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SMUSD adds days on campus New schedule begins Tuesday By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) held a board meeting on Tuesday, April 20, and decided to move forward with plans to expand in-person learning, effective Tuesday, May 4. The board met for the first time since facing a wave of criticism from families and community members after refusing to comply with a judge’s order to fully reopen schools. PAGE 5: SMUSD names new superintendent.


units per acre. The zoning change would be from commercial to mixed use. There would be a mix of townhomes and apartments, most being one bedroom and studio apartments, Withers said. One of the biggest concerns for the council, though, was the lack of affordable housing units presented by Excel. The council made clear it wants a range of at least 6% to 10% of any project to be affordable units; Councilwoman Katie Melendez said she prefers more than 10%. Preliminary amenities include a clubhouse, pool, plaza, walking paths, clean-up drainage ditch and 628 parking spaces. Additionally, the concepts show nine three-story buildings to accommodate the housing. However, no retail space was detailed in the presentation, leading one resident to say it was a loophole for the developer to exploit a

Last week, a court decided not to compel SMUSD to speed up their reopening plans, granting them the legislative authority to reopen at their own pace. At the meeting, the board decided to expand in-person learning for elementary students from two days a week to four days a week. For middle and high school students, in-person learning will expand from two days a week to either three or four days a week, depending on how many students opt into these additional days. Based on the number of secondary students wishing to participate, schools will assign their students one or two extra days on campus. To determine the number of students who want to opt into these additional days, secondary school sites are sending out surveys to their students this week. Families who do not complete the survey will automatically remain in the current two-day hybrid model. Interim Superintendent Tiffany Campbell said that although many secondary families want their kids



A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy helps direct students being loaded onto buses in response to a bomb threat at San Marcos High School on Tuesday. No suspicious devices were found after an extensive search of the campus in the 1600 block of San Marcos Boulevard. The Sheriff’s Department said that shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday an “unknown subject” called the school and claimed the device was on the campus. Approximately 1,200 students were then taken by bus to San Marcos Middle School to be picked up by parents or family members. The campus was reopened that evening. An investigation is ongoing. Photo by Joe Orellana

Vista eyes development plan for Burlington site By Steve Puterski

VISTA — A new redevelopment proposal is sparking intrigue and concerns over how the former Burlington Coat Factory property could look. During its April 13 meeting, the Vista City Council discussed a proposal of 256 residential units at 650 Sycamore Ave., between Shadowridge Drive and Thibodo Road, that John Conley, the city’s community development director, reported to the council. Currently, the Shadowridge Veterinarian Hospital operates onsite, while the former retail store sits abandoned and the property has turned into blight, according to the council. Sarah Withers, development manager for Excel Property Management, which owns the property, said her company is opening the dialogue to the city and community as a way to build the vision for the property. She stressed the designs presented are concepts and the

A PROPOSAL for 256 residential units at 650 Sycamore Ave. was discussed during the April 13 Vista City Council meeting. The council, along with residents, gave feedback during the discussion item as the plan now begins to take shape. Photo by Steve Puterski

developer will take into account feedback from residents and the council. “We’ve worked diligently to find other tenants, but with COVID and the current economic state of our country, it has been very difficult,” Withers said. “We believe a

mixed-use development is best. We don’t want it to stay vacant for too long.” According to Conley, Excel is requesting a General Plan land use amendment from general commercial to mixed use, which allows for a maximum density of 40 dwelling




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San Marcos church hosts anti-vaccine speaker Transient, officer involved in fatal By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — Amid a nationwide push for COVID-19 vaccinations, Awaken Church earlier this year hosted an anti-vaccine doctor at its San Marcos location who discouraged the congregation from receiving a COVID vaccine. On Feb. 14, Awaken Church invited Dr. Simone Gold, a well-known anti-vaccine doctor who was arrested the previous month for participating in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, to give a presentation on the vaccine and masks. Gold made multiple claims that questioned the safety of the vaccine and made assertions about its effectiveness that have been widely discredited by scientists. The move comes after Awaken Church, which has five locations in San Diego and boasts thousands of members, received cease and desist orders in November 2020 for refusing to stop holding in-person services. Other churches in the region have taken a different approach to the question of the COVID vaccine.



to be on campus five days a week, that option would most likely require hiring more teachers. “We have many more classes that are over capacity across secondary schools if all of the students in hybrid return to campus. Even with 3-foot distancing, we can’t bring class sizes down enough without creating additional sections,” Campbell said during the meeting. “Either we would create the sections … and we would ask teachers to add another section to what they’re currently teaching, or we would have to add more teachers

AWAKEN CHURCH, which has five locations in the county, earlier this year hosted Dr. Simone Gold, a noted anti-vaccine physician, at its San Marcos campus. Courtesy photo

Some churches like Rock Church, which has several locations in the region and also has a large membership, have chosen not to address the matter. Mei Ling Starkey, communications representative for Rock Church told The Coast News in an email that staff at Rock Church aren’t medical professionals and

so the leadership doesn’t feel comfortable giving medical advice. “Because of each individual’s health concerns, lifestyles and personal needs,” a portion of the email reads, “we encourage all to respect the decision of each individual as this is a complex issue that requires thoughtful consideration by

in order to meet the needs of those additional sections. Feasibility of this is limited at this time of the year.” The district also updated the quarantine protocol for middle and high school students. If there is a positive COVID case on the secondary level, the district will quarantine only the students who were within 6 feet of the positive case for at least 15 minutes over a 24hour period when they were on campus within the contagious period. For elementary students, the entire class will be quarantined in the event of a positive case. Sandra Greefkes, a SMUSD parent, told The

Coast News that she has seen a variety of different reactions from families regarding the expansion. “The parent community appears to be even more fractured than before — or perhaps more vocal. I am personally very concerned with the future impact of having enough quality teachers, as some, for the first time, consider leaving the profession,” Greefkes said. “I believe deeply in the SMUSD district and public education and the dedicated team members that are working to make the district amazing.” The next board meeting will be on May 4.

everyone.” Flood Church and the Grove have taken similar approaches. The Catholic Diocese of San Diego, on the other hand, is encouraging its members to receive the vaccine and has even set up a website to address any questions or concerns about its safety. “It is vitally important that all of us receive the COVID vaccine. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are safe and effective,” Bishop Robert McElroy wrote in a letter. “They are fully approved for use at this moment by the teachings of our Church. And as Pope Francis has so clearly taught, receiving the vaccine is not only for ourselves as individuals, it is for everyone that we treasure, to keep them safe and healthy and bring back the joys of life to us all.” Representatives of Awaken Church could not be reached for comment.

Escondido shooting are identified By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — Authorities on April 26 publicly identified a homeless man who allegedly advanced on an Escondido police officer in a menacing manner last week with a 2-foot-long crowbar in his hand, prompting the lawman to fatally shoot him. Steven John Olson, 59, allegedly had been hitting cars with the metal tool near the intersection of Broadway and Second Avenue when Officer Chad Moore approached him shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, according to the Escondido Police Department. Seeing the patrolman, the suspect “immediately advanced on (him) while holding the same metal tool in a threatening manner,” EPD Chief Ed Varso said. “The officer gave multiple commands to drop the tool, as well as several useof-force warnings,” Varso

said. “The (suspect) continued to advance on the officer, who was backing away, and he was ultimately shot.” Paramedics took Olson to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A man who identified himself as Laban Davis told News8 near the scene of the shooting that he had witnessed the deadly confrontation, calling it “crazy” and “unnecessary.” “The guy wasn’t really no threat,” he said. Davis, who said he counted five or six gunshots, said the suspect was holding the crowbar above his head but was “just walking” when he was shot. “He wasn't running (or) swinging it,” Davis told the station. The officers involved in the incident had their uniform-worn cameras activated during the inciTURN TO SHOOTING ON 9

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New recall has similarities to Davis dismissal in 2003


Helping our restaurants stay afloat San Diego County restaurants have suffered greatly over the last year. We’ve all seen the out-ofbusiness signs on many of our favorite local establishments and I want to make sure we do all we can to help those holding on. I have proposed to my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors that we waive all restaurant permit fees for the upcoming year. Before the pandemic, there were 8,131 restaurants with over 126,400 workers in San Diego County. We know many of these employees lost their jobs and some restaurants are, sadly, closed permanently. We need to do all we can to help move forward and get people back to work. According to the San

around the county Jim Desmond Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), restaurants were among the hardest hit early in the pandemic during the first week in April 2020, with foot traffic down between 60% and 77%. As of January 2021, with the San Diego region in the purple tier, activity at various businesses remained down, between 26% to 61% below preCOVID-19 level. About 2.7 million jobs were lost due to the pan-

demic and 56% still remain jobless. While there is light at the end of the tunnel with the removal of COVID-19 restrictions on June 15, many restaurants will never be able to recover from the last year. As we continue to make our road to recovery, I believe it is my personal responsibility to do all I can to preserve our small business community, which provides thousands of jobs in our region. Restaurants supply so much more than food, from jobs to a sense of community. I will do all I can to help them survive! Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the County Board of Supervisors.

