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Vista mulls single-use plastics ban

School board trustees facing election probe By Dan Brendel

SAN MARCOS — Two San Marcos Unified School District board members face investigations for allegedly failing to report sizable campaign contributions from a local teachers’ union during the 2020 election season. Sarah Ahmad and Jaime Chamberlin won seats on the school district’s board of trustees last November. The Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, which administers state campaign finance law, opened investigations into both officials, following complaints filed in November and February. “The candidates participated in the decision making, content and distribution of campaign materials paid for by the San Marcos Teachers for Quality Education,” a union-affiliated political action committee, or PAC, complainant David Schneider wrote to the FPPC. That constitutes “coordination,” he said, in which case the candidates’ should’ve reportTURN TO TRUSTEES ON A3

City Council seeks options for phase-out By Steve Puterski

Brian Jones (R-Santee) and Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) represent San Marcos and Escondido. Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman Chris Ward (D-San Diego) represent Solana Beach and Del Mar. Bipartisan bills carrying at least one North County sponsor cover a range of issues. For example, among the most bipartisan (by “equitability,” a statistical measure): • SB 74 would establish a COVID-relief grant program for small businesses and nonprofits; • SB 19 would expand alcohol licenses for winegrowers and

VISTA — The Vista City Council approved bringing back options for a controlled phase-out of single-use plastics and Styrofoam within the city during its March 9 meeting. The item was brought forward by Councilwoman Corinna Contreras and the council discussed how to best address riding city businesses of single-use plastic and Styrofoam. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council decided a phase-in approach would be best to avoid further regulations from struggling businesses and to allow time to find suppliers and manufacturers of eco-friendly solutions. “This is not only about plastic pollution crisis, but how it impacts restaurants trying to stay afloat,” Contreras said. “We’re not trying to create a situation that is creating more confusion or making it harder.” Contreras said bringing the item before the council was partially due to trash and litter around the city. As a result, the Surfrider Foundation and Oceana gave a presentation to the council in January on the impacts of single-use plastics, while at least 20 residents spoke in favor of an ordinance during the March 9 meeting. In a moment of humor, Mayor Judy Ritter said businesses are being creative regarding single-use plastic, noting one restaurant gave her a noodle to use as a straw. However, consumption and use of single-use plastic containers, utensils, shopping bags and more have exploded since the pandemic began, Contreras said, and reusable grocery bags were banned for several months in the early months of crisis. Much of the plastic use came as residents had to order more takeout because of the pandemic, she explained. Many have fallen back into those habits of using plastic, she added, but she and the council



DEVELOPMENT BOOM Workers oversee a controlled blast during ongoing construction of the Discovery Village project in San Marcos, which will feature residential units, stores and office space. STORY PAGE A5. Photo by John Melson

At the state level, bipartisanship shows a pulse By Dan Brendel

REGION — While much state legislative activity advances along party lines, nevertheless North County’s lawmakers have put their names on a variety of bipartisan bills so far in the 202122 legislative session. Collectively, North County’s six representatives to Sacramento have sponsored 44 bipartisan bills, representing about onethird of all bipartisan legislator-sponsored bill activity. Some 2,400 bills are winding through the statehouse, having at least been introduced, according to a Coast News analysis of the most recent legislative database from Legiscan, a data provider. Only 561 have gained sponsor-



ship from more than one legislator. Of these, three-quarters are strictly partisan — 373 have all Democrat sponsors and 49 have all Republican sponsors. The remaining 139 have at least one each Democrat and Republic sponsor; 47 boast more than one



sponsor from each party. North County’s legislators include three Democrats and three Republicans. Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) represent Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Camp Pendleton. Sen.




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Vaccination participation at Silvergate blows away national averages SAN MARCOS, CA - April 2, 2021 - While only 10% of the general public in the United States has received a first-round COVID-19 vaccine shot, an impressive 93% of the residents, caregivers and staff at Silvergate Retirement Residence, operator of three senior living communities in north county San Diego, now have successfully received both rounds of the Pfizer vaccination. “When you’re a local operator, you can take more decisive action to protect your residents and employees,” said David Petree, Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCare Health & Retirement, owner of Silvergate San Marcos. “Through significant education and corporate incentives, our management team was able to convince the vast majority of both our residents and staff to participate in the vaccination process. I was incredibly impressed with the rate of participation they were able to achieve. I am so glad to see our team leading the industry in this effort. By establishing a safer senior living environment, we’ll now be able to open up to all kinds of new activities.” Vaccinations are now offered in California to anyone over the age of 65. However, seniors often struggle to secure a vaccination appointment, find the registration process confusing and have concerns about limited supply. As a Phase I priority location, Silvergate acted swiftly to secure an adequate supply of vaccine doses and arrange for multiple on-site clinic vaccination dates at the community. Silvergate residents benefited from a turn-key vaccine solution, with registration taken care of for them and shots delivered right where they live. As a result, more than 95% have completed the second round of

High Vaccination Rates Achieved Among Both Residents and Staff at Silvergate. vaccines and are now considered immune. Currently across the nation, roughly 50% of health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care communities have elected to receive the vaccination. Understanding this, Silvergate implemented a multi-faceted information campaign across all of their communities, coupled with attractive participation incentives, to counter common misinformation and personal bias among residents and staff. Silvergate’s additional efforts resulted in more than 90% of its eligible staff being vaccinated - a rate far above the national averages. The measures Silvergate took to achieve such a high rate of vaccination within the community included individual meetings with staff to address personal concerns, dissemination of educational materials

campus-wide, additional paid time off as a reward for participating, a day-of thank you gift card to Starbucks and an “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” shirt-collar button to wear with pride. “I really feel like our management did a great job of helping everyone understand how important it is to get vaccinated,” said Christina Woolard, the Business Office Manager at Silvergate who worked to secure vaccine consent forms, register those receiving shots and help schedule second-round vaccinations for everyone who had an initial shot. “I’ve gotten to know and love all the residents here at Silvergate. We’re like one big family, and I want them to be protected from this pandemic as much as I want my own family to be shielded from it. I felt it was my duty to get vaccinated and was simply the right thing to do.” Many seniors have been reluctant to consider a move to a retirement community during the COVID -19 pandemic. With all Silvergate communities having delivered both rounds of vaccines at such high participation rates, now may be the ideal time for seniors to explore the protective bubble Silvergate offers. Community-wide vaccination success means new and exciting events and activities can be reintroduced safely and without delay. About Silvergate San Marcos For virtual and private in-person tours of Silvergate, call (760) 744-4484. Information about available independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations can be found at

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Local manufacturing defies pandemic trends By Steve Puterski

REGION — While the regional economy has been ravaged over the past 12 months, North County’s manufacturing sector has offered a glint of optimism after a recent report projected growth in businesses and employment in the field over the next six years. Innovate 78 and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation released the report estimating 6% in employment growth, while 58% of respondents are looking to increase their footprint. The sector accounts for $18 billion in the North County economy, although due to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing in North County saw 43% of businesses revenue decline. However, there was a 1% net gain in jobs, according to Jordan Latchford, research manager for the SDREDC. “What we found is that manufacturing is really strong in North County,” she said. “It is led by high-tech goods and services including biomedical devices, telecommunications equipment and defense-related products.” However, the field is facing strong headwinds as automation, globalization and COVID-19 continue to impact the industry. There are 9,804 manufacturing jobs with a higher-than-average risk of au-

NORTH COUNTY maintains a strong manufacturing community despite difficulties related to the pandemic and job automation. The production of microelectronics, biomedical devices, telecommunications and defense-related devices provides thousands of jobs along the 78 corridor. File photo

tomation, nearly 24% of all North County manufacturing jobs, Latchford said. Investment in upskilling and re-training will be needed to help move these workers into other quality jobs over time. Latchford said there are numerous programs and educational opportunities throughout the county to

help workers advance their skills. “We have some strong manufacturing training groups,” Latchford said. “There will be an opportunity for some of those to be turned into quality jobs. The call to action is to be able to give them the opportunity to turn them into quality jobs.” As for job clusters,

tronic manufacturing company. Since COVID-19 began, QP Technologies has hired staff, reported increased revenue and anticipates upscaling facilities in the future. “The strength of the manufacturing industry in North County San Diego is one of the reasons we wanted to expand here,” said

Outdoor spring shopping in heart of San Marcos



ed the PAC’s spending as contributions to their campaigns, which they didn’t. The PAC made “independent expenditures” of more than $15,000 supporting Chamberlin and more than $13,000 supporting Ahmad during 2020, according to The Coast News’ compilation of filings. A PAC may spend money favoring or opposing a candidate, independent of a campaign, without the candidate necessarily becoming liable to report it. For example, a PAC might endorse a candidate or oppose a candidate’s rival in a mass mailer, without the candidate’s permission or knowledge. Such spending is commonplace. But if the candidate participates, the expenditure no longer counts as independent, and the candidate must report it. For example, a candidate becomes liable if he or she discusses “the content, timing, location, mode, intended audience, distribution, or placement of [a PAC’s campaign-related] communication,” according to an FPPC disclosure manual. “Facebook campaign statements made by the candidates on their respective election webpages” indicate such participation, Schneider wrote in his complaint. For instance, he pointed to a Facebook post in which “Elect Jaime Chamberlin” said: “When designing this [mailer], I wanted to succinctly and directly address the important changes that I

