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Escondido hires city manager

By Dan Brendel

By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The City of Escondido officially hired Sean McGlynn as its new city manager last week, replacing Jeffrey Epp, who is retiring from the position after 35 years with the city. The nationwide search for a new city manager started in June 2020 when Epp decided to retire, but committed to staying on until a new city manager was approved. SEAN M c MCGLYNN, the city man- Glynn, the ager in Santa city manager for Rosa, will take over for the City of Jeffrey Epp Santa Rosa on June 29. for the past Courtesy photo six years, will begin his first day in his new role on June 29. McGlynn has also previously served as the Deputy City Manager of El Paso, Texas, and was named the 2020 City Manager Foundation’s “City Manager of the Year.” According to the staff report, McGlynn will earn an annual base salary of $280,000. The city will pay $20,000 toward McGlynn’s moving and relocation costs, and a $750 per month auto allowance. In the meantime, Epp will continue to serve until June 29, and will earn $137.50 per hour. “I think he’s got a really great community to work with really good people,” Epp said. “I think we have an incredibly talented department head team, and I think he’s working with just a whole boatload of potential that he can get some great things accomplished that I didn’t get a chance to do.” Epp, who has served TURN TO CITY MANAGER ON 7

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CRAVEN HALL, CSUSM’s administration building, is named after the late state Sen. William Craven, who was instrumental in the founding of the school but whose comments “advocated nativism and white supremacy,” according to the CSUSM Academic Senate proposal to remove Craven’s name from several campus entities. Photo courtesy CSUSM

CSUSM RECKONS WITH CRAVEN School looks to cut ties with controversial state legislator By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — Faculty representatives at California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) voted April 7 to begin the process of cutting school ties with the controversial late State Sen. William A. Craven, including renaming buildings and streets, and removing his bust monument from campus. The university’s Academic Senate voted 56-2-2 in favor of removing any signs of Craven, known for his reportedly anti-immigrant and white supremacist ideologies, from the school grounds. It is unclear which senators supported or opposed the motion as the voting system is anonymous.

The resolution, which was proposed by University without Borders collectively, called for the renaming of Craven Hall, Craven Circle and Craven Road and the removal of the bust of William Craven from the campus. “To continue its commitment to racial inclusion, and to advance its vital work to promote diversity, racial and social justice in meaningful ways, CSUSM should make the effort now to eliminate from the campus symbols that honor individuals who advocated nativism and white supremacy, in particular, the former California State Senator William A. Craven,” said the proposal. Craven’s reported com-

ments date back to as early as 1991 when he spearheaded an attempt to learn the financial impact that undocumented immigrants have on schools and public agencies in San Diego County. The Oceanside Republican, whose early political career included a seat on the County Board of Supervisors, wrote to every school district and city in the county and to county officials, asking them to do a headcount of suspected undocumented immigrants who use public services. In March 1993, Craven also came under fire for reportedly stating in the San Diego Union-Tribune that migrant workers were on a


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REGION — A court declined Monday, April 12, to compel Oceanside Unified and San Marcos Unified school districts to speed their COVID-related reopening plans, on the basis that compulsion would unjustifiably inhibit the legitimate exercise of their legislative authority. The decision represents the latest development in an ongoing lawsuit, filed in February by activist parents seeking eased COVID-19 restrictions and an accelerated return from virtual to physical classrooms. In an initial hearing last month, Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland decided largely in the parents’ favor, as The Coast News reported at the time. Based on constitutional equal protection, she prohibited certain state restrictions and ordered defendant school districts “to reopen their schools for in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible at the earliest practicable time,” according to her temporary ruling. Carlsbad Unified, Vista Unified and San Dieguito Union High school district boards subsequently voted to expand in-person secondary instruction by mid-April, or sooner.

Freeland heard arguments again April 8, with the parents’ counsel saying Oceanside Unified and San Marcos Unified school districts were continuing to dally, citing the statutory requirement that districts “shall offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible.” School lawyers argued the districts are moving as fast as they feel is safe and the court shouldn’t overstep its constitutional role, as The Coast News reported last week. This go-around, Freeland decided largely in the schools’ favor. “Plaintiffs argue that … the use of the word ‘shall,’ creates a mandatory duty” that is ministerial (i.e., nondiscretionary) in nature, Freeland wrote in her April 12 ruling, which parents’ counsel furnished to The Coast News. But the rest of the statuary language — “to the greatest extent possible” — means the mandatory duty “is mixed with discretionary power and/or the exercise of judgment by the local educational agency.” “The court cannot conclude … that [San Marcos Unified School District] has abused its discretion in the creation and impleTURN TO LAWSUIT ON 8


The Escondido City Council last week unanimously voted to move forward with the installation of two futsal courts in Washington Park. Futsal is similar to soccer, but with a smaller playing area and a hard surface. STORY ON PAGE 3. Stock photo










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Escondido to install two futsal courts in Washington Park By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, April 7, and unanimously approved a motion to move forward with the installation of two futsal or “mini-pitch” courts in Washington Park. The city is working with the U.S. Soccer Foundation in an effort to secure a grant through one of their funders. If/when the funding is secured, the city would convert two of the underutilized tennis courts into hard surface soccer arenas and leave the other two tennis courts as is. The hours of play for the futsal courts would be similar to that of the tennis courts. The city’s community services department put out a survey for Escondido residents in the surrounding area to make sure that the community would, in fact, support the effort. According to Danielle Lopez, assistant director of community services, the

FUTSAL is similar to soccer, but played on a hard surface, with a smaller playing area and fewer players. Courtesy photo

city received 363 responses to the survey, with 95% of participants being in favor of the project. The council received several public comments on the item, all in support of moving forward with the

project. “Adding these futsal courts would not only add something new and exciting for the community but also encourage activities for youth, adolescents and parents like me to get out

of the house, get active and connect with the community at large,” said one Escondido resident. All of the council members were also in favor of moving forward with the project, with each of them

expressing their excitement for what these courts will mean to the community. “Having been on the community services commission for many years and to hear about these desires

VISTA TEACHERS WIN GRANTS California Retired Teachers Association representative Kathy O’Leary, second from left, is joined at Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista by teachers Andrew Hudson, left, Erik Kerby and Nicole Morison, three of five recipients of $400 grants from Division 45 of the CRTA. Not pictured are Beth Duncan and Lisa Fukuda. Hudson won for his Making Comics elective class; Kerby, Creative Writing Books project; Morison, classroom aquarium; Duncan, Mixed Tiles digital photography program; and Fukuda, hands-on science supplies for student home use. Courtesy photo

Inland cities studying viability of CCE move By Tigist Layne

REGION — The City of Escondido is in the process of conducting a feasibility study to determine if teaming with San Marcos and Vista on a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program would be financially viable. The municipal aggregation program, also known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), is an alternative to traditional investor-owned utilities such as SDG&E. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these programs allow “local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents, businesses, and municipal accounts from an alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility.” CCEs purchase power on behalf of their customers with the goal of lower-

and these plans and to now see them happening is absolutely exciting,” Councilman Joe Garcia said. “Anything we can do for our youth to encourage them and to help them and keep them healthy is great.” All costs associated with the construction of this project would be funded through the grant with no impact to the General Fund, according to the staff report. Once the funding is secured, it would cover the surfacing, goals, lighting and anything else needed to convert the courts. “The popularity of soccer continues to grow in Escondido and the United States. Soccer is a sport that appeals to a cross-section of people, the rich and poor, men and women, and the young and old. We have heard the requests and seen the need for more spaces that can accommodate pickup games and family recreational play,” the staff report said.

ing costs, allowing consumers greater control of their energy sources and offering a cleaner power supply to satisfy community priorities. Assembly Bill 117 allows local governments the authority to form CCEs. The city partnered with San Marcos and Vista to explore the pros and cons of multiple governance options to determine appropriate governance structures and identify potential third-party alliances. “What makes this process a little unique is that it’s kind of formed jointly between the cities of Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, so we all have to be kind of comfortable with the methodology and the conclusions of the report,” said Mike Strong, Escondido’s community development director. “It's taken considerably longer than I think we all TURN TO CCE ON 6

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The great myth of a California exodus


