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San Marcos puts limits on protests

Escondido redistricting process stirs By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday, May 4 with a member of the state Citizens Redistricting Commission to explain the process of redistricting and raise awareness of what lies ahead. Every 10 years, after the federal census, city councils, school boards and other public agencies that use the district voting system redraw their boundaries to balance the district populations and reflect demographic changes. Escondido uses a seven-member Independent Redistricting Commission for this process. Three retired judges appointed the commission’s members based on racial, geographic, social and ethnic diversity in November 2020. Robert Case, Carolyn Clemens, Amy Dao Doan, Kristy Jurgensen, Xochitl Reyes, Mariela Saldana and Karin MacDonald were selected for the commission. Patricia Sinay, from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, said during the meeting that Escondido is currently in its public awareness phase of redistricting. In November, after the census is released, the commission will post its first draft map, followed by the second draft map in December, Sinay said. James Rowten from the Escondido Chamber of Commerce told The Coast News that the final redistricting is anticipated to take place in March 2022. “It's important so that communities that are truly one aren’t separated by representation because in essence, communities who want to try to have a voice or be heard, need one representative,” TURN TO REDISTRICTING ON 6

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CSUSM TO HAVE IN-PERSON COMMENCEMENT Cal State San Marcos is planning to hold an in-person graduation ceremony the weekend of May 22-23, honoring the class of 2020 in addition to the class of 2021. Attendees are required to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, such as wearing face coverings and socially distancing. STORY ON PAGE 7. Photo courtesy of CSUSM

Embattled post commander speaks out By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — Escondido American Legion Post Commander Michael “Mick” Sobczak, who recently faced a trial to decide his future at the post after social media posts surfaced showing his affiliations to the Proud Boys, spoke out in the post’s May newsletter. In January, the Union-Tribune first reported that the J.B. Clark Post 149 Commander was removed from two national leadership roles by the American Legion after photos shared on two social media accounts showed Sobczak wearing a Proud Boys jacket and marching with other Proud Boys at a Dec. 12 pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C.. The rally eventually turned violent. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group, and the Anti-Defamation League describes the orga-

nization as a gang. John Smartt, the post’s 1st vice commander, directly under Sobczak in the chain of command, told The Coast News in January that Sobczak would face a trial to determine whether he would be removed from his post. The trial officially began on Feb. 16. Smartt said it would be a lengthy process that would most likely go into April or maybe even May. According to Jeffrey Dodds, adjutant at the post, the trial is still ongoing. The post’s May 2021 newsletter, released April 28, features a message from “Commander Mick Sobczak.” “Over the past few months, you have been sent numerous emails discussing me due to a newspaper article written and published on January 3, 2021,” Sobczak wrote. “During this time, an effort was made to embarrass me pub-

MICK SOBCZAK faced a trial to determine his future as Post 149 commander after his ties to the Proud Boys emerged. Photo via Facebook

licly and usurp the power of the Post Commander.” He goes on to condemn the post for violating bylaws and talking to the media. “Newspaper reporters were invited to a Post meeting to cover an internal Post 149 issue. Post officers gave interviews to 3 newspaper




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reporters who wrote a total of five articles about issues that were required to remain within the walls of our building. This did not hurt me, it hurt the Post and its membership,” Sobczak said. “Some of you may be wondering why I am writing about this now and the reason is, as the Commander of Post 149, it is my duty to tell you about both the good and the bad about what is happening with your Post,” Sobzcak continued. He concludes his message by urging members of the post to run for elections, which will be taking place this month. Sobczak will also be up for re-election. Dodds told The Coast News that the trial is still proceeding and should be concluded by the end of this month. An exact date for the last hearing is still being discussed. The post’s next general meeting is May 18.

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met on Tuesday, May 11, and passed by a 4-1 vote a controversial ordinance that will limit picketing and protesting in front of private residences and creating a 300-foot buffer zone. According to the staff report, the ordinance allows individuals to still protest in general residential areas or neighborhoods but prohibits protesters from targeting a specific residential unit and coming within 300 feet of that unit. Violations of the ordinance would be categorized as an infraction and would result in a fine. “The City Council finds and determines that the preservation and protection of the right to privacy in a residential dwelling unit and the enjoyment of tranquility, well-being, and sense of security in a residential dwelling unit are in the public interest and are uniquely and critically important to the public health, safety, and welfare,” the staff report said. Councilwoman Maria Nunez was the single no vote on the issue, with Councilmembers Randy Walton, Sharon Jenkins and Ed Musgrove and Mayor Rebecca Jones all voting yes on the ordinance. The council received dozens of public comments, with the majority of comments urging councilmembers not to approve the ordinance. “The proposed ordinance would criminalize individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights. Part of a healthy inclusive democracy is the expression of dissent and the ability to convey that to elected officials through peaceful protest, which includes picketing in residential areas,” said Erin Tsurumoto Grassi, regional policy director for Alliance San Diego, in a public com-

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Vista moves step closer to single-use plastics ban By Steve Puterski

SANDAG RECEIVED grant funds from the California Transportation Commission to finish the seven-mile San Marcos to Vista segment of the Inland Rail Trail, between Civic Center Drive and North Drive in Vista. Courtesy photo

$12M granted to finish Inland Rail Trail stretch By Staff

REGION —- The San Diego Association of Governments was awarded nearly $12.1 million in state grant funds for the completion of the seven-mile San Marcos to Vista segment of the Inland Rail Trail. The funds, an Active Transportation Program grant from the California Transportation Commission, will help complete a two-mile gap of the Inland Rail Trail in Vista, between Civic Center Drive and North Drive. When the project is complete, the result will be 14 continuous miles of trail between Escondido and eastern Oceanside intended to provide an opportunity for people to safely bike, walk and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the San Diego region. “Completing this stretch of the Inland Rail Trail is critical for our re-

gional bike network,” said SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “This biking and walking path will offer people a healthy, safe and viable transportation choice away from vehicle traffic, and is a great example of what we can accomplish as a community to reduce our impact on the environment.” This two-mile phase will be the last of four phases SANDAG has been designing and building as part of the San Marcos to Vista segment of the trail. — Phase 1: A one-mile segment in the city of San Marcos opened in February 2017. — Phase 2: Three miles of the trail that run through unincorporated San Diego County and the city of Vista opened in January 2021. — Phase 3: Construction of a one-mile segment in the city of Vista is ex-

pected to begin in 2022. — Phase 4: Construction of a two-mile segment in the city of Vista is anticipated to begin in 2024. “This a momentous day for the city of Vista,” said Vista Mayor Judy Ritter. “The completion of the Inland Rail Trail will provide residents a new, safe and reliable option to travel to transit stations, school, work or anywhere in North County while enjoying the outdoors and reducing GHG emissions.” The completion of the last two mile stretch is estimated to cost $15.8 million, which includes the $12.1 million ATP grant award, a $650,000 match from TransNet and $3.1 million leveraged from earlier funds spent on design. The ATP is competitively awarded in two stages, beginning with a statewide competition led by the CTC, followed by the regional competition.

The San Diego region will receive approximately $16 million in funding from the regional competition. In addition to the Inland Rail Trail funding, partial funding is recommended for the La Mesa Bike and Sidewalk Connection project. Four projects in the San Diego region were adopted by the CTC as part of the statewide competition in March 2021 in the cities of Imperial Beach, National City, Oceanside and San Diego. The CTC is scheduled to approve the regional competition funding recommendations from the SANDAG Board of Directors at a meeting this summer. In total, 37 projects competed in the regional competition, requesting approximately $156 million in funding. To learn more about the Inland Rail Trail, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving. com/InlandRailTrail.

VISTA — Single-use plastics have an expiration date, at least in the City of Vista, as the City Council approved preliminary measures for an ordinance during its April 27 meeting. The council directed staff to return before the July recess with an application process for a hardship waiver and other options as the city prepares for a phased approach to regulating single-use plastics and Styrofoam. Councilwoman Corinna Contreras, who brought the item before the council, and Councilman John Franklin compromised on the waiver, which will include a sunset clause, for businesses under $1 million in yearly gross revenue. As for the implementation, the council is expecting the first phase to begin on Aug. 1. “I don’t think we need stirrers and plastic ware,” Mayor Judy Ritter said. “I think we’re doing a great thing here.” Amanda Lee, assistant to the city manager, said the two-phase approach consists of the Aug. 1 date, which will require all food establishments to provide plastic straws and utensils on request only, but eventually leading to a ban. The second phase, she said, would commence July 1, 2023, and ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) or Styrofoam food containers such as to-go boxes, cups, plates and bowls. Lee said this timeline is so the city can conduct a robust public outreach campaign to help change habits for residents and allow businesses to find other options. Additionally, she said the city can partner with the Chamber of Commerce and think about cost-sharing programs between businesses to save money. One resident also said the city could partner with the Vista Unified School District to involve students and their families. “There are many alternatives to EPS food ware products such as paper or biodegradable products,” Lee said. A number of residents and environmentalists also

spoke during the item, most in support of the staff’s recommended actions. However, several said the city should truncate its EPS timeline and move it up to Jan. 1, 2023, as the city would have 16 months to conduct outreach and find solutions for businesses to comply. Contreras and Franklin differed on some of the ordinance’s specifics, such as requiring all businesses to comply from the onset. Franklin said small businesses or family-run restaurants generating gross revenue of $1 million or less aren’t making huge profits. He said he spoke with several owners and they operate on a net profit margin of less than 10%. Franklin said there will be an additional cost of $3,600 per year to comply as new solutions are more expensive. “It’s an unfair burden to place an additional $3,600 on these extremely small businesses,” he said. “This million-dollar mark is gross revenue with profits under $100,000. In 10 years from now … a million dollars, with inflation, is going to chip away at that.” Contreras, though, wasn’t sold on following the inflation model, citing a lack of data. She said other cities have implemented such bans across the board and businesses have adapted. Also, the city has not received any letters on the issue, and even some of the speakers who are business owners did not address it. Councilman Joe Green played the role of dealmaker with his motion to include a hardship waiver with a sunset clause to appease both council members. The council agreed to a tentative sixmonth term for the waiver, although businesses could re-apply after six months if they are still unable to cover cost increases. “I think if we were to add a hardship waiver for gross sales less than $1 million per year,” Green said. “I don’t like a blanket exemption across the board because they’re all going to do it.” City staff will return in June with a draft ordinance.