Carlsbad and Vista have the two highest employee populations, each coming in with more than 11,000, followed by Oceanside, San Marcos and Escondido, each with more than 4,000. One company that reported job gains is QP Technologies (formerly QuikPak), an Escondido-based computer and microelec-

Rosie Medina, vice president of sales and marketing at QP Technologies. “The talent pool is rich, and there is space to grow. We appreciate that not every region has both of these critical components that are needed for our industry to thrive.” As for the footprint, Latchford said a number of respondents said increasing space is critical for future growth. While many industries have been ravaged by the pandemic, manufacturing in North County has not had as much trouble, relatively speaking, as other sectors, she added. The vacancy rate, meanwhile, has been increasing over the past several years, however, it allows for those businesses to expand. The 6% growth projection, meanwhile, is in part thanks to the computer and electronics industry, Latchford said. “That’s what’s driving this manufacturing industry,” she added. “It’s not just machinery. It’s computer and electronics products and the production of high-value goods. Essentially, that follows the national trend, but we are doing better than the national trend.” Latchford said the future is bright for North County as the region is expected to continue to outperform national trends due to its production of high-valued goods.

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SAN MARCOS UNIFIED board members Sarah Ahmad, left, and Jaime Chamberlin are under investigation for alleged campaign violations. Courtesy photos

will bring ….” The Sept. 22 post referenced doesn’t explicitly say the teachers’ PAC paid for the communication. Though

Cases with guilty findings may result in fines up to $5,000 per violation or administrative warning letters. the PAC’s filings show expenditures totaling about $3,300 before that date for mailers supporting Chamberlin, while the county registrar’s database doesn’t have any filings from Chamberlin at all. Ahmad filed several disclosures, showing pay-

ments to Facebook and a printing company, as well as cash contributions from individuals, but none from the teachers’ PAC. FPPC’s opening of an investigation does not indicate or imply a finding of guilt, but only that sufficient warranted looking into the matter more deeply. Cases with guilty findings may result in fines up to $5,000 per violation or administrative warning letters. The FPPC “found no evidence of intent to conceal” on the part of the San Marcos Teachers for Quality Education, the PAC told The Coast News in a statement. The PAC paid a $661 fine for filing late, but “is appealing the fine on the grounds that the inability to file the form on time was due to an error with the county filing website, and not within our control.” Ahmad and Chamberlin didn’t respond to requests for comment.

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos Artisans Market, a special edition of the San Marcos Farmers Market, offers residents and visitors a chance to do some outdoor spring shopping on Sunday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Spring Fling special event will include amazing goodies from the weekly market with the addition of artisans, crafters, specialty packaged food items, natural bath and beauty products, custom home decor items, spring gifts and decorations. Guests will also enjoy delicious food options and live music.

The event is family friendly. Parking is free, and face coverings are required. The openair San M a rc o s Fa r mers Market continues to support l o c a l farmers, s m a l l businesses and entrepreneurs, welcoming shoppers for a safe, secure, and enhanced experience in the heart of North City San Marcos.

The April 11 event will be held at 251 North City Drive, off Highway 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road, near Cal State University San Marcos. T h e San Marcos Farmers Market is 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at the same location. For more information, contact Event Director Melanie Jamil at 760-7441270 or

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On smog standards, GM a classic bandwagon jumper


Four ways ongoing remote work torpedos business, career success


By Clint Padgett

he rise of remote work has changed the face of business, and in some cases brightened the outlook for employees weary of battling traffic during morning and late-afternoon commutes. Many of those employees hope their companies will stick with this new work-from-home reality even after the pandemic is nothing more than an unhappy memory. But despite the benefits, continuing remote work beyond what is necessary could result in se-


Padgett says employees and their employers may both come to regret that view. He says potential downsides of permanent work from home could include: • Employee burnout. When someone leaves an office at the end of the day, they put both actual distance and emotional distance between themselves and work. With remote work, Padgett says, that barrier between home and work is removed, which could lead to greater instances of burnout. As a result, peo-

“...Over the long haul, (working from home) means you aren’t developing relationships or communicating in ways necessary to create a cohesive team.” rious consequences, says Clint Padgett, president and CEO of Project Success Inc. and the ForbesBooks author of “How Teams Triumph: Managing By Commitment.” “Working from home limits the interaction between employees and their managers and co-workers,” Padgett says. “That might be fine for a short time, but over the long haul it means you aren’t developing relationships or communicating in ways necessary to create a cohesive team.” So far, most people choose to focus on the upsides. More than half — 54% — of remote workers say that if given a choice they would want to keep working from home even after the pandemic, according to the Pew Research Cen-

ple are more likely to produce poor quality work or leave their current jobs in search of something they hope will be better, he says. • The end of “serendipitous” meetings. In an office setting, not every exchange of ideas happens in scheduled meetings or formal brainstorming sessions. People see each other in hallways or the breakroom and start to chat. “Those organic conversations often result in creative thinking and problem solving,” Padgett says. “That’s a missing ingredient in the creative process with remote work.” • An increase of “silo-itis.” Even in an office, human nature leads people to seek out like-minded individuals, which

means people within departments often stick together unless steps are taken to make sure they interact with others. “With the lack of physical interaction that remote work gives us, we will be even more isolated, working only within the team structure,” Padgett says. “That’s problematic because you get better results when people come out of their silos.” • The potential for lower pay. One of the perks of remote work is that people can live where they please and no longer need to be in the same general area as company headquarters. That means they can abandon high-cost areas in favor of communities where housing is cheaper. But Padgett points out that there are already news reports that some employers are considering paying people less as a result. Right now remote work is the reality for many people, so to get the most out of it, managers should be proactive about making sure remote workers are actively included in Zoom meetings, Padgett says. “And while I know nobody wants more Zoom meetings,” he says, “people may need to schedule one-on-one time with co-workers or to gather virtually in small groups just to chat and discuss non-work-related topics. “That can help restore some of those serendipitous moments and reduce the problems associated with a return to silos.” Clint Padgett, the ForbesBooks author of “How Teams Triumph: Managing By Commitment,” is the president and CEO of Project Success Inc., a project management company.

hree years ago, General Motors was among the first to jump aboard when then-President Donald Trump and his administration tried to remove California’s authority to regulate its own smog standards, a right supposedly guaranteed in the federal Clean Air Act of 1970. No one questioned whether this state would or should have that right in perpetuity back when Republican President Richard Nixon, a Californian very familiar with polluted air, signed that law. It was a matter of course. California’s clean air advances quickly became so accepted that 16 other states eventually agreed to adopt whatever standards this state set, but a couple of years later just in case of complications. Then came Trump claiming that his executive orders could override the authority Congress and a previous president gave California. He sought a single, far more lax, national automotive smog standard. If he’d been reelected, he might well have succeeded. Only a lawsuit filed by former state Attorney General Xavier Becerra soon after Trump issued his order held up that edict, one of many designed to penalize California for providing the popular vote margin by which Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in 2016, even though Trump won in the arcane and archaic Electoral College. But Trump again lost the popular vote last fall, with California providing most of the margin of defeat. This time, he also lost in the Electoral College despite his repeated, false claims of widespread fraud. GM again acted fast. The giant automaker al-

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most immediately after the vote dropped its role in helping Trump try to deprive California of its key clean air authority. Fellow Trump-supporting automakers like Toyota and Fiat Chrysler followed months later. GM’s move was clearly taken because new President Joseph Biden made it plain throughout his campaign that he would reverse most if not all Trump measures to loosen environmental regulations. GM chief executive Mary Barra did not at any point relate her company’s move to any flaws in what Trump sought to do. Her statement left no doubt this was purely bandwagon jumping, GM getting aboard with a new president as soon as possible. She said she pulled GM from its role as a Trump supporter because she agrees with Biden’s plan to make electric car use far more widespread. “We believe the ambitious electrification goals of (Biden), California and General Motors are aligned to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions,” she said. It would have been difficult to be more blatant. For GM was aligned the last three years against California’s longstanding aim to increase EV use, the very plan Barra now endorses. So this is corporate opportunism at its peak. GM was long joined by Toyota in standing against California consumers, who strongly back the state’s

environmental goals, according to every poll on the subject. Both glossed over their stances for years in consumer advertising. Meanwhile, other large automakers like Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW and Volvo joined Becerra’s lawsuit to prevent Trump’s anti-environmental move, which he justified with unsubstantiated claims that stricter smog standards lead to job losses. It is no surprise that GM and Toyota left the Trump train at the first indication it was the losing side, both in this effort and in combating election results. Both companies have long histories of opposing every advance California has ever made in smog controls. From the earliest smog control devices of the 1960s to catalytic converters to fleet standards that forced companies to build electric cars, GM and Toyota have always been recalcitrant. They are among the foremost companies in repeatedly claiming standards set by California’s smog-fighting agency, the Air Resources Board, could not physically be met — and then somehow managing to do it after the standards were adopted. Why expect these companies to change their behavior now? Rather, it was to be expected they would change colors like chameleons at the first indication it was the politically opportune thing to do. Which means environmentally minded Californians now know which companies stood for cleaner air when times were tough and which did not, just in case they want to reward such efforts with a car purchase. Email Thomas Elias at