We need more fun and less funny business at Del Mar Fair


By John Moot

he 22nd Agricultural Association, a State agency that runs the county fair, recently announced there would be no carnival games, rides, or its quixotic food offerings at this year’s Fair. In its place would be “Homegrown Fun” a scaled down agricultural themed event. With the County now in the orange tier and the Padres welcoming back fans and outdoor events scaling up for live concerts why a no-fun Fair? Could the answer be related to the swirling controversy covered in a recent UT article regarding contracts at the Del Mar Fair and its inability to award contracts for the food stands, rides, and games on the Fair’s Midway. Since 2018 the Fair’s RFP (request for proposal) process has resulted in two canceled contracts, a successful protest granted by the California Dept. of General Services and in between a non-bid contract arranged behind closed doors that threatened the livelihood of the Fair’s traditional game operators. After attempting to award a digital ticketing system to a company owned by one of the country’s largest carnival operator’s son, the 2018 RFP was canceled. A protest was filed because the son’s business did not have the required All Risk Insurance. Instead of awarding the contract to the qualified company that had the insurance, the Fair awarded a no-bid contract to the carnival company owned by the parents for the ticketing system and 80% of all the carnival games! The victims of the nobid contract were the small business who competed for the best games on the carnival Midway. In 2019, the Fair sent out an RFP that was im-

mediately challenged as being written exclusively for the large carnival operator, RCS, who got the nobid contract in 2018. Those opposing the 2019 contract also pointed out the Fair would almost certainly make less money as well. A protest to the award of the contract in 2019 was granted by Dept. of General Services, something that rarely happens. The reason the protest was granted was that RCS’s subcontractors were not licensed to do business in California. In 2020, the Fair doubled down this time again awarding a contract to RCS for all the games, rides and food on the Midway, a contract worth $75 million to $80 million. This contract did not even make it to a protest hearing. A competitor bidder, Talley Amusements, filed a protest pointing out that for the second year in a row the Fair staff voted to award the contract to RCS despite RCS again failing to establish all its subcontractors were licensed in California. Faced with this protest the Fair simply canceled the RFP. This was instead of awarding the contract to Talley Amusements, who meet all the terms of the

RFP and with the new orange tier could have provided physical distanced games, rides and food for this year’s Fair. Even more shocking is Talley’s financial bid was $9.5 million more over the 5-year life of the contract. When the process of how the contracts were awarded was reviewed, “scoring mistakes” were discovered that after being corrected, showed that the contract should have been awarded to Talley in the first instance. The purpose of competitive bidding is to get the best deal for the public and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Government employees in high ranking positions are supposed to File Form 700s to disclose financial interests; yet in at least one instance no such disclosure appears to have been made in 2018 and 2019. If true, isn’t time stop the fun(ny) business and games at the Fair and bring some much-needed reform to the contracting system for this little-known State agency? John Moot is the attorney for All State Inc. and Talley Amusements, who successfully challenged the 22nd DAA contract awards.

arely has the “big lie” technique been used against an American state as effectively and persistently as with the myth of a great and unique California exodus over the last few years. The Economist, a London-based magazine whose reportage on California almost always contains errors, reported last fall that California lost population between 2018 and 2019. False. The recently departed president, who detested California for its solid and repeated vote margins against him, tweeted disparagingly about California more than 600 times over his four-year term, most of his “information” false. Even the Los Angeles Times titled a recent story “California in the rearview mirror.” It’s part of a pattern reminiscent of the “big lie” technique outlined in the 1930s by Nazi German propaganda minister Josef Goebbels, who observed that, “The bigger the lie and the louder and more often it is told, the more people will believe it.” But lies only survive until facts emerge. And the facts don’t support the myth of a great California exodus. One magazine reported last fall that California lost more than 3% of its populace to other states over the last year. Not so. In fact, about 175,000 California residents moved to other states in 2020. That’s about four-tenths of 1%. The departures were more than made up for in new births and legal foreign immigration, which created a 21,200 person population increase from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020, reports the state Department of Finance. One reason the population increase wasn’t much:

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the coronavirus pandemic, which caused job losses pretty much preventing anyone who moved here from finding employment. So in-migration from other states all but stopped and will not fully resume until the plague fully ends, or at least until enough folks are vaccinated to end the deadly threat of the virus. Then there’s the notion that net out-migration to other states never before matched the numbers of the last decade. Not so. The nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst’s office (LAO) issued charts in 2018 showing domestic outmigration in the 1990-95 period far exceeded anything in the last five years. In 1993 alone, about 600,000 persons left California, while only about 300,00 came here. The difference was vastly exceeded by the foreign immigration tide of that time, giving California substantial net growth. Take a look at who has been most active in perpetrating the ongoing big lie about California. Business relocation agents were the first to promote it, writing op-ed after op-ed about the “vast advantages” for businesses that move elsewhere. A Texas state agency has also produced numerous commentaries touting that state’s tax breaks for incoming businesses, which famously induced the likes of Oracle Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise to move headquarters there from Silicon Valley. The last previous move of similar magnitude involved

Toyota Motor Corp.’s American headquarters, which in 2014 went from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance to Plano, Texas, near Dallas. Then there’s the L.A. Times narrative, which depicted numerous recent California arrivals unable to afford comfortable housing here and leaving for cheaper hunting grounds. That’s partially correct, and is largely because even as rents dropped over the last year in California’s big cities during the pandemic, with white collar employees shifting to working at home, rents and home prices in exurbs of Los Angeles and San Francisco rose steeply. In fact, statewide average real estate prices gained about 8% over the last year, at the same time governments were impelling the creation of thousands of “affordable” apartments, condominiums and single-family homes. Yes, California has problems, including often-clumsy government (recent example: the slow start of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout) and high income taxes (often made up for by lower-than-average property taxes). But that has not stopped startup companies from proliferating, nor does it lessen the state’s attraction for higher-income, better educated workers. The LAO charts demonstrated that California has actually gained ground over most other states in those categories in the last decade. So not to worry too much, Californians. This state has a long history of solving its problems and chances are it will again as new Googles and Facebooks and Hulus and eBays keep arising. Email Thomas Elias at

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Burkholder to run again for 76th Assembly District seat By City News Service

CARLSBAD — Melanie Burkholder began her campaign for California’s 76th Assembly District on April 13, challenging twoterm Democrat Tasha Boerner Horvath. Burkholder, a Republican, took on Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, in 2020 for the same seat, ultimately falling short by a 55.6%44.4% margin. The district encompasses coastal North County, including Vista, stretching from Camp Pendleton in the north to Encinitas in the south. Burkholder is a Secret Service agent and mental health counselor. “California has gone from a state where people dreamed of living to a state that people are now fleeing,” she said. “Compounding the pain, businesses are also fleeing the state — all the while the state is becoming an incredibly unaffordable place to live.” Burkholder garnered headlines in March for being a representative for the Parent Association of North County San Diego, which won a round in court when Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland sided with the group in its law-


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suit against state officials and granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of several rules the plaintiffs alleged unfairly prevented school districts from reopening for in-person learning. Burkholder said she intends to fight Sacramento special interests. “To fight back against the Sacramento swamp, California needs a fighter to take our state back from the people who are destroying our beautiful state,” she said. “My campaign is focused on making California more affordable, protecting our tax dollars and holding the Sacramento politicians who got us into this place accountable. “These all are things that seemingly are lost on most of the existing Sacramento politicians,” Burkholder concluded. Burkholder graduated from the University of Memphis with a masters in counseling, educational psychology and research, and also holds a doctorate in clinical counseling. Boerner Horvath was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2016, then won the 76th District seat two years later.

No water shortage despite dry West By Dan Brendel

REGION — The San Diego County Water Authority is developing a water shortage contingency plan, though not implementing it, despite dry conditions in places from which the region imports much of its water. The region draws about 20% of its water from local sources, including groundwater, desalinated seawater and local reservoirs, according to the Authority’s website. Fully one-half of regional water is imported, by various means, from the Colorado River. A minority proportion comes from Northern California. “The state may now be entering a multi-year drought,” according to a March 17 water authority report. Reservoir and precipitation levels throughout the Colorado River Basin and Northern California are low. Lakes Powell and Mead — huge reservoirs along the Colorado River in Utah, Arizona and Nevada — sit at a combined 39% capacity. While the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency, anticipates no sup-

ply shortage from the ColOroville and San Luis orado River this year, it — big Northern California forecasts the probability reservoirs — sit at a comof shortage rising to 60% bined 58% capacity. in 2022 and 82% in 2023, But San Diego area water officials aren’t alarmed, saying they’ve secured adequate resources for longterm regional use. “The Water Authority has sufficient water supplies whether it is a normal year or multiple dry years,” Water Resources Manager Jeff Stephenson said in a statement. “The reporting of drought conditions in other parts of the state, or the Colorado River Basin, don’t [sic] necessarily reflect a problem in the San Diego Jeff Stephenson region in terms of water said Authority Water Resources Manager supply,” spokesman Ed Joyce. “Under one of the according to the March re- agreements [between the port. seven states in the ColoraThe Utah governor last do River Basin], Arizona month declared a state of and Nevada agreed to take emergency due to drought the first cuts to help prop conditions. U.S. Drought up the level of Lake Mead, Monitor, a federal academ- while California would paric collaboration, classifies ticipate at lower shortage current drought conditions levels if the reservoir conin the West as “widespread tinues to fall,” he said. extreme” to “exceptional.” Similarly, the relative Northern Sierra precip- high priority of other reitation and snowpack clock gional water rights means in at 53% and 66% of their “the Water Authority’s historical averages, respec- [Colorado River related] tively. supplies are largely insulat-

The Water Authority has sufficient water supplies whether it is a normal year or multiple dry years.”

ed from cutbacks and are highly reliable.” The Authority has implemented temporary cutbacks in response to drought conditions twice in recent decades but deactivated these programs in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Currently, the San Diego area is not formally under any regulatory or pricing strictures due to water shortage or drought conditions, Joyce confirmed. The Authority is formulating a “Water Shortage Contingency Plan,” which had a public hearing before a governing board committee last month. The plan notes that “water supply shortages in different regions of the state do not necessarily constitute a drought in the San Diego region.” But, in the event a shortage is declared, it outlines various levels of voluntary and mandatory cutbacks, depending on the shortage’s severity. The plan also outlines potential water use prohibitions, including restrictions on landscaping, swimming pools, irrigation by nurseries and commercial growers, water used for construction purposes, and the like.

