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Residents pan height, design, process

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Vista apartment plan draws neighbors’ ire

Council gets climate plan progress report ESCONDIDO — The city reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by six metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, including methane and other gasses, between 2020 and 2021, according to the first annual Climate Action Plan monitoring report. The city first approved its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2013 and updated it just last year with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions citywide. Staff must report the plan’s progress to the City Council once every year. The CAP aims to reduce emissions to 42% below 2012 levels by 2030 and to 52% by 2035. The plan identifies 11 strategies to reduce emissions. Each strategy contains various measures to help support the overall strategy, and each measure contains performance metrics that show how the measure will be reached. For example, the first strategy is for the city to increase its use of zero-emission or alternative fuel vehicles. Within that strategy are four measures, one of which is to install electric vehicle charging stations at parks and ride lots. Under that measure there are two performance metrics that the measure would need to be considered completed: installing 181 charging stations in parks and ride lots by 2030 and 281 by 2035. There are a total of 153 performance metrics overall that need to be completed to reach the CAP’s goals. About 25% of those metrics have been implemented, according to Senior Planner Veronica Morones, who delivered the CAP monitoring report during the April 6 council meeting. The goal for 2022 is to implement nine performance metrics while also absorbing uncompleted metrics from last year’s goals. “There are 17 items to

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Joram Roukes’ “The Explorer,” which was celebrated by the city of Vista in mid-March, is a 60-foot mural on the Found Lofts apartment complex at 516 S. Santa Fe Ave. The final mural was inspired by the Luiseño story “How Coyote Killed the Frog.” Photo by Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — State density bonus rules may override local wishes when it comes to a four-story apartment complex proposed to replace a 96-year-old building in historic downtown Vista. During the Vista Planning Commission's April 5 meeting, Cross Real Estate Investors’ Greg Drakos presented a concept for Park Avenue Apartments to replace the New Community Church at 165 Eucalyptus Avenue. The project proposes erecting two, four-story wings surrounding a five-story parking garage within the circular, nearly 3-acre site after demolishing a near-century old church. The design lists 56 one-bedroom units and 120 two-bedroom units, with 18 set aside to accommodate residents designated “very low income.” As presented, the main buildings would reach approximately 52 feet on the eastern elevation and about 50 feet on the western side. The city of Vista allows a maximum building height of 35 feet in the downtown area. On Tuesday, visitors needed extra chairs to fill the Morris B. Vance Community Room. Many in attendance had concerns about the height of the building and the influx of traffic to surrounding

neighborhoods, particularly to those living on Oceanview Drive, which overlooks the project site. “Where do we draw the line on that?” asked Commissioner John Aguilera, followed by an agreeable outburst from the audience, its second eruption of the night. While the city has limited discretion to deny the height concession, it is constrained. Under the California Density Bonus Law, cities must grant either a density bonus, concession or another incentive to a developer based on the ratio of market rate and affordable units. Per Vista’s Density Bonus Ordinance, any project qualifies for a density bonus with at least five units — 35 for senior units. This program overrides the maximum residential density rules dictated by city zoning or planning. The proposed 176 units exceed the city’s maximum density of 40 dwelling units per acre by 20 units. Also, the project would allocate 15% (18 units) for very low-income households, which qualifies the project for a 50% density bonus per state law. Park Avenue Apartments is allowed three concessions, which impact the TURN TO APARTMENT ON 15

Judge permits Fairgrounds to resume ticket sales By Laura Place

DEL MAR — A judge on Monday denied the 22nd District Agricultural Association’s request to stay a recent injunction preventing them from carrying out its midway carnival contract for the upcoming San Diego County Fair, but granted permission for carnival ticket sales to resume. The latest decisions are part of an ongoing lawsuit against the 22nd DAA

filed by Texas-based carnival operator Talley Amusements, alleging corruption, favoritism and bid-rigging during the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ selection process of a master carnival operator for the 2021 county fair, which was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Medel first ruled on April 5 that the 22nd DAA

could not carry out their 2022 carnival contract granted to Ray Cammack Shows in January, stating that there was enough evidence to suggest the contract process was rigged in violation of state public contract code. In their request for Medel to stay the injunction, representatives for the 22nd DAA stated in a Monday filing that the 2022 fair would likely have to be

