonal beers, an imperial ale brewed at Southern Tier in the weird little southwestern corner of New York state that should be part of Pennsylvania. It tastes like pumpkin MIXING PUMPKIN, or any vegetable, into a beer takes a pie, graham cracker, vanillittle bit of guts and a little bit of crazy. Photo by Ryan Woldt la, cinnamon, Thanksgiving

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polling revealed a 50/50 split on whether or not beer drinkers liked and drank them. I reached out to some local brewers to get a professional opinion. Bill DeWitt, head brewer at California Wild Ales is making a very limited release called Pumpkin Pie barrel-aged sour, and Daniel Cady, special projects brewer at Mikkeller Brewing San Diego, is brewing Beer Geek “Pun KXNG” Shake, a variation on their popular imperial stout. Cheers: Why do you think people react so strongly to pumpkin beers either positively or negatively? Bill, CWA: I’m not really sure. Actual pumpkin flavor TURN TO CHEERS! ON 14

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Seniors report feeling safer at Silvergate San Marcos than at home SAN MARCOS - October 30, 2020 Seniors who are considering moving to a retirement community may be reluctant to uproot their lives during the middle of a pandemic. However, for residents at Silvergate San Marcos, the protection and security measures afforded by the area’s premier senior living community have instilled a sense of security as they navigate a new normal in retirement living. Seniors Speak About Safety at Silvergate There may be no better time than right now to move to Silvergate, according to Armeline Timperlake, who moved into the community just before the onset of the pandemic. “The biggest thing is that we know we’re safe here,” said Timperlake. “Just knowing that no one is coming in from the outside and that everyone here is well, it gives you a good confident feeling. We make arrangements to meet family outside on the patio for a short period of time to visit and as far as I’m concerned it’s worked out well.” Safe from the virus, resident Irene Grahn believes living at Silvergate has minimized the effects of the pandemic on her life. “If I was living at home, I’d have the problem of trying to get groceries and go to doctors and things like that. You can only bother your friends so much,” said Grahn. “I felt isolated and in need of some help with arranging these things. You feel good because they’re taking your temperature every day and everyone else’s, too. The tables and chairs are all wiped

Elsie and Naz Rondinelli, new residents of the Silvergate San Marcos retirement community down and it’s not hit and miss…everything’s sanitized. You don’t have to worry about things here because everything is handled for you.” Safety Protocols Have Residents Feeling Safe Grahn is not alone in feeling comfortable and safe within the protected environment Silvergate has established since the onset of the pandemic. As residents have experienced the extensive safety precautions and Covid-19 protocols instituted by the community, many have encouraged other seniors to examine their practices at home and compare them to the measures taken by the caregivers and staff at Silvergate.

“As soon as the staff comes around, I know to stick out my finger because I know I’m going to get checked,” said Elsie Rondinelli, Silvergate’s newest resident who moved in with her husband, Naz, during the pandemic in October. “It’ll be nice when this Covid virus is over with, but we’re making the best of it.” “I feel very safe here at Silvergate given all of the protocols,” said Naz Rondinelli. “I kept telling my wife that I couldn’t wait to get here.” “The rules about wearing a mask are very important,” said Charlotte Rowe, who is protected by the community’s stringent protocols. “I feel safe and comfortable here. The Silvergate staff is taking really good care of us.” Resident Videos Online at For seniors who may be concerned about their own safety while sequestered at home during the pandemic, perhaps Silvergate San Marcos offers a better solution. Silvergate has recently posted a series of video testimonials online from many residents describing how safe they feel in the community at Other local seniors are encouraged to visit the site for stories about resident life during the pandemic. To learn more about the safely protocols or the independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations at Silvergate call David Nelson at (760) 744-4484. The community offers safe, secure, in-person tours daily. Sponsored Content

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LE CITRON in Oceanside is the creation of longtime area restaurateurs Francois Patanchon, left, and Gilles Knafo. Photo by David Boylan