Escondido City Council meetings open to public beginning April 21 By Tigist Layne

STATE SEN. WILLIAM CRAVEN, left, Gov. George Deukmejian, CSU Chancellor Ann Reynolds and CSUSM President Bill Stacy at the signing of Senate Bill 365, which officially established Cal State University San Marcos. Courtesy photo



lower scale of humanity. In October 1994, he advocated for the state legislature’s exploration of requiring all Latinx residents to carry ID cards to prove citizenship. Craven is quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune as saying, “I think basically when people talk about it, they’re thinking of what I would have to say in a sort of an encompassing sense (is about) Hispanics.” “As a Chicano, as a former undocumented immigrant with no citizenship status, it’s very disturbing to see that our university has held and embraced this image and this person for many years, without taking into account the community,” said Dr. Xuan Santos, an associate professor at CSUSM. “We have a senator that really believed

that we need to treat other people with indifference, that some people were subhuman and didn’t deserve equal protections like everybody else in a country, that’s about freedom, in a country that is about love, respect and understanding.” According to Margaret Chantung, CSUSM’s chief communications officer, as a next step, University President Ellen Neufeldt will be charging a workgroup to examine the legacy of Craven, who was instrumental in the founding of the school in 1989. “The workgroup will allow for a deliberative and reconciliatory process that will bring members of our community together so that diverse voices and perspectives may be heard. These are the difficult moments that we must contend with – but as a university it’s vital that we model a

way of engaging with each other where we ask difficult questions and have the courage to work together to answer them, modeling the respectful, civil dialogue that we expect our students to champion as tomorrow’s leaders,” Chantung said. This isn’t the first time CSUSM’s Academic Senate has voted on this issue. Back in 1994, they unanimously approved this exact same motion. At that meeting, however, a letter by then university president Dr. Bill Stacy was read in which he stated, “I have decided against proposing or advocating the renaming of Craven Hall. Sen. Craven has made enormous historical contributions to the founding of CSUSM.” In the statement, Stacy explained that the naming of Craven Hall does not establish Craven as a spokesman for the university, nor does it imply that the uni-

versity agrees or disagrees with his views on this or any other issue. Stacy’s belief also served as the focal point for the Associated Students vote, which was 4-3 against the initiative. Dr. Michelle Ramos Pellicia, an associate professor at CSUSM, told The Coast News that the Academic Senate vote is just the beginning. Next will be discussions about how this might happen, including discussions with the City of San Marcos, CSUSM’s chancellor’s office and the board of trustees. “Hopefully with all of us showing up at the Academic Senate level… this sends a clear message, and we are not going to rest on our laurels because we know that there are people who are pushing against us and against the idea of removal and renaming,” said Pellicia.

ESCONDIDO — The public will be able to physically attend Escondido City Council meetings beginning April 21, the first time since the pandemic started. Since March 2020, Escondido, along with other cities in the county, has held council meetings virtually with most councilmembers tuning in through a virtual platform. The public has been submitting comments via email, which City Clerk Zack Beck reads out loud at each council meeting.

The city said that, starting April 21, meetings will once again be held in council chambers with the public invited to attend. The option of submitting a written comment via email will still be available to the community. Mayor Paul McNamara o suggested that virtual meetings have increased public participation. “The truth of the matter is we’ve had more people, because they don’t have to come to the meeting, make comments about whatever the topic may be,” he said.


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It’s avocado season! Fed grants for tech firms prevalent in county


t’s the most wonderful time of the year. Never mind Christmas. It’s avocado season. My frustrated farmer of a husband caught the avocado bug while we were courting and my parents still lived among 13 Fuerte avocado trees. The first thing he would do, after my dad fixed us a cocktail, was head off into the grove armed with a tall picker. We never went home without several bags full. I still refer to it as my dowry. We lost that supply, sadly, when my parents sold the house and downsized. But the husband planted at least six different varieties of the glorious, pear-shaped fruit in our backyard, just to see which might thrive. It took a few years, but right now we are getting avos from three different trees — Fuerte, Reed and Douglas — with others flowering with the promise of future green gold. I am sad that we don’t have sacks full to give away, as my parents had, but right this very minute we have a lovely basketful on the kitchen table. They’re certain to make my coat shiny, as they did for my dogs, who would munch on the “drops.” Those were

the fully ripe ones that had fallen from the tree. Is there a bad way to eat an avo? I love them on toast, in salad, in sandwiches, in guacamole or just split in half with some truffle salt. I rather wish you could eat them like an apple, but I expect I would look like a swamp creature if I tried. That reminds me, you can use them in a facial, too. I would never waste a perfectly good avocado that way, but you can. The only time I almost got sick of avocados was in my senior year of high school. My girlfriend and I decided to throw a party and serve as much guacamole as we could possibly whip up. This meant wandering the grove, trying to beat the dogs to the drops. Usually, about half the drop was rotten, but you could salvage enough to make it worth the trouble. The problem was they really stunk. Until you got through trimming the full buckets, the entire kitchen smelled like rotten avocado. And your prep included shoving a lot of bad avocado down the garbage disposal. It took a while to get that smell out of my nose and my house. The party, however, was a huge success. Pass the chips. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer happy as a girl in guacamole. Contact her at

By Dan Brendel

REGION — North County small businesses have received federal grants to commercialize myriad technologies, contributing to San Diego County receiving the second most such grants nationwide. The grants act as seed money, helping small firms compete against industrial giants, said Louis Haerle of Seacoast Science in Carlsbad. Unlike private venture capital investors, Haerle said, Uncle Sam doesn’t take an equity stake or commercial rights for the product or service developed. Haerle’s company, which manufactures chemical sensors, used one such grant for research to help the Army detect drug labs in South and Central America. From that, the company developed a miniature gas chromatograph, about the size of a shoebox, which it sells mostly to college chemistry departments, he said. Federal agencies award grants for commercial projects like these, on a competitive basis, through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Agencies awarding the most grants include the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy. Numerous other agencies participate on a smaller scale.

Man acquitted in girl’s ’98 death guilty of meth possession By City News Service

REGION — A man who was previously convicted, then acquitted of a 12-yearold Escondido girl’s 1998 killing, pleaded guilty Apirl 8 to a misdemeanor count of methamphetamine possession and was immediately sentenced to time served in custody. Richard Raymond Tuite, 51, was arrested and charged in January of last year with a single felony count of being a convicted felon on prison grounds or adjacent lands. Details on why Tuite was allegedly at the downtown San Diego lockup were not clear, but he was charged with being at the jail while having prior convictions that include burglary, bribery and escape from a jail. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to the amended drug possession charge and was sentenced to credit for time served for about 150 days he spent in jail last year, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Tuite was previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to



anticipated.” The study is part of the city’s updated Climate Action Plan, approved last month. The CCE would be part of the effort to meet the city’s 2030 greenhouse

13 years in state prison in the well-publicized case regarding the stabbing death of seventh-grader Stephanie Crowe, but his conviction was later overturned and he was acquitted in a 2013 retrial. Crowe’s body was found sprawled in the doorway of her bedroom by her grandmother early on the morning of Jan. 21, 1998. She had been stabbed nine times. Man shot by officer sentenced to prison REGION — A man who pleaded guilty to charging at an Escondido police officer with a crowbar, prompting the lawman to shoot him, was sentenced April 12 to nearly four years in state prison. Rosendo Sandoval Quezada, 45, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and attempted burglary in connection with the June 19, 2020, early morning shooting. Escondido police were initially called on a report that Quezada was outside his ex-wife’s home in viola-

tion of a restraining order. About 3:45 a.m., shortly after the call to police was made, Quezada’s car was stopped near the intersection of Broadway and Washington Avenue. After pulling to a halt, Quezada got out of his car clutching the 3-foot prying tool and ran toward Officer Tim Hamilton, who responded by shooting him in the abdomen, according to police. Police performed CPR on Quezada before the arrival of paramedics, who took the Escondido resident to Palomar Medical Center. According to the department, Hamilton did not activate his camera until after discharging his weapon. In the publicly released video, Quezada said something to the effect of “Just kill me, I want to die” while charging Hamilton with the crowbar over his head as the officer backpedaled, firing. The crowbar can be seen lying in the roadway near Quezada, who is heard repeating, “I want to die,” while lying in the street.

gas emissions target. “Assumptions were to get to 90% clean energy by the year 2030, which aligns with the City of Vista's Climate Action Plan goals, but does not align with San Marcos or Escondido,” Strong said. “San Marcos has a 95% clean energy

goal by 2030, and Escondido has 100% goal based on the adopted Climate Action Plans.” Strong added that, because of these types of discrepancies that still need to be finalized, the report is not able to be released just yet.