canceled for the third year in a row unless they were permitted to carry out their contract. “The 2022 San Diego County Fair is set to open in less than two months, on June 8, 2022, and ticket sales had already begun,” the request stated. Leaders from the 22nd DAA also said they disagree with the allegations that formed the basis of the ruling — namely the

assertion that the minimum qualifications in the request for proposals for a 2022 master carnival operator were changed from previous years so that it could only be met by RCS. Despite claims that the fair would have to be canceled if the injunction was not stayed, the 22nd DAA appears to be moving forward with fair plans, inTURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON 5


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One Safe Place for abuse victims opening soon in San Marcos By Steve Puterski

SAN MARCOS — A family justice center for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking will soon have a dedicated facility in North County. One Safe Place is a 44,000 square-foot facility with 54 partners, 30 of whom will be on-site, District Attorney Summer Stephan previously told the Carlsbad City Council. The new North County location, which is tentatively scheduled to open in late April or early May, is located at 1050 Los Vallecitos Road in San Marcos. Stephan did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication. One Safe Place will provide a variety of services, such as case management, therapy, restraining orders, housing navigation, child welfare, job placement, clothing and food, transportation, workforce readiness, educational opportunities and immigration services. The center will also have dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, room for court appearances to mitigate secondary trauma and office space for police officers and Sheriff’s deputies. Palomar Hospital will also have a presence to aid in certain types of cases and even forensic exams, according to Stephan.

ONE SAFE PLACE, the North County Family Justice Center, is a 44,000 square-foot facility in San Marcos, is a full-service center for victims of crime and abuse. It will open this spring as a public-private partnership with 30 on-site service providers and 54 partners. Courtesy rendering

“It will provide services and prevent victims from remaining in cycles of abuse,” Stephan told the council in February. “Unfortunately, I noticed that there is a lack of service for victims of crime in the north region. This has been a dream for 15 years and we began working on this three years ago.” San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones said the facility covers a wide spectrum of crimes and services but was thrilled with the ad-

dition of seniors who are victims of elder abuse. She said elder services are rare and typically not included in such facilities. “It’s just going to be an amazing place,” Jones added. “Everyone will have an opportunity to come in. If you need help, they’re going to get it for you.” Currently, there is only one facility in the county, which is currently in the city of San Diego, which has created transportation challenges for self-report-

ing victims or when paired with law enforcement have been difficult to overcome, Stephan said. Jones said her office and others mapped out everywhere a victim must go to receive services. The results were service providers and medical care spread across North County. Getting down to San Diego, she added, was too difficult in most cases. “This is a daunting task,” Stephan said. “For victims of trauma, they’re

barely functioning. They’re trying to get through their day. It’s almost an impossibility.” So, Jones, Supervisor Jim Desmond and others were two of several officials to lobby for a North County location, which in San Marcos provides closer proximity and access to transportation corridors. Additionally, Carlsbad Councilwoman Priya Bhat-Patel helped the facility receive grant funding through her work with

the California Family Justice Center Network. She worked for the justice center network and helped spearhead the grant. “We do have a lot of cases of domestic violence and trafficking in our community,” Bhat-Patel said. “It’s just a really beautiful space in terms of how government, non-profits and other entities can do good work.” Meanwhile, Stephan said North County’s domestic violence reports total 27% of all in the county, between 42% to 46% of domestic violence homicides, 27% of child abuse and neglect referrals and 42% of all Behavioral Health Services’ clients are from North County. According to Stephan, domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among mothers with children — more than 80% of homeless mothers previously experienced domestic violence. Stephan said 38% of all domestic violence victims become homeless at some point, while between 22% and 57% of all homeless women reported domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. “Unfortunately, abuse is on the rise,” Jones said. “It’s definitely needed in North County and I’m glad we really had a place to locate it. It’s strategically located so everyone can have access.”