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Del Mar plans to have fans for ’21 race season

Vista finances: From ‘scary’ to ‘amazing’

By Bill Slane

DEL MAR — After a full race season in 2020 with empty stands thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced plans to bring fans back to the track this upcoming season. With COVID-19 case numbers and vaccinations continuing to track in the right direction, along with the easing of restrictions of fans at live sporting events in the state, the plans currently are to have as many fans in attendance as state and local authorities allow. “We will continue to follow the guidance of local health officials and our medical advisers, but based on what has been announced for other local attractions such as the San Diego Padres and SeaWorld, we are optimistic we will have fans in the stands this summer at some level,” said Josh Rubinstein, president and chief operating officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. With the race season not set to kick off until July, plans have not yet been finalized as the DMTC will wait to see what the guidance is from local health officials. “It’s extremely fluid right now,” Craig Dado, chief marketing officer for DMTC said. “We really don’t know what level we’ll be able to invite fans. but of course we have a few months until opening day.” The news comes on the heels of the San Diego Padres announcing they will have fans at Petco Park for opening day on April 1 with a 20% capacity. After seeing that announcement the DMTC felt comfortable making their intentions known as well. DMTC says they it will comply with all guidelines from health officials in regards to masking and social distancing. San Diego County, like many other counties in the state, has recently moved into the COVID-19 red tier with under seven new COVID-19 cases per 100K. With case numbers continuing to show positive movement, and more and more people becoming eligible to be vaccinated, the DMTC is excited to see fans come back after a strange year at the track. “It’s going to be huge for morale. Del Mar is special because we tend to have big crowds,” Dado said. “Without the crowds it just seemed very weird here.” Having fans back in the stands will also bring in revenue missed from concessions and other ontrack revenues. However, the DMTC said bets were TURN TO DEL MAR ON A11

By Steve Puterski

THE PROJECT at the intersection of Bent Avenue and Discovery Street is expected to be completed next year. Discovery Village South will include 220 single-family homes, and Discovery Village North will feature commercial units and multifamily housing. Photo by John Melson

Discovery Village project underway By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The Discovery Village development project is well underway in San Marcos with more than 200 residential units expected to be ready by 2022. The site used to be reserved for a new Scripps Health hospital until the San Marcos City Council voted to turn it into a residential development back in 2018. The property, which is west of Twin Oaks Valley Road, at the intersection of Bent Avenue and Discovery Street, consists of two separate projects. Discovery Village North will include stores, offices, eateries, multifamily homes, and could eventually offer a site for a new

school. Discovery Village South will be a lower-density neighborhood of 220 single-family homes. According to City Planner Joe Farace, the residential units are being built by two different developers, Shea Homes and Lennar. “There’s 131 of them that are supposed to be a more traditional type of single-family homes that are being built by Lennar,” Farace said. “And then 89 of them are supposed to be in more of a motor court configuration, and that is going to be built by Shea Homes. So there are two different developers and they're all doing a portion of the site.” John Melson, a resident of San Marcos, told

The Coast News that he’s seen some mixed reactions about the development over the past couple of years. “I've seen some people sort of sad to see the development take place,” Melson said. “As cities grow in wide-open areas, to see it get bulldozed and blasted down and buildings coming in... sure, that's kind of sad to see, but you know, cities get developed and housing gets made and parks get built and schools need to get built. That sort of stuff happens.” Residents and community groups in past council meetings have also raised concerns about the new development potentially causing overcrowding in the nearby schools. Howev-

er, Farace said that there is still the possibility of eventually opening a new school on or near the site. As far as concerns about traffic, Farace said the construction of Discovery Street is part of the project, which should substantially improve traffic conditions in the area. Melson said that, for the most part, he has seen a lot of support for the project, especially because the city needs more housing. “The project allows housing and development and the much-needed discovery extension through that undeveloped area of land,” Melson said. “Mostly people are concerned with the noise, which is understandable, but it will hopefully all be worth it.”

Teen girl charged in crash that killed homeless men By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — A 13-year-old girl who allegedly crashed her mother’s pilfered SUV off an Escondido street while fleeing a traffic stop, killing two homeless men sleeping on the roadside, pleaded not guilty March 26 to vehicular manslaughter and other charges. The teenager, whose name has been withheld because she is a minor, was taken into custody March 25 and booked into juve-



want to make sure the approach is done in a way to avoid further stress on businesses. Contreras said since so many other cities already have ordinances, along with several state laws, the issue should move quickly as it’s known what does and doesn’t work. “We have a lot of litter,” Contreras said, who also holds a weekly cleanup in the city. “We find a ton

nile hall in San Diego, according to the Escondido Police Department. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, the girl, who had taken her mother’s Ford Explorer without permission and was driving around with a friend in tow, was pulled over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Interstate 15 and state Route 78, Lt. Kevin Toth said. As an officer walked up to the SUV, the teen allegedly sped off to the of straws, Styrofoam and a lot of utensils. They really want to see our council address the litter issue when it comes to pollution and trash.” Although Contreras and Councilwoman Katie Melendez pressed for a quick turnaround for an ordinance, the council approved tapping city staff to bring back a “menu” of options along with outreach to restaurants and businesses to help craft the best path forward. Contreras, along with

east, then fled for about six blocks before losing control of the vehicle while trying to make a left onto North Ash Street. The SUV careened off the roadway, fatally injuring Mateo Salvador, 33, and 51-year-old Sofio Sotelo Torres as they lay in a patch of shrubbery next to a concrete-block wall, according to police. The underage driver then allegedly got out of the damaged vehicle and made a failed attempt to the council, said the options and ordinance will focus on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws, stirrers, condiment packets and Styrofoam packaging. Additionally, the council wants to put forward a program making the phaseout “fun” to help encourage businesses and residents to change. The “fun,” Contreras said, is conceptual but allows for businesses and residents to pitch ideas to spur change. Councilman Joe Green,

escape on foot. After being caught and questioned by police, she was released to the custody of her family pending completion of investigations into the deadly wreck. Along with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, the girl also faces charges of hit-and-run resulting in death and evading police causing death. She remains in custody at Juvenile Hall pending her next court date, an April 21 readiness hearing. like the other council members, said the plastic pollution crisis must be addressed and the council can take the lead. He said addressing the problem will help with the beautification of the city, while the council said by taking the lead, it can be an example through its entities such as the Moonlight Theater, Wave Waterpark and other venues. “This is a great opportunity to include something in our city that can help with diversion of waste,” Green

VISTA — The city’s financial outlook through the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2020-21 is on track with its June 2020 budget projections. Mike Sylvia, finance director for the City of Vista, reported to the City Council during its March 9 meeting budget actuals and noting the status of property taxes and assessed home values have dramatically increased compared to the same period in FY 2019-20. Much of the city’s revenues, though, have yet to be collected as, in some cases, there is a lag, while in others those revenue sources, such as property taxes, are heavier during the spring. Other revenues collected in July and August 2020 are related to the prior fiscal year, but is consistent with previous years and collection methods, Sylvia said. “Specific to the General Fund, revenues and expenditures are consistent with the budget, even with the presence of the COVID pandemic,” he added. “It’s important to know a significant amount of cash receipts aren’t received at the same time.” As of Dec. 31, 2020, the city received 37.6% of the General Fund Total Resources (revenues plus other financing sources) projected for the fiscal year, he said. The city had expended 40.9% of the total amount appropriated in the General Fund for the fiscal year. The city has received $32.4 million (37.6%) in revenue from external sources, while the fiscal year’s budgeted adjusted total resources (revenue plus other financing sources) estimated for the General Fund is $86,354,103. Adjusted estimated budgeted General Fund appropriations are $92.3 million with $37.7 million (40.9%) expended. “This time last year when we were talking about our forecasted budget, it was scary,” said Councilman Joe Green. “Everything they did (staff) and looking at where we are now, it’s amazing.” A bright spot for the city is property tax with an assessed valuation of $12.9 TURN TO FINANCES ON A6

said. “Create policy to alter patterns and behavior.” Councilman John Franklin also supports the measure and said once consumers begin to demand change, businesses follow suit fast. Like Green and Ritter, he expressed concerns for moving too fast without first engaging with businesses and having staff return with options. Still, the council is optimistic it can approve an ordinance before its July recess.