QUBITEKK, a quantum telecommunications firm in Vista, conducts tests at Argonne National Laboratory. Courtesy photo

Since 2017, 290 San Diego County small businesses have won SBIR or STTR awards — tied with Los Angeles County, behind only Middlesex County, Massachusetts, home to MIT and Harvard. In North County specifically, 54 firms have received awards. Seacoast Science in Carlsbad and Parabilis Space Technologies in San Marcos have won the most, with 12 each. In addition to its work with the Army, Seacoast Science has also received grants from the National Institute of Health, EPA and NASA, Haerle said. Parabilis develops and tests rocket propulsion systems and small satellites. By playing an avatar in animated workplace scenarios, “students spend the day in the life of 23 different careers covering 15 job sectors,” he said. “Instead of a written assessment, we decided to build something that would be more exciting



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Encinitas posted a Request for Proposal April 5 for the concession services at Moonlight State Beach. The pre-bid meeting will be held on at 11 a.m. April 19 at the concession location, 400 B St. Final bids are due at 5 p.m. April 29. If you are interested in bidding on this location in Encinitas, head to to find the bid titled "Concession Services at Moonlight State Beach." SPEECH STAR GOES TO STATE

The American Association of University Women Del Mar-Leucadia Branch announced Halle Schaffer, a senior at San Dieguito Academy High School, winner of the AAUW local Speech Trek contest, has reached the state finals. Schaffer is one of the top three contestants chosen to go on to the state finals April 17. LOCAL AUTHOR PUBLISHES

North County author Laura Weyr has just released “The Eighth Key,” a “queer fantasy romance.” Weyr is a Hugo finalist for best science fiction or fantasy work. The book is available on Amazon, Bookshop.

and scalable.” Over 50 school districts so far have purchased the program, he said. eSAT Global in Solana Beach won a grant to develop software-defined radios, which users can adapt for different purposes by reconfiguring software rather than hardware. The company sells its equipment primarily for livestock tracking, Chief Technology Officer Michael Parr said. Qubitekk in Vista has won several awards to develop quantum telecommunications equipment. The firm’s tech uses quantum entanglement, a subatomic physics phenomenon, to secure transmissions against snooping. Two projects underway would harden communications between satellites in space and between drones and ground controllers, Vice President of Business Development Corey McClelland said. Financial institu-

tions and utilities have also shown interest in the technology, he said. Cyclopure, with its corporate office in Encinitas, received awards in 2017, 2018 and 2021 to develop residential water purification technology. Its DEXSORB system aims to remove micropollutants — such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, chemicals used in various consumer products — from drinking water. “When PFAS are detected in community water, water sources are typically closed down and households are provided with bottled water,” CEO Frank Cassou said. “We plan to launch our first implementation of DEXSORB for home use in a gravity pitcher filter in June.” Nanotools Bioscience, registered in Encinitas with labs now in La Jolla, has grants to develop uses for graphene, a super thin and strong carbon material. “We are working on practical implementations of optoelectronic (aka, photovoltaic) properties of graphene … for biomedical applications, including optical cardiac pacemakers and accelerating maturation of stem-cell-derived cells,” CEO Alex Savtchenko said. The Social Express in Encinitas won grants to develop Teen Career Path, “the first educational video game for career exploration,” CEO Marc Zimmerman said.

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worked with other Hamilton students on a group project titled "Politics and Policy of UPGRADE FOR NCRT North County Reper- COVID." tory Theatre is remodeling its restrooms. When it opens GRANT FOR SALK PROFESSOR again in September, it will Del Mar resident and have three new ADA-com- Salk Professor Thomas Alpliant bathroom facilities bright has been awarded $1 near the cafe´. The theater million by The Conrad Prewas awarded a $25,000 bys Foundation as part of its grant from The Parker inaugural round of grants. Foundation. Additionally, it The funding will support received a $15,000 match- Albright’s project looking at ing funds grant. To donate, how our visual sense changvisit https://northcoastrep. es as we age or gain experiorg/. ence at new visual tasks. SMART COOKIES

Oregon State University honor roll for winter 2021 included Zareena A. Bokhari, Ashley J. Brewer, Adeline R. Hull, Kyrie M. Koehn, Gabriella K. Sanchez, Noelani S. Setzler, John H. Steinke, Blair A. Stone, and Lauren M. Linden, all of Carlsbad. From Escondido, Ryleigh E. Boyle, David J. Conkle, Stephanie D. Conkle, Ian K. Hewett and Margot K. Trogden. From Oceanside, Viktor D. Medvinsky and Mick R. Shipman. From San Marcos, Sophia A. Gaudino, Christian E. Plue, Carlee A. Quade and Macey B. Winter. From Vista, Isaiah J. McGuire. From Encinitas, Marina D. Keller and Sophie B. Williams. RESEARCH STAR

Hamilton College’s Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center offered students the opportunity to spend quarantine conducting research. Sajan Palanki, of Encinitas,


In mid-February of 2021, Helen Woodward Animal Center launched its Emergency Response Unit and Rescue Team. The first week of April, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Rescue Team went into training with Code 3 Associates, a nonprofit providing professional training to individuals and agencies involved in animal-related emergency response. HOUSING ELEMENT INPUT

The city of Oceanside’s Draft Housing Element is now available for public review and comment. Provide comments no later than May 7. The next Housing Element Cycle for Oceanside is effective from April 15, 2021 to April 15, 2029. The Draft Housing Element and additional information regarding the Housing Element Update is available at https://onwardoceanside. com/.

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Escondido City Council delays pot discussion By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council recently voted 3-2 to postpone a discussion on the legalization of cannabis sales in the city, however it is unclear when exactly they will revisit the issue. At the meeting on March 24, the council received 131 public comments on the issue, with 110 voicing support of legalization and 21 opposed. However, because the item was postponed, the comments were not read into the record. Previous city-led surveys of Escondido residents have also indicated that many community members are in favor of legalizing cannabis sales. Councilman Mike Morasco proposed postponing the discussion and was supported by Councilmembers Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia. “I don’t think it’s necessary for us to make these determinations at this time,” Morasco said. “There’s a lot more information that could be obtained and provided and I’d like to move the discussion to a later date.” Back in 2018, the council unanimously voted to prohibit the use and sale of cannabis in the city — a different council than the one that is seated now. “When the State of California legalized recreational cannabis, Escondido was one of several cities to specifically prohibit the production and sale of cannabis products within their jurisdictions,” the staff report said. “In Escondido, 52% of local voters supported the Proposition 64 statewide measure in 2016; the City’s Resident Satisfaction Survey, conducted in June 2020, showed general support of commercial cannabis sales.” Mayor Paul McNamara raised a concern that several organizations have already indicated that they would put the issue on the ballot if the council doesn’t address it soon. “Cannabis regulations adopted by voter initiative leave a city with little con-


the City of Escondido for almost 36 years, said he’s worked alongside at least seven mayors during his time. “I’ll mostly miss the people and the ability to make Escondido a better place,” Epp said. “I think I’ll have to work harder to make a positive difference, but I will mostly miss the pace and the people working together.” Next for Epp is some quality time with his family in Wyoming helping run the family-owned bar, The Outlaw Saloon. Epp also said he hopes to get back into practicing law and maybe do some nonprofit work. “I guess at some point

trol over the form of regulation, and yet the city still bears responsibility for administering the same regulations. Moreover, regulations left to adoption by initiative offer no guarantee of a funding mechanism to cover the costs of administration,” according to the staff report. This is what occurred in the City of Vista back in 2018. The agenda item also calls for the council to consider accepting Cannabis Equity Act Grant Funding of up to $75,000. The deadline to accept the grant is May 12. When City Manager Jeffrey Epp and Deputy City Manager Chris McKinney were asked to explain the grant, Councilman Morasco said again that he didn’t want to discuss the matter at this time. “I’m a little reluctant to give up $75,000 without at least a little discussion,” Mayor McNamara said in response. To which Morasco said, “It’s bad $75,000.” Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez also said that she didn’t want to postpone the discussion without setting a date to revisit it. “I would like an opportunity to talk about this issue well in advance of that May 12 deadline,” Councilwoman Martinez said. “Postponing an item without having a date is clearly a strategy and a tactic to not talk about this issue and to have time-lapse so that this grant will not be accepted. Clearly, I know what’s happening right now.” Legalizing cannabis sales could put a significant dent in the city’s projected budget deficit of $8 million in the fiscal year 2021/22 alone. The city might generate net revenue of over $2 million annually from legal cannabis sales with five operating dispensaries and a well-developed permitting and code enforcement process, according to the staff report. I think you have to bring an end to some things before you can move on to new things,” Epp said. “I’ve been doing this long enough that it’s time to do something new, and to truly do something new, I think I had to bring an end to this one.” Epp said that he has high hopes for Escondido moving forward, which he says will always be his home. “We’ve made a lot of progress cleaning up the city. I think we need to get our financial house in order. I’m still a big advocate for a small increase in our sales tax rate. We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress in addressing the homeless issue and I’d like to see that finish up,” Epp said.