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Danger of stigma, shame in recovery and mental health


By Mali Woods-Drake

was 14 the first time I ever sat in a therapist’s office. After finding my journals referencing suicidal thoughts combined with my past trip to the hospital for alcohol poisoning, my parents took me to see a psychologist. Ashamed at the thought of needing “help,” I spent the entire 60 minutes not saying a word. At the end of the session, the therapist told my parents therapy would likely be unsuccessful if I was unwilling to talk. That was the end of my early entry into mental health treatment. I was 19 years old, a sophomore in college, when I hit bottom. I was fortunate that my mother was in town to celebrate her 50th birthday when I called her at 5:30 a.m., hungover, disoriented and considering suicide. Within 30 minutes, she was at my apartment where she figuratively and literally carried me out of the darkness to her car. The same afternoon, I was in a therapist’s office. This time, I talked nonstop about my anxiety attacks, my drinking history, the wreckage that had become my life as a result of my seeking relief from depression at the bottom of a bottle. At 19 years old, I identified as an alcoholic. Just days before I entered rehab for a month, my father shared that he had been diagnosed with cancer. “Focus on your recovery and I will do the same, we will both beat this,” he said. I did what he asked, 26 days of inpatient, followed by young adult outpatient treatment three days a week, weekly 1:1 therapy, and a prescription for 20mg of Celexa a day. Unfortunately, while my recovery was well un-

derway, my father’s cancer continued to rage and he passed away on Sept. 3, 2001. I was six months sober and devastated. Despite the loss of my father and my worsening depression, I managed to stay sober, a feat that I attest to incredible therapists, community and the grace of a God I was beginning to believe in. As a woman in longterm recovery and someone who has proudly shared my own story in hopes of ending the stigma of mental health illness, I have had the privilege of meeting thousands of people walking the same path. I have also had the heartache that comes with losing countless loved ones to addiction and suicide, many who suffered in silence due to the shame and stigma our society places on mental health disorders. I recently read the following anonymous statements written about me on a website called “Encinitas Undercover.” • “Her alcoholic pickled brain may not be getting boozed up lately, but she still acts and thinks like an alcoholic. If only we had one of her AA closed meetings share, or when she is speaker taped.” • “Is an addict who admits to taking drugs daily really considered sober? I think not.” I am well aware that as an outspoken activist in the community, I have opened my stance on issues up to critique. However, what hurts most about these comments is not the personal attack, but rather that our neighbors, some newly in recovery, actively in addiction or suffering from mental health disorders may also read these remarks. The danger these comments pose to someone on the brink of deciding between seeking help or

continuing to suffer is unexplainable. The reference to infiltrating a closed 12-step meeting to record someone’s share is unconscionable. At least one in five youth, aged 9 to 17, currently has a diagnosable mental health disorder. And yet individuals in our community outwardly criticize those who take prescribed medication. What does this say to our loved ones who may be suffering? Some of the bravest people I’ve ever met were those who walked through the doors to a treatment center, into the rooms of recovery or a therapist office. They were by society’s standards broken, but they were not without hope, mostly because someone else had shown them it was possible. Addiction is a disease of isolation, recovery a solution of connection. When we risk pushing these brave recovery warriors into the darkness because of harmful attacks, we risk the lifeline between them and those wanting to find healing. We risk people’s lives. I celebrated 21 years of sobriety on March 15, 2022. (To be clear, yes, one is still sober despite taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication as prescribed.) I have no shame for my story, for the six years of active alcoholism or for the thousands of hours spent healing in therapy and recovery rooms. Rather, I have gratitude and pride. My hope is that we can do better as neighbors toward those who are suffering from mental health issues or active addiction. Ideally, we can support them. And at the very least, not shame them. Mali Woods-Drake is the founder of Encinitas4Equality.