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Vista paves the way for future growth The heat is on By Staff

VISTA — While many small and mid-sized cities around the United States struggle because their economies were built largely on one main sector, the city of Vista has diversified its business community by creating economic development strategies — from an award-winning brewery cluster to thriving industrial parks, and a hopping historic downtown. Even during this past year’s pandemic, Vista has attracted new companies and investments while supporting the city’s existing businesses. In an effort to continue its urban economic revival, Vista recently released its Vista Economic Development Strategy (VEDS), a strategic framework to guide the city’s economic development policies and programs over the next five years. The VEDS plan is designed to achieve the following major goals: — Expand economic opportunities for Vista’s resident workforce. — Revitalize Vista’s commercial and industrial areas. — Strengthen the City’s fiscal position. The VEDS committee studied a number of factors, including an industry “cluster” analysis to identify the industry groups that are the most important “engines'' of the existing local economy, as well as the industry groups that are likely to offer the most attractive growth potentials in the future. A real estate market analysis was also conducted to identify potential future demand for commercial and industrial development in the City.

VISTA BUSINESSMAN Clay McCarthy, left, with John Bagley, managing partner of WildWood Crossing & Cantina in downtown Vista. Courtesy photo

The targeted industry clusters include: biopharmceuticals, medical devices, information technology, aerospace/defense, distribution and knowledge creation, food/beverage processing and entertainment/ arts (downtown destination). “The VEDS committee was able to identify certain industries and business types that would be a great addition to the existing mix of businesses. This will help in planning new infrastructure and create a master plan of what will best benefit the City and its existing businesses as the city grows,” said Clay McCarthy, a longtime Vista resident, local business owner and VEDS committee member. McCarthy, director of operations at Quality Lock & Security Services

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and co-owner of WildWood Crossing and Cantina, said the new strategic plan will further fuel the city’s success. He pointed to three factors that have been key to the city’s economic development game plan: Vista's geographic location, excellent weather, and the ability of Vista's Economic Development Department to identify and attract quality business. McCarthy believes the new five-year plan will inject even more life into Vista’s downtown. “Vista's downtown continues to grow and now with the addition of the Rylan Project on Paseo Santa Fe, we will have people living downtown. This addition will be great for local businesses. I think there will be more of this type of development in the future.”

Vista points to its last economic development strategy in 2009, which breathed life into its craft brewery cluster, as well as an historic downtown. The city has also managed to attract and grow several key industry clusters, such as software, manufacturing, biotech, aerospace/defense and food and beverage. According to the Milken Institute, top-performing cities have cohesive strategies and diversified economies, allowing them to weather economic storms and leverage their assets more effectively. “We want to continue to nurture and support our existing businesses and industries but also see around the corner new opportunities that will benefit our residents and businesses,” Vista Mayor Judy Ritter said. “Despite the economic headwinds caused by the pandemic, we believe Vista is well positioned for continued economic growth.” That future growth, as outlined in VEDS, includes working closely with Vista Business Park property owners and businesses to ensure long-term vibrancy of this critical business district. Rachel Beld, CEO of the Vista Chamber of Commerce, said she is impressed with the health of the Vista Business Park and the city. “The combination of affordable property and lease rates and the willingness of the city to work with businesses make locating to Vista attractive,” said Beld, also a VEDS committee member. Beld described Vista as a “community of makers,” which the city will use in its branding and communications efforts through VEDS.

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Children ages 2 to 10 are invited to participate in a special online Easter program at 9 a.m. April 3 on the Village Community Presbyterian Church website, The church suggests parents gather a leaf, a cracker, a coin, a cross and a small rock to be interactive with the story.

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e know summer approac het h . We know that before too much longer, we will be hanging up those tights and baring those knees. But this year, Mother Nature is making fine sport with us by giving us a day of warmth, followed by a week of chill and damp. Just in case we “near the beach” dwellers should want to rush the season, clouds the consistency of mashed potatoes keep rolling in from the ocean. I have decided that Mother Nature might be having her midlife crisis. She must no longer be the young, supple nymph she once was. Can it be that she, too, is dreading the lightweight toga weather and plans to keep the chill level up just as long as she jolly well can? I am a little weary of dragging in wood for fires, adding another comforter and de-linting my sweaters, but these chores pale when I consider sliding this body of pearlike shape and road map thighs into shorts or a swimsuit, in broad daylight. So, for me as for many, it is the season of renewal, rebirth and retreat from the refrigerator. It’s time to trim. It’s get-back-tothe-weight-I-was-10-yearsago-in-10-days-time. This is the trade-off of not living in a state where winter lasts until late May. They get to keep those baggy woolens on longer. Here, spring flowers are blooming and spring break is upon us.



billion, according to the County of San Diego Assessors’ Office. The assessed valuation represents an increase of 5.68% compared to the 2019-20 fiscal year. As for property tax revenue, which the city collects, estimates are at $14.1 million. The valuation of building permits issued in Vista for residential units totaled $60.9 million for the first six months of FY 2020-21 compared to $51.9 million for the first six months of FY 2019-20. The valuation of building permits issued for new non-residential buildings, meanwhile, totaled $8.7 million in FY 2020-21 compared to $1.1 million for the first six months of FY 2019-20. Another win for the city was the increase single-family detached median home prices in Vista increased 20.7% in Decem-

I can probably avoid the beach since the water temperature is arctic, but well-meaning friends are beginning to offer their pools and spas, and I am getting panicky. I have considered my options, and they are manifold and horrible. There is the 2,000 calories-a-day option. Can’t do it. I get hungry, and end up eating the last stale crackers in the box at midnight. There is the chocolate-diet-drink option. That leaves me ravenous by 9:30 a.m. I could take one of the current diet supplement pills; however, they contain stimulants, which give me lots of energy and the disposition of a harpy. There are the commercial weight loss clinics, which want several hundred of my dollars plus the cost of their frozen foods. Perhaps the no-carbohydrates, no-sugar diet. That plan prompts me to buy wildly expensive cuts of meat, rare cheese and canned asparagus, which I deserve since I can’t have one lousy cookie. Oh sure. I exercise, but just as I was managing to drag out of bed early enough for that, some fool launched daylight savings time. For me, “springing ahead” is more like being catapulted into a brick wall. I will eventually relish the long evenings, but that time is a host of triple-shot coffees away. I am still fantasizing about being a bear in hibernation. Now there’s an animal that appreciates a season of stored-up fat. Where did we humans go wrong? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer looking for knee-length bathing suits. Contact her at ber 2020 to $656,526 compared to $544,000 in December 2019. Single-family attached median home prices in the city increased 13.5% to $420,000 in December 2020 compared to $370,000 in December 2019. Sales tax, meanwhile, saw a nice boost thanks, in part, due to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Wayfair v. South Dakota, which mandated nearly all out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes, according to the staff report. Sales tax collected by local businesses for the second quarter of FY 2020-21 totaled $5.1 million, a 9.8% increase over the same time for FY 201920. Staff attributed the increase due to “significantly increasing online sales transactions and the associated sales tax collection required,” as a result of the court decision.

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Interfaith to open new recuperative care center this fall By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Interfaith Community Services is preparing to complete its renovation of a former motel and open a new recuperative care center and temporary housing facility in its place. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Escondido, purchased America’s Best Value Inn & Suites at 555 N. Centre City Parkway in September 2020 with plans to turn it into a place of healing and restoration for homeless individuals. According to CEO Greg Anglea, the renovations are expected to be completed this fall. “The renovations will create the recuperative care center, where we have people coming out of hospitals who need both hous-



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INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES expects to complete renovations by this fall on a former America’s Best Value Inn & Suites in Escondido. File photo

$6 million grant from the county, with the rest being funded mainly by private donations. “There are not enough places for people to go who are experiencing homelessness and looking for help,” Anglea said. “I think a lot of times people don't understand — they may think, well, you know, that person is choosing to be homeless, they just don't want to go into a shelter or they don't want help. And what I think a lot of people don’t understand is that often that help is not there.” The facility will provide 33 graduate/temporary rooms for people who have completed a shelter stay or a treatment program or recuperative care and are still seeking permanent housing of their own.