Letters: Water story headline all wet Dear Editor: Your headline on April 16 (“No water shortage despite dry West,” Page 5) seems to demonstrate a shortage of thought. It should have read “Duped by the SDCWA” or “Know water shortage in dry West.” It gives the FALSE impression that the SDCWA has ample “product” to sell us, regardless of the complex system they have developed. SDCWA wants to feed the notion that we can use

all the water we want in this semi-desert climate where we live. Rather obviously this service creates ENORMOUS ENVIRONMENTAL problems that will INCREASE in the future. It is time to tell the truth about impacts on ecosystems and neighbors from promulgating our unsustainable lifestyle. I sincerely hope you will point out the enormous costs of just repairing the distant Oroville dam and bringing its water to us.

Desalinization also has enormous costs of electricity and other environmental damage. WE are even taking water from the floundering Salton Sea. Need I reiterate that WE drain the Colorado River dry on this fool's errand? Please set the record straight rather than perpetuating propaganda! Get busy. Dr Jack Paxton San Marcos


We have the chance to learn from the pandemic, to be prepared, to act together for the greater good. Most importantly, we need to understand that the cost of inaction will far exceed the cost of climate action. We need a bipartisan solution that is market-based, without increasing regulations. That

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That ballot featured the diminutive former child actor Gary Coleman, who freely admitted he was not qualified and planned to vote for Schwarzenegger, along with former baseball commissioner and Los Angeles Olympics chieftain Peter Ueberroth. Thus far, no major Democrat has ventured onto this year’s ballot, many prominent figures fearing they would become permanent pariahs in their party if they run. But if a significant Democrat does break loose — and perennial candidates like Tom Steyer and ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa no longer qualify as very significant despite Steyer’s billions and Villaraigosa’s name recognition — that could give Democratic voters a kind of license to vote Newsom out. For sure, it would change the current dynamic that sees Newsom virtually unchallenged when he labels the recall a power grab by Trump supporters. In 2003, the sole major Democrat on the list was Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who has in fact been a party untouchable since his distant second-place finish behind Schwarzenegger. There are no figures this year like either Ueberroth, who could claim to be a highly capable nonpartisan technocrat, or former media mogul Adrianna Huffington. But there are plenty of folks taking ultra-conservative stances even more extreme than those of then Republican state Sen. Tom

solution is a price on carbon, which will cause a 30% reduction in carbon emissions in five years. The resulting dividends are returned to households in a fair way to protect those most impacted by increased energy costs. Susan Kobara Carlsbad

McClintock, who talked a lot during campaign debates but didn’t win many votes. In the long run, that cost him nothing; McClintock has been a GOP congressman from the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills east of Sacramento since 2009. As in 2003, when the recall field included the last previous defeated Republican candidate for governor, financier Bill Simon, 2018 loser John Cox, a San Diego County businessman, is in the race. Other significant Republicans include ex-San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who often tries to seem like he’s Newsom’s sole rival, and Trump’s former acting chief of national intelligence, Richard Grenell. So far, there are no single-issue candidates in the field, the way Los Angeles lawyer Bruce Margolin was last time, running solely to help legalize marijuana. That’s been done, so no need for such a candidate. As large as the field will be this time, it may not match the 135 who ran 18 years ago. But one rule that governed then will also apply now: Newsom can get more no votes on the recall than the total for any candidate on the replacement list, but he would still be replaced so long as the yes votes beat no on the entire recall concept. All of which makes this vote very different from the norm, when Democrats might almost automatically dominate because of their sheer numerical superiority over Republicans. And then there’s the fact another run for governor starts the day after recall results are in. Email Thomas Elias at

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lmost all the usual rules of California elections are off today, as the state heads toward its second gubernatorial recall election of the last 18 years. The list of candidates to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom will surely be interesting, but perhaps not as odd as what voters faced when they decided in 2003 who should replace then-Gov. Gray Davis. They plainly did not regret choosing movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger for his most interesting role ever, reelecting him easily three years later, in 2006. Like this year’s will be, the timing of that election was a little weird: Oct. 7, a month earlier than normal fall elections. Then there was the post-election interaction between Schwarzenegger and Davis. Democrat Davis and the nominally Republican Schwarzenegger, whose liberal stances on items like climate change and voting rights made him unlikely ever to win his party’s nomination in a regular primary, often acted like good buddies during the month or so before power peacefully transferred. We may never know if Newsom, target of much more vicious rhetoric this year than Davis ever heard, would be as gracious. But it’s almost certain he would not pull the kind of stunts ex-President Donald Trump did while he was transitioned out of power and into luxurious exile at his Mar-aLago resort in Florida. Then there’s the list of candidates. With transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner already on board, the current recall drive just might match the eclectic mix attracted by the unprecedented 2003 vote.


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Nonprofit builds homes for wounded vets By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — A national nonprofit called Homes for Our Troops recently began building homes for two wounded Marine veterans in Escondido. The houses will be at no cost to the veterans and will be customized and adapted to their injuries. Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey lost his right leg on Sep. 7, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. Marine 1st Sgt. Ben Holmes lost his right leg on April 20, 2011, while serving with the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Afghanistan. The homes being built for Storey and Holmes will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops. Storey, who is originally from California, chose to build his home in Escondido to be closer to his prosthetist and the VA. “Over time, I've been able to adapt to my injuries, but to move in and out of the shower has always been the biggest fear of mine. I have slipped from the shower before in the past, so having the ability to get in and out of the shower easily without worrying about that factor anymore and to be able to maneuver around my home … without obstacles getting in the way allows for a lot more mobility and just freedom to navigate within my own home,” Storey said. Bill Ivey, executive director of Homes for Our

New SMUSD superintendent considered a ‘calming force’ By Tigist Layne

MARINE VETERAN Kionte Storey stands with his dog at the site of his future home in Escondido to be built by Homes for Our Troops. Storey lost a leg in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

Troops (HFOT) and a veteran himself, told The Coast News that this is an opportunity to really give back. “I think what we tried to do is provide a vehicle for American people to repay a debt to men and women who have been so badly injured,” Ivey said. “Being able to build a specially adapted home that is only accessible to someone in a wheelchair, it's a good way to repay the debt we owe these men and women for defending our freedom and independence in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Storey now enjoys testing his physical abilities by running, hiking, rowing and weight lifting. He has become an avid mountain climber and conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the Seven Summits around the globe. He has also completed the Marine Corps Marathon

and several half-marathons for Team HFOT and competed in track and field events during the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics Nationals. “One of the things that makes us different from a lot of organizations that build homes for veterans is that we stay in contact with our veterans,” Ivey said. “Once they're in the home, our tagline is building homes, rebuilding lives. Although the specially adapted home is important, what we really consider important is how we can help these veterans get on with their lives.” The Massachusetts-based Homes for Our Troops has built 315 homes in 42 states since 2004, all at no cost to the veterans and paid for with donations and help from sponsors and partners. “It helps veterans who are coming back home, es-

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pecially with those injuries … where you come back and you don't know which direction your life is supposed to go anymore,” Storey said. “And so to have a home being built really takes away the financial burden and the stress so that you can focus more on what you want to do.” Ivey said that the No. 1 thing people can do to help is to accept and embrace the veterans into these communities. He added that people can also donate and support their cause at Storey is currently studying to become a physical therapist at Cal State San Marcos. Holmes is a substitute teacher and a doctoral candidate at the City University of Seattle. The two homes are expected to be completed this summer.