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Opinion & Editorial

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It’s high time for utility execs to serve time for their crimes


California’s last when it comes to protecting rights of patients


By Morgan C. Fitzgerald

alifornia has one of the weakest laws in place to protect patients against the onerous and potentially dangerous practice of step therapy, according to a new study published by the Global Healthy Living Foundation. Step therapy, also known as a fail-first requirement, can be a profit-generating treatment protocol enforced by health insurance companies under which patients must fail medications in defined tiers before receiving approval to “step up” to the medications prescribed by their doctors. Insurance companies promote this requirement under the guise of ensuring that patients receive the most effective and reasonably priced drugs when in reality this practice forces patients to compromise treatment decisions and blocks access to essential medications. Furthermore, each time patients change insurance coverage or start a new treatment, the process can start all over again. Step therapy causes immense, unnecessary patient suffering and gravely weakens individual’s ability to receive the medicines prescribed to them. In California, the current step therapy law fails to cover any of the six most common reasons for requesting an exemption to this process, such as a doctor believing that the first-step medication will be ineffective or even detrimental to their patient, among other provisions. I’m one of those people caught in the step therapy loop, having lived more than half my life with debilitating migraine. Migraine is a complex neurological disease affecting more than 12% of the U.S. population. Symptoms commonly interfere with daily activities and can be

so severe as to be disabling. Between the ages of 12 and 21 I tried countless medications to manage migraine, but there were no migraine-specific preventative medications at the time so I was limited to off-label use of a multitude of drugs. This included antidepressants, anxiolytics, antiepileptics, high blood pressure pills, and even a drug designed to treat dementia. Unfortunately, these medications were not harmless. The side effects were numerous and almost as hard to manage as the disease I was trying to treat. When I turned 21 my health took a turn for the worse, chronic migraine snowballed into a never-ending migraine attack, called intractable or refractory migraine, and I had to drop out of college and move back home. Hunkering down in my childhood bedroom, I worked tirelessly with my doctors to try and improve my health while constantly battling with maddening insurance protocols. In 2018, two years into my refractory migraine, a new class of medications developed specifically for migraine, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) monoclonal antibodies, hit the market. It was exciting to have migraine-specific medications available and the listed side effects were far fewer and less severe than the medications historically prescribed to migraine patients. However, despite the fact that I had the same insurance coverage, meaning the insurance company had documentation of every medication and treatment I had ever tried, they denied coverage. It took numerous medical necessity forms, appeal letters, and phone calls over a six-month period to finally gain insurance coverage. It was only on this new,

more expensive medication that I was able to return to being a contributing force in society, finishing school and securing a job at a major research institution. Without access to the newest therapies, I would still be unable to work and likely on disability. Happy ending … not so fast. Over the last three years, I have changed insurance companies, tried two other CGRP medications, added treatment for a comorbid condition, and tried to add noninvasive device therapy. With each of these events, the insurance company reset the step protocol and repeatedly delayed or entirely blocked access to the treatments that my doctors determined to be the best course of disease management. My doctors and I are forced to repeatedly fill out reams of paperwork and spend countless hours on the phone while I suffer from disrupted, fractured treatment. This effort is daunting, costly and a risk to my health. Most chronically ill patients do not have the stamina or resources to push for the coverage they need. Step therapy takes medical decision-making away from patients and doctors and puts it in the hands of insurance companies. In California, we can help chronic disease patients access the medications deemed necessary by their doctors by reforming step therapy legislation. That’s why I am urging my community to support Assembly Bill 347. For more information about step therapy, visit the Global Healthy Living Foundation’s 50StateNetwork at Morgan Fitzgerald is an Encinitas resident and volunteer patient advocate with the Global Healthy Living Foundation.

alifornians could have been excused if they reacted with a ho-hum the other day, when Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch filed 33 criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for injuring six firefighters and endangering public health with smoke and ash from the 2019 Kincade fire that burned for two weeks. The blaze destroyed 374 buildings and homes and caused almost 100,000 people to flee as it burned 120 square miles, some of which was not in wild or forested land. Why react indifferently when a utility company faces criminal charges for the wrongdoing and negligence that caused this blaze, for which PG&E has accepted government findings assigning it blame? That’s easy: Utility companies have been convicted or “taken responsibility” for plenty of fires and other disasters they admittedly helped cause over the last 10 years. So far, not a single corporate executive has served even one second of jail time for all the damage done. Surely, someone must be responsible for all these corporate crimes. Actual humans had to be making decisions, for example, when California’s privately owned utilities misused approximately $65 billion customers paid for alleged facility maintenance between the mid1950s and 2015. But no one took personal responsibility. No one ever has. It was that way when San Diego Gas & Electric caused the 2007 Witch fire that killed two and injured 55 firefighters.

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Similarly, no one at Southern California Edison paid any personal price for the 2017 Thomas fire that burned from near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County all the way into the city of Ventura. And no one went to jail last year when PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 manslaughter counts in the 2018 Camp fire that destroyed the town of Paradise in Butte County. It was the same after the 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion that killed eight in the Crestmoor residential neighborhood of San Bruno, resulting in a felony negligence conviction for the company, still under criminal probation for that failure. In each case, the utilities paid fines, but recouped them soon after in their next round of rate increases granted by the ever cooperative and submissive (to utilities) state Public Utilities Commission. It’s high time this changed and that paying fines and damages for fires and other “accidents” caused by utility company neglect and incompetence becomes something more than a routine cost of doing business, the way it has been lately. Of course, Gov. Gavin Newsom greased things greatly for the companies by helping write and then signing off on SB 1054, which created a $13.5 billion state Wildfire Fund to help utilities pay for future

damages they cause. Customers are regularly dunned on their bills to fund this gift to irresponsible regional monopoly companies that have yet to demonstrate why they deserve to hold those monopolies. The same customers, now wearing their taxpayer hats, have also funded a new half-billion-dollar wildfire prevention fund, which Newsom and his cronies in the Legislature hailed as a great advance. But this was no advance; rather, it was just more enabling of criminal companies and their executives. Will some of those executives face anything new in the upcoming Kincade fire trial? D.A. Ravitch and her staff and hired experts went to the ignition site of the Kincade fire “as soon as it was safe,” and found the inferno began when a cable broke in high winds, causing molten material to drop onto dry vegetation below. That old cable should have been replaced long before it arced and fell. Someone, somewhere decided not to do this. That person ought to be held responsible. Newsom and the Legislature can devote all the money and manpower they like to wildfire prevention and planning, but it won’t alter the utilities’ longtime practice of negligence and irresponsibility until people making the decisions understand they will be held to account personally when their terrible choices cause terrifying consequences for people they are paid to serve. Email Thomas Elias at

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Colorado River water use not price-moderated, despite drought By Dan Brendel

SAN DIEGO COUNTY gets half its water from the Colorado River. The length of the river through Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada is in “extreme” to “exceptional” drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Courtesy photo

Some North County water use well exceeds statewide median average residential gallons per person per day (excluding commercial ag), 2020 to present

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REGION — San Diego area water prices and regulations don’t relate directly to the growing scarcity of water in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin, from which the region imports about half its supply. As The Coast News reported earlier in April, the San Diego County Water Authority is developing a water shortage contingency plan, though not implementing it, despite drought and low levels in major reservoirs along the Colorado’s path. “There is no plan or expectation that the (contingency plan) will be implemented this year,” the Water Authority’s Jeff Stephenson said Monday. “Generally speaking, price isn’t used as a mechanism to ration water in California, nor to identify its scarcity, because of the system of water rights that we’ve adopted over time,” said Kurt Schwabe, chair of environmental economics and policy at UC Riverside. The Water Authority sets prices annually based on forecasts, but “in real time, we can’t adjust the price,” Stephenson said. Additionally, because of Proposition 218, a 1996 voter initiative, “we can only charge the cost to recover our expenses to deliver the water.” “Water rates are very devolved at a very local level,” Schwabe said. “In that sense, they’re all thinking about their own constituency, even though water is connected” across agency jurisdictions. All that to say, water doesn’t strictly follow the principle of supply and demand, whereby something generally becomes more expensive when there’s less of it to go around. Instead, accumulated laws, regulations, court rulings and contracts known as the “Law of the River,” pledge California a certain volume from the Colorado River. Under one agreement, California’s rights take priority, such that it may continue drawing its full allocation, even if Arizona and Nevada must cut back in order not to deplete Lake Mead below a critical





Black lines bars in chart to left indicate San Diego Black County Water Authority member agencies.