The center also will have 54 beds for recuperative care, for homeless individuals who are discharged out of hospitals and don’t have homes in which to recover in. Interfaith will provide them with a space to heal and then work to get them into housing of their own. This will replace a 32bed program at the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center in Escondido, which Interfaith has operated since 2015. “This is a really broad resource to help people in our local community to have that place to identify what their long-term plan is and then to help them get there,” Anglea said. “The value of a place and the healing nature of a quiet place of their own is really important.” its classrooms aimed at improving distance learning.

ing and medical or mental health support,” Anglea said. “We address those things while getting them into housing, so we need to make some pretty significant renovations to support

that.” In the meantime, Anglea said that they are operating in graduate lodging in the front part of the building, which will be renovated at a later time. There are

21 homeless individuals on site as of Monday. Anglea estimated that the $11 million project will still need another $3 million to complete. The project was started with a

dean’s award with distinction at Colgate University included Caneel Young of Rancho Santa Fe, Gabriella Pacula of San Diego, Fabrizio Herrera Alfaro of Oceanside and Reagan Whittle of Encinitas. • Kyle Manwaring of Carlsbad was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. • Lehigh University named Angela Ding of Rancho Santa Fe and Heidi Shen of San Diego to its dean’s list in fall 2020.

duce algae blooms at Mahr Reservoir. VWD received the “Excellence in Action” national award from the WateReuse Association and the “Innovation and Resiliency” state award from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.

Dogs, Kids Korps USA, and to donate $100 ($1 for each Shelter to Soldier. year) by "buying a square" on its online Giving Grid. Donate at soroptimistvista. YACHT CLUB YOUTH GRANT Members of the Oceans- org/100-for-100-years-fundide Yacht Club received a raiser/. grant from the Newport Beach, West Marine for GRANT FOR CSUSM the Oceanside Yacht Club Cal State San Marcos Youth Foundation, an or- has received a $250,000 ganization who supports grant from The Conrad Pregroups that educate chil- bys Foundation that it will dren about the maritime use to continue to build out world. The Oceanside Yacht the Innovation Hub that Club Youth Foundation will first launched last spring. be able to use this grant The gift is the first one that money for anything they CSUSM has received from need – education programs, The Conrad Prebys Founmaintaining staff, new dation. equipment and more.


The Icebreakers Club at San Dieguito Academy High School is doing a last push for its latest fundraiser/drive, in support of International Women's Month. They're collecting tampons and pads for the food-and-shelter-insecure of San Diego and Encinitas. If you'd like to support these huge-hearted students in their solidarity with the homeless community, consider sending a box of tampons or pads through this link

Jason Wexler, of The Grauer School, Kourosh Sadr and Payton Rosen of Canyon Crest Academy were awarded the prestigious title of San Diego-Hawaii Students of the Year and Woman of the Year, raising $119,607 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma NEW FACE AT CREST Society — even though it Crest ‘Backyard’ meant running a fully vir- Homes welcomes Project tual campaign. Manager Lenska Bracknell. Bracknell brings decades GRANT FOR NEW VILLAGE of investing, construction New Village Arts, a per- and real estate experience forming-arts theater host- to the table and is ready, ing musical and dramatic willing and able to strap on productions by a local en- a tool belt, jump into the semble group at 2787 State trenches and get her hands St, Carlsbad, has been ap- dirty. She understands evproved for a $15,000 Grants ery aspect of the design and for Arts Projects award construction process from to support our upcoming the ground up. Bracknell world premiere production can scope out any project, of “Desert Rock Garden” by help with the design, perRoy Sekigahama. This proj- mitting and construction ect is among projects select- process clear through to the ed during this first round of certificate of ownership. As fiscal year 2021 funding in a licensed fixed wing and the Grants for Arts Projects drone pilot she has video funding category. and photographed hundreds of real estate listings STAR STUDENTS and construction projects • Evita Woolsey from from conception to compleEncinitas, a student at the tion. University of Iowa, was honored for making continued WATER DISTRICT WIN advancement in research, The Vallecitos Water scholarship and innovation District recently received in 2020. two awards for its innova• Students earning the tive use of technology to re-


Promises2Kids’ newest board member is Mia Park. Park is an Encinitas resident, raised in Cardiffby-the-Sea, and also attended UCLA to graduate with a degree in music. She helped launch the career of Grammy award-winning rock act Switchfoot, and became their day-to-day manager. Park also serves as a member of the board of directors of The Country Friends, has also helped organize galas for Tender Loving Canines Assistance



To celebrate the 100th anniversary, Soroptimist International is launching its year-long “$100 for 100 Years” fundraiser, inviting supporters and companies

Springs Charter Schools’ Vista Student Center in Vista received a technology boost with the addition of Owl brand cameras, with 360-degree camera, mic, and speaker, in each of


SANDAG successfully refinanced its 2014 Series A bonds at lower interest rates, providing more than $22 million in savings to the region and taxpayers. At the same time, new bonds were issued to support projects in the TransNet Major Corridors program. SANDAG, serving as the San Diego County Regional Transportation Commission, priced the taxable 2021 Series A Bonds with a total principal amount of $149.84 million at an all-in rate of 2.21% and the tax-exempt 2021 Series B Bonds with a total principal amount of $116.15 million at an all-in rate of 2.71%, resulting in a total of $130.4 million in project funds.

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NORTH COUNTY students Ara Lee, 17, left, and Joan Chong, 16, organized a “March to Stop Asian Hate” rally on March 21 in Carlsbad Village. Photo by Steve Puterski

Hundreds rally to protest rise of anti-Asian violence By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — A pair of North County high school students have rallied hundreds of people in response to a national spike in hate and violence directed against Asian Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ara Lee, 17, of San Marcos High School, and Joan Chong, 16, of Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, organized a March 21 rally in Carlsbad Village, after which several hundred people marched to Cannon Park. “I felt we needed to do something,” Chong said. Both girls said it was an opportunity to bring a voice to local Asian American residents and to rebuke the use of racist terms to describe the coronavirus, including “Chinese Virus” and “Kung Flu,” among others. Speakers at the rally said this type of derogatory rhetoric, most notably used by former President Donald Trump and far-right political pundits, has fueled a significant rise in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country. In 2020, hate crimes against Asian Americans in the country’s largest cities

have increased by 150%, according to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, On March 16, a White male in Atlanta shot and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, sparking national outrage. Lee, Chong and a number of speakers on Sunday said the shooter had deranged sexualized fetishes about Asian women leading to the rampage. “It is our duty as Asian Americans and young people to act now,” Lee said. Those attending began their march in Carlsbad Village before walking to Cannon Park escorted by the Carlsbad Police Department. Residents of all ages, ethnicities and religions carried homemade signs, led chants, receiving honks of support from passing vehicles. Speakers also shared personal experiences of racism, microaggressions and stereotypes they’ve suffered. According to Lee, racist stereotypes include descriptions of Asians as quiet and submissive and remarks about physical characteristics such as eyeshape. “We don’t have direct

answers or a solution,” Lee said. “We need to stand as a community and show unity.” Three Chinese American women — Li, Lulu and Cindy (all of whom declined to give their last names) — also attended the rally. The three said they legally immigrated from the communist country to the U.S. 20 years ago to pursue their own “American Dream.” Li said it was their chance at a better life, including freedom and the ability to provide for their families and raise their children. Lulu added it’s her job to protect her daughter’s future, and while she hasn’t had many bad experiences, Lulu said it was important to show support for the Asian-American community. Cindy added the U.S. is supposed to provide equal opportunity and rights to all its citizens. Cindy noted she pays her taxes, just like every other citizen, and it’s disheartening to be judged based on her face, hair and skin color. “I believe in this country,” Li said. “Hate doesn’t solve any problem. We need to respect each other, their culture and background.”

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Scholarships help women balance family, education

(Bi)partisan bill activity, North County state legislators by number of bills sponsored, of bills with multiple sponsors 2021-2022 legislative session to date






Sen. Pat Bates (R)

Asm. Tasha Boerner Horvat h (D)

San Marcos, Escondido

Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Del Oceanside, Vista, Mar Camp Pendleton


At least one each Dem. & Rep. sponsor

Sen. Toni Atkins (D)

Asm. Chris Ward (D)

Only fellow Democrats

Sen. Brian Jones (R)

Only fellow Republicans

Asm. Marie Waldron (R)

Graphic by Dan Brendel


brandy manufacturers; • AB 348 would require an annual summary of state, federal and private funds spent to develop affordable housing, echoing a recent recommendation from the state auditor; • SB 227 would change certain regulations pertaining to off-road vehicles; • AB 582 would increase punishment for drivers who flee hit-and-run scenes; • AB 239 would allow winegrowers to sell and deliver wine to consumers in consumer-supplied containers. North County’s three Republican representatives have sponsored an average of 19 bipartisan bills each, while the three Democrats have sponsored an average of 4 each. The Coast News asked all six lawmakers to comment about their bipartisan activity, as well as other priority or interesting legislation. “While partisan conflicts often get the headlines, Republicans and