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Francis Hamilton White Aug. 1933 - Mar. 2021

Frances Hamilton White, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Cardiff, CA on March 21, 2021. Frances, the daughter of Richard Hamilton and Edna Douglass Hamilton, was born in St. Marys, West Virginia, on her mother’s birthday in August 1933, and was delivered at home by her father, the town doctor. Frances graduated from St. Marys High School (1951) and Vassar College (1956) where she received a BA in Psychology and always claimed, “We mostly

played a lot of bridge and smoked a lot of cigarettes”. Frances married Harvey White in 1956 and had three children, Katherine, Sarah, and Philip. She moved to California and settled in La Mesa in 1972. By 1982, she had moved to Cardiff where she resided near her beloved San Elijo Lagoon until her passing. Frances was a dedicated philanthropist who strongly believed that a rising tide floats all boats. She especially loved helping a charity launch new initiatives. She provided the lead gift that established the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the Shiley Eye Institute, worked with Mama’s Kitchen to initiate their breakfast program, and partnered with St Paul’s to help create the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program. She supported a wide variety of educational institutions including Barrio Logan College Institute, MiraCosta College, and Vassar College. She also supported her local librar-

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TIMOTHY “TIMMER” JOSEPH FENNELL II July 22, 1977 - January 23, 2021

Timmer passed away at the age of 43 unexpectedly due to complications from Type-1 diabetes Saturday, January 23, 2021. While he played many sports at a young age music was in his soul. He was gifted and soon became an accomplished guitarist who would play morning, noon and night. His mother would of-

ten find him asleep with his guitar in his hands. Over the years he played in numerous bands and he particularly enjoyed playing the annual San Diego County Fair. Timmer leaves behind two parents, Linda and Tim, his younger brother Sean, his uncle Eddie and nephews Kaden and Kieran that love and miss him more than words can express. He also leaves behind band mates and too many friends to list from across the country. Funeral services will be held at North Coast Calvary Chapel on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, Timmer’s family is asking for donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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ies including Cardiff-bythe-Sea Branch Library, the San Diego Public Library, Pleasants County Public Library (WV), and she truly understood that a public library is a transformative force in a community. Frances also believed in the power of nature to heal and educate, and was a major force behind the Hamilton Children’s Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden, the Healing Garden at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, and the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy (now Nature Collective). Her appreciation for the arts led her to the Mingei International Museum, where she was a long-time board member and board chair, as well as a major supporter of several key initiatives. Frances also loved to travel and visited many countries and six continents but most enjoyed traveling with her family. She made several trips to Scotland exploring her family history, and never met a standing stone that she didn’t like.

When she was home and sitting relatively still, she could be found reading, cooking, birdwatching, enjoying the company of her beloved shelties and tending her garden. Her favorite plant was a climbing rose that she bought when she was five years old for a nickel and three cereal box tops. She transported that rose bush from West Virginia to La Mesa to Cardiff, where the bush thrives to this day. Frances is survived by her three children, Katherine White, Sarah White (David Gray), and Philip White (Ann); eight grandchildren, Madison White, Benjamin Warren, Zachary Warren, Isaac Gray, Henry Gray, Christopher White, Carson White and Danny White; one brother and four nieces and nephews. A service will be announced at a later date. Contributions in her name to Nature Collective (formerly the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy), St. Paul’s PACE or your local library would be greatly appreciated.

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mentation of its reopening plan,” she wrote. “To the extent that plaintiffs argue that the defendant school districts cannot take more time than is necessary to plan for and to return to full-time in-person instruction, plaintiffs offer no evidence to suggest what the time limits should be in light of all of the fluctuating issues that the school districts must assess/ consider,” she wrote. “We thought the evidence was clear that neither of these school districts were planning to expand in-person instruction, despite their superintendents claiming otherwise in their declarations to the court,” parents’ co-counsel Scott Davison told The Coast News. “If they don’t, we might consider going back to court to demonstrate that they misrepresented their intentions to the judge.” San Marcos Unified has recently returned middle and high school students to campus two days a week, but has not shown any indication of reopening fully this school year. Before Monday’s ruling, SMUSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Campbell told The Coast News via email that the district’s large student population poses challenges when it comes to fully reopening. “Larger student populations mean more teachers and support staff on campus,” Campbell said. “The

large number of students we have will likely require us to hire more teachers and staff to adequately supervise students and meet capacity limitations in classrooms in a very short amount of time.” The district also said that it is scheduled to receive approximately $40 million in new state/federal COVID-19 relief funds. “While the spending plan for the new stimulus funding is still a work in progress, the funding will support in-person instruction, accelerated learning to address learning gaps, supplemental learning supports, logistics support, and offset any general fund expenditures attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Campbell said. Kimberly Imhoff, an SMUSD parent and member of the parents’ group, the Parents Association, told The Coast News that parents haven’t received a clear answer on why those funds aren’t being used to reopen schools as soon as possible. “They were saying it’s too expensive, that [they] would have to hire more teachers, and to me, the big question is, the school district got over $40 million in COVID relief money from the government, so where’s that money going?” Imhoff said. SMUSD’s next scheduled board meeting is April 20, but it is unclear if this issue will be on the agenda. Tigist Layne contributed to this report.

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Near Santa Barbara, a lovely spot to lose your bearings


he orientation along Santa Barbara County’s coastline is a bit – well, disorienting. Standing on Summerland Beach (https://www., 6 miles east of Santa Barbara (how can there be a beach east of Santa Barbara?) and paralleling Highway 101, we are looking across the water directly south at the Channel Islands, and the sun is setting in the west to our far right. Despite the map on my phone, I still feel this isn’t right. Another surprise is the beach itself. Summerland Beach cannot be seen from the 101, so you don’t know it’s there unless you are there. And now we are here. As a giant, orange sun-ball sinks to our far right, we have this ample stretch of clean sand nearly to ourselves, except for a driftwood village and its half-dozen inhabitants fashioned of materials that have washed onto the beach. (See photos at Partially vegetated, columnar sandstone cliffs rise behind us, and on top of

LATE AFTERNOON horseback riders enjoy Summerland Beach, just east of Santa Barbara. Though it parallels Highway 101, this wide strip of sand can’t be seen until you are there. The Inn on Summer Hill is a 10-minute walk from the beach, shops and restaurants of Summerland. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

the cliffs, the aptly named Lookout Park. The greenbelt offers ample picnic tables, play structures and even a dog wash ($10) for sand-encased canines. And, oh yes, a killer view. Though this refuge is only a 3.5-hour drive from North County, it seems like a million miles away. We are headquartered for three nights at the Inn on Summer Hill (, a bou-

tique hotel just a 10-minute walk away from this bliss. Our room overlooks the Pacific, and on the inside, it’s obvious that innkeeper Paulette Bermant has provided for every detail of comfort and beyond. Among other things, a generous number of real cymbidiums grace both lobby and bedrooms. There even are fresh flowers in a small vase attached to our bathroom mirror. Bermant credits her

95-year-old mother, a former hotel designer, for these touches. “She paid great attention to detail,” Bermant said. “And she has a green thumb. She always tried to have fresh flowers in the room.” Bermant’s parents built the 17-room inn during the mid-80s, “and my mother always went out of her way to be gracious. I was raised the same way. We do our

best to make everyone feel at home.” That has been a challenge during the pandemic, Bermant said. With regulations changing over the months, the staff has had to adapt. Their efforts are successful. We receive a full breakfast in our room at the time of our choosing, desert and a bottle of wine in the evening, and while housekeeping cannot service the room daily, visitors can re-

quest towels, linens and other needed amenities. Our quiet, end-of-day moments on the beach were preceded by an unintended hike earlier in the day. We set off to find the Seven Falls Trail, a popular 3.2mile, moderate trek to what appears in photos to be quite an idyllic destination — a picturesque swimming hole nestled among boulders and fed by a small-butsteady waterfall. We never found it; the trail is seriously lacking signage, and other hikers gave us varying directions. So, without consciously changing our plans, we found ourselves on the trail to Inspiration Point. The partially shaded, 3.5-mile, moderately difficult trail took us up 1,000 feet to a perch that gave us a morethan-180-degree view of the coastal cities and Channel Islands. It was a suitable reward for our efforts. From here, all seemed right with the world. Later we dined at The Nugget, a two-minute walk from the inn down Summerland’s main street. The restaurant looked to be popular with locals, the walls held great historic photos of Summerland, and our server was familiar with my gluten-free needs. We chose to eat inside where booths were divided by plexiglass and servers and customers were compliant with mask mandates without complaint.