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Vista Irrigation District Vallecitos Water District (San Marcos)

Statewide Median Carlsbad Municipal Water District San Dieguito Water District (Encinitas) Olivenhain Municipal Water District (Encinitas) Santa Fe Irrigation District (Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe)

Data Source: Urban Water Supplier Monitoring Reports, Ca. Open Data Portal,

PER CAPITA residential water use varies countywide, with certain North County districts, especially covering Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach, clocking in well above the statewide norm. Graphic by Dan Brendel

level. “We really don’t talk in terms of ‘scarcity,’ but we do talk in terms of ‘shortage,’” Stephenson said. “Shortage” in this vernacular doesn’t describe water’s objective availability in the total marketplace. Rather, it means an agency’s allotted supply wouldn’t meet expectations due to cutbacks triggered administratively, such as by a governor’s executive action. For instance, while Gov.

Gavin Newsom recently declared a regional drought emergency in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, San Diego County remains in the clear. Because of its high priority water rights, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Colorado River “supplies are largely insulated from cutbacks,” Authority spokesman Ed Joyce said previously. However, that San Diego County isn’t experi-

encing a contingency-triggering “shortage” doesn’t mean water isn’t in shortened supply in the places it’s imported from. The whole length of the Colorado River — through Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada — is experiencing “extreme” to “exceptional” drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a government-university partnership. The Law of the River’s

divvying to Western states “was based on flow data collected between 1905 and 1922, a period that contains the highest long-term annual flow volume in the 20th century,” Arthur Littleworth and Eric Garner write in their 2019 book “California Water,” now in its third edition. However, subsequently, “flows have been much lower than expected,” resulting in “over-allocation” to rightsholders. Due to “a warming trend in the Colorado River basin … water supplies are expected to decrease further,” the authors write. Asked whether the Colorado is being used sustainably, Stephenson said: “That’s to be determined,” though “the states are all working on plans constantly to make sure that the Colorado River is sustainable.” “In 2020, total (San Diego County) regional use of potable water was about 30 percent less than it was in 1990, even though the regional population grew by 35 percent,” according to the Water Authority’s web site. But San Marcos’ Jack Paxton, a professor of agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences retired from the University of

Illinois, takes a harder tone. Colorado River rightsholders are “absolutely not” consuming water sustainably, he said. Whereas the Water Authority “should be looking at the whole Colorado River Basin,” he described its water use philosophy in general as “myopia” and “beggar thy neighbor.” For example, he pointed to a 2016 Colorado state law banning the use of rain barrels as a conservation measure to collect rainwater from certain residential rooftops. The law declared water “subject to the doctrine of prior appropriation,” ordering the state engineer to report whether “small-scale residential precipitation collection … has caused any discernable injury to downstream water rights.” California public agencies “don’t price water itself, it’s considered a free good,” Paxton said. Nevertheless, he thinks the Water Authority should “put out a drought advisory” encouraging residents “to be more water frugal.” San Diegans’ per capita residential water use varies considerably countywide, with certain North County districts clocking in above the statewide norm. Of 331 statewide water agencies reporting over a comparable time period, the Santa Fe Irrigation District posted the highest per capita use by far, nearly four times the statewide median, according to The Coast News’ analysis of state government data. That district, a Water Authority member, serves Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. “We have a lot of large properties and some of those properties have agriculture and livestock on a residential meter, so they are included in residential use,” said Santa Fe Irrigation District spokeswoman Teresa Penunuri. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Encinitas Councilman Joe Mosca and Escondido Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez, who are among North County’s representatives on the Water Authority’s governing board, didn’t respond to several requests for comment.

Escondido City Council to revisit cannabis issue this month By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council is set to revisit a discussion on legalizing cannabis sales at its May 19 meeting, one week after the deadline for up to $75,000 in Cannabis Equity Act Grant funding. The resolution to potentially legalize cannabis sales in the city of Escondido was on the council agenda on March 24, as well as a resolution to accept up to $75,000 in grant funding. The council, however, voted 3-2 to postpone the discussion to a later date. Councilman Mike Morasco proposed postponing

the discussion and was supported by fellow council members Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia. The grant would allow the city to “develop a cannabis equity assessment, with the aim of crafting regulations to encourage permit applications from individuals and businesses disadvantaged by previous drug enforcement activities. … The City would aim to create a program that would develop these businesses and allow them to flourish legally,” said the staff report. The deadline for accepting the grant is May 12. At the March meeting,

Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez and Mayor Paul McNamara encouraged their fellow council members to revisit the issue before the grant deadline. However, City Manager Jeffrey Epp told The Coast News that the scheduling was largely based on council timing and available dates. He added that grants like this come and go and there will likely be other opportunities for the council to consider similar grants. Emotions ran high at the March meeting when the council only briefly touched on the cannabis issue. The more in-depth discussion on

May 19 is expected to be a contentious one. The Escondido council currently has a conservative majority with Republicans Morasco, Inscoe and Garcia holding the majority of seats. Despite the council officially being a nonpartisan office, members’ political leanings and philosophies tend to play a part in the council’s agendas and voting patterns. In 2018, the council unanimously voted to prohibit the sale and cultivation of cannabis in the city. That was a different council than the one that is seated

now. “When the State of California legalized recreational cannabis, Escondido was one of several cities to specifically prohibit the production and sale of cannabis products within their jurisdictions,” the staff report said. “In Escondido, 52% of local voters supported the Proposition 64 statewide measure in 2016; the City’s Resident Satisfaction Survey, conducted in June 2020, showed general support of commercial cannabis sales. “ During the last discussion, city staff brought up the concern that several

organizations have already indicated that they would put the issue on the ballot if the council doesn’t address it soon. “Cannabis regulations adopted by voter initiative leave a city with little control over the form of regulation, and yet the city still bears responsibility for administering the same regulations. Moreover, regulations left to adoption by initiative offer no guarantee of a funding mechanism to cover the costs of administration,” according to the staff report. This is what occurred in Vista in 2018.


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A look at how SMUSD spent COVID-19 relief funds By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) was one of the hundreds of school districts across the state that was awarded three rounds of COVID-19 relief funding targeted at helping reopen schools. According to public records and SMUSD, the district is scheduled to receive approximately $40 million in new COVID-19 relief funds as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March 2021. This is in addition to the more than $20 million in relief funding the district already received in 2020. The American Rescue Plan was the latest in a series of federal aid packages, starting with the $2 trillion CARES Act in March 2020 and a $900 billion aid package in December 2020. Last month, SMUSD Interim Superintendent Tiffany Campbell said the district had not yet received the $40 million in new federal aid, which is intended to be used primarily for reopening efforts. “While the spending plan for the new stimulus funding is still a work in progress, the funding will support in-person instruction, accelerated learning to address learning gaps, supplemental learning supports, logistics support, and offset any general fund expenditures attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Campbell said. According to a review of public records by Voice of San Diego and a recent interim budget report by SMUSD, the district spent the majority of its first round of COVID-19 relief funds on its employees, spending more than $6 mil-

3 Inland schools earn state honor By Staff

REGION — Three Inland North County schools were among 19 in San Diego County to be named a 2021 California Distinguished School. Mission Hills High School, part of the San Marcos Unified School District, was joined by Classical Academy High School (Escondido Union High School District) and Mission Vista High School (Vista Unified School District). Other North County schools honored include Sage Creek High School (Carlsbad Unified School District) and a trio from lion on “personnel.” The data shows other school districts in the region spent their federal awards in a similar fashion. Of the CARES Act funding, public records show that SMUSD spent $2.5 million in “other” spending for crisis counseling, while only spending about $2 million on distance learning and $800,000 on personal protective equipment (PPE). In other words, the district spent 32% of its CARES Act funding on “other,” 27% on distance learning and 10% on PPE. Michael Taylor, SMUSD’s assistant superintendent of business services, sent this statement to The Coast News: “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020), the district has needed additional personnel beyond Substitute Teachers to support either in-person instruction, ac-

San Dieguito Union High School District — Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines High School and Diegueno Middle School. The California Department of Education identifies and awards schools based on performance and progress on state indicators specified on the California School Dashboard, the state’s accountability and continuous improvement system. These indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. The schools will hold this distinction for two years. celerated learning, supplemental learning supports, and logistics support. The list below is a general description of the personnel/ logistics items needed to support the district's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 1. Extra Custodians to assist with disinfecting and cleaning 2. Additional personnel to assist with the Information Technology Help Desk (virtual learning) 3. Substitute Teachers 4. Extra hours for teachers 5. Health Aides - extra hours 6. Risk Management Personnel to assist with contact tracing 7. Nurses 8. Counselors/Social Workers 9. Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n personnel - drivers/aides 10. Air purification units

11. Hand washing stations 12. Chromebooks 13. Personal Protective Equipment” The budget report shows that the district only spent about $12 million of its first-round funds. It is unclear what the rest of the funds will be used for. The California Legislature also recently approved more than $6 billion in financial assistance for schools as part of Senate Bill 86 in March 2021. The legislation provided a total of $4.6 billion for school districts statewide, with an additional $2 billion to incentivize schools to offer in-person instruction starting April 1, according to EdSource. SMUSD has faced criticism in recent months from hundreds of parents, community members and members of the Parent Association of North County over its noncompliance with a judge’s order to reopen schools. Kimberly Imhoff, a SMUSD parent and member of the Parents Association, told The Coast News back in April that many parents haven’t received a clear answer on why federal and state funds haven’t been used to reopen schools as soon as possible. At the district’s April 20 board meeting, the district voted to expand in-person learning from two days a week to four days a week for elementary students and from two days a week to three or four days a week for secondary students. The district has no plans to reopen to five days a week for the rest of the school year despite the $40 million in relief funds coming in.