Democrats do work together on many issues,” Bates said. She highlighted her SB 434, a bipartisan bill that would crack down on certain health facilities engaging in fraudulent or misleading marketing. She also emphasized her SB 668 and SB 706 (no co-sponsors). These would, respectively, delay the reassessment of property transferred from parents or grandparents to their children or grandchildren; and increase penalties for certain failures to disclose to state tax officials the acquisition of ownership interests in real property. Jones, despite sponsoring the most bipartisan bills of his North County colleagues, took a harsher tone regarding the opposing party. “Politicians in the Democrat ruling party in Sacramento are always looking to raise taxes and fees so it’s a never-ending battle to keep them in check,” he said. “Unbelievable how much nanny government we have in California,” he said of AB 1084, a Democrat-sponsored bill that

would require department stores to combine boys’ and girls’ sales floor areas into “gender neutral” areas. Atkins emphasized her SB 7, which would expand streamlining eligibility under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, to small housing development projects. Affordable housing and building industry advocates sometimes blame CEQA for killing affordable housing development projects with red tape. While the bill gained no Republican sponsors, Bates and Jones recently voted in favor of it. Aktins also highlighted her SB 1, which would establish measures to combat sea level rise, including, among other things, a new state-level grant-making body. This bill carries no Republican sponsors and recently passed out of committee along a party line vote. Ward highlighted four bills, none with cosponsors. AB 218 would allow people to change their legal gender and sex listed on their children’s birth certificates. AB 223 would prohibit remov-

ing or harvesting dudleya, an endangered plant, from certain properties. AB 311 would prevent the sale of homemade, unregistered gun kits at gun shows. AB 340 would allow the use of certain state financial aid to pay for student debt and apprenticeship programs. Boerner Horvath and Waldron’s offices did not respond to requests for comment.

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VISTA — Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland recently gave educational awards totaling $21,500 to seven local women, as part of its Live Your Dream Awards program. The Live Your Dream award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. These women are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/ skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. This year’s first-place award winner received a check for $3,500, and the other six awardees received $3,000 apiece. The top winner’s application has been submitted as a candidate for an additional region-level award and a chance to become a candidate for one of three $10,000 Soroptimist federation-level awards. First-place awardee was Kasey Critz, who escaped a physically abusive marriage and was left as the sole financial support for four learning-disabled sons. The six other awardees all have similarly stories and struggles. Monica Vargas, single

KASEY CRITZ, one of seven Soroptimist International scholarship recipients, is now eligible for a regional award. Courtesy photo

mother of three, is pursuing a BA in psychology from Cal State University San Marcos part-time while holding down a full-time job. “Not only would this scholarship assist me financially by offsetting some of the extra expenses a student endures such as books, fees, supplies, etc., but it would also provide me the continued motivation to keep moving forward in accomplishing my educational goals,” Vargas wrote in her application. The other five are enrolled in local colleges, universities or trade schools. For more information visit or e-mail


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APRIL 2, 2021 ety’s 27th annual Walk for Animals at Traditionally held at Kit Carson Park in Escondido and Liberty Station in San Diego, it will be combined into a single virtual event this year. Walk Week is April 11 to April 17, including behind-the-scenes tours, social media surprises, pancake making, and more. Registration is free with Walk for Animals resources to help participants fundraise to support San Diego Humane Society.



The Parkinson’s Support Group for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners will meet virtually on Zoom at 10 a.m. April 5. To receive the Zoom invite, contact Carol at hcmaher@



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Palomar Health is offering free, virtual health information classes with Love Your Liver at 6 p.m. April 6. The city of Encinitas, along with 80 businesses, will hand out 48 recyclable bags stuffed with colorful, Participants need to sign up EGG-CINITAS: eco-friendly eggs and candy treats to children and customers April 2 through April 4. Watch out for a golden egg! File photo in advance by calling (866) 628-2880 or visiting Paloapril-7th-8th-2021. fered at Vista Community Bay. Attire for this event ty Genealogical Society mar Health’s website. Clinic’s VCC: Vale Terrace is Old Hollywood Glamour. will hold its annual Spring every Monday from 8 a.m. to Tickets for in-person seating Seminar, “Pajama GenealoNC PARKINSON’S GROUP APRIL 7 The La Costa chapter 4 p.m. at 1000 Vale Terrace are available for $250 per gy, or How I Spent My PanFOSTER CARE SUMMIT of the North County Par- Drive, Vista. Current and person. There is no cost to demic,” in webinar format Register by April 2 for kinson’s Support Group prospective patients inter- attend virtually but guests 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 10. the Promises2Kids free vir- will meet virtually 1-2 p.m. ested in learning more are can purchase a gourmet The event is free but registual San Diego Foster Care April 7. The presentation encouraged to call 760-631- dinner to be delivered the tration deadline is April 9. day of the event for $125 per Register online at register. Education Summit, “Im- will be an “Ask The Doctor” 5000 person. For more informa- For additional proving the Educational open forum with Dr. Melissa tion and to purchase tickets, reservation information, Outcomes for Foster Youth Houser. For a Zoom invite, EPISCOPAL FUNDRAISER Get tickets and order visit e-mail reservations@nsdin a Virtual World,” 10 a.m. contact cgs. dinner now for the April 10 to 12:30 p.m. April 7-8. For Episcopal Community Sermore information and to HUMANE SOCIETY WALK vices Making Miracles Hy- APRIL 9 register, visit https://prom- APRIL 8 brid Gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. SPRING GENEALOGY EVENT HELP FOR YOUR HEART Sign up now for the Cardiology care is of- at Coasterra on San Diego ter-care-education-summitNorth San Diego Coun- San Diego Humane Soci-

The Veterans Association of North County is hosting a Vietnam Veterans Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on April 10 at 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. The keynote speaker will be John Stryker “Tilt” Meyer and lunch is free. Register by April 7 at https://impact. AAUW HOSTS BIOLOGIST

The public is invited to hear Maria Navarrete, a PhD student in Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley, speak at the American Association of University Women Del Mar-Leucadia Branch virtual meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on April 10. The Zoom room opens for a 30 minute social/chat time followed by the program at 10:30 a.m. Navarrete, an AAUW International Fellow, has an interest in amphibians and reptiles and will share what led her to become a scientist.

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Montecito’s Lotusland is diva’s ‘theatrical staging of gardens’


e are in Harry and Meghan’s neighborhood. I just know it. It’s Montecito, mansions, mature landscaping, high walls, precise hedges, snaking driveways and gates. Big gates. Ornate gates. Electric gates. Gates with guard houses. My husband is not convinced that royalty resides here. “I think they’d be sequestered somewhere in the hills,” he opines. “Just look for a chicken coop,” I say. Driving down Sycamore Canyon Road makes it clear why those who can afford to live here do, and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever pass through the gates of any of these sumptuous fortresses, and yet ... There is one grand estate in this neighborhood that is open to all regardless of station or bloodline: Ganna Walska Lotusland (www. This lush, 37-acre botanical garden, which carries the name of the Polish opera star who once owned, designed and built it, is a collection of distinctive gardens, each one more splendid than the next. Included are an expansive Japanese garden; water garden; a “blue” garden (only plants with silvery to blue-grey foliage); gardens that highlight cypress with low-handing moss; and gardens highlighting ferns, palms, Australian flora, bromeliads, roses and trop-



actually up in 2020 thanks to an increase in online betting. This year promises to be a big year for Del Mar for another reason —the annual Breeders’ Cup is scheduled to be run at the track in November. There are hopes that by then even more fans will be able to attend one of the biggest horse racing events of the year, which returns to Del Mar for the first time since 2017. “I’m hopeful that by November there’s a chance that we could be back to normal. But that is way out into the horizon,” Dado said. “But barring anything unforeseen we’re very hopeful that we could see 100% occupancy for the Breeders’ Cup. But again, we need to wait and see.”

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A FAMILY on spring break visits the Water Garden, one of 18 unique gardens that represent various climate zones at the 37-acre Ganna Walska Lotusland in Montecito. Walska, an opera singer, bought the property in 1941. Photo by Jerry Ondash

ical plants. Madame Ganna Walska was born Hanna Puacz in Poland in 1887. As an opera singer, she toured America and Europe, was married six times and “continued to study both vocal music and spiritual teachings. …” She mingled in the circles of the rich and famous, and in 1941, purchased the 37-acre Cuesta Linda estate in Santa Barbara. Walska’s original goal was to create a retreat for Tibetan monks (Tibetland), but when the monks never materialized, she renamed the estate Lotusland to honor the sacred Indian lotus growing in one of the ponds.