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say that as if all you readers should know who Gilles and Francois are by first name only. Excuse my assumption that you were all around Leucadia 10-15 years ago when they dominated the local restaurant, bar and live music scene. I am officially referring to Gilles Knafo and Francois Patanchon, with Gilles running Calypso and Francois at the helm of Le Papagayo. It was a fabulous and, dare I say, a more simple time in Leucadia, with fewer options, more locals and a party atmosphere with live music seven nights a week at both joints, which were a refreshing walk on Coast Highway from each other. One of the musical highlights of my life was catching Jack Tempchin, the local singer-songwriter who wrote several hits for the Eagles including the quintessential “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” at Calypso at his standing weekly gig. That song was basically the feeling that represented Leucadia for me at the time and always a treat to hear live. That said, change is one of the constants in the restaurant business, and Calypso is now Priority Public House and Le Papagayo is still going under new ownership. Gilles headed to Mexico to open a Calypso outpost there and Francois opened a couple of restaurants in San Diego. Enough dwelling on the past, though. This is about new beginnings and capturing a slice of that magic these two dynamic restaurateurs had in Leucadia in Oceanside, the new frontier for restaurants, at a killer joint called Le Citron. A headline I was toying with was “Calypso and Papagayo had a baby and it’s

lick the plate david boylan called Le Citron” as that is what immediately came to mind when I walked into the colorful house-like building on Coast Highway that they have made their own. But alas, I was not quite sure how that would have been interpreted. Gave me a good laugh, though, so I had to tuck it somewhere into this column. Prior to Le Citron it was Saint Tropez and before that Hill Street Café and the large outdoor seating area and open-air interior make it perfect for today’s dining restrictions. The space has a Pannikin feel to me and local artist Brian Banish, whose paintings hung in Calypso and Le Papagayo, has his colorful music and surf themed paintings on display at Le Citron as well. The menu is a fun mix of Leucadia classics from Gilles and Francois, including the Escargot de Bourgogne, Rock Shrimp Ceviche and Calypso Brie en Croute. I went with my favorite, the Calypso Napoleon, which is a healthy and delicious stack of Ahi Tuna, avocado, papaya, masaco and dynamite. I could start every meal with this dish as it’s so tasty, light and just gets you primed for the next course. The Crispy Calamari Steak was nice as well with macadamia nuts and sweet and sour sauce. Next time back I’m going to revisit the Calypso Black Mussels with white wine, shallots and tomatoes, and the Le Papagayo version of that is a light

coconut curry and tomato base. Both perfect for mopping up that delicious broth with your table bread. The dish I was so stoked to have once again, complete with the table side fillet presentation, was Henri’s Poisson au sel or rock salt crusted and baked whole sea bass that Gilles dad Henri filleted and served back in the day at Calypso, complete with his fisherman’s cap and French accent. It was a special treat and special every time it was served. This time Francois did the honors, complete with the French accent and perfect presentation. It was fabulous as always. Gilles is French Moroccan and that is evident in the Moroccan Chicken Tagine that is a slow-roasted half free-range chicken with almonds, raisins, figs and saffron ginger sauce. The Calypso Filet Mignon is back along with Seared Sushi Grade Tuna with pickled tomatoes and Basmati rice. Backing up a bit the tapas and appetizers that include the Lobster Bisque, Melon, Watermelon and Mint Gazpacho I’ve had in the past and remember them fondly. I’ve not been for breakfast or lunch but the space is so conducive to both I’m looking forward to it. Live music has always played a key part of the experience for these guys and they have it happening again every Thursday – Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Oceanside is the perfect location for Gilles and Francois to continue their restaurant collaboration and Le Citron is a very nice vehicle for that. I’m going back. Find them at 524 S. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside or 760-696-3737 and

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Belly Up nightclub in Solana Beach will launch a Livestream Virtual Tour concert series from Oct. 30 through Dec. 19. The series will feature Los Lobos and an Oingo Boingo-inspired Halloween bash with Dead Man’s Party. Series VIP tickets are available for $99 and include all 10 shows and a Belly Up T-shirt. For series tickets and more information go to bellyuplive. com/virtual-tour.


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The Oceanside Museum of Art presents “Night of the Living Art: An Art After Dark Fashion Extravaganza,” 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Live Stream, $25 at Art After Dark has been reimagined this year as a virtual experience that is equal parts art, fashion, and fun. For sponsorship and watch party opportunities, contact Erika D. Williams, (760) 435-3726.

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There will be no stage. Actors won’t be sharing a set and the audience will be watching from home when the MiraCosta College Theatre Department presents “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” through Nov. 8. students filmed their scenes individually at home using backdrops, set pieces, props and costumes prepared by Theatre Department. For more information, visit events.html.