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Localhost Oceanside a new venue for e-sports, PC gaming By Samantha Nelson

OCEANSIDE — The city’s videogaming community now has a new hub for e-sport tournaments, training and access to high-tech equipment and fast Internet speeds. On April 3, Localhost Oceanside held its grand opening as a brand new e-sports facility, welcoming gamers from all over the city and region to check out its collection of powerful PCs (personal computers) and other gaming consoles. Localhost is an e-sports facility owned by the national e-sports company Nerd Street Gamers. Headquartered in Philadelphia with regional and smaller locations located throughout the country, Localhost Oceanside is the first of what will soon be several locations on the West Coast as part of the national company’s westward expansion. “Oceanside by nature has a big gaming community,” said Store Manager

FRIENDS Antonio Avalos, left, and Darrius Addison play Rainbow Six Siege on two power PCs at the grand opening of Localhost Oceanside, a new e-sport facility located on College Boulevard. Photo by Samantha Nelson

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much larger regional location in Los Angeles where even bigger tournaments will be held. “Localhost Oceanside is a great place where you can start training for those tournaments,” Carter said. Along with its 36 PCs and a handful of consoles, such as PlayStation 4s, Xbox Ones and Nintendo Switches, Localhost even has its own tournament stage. Currently, tournaments are held online only, but once more COVID restrictions are eased the facility will be able to start

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Localhost is a place where friends can come and hang out for a few hours and play games together, like Darrius Addison and Antonio Avalos who played “Rainbow Six Siege” at the grand opening. Neither Addison nor Avalos have a PC at home that they can use. “This is one of our first experiences with PC,” Avalos said. Both young men have been interested in getting to PC gaming for some time, but buying or building your own PC setup can be extremely expensive. For them, it’s far cheaper to visit Localhost and rent a spot at one of the PC chairs with all the proper, top-quality equipment and high-speed Internet they need already provided. Carter noted that visiting Localhost can help amateurs determine if PC gaming is for them and if it’s worth investing into their own equipment, which they can also bring in to use at Localhost. “Even if I do get my own PC, I will still be sure to come here,” Avalos said. “This is our new chill-out spot.” Localhost Oceanside is located at 459 College Blvd., Suite 9, within the doors of the plaza’s new Five Below store, a partner company to the new e-sports facility.

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holding those competitions in person. Localhost aims to provide a level playing field for guests of any age, gender and level of gaming experience. Even Carter, who manages the new facility, considers herself an amateur gamer when it comes to PC play. “I’m definitely a spectator,” she said. “I just don’t have that eye-hand coordination, but I get to watch all these great gamers and be entertained while working.” While the facility includes both consoles and PCs, it’s more aligned with computer gaming, which typically has higher graphics and resolution, faster gameplay and a wider variety of games to choose from than consoles. Amateurs like Carter can come to Localhost and learn the proper skills it takes to be a PC gamer. “We’re going to offer training, boot camps and summer camps along with hosting tournaments,” Carter said. According to Carter, e-sports are growing in popularity. “It’s a social interaction kind of like when you’re in marching band,” she said. “You’re going to forge those same kinds of relationships, same kind of camaraderie here.”

group faced initial reimbursement challenges, it turned to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Bonsall), who said he worked directly with state and federal offices to review and secure reimbursement. “Palomar was asked by two levels of government to take the lead in our community’s COVID-19 response and made significant investments to do so,” Issa said. “When Palomar was met with bureaucratic obstacles to gain its deserved reimbursement, our office worked with various levels of government to overcome them.” The total reimbursement from FEMA is $3,098,793.06. In early 2020, responding to requests from county and state officials to help coordinate a community-based COVID response,

Palomar Health began the process for designation as a federal medical station. In March 2020, San Diego County requested the hospital be reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The following month, Army Corps of Engineers provided a positive assessment, and the California Department of Public Health approved the request. Palomar Medical Center in Escondido worked with state and federal agencies to establish an alternate care site on two floors of the facility. Alternate care sites were strategically implemented by the state to provide relief for local hospitals and health care systems facing potential overcrowding. On Dec. 31, the Federal Medical Station at Palomar was activated and began treating patients.

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aso Robles reaches far and wide along the Central Coast, perfectly located between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its beautiful hillsides and lush valleys reveal more than 200 wineries along easy-access roads and around the town square park. Your first decision in Paso will be where to stay. It will be your easiest. The only true wine country resort is Allegretto, nestled in 20 acres that include a working vineyard, olive and fruit trees, 171 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant with a chef’s garden, wine bar and rooms and hallways of collectible art and lush gardens. The Allegretto Wine Tasting Room presents a unique opportunity to sample some of the region’s best award-winning wines, both estate and single vineyard. An outdoor table was prepared in a lacy pavilion upon our arrival, looking out on a 12,000 square foot piazza with inviting seating and nearby whispering

A TYPICAL VINEYARD scene in Paso Robles consists of rolling hills and an occasional mighty landmark oak tree. Paso Robles means “pass of the oaks” in Spanish. Courtesy photo

fountains. A resort fee is waived with the purchase of a bottle. Our tasting lineup included: the 2019 Cello White, named after the resort’s Cello restaurant that follows the Allegretto culture of joy, discovery and the good life. This wine is a sultry blend of chardonnay and Roussanne. Other wines were the 2018 Trio Paso Robles with Viognier, Vermentino and Roussanne; the 2016 Tannat red Allegretto Vineyards, a favorite of ours with smokey butterscotch on the nose and cherries, tobacco and plum

on the palate; the 2017 cabernet sauvignon, Allegretto Vineyards and the 2016 cab sauv Willow Creek Vineyards (owner Doug Ayres home). The soft tannins contribute to a blackberry chocolate nose, fruity, spicy currant on the palate and a cedar box finish. The Italian word Allegretto in English means “with joy,” a feeling you’ll find with every moment of your stay. In last week’s Taste of Wine and Food, Rico wrote of the memorable moments we spent with Daou Family Estates, perhaps the most

widely known and respected of the premium wineries helping to gain notoriety for Paso in its quest for worldwide recognition. This column will now take you on a kind of circle day trip around Paso’s Westside wine country, with a few stops along the way. Starting out from the Allegretto Resort, Paso’s Town Square is worth a visit with its quaint restaurants, shops and more than 20 wine bars that surround walking green belts. Just 10 minutes south, you’ll find Highway 46 West on the south side of the Paso

circle of wineries, where we visited Denner. It was awarded one of the Wine Spectator’s top 20 wines in the world in 2019 for its Dirt Worshipper, a French Rhone Valley style blend of 98% syrah, with 1% Viognier and 1% Roussanne, two white wines that actually make the wine mix darker. The current vintage is 2018 ( $80). We met with Ryker Wall, an Assistant Winemaker who was a wine sommelier at a nearby restaurant but wanted more and is now fulfilling his dream of making wine. You also want to see Denner for the architecture which resembles a spaceship emerging from an underground hangar. The impressive tasting list also included Flagship wine Ditch Digger with 45% grenache, 20% mourvèdre, 20% syrah and 5% each of Cinsaut, Counoise and Graciano ($80). At Denner Vineyards, all red wines are foot-stomped, so if the time of the year is right, there may be a job for you. Alta Colina, Spanish for “high hill,” is a high country winery, close to the heights of Daou Mountain off Adelaida Rd. on the Northwest side of Paso. Operated by Bob Tillman and Daughter Maggie Tillman, they’ve made superior Rhone-style wines since 2003.

The high elevation, hard to get too steep hillsides, present unlimited possibilities for quality. We tasted the Alta Colina wines at their “Summit Tasting,” under a gazebo, in a bone-chilling wind. The 2 reds were scintillating! Both wines with a 2017 vintage, the Sun Worshipper was 88% mourvèdre and 12% syrah ($56), and the Old 900 syrah was 100% syrah ($56). We ended the memorable day with a Daou family and friends dinner at Daniel Daou’s favorite Italian restaurant in downtown Paso Robles, Buona Tavola, featuring Northern Italian cuisine. While the owner chatted by phone inviting us back soon, Anthony Versochi, a Daou employee since 2013 and currently the DAOU Lab Manager, unveiled and signed for Rico and I, his new personally made wine, the 2018 PIUS. This wine is 100% cab sauv, sourced from Paso’s Adelaida District, and has already been awarded 95 points by Wine Enthusiast. Other wineries to choose from in the West Paso circle of winners include: Austin Hope Tasting Cellar, Halter Ranch, Niner Wine Estates, San Antonio Winery and Marketplace, Tablas Creek Vineyard and Turley Wine Cellars.