t’s well established that the state Public Utilities Commission has a major-league bias favoring the huge corporations it regulates over consumers they serve. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s leaning is also clear from his refusal to seriously penalize companies like Pacific Gas & Electric even after they’re convicted multiple times of manslaughter — killing their own customers. And the state Legislature is so obviously in the pocket of large developers and Wall Street housing investors that it insists upon cities helping them build housing for which there are no assured buyers —housing that’s often likely to sit vacant or become shortterm or corporate rentals. But until now, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court that often gets to oversee California laws, appeared at least somewhat independent. Yet, its new ruling in a case involving mental health coverage by health insurance companies puts that supposition of integrity into serious doubt. This case ultimately stems from a 1999 state law called the Mental Health Parity Act, which requires that health insurers cover medically necessary treatment for most mental illness even when insurance policies written earlier explicitly exclude such coverage. This law is particularly critical now, while Newsom is pushing a plan to let authorities force the unhoused mentally ill into treatment even if it’s against their will. No one is quite sure how that might be paid for or carried out. Enter the Ninth Circuit, sowing extreme confusion on the issue. In a decision this spring, a panel there overturned lower court rulings that required a large insurer to reconsider its denials in tens of thousands of claims for mental health, drug and alcohol addiction care — just the kind of treatments Newsom calls for. The lower court decision, from federal Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of San Francisco, said United Behavioral Health, manager of mental health services for the giant United Healthcare, acted to “protect its bottom line” via restrictive criteria it set up to deny claims here and in several other states between 2011 and 2017. He said the company’s policies did not provide sufficient coverage for treatments within generally accepted standards of care. But the Ninth Circuit’s baffling, confused decision said group plans don’t have to comply with all generally accepted care standards,

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but only must not conflict with them. Huh? The appeals court said United Behavioral Health’s policies met that standard and it followed them when denying coverage for both residential and outpatient treatment under plans written for self insured persons and fully insured employee groups. The appeals court ruling came despite unified support for the lower court decision from the American Medical Assoication, the American Psychiatric Association and other medical groups. They entered the case because, they said, it could set a precedent for “all insurance companies that are providing employer-sponsored health benefits.” But no matter, the Ninth Circuit said in appearing to reverse its own 2011 decision in a case where Blue Shield of California tried to withhold mental health coverage. The court back then said Blue Shield was required under the state law to provide medically necessary health insurance for mental illness on a par with treatment for physical problems. It cited findings by the state Legislature that mental health coverage limitations “result in inadequate treatment” and cause “relapse and untold suffering” for persons with treatable mental illness. The Ninth Circuit has now thrown out this previous work, giving insurance companies an apparent license to return to the bad old days when they refused to provide almost any mental health coverage. The court’s reasoning here leaves a lot of open questions about what kinds of mental health care the companies must provide in California. Clearly, these will not be as broad in the future as they have been for most of the last 20 years. The fact this comes at a time when Newsom’s planned remedy for homelessness includes a strong mental health treatment component lends a great irony to the picture, and involves especially bad timing. But it should hardly shock anyone, considering how long and how thoroughly the political and legal apparatus in this state has favored corporations over their customers. Email Thomas Elias at


An interview with Escondido’s McNamara By Stephen Wyer

ESCONDIDO — In a sit-down interview with The Coast News, Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara, who has held the position since 2018, discussed a range of issues facing the city, from the implementation of SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan to the city’s recent exciting economic progress. McNamara is running for reelection this November against Escondido Union High School Board member Dana White. The following is an excerpt. For the full interview, see thecoastnews. com.