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very writer loves nothing more than a great story, but I didn’t expect one of the best I’ve heard to come from a neighborhood mom, whose kids went to my school and who spent her days doing the same mundane things most suburban mothers do. Then one day in fall 2003, she mentioned that she and her family had gone to Latvia that summer. Her husband is Latvian and his mother, Sonia, was born there. Because Latvia, which borders Russia, was part of the Soviet Union until 1993, the trip that summer of 2003 was only the second time Sonia had been back since her family escaped in 1944. Since the war, Sonia kept her papers and her memories intact. When she finally returned, she was able to prove ownership of a country house that had been confiscated by the Communists so many decades ago. On her second trip back, her sons came along. While she was just a child in 1944, Sonia clearly remembered seeing her father bury a box next to the house just before the family fled. She had no idea what was in it. “Sonia walked up to the house, pointed and said, ‘He buried it right there,’” my friend said. To everyone’s amazement, a foot or two beneath the ground was a box that had gone undiscovered by Germans, Russians or renters for 60 years. And inside, like the climax of a blockbuster Hollywood movie, CROP was treasure. Loose gem.93 — diamonds, rubies stones .93more — various pieces and of 4.17 gold jewelry and even a bar of bullion. Now that’s a 4.28 summer vacation to remember. The family returned the next summer and exca-


Rowten said. “If they have one representative, they speak as a whole body, which gives a larger representation. Then you can do the things that you’d like to be able to do and be able to try to get the attention of areas that need support or help.” The Escondido City Council will hear and file an update on the redistricting process at its May 19 meeting. Councilmembers will hear a detailed presentation on where the redistricting process stands and its projected timeline.

vated the basement. That time they unearthed bottles of 1940 Martell cognac and cases of champagne. Now I was on the edge of my seat asking her a dozen questions, all showing my sad ignorance of Eastern Europe, World War II and Latvia. For those of you equally unaware, the Red Army invaded Latvia in 1939 and stripped citizens like Sonia’s family of their wealth and property. When the Germans arrived in 1941, driving the Russians out, her family was able to recover the country home and restore her father’s business somewhat, but when World War II ended, the Russians marched back in. The family quickly left for Germany, the safest place for them in Europe at that time. Sonia’s father died there. She and her mother eventually came to America, where half a century passed before the Berlin Wall fell and Soviet Russia crumbled. I was particularly moved by an anecdote my friend shared at the end her tale. Sonia and her family may not have been victimized by the Nazis, but the suffering came from many directions. In that box of treasures was a handful of gold wedding bands. When Sonia saw them, she was beside herself with distress, demanding they be thrown into the nearest river. They were, she said, rings that her fellow townspeople had been forced to sell to her father in desperation, when all else was gone. Even after 60 years, she wanted no part of those rings or the pain they represented. The story ends with one brother planning to renovate the home in Latvia. With the rise of freedom across the world, three generations were able to go home, find their roots and experience their rich heritage. That, of course, is the treasure beyond price. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who knows the value of her freedom. Contact her at jean@ According to a staff report, “Each redistricting plan shall provide fair and effective representation for all citizens of the City, including racial, ethnic, and language minorities, and shall be in conformance with the requirements of the United States and California Constitutions, and with federal and state statutes.” During this public outreach phase, Escondido residents are encouraged to provide input about their communities by attending one of the commission’s public hearings or by reaching out to the commission directly at

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Cal State San Marcos to hold in-person commencement By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) will hold an in-person commencement ceremony for its graduating students this month, marking the first time this school year that this many students and families will be invited back to campus. The university announced that it plans on holding in-person ceremonies to honor both the class of 2020 and the class of 2021 on May 22 and May 23.

Last year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, CSUSM held a drive-through graduation parade for the class of 2020. “Attendance and Participation will require advance registration and attendance will be very limited. Due to space restrictions and health and safety guidelines, only two guest invitations may be extended per graduate,” CSUSM said in a statement. “A livestream of the in-person ceremonies at Magnum Track will be made available on the CSUSM website

and the CSUSM app.” CSUSM will require that all attendees adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, including facial coverings and physical distancing, regardless of vaccination status. Seating at the ceremony will also be physically distanced between graduates and families/guests. The decision to allow an in-person commencement was announced only a month before the commencement date. The short notice coupled with the

ticket limit has proven difficult for many students. According to a report by The Cougar Chronicle, CSUSM’s student newspaper, some students have chosen to delay their graduation to either fall 2021 or spring 2022 in hopes of a more traditional commencement ceremony. The commencement will mark the first time since March 2020 that this many students and families will be back to the San Marcos campus. California State Uni-

versity was the first in the nation to announce that its 23 campuses would cancel in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. The CSU system decided to continue with online instruction when the initial stay-athome order went into effect. Since then, CSUSM, which boasts a student population of roughly 15,000, has been fully operating in a hybrid learning model, with the majority of its students learning remotely. Other universities in the county are also holding

in-person commencement ceremonies in May and June. San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University and UC San Diego will also hold in-person commencement ceremonies. UCSD is requiring that students and guests be fully vaccinated to attend or show that they recently tested negative for COVID-19. CSUSM is expected to resume in-person learning in the fall term, which is expected to begin on Aug. 31.

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Warm weather means snake season By Staff

REGION — Spring is here and with it brings warm weather and hot, dry conditions in many areas of California. Human encounters with snakes are more likely as these elusive animals become more active this time of year. Most native snakes are harmless. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends avoiding the rattlesnake, a venomous species, and knowing what to do in the rare event of a bite. Rattlesnakes may be found in diverse habitats, from coastal to desert, and are widespread in California. They can be attracted to areas around homes with heavy brush or vegetation, under wood piles where ro-



dents may hide, as well as well-manicured landscapes to bask in the sun. Rattlesnakes are not generally aggressive, unless provoked or threatened, and will likely retreat if given space. “Snakes are often misunderstood. They provide significant ecosystem benefits, such as rodent control, and are an important part of California’s unique biodiversity,” said CDFW’s Conflict Programs Coordinator Vicky Monroe. “Snakes prefer to avoid people or pets and are not naturally aggressive. We encourage people to be rattlesnake safe, take time to learn about their local wildlife and take appropriate safety precautions when enjoying the tographs captured scenes of inner-city life and protest marches from the 1960s into early 1970s. Summer Hours: May and June. For details, visit

Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS via email to community@ Health rules permitting, the Vista Historical ‘GETTIN’ ALONG’ Society annual meeting and Borrego Art Institute, Hall of Fame induction will North Gallery, 665 Palm be held at the Shadowridge Canyon Drive, Borrego Country Club at 11 a.m. May Springs, presents “Get- 15. Members of the board of tin’ Along,” an exhibition, directors will be installed through Sept. 26, by former and 2020 Vista Hall of Fame Escondido resident,Major members will be honored. Morris, who lived in Escon- Because of the pandemic no dido from 1997 until his new Hall of Fame members passing in 2016. The collec- were elected in 2021.The tion of 42 documentary pho- Hall of Fame inductees for

outdoors.” Most bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed against by someone walking or climbing. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. On occasion, rattlesnake bites have caused severe injury — even death. The California Poison Control System notes that the chances of being bitten are small compared to the risk of other environmental injuries. The potential of encountering a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors. CDFW provides tips on its website to “Be Rattlesnake Safe,” how to safely coexist with native snakes 2020 were Ron Holloway, Ted Huntalas, Bainbridge and Nancy Larkin, Jim and Carlotta Malone, Marty Miller, and Mary Regan. TOP HONORS

— Taraneh Barjesteh of Encinitas was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society during the University of Alabama's virtual Tapping on the Mound ceremony April 9. — Alexandra French of Solana Beach, at University of the Pacific, and Jovan Aguilar of Oceanside, at University of Maryland Global Campus, were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in May.

and what to do (or not do) in the event of a snake bite. Other resources can be found on the California Herps Living with Rattlesnakes webpage. In 2019, CDFW confirmed the state’s first case of Snake Fungal Disease (SFD), a newly emerging disease in snakes. SFD can cause significant mortalities in species of conservation concern. There is no evidence that SFD is transmittable from snakes to humans. You may assist CDFW’s efforts by reporting sightings of snakes with skin sores or unusual behavior to Conservation / Laborato ries/Wildlife-Health/Monitoring. Do not attempt to touch or handle. CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOLAR

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presents as an elitist out of touch with the needs of Californians, is the “beauty” in that equation. In a statement, the Humane Society said its law enforcement arm was investigating whether Cox’s campaign violated a San Diego municipal code section prohibiting the use of wildlife for such purposes. Cox’s campaign issued a statement in response to the concerns of animal rights groups, saying “Every care was taken to ensure Tag’s comfort and safety with the approval of several government agencies. California needs beastly change and that may ruffle some feathers of left wing activists.”