With the help of landscape architects, Walska began designing and building the gardens. Walska was so dedicated to her mission that she auctioned off some of her jewelry to pay for the final garden — one for rare cycads. “We have the only existing male Encephalartos woodii (cycad) in the world,” explains Alessandra Villegas, communications director. “Many of the other cycads are endangered, too.” Walking the maze of shrouded pathways that crisscross the grounds (words of advice: use the

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map!), it occurs to me that what may have earned Lotusland’s spot on someone’s 10 Best Gardens in the World list is the size of the trees and plants. Everything’s big. “I feel as though I’m walking through the Land of the Giants,” I remark, gazing upward at palm trees that exceed 100 feet and 100

years old. I note that many of these succulents grow in our yard, but Lotusland’s versions look like flora on steroids. For Thomas Baker, Lotusland is not just another beautiful garden; it’s his office. He began working here four years ago. “I lived in Santa Fe and

Tucson and that’s where I was introduced to the desert,” says the 35-year-old horticulturist, one of 13 at the garden. “My interest is cactus and desert plants and no one else really wants them.” That’s because maintaining these plants can be a thorny and tedious business. On this day, Baker is nimbly cleaning out the beds of the spikey parodia, a South American cactus, removing leaves that have fallen from overhanging California coast live oaks. Baker loves working at Lotusland because of the variety of species and “obviously, it’s a beautiful garden. There’s always something new to work on. It’s a dynamic place to work.” Baker’s favorite is the Dunlap Cactus Garden, which features more than 500 cactuses (300 kinds), donated by Merritt Dunlap of Fallbrook. Dunlap grew many from seed, starting in 1929. “People should visit if they want to see a whole world of plant life in one, concentrated location,” Baker offers. “We talk about the drama of the place; (that’s because) there’s a theatrical staging of gardens here.” Lotusland requires reservations; tours are self-guided until pandemic rules are lifted. For more discussion and photos, visit ondash.


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In the moment with WestBrew, celebrating ‘best of the West’


hings are changing and changing quickly. Recent coronavirus tier changes have allowed North County breweries to go from takeaway only to outside service with food to both outdoor and indoor with restrictions. It’s a wild slide through the tiers after months of stagnation. Once again, it feels like a good time to check in with a local brewery to see how they are responding to the moment. Joshua Schreer is the owner and founder of WestBrew, based in Vista with a satellite kitchen and tasting room in Del Mar. WestBrew moved into its Vista location in 2019. Their planned early 2020 opening was delayed until October, giving them a unique experience on surviving the always difficult first year in the life of a brewery as they seek to “celebrate the best of the West.” *** Cheers: Hi Josh, thanks for catching me up on what's going on at WestBrew. As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of this wild pandemic, what is the physical and emotional status of WestBrew? How are you doing as a person, a team and

a company? Josh: Emotionally, we are eager to get out there and show San Diego what we have to offer. With the pandemic we have been held back from really getting out in the market. We put so much into our business and hired so many talented people on our team. We are eager to get our product in front of this great county we live in. We are proud of our brand and can’t wait to be fully opened up to share what WestBrew is all about. Our morale is high as we see signs of opening back up, and our team is pushing hard to market our brand and get it out in the San Diego community. Cheers: How has COVID-19 impacted your brewery over the past year? What are your expectations for the rest of 2021? Josh: We opened in October 2020. Shortly after we opened, the state mandated we must close to the public. It has been a tough go to

Josh: We are open for business for on-site and offsite sales. They can come to our Vista location at our production facility (1061 La Mirada Court) or at our Del Mar restaurant and tasting room (1435 Camino Del Mar). We will also be opening a third location at 701 Island Ave. in downtown San Diego one block north of Petco Park in late May/early June of this year. Every month we are releasing at least one to two new beers for the public and our fans to try. Cheers: Anything else you want readers to know about WestBrew? Josh: We are glad to be part of the San Diego community. I graduated the WESTBREW FOUNDER Josh Schreer at the Vista-based brewery’s delayed 2020 opening. SDSU brewing program and WestBrew also has a tasting room in Del Mar. Photo courtesy of WestBrew attended the UCSD brewing program. We are huge Pastart, but now that the state past year. We hope all of us East Coast roots stem from dres fans, and we are excithas reversed some of the re- pull through this. my great grandfather, John ed for the upcoming season. strictions, we are optimistic Lambrecht, who immigratthat we will be able to bring Cheers: WestBrew has ed from Germany in the *** our product to our custom- a distinctly SoCal vibe, late 1800s. He went to brewers and build our reputation but you're originally from master school in NYC and Check out Westbrew on in [this] amazing brewing Brooklyn. Whereabouts, became a brewmaster. Instagram at @WestBrewSD community. and have any of those East and @WestBrewDelMar for We hope to see things Coast roots influenced the Cheers: What is the updates on beer releases, continue to open up so all type of brewery you've be- best way for North County hours and updated coronabusinesses in San Diego can come? residents to get their hands virus protocols, or head to begin the road to grow and Josh: I am originally on some of your beer, and is their online shop on www. recover. There have been so from Flatbush Brooklyn. there anything new that lo- to order beer many businesses and fam- I have been in California cal craft beer lovers should for home delivery in San Diilies impacted during this now for almost 20 years. My be looking out for? ego County.

Carruth Cellars rolls out the barrels


t is that time of year in a winery’s cycle when the winemaker and their team analyze and determine if vintages that have been aging in oak barrels are ready for bottling. Senior Editor Frank Mangio and I, along with 200 other guests, had the opportunity to taste and enjoy 10 red wine barrel samples at Carruth Cellars’ two-day, sold-out 11th annual 2021 Barrel Tasting Party. Adam Carruth, proprietor and winemaker, showcased his latest creations. The following 2019 vintages were presented at five stations: Pinot Noir/Sangiovese, Zinfandel/Merlot, Cab Franc/Malbec, a duel of Alexander Valley/Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Sirah/Syrah. Many of

these vintages have pedigrees as double gold, gold and silver winners. Before aging, grapes have been grown, harvested, crushed, macerated (soaking the skins in the grape juice, typically with pump-overs), fermented (where the sugars in the must slurry are converted to alcohol in a stainless steel tank), pressed or allowed to free run, and then aged for months to years in oak barrels, followed by bottling and laying down until sold.

Why oak? There are several reasons, including its capability to be shaped, tight grains that make it waterproof but breathable, and its ability to interact with the wine’s tannins to develop flavor and structure. During the tour Carruth revealed, “This year I was able to take advantage of a new barrique program. The barriques (barrels) are one of the most expensive costs for a winery. Having more new oak (a mixture of both French and US) smoothes tannins, adds structure, and enhances longevity in the bottle..” Being an urban winery, Carruth Cellars sources harvested fruit from select suppliers and then completes the above process starting with the crushing stage. Frank and I had the pleasure of having Adam walk us through and share his insights on the wines , including blends such as combining Station 3 Cab Franc and Malbec as a quick Bordeaux blend. Thank you for your time and the tour! As with any great party, it is key to have good food and tunes. Food Truckopia was on hand serving killer burgers. They have three trucks: American Flavors, West Coast Provisions (onsite at Green Flash Brewery, Wednesday through Sunday) and Taco Picaso. Truckopia is independently owned and has TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A18

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Marine commander relieved of duty after training tragedy By City News Service

CAMP PENDLETON — The commanding officer of a Camp Pendleton-based Marine unit was relieved of command March 23 following an investigation into an assault amphibious vehicle training accident off San Clemente Island that killed nine service members last summer. Col. Christopher J. Bronzi was relieved of command of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command, following completion of the command investigation into the assault amphibious vehicle mishap,” according to a Marine Corps statement. The findings of that investigation have not been publicly released. Members of the unit took part in the July 30 training exercise aboard

A US NAVY MH-60 Seahawk prepares to take off from the USS Makin Island during search and rescue operations last July. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick Crosley

the amphibious craft that took on water and sank with 16 service members aboard. One of the Marines died at the scene. The bodies of seven other Marines and one Navy sailor were recovered one week after the accident when the AAV

was pulled out of the ocean. Concurrent with Bronzi's firing, the Marine Corps said Lt Gen. Steven R. Rudder, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, placed Col. Fridrik Fridriksson in command of the 15th MEU.

Bronzi’s firing is the second publicly announced in connection with the fatal accident. Last fall, Lt. Col. Michael Regner was removed from his post as commanding officer of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battal-

ion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit “due to a loss in trust and confidence in his ability to command,” according to the Marine Corps. The amphibious troop-transport vehicle was en route to a waiting ship during a training mission about 80 miles west of Encinitas when it foundered for unknown reasons about 5:45 p.m. July 30. The 26-ton vessel went down about 1,500 yards from a beach on the northwest side of the island in water several hundred feet deep. San Clemente Island, one of the eight in the Channel Islands archipelago, is owned by the U.S. Navy and lies within the boundaries of Los Angeles County. Its military uses are administered by Naval Base Coronado.

State program means SDG&E bill reductions By City News Service

REGION — San Diego Gas & Electric announced March 24 that residential customers will receive a break on their utility bills in the coming months, thanks the state’s efforts to fight climate change. Due to the California Climate Credit program, natural gas customers will see their bill reduced by $17.86 in April. This summer, SDG&E electricity customers will also see their bills offset by $34.60 in climate credits in both August and September — a total of $69.20 — when energy use typically goes up due to hot weather, according to the utility. The California Climate Credit is a state program requiring power plants, natural gas providers and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit on customers’ bills is their share of the payments from the state program. All residential natural gas customers will automatically receive the credit from SDG&E on their April bill. All electricity customers, including community choice aggregation customers, will automatically receive the credit on their August and September billing cycles. Earlier this month, SDG&E successfully petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission to eliminate the state-mandated High Usage Charge, which applies to those on standard tiered pricing plans. Over the past year, SDG&E also won CPUC approval to lower summer pricing by moderating the seasonal pricing differential for customers on both Time-of-Use and standard tiered pricing plans.