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that intent as well,” he said. “Where the argument comes in is how are they doing it, are they taking away local control? There’s that side of the camp that says that Sacramento has been SANDAG RTP chipping away local control When it came to trans- all over the years.” portation, McNamara was adamant in his support for San Pasqual Academy SANDAG’s Regional TransMcNamara says that portation Plan, which was the program is one-of-a-kind passed in December and in the country and has seen puts $162.5 billion toward successful outcomes for its development and improve- youth when compared to ments to the region’s trans- standard foster homes. portation system, as well “I honestly think this as toward transit lines to is a very very good use of help reduce greenhouse gas tax dollars,” he said. “The emissions. reason why is that the peo“We needed to pass the ple who are in the foster RTP, it’s a requirement of home, if you talk to any of SANDAG’s Metropolitan them, there’s just no stabilPlanning Organization, not ity. You’re in a foster home passing it would have put for 6-7 months, then a social us at risk of losing state and worker says you’re moving federal funds,” McNamara to another foster home, so said. you have this young person McNamara emphasized struggling…not being able his view that the RTP is an to make emotional connecoverall improvement to the tions. What San Pasqual status quo of transit in the does is it offers them stabilcounty. ity that you don’t get else“As far as getting the where.” backing from voters, yeah, that’s going to be a steep Homelessness hill to climb,” he said. “But McNamara says that my generation always gets Escondido, for the first time accused of kicking the can ever, has been intentionally down the road, so we need making an effort to count to be bold on this, tight- the exact number of homeen our belts, and get done less persons in the city, what’s right for the com- which he says will be key munity for generations to in coming up with solutions come.” that deal with the proper magnitude of the problem Local Control itself. In recent months, “We’re leading the politicians statewide charge in getting a handle have hotly debated the finally on how big problem Brand-Huang-Mendoza tri- is and how to tackle this,” partisian initiative, which- he said of the point-in-time seeks to amend California’s count. “Nobody has really constitution by allowing lo- been taking this holistic cal jurisdictions to override approach, because then you state housing laws. can do actionable things.” The tripartisan initiative was seen as a symbol- Economic Progress ic rebuke of Senate Bills 9 The mayor was ecstatic and 10, signed into law in about the overall pace and September by Gov. Gavin development of Escondido’s Newsom. economy, expressing that McNamara said that business growth has been at he’s taking a measured ap- its peak since he took office proach to the debate, say- despite the pandemic, esing that he wants to make pecially in the city’s downsure that the state balances town corridor. both the need to build more “If you look at Grand affordable housing with al- Avenue even through Covid lowing communities to re- there’s been a lot more tain their character when storefronts filled in, we’re it comes to land use/zoning actually growing, and there ordinances. are now a lot more business“Is Sacramento over- es on Grand Avenue,” he reaching in terms of taking said. away local control? I unKey to Escondido’s derstand the intent of the growth, he added, has been initiative, but Sacramento Innovate78, an economic is trying to get more hous- partnership between the ing for low-income people five cities of Vista, Oceansthrough these laws and ide, Carlsbad, Escondido it’s hard to argue against and San Marcos.

North County startup event highlights local growth By Steve Puterski

REGION — North County’s startup community is becoming a force of its own. More than 100 entrepreneurs gathered on April 7 at the Innovation Hub on the campus of California State University San Marcos for Innovate 78’s startup series. The event featured panelists on topics such as venture capital, investors, supply chains and more, according to Michelle Geller, Oceanside’s economic development manager. Innovate 78 is a nonprofit collaborative supporting the business ecosystem with the five cities along the state Route 78 corridor. “(The event) focused on entrepreneurs, investors and the supply chain of start-up businesses,” Geller said. “It was great to just be back in person.” Among those attending the event was Erik Groset, founder of BetFully in Carlsbad, a sports gambling rebates platform where customers can access online gaming sites and receive up to 10% cashback in return for their marketing data. Groset served as a panelist speaking about the


cluding finding a new contract option for the midway. “We are continuing discussions with the involved parties about a modified contract and we remain hopeful that we can reach a meaningful and appropriate resolution very soon. “However, we cannot simply hand over the contract to the plaintiffs or anyone else in this case — we must follow a process that ensures that whatever

challenges of startup fundraising. “It mostly centered around fundraising and the journey of startups in general,” Groset said. “It’s great to see so many companies having a fruitful two years given the circumstances.” Groset's company recently completed an “unconventional” crowd-funding effort with SeedInvest, an online crowdfunding platform connecting startups with investors, which resulted in 900 investors and brand ambassadors. Neal Bloom, co-founder of Interlock Capital and host of the event, said North County San Diego is experiencing a boom of venture

capital, initial public offerings (IPO) and rapid growth due to startups. In 2021, Bloom said the region saw venture capital investment grow by three times from $100 million in 2020 to $300 million last year. Three Carlsbad companies — Pardes Biosciences, Lumos Diagnostics and Tyra Biosciences — went public raising a combined $500 million with a $1.6 billion market cap. Bloom said while much of the venture capital money was on biotech, other sectors saw big gains. For example, consumer goods were led by Encinitas-based Vuori Clothing, which raised $400 million on a $4