News that the ordinance has nothing to with that specific incident. “It's actually not targeted at any segment of the population. … It has nothing to do with me personally or anything about that,” Jones said. “It has to do with making sure that we have the preservation of folks feeling like they can have their voices heard and also preserving a safe space for people in their homes to feel like they are able to safely live their lives.” She added that the ordinance is not intended to discourage protesting and does not infringe on anyone’s right to free speech. It also does not affect protesting in any public spaces. Jones also pointed out that the City of San Diego has a similar ordinance in place.

REGION — The San Diego Humane Society confirmed Wednesday it is investigating the use of a bear during California gubernatorial candidate John Cox's San Diego campaign appearance. The Rancho Santa Fe businessman brought Kodiak bear Tag out Tuesday for a campaign stop at Shelter Island, the second time the animal was used on Cox’s campaign trail. Cox, who is running to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election this year, used the animal to illustrate his campaign theme of “Beauty and the Beast.” Newsom, whom Cox


ment. “If we truly value democracy we should be constantly looking for ways we can expand participation in the civic process rather than looking for ways to limit it.” Nunez, who opposed the motion, said that she feels the ordinance was created once it started affecting “decision makers and people of power, such as elected officials.” Back in February, when the San Diego Tenants Union was leading several protests on behalf of low-income tenants who were being evicted from the Villa Serena Apartments, the union posted on social media about protesting in front of the mayor’s house. Jones told The Coast CITY OFFERS BACKUP

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WATCH THIS SPACE THREE SMALL SATELLITES, the product of a collaboration among three Virginia universities, begin their science mission in Earth orbit after their successful deployment from the International Space Station on July 3, 2019. As satellites have gotten smaller, the number of those in operation has gotten bigger — dramatically — increasing by roughly 75% from 2015 to ’19. Photo courtesy of NASA

Can region benefit from industry’s expected takeoff? By Dan Brendel

REGION — The commercial space industry, already building steam, is widely expected to boom in coming decades, with the San Diego region seemingly well positioned to participate. “We have seen explosive growth in the industry,” said Kevin Lynaugh of Vulcan Wireless, a Carlsbad company that develops radios and antennas for satellite communications. “On every rocket launch we are seeing dozens of small satellites, or more, inserted into low earth orbit.” “We can think of space as being an ocean, with another ocean just a few feet above it, and so on,” he said, referring to incrementally larger orbits.

While some worry about accumulating space debris, prognosticators see huge room to expand, not least with more satellites. Of a $366 billion global space industry in 2019, the satellite sector accounted for $271 billion, including services, ground equipment, manufacturing and launch, according to the Satellite Industry Association. The number of operational satellites increased by roughly 75% between 2015 and 2019. The Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, estimated 2019 space industry revenues even higher, at $424 billion. Bank of America sees revenues potentially tripling to $1.4 trillion by 2030, CNBC reported last fall.

SpaceX’s mainstreaming of reusable rockets “is the equivalent to the day after the invention of the railroad or the commercial airliner,” said Rick Tumlinson of SpaceFund, a venture capital firm. The reason being that reusability should greatly drive down a customer’s cost to put a payload in orbit. With little more than cellphone components, companies could launch lots of little satellites, rather than the super expensive larger satellites of the past, Robert Jacobson writes in his 2020 book, “Space Is Open for Business.” Such companies could include service providers and manufacturers of all kinds, not just those in the aerospace niche.

In “the growing economy around the Internet of Things, … you’re sending data back and forth from things on the ground that are in cars or ships, or the blender in your house, or whatever needs to communicate to the internet,” said Dave Streich of Parabilis Space Technologies, a San Marcos firm that makes a rocket upper stage for small payloads. “Sometimes a really cheap way of doing that is to just put up a small satellite in orbit.” “It’s just a better business model to do things small and cheap that you can update and essentially replace on a frequent basis,” he said. Moreover, “the future of space is much, much bigger than satellites,” in that

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ties nationwide, San Diego County claims the fourth most inventors with patent applications containing the word “satellite” in the title or abstract, according to a Coast News analysis of patent data from 2020 to present. Over a third of these hail from North County specifically. The county also claims the fifth most small firms receiving NASA commercial development grants from 2017 to present, according to data from the Small Business Administration. Sonelite, a Del Mar company, received such grants to develop various kinds of design software. The company moved from Australia, attracted by the San Diego area’s existing aerospace industry and “high level of education and high standard of living,” said the firm’s Paul Bremner. “There is a good core of space companies here,” said Parabilis’ Streich. “Part of the reason is just the remnants of the large space presence that used to be here with General Dynamics.” North County’s quality of life will help attract engineers from elsewhere, he said. His firm located in San Marcos in part because the city offers relatively affordable housing and accessible commutes. But the region may also have untapped commercial space potential. Asked what cities he foresees taking the lead in the space industry, SpaceFund’s Andrew Granatstein didn’t put San Diego at the top of his list. Instead, he pointed to L.A., the Bay Area, Seattle, Denver, Houston, Austin, Phoenix, Tucson, and Florida cities near Cape Canaveral. Neither does he see the San Diego area’s universities taking the lead in space. Instead, he pointed to the Colorado School of Mines (“by far the leader in this regard”), Johns Hopkins, CalTech, Arizona State, and the Universities of Arizona, Colorado and Central Florida. “No real space biotech cluster exists yet, (though) San Diego could be perfect for that,” he said. UC San Diego and San Diego State “have great engineering departments that produce people that are capable of doing propulsion and aircraft type stuff,” said Streich. But “they don’t have coursework or lab work or clubs that are great for spacecraft systems.”

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Escondido police release bodycam footage of fatal shooting of homeless man by officer By Tigist Layne


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ESCONDIDO — Escondido police on Thursday, April 29, released bodycam video footage of the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was shot by an officer last week. The officer was responding to 911 calls of a man reportedly hitting cars with a “metal pole.” The incident occurred on the morning of April 21, near the intersection of 2nd Ave and Broadway. The transient has been identified as 59-year-old Steven John Olson. He was shot by Officer Chad Moore. The video, nearly 9 minutes long, includes portions of the 911 calls, surveillance cameras, photographs of the scene and bodycam footage. It starts off with 911 calls describing a man hitting objects with a metal object. The video then shows an officer, Officer Martinez, first making contact with Olson in a parking lot and telling Olson multiple times to put down the crowbar. Olson, speaking incoherently, ran away. Olson appeared to be under the influence of something but was not displaying any threatening behavior, Escondido police Lt. Kevin Toth said in the video. Moore came into contact with Olson a few minutes later.

“Officer Moore recognized Olson as the subject described in the previous 911 call and he has had numerous contact with him in the past,” Toth said. “Officer Moore attempted to address Olson from inside his vehicle using his loudspeaker, but Olson did not respond.” The footage then shows Moore exiting his vehicle and Olson advancing on Moore with the metal object in hand. Toth said Moore drew his handgun and gave Olson several commands to drop the crowbar as he backed away approximately 65 feet before firing several rounds at Olson from a distance of about 7 feet. The video shows Moore backing away while yelling at Olson, “Drop it now … Steven ... you’re gonna get shot.” To which Olson responded, “I know and you’re gonna get hit.” Moore continued to back away from Olson yelling at him to drop the crowbar. He yelled “drop it” one last time before shooting Olson several times. “3K shots fired,” Moore said into his radio. “Suspect is down. Start medics. I am Code-4 (uninjured).” According to Toth, Olson was shot six times. Additional officers arrived and began performing life-sav-

ing measures on Olson before he was transported to a local hospital. He was later pronounced dead. Toth said that over the past year, Olson had been arrested four times for “threatening people with deadly weapons. Including a box cutter, a knife, a piece of metal and a stick.” He added that Olson “was previously sent to prison for an assault with a deadly weapon and served a prison term for that crime.” Moore has been placed on administrative leave, according to the department. “Steven Olson had an extensive pattern of violent criminal behavior. I do not share this to vilify him,” said Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso in the video. “Steven needed extensive help. Instead, he was placed into a seriously flawed or revolving door system that processes people from jail to the streets, to services to the streets, back to jail and back to the streets.” Varso said the incident is under investigation by the Escondido Police Department and will include an independent review by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI to determine if the officer’s actions were reasonable under the law.