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VISTA — Authorities searching for an aircraft that went missing with a pair of Vista residents aboard during a weekend trip from the San Diego area to Arizona found the wreckage of the plane with two bodies in it April 19 in a wooded area near the Grand Canyon. A helicopter crew with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue located the crash site northeast of H.A. Clark Memorial Field in Williams, Arizona, shortly after 1:30 a.m., said a spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. The aircraft was reported overdue early Sunday evening. Timothy Gill, 37, and Joylani Kamalu, 38, had landed at Sedona Airport and went missing while flying to Grand Canyon National Park Airport for an appointment in the Tusayan area scheduled for Monday morning, Paxton said. Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were called in to try to determine the cause of the crash.


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SAN MARCOS —San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) has hired Andy Johnsen as the district’s new superintendent. Johnsen is currently the superintendent of Lakeside Union School District in East County. The district officially made the announcement at its regular school board meeting on Tuesday, April 20, following a monthslong recruitment, interview and vetting process. “As a well-regarded Superintendent, the Board is confident that Dr. Johnsen will be a calming force for our staff, students, and community,” school board President Stacy Carlson said in a statement Friday, April 16, before the hire was officially announced. Johnsen will officially begin his position on July 1, according to the statement. According to his LinkedIn profile, Johnsen has been the Lakeside Unified superintendent since 2017 and has previously served as a principal in the Poway Unified and Los Angeles Unified school districts. The district initiated the search for a new superintendent soon after the new governing board was seated Dec. 15. In the meantime, SMUSD has been led by former superintendent Kevin Holt followed, since Jan. 19, by Interim Superintendent Tiffany Campbell. The position became

ANDY JOHNSEN, currently superintendent of Lakeside Union School District in East County, will take over on July 1. Courtesy photo

vacant after former superintendent Carmen García abruptly resigned in September 2020 following months of conflict with parents and district teachers. The hire comes after a controversial past few weeks for the district. SMUSD is facing criticism from district families and community members after its refusal to fully reopen schools despite pressure from a lawsuit and a judge’s ruling. The district also placed one of its teachers on administrative leave last week after she was recorded yelling at her students during a Zoom class. “We are deeply concerned about the recent videos that have surfaced regarding one of our employees; this is a matter that we take very seriously and it is receiving our highest scrutiny,” SMUSD said in a statement.

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Catching a break


t the mention of a stalled elevator, you might think of panic, much pushing of buttons, wild attacks of claustrophobia and someone shimmying up the cable for help. If that’s your first thought, you have seen too many action movies. In my circles, that approach is far too lacking in realism to even be considered. There is quite another scenario those cloistered screenwriters have seriously overlooked, or maybe they just thought it boring. A favorite mother-friend of mine recently played out this alternative scene when her elevator suddenly stopped midfloor. She was, of course, in the middle of a typically crazed day, in a hurry to be somewhere, already 15 minutes late. For perhaps a nanosecond, she considered pushing the emergency button, but before she even lifted her finger in that direction, she was overcome with an emotion far more compelling than panic. It was relief. She was, you see, quite alone in the elevator car. Instead of feeling put upon and distressed, she suddenly knew she had won a “moment.” She had scored a bonus of what I like to call enforced leisure. It is pretty much the only leisure moms get, at least without lots of planning and the cost of a trip. My friend needed only to take one deep breath to see the opportunity. She felt comfortable that assistance would be coming soon, as there were bound

to be others on the opposite elevator who failed to appreciate this interlude. She simply bathed in the silence — the delicious, rare, unplanned, uninterrupted silence. No one could blame her, question her or force her to hurry up. It was a luxury ranking right up there with bonbons, massage or an afternoon nap. We can’t rely on sticky elevators, but we are always on the alert for a time that unintentionally graces us with some small bit of uncompromised peace. It might be that one time when all your children miraculously fall asleep for their naps simultaneously or perhaps the 10 minutes alone in the car waiting to pick up your child. Whenever you stumble over it, grab it and sit tight. The wave of normal chaos is peaking just behind you. Until it crashes over your head, just smile and breathe deeply. For these very reasons, it’s a wonder I’m not a screaming hypochondriac. I don’t really like to squeeze in dentist’s or doctor’s appointments, but when I must, I always hope the waiting room is stocked with the latest gossip magazines. That is where I most kick back with a clear conscience, especially once you’ve donned that silly backless gown. You have no choice but to sit there, guilt-free, and read a magazine. Whether I’m stepping into that elevator or scheduling that doctor’s visit, the words of cagey Br’er Rabbit and his timeless plea to his archenemy ring in my ears. “Please, Br’er Fox. Please don’t throw me in that briar patch.” Oops. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer happy to indulge her not-so-guilty pleasure. Contact her at

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Palomar College faces ‘fiscal cliff’ in five years By Dan Brendel

ALL 11 VISTA cannabis dispensaries are operational, a boon to the city budget. File photo

Cannabis taxes lift Vista budget By Steve Puterski

Vista is projecting $20.7 million and $21.4 million in sales tax the next two fiscal years, while property taxes are also increasing from more than $26 million in 2021-22 and nearly $27 million in 2022-23. The next biggest jump from 2020-21 is Proposition L sales taxes, which are expected to be $9.5 million and $9.8 million in 2021-22 and 22-23, respectively. As for transient occupancy tax (hotels), the city is projecting a decrease of nearly $500,000 for the 2021-22 year, which is down from $1.6 million this year. By 2022-23, though, Vista projects taxes to match this year’s level. “Some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on revenue were milder than predicted,” Taylor said. “Other revenue sources are expected to continue to be impacted, such as transient occupancy tax.” With the expected boost in cannabis revenue, the council also expressed some of their priorities with the additional funds. Green said his “wish” list included installing solar panels at city facilities, grants to benefit the youth in recovering from the pandemic, hiring another social worker and adding a dog park in north Vista. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras also championed a youth program.

Councilman John Franklin, meanwhile, said he would like to hire one or two more sheriff’s deputies (currently the city has 83 assigned deputies) as the ratio of deputies has fallen to 0.8 per 1,000 residents. He also said he’d like to add another employee to the city’s Psychological Emergency Response Team. However, two residents said the city should redirect its $25 million contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to focus on hiring mental health professionals and partner with local organizations to address crime and marginalized residents. “We need to add deputies that are trained,” Franklin said. “We would need to add 13 deputies to get to the ratio we were at 10 years ago.” As for expenditures, the city is projecting $91.7 million for 2021-22 and $95.3 million for 2022-23. The largest budget is for public safety, which includes the sheriff’s and fire departments at $55.5 million and $57.1 million in the following two fiscal years, Taylor said. The public safety budget for 2021-22 includes replacing two Type-1 fire engines for the Vista Fire Department. The $57.1 million 2022-23 budget includes replacing a Type-3 brush engine.


Diego. The pantry includes perishables and nonperishables. Food for Veteran Service Dogs is provided by the Helen Woodward Animal Center AniMeals Program. Make a donation can make an appointment (phone number 760-2055050) to drop items off Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or shop via Amazon and have it delivered directly to 1145 Linda Vista Road, #104, San Marcos, CA 92078. The link to the Wounded Warrior Homes Amazon wish list is: smile. ls/2H1FXAVZ4T4PX/.