billion valuation last fall. Pardes raised $53 million and tech firm Airspace Technologies raised $38 million. “It’s cool to see some big raises by non-biotech in the county,” Bloom said. “One thing that’s been interesting in Q1 is the public markets is down, so that’s scaring everyone a little bit. So, valuations are a little bit down. But the venture capitalists have raised so much money that they have to deploy it within two to three years.” On a national scale, North County, and specifically Carlsbad, is making its own name. Crowdfund Capital Advisors ranked Carlsbad No. 9 in the nation for pre-IPO startups, while the city of San Diego ranked No. 3 behind Texas cities Austin and Houston, Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Bloom said North County’s growth is so rapid it is organically calling for its own ecosystem. “I think it was really telling to see that many people in North County come out on a Sunday,” Geller added. “If you look at the capital coming into the region, it’s definitely a lot more than five years ago.”

solution we come up with is fair and equitable and complies with the law,” 22nd DAA spokeswoman Jennifer Hellman said in a Tuesday statement. Funpass tickets allowing access to rides and games at the planned carnival had been on sale since April 2 alongside admission, parking and grandstand tickets, but were then halted by 22nd DAA after the injunction ruling. On Tuesday, Medel reached an agreement with Talley Amusements and the 22nd DAA to allow tick-

et sales to continue. “Just today, the court agreed that the fair could restart ticket sales for the carnival midway, which of course is very positive,” 22nd DAA Board President Joyce Rowland said during a Tuesday meeting. John Moot, an attorney representing Talley Amusement in the lawsuit, said the company wants to see the fair continue like everyone else. “Talley wants there to be a successful fair, so they agreed to it,” Moot said. During their Tues-

day meeting, the 22nd DAA board unanimously approved grandstand entertainment contracts for performances by Nate Bergatze and Leanne Morgan, For King and Country, Sam Hunt and John Fogerty. The fair is also seeking one more potential grandstand performer, according to Fair Operations Committee Chair Frederick Schenk. According to Katie Mueller, the fair has already sold over 15,000 tickets for grandstand concert performances and over 1,700 admission tickets.

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Escondido Chamber hosts inaugural Green Transpo Expo By Jacqueline Covey

ESCONDIDO — To “fill” an electric vehicle in California costs nearly half the price of a gas-powered car — and Escondido is paving the way for more residents to make the switch. On April 23, the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural Escondido Transportation Exposition at the Westfield North County Mall, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway. Dubbed the Green Transpo Expo, residents from around the county are invited to learn about green energy. There will be learning material and speakers on electric cars, bikes and

school buses, alternative fuels, and home solar and battery storage. It’s a first-of-its-kind event that local leaders are hoping could lead to the next great convention in San Diego County. Visitors can kick off the event with a cars and coffee meetup from 9 to 11 a.m. with demonstrations and an educational forum planned until 4 p.m. Presentations include those from SDG&E, the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, Alive Solar. Rad Power Bikes will be giving away an e-bike at the end of the event. The Green Transpo Expo comes alongside a

recent state proposal that would increase the sale of electric (or zero emission) cars by 35% in the next four years, eventually prohibiting the sale of new traditionally powered cars by 2035. The measure, Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC), goes before the California Air Resources Board this summer. According to the Air Resources Board, vehicles are the greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants in the state. They account for 80% of ozone precursor emissions and about 50% of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. The latest proposal un-

der the ACC is essential to achieving the state’s goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2045, CARB reported. It supports Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2020 executive order that eyes zero-emission-only sales for all new passenger vehicles sold in California by 2035. There are already programs in place that make it easier for drivers to make the change. According to the County of San Diego’s Electric Vehicle Consumer Guide, the cost of a new electric vehicle will be comparable to a gas or diesel engine by 2025. However, there are local, state and federal incen-

p.m. May 14 at the Escondido High School Wilson Stadium. Tickets and information for the Escondido High School Golden Reunion Picnic are available at Follow on Instagram: ehsgoldenreunion, Facebook: Escondido High Golden Reunion Picnic 2022 or Twitter: @EHSGoldenReunion.

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Register now for the Oceanside Sea Lions Golf Tournament, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start May 6 at Emerald Isle Golf Course, 660 S El Camino Real, Oceanside. Sign up at OceansideSeaLionsClub. com.