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’m sure that Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini, co-owners of Hitching Post Wines in Buellton, Calif., have told their stories a bazillion times, but it doesn’t sound like it. I suspect they may be enjoying it, too. We are sitting under massive Coast Live Oaks that lord over the Hitching Post II, a Buellton restaurant owned by the Ostini family. (Ostini’s father had the original Hitching Post in tiny Casmalia, near Vandenberg Air Force Base.) From our elevated perch, we have a million-dollar view of a slice of the Santa Ynez Valley, which includes an ostrich farm below. We also are relishing the best barbecued ribs we’ve ever tasted. But more on that later. Pandemic rules don’t allow inside dining, but dining al fresco here is hardly a sacrifice. Ostini’s Hitching Post II Restaurant became a mecca for wine lovers after playing a prominent part in the 2004 hit film, “Sideways." That’s because the author wrote much of the book on which the film was based sitting in its bar. “Rex Pickett would hang out at the bar and told

THOSE WHO WANT to enjoy Santa Maria BBQ can do so with a view at the Hitching Post II Restaurant in Buellton. The restaurant played a prominent role in the 2004 film “Sideways,” which put the Santa Ynez Valley on wine-lovers’ maps. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

us he was writing a book about the Santa Ynez Valley, and the people around here in the wine industry,” Hartley tells us. “I thought, ‘Yeah, sure.’ I figured it would never get published much less be made into a film.” But it did, and it put Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley on the map. And since I love the movie, I’m delighted to listen to Ostini and Hartley lay down one anecdote after another about the filming. For instance, Paul Giamatti, who played the melancholy middle school teacher and

frustrated novelist Miles Raymond, never broke character, even during breaks in the filming. And Virginia Madsen, who played waitress Maya and Miles’ love interest, is the “nicest person ever.” Just prior to our late March visit, many of the film crew and actors had returned to the Hitching Post II to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Sideways.” What many locals remember, though, is how a bit of dialogue between the film’s characters negatively affected the sale of Merlot and sent the sale of Pinot noir

soaring. “Fortunately, Merlot has recovered,” says Hartley. And about those barbecued ribs…Hitching Post II offers what has become known as Santa Maria Style BBQ. Meats and vegetables are cooked outside over red oak, then slathered in a (gluten-free) barbecue sauce – a smell that pulls in visitors from the parking lot. While we could sit all day in this shaded, breezy bit of paradise, but we have an appointment at Buttonwood Farm, Winery & Vineyard in Solvang. We trade

our open-air seating at the Hitching Post for a table on a covered porch with winemaker Karen Steinwachs. A 20-year veteran of the high-tech business world, Steinwachs did what many think about but never actually do: trade their cubicle for outdoor life and lessons in the craft of winemaking. Now her days can begin at 4 a.m. during picking season and go late into the day with other responsibilities. “The day I pick and the day I bottle” are the gravest, Steinwachs says. Once these decisions are made, “there’s no going back.”

Steinwachs explains what makes the Santa Ynez Valley so perfect for growing wine grapes. “The mountains run east and west instead of the usual north and south and act like a huge funnel so the fog can come in and the hot air pushes it back out," Steinwachs said. "The cool nights (in the 50s) and hot days (in the 90s) are good for growing the thicker-skinned grapes.” Steinwachs believes that drinking wine should not be a “pretentious” exercise. “It is made just to be enjoyed,” she said. “It’s the fifth food group on the table.” Buttonwood Farm (buttonwood is the East Coast name for sycamore) was established by Betty Williams, an active and contributing community member, originally as an equestrian facility. She later added a vineyard, winery and farm, and not only preached sustainability but lived it. Today, the farm grows vegetables, herbs, melons, pumpkins, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, eggplant and more. Buttonwood also is known for its 20 varieties of peaches from its 250 trees. In the summer of 2020, because of the pandemic, all the peaches were donated to charity. For more photos and commentary, visit www. /elouise.ondash.

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hat is blue? The sky is blue, the ocean is blue, but only a handful of flowers are true blue. Why do gardeners like the color blue? I owned a small greenhouse in Upstate New York years ago and sold my plants at a local farmers market. Next to my flower stand was another vendor, who sold delphiniums with towering stalks of tri-color blue that made everyone stop in their tracks. These true-blue perennials always sold out before day’s end, and I asked her about the plant. “People love blue, if you can grow a blue plant, customers will buy it!” While preparing my farm stand for Mother’s Day that same year, I transported 20, 5-foot delphiniums to my house, preparing for

a sale. I set them outdoors, but that night, on May 10, it snowed! But I awoke to find the tall beauties only slightly tinged, and we sold out that weekend. I have been researching blue and purple plants for years and turn to the masters of color for advice. I had the good fortune of receiving an amazing gardening book from my parents who visited France. “Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter’s Garden,” by Elizabeth Murray, which combines Claude Monet’s paintings and his Giverny gardens in France, has been an inspiration for me. The historic Monet gardens have been lovingly maintained, and the book’s author worked on the site in the 1980s. Her meticulous records and drawings can assist any garden in transforming into a large or small duplicate of this magnificent setting. When I moved to California, I had the pleasure to be in touch with Elizabeth in Monterey, where she maintains an artist studio and teaches online classes at emurray@elizabethmur-

TALL AND BEAUTIFUL blue delphiniums take center stage at Bamby’s Flowers in Carlsbad. Photo by Jano Nightingale As I read and reread her book on Monet, I discovered many of the secrets that the artist applied to his gardens. “Using blue with clear yellow was one of Monet’s favored color combinations, and painted reflex yellow tulips to emerge from a carpet of sky-colored bluebells. (Monet even designed china in yellow, blue and white to be used for special occasions in his yellow dining room that was decorated with blue accents.)” So, dear gardener, I have compiled a list of “true blue plants,” and yellow/orange accompaniments that will set your garden on fire! Some of the suggestions can be purchased as starter plants, whereas others are

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started from seed. I suggest going online to purchase specialty seeds from www. or And take this list with you to the garden center, so you can find the varieties that will fill your garden plan. BLUE PLANTS • Delphinium — These 4- to 5-foot wonders produce for months — Blue Butterfly, White Bee and Magic Fountain. • Balloon Flower — Its unique structure enables the blooms to expand and open, like a balloon, into a blue starflower. • Love-in-the-Midst — This highly unusual annual produces multicolored blooms with star-shaped

green centers. • Lobelia — Tiny blue blossoms cascade on green sprawling stems with tiny white centers. • Morning Glories — These blue ever-bloomers are worth the effort to grow from seed. Special order to find Keiru Mountain Stream, Mura Kumo and Kikyozaki varieties from Japan. • Black Hollyhock — These dark blue beauties are often found towering to 6 feet tall in cow pastures with seed transported by birds that feed on cowpies!

Mexican Sunflower will add height to any plot. Also try Black Oil Sunflower Bird Seed, which is found in the bird seed aisle.

YELLOW/ORANGE PLANTS • Black-Eyed Susan Vine — The perfect nextdoor neighbor for the towering hollyhock, this multicolored vine sprouts orange and yellow flowers. • Calendula — This brilliant yellow/orange annual is easy to grow from seed or purchase as a seedling. • Marigolds — These old standbys are now found in a huge variety of starter plants, or grow from seed. • Nasturtium — These sprawling beauties have the bad reputation as being invasive, but let’s face it, a packet of nasturtium seed produces the cheapest ground cover on the block! Special order these varieties — Tip Top Alaska, Orchid Cream and Bloody Mary. • Sunflowers — Once again, I like to feature the best bargain choices, so purchase sunflower seed in the largest packet you can find. Mammoth, Gold Coin (multi-bloom) and Orange

FINAL DESIGN THOUGHTS “In creating the perfect landscape we are imitating nature. Monet’s gardens serve to teach us that in gardening we have an opportunity to work with natural elements, in an artistic, organized manner. Just as a successful landscape painting uses an organization of colors to give an illusion of a three-dimensional reality, so does garden design employ specific shapes and placement of color to create depth, exaggerate light and shadow, and bring into being the inner vision of its creator.” (From “Monet’s Passion”) I hope you all have great fun planning and planting your flower gardens this spring. Please contact me for additional plant suggestions and design ideas at

FIND A COLOR WHEEL Although we don’t have room to print one here, you can have great fun while planning and purchasing flowers for your garden by locating a color wheel. Artists have been using these for years, and since I am also a painter, I discovered the blue with yellow combination while studying color theory.

Jano Nightingale is a Master Gardener, garden designer and teacher who lives in Vista.



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In Paso Robles, Cass Winery works to stay a step ahead


he most dynamic duo I know of in the winemaking business is Ted Plemons and Steve Cass, of Cass Vineyard and Winery in Paso Robles. These guys play off each other like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in the last Super Bowl. It’s been that way since 2000 when builder Plemons created Cass’s new home and barn on the 145 acres Cass had bought to plant 12 varieties of wine. Two years later, Cass and Plemons created their partnership and they haven’t stopped running the most ambitious program of wine and wine-related activities that I know of. They know how to take care of their customers, especially wine club members. Their latest roadshow for members was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago. Staged in the courtyard of a new hotel in the posh Point Loma district, the Cass team brought all their new releases for all to taste, along with luxe food graz-

CASS WINERY partners Ted Plemons and Steve Cass share a laugh at a recent vineyard tasting party in Paso Robles. Courtesy photo

ing on the swank banquet tables. The three Cass wine clubs have a wine plan for every desire and taste. There was plenty of party time to commiserate about the wines and lots of fun and wine prizes from the dynamic duo of Cass and Plemons, including two with Ted’s name and signature on the bottle — Rockin’ Ted and Vintage Ted.