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Comic-Con sets in-person event for Nov. 26-28 By City News Service

REGION — San Diego Comic-Con has announced dates for a three-day in-person convention over Thanksgiving weekend. “Comic-Con Special Edition” will take place Nov. 26-28 at the San Diego Convention Center. “It is our hope that by fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings,” said Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer. It will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019, and the first since the onset of the pandemic. Details are being finalized, and further information about badge cost, attendance limits and other elements will be forthcoming, Glanzer said.


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‘America is all that makes sense to them’ Exploring the urgency of immigration reform

By Hafsa Fathima

4S RANCH — For the last six years, Sooraj Sasindran and his family of four have lived a life that is resolutely all-American. Sasindran — a 36-year-old engineer from India — bought a home in the 4S Ranch neighborhood, where he and his wife balance working remotely with parenting their two daughters. In a pre-pandemic world, they hosted barbecues with friends on the weekends, spent days at the beach and mapped out their next trip across the United States. It’s an idyllic life the Sasindrans have worked hard to build for their children — a normalcy that could end if immigration reform isn’t passed, he said. Sasindran works in the United States on an H1-B guest worker visa, sponsored and employed by a local tech company. Spouses and children of these foreign workers are allowed to reside in the US on accompanying statuses, known as the H-4 visa. Sasindran’s eight-yearold daughter — born in India — has spent most of her life in San Diego on an H-4. “She’s completely American,” Sasindran said, adding that they moved to California when she was still a baby. A GROWING LINE The family has filed for green cards, but the wait for Indian nationals to receive them is exponential — possibly crossing into five decades, according to data analysis from the CATO Institute. E mploy me nt- ba s ed green cards are capped at 7% for each country, leading to long lines for those born in India or China. President Joseph R. Biden’s proposed U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 could offer relief if passed. It would remove country caps — the cause of green card backlogs — and protect children from “aging out” of their status when they turn 21, as per current immigration law. “As long as immigration petition is filed before the age of 21, the dependent’s age is locked in,” said Tifany Markee of the bill’s proposed reform. Markee, a partner at Milner & Markee in Rancho Bernado, added that children could also be eligible for work permits and social security numbers if the bill passed. “They can work at after-school jobs, do summer internships at college because they’re no longer just H-4 [visa holders] who only have the ability to go to school,” Markee said. “So I think it’s a huge improvement.” Sasindran is still cautious about optimism, how-

ever. Unclear if the backlog would ever resolve, he decided to apply for Canadian permanent residency a few years ago. The family was on the verge of moving north until the pandemic hit. “She wants to be an actor when she grows up,” Sasindran said of his daughter’s early ambitions. “But I can never encourage it because I know if she’s still on H4, she can’t do it.” Applications from 2010 are now being processed in Sasindran’s specific green card category, according to the State Department’s February visa bulletin. Because his application has gone forward, Sasindran and his daughter have officially stated an intention to immigrate. He fears this could later cause conflict in case his daughter doesn’t receive her green card in time, forcing him to consider temporary options like a student visa. It’s difficult for a foreign national to have a AMERICAN DREAMERS: Brothers Daksh, left, and Vansh Gosai will age out of their status in a few years if green card reform isn’t passed. Courtesy photo pending intent to immigrate while also applying across Slack channels, for non-immigrant status, Facebook groups and other Markee explained. messaging platforms. Over “In those situations, the last few years, they’ve you’re likely going to have brainstormed ways to make to argue flexibility to contheir voices visible on sosulates,” she said. cial media and draw more congressional attention to HOPE FOR MORE their cause. FOCUSED REFORM Ravi Gosai, 35, a resThe bill’s success at ident from Cypress, Calipassing as comprehensive fornia, is one of them. An reform has been debated active Twitter user, he’s ever since its introduction been hoping to bring light to Congress earlier this to his two sons’ situation — year. Among changes for especially as his older son H-4 dependents, it includes Daksh, 14, begins to cona pathway to citizenship sider college. for undocumented immi“I have to take my grants, farmworkers and ACTS, my SATs,” Daksh increases provisions like said, who was also admitdiversity visas. ted into a college prepara“My personal opinion tory program at his high is that we’re going to see school. “But I’m worried more of a piecemeal apit’ll all go down the drain proach,” said Markee. “I if I don’t get a green card. don’t believe we’re going to I won’t be able to work on get bipartisan support for my current status to help the entire bill because it’s out my family. If I shift incredibly all-encompassover to a student visa, I ing. I think the reality is won’t be eligible for many that it’s going to pass into scholarships or any in-state smaller pieces relating to tuition.” something particular.” Without significant It’s a sentiment Dip Pachange, their future in tel, 25, shares. A Canadian America is up for debate, citizen also on a temporary Gosai said. work visa, Patel found“I am hopeful that the ed Improve The Dream, a movement advocating for DIP PATEL, 25, founded Improve The Dream to advocate for “documented Dreamers.” Photo Dream and Promise Act courtesy of Dip Patel passes, but am still skep“documented dreamers.” tical about what the final For the last few years, his work has been expan- dents be included in Sena- were included in the House first step in creating a path bill will look like,” he said. sive; he and other Improve tor Dick Durbin’s DREAM Dream and Promise Act of to citizenship for more than “Sometimes I think, ‘Am I The Dream community Act, which only granted 2021, passed in the House 200,000 children awaiting playing with their future?’ I started feeling guilty members have met with eligibility to those who had this week. green cards. bi-partisan congressional entered the US unlawfully More than 150,000 doc“Whatever happens go- about it because I may have members to ask that all or lost a valid status. umented dreamers could ing forward, I hope we get chosen a country without foreign individuals brought House Democrats later receive permanent residen- a solution for permanently thinking of the outcome of to the US as children are voted against an amend- cy if the act is passed, esti- aging out [of status],” Patel it.” Daksh and his young protected by legislature, ment that would include mates the Migration Policy said. “No child who grows regardless of how they en- documented dependents in Institute. up here should have to face brother, Vansh, 12, were raised entirely in Orange tered the US. the act. “It’s the first step for- that.” County. They love basket“We ask that they inLike Markee, Patel ward, that we’re finally beball and call themselves clude all children who believes that more fo- ing heard,” said Patel. “As TO STAY OR TO GO grew up here, whether they cused legislation is key to a whole, we’re excited that The news is hearten- avid Lakers fans. “America is all that are undocumented or docu- their success. Improve The we’re included as Dream- ing to many in the Improve mented,” he said. Dream’s efforts paid off ers as well.” The Dream community, makes sense to them,” Patel’s initial hope was when dependents on visa The House is set to vote which consists of thousands their father said. “It’s the that documented depen- statuses such as the H-4 on the bill this week, the of parents and children only language they speak.”


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Regarding your upcoming challenges, the Aries Lamb should very quickly size things up and allow you to make the best possible use of whatever resources you have on hand. Good luck. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You rarely blame others for missteps that worked against you. But this time you need to lay out all the facts and insist that everyone acknowledge his or her share of the mistakes. Then start again. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might want to start making vacation plans. And don’t be surprised by unexpected family demands. Maintain control. Be open to suggestions, but don’t get bogged down by them. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Work with both your Moon Child and Crab aspects this week to keep both your creative and your practical sides balanced. Your intuition sharpens, giving you greater insight by the middle of the week. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat finally should have all the information needed to move on with a project. If not, maybe you’ll want to give everything a new and more thorough check before trying to move on. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Too much emotional pain caused by someone you can’t win over as a friend? Then stop trying to do so. You have other things you need to work on this week. Go to it, and good luck.


LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It’s a good time to reassess where and how your strengths can help you build, and where your weaknesses can hinder you. Remember to build on your strongest foundation. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) That personal matter that seemed so hard to deal with should be less confusing now. Don’t rush. Let things happen easily, without the risk of creating even more puzzlement. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Change continues to be a strong factor in many important areas. Keep on top of them, and you won’t have to worry about losing control. A personal situation takes on a new look. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A business offer sounds intriguing. But if you don’t check it out thoroughly, you could have problems. Take a set of questions with you when you attend your next meeting. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Your self-confidence should be coming back. That’s good news. But it might be a bit over the top right now, so best to let it settle down before you start making expensive decisions. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your life, your decisions. Good enough. But be sure you have all the facts you need to put into the decision-maker mixing bowl and hope it will come out as it should. BORN THIS WEEK: You find much of your creativity with new people who give you much to think about. © 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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