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Silvergate’s unique memory care solution fosters improved quality of life SAN MARCOS, CA - April 16, 2021 - Moving a loved one into a memory care environment can be a difficult decision for families who are faced with the many challenges inherent to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Yet, understanding what makes a memory care community unique can make all the difference in a family’s search for specialized care and the right team of qualified nurses and trained caregivers. First, memory care is different from regular assisted living. It constitutes more than simply assisting with the activities of day-to-day life. An excellent memory care provider delivers a higher level of care with compassion and dignity -- one that offers seniors a remarkably improved quality of life that they are unlikely to experience by remaining at home. At Silvergate San Marcos, a premier retirement community for more than 25 years, residents in memory care are surrounded by: • An Industry leading caregiver-to-resident ratio • A secure environment to reduce elopement, while permitting healthy wandering • Sensory-based memory care programming to promote brain health • A “Neighborhood” of suites clustered around open, shared living spaces • Accommodations for the early, middle and late stages of the disease An Improved Quality Of Life Secondly, with a greater understanding of why dementia patients exhibit problem behaviors,

caregivers at Silvergate can deal more successfully with those behaviors and deliver more effective resident care. As each stage of the disease is addressed, care is personalized to the individual. Targeted care plans mean residents experience many improved quality-of-life factors, including: • Increased nutrition and fewer vitamin deficiencies • Increased independence and social interaction • Increased happiness with higher level functioning • Improved/maintained mental functioning over time • Reduction in medication and negative side effects • Decreased falls and injuries • Fewer emergency room visits • Fewer dementia-related behaviors For Silvergate’s memory care team, the key to successful caregiving is not to focus on the losses of the disease, but rather on the individual’s remaining capabilities. Through use of the renowned “A Positive Approach To Care” program, championed by industry expert Teepa Snow, residents function at the highest possible level for as long as possible. By providing mental, physical and nutritional health at optimal levels, residents are more likely to experience improved mental acuity and a sense of enhanced well-being. A Family’s Role in Memory Care Families figure prominently into their loved one’s care at Silvergate. By including family members in developing the care plan, Silvergate’s team forges a strong partnership with the resident’s family -- offering education, support and resources to family members while providing unsurpassed, high-touch care to the resident.

“We are committed to providing families with practical information to help them navigate the various challenges common to memory loss,” said Janet Mangaya, Director of Resident Care for Silvergate San Marcos. “We want families to know we reach beyond leisure activities and socialization. We use a model of care that also infuses goals in a wide-range of programs that are measurable and trackable, resulting in an improved level of care.” Once a family chooses Silvergate’s memory care solution, the care team works directly with family members to understand as much as possible about the new resident, including who they are as a person, what they’ve experienced in their life and what has brought them a sense of purpose over time. As family members share their stories, the team brings the resident’s interests, experiences and hobbies to life through unique care programs. This strong partnership with the family gives the team the ability to create days full of meaning and individual purpose for the resident. About Silvergate’s Memory Care Suites The dedicated Memory Care Suites building at Silvergate San Marcos features private and shared accommodations, a secure terrace featuring outdoor activities, daily chef-crafted cuisine, a community activity room, and intimate spaces for quiet reflection. To learn more about the outstanding memory care services and available Suites at Silvergate, please call David Nelson at (760) 744-4484. Or, visit for more information Sponsored Content and virtual tours.


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RAÚL AND LISA DEJÚ, founders of Guadalupe Brewery. The couple brews beer in Carlsbad and serves it at their Tap House in downtown Vista. Courtesy photo

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hings are changing, and changing quickly. Recent coronavirus tier changes have allowed North County breweries to both outdoor and indoor with restrictions, and the state has announced a future with no restrictions (fingers-crossed). It’s been a fast-moving avalanche following a year of insanity. Each week I’ll be checking with a local brewery to see how they are responding to the moment. Guadalupe Brewery was founded by Raúl and Lisa Dejú. Raúl is the head brewery, but like any small business they both take on a lot of jobs in the brewery. They brew in Carlsbad but serve out of their tap house in downtown Vista on S. Santa Fe Avenue. Cheers!: Hi Lisa & Raúl, thanks for catching me up on what’s going on at Guadalupe Brewery. As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of this wild pandemic, what is the physical and emotional status of the brewery? Guadalupe: Thanks for asking! We’re holding on; working to come back after we were shut down for six months last year. We closed in March, reopening in September. We’ve spent even more time together, which is pretty hard to do as a married couple that works together! We have our homebrew supply store at the brewery location in Carlsbad, so that has been a focus for us over the year too. Unfortunately, during that time we lost some employees because they couldn’t put the ability to support themselves on hold. Understandably! That’s hard for a small company like us. We think of our employees as family. We miss them and are happy when they move on, and good things happen for them.

A good thing that happened for the Tap House during [the shutdown] was that the City of Vista worked really hard to finish remodeling our street. We have a whole new street and sidewalk in front with new lighting, palm trees and extensive all-new street parking! Cheers!: How has COVID-19 impacted your brewery over the past year? What are your expectations for the rest of 2021? Guadalupe: Well, obviously a six-month shut down is hard. We weren’t making beer…but now we’ve been reopened long enough to be able to restart our brewing, which is always good. We’ve also been working during our shut down on expanding the ways people can get Guadalupe beer, so we are excited, and looking forward to some great opportunities that 2021 can bring. Cheers!: Guadalupe Brewery pulls direct inspiration from Valle de Guadalupe; Mexico’s wine country. Where do North County residents see and taste that influence in the beer and the Cerveceria? Guadalupe: Well, we take our inspiration from the Valle because we started brewing professionally there in 2011, actually on winery property in Francisco Zarco. The most visual influence from the Valle is at our Tap House in downtown Vista. Our building was built in the 1930s, and we reused wood flooring and joists we had salvaged from the original building, and a combi-

nation of mixed materials (wood, stucco, corrugated metals) which is Mexico wine country in feel. For the beer, El Vainillo vanilla cream ale is set to make a return in April and has been one of our most popular beers since the days when we were brewing in the Guadalupe Valley. Kaxtilchili is a Saison, and a beer that was definitely inspired by our days in Mexico but created in Carlsbad. Kaxtilchili is the Aztec word for “peppercorn,” and it has four types of peppercorn steeped after fermentation. It’s a very subtle peppery finish to the Saison and was inspired by the multitudes of pink peppercorn trees that were on the winery property where we brewed in the Valle. Cheers!: What is the best way for North County residents to get their hands on some of your beer, and is there anything new coming out of the brewery that local craft beer lovers should be looking out for? Guadalupe: Currently, we have growler pick-ups at the Tap House in downtown Vista. We’ve acquired some plastic, 1-way growlers that are included in the price, so people don’t have to bring in glass growlers for sanitizing. We are working on some exciting developments, specifically, canning small batches with a hand-canner at the Tap House. We’ll be putting a couple of popular beers [in cans]—the Coco Blonde and La Jugosona, a juicy hazy IPA, and have them available in cans at the Tap House. We’re also working to get larger canning runs going. We’ll start with El Vainillo, and hopefully quickly to other beer types. Once we have our beer in cans, we hope to have more locations where TURN TO CHEERS! ON 18


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ALLY ARMSTRONG, left, is a licensed Occupational Therapist with the nonprofit Gary & Mary West PACE in San Marcos Courtesy photo

Occupational therapist helps North County seniors live independently Nothing stops this Occupational Therapist: Not a pandemic, not her physical disability—and definitely not a client’s ability to pay. Ally Armstrong was a 17-year-old soccer player with plans to study nursing when an accident left her paralyzed below the waist. After learning how to navigate life in a wheelchair, she decided she wanted to do the same for others. Now, Ally is a licensed Occupational Therapist with the nonprofit Gary & Mary West PACE in San Marcos, enabling vulnerable seniors with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological conditions, live full, independent lives in their own homes. April is Occupational Therapy Month, and we’re recognizing the inspired work of professionals like Ally, who have navigated additional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, to deliver exceptional care to our participants. WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY? Occupational therapy enables people to live their fullest lives by helping them prevent or live better with injuries, illnesses, and disabilities. Occupational Therapists, or OTs, use a holistic approach to help people regain or maintain their independence. On a given day, an OT can do everything from helping an elderly person modify their home to prevent falls, to helping someone regain fine motor skills allowing them to bathe and eat independently. WHO DOES IT HELP? Individuals can benefit from occupational therapy if they: • Struggle with opening food containers • Have trouble gripping items like utensils or toothbrushes • Avoid certain clothing because they find them too difficult to put on

• Have mobility issues or frequent falls and become socially isolated because they cannot participate in the leisure activities they used to love. When meeting a new PACE participant, Ally asks what their goals are, and what activities and skills are important to them, and whether they feel safe doing those things. “As someone who has had to adapt to new physical circumstances, I know we can’t take our ability to do everyday tasks like getting dressed or leaving the house for granted. Sometimes, all it takes for someone to regain their independence are a few in-home modifications combined with consistent occupational therapy.” FOCUSING ON THE PERSON For Ally, the innovative PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model, providing comprehensive medical and social services to individuals age 55+, is what brought her to the nonprofit West PACE. West PACE participants who need medical and supportive care but wish to remain in their own homes, can visit the day center in San Marcos or receive services where they live. These may include consultations with their providers, socialization and nutritious meals at the adult day center, restorative therapy, dentistry, and more. PACE also supports the caregivers through education and discussion groups. “Working as an OT with West PACE has allowed me to make a real difference, and in a lot of cases, give seniors their lives back,” says Armstrong. “The entire team at West PACE focuses on the individual and knows the key to a healthy, happy life for seniors is preserving independence.” For more information on occupational therapy and other services offered by Gary & Mary West PACE, please visit www.westpace. org or call 760-280-2230.