VISTA — The City Council at its April 13 meeting got its first peek at its biennial operating budget, which shows an overall surplus for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 and 22-23 cycles. According to Sarah Taylor, a senior management analyst for the city, Vista is expected to have a $559,474 surplus in the next fiscal year, and a $301,562 deficit in the following year. However, those estimates are due to staff capping the medicinal marijuana tax revenue at $4 million per year, she said. Taylor said staff was conservative in its budget and the actual estimate for Measure Z taxes will likely top $5 million per year. She said the increase is due to all 11 dispensaries being operational. “Having a balanced budget is fantastic,” said Councilman Joe Green. “The $300,000 deficit doesn’t bother me because I know the cannabis revenues are extremely conservative.” As for revenues, the city is estimating a 202122 budget of $92.2 million and $95 million in 2022-23. Taylor said sales taxes are increasing thanks to the Wayfair decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which allows for municipalities to collect sales tax on out-ofstate sellers.


The community is invited to attend The Elizabeth Hospice’s free drivethrough Wings of Hope, from 1 to 3 pm. May 2 in the north parking lot of the California Center for the Arts, at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.



Inland North County Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Zoom at 10 a.m. May 3 and the first Monday of every month. The speaker will be Laurie Dunne on “Service Dogs – Helpers and Companions.” To receive the Zoom invite, SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS The La Costa chapter contact Carol at hcmaher@ of the North County kinson’s Support Group will meet via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on May 5. Gus SUPPORT VET SERVICE DOGS Fernandez from Senior Wounded Warrior Helpers will discuss “CopHomes, a transitional hous- ing Skills For Parkinson’s ing program, has expanded Family Caregivers.” For a its food pantry to serve the Zoom Invite contact ncpsveteran community in San



Register now for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Tees Fore Tails golf tournament scheduled for June 8 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Entry fee is $375 for individual golfers or $1,300 per foursome. Tickets at sdpets or call Rancho Coastal Humane Society at (760) 7536413.



Registration for Vista’s Summer Day Camps is underway. Register by phone at (760) 643-5272 or online at Weekly camps are available June 21 through Aug. 13 at the Jim Porter Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fees per week are $180 for Vista residents and $220 for all others. Single-day registrations accepted for Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 sessions for $54 per day.

REGION — The Palomar Community College District’s finances look decent going into this year’s budget season, but could worsen significantly in the next five years, district staff told trustees at their April 6 meeting. Palomar, a public entity governed by elected trustees, serves about 30,000 students countywide, including at campuses in San Marcos and Escondido. Its FY 2020-2021 all-funds budget weighs in at $601 million, including monies from Proposition M bonds, which voters approved in 2006. The district currently forecasts net revenue surpluses of $6 million and $4 million this year and next year, respectively, according to Assistant Superintendent Ambur Borth. Though the current level of state subsidy, which won’t last forever, is “masking our structural deficit” and “artificially inflating our reserve,” she said. When that state funding runs out in 2024, the district will fall over a “fiscal cliff,” facing a $15 million deficit, based on current projections. Fund balance would also have dropped to $12 million, down from $27 million this year, more than halving the district’s reserves. The shrunken reserves would still sit “above the board’s set standard,” Borth said. “But if we were to project one more year out into that 2025-2026 school year, if we had the exact same deficit spend[ing], we immediately would not have sufficient reserves.” Forecasts see staff compensation as a percentage of ongoing revenues rising from 88% this year to 96% in five years. That well exceeds the 85% level the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, or FCMAT, recommended to trustees in January. The district faced high risk for potential insolvency in 2019, which is why FCMAT, an independent public agency that helps education institutions right their fiscal ships, was called in. A FCMAT report last February noted some progress, but also continued room for improvement, especially with respect to controlling labor costs, as The Coast New reported at the time. “[Budgeting] is the most important thing that we do as a board,” Trustee Norma Miyamoto said April 6. She asked that the board receive more frequent updates to ensure “that we're fiscally informed.” Borth suggested she could give budget updates at each board meeting, a “deep dive” workshop in May or June, and increase the frequency of a relevant board committee’s meetings.

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Escondido won’t pursue single-use plastics policy By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, April 21, to discuss exploring a single-use plastics and plastic waste reduction policy for the city, but the majority of the council decided against going down a route that might lead to a citywide ban on plastic. The council has been discussing single-use plastics since the city approved an update to its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in March. Mayor Paul McNamara reintroduced the issue to councilmembers last week

What I’m understanding is reduction means banning.” Joe Garcia City Councilman

and asked them to allow city staff to explore the possibility of including a single-use plastics policy in the CAP. The council received dozens of public comments on the matter, the majority of them in favor of such a policy. Laura Hunter of the Sierra Club North County Group submitted a public comment on the group’s behalf. “Sierra Club North County Group is in strong support for the language to be added to the (CAP) regarding addressing plastic waste reduction,” Hunter said. “Plastic production is polluting and nonrenewable. There are alternatives that we need to adopt as soon as we can.” Councilwoman Consuela Martinez discussed the possibility of having restaurants give plastic straws and utensils to customers only if the customer requests it. “It’s not a ban, but it’s a way we can be proactive about reducing our waste,”

Martinez said. Councilman Joe Garcia, on the other hand, shared his concerns about how such a policy seems like it ultimately would lead to a ban on plastic. “We need education. I continuously hear about reduction, but what I’m understanding is reduction means banning,” Garcia said. “Is it a reasonable and real solution to ban? I think that we’re not at that place. It seems like it’s a ban with no plan.” Garcia went on to say that the solution is to educate the public on how they personally can reduce their individual plastic waste. McNamara responded to Garcia saying that no one is asking to create a ban on plastic, just asking the staff to explore. Councilman Mike Morasco disagreed. “Just the act of having staff look at decisions that they can explore means that we’re going to potentially do an action,” Morasco said. “These are personal choices by individuals. … People are sick and tired of government micromanaging their lives. … We don’t have to do anything here. We have to teach; we have to educate … but don’t even think about mandating that people are forced to live a lifestyle based upon what someone else thinks is best for them.” Morasco went on to say that he believes it would be a waste of resources and money to have staff spend any more time on this. Based on council majority, city staff will return to council with information on how to better educate people regarding plastic waste; however, any sort of standalone policy or plastic ban is off the table. At last week’s meeting, the council also authorized the Escondido Public Library to accept a $12,000 grant from the California State Library to buy equipment to improve virtual programming.

tween Palomar Health and Kindred Healthcare, who currently jointly operate a 25-bed acute rehabilitation unit on the campus of PaloBusiness news and special mar Medical Center Poway, achievements for North San Diego County. Send information which will close once the Institute opens. The Institute via email to community@ is scheduled to take its first patient on April 27, pending license approval. REHAB CENTER EXPANDS On April 23, Palomar Health Rehabilitation In- SCHAFFER PLACES AT STATE Halle Schaffer earned stitute, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, cele- second place at the Ameribrated the opening of a new can Association of Univer52-bed acute rehabilitation sity Women of California facility on the campus of state-level Speech Trek conPalomar Medical Center test. Schaffer, a senior at Escondido. The in-patient San Dieguito High School facility has twice the ca- Academy, won the local pacity of the one it replaces contest presented by the and will provide the latest Del Mar-Leucadia Branch innovations in rehabilitat- of AAUW. She was one of ing patients with brain in- only three chosen to comjuries and other permanent pete in the state finals. disabilities. The Palomar Health Rehabilitation In- SUPER STUDENT stitute is a partnership beGrant Collier of Ran-



REP. MIKE LEVIN tours the Vista Community Clinic in Vista on Monday, April 12.