The Vista Twilight Market is coming from 5 to 9 p.m. April 15 and every third Friday of the month at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. There will be a live DJ, food, a beer garden and more. Tickets are $2 to $5 at eventbrite. com/e /vista-twilight-market-tickets-248915351517. VOLUNTEER FOR EARTH DAY

tives and rebates that are available to interested drivers. The county reports that these incentives could total more than $14,000 depending on what is available. In San Diego County, the MAAC Electric Vehicle Access Program offers up to $11,000 in tax incentives and rebates to low- and moderate-income households for pre-owned or new electric vehicles. For more information on incentives and what programs are available, visit the county website. For more information about the Green Transpo Expo, visit the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce website.

FREE COVID and flu vaccines are available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 at La Mirada Academy in San Marcos and April 30 at San Marcos Elementary. File photo

tritious food to Escondido residents at no cost. Feeding San Diego will provide fresh produce and dry goods, including pantry staples to Neighborhood Healthcare on the first and third Saturdays of every month, to be distributed from 1 to 3 p.m. at 425 N. Date St., Escondido.

Lend a hand at Earth Day Festival 2022 April 26 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive Vista. To volunteer, students contact carolejay@ and adults contact FREE VACCINES San Marcos Unified FREE FOOD IN ESCO School District in partnerFeeding San Diego, to- ship with Universidad Popugether with Neighborhood lar, continues to host free flu Healthcare will provide nu- & COVID vaccinations from




The Senior Volunteer Patrol of the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station performs home vacation security checks, assists with traffic control, enforces disabled parking regulations, patrols neighborhoods, schools, parks and shopping centers and visits homebound seniors who live alone for the community of San Marcos & portions of the county’s unincorporated areas. Volunteers must be at least age 50, be in good health, pass a background check, have auto insurance, a valid California driver’s license, and be a US citizen. Training includes a mandatory two-week academy plus training patrols. The minimum commitment is 6 hours per week & attendance at a monthly meeting.

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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 at La Mirada Academy, 3697 La Mirada Drive and April 30 at San Marcos Elementary School, 1 Tiger Way. EGG HUNT

A Spring Egg Hunt is planned from 10 a.m. to noon April 16 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, featuring Kathryn the Grape in concert. There will be three Egg Hunt times at 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. No sign-up is required for this event, just bring your basket and enjoy the fun. For additional event information, visit Parking and shuttle at the San Dieguito Academy High School, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. SPRING FESTIVAL

Carlsbad’s EGGstravaganza Spring Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16, at Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad. It will include an egg hunt, face-painting, crafts, cookie decorating, a fun zone, soak the bunny, and food and beverages for purchase. Activity cards can be purchased in advance at all five city community centers. Visit EASTER FUN

Swami’s Surfing Association is hosting an Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 16 at Glen Park, Cardiff-by-theSea. The public is welcome.


During Earth Month, be part of the Carlsbad Village Association member-hosted Clean-Up by Pure Project and Handel’s Ice Cream on April 16, supported by SDSU Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Project and Tobacco Control Program. For information, e-mail PROM FOR EVERYONE

Encinitas 4 Equality is hosting a Prom Dress & Suit Drive to help local students from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 through April 25 at 1900 N. Coast Highway. The goal is to make prom accessible to everyone. They are currently collecting dresses, suits, shoes, accessories, hair/nail gift cards and more. GENEALOGY WEBINAR

A free webinar, “The Second Middle Passage: Following the DNA Trail,” will be presented to the DNA Interest Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, at 1 p.m. April 16. Registration is required at



Make your reservations for the Escondido Golden Reunion. Escondido High School classes from 1972 and before are invited reconnect with classmates, enjoy a picnic and help usher the class of 1972 into the 50year ranks from 11 a.m. to 3

RSVP by April 18 to join the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated club at it welcomes 2022 Republican candidates at noon April 26, for federal, state, and local offices, at Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana restaurant, 2943 State St., Carlsbad. For more information, contact Ann at or (760) 415-7006. Check us out on Facebook as Carlsbad Republican Women Federated or on Instagram @CarsbadRepublicanWomen. CATHOLIC FRIENDS

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will meet April 18 for lunch, Casa de Bandini, Carlsbad; April 21 for bowling, Bowlero, San Marcos. Meal after, location TBD; April 24 for Mass, St. Thomas More, Oceanside. Meal to follow, Pegah’s, Vista and April 25 for an outing to Flower Fields, Carlsbad with meal to follow, BJ’s Restaurant, Carlsbad. Reservations are required (760) 696-3502.