Three new Cass Vineyard releases kept the guests buzzing. Once again, it was their popular French Rhone Valley Trio and big wine club favorites (all estate-grown) Viognier (2020), Mourvedre (2019) and Grenache (2019). These wines are captivating with exclusive flavors all their own. Aiming to preserve the intense fruit and aromatics, this Viog-


nier was cold-fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel, creating a bouquet of honeysuckle, apricot and Asian pear. The Mourvedre is sheer seduction in a bottle with aromas of red fruit, mint chocolate and fresh earth, and fills the palate with pomegranate, baking spice and a velvety tannin structure. The Grenache is a fa-

vorite of mine. Light-bodied yet intensely flavored, it expresses the beauty of fresh strawberries, candied cherry and hints of white pepper, paired perfectly with grilled salmon, honeyed ham, shepherd’s pie and black bean tostadas. A couple of revolutionary concepts will keep Cass ahead of the pack and on the leading edge of Paso wineries. A modern winery retreat, the new Geneseo Inn at Cass Vineyards is now open. This is a luxury boutique hotel like no other. Each stand-alone unit has modern appointments, upscale architectural detailing and an exclusive Chef’s Estate Breakfast included. Choose to unwind with a private massage or yoga session, or ramp up your adventure by selecting one of the many Cass Camp experiences. I am most excited with plans for an elite Society of Paso Absolute, by invitation only. This is an opportunity to share your passion to learn and savor premium wines at the winery, cultivating the excellence to understand and love the elite wines to come. Paso Absolute organized travel to notable wine and food districts of the world will light up your

knowledge of the source of great wines. Quarterly winemaker dinners, events and entertainment with your friends and family will add memorable moments to your membership. For the full benefits list, visit For Cass winery, see WINE BYTES • Adam Carruth’s Bordeaux Bash returns to Carruth Cellars in Solana Beach starting at noon on Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. This event celebrates all Bordeaux varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The feature you will love….you get a chance to blend your own wine to take home (with the help of a winemaker)! Taste unreleased Bordeaux wines from the barrel. Small bites food is available. As a bonus get access to “futures” (the opportunity to purchase wine before it is bottled and released) at a generous discount of up to 40%. Reserve your private time slot for up to six guests before they’re all gone. Cost: $100 for wine members, $120 for the public. Phone 858-876-7027 or visit TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 17

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In the moment with Vista’s Eppig Brewing the Point Loma Biergarten on the waterfront, and now pop-up shop back in their old stomping grounds of North Park.


o you feel normal? I feel normal-ish. I’m only a week from living that fully vaccinated lifestyle, but the anticipation is building. More and more, I’m getting that urge to head to a brewery for a pint, but unlike before I’m not pushing those feelings down. I’m letting them bubble just under the surface.

Cheers! Hey Todd, thanks for catching me up on what's going on at Eppig Brewing. More than a year into this wild pandemic, what is the physical and emotional status of your company and team? Todd: As you noted, it's been wild. Thankfully we're in what seems to be the tail end of it—very grateful about that. Physically we're doing well. [The] buildings and tanks didn't collapse, and our

team has done amazingly well staying healthy. Mentally—that’s a tough one. The last 14 months have [had] some incredible lows contrasted with some unbelievable high points. Looking forward to a return to some version of stability!

Cheers! As much as anyone can plan after last year, what does the near future (2021) for Eppig look like? Todd: Busy! We're seeing increased traffic at all three tasting rooms, more kegs & cans going out to our retail partners, and every tank in the brewery is full — the polar opposite of 365 days ago. We've got more tanks being commissioned next month, and expect to bring on some additional staffing to increase hours

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EPPIG HEAD BREWER Clayton LeBlanc in traditional Frühlingsfest garb. Photo courtesy Eppig Brewing

As such, I’ve been reaching out to brewery friends old and new to see how they’ve been doing, right now, in the moment. This week, I was able to connect with Todd Warshaw, co-founder of Eppig Brewing Company. Eppig’s primary brewery is located in Vista. They also have

ed Frühlingsfest 2021, a German-themed spring beer festival. The pictures looked fun, and the German costumes reminded me of the polka fests of my youth back in Wis-consin, but I have to wonder what the vibe was like. We spoke early on in the pandemic, and Eppig really was at the forefront of COVID-19 safety and protocol. Are beer drinkers ready to come fest it up on-site? Or is there a more cautious coming out of a coronavirus haze experience being had? Todd: The recent Frühlingsfest events at both Point Loma and Vista were a blast. Quite a depar-ture from last spring, when sadly we couldn't have anyone join us in person. Was it back to 'nor-mal? Not quite. [We are] still keeping people safely spaced out and seated, and had to forgo some of the fun activities and games. Adjustments like that. At the same time, it was a PHENOMENAL taste of what's to come as we can safely spend time with more and more people! Our guests thoroughly loved having a reason to break out the lederho-sen & dirndl outfits, while enjoying big steins of Festbier and great German-inspired food from our friends at Biersal.


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1. LAW: What is the subject matter of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? 2. HISTORY: What was the bloodiest single-day battle of America’s Civil War? 3. MEDICAL: What is a common name for somnambulism? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of British Columbia in Canada? 5. MUSIC: What was Elvis Presley’s last No. 1 hit? 6. SCIENCE: Which two elements on the Periodic Table are liquid at standard room temperature? 7. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president had the most children? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the Pritzker Prize given for? 9. LITERATURE: Which novel was the first to feature a place called King’s Landing? 10. TELEVISION: Which animated TV character’s favorite expression was “Hokey Smokes!”?

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The Escondido Public Library is hosting a Virtual Tea Time for children ages 5 to12 years old at 4 p.m. May 14. Enjoy English tea and snacks, learn about tea etiquette, do a craft, and listen to stories on Zoom with The Grand Tea Room. Registration is required online at register. Once participants receive confirmation, craft and snack kits can be picked up at The Grand Tea Room. The Grand Tea Room is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 145 West Grand Ave., Escondido. CAR, BIKE AND BOAT SHOW

To register a car or motorcycle for the El Camino High School Wildcat Run Car and Motor Show May 22, visit Sponsorships and booths are also available. The event will showcase more than 200 vehicles, with a food court, silent auction and more. For more information, contact elcaminow MORE FLOWERS

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as we hit the summer. Our events program is ramping back up as well. People are eager to make up for lost time with their loved ones, and what better place to host your gatherings than [at] a brewery & tasting room? Cheers! Let's talk beer. I know you don't put beers out that you don't really believe are the best quality possible. Yet, you have nearly 20 beers available now! Is there anything coming out that your team is particularly excited about or proud of? Todd: We consistently have 20+ beers on tap at our locations, and while we love all our children equally... I'm going to be selfish on this one. A few years ago we brewed a Pilsner, straight Ger-man-style, and I love it. It's finally back on the brew schedule and will be back this summer (in-cluding 16oz cans!).

TASTE OF WINE CONTINUED FROM 12 • Sal Ercolano’s West End Bar & Kitchen in Del Mar presents a wine dinner with Catena Zapata of Mendoza Argentina, 6 p.m. on May 20 and May 21. Catena is famous for resurrecting Malbec wine for making high altitude rich tasting wines. A perfectly paired menu will complement the wines. $70 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 858-2595878 for your RSVP.


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be a May Art show with Lau- / butter- dress-san-marcos-12723. ra Esbensen - Mixed media/ fly-release-memorial-2021/ illustration. by May 17. BIKE TO WORK

SANDAG hosts an annual Bike to Work Day event in May for commuters. In light of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event encourages people to bike anywhere. GO by BIKE to work, school, the beach, the store, or just around the neighborhood. Take the pledge, pick up a free T-shirt, and view self-guided activities and virtual bike events at iCommuteSD/BikeAnywhere.

The next Downtown Oceanside Makers’ Market is popping up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15, at Pier View Way and North Tremont Street and in Artist Alley Oceanside. Shop handcrafted and artisanal goods from area makers and Downtown Oceanside businesses out- SUMMER JOBS AT THE FAIR side in Downtown Lot 35. Del Mar Fairgrounds has numerous seasonal job TRACING YOUR DNA opportunities available The DNA Interest including parking attenGroup, sponsored by North dants, traffic controllers, San Diego County Genea- security guards, ticketing logical Society, will hold a attendants, janitors and adlive webinar from 1 to 2:30 ministrative positions. Join p.m. May 15. Adina New- the team this summer at man will discuss “Practical HOME*GROWN*FUN and Genetic Genealogy and En- apply online at delmarfairdogamy: Making Sense of Your DNA Matches When They Really Don’t Make BUTTERFLY RELEASE Sense.” Free; registration is The Hospice North required at Coast will be hosting two Butterfly Release ceremonies May 23, with Ceremony 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or COMMUNITY TRASHWALK Ceremony 2 from 3 to 4:30 Only Losers Litter is p.m. at the Flower Fields at sponsoring a Community Carlsbad Ranch, keeping Trashwalk at 4 p.m. May with state and local guide16 starting at 110 S. Citrus lines and safety protocols. Ave., Vista. There will also Register at https://hospi-

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Cheers! What is the best way for North County residents to get their hands on Eppig's beer? Todd: Our Vista tasting room to start with! In addition, our canned options are readily available at local beer-centric markets, including Seaside Market, BevMo & Bottlecraft locations, Barons Markets & Whole Foods, as well as dozens of North County restaurants with our beer on draft. Cheers! Anything else you want readers to know about Eppig right now? Todd: Those of you who have been out and about supporting us, and countless local businesses this last year—THANK YOU. And if we haven't seen you in a while, we miss you and are excited to welcome you back to all Eppig locations, as soon as you're comfortable enjoying a beer with us. Cheers! Last question... is Festmeister and head brewer Clayton LeBlanc

• The Encinitas Craftsman Tavern is planning their first wine dinner of the year at 6 p.m. on May 26. This will be a Spanish wine dinner with wine expert Bryan Taylor. You’ll be enjoying Spanish Garnacha, Rioja Reserve and others. $65. each person, 30 seat max. To rsvp contact Mike at 760-4522000. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. Reach him at frank@

planning on putting out a 2022 calendar? Todd: Only if I'm out sick when that conversation happens... Ha!