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Levin honors clinic’s vaccine effort By Samantha Nelson

VISTA — The 49th District’s congressman recently paid the Vista Community Clinic a visit to highlight its role in making sure the area’s underserved populations have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) took a tour of the clinic’s headquarters in Vista on April 12, learning about the day-to-day operations of the clinic and how it’s working to vaccinate as many people as possible. “They do incredible work to serve the community, particularly those who are the hardest to reach,” Levin told The Coast News. Earlier this year, the clinic was one of the first 25 federally qualified community health centers (CHCs) in the nation to receive extra COVID vaccines directly from the Department of Health and Human Services. The extra doses were part of an effort between the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to target those who have been cho Santa Fe earned a gold star for fall 2020 at The Citadel for academic achievement. OCEANSIDE AUTHOR

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The Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened the gate at 1 p.m. April 16. By 2 p.m., the parking lot was empty, with the exception of a few bags of dog and cat food and cat litter. Most of the drivers of the 36 vehicles that picked up food said

disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. “One of the reasons we were the first to receive the vaccines was because of the populations we serve,” said Fernando Sañudo, chief executive of VCC. The clinic has vaccinated about 7,300 of its approximately 70,000 patients. That number includes migrant farmworkers and homeless individuals whom the clinic has reached using its mobile van, bringing the vaccines right to the patients. Levin also presented Congressional Certificates of Recognition to local “Promotoras,” thanking them for their vaccine outreach work. Promotoras, or “peer educators” are people in the community who are viewed as leaders and are generally trusted by the other community members. The clinic has been working with promotoras since the 1990s to help inform community members about the clinic’s services and help them receive the medical care they need. “We really rely on

them because they’re our voice out in the community,” Sañudo said about the promotoras. “It’s a great help for us because they’re already known and trusted in the community, and they do a much better job than us sometimes of being able to get the word out quickly.” Levin said the work that the promotoras do is critical for the communities the clinic serves. Sañudo said the clinic’s promotoras were excited to receive recognition from a government official, a first for them. “The fact that he took the time to honor them just meant the world to them,” Sañudo said. “I was incredibly happy to see how proud they were to receive their certificates.” In March, the American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden awarded $14.7 million to VCC, and Sañudo said a large portion of those funds would be used to hire additional staff to help with distributing vaccines. The clinic is currently recruiting for more nurses, med-

ical assistants and other support staff to join its team. The clinic also plans to use the money to buy another medical mobile van to increase its outreach to the community. Currently, VCC has nine locations, most in San Diego County, with one in Orange County and another in Riverside County. Sañudo said the clinic is working on a 10th location. The clinic is also anticipating more federal funding that could potentially help it build nine additional exam rooms at its Vista location. As more of its patients become eligible for the vaccination, VCC continues its efforts to call, text and reach out to as many people as possible. “We’re asking the community to be as patient as they can be,” Sañudo said. In addition to its COVID-19 vaccinations, the clinic also offers a plethora of other medical services, including primary, dental, neonatal, behavioral health, chiropractic care and more.

of the Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Award for Pancreatic Cancer Research in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Engle will receive $300,000 GET INVOLVED WITH YOUTH Just in Time for Foster to fund her pancreatic canYouth (JIT), which helps cer research. transition-age foster youth, will be hosting a series of SANDAG SEEKS HUB INPUT EMpower parties throughApril 21, the San Diout May for its dedicated ego Association of Governcommunity of supporters. ments initiated the environTo learn more about Walk mental review process for the Talk plus explore spon- the Central Mobility Hub sorship and underwriting project with the release of a opportunities, visit https:// Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact ReA virtual finale will be held port. This notice marks the at 7 p.m. June 19 with a per- beginning of a public comformance by former foster ment period where commuyouth Jimmy Wayne. nity members are invited to provide input. The Central Mobility Hub is envisioned BADER GINSBERG AWARD Salk Institute of Bio- to be a transportation cenlogical Studies Assistant ter that would improve moProfessor Dannielle Engle, bility throughout the San of Carmel Valley, was se- Diego region by connecting lected as the first recipient a variety of transportation

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the money they save will be used to pay for pet medical treatment or enable them to rescue more pets.


San Diego Humane Society’s Virtual Walk for Animals has raised more than $230,000 to date toward its $400,000 goal. The organization is encouraging community members to continue fundraising through May 28 to help create a more humane San Diego for animals. The event, one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers will support SDHS’ ability to care for nearly 50,000 animals in need this year. For information, visit through May 28.


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Mobile SNAP unit to ‘fix’ North County By Betsy Denhart

REGION — Lately, residents may have noticed a brightly colored bus, adorned with oversized pictures of dogs, cats and rabbits, cruising through North County. The Spay Neuter Action Project’s (SNAP) new mobile surgical unit is here, bringing much needed services to pet owners who might otherwise be unable to afford them. Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez is thrilled about SNAP’s expanded North County schedule. “I am so excited to welcome the SNAP Neuter Scooter! This nonprofit has been a mainstay in San Diego County for many years and I am thankful that they selected Oceanside to benefit from their services, and will help our residents with this critical aspect of responsible pet ownership.” During the early days of pandemic, staff and funding shortages caused SNAP to hold fewer clinics and prevented its usual once-monthly visits to North County, even as demand rose sharply. Unfortunately, when spay and neuter are postponed, the need can grow exponentially. Kittens can themselves become pregnant at 5 months of age, increasing the need for homes as well as surgeries, a snowball ef-

SINCE IT LAUNCHED its first Neuter Scooter in 2003, SNAP has fixed over 68,000 animals in San Diego County.

fect that SNAP Executive Director Dorell Sackett is painfully aware of. “Funds were tight. We couldn’t afford to go, but we knew not going would wind up costing even more. Escondido and Oceanside had the 3rd and 4th highest call volume on our hotline.” A number of pandemic

related factors have caused demand to increase. Working or schooling from home and fewer opportunities for social interaction have led many to add pets to their families. The reluctance of shelters to admit animals leaves good Samaritans attempting to help strays with unexpected responsibilities


— and a strong desire to prevent litters. Veterinary clinics are swamped with new clients, often booked weeks in advance, and have little incentive to offer reduced cost services, despite the economic challenges many pet owners currently face. Plus, due to pandemic precautions, San Diego Humane Society (SDHS), which in the past offered free and low-cost pet sterilizations, has suspended its Community Spay/Neuter services until further notice. Even before COVID-19, San Diego County saw a continuing reduction in affordable spay/neuter resources and venues. Since the 2018 change from county to SDHS animal control services, two outstanding and popu-

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lar programs have largely slipped through the cracks. First, a voucher system that allotted residents $25$50 per pet, funded by dog license fees, was somehow lost in the contract negotiations. While the City of San Diego recently allotted funds for a new voucher program, it is only available to their residents and sets specific income requirements. Second, a list of veterinarians willing to do sterilizations for a set, reduced price has atrophied drastically. While County of San Diego Animal Care and Control, which originally worked with SNAP to create the list and recruit vets, still displays it on its website, it is sadly out of date. SDHS, which also dis-

plays the list, keeps it edited and current, but has made no effort to recruit new vets or adjust prices to more attractive levels. Participation has dwindled to less than half of previous numbers. SNAP is pulling out all the stops to take up the slack, but every day they receive far more calls than they can immediately accommodate. “We’re so successful, we’re going broke,” quips SNAP Advisory Committee member Laurie Michaels — a not too subtle reminder that SNAP relies on donations to keep going. Since the launch of its first Neuter Scooter in 2003, SNAP has fixed over 68,000 animals in San Diego County. For more information, visit

Vista firefighter dies after battle with cancer By City News Service

daughters, according to a statement from the city. Vista Fire Department members will wear mourning bands over their badges. According to a GoFundMe page created earlier this year on behalf of his family, Valenta had been suffering from an illness for several months, and in early January

was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma, which had already spread to many of his organs. The Vista Fire Fighters Association issued a statement saying the loss “has left a gaping hole in the fire community. ... Rest Easy Brother. We’ll take it from here.’’


ers association supports Excel submitting its application. However, he said the council should provide clear message of a high-quality property. Currently, he said, the proposal fails to meet those goals, saying there is too much parking, while also suggesting lower density, more commercial space, additional usable open space and for-sale properties. Excel currently plans to rent the apartments and townhomes. “While our clear preference would be for the site to be redeveloped with other new commercial or office uses, we understand the

current state of commercial real estate and development does not bode well for the abandoned building on-site,” he said. Regardless, the council stressed redevelopment is much needed as the current site has become an eyesore. They also expressed concerns about scaling back parking and traffic mitigation, although Withers said the company will conduct a traffic study. “This is not an option for this location to remain vacant,” Melendez said. “New neighbors and new housing can be a benefit if it’s produced in a way that meets the need of the community.”