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Charter schools sue state over funding By Samantha Nelson

REGION — A class-action lawsuit filed by three local public charter schools fighting state defunding has been certified to represent more than 300 public charter schools throughout the state. Filed in September 2020 and led by The Classical Academies, River and Empire Springs charter schools and The Learning Choice Academy, the lawsuit Reyes v. State of California challenges the State of California’s decision to not fund newly enrolled students in “non-classroom based” public charter schools that specialize in providing at-home, remote or hybrid learning. In California, a school is considered non-classroom based if more than 20% of learning occurs off-campus. These types of schools often serve students who are immune-compromised or hospitalized, students who have been bullied at other schools, students who are either academically behind or advanced, who are Olympic athletes, actors, homeless or who move frequently due to their parents being in the military. Historically, California’s education funding followed the student, meaning that if a student leaves a public school for a public

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Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will hold an outside sidewalk sale of plants 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 and April 17, with creative pots, succulents, plant cuttings, starter plants and garden art. The thrift shop hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the pandemic. Visit



The Vista Goose Chase Spring Edition is set for April 17 through April 25. The Vista Goose Chase is like a traditional treasure hunt… but even easier. A mobile app leads consumers around town where they complete easy, fun “missions” to earn entry tickets for random drawings and prizes. Register for Vista Goose Chase at https : // / v i s t a - g o o s e c h a s e - m e rchant-spring2021/. PAPER-SHREDDING EVENT

Residents will have the opportunity to securely dispose of tax documents or other sensitive items at the Coldwell Banker Realty Carlsbad free drive-through paper-shredding event, 9 to 11 a.m. April 17 at 7020 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad. O’SIDE MAKERS MARKET

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charter school, the funding for that particular student would follow them to the new school. Last summer, the state decided to not fund new students at these particular types of public charter schools during the 20202021 school year. “For the very first time

I anticipate that we will win the case and that the state will appeal.” Cameron Curry Exec.Dir.,ClassicalAcademies

ever, state funding didn’t follow the student,” said Cameron Curry, executive director at Classical Academies. By that point, Classical Academies and other similar public charter schools had already enrolled students for that school year, meaning they would have to provide for these new students without the state funding they would have traditionally had. The lawsuit asserts that 5-year-old Olena Reyes Oceanside Makers Market is popping up April 17 at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street and in Artist Alley Oceanside. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop handcrafted and artisanal goods from area makers and Downtown Oceanside businesses outside in Downtown Lot 35, the location of the Sunset Market Main Stage, and Artist Alley while enjoying live music. CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR

The Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St., Escondido will host a Virtual Author Chat Series, with for a live discussion at 2 p.m. April 17 of “Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls” with author Kaela Rivera. DNA INTEREST GROUP

The DNA Interest Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, will present a live GoToWebinar program 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 17. Free but registration is required at https://nsdcgs. org. For questions, e-mail or call (760) 688-9393.



Casa De Amparo hosts its Virtual Meet the Chefs! At 4 p.m. April 18 to support the children of Casa de Amparo. The annual food and wine event will support its mission to treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. You’ll also have the opportunity to support some of our local restaurants who have been the main part of our event. Watch for more details at or on its Facebook page.

was waitlisted at Classical Academies due to the defunding move, preventing her from attending school with her older brother Santino and blocking access to a potentially beneficial education program that will help the young girl, who like her brother is on the autism spectrum. Curry said the school, which has campus locations in Escondido and Oceanside has had to dip into its reserves to continue providing for the nearly 1,200 students it already enrolled throughout the summer last year before the state decided to defund non-classroombased charter schools. Regional charter schools saw an influx of students coming from public schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, especially in the beginning when some school districts were slow to respond. Classical Academies on the other hand had pivoted quickly, Curry said. “Parents weren’t getting anything from their local school districts,” he said. “When they heard Classical Academies’ students were meeting with teachers virtually, they thought, ‘I want that for my kid.’” According to Classical Academies and its legal representatives, the state breached its constitutional,

statutory and contractual obligations to fund each student’s education at the public school they choose. Then last month, a state court ordered class certification of the lawsuit, making it the first class-action lawsuit involving charter schools in California. The court’s order granting class certification is significant because a victory will apply to the state’s 308 non-classroom-based charter schools that serve nearly 200,000 students and ensure their right to be funded. “We now carry the weight of 308 schools, which represents 29% of all charter public schools in the state with our litigation,” stated Paul Minney, an attorney with Young, Minney & Corr, LLP, who is representing the plaintiff schools. “This decision elevates these schools and validates the needs they all have for access to constitutionally guaranteed funding for students and their public education.” Curry said he is looking forward to the lawsuit’s day in court, which is currently scheduled for July. Still, the fight may continue sometime after that hearing. “I anticipate that we will win the case and that the state will appeal,” Curry said.


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The Imagine Carlsbad team will host a monthly Carlsbad Village walkabout and Q & A at 6 p.m. April 19. The first walkabout will focus on the topic of the Grand Promenade and Grand Street Tunnel. Meet Gary Nessim and Bob Wilkinson on the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue. The team at Imagine Carlsbad plans to host a monthly walk to address future issues including northwest quadrant civic center options and parking, architectural style. For more information contact




Through April 30, Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez is challenging the Oceanside community to take the pledge to be more sustainable. The contest offers prizes, including a daily raffle for money toward your utility bill. Additionally, by completing sustainable activities in your home and neighborhood, you can earn the city points in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge.



Athena Racing, a STEM education extracurricular program, is hosting four free, specialized, virtual, online STEM camps For GIRLS in middle school and high school in June and July. Register at Camp 1 – Land, Sea & Air Transportation Camp; Camp 2 – How-To Camp; Camp 3 – FABcamp; CAMP 4 – Ca-


The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, at 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, reminds residents they do not need to make a reservation to visit the Discovery Center. It is open at 25% capacity indoors and full capacity outdoors. Masks are required onsite. Preschool Playdates Program, After School Enrichment, Kids Camps and CEF programming occurs in our outdoor Educational Nature Nodes are all available. KIDS’ IDEA THINK TANK

The Kids Idea Tank is seeking business pitches from San Diego kids up to age 13 to compete for a grand prize of $1,000. Find the application at The deadline to enter is June 1. Any invention or business concept is eligible, from a germ of an idea to a prototype of a product. Mentorship opportunities will be available for participants as well. The finale will host the top 20 applicants in June.



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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Whether a waiting period is taking longer than expected, or just seems that way, the anxious Lamb would do well to create a center of calm within her- or himself, and not do anything rash. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Practical matters dominate the week, but cultural activities also are favored, especially those that can be shared with someone special in the Bovine’s life. Some important news might be forthcoming. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You need to know more about a possible career move in order to see if it offers a real opportunity or just a change. You’re sure to get lots of advice — some of it good — but the decision must be yours. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The arrival of hoped-for good news about a loved one dominates most of the week and provides a great excuse for the party-loving Moon Child to plan a special event to celebrate. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Leos and Leonas rushing to finalize their plans might want to think about slowing down the pace, or risk overlooking an important consideration that could become a sore point down the line. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The week’s challenges call for logical approaches. But sentiment also has its place. Sharing memories with a special someone, for example, strengthens the bond between you.


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Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre are once again coproducing a streaming piece - the one-woman show “My Brooklyn Hamlet,” written and performed by Brenda Adelmen. The author’s mother was shot and killed by her father and within months, married her aunt. The play is streaming April 23 to April 25 and April 30 to May 2. Tickets: $22 at /mybrooklynhamlet/.

In place of its annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Studio, and Garden tour, the San Dieguito Art Guild is hosting a silent auction at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Customers are encouraged to come into the gallery to place their bid and see the artwork up close. For more information, visit OffTrackGallery. com or contact GOURD ART

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The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, brings verdant hues to its “Local Color, In Green” art exhibition. In the Expressions Galleries, EAP artist-in-residence Daniel Hernandez has art prints of the large mural “The Hidden Valley.” In the Expressions Spaces is an “Emerging Artists High School” art exhibition. Gallery Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




The North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Trying” By Joanna McClelland Glass, directed by David Ellenstein streaming through April 18. The play stars Emily Goss and James Sutorius. The play is based on the playwright’s experience as an assistant to famed Attorney General and Chief Judge at Nuremberg, Francis Biddle, during the final year of his life. Tickets are $35 to $54 at showtix4u. com/event-details/47241 or ”Try-



The Oceanside Museum Of Art galleries are open again, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, including “Frida Kahlo And Her Flora And Fauna.” Join Robin Douglas for a two-day painting workshop, 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 and April 21. Cost is $90. All supplies for your original artwork will be provided. Register at / 9 0 085 / Two Day-Workshop-19Apr2021.




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• 12 Years in Business - 2nd location opened on February 27th, 2020. • Stayed Open during the Pandemic providing Zoom Lessons Leading Note continues to bring music & joy to the community, serving over BRINGING MUSIC 580 clients weekly from todLESSONS & RECORDING dlers to adults. All music STUDIO TO ENCINITAS experience levels are wel• Over 300 schools com- come. peted Nationwide. Leading Note Studios • Leading Note was is a music school with an inRanked In the Top 7 house recording studio. Schools in the Nation. We offer recitals, • Prestigious “Clash Of camps, instrument rentals The Titans” nomination. and lesson packages.

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