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Get tickets now for the Fore the Casa Kids golf tournament, dinner and auction, set for June 4 at the Vista Valley Country Club. Sign up at casadea mpa /w p - content / uploads /2021/ 05 / Golf-Invite-2021.pdf.

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The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will host its free, virtual online ALS Fiesta, from 7 to 8 p.m. May 19. Several fundraising opportunities, during Fiesta week May 17 to 21, include an online auction and fund-the-mission paddle raise. Purchase a Fiesta VIP package for $171, with refreshments and gifts and free home delivery prior to May 19. STATE OF THE CITY

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones will share a message about the community’s resilience and innovation at 11 a.m. May 19 during the 2021 State of the City Address, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Register at https : // /events / details/state-of-the-city-adTo stay on top of any and all changes going on at Eppig Brewing follow their Instagram account @ EppigBrewing, or head to


Registration for Vista’s Summer Day Camps has begun. Register by phone at (760) 643-5272 or recreation-comm-services. Weekly camps are 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 for $54 per day.

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A 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training training is being offered from experts presenting on the dynamics, danger and effects of intimate partner violence in our society and how to support and empower survivors in their healing. The lessons combine self-directed online study with live virtual sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25. Register by June 1 at

The San Diego Poetry Annual for children ages 6-12 will be held virtually at 11 a.m. May 22. Registration is required online at Francisco Bustos and Ying Wu will lead writing activities that stimulate creativity and self-expression.

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Tickets for HOME*GROWN*FUN presented by the San Diego County Fair are now on sale at For the safety of our patrons, all admission and parking tickets MUST be purchased online, prior to the event and no walk-up tickets will be available. All admission tickets are $10 and children 5 and younger are free of charge; parking is $12 per vehicle and has limited availability.

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Feeding San Diego will once again host a large drive-through food distribution event from 10 a.m. until noon May 26 at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, to serve North County families. Residents must register for the “Together Tour” food giveaway at and POETRY FOR KIDS The San Diego Poet- receive a registration code ry Annual hosts its annual to participate in the Shopworkshop four youngsters. pes at Carlsbad distribution.

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Encinitas House of Art Spring Art Program Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Drop-in for individual days or sign up for the entire month. They are opening up their outdoor studio space at 155 Quail Gardens Road to help facilitate, inspire, encourage the practice of art. All classes are outdoors so they encourage students to dress warmly. More at

“We’ll keep the classes small and safe” Hastings said, “but we’ll keep people laughing and bring music to your household.” This summer, half-day and full-day music camps will be offered from June to August starting at $325. The school will be hosting rock bands, musical theatre, and intro to music and audio engineering and recording camps. Students will have the opportunity to improve their skills in vocals, engineering, string instruments, songwriting, jazz, rock, and much more. To learn more visit

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MAY 22 event at Artist Alley in Oceanside focuses on HARMONY Asian and Pacific Islander The Escondido Art heritage. Courtesy photo Association, 121 W. Grand

Expressions Galleries, “Everyday People,” a group show. The PhotoArts Group has “Captured Moments” and a trio of talent in Gallery Too with Linda Doll, Virginia Cole and Carol Mansfield.

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Village Presbyterian Church Community Theater presents audition workshops for adults. Cost is $50 for a four-week workshop via Zoom on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 18 to June 8. Register at eventbrite. c om / e / aud it ion -w orkshop-tickets-152950672579, EVENSONG JAZZ A 90-minute Even- Questions, contact Pati at song Jazz is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays and begins with 30 minutes of music followed by short prayers, psalms and canticles with ‘SWAN LAKE’ one or two songs between Encinitas Ballet preseach reading. The event is ents a free performance of free, no reservations are “Swan Lake,” at 1 p.m. and required. Bring a picnic 4 p.m. May 22 at the Calidinner, low-back chair, or fornia Institute for Human blanket; let the youngsters Science, 701 Garden View enjoy the playground. All Court, Encinitas. The event COVID-19 health and safe- will be outside and donaty protocols are in place. tions appreciated. For more information on Jazz Evensong, visit stmi- ASIAN FOCUS Focused on Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage, the Free Thought RevolutionInteractive Artistic Pod is ESCO ARTS PARTNERSHIP hosting live music, art and Shows at the Escondido pop-up vendors plus a live Arts Partnership at Juniper podcast, from noon to 6 Street and Grand Avenue, p.m. May 22 in Artist Alley Escondido, includes, in the between Pier View Way and

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and an in-house recording studio for students of all experience levels. With over 12 years of experience, The Encinitas-based music school opened its second location in February 2020. In the face of the pandemic they provided zoom lessons and maintained their diligence and commitment to their students. Lessons are now offered online and in person. With a variety of music summer camps coming up, Leading Note Studios owner Camille Hastings is looking forward to another successful season of summer camps.

The Oceanside Museum of Art invites artists to Paint Plein Air, 9:30 a.m. to noon May 22 at Sportfisher Drive and North Pacific Street, Oceanside. Register at / 90085 / Lets-Paint-Plein-Air-AnOcean-View. Cost $15. Grab your brush, paints, and join artist Kate Joiner for an introduction to plein air painting.

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Escondido Arts Partnership invites all to visit its corner of creativity at Juniper Street and Grand Avenue, Escondido. May Art Exhibitions at the Escondido Arts Partnership start with “Re-envisioned, “through June 4, shows more than 30 local artists reworking found objects, art mediums and processes in the Municipal Gallery.

Congratulations to Leading Note Studios owner Camille Hastings for winning the 2020 Music Academy Success System School of the Year Award! Nominated through MASS in a competition involving over three hundred schools nationwide, Leading Note Studios won Music School of the Year in a ranking amongst the top 7 schools in the nation. Leading Note continues to bring music & joy to the community, serving over 580 clients weekly from toddlers to adults. The school offers recitals, camps, instrument rentals, lesson packages,

Ave., Escondido, announces “Harmony,” its May Open Show. The show will run through May 29.

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A call for artists goes out for the Off Track Gallery Summer Small Image Show May 25 to June 26. Entry fee is $10 for members, $13 for non-members (per piece). Deadline to apply is May 17 at

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The Carlsbad Village Association is looking for artists to be part of Art in the Village, its one-day, open-air art show set for June 27. Applications are currently being accepted at ‘BECOMING DR. RUTH’

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents the streaming play “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain starring Tony and Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh, June 9-July 4. SUMMER ART CAMP

Lux Art Institute is offering six weeks of in-person Summer Art Camp for kids ages 5 to 17, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning June 21. Aftercare available from 1 to 2 p.m. Register at https://classes.

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Cox Business brings modern technology to historic Cardiff building Built in 1910, the historical Guild Venue 100 has become the first executive office/retail building in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. to be equipped with Cox Business’s fiber internet service, bringing modern technology to the historical building and fast, reliable internet capabilities to tenants to meet their evolving needs, noted Robert Ford Mance, principal of Ford Mance Capital Advisors, owner and property manager of the Guild. In general, the Guild is only the second commercial facility in the region to feature the new technology. Located at 100 Chesterfield Drive at the northeast corner of San Elijo Avenue just one block from Highway 101 and the ocean, the Guild Venue 100 originally was built as a mercantile facility and, in 1995, was purchased, restored and upgraded by Ford Mance Capital Advisors as retail and commercial office space. Comprising 6,000 square feet, the entire lower floor of the building is currently occupied by a well-known outdoor sports clothing and gear store, with the remaining 3,000 square feet on the upper floor housing executive office space for lease.

“As we begin gearing up for more new tenants looking for small executive office space outside their home, where so many people have been forced to work during the pandemic, we’re committed to providing the most modern technology available so they can access critical data, share and edit large files, and conduct video conferencing,” said Mance. “Some of our tenants here spend a considerable amount of time on Zoom calls with their main offices located on the East Coast and elsewhere, and this new internet service will ensure total reliability and privacy.” According to Daniel Martinez, the Director for Cox Business who oversaw installation at the building, the fiber internet service offers many superior features over regular internet service, including faster uploads, quick downloads, robust security, reliable equipment, guest and private WiFi networks, and 24/7 fiber internet support. Business-grade service line agreements are designed to provide maximum uptime. “This was one of the most unique installations Cox Business has handled,

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