VISTA — Flags at Vista city facilities were flown at half-staff April 26 in honor of a 33-year-old local firefighter/paramedic who lost his cancer battle on Sunday. Andy Valenta, who had been with the Vista Fire Department since 2009, left behind a wife and two young

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mixed-use designation to pack in more housing. Other concerns included traffic, negative impacts on waterways, and water consumption for 256 units. Some said the project is not a way to solve housing insecurity and was the wrong site for this scale. Councilman John Franklin, though, urged Withers to at least factor in the veterinarian hospital as Excel begins more thorough design plans. Bill Martin, who sits on the board of directors for South Vista Communities nearby, said the homeown-

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PROTESTERS gathered outside of the Escondido Police Department on April 21, the day of the deadly officer involved shooting. Another protest was staged at City Hall on Wednesday. Photo by Joe Orellana


dent, according to Varso. “As soon as possible we will be releasing portions of those videos to provide the public with a better understanding of what happened,” Varso said last week. The suspect was “well known” to Escondido po-

lice, having had a long history of property crimes and violent offenses, including assaults on officers, according to Varso. Olson had been booked into county jail 188 times since 2002 and was involved in more than 20 service calls this year, Varso said. Moore has been an officer with the Escondido Police Department since 2013,

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Beer roundup: Slowly returning to normal New, exciting wines as we’re still in the shadow of COVID-19. Eppig Brewing has developed a new event just for them. They are hosting private virtual tastings with their brewers. They talk you through at least four of their beers. A cool way to engage with the award-winning brewery while staying socially distant. In real life, Eppig is hosting Frühlingsfest 2021 on Saturday, May 1, at the Vista location. The Munich beer festival-inspired event wouldn’t be complete without Eppig’s Fest Bier, which is available in giant mugs or cans to take home.


e officially entered the orange tier this month, but what does that mean? It means breweries can reopen indoors at 25% capacity or to 100 people, whichever is fewer. Bars that do not serve food can open outdoor patios, and restaurants are able to reopen at 50% capacity or 200 peo-ple, whichever is fewer. And they can host live entertainment. So, in this moment things feel a bit more normal. Right? Just kidding. No one knows what is normal anymore, and that is okay. One thing that is always normal in North County is that we’ve got so much good beer here! There is also a lot of beer news, and so much gets missed every week. Today I’m cleaning out my beer notes folder with some updates from around the region that just couldn’t find a home in another column.

• Pure Project is also offering virtual tastings hosted by a Certified Cicerone, and the virtual can be customized with a chocolate pairing or even a virtual EPPIG BREWING is hosting Frϋhlingsfest on Saturday at its brewery tour, and oh yeah, Vista location. The Munich beer festival-inspired event will their Vista location is now feature Eppig’s Fest Bier, which will be available in mugs or open! cans to take home.

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a return for 2021. Having started in 2010, the festival has grown over the years, even adding bacon and dis-tilling components. In my opinion, this was always one of the best-run festivals that felt like a true celebration of beer as opposed to an all-day drink-a-thon. Due to *** COVID-19 and a new lo-cat• The much-acclaimed ion, this year’s event will be Mission Valley Craft Beer and limited to 350 tickets. You Food Festival has announced can sign up at

to RSVP, and get notified when tickets are released, which is rumored to be this week.

• Congratulations to the new Saint Archer Directory of Brewery Operations, Judd Weeden. Weeden has been with the brewery since 2014, pre-dating the brewery’s acquisition by MillerCoors, and has been working his way up the ladder, most recently as head brewer. This a deserved promotion, and he fills the spot previously held Yiga Miyashiro.

• Bear Roots Brewing in Downtown Vista is bringing trivia back on Wednesdays starting this week and adding a comedy night in May. They aren’t the only ones. Trivia, comedy and live music events are filling calendars all over North County. • May is Brain Cancer Follow your favorite breweries on Insta-gram for up- Awareness month. Colin Gerner and his brother dates. GJ started StacheStrong, • Rouleur Brewing Com- a nonprofit charity devotpany recently hosted an in- ed to raising funds and stallation ceremony and the awareness for brain cancer unveiling of a new bench research. GJ battled gliohonoring their friend Kevin blastoma (GBM), a form of Lentz. Lentz was tragically brain cancer, for 25 months, killed in 2019 while riding before passing at age 30 just his bicycle in Escondido. over a year ago. This year, StacheStrong The bench can be found in nearby Rancho La Costa. has launched its #BrewStacheStrong beer collab#LentzIsMore oration in soli-darity with • For as many beer nearly 200 craft breweries drinkers who have gotten a nationwide, including San vaccine and driven right to Diego’s Align Brewing. The the brewery for an in-per- goal of the campaign is to son pint, there are still plen- raise funds and much-needty who are a little wary of ed awareness for brain canon-site drinking or events cer research. Over the past three years, the charity has already raised over $1,000,000 for brain can-cer research. They hope to serve as a beacon of hope and support for families facing brain cancer across the globe. Check out to learn more, and to see the full list of participating breweries.

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• It’s already been a month since the announcement, but there is big news out of Bagby Beer in Oceanside. For the first time, they are canning beer for retail sales. They launched the new canned beer program with four beers, including three core beers: Absolutely Amber, Sweet Ride Pilsner and Worker Bee Golden Ale. The fourth offering is a re-brew of What a Time to Be Alive IPA. A fitting beer for the moment.

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n the wine world it’s the season of new, fresh bottles of current vintage wines pouring into the palates of reviewers, the press and tasting rooms. Winemakers are hoping to get a jump-start on sales from the growing population of wine aficionados whose devotion knows no bounds. A couple of developments I’ve noted are the number of colorful labels with bold letters and symbols splashed across the front of new bottles. And there never seems to be enough red blends coming from California wineries. The trend began in the early 2000s with The Prisoner. The current 2018 vintage will see most major wineries carrying some half-dozen catchy blend names with several varietals, mostly reds. Here are a few “classy” examples.

evation, this classic malbec is an authentic expression of the Mendoza district, best known for superb malbec. On April 17, Malbec World Day was celebrated, a global initiative created by the vineyards of Argentina. Coen’s head winemaker is one of Italy’s finest, Attilio Pagli, on occasion earning his wines 100-point awards. • DAOU Reserve Eye of the Fal-

con Paso Robles 2018. ($75)

The current vintage Eye of the Falcon showcases the mutual power and synergy of cabernet sauvignon and petite verdot. The deep, concentrated color is just the beginning of this massive blend. A sophisticated nose offers aromas of black currant, cassis, sweet cherry and blackberry. Bright fruit flavors cascade across the palate with the opulent fruit transitioning to a robust mid-palate, showing black olive, licorice and eastern spices. The finish is long and elegant with black cherry, cocoa and plum. • Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2018. ($85) Trilogy, an