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“Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman” will be on display at the Carlsbad City Library’s William D. Cannon MAKING MUSIC CONCERT Art Gallery through Dec. Carlsbad’s Museum of 30 at 1775 Dove Lane, CarlsMaking Music presents a bad.

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Vista Unified faces school bond shortfalls By Steve Puterski

services. Shackelford was hired by the district after the bond project costs had been submitted and approved to go out to the voters. “I do know we are watching every penny,” Smithfield said. “What the last leadership did with putting prices next to these projects, there was no rhyme, reason or anything. They just put numbers down.” She said of the current projects completed, the district came in at or below those estimates, except for the Vista Magnet Middle School pool. Another issue has been change orders driving up costs, Smithfield added. Bill Faust, who worked in the VUSD finance department for 25 years and is running for school board, said the district is now looking to borrow $20 million from the redevelopment fund account, which the board discussed during its Sept. 15 meeting. The first phase of Measure LL calls for $117 million in projects but is not

enough money to get the work done, Faust added. “Now you want to go out and borrow more money?” Faust asked rhetorically. “The projection is that we won’t be able to complete all the projects in Phase 3 by the time all the money is spent.” Smithfield and Faust both said the accounting error was not caught until after the 2018 vote had passed. By then, it was too late and now the district is in the position of reassessing the entire scope of projects. Faust said it is likely at least two phases are cut and perhaps more. However, Smithfield said the board is working toward stretching every dollar in hopes the money will not run out. As part of the bond, Faust said the Career Technical Education building at Rancho Buena Vista High School, which already received a $5.5 million grant, is in jeopardy unless the project is put on priority. Faust, like several other candidates, also railed against the project labor

agreement, which was approved last year for four projects — all in the first three phases. The total dedicated to the PLA is at least $5.2 million, but Faust believes those costs will also increase as the agreement allows for a 10% cost increase to estimated projections, higher labor wages (well above a prevailing wage, he said), along with opening “a can of worms” to allow contractors from outside San Diego and the state to bid on the projects. “The voters were deceived and mislead,” he said of the PLA approval. “A PLA is going to cost more in the long run … than if we didn’t have it. To me, that is why you deceive and misled.” The final two phases call for $104.8 million to replace portable classrooms with permanent structures at eight schools, plus millions worth of other projects. But with a shortfall in bond money, those projects may have to move up the queue, be scaled down or cut from the bond, Faust said.


“When you look at the history of academia, especially higher education, there’s not a lot of Black and Brown representation within our classrooms or even in our curriculums and books,” Leyva said. “That’s the beautiful thing about having someone like Dr. Santos who comes from that Chicano perspective, as well as a very marginalized community like Boyle Heights.” Santos told The Coast News that he’s grateful to

his parents, his family and his background for where he is today, and he hopes to pay it forward. “I see a future in every person I come into contact with because I was once in their shoes, I was once misguided, I was once afraid, and I didn’t feel like the world was open to me,” Santos said. “That’s why it’s important to create a network of faculty members that understands that struggle.” He added that being an educator has been a gift

that has allowed him to connect with people from all walks of life. “We have to create bridges across genders, sexualities, socioeconomic statuses and races. We have to do this so that we can create cohesion in our communities,” Santos said. “As an educator, I understand that we’re not all going to agree on everything, but we all need to teach respect, compassion and accepting of difference. That’s what I strive to do.”

VISTA — Dozens of projects are in jeopardy after the Vista Unified School District discovered underestimated cost projections associated with Measure LL, the $247 million school bond passed in 2018. VUSD Board of Education President Rosemary Smithfield said a former employee charged with calculating the project costs undershot those estimates. It now leaves the board and district with difficult decisions in the coming months as the new cost projections are running millions more than originally estimated. The bond outlines upgrades and improvements over five phases through 2035, including several projects to build permanent structures at several campuses. The district has already completed four projects and at least $22.5 million in bond funds has been committed as of August, according to Ami Shackelford, VUSD’s assistant superintendent of business


nos I actually saw myself in – the way he talks, the way he dresses, the way that he communicates,” Leyva said. “He was the first Chicano that I’d seen who was getting his Ph.D., and it was very inspiring to me.” Leyva said that Santos’ students and colleagues naturally tend to gravitate toward him because he’s real and isn’t afraid to be himself.



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