• Cakebread Cellars Napa Cab- upscale blend, has become ernet Franc 2018. ($60) This the flagship wine for Flo-

is the inaugural bottling of cabernet franc from Cakebread, which takes pride in seeking out grapes from front-running vineyards around Napa Valley. Grapes for this wine were harvested from the cooler southeastern region with perfect conditions for developing cab franc with bright aromatics, vibrant flavors and firm structure. The grapes were hand harvested at night for best balance between sugar and acidity. French-oak barrel aging integrated the intensity of the fruit to get subtlety and balance, without overpowering the structure, minerality and peppery characteristics of this wine. • Les Tourelle de la Cree Cuvee Knights Templar Cote de Beane Rouge 2016. ($50) This pinot

noir from Old Vine Burgundy France, is made by the famous Domaine Serene winery of Oregon. The grapes come from hundred-year-old vines grown in the French heartland. Dave Wiegel, the hard driving dealmaker at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas, is now using online email promoting to further the value of one wine at a time, reduced pricing to boost sales. The above wine was his latest value search that scored big. After an hour of releasing his background info and price on the internet, he sold out the 16 cases allocated. Don’t miss his next door-buster. • Coen Classic Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2019. ($25)

Sourced from two adjacent vineyards at 3,000 feet in el-

ra Springs. The grapes are from the highest-quality lots, culled from its estate vineyards in Napa. For this vintage, Trilogy offers cab sauv, malbec and petite verdot. Cab dominates at 83% of the blend. This is a classy cab with richly endowed helpmates to pair with a ribeye steak, lamb chops, eggplant and pepper-crusted ahi tuna. • Hess Select Chardonnay Monterey 2018. ($13) Monterey’s

cooling fog and Pacific coastal breezes, drawn across the mountains and into the Salinas Valley, create an ideal climate for growing chardonnay, yielding wines with tropical notes and crisp acidity, perfect companions for a flavorful Central Coast white wine. Nicely balanced, Hess features sliced peaches, and Golden Delicious apples, finishing crisp and clean with well-balanced acidity. • La Storia Zinfandel Alexander Valley Sonoma Estate 2018. ($26) La Storia, made by par-

ent winery Trentadue, was the darling of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for 2021. The La Storia Zinfandel came out swinging and took home gold for its latest 2018 vintage. Winemaker Miro Tcholakov said the wine is “bright and lively with intense zin aroma of dark cherry, blueberry and plum, and some of the typical raisin aromas.” Alcohol was in balance at 14.9%. Companion varietals of 13% petite sirah, and a smattering of sangiovese and malbec gave it more identity.

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Silvergate begins renovations to modernize senior living campus SAN MARCOS, CA – April 30, 2021 – Construction began this month on a series of renovations to the retirement community of Silvergate San Marcos, the area’s premier senior living community for more than 25 years. The community’s parent company, AmeriCare Health & Retirement, Inc. will modernize several common area spaces of Silvergate as it upgrades the property for the comfort and enjoyment of current and future senior residents. “This already beautiful campus is taking on a fresh look with these wonderful renovations,” said Matt Petree, Director of Property Development and project manager for the modernization at Silvergate. “We engaged a phenomenal design team who made it a priority to tastefully modernize both indoor and outdoor common area spaces with warm wood tones, brushed metal surfaces and updated color hues. We’re incredibly excited by the changes.” First Phase of Renovations Underway The renovations at Silvergate will be undertaken in phases to avoid any major disruption to residents. The first phase is expected to be completed by summertime in 2021. The initial project includes an interior redesign of several common area spaces such as the Palm Room -- a central gathering spot within the community -- as well as the Activity Room, which accommodates robust event programming and resident activities. The second phase will be a major interior design renovation of Silvergate’s neighboring memory care building. The renovations taking place in the new Palm Room space include all new furnishings, flooring and

décor, creating a more contemporary look for hosting small private events and community celebrations. The upgrades, which match the recent renovations to the lobby entrance, modernize the space, creating a boutique hotel feel throughout the community. When completed, the Palm Room will better utilize the existing space to provide for greater flexibility for the community’s bustling roster of events and activities. “The staff’s favorite, and most impactful, part of the initial renovation process will be the transforming of our Palm Room into what will effectively serve as an additional indoor restaurant-style space, a meeting room and a place for small event gatherings. We’re excited to be modernizing for the future,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, the Executive Director at Silvergate San Marcos who worked with the design team to update the property to better serve residents, their families and guests of the community. “We’re looking forward to hosting memorable dining experiences in the Palm Room that feature seasonally inspired cuisine and fun entertainment. We know the residents are going to love having Happy Hour in this dynamic new space.” Why Local Ownership Matters The planned renovations at Silvergate San Marcos highlight a tangible example of the importance of local ownership. With only three retirement communities in north county San Diego, AmeriCare takes great pride of ownership in the few properties they own. They are able to listen to the unique needs of each community and quickly react to make improvements that matter most in the day-to-day lives of its residents. “Being a local owner/operator allows us the opportuni-

ty to visit each one of our communities frequently. There’s no substitute for seeing a property in person and speaking individually with our residents and team members,” said Greg Petree, President of AmeirCare. “We’re always asking ourselves ‘what would I want for my loved ones or for myself if I lived here.” “I think local ownership really makes a difference and it’s great to see that they’re so invested in this community. Just look at all of the changes that are going on here in this community,” said Merrio Izor, a resident of the community for nearly two years. “I’m incredibly glad to be here and so happy to be watching this amazing transformation. We’re going to have lovely new spaces in which to dine together, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what creative things we’ll be doing inside in our new Activity Room. I just love it that our owners are upgrading all around us.” About Silvergate San Marcos With renovations underway and apartment homes at Silvergate now limited, seniors who are considering retirement living are encouraged to tour the community, sample the Chef’s cuisine and see the modernization underway at Silvergate San Marcos. The community is now scheduling virtual and private in-person tours of its apartment homes and sprawling, walkable campus. For information, call David Nelson at (760) 744-4484. General information about the independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations at Silvergate can be found at Silvergate is located at 1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA 92078. Sponsored Content


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The Peter Pupping Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30 at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff. Reservations at (760) 436-5236 or NEW PRODUCTION AT NCRT

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The San Diego Art Institute exhibition “Measurements of Progress,” runs through May 30, with works by the 2021 graduating cohort of artists from the UC San Diego MFA program, throughout the 6,000-square-foot exhibition space, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. The show will be available to the public free of charge through the Pay as You Wish initiative. SUMMER ART CAMP

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tour, the San Dieguito Art Guild is hosting an ongoing silent auction at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Customers are encouraged to come into the gallery to place their bid and see the OTC STREAMS DRAMA artwork up close. For more Oceanside Theatre information, visit OffTrackCompany and Scripps or contact pr@ Ranch Theatre are once again coproducing a streaming piece — the one-woman show “My Brooklyn Hamlet,” written and performed OMA IS OPEN by Brenda Adelmen. The auGet ready to come thor’s mother was shot and explore The Oceanside killed by her father, who Museum Of Art gallerwithin months married her ies again at 704 Pier View aunt. The play is streaming Way, Oceanside, Thursdays through May 2. Tickets: $22 through Sundays noon to 5 at p.m. (4 p.m. on Sundays). mybrooklynhamlet. Timed tickets reserved in advance are required and NEED VOLUNTEER PHOTOGS can be gotten at https:// Looking for an artistic, for way to serve your communi- both members and visitors. ty? Casa de Amparo needs Newly installed exhibitions volunteer photographers are ready. willing to donate their talents for various projects CALL FOR ARTISTS and events. You can add to The Carlsbad Village any portfolio or sharpen Association seeks artists your skills. If interested, to be part of Art in the Vilcontact Nicole at nchan- lage, the Carlsbad Village Association’s open-air art show set for June 27. AppliTHINK SMALL cations currently being acA call for artists goes cepted at out for the Off Track Gallery Summer Small Image MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS Show May 25 to June 26. EnCarlsbad Music Festitry fee is $10 for members, val is scheduled to return $13 for non-members (per Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, after piece). Deadline to apply having to cancel last year. is May 17 at sdagmonthly- As a continued precaution against COVID-19, the 2021 festival will be held entirely outdoors for the ON-SITE SILENT AUCTION first time. You can support In place of its annu- the return of the festival at al Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Studio, and Garden support/give.




The Escondido Art Association, announces “Harmony,” its May Open Show. The show will run from May 5-29. The drop-off date for artwork is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at 121 W. Grand Ave., Escondido. Pick-up for all artwork will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

A special award of artistic excellence to be presented by the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project will be announced June 12. The artworks must be submitted for this show on May 14 and May 15. For a prospectus, visit



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OCEANSIDE — TriCity Hospital Foundation has purchased and donated an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to Tri-City Medical Center to allow its expert staff to save patients on the brink of death from pulmonary or cardiovascular failure. The ECMO machine is the first “miracle machine” in North County and provides state of the art technology to treat patients experiencing respiratory and cardiac failure. ECMO is used in critical care situations, typically for acute respiratory distress, but most recently is a component in the battle against COVID-19 by allowing the heart and lungs to be bypassed so that they can rest and heal without damaging other organs. When all treatment and life support options have been exhausted, ECMO gives patients another hope for recovery and sustained life. “With advanced technologies in the hands of brilliant physicians, miracles can happen,” said Jennifer Paroly, president of Tri-City Hospital Foundation. “Thanks to our generous donors, we’re proud to be able to fund innovative technologies like the ECMO machine and help our healthcare experts continue saving lives and protecting families in our community.” The advanced ECMO machine now provides critical life support by pumping blood outside of a patient’s body to the machine, re-

moving carbon dioxide, oxygenating, and rewarming the blood, and then returning it to tissues in the body. “Our nurses, respiratory therapists, technicians and doctors now have another treatment option for critically ill patients,” said Dr. Gene Ma, Chief Medical Officer at Tri-City Medical Center. “ECMO doesn’t just help people severely impacted by COVID-19. It helps any patient experiencing severe heart or lung issues.” For more than 50 years, Tri-City Hospital Foundation has played an important role in promoting philanthropy and well-being in North County communities. With the support of generous donors, Tri-City Hospital Foundation has funded millions of dollars in programs, services, and capital needs for Tri-City Medical Center. With a cost of $152,000, purchases like the ECMO machine would not be possible without the generosity of the hospital employees, community members and local businesses who donate to the foundation. Two of the recent advanced technologies TriCity Hospital Foundation has been able to acquire for Tri-City Medical Center include GlideScope, a device that allows easier and safer emergency airway management for coronavirus patients and physicians, and the Airvo System, a high-flow oxygen delivery system that delivers a much higher concentration of oxygen to patients in respiratory distress.

Escondido opposes recycling center without environmental assessment By Tigist Layne



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ESCONDIDO — The city of Escondido is one of multiple entities that have expressed opposition to a proposal to build a recycling center for green waste and demolition and construction debris west of Interstate 15 and just north of Escondido. The project, proposed by the Hilltop Group Inc., is a 139-acre recycling facility on Mesa Rock Road. If approved, the facility would process and recycle up to 174 tons per day of wood from construction debris and trees, converting it into mulch, as well as recycling concrete, asphalt, and other construction material. Four entities have appealed a Feb. 5 decision by the San Diego County Planning Commission approving the project and rejecting an earlier round of appeals, including one by the city of Escondido. The Twin Oaks Valley Community Sponsor Group, the Hidden Meadows Community Sponsor Group and the Montreux Homeowners Association have also appealed the decision. Concerns mainly are

centered on whether a full environmental impact report (EIR) should be required before moving forward with the project. However, county and land use officials previously determined that the project is exempt from the requirement for an EIR because environmental impacts were analyzed in an EIR that was already prepared as part of an update of the county’s General Plan. “The County of San Diego’s Planning and Development Services Division erroneously exempted the North County Environmental Resources land use development application (“Project”) from additional environment review in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act,” the city of Escondido said in its appeal letter. “With narrow exceptions, CEQA requires an EIR whenever a public agency proposes to approve or carry out a project or activity that may have a significant effect on the environment.” Mike Strong, Escondido’s director of community development, said that the city is not necessarily tak-

ing a position on the project itself, but would like to see the process being properly followed. “The county must conduct an evaluation, which affords public participation, discloses the true impacts of the project and gives a chance to appropriately mitigate those impacts and have that transparency. So we are asking specifically for the county to prepare an EIR for the project,” Strong said. An EIR would study issues like traffic, noise, greenhouse gas emissions, impacts on wildlife and other potential impacts to the community, Strong added. Another point of concern for some, is that Hilltop Group is run by members of the De Jong family, which has ties to a portable toilet company that unlawfully discharged thousands of gallons of waste into municipal sewer systems across Southern California. Hilltop Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The County Board of Supervisors is expected to hold a hearing on the project on May 5.


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Tranquil Casa del Herrero no stranger to anxious times


ooking at the images taken of Santa Barbara shortly after the 1925 earthquake, which demolished much of the city, it’s astonishing that the then-newly built mansion of George Fox Steedman suffered no damage. So, it’s perhaps fitting that the lush grounds of this wealthy inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist’s estate has served as a refuge this past year as COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. “During this period of anxiety, it’s nice to be in a quiet space with tranquility,” says Jessica Tade, executive director of Casa del Herrero (casadelherrero. com), the name Steedman (pronounced STED-man) bestowed upon the now-historic mansion and the precisely planned gardens in the heart of Montecito, adjacent to Santa Barbara. The Steedmans came west from St. Louis to visit his brother, fell in love with the Santa Barbara area, and decided to build a part-time home. The family moved into the mansion on the same day that the 1925, 6.3 earthquake (sbhistorical. org/quake-the-1925-earthquake-in-santa-barbara) jolted the area’s population awake. Eighty percent of the commercial buildings in Santa Barbara were in rubble. “It’s truly amazing that the house was intact,” says Tade as she escorts us around the precisely manicured property. The home, which has earned designation as a National Historic Landmark, is closed for renovations, but the plan is to reopen it for tours this summer. The mansion has been called one of the finest examples of Spanish revival archi-

THE HISTORIC Casa del Herrero mansion in Montecito is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish revival architecture that exists today. The fountain, in the shape of an eight-pointed star called a “khatim,” is a common Islamic art feature. Photo by Jerry Ondash

tecture in the country. The surrounding 11 acres of gardens and groves also have won accolades. The green spaces are accented by artful walls, tiles, trellises, sculptures, fountains and architectural details, many of them fashioned by Steedman, who took up blacksmithing upon retirement. (Casa del Herrero translates to House of the Blacksmith). As we meander from one garden to another, Tade explains that the grounds are landscaped so that one must pass through a succession of entries to explore each section. It was Steedman’s wife, Carrie, who focused on creating this “eclectic mix of Country Place Era and Moorish-inspired gardens.” (Country Place Era is an American landscape design popular from about 1890 to 1930. Wealthy homeowners commissioned landscape architects to reproduce the European gardens that the homeowners had seen on their European travels.) One of the most notable

THE HOME AND GARDENS were designed and built by wealthy St. Louisan George Fox Steedman, his wife Carrie and well-known architects and garden designers of the time. The estate, on the National Register of Historic Places, maintains National Historic Landmark status because of the gardens. Photo by Jerry Ondash

garden features is the group of dragon’s blood trees (Dracaena draco) in the Arizona Garden, one of the farthest from the house. The trees

are clustered so tightly it appears that they are interwoven to form a canopy. A 2019 renovation undertaken by volunteers from the Gar-

den Club of Santa Barbara and its $7,000 grant make it possible for visitors to walk underneath the trees. There also are many de-

tails throughout the estate, inside and out, that serve as evidence of Steedman’s talent at the blacksmith’s forge and craftsmanship with wood. His ornate birdhouses grace the property here and there. Like so many other attractions, destinations and historic landmarks, Casa del Herrero was forced to close during the pandemic. The gardens have reopened and reservations are necessary. For particulars, visit Tours are self-guided but docents are stationed throughout to answer questions. The advantage of the self-guided tour is that “visitors can move at their own pace,” Tade says. Come July, “we are hoping to reopen the house safely to tours with modifications provided by the county and the Public Health Department. The house at this time is undergoing necessary painting and cleaning and preservation of the second-story tile floors.”

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