Sign up now for the Amigos de Vista Lions Club 45th annual Tim Black Charity Golf tournament May 23 at the Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. Check-in at 10 a.m. Tee time 12:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Lion’s Club charities. Reserve your spot at https://45thannualtimblackgolfcharity.eventbrite. com. TUESDAY CHESS

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y thoughtful co-workers ask me every Monday, “How was your weekend? What did you do?” My usual answer is “As little as possible.” That is, in truth, all I require from my weekends these days to be a happy camper. But this Monday I will have a far more fascinating answer. This weekend I harvested macadamia nuts. Have I run away to Hawaii and taken the first job I could find? While that scenario sounds tempting, I have not. What I have done is persuade my kind husband to minimize the enormous macadamia tree in our backyard. Having had some time off for spring break, I spent way too much time considering the future of our neglected backyard. I decided that the rat buffet known as our macadamia tree (it’s their favorite) needed to be neutralized. My husband insisted he can and will top the 20-foot-tall creature. I’m hoping you won’t hear the headline “Older, rather foolish couple crushed by falling macadamia tree. Film at 11.” Meanwhile, he got a major part of it down this week and in the interest of fair play, I spent several therapeutic hours madly chopping up the fallen branches. I also plucked macadamias from every branch and we are getting quite a harvest. Don’t lick your lips just yet. Here are some things I have learned from that annoying tree. Macadamia leaves are very prickly. Also, the nut has a double husk — a really thick one outside and a really, really hard one to crack underneath — before you get to the yummy nut. Then to make them actually edible, you need to toast and salt them. My husband even bought a special nutcracker to accomplish all that. Not being a proper farm wife, I see it as far more work than I am willing to do for anything edible. But I did get a proper upper body workout, wrestling with three sizes of pruners. I remain determined to deprive the rats of every single nut I can find. They’ll just have to make do with the other five types of fruit in our yard. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer wishing there were more outdoor cats. Contact her at jean@


Loesch of Encinitas, majoring in merchandising management; and Sydney C. Templin of Encinitas, majoring in biohealth sciences, were named to the scholastic honor roll for winter 2022 at Oregon State University. • Bree Goelze of San Marcos was named to the College of Our Lady of the Elms fall 2021 dean’s list.

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Get paid to plant a tree. Qualifying SDG&E customers can get a $35 rebate for BLUE MONARCH HOSPICE planting or potting a tree Carlsbad residents Ra– up to five rebates a year. Get details at RONALD RAMIREZ takes over phael and Britt Akobunas dean of CSUSM’s College du started Blue Monarch Tree-Rebate. of Business Administration Hospice earlier this year, on July 1. Courtesy photo aiming to bring customer FREE EBIKE RIDES service and more of a perBosch eBike Systems has teamed up with Encin- derson of JLL. The seller, sonal clinician touch to itas BCycle, a national bike- Nova Wings, LLC, was rep- the in-home hospice indusshare system, to offer free resented by Alex Jize and try. Raphael and Britt met electric bike rideshare ac- Christopher Moussa of Voit. while working together at Scripps Encinitas Hospital. cess in Encinitas for Earth For more information, visit Day, April 22 through April ON THE RUNWAY Carlsbad salon owner 24. The free ride pass can be accessed by download- took her style to the runing and using the BCycle way during LA Fashion FREE YOUTH TRANSIT PASS Beginning May 1, anyapp by selecting ‘Bosch Week. Adair is owner of Earth Day Pass’ in partici- Salon Adair, 6894 Embar- one 18 and under will be pating cities and at kiosks cadero Lane, Carlsbad. able to ride the bus, Trolley, in applicable cities, allow- Carlsbad Fashion moguls COASTER, and SPRINTER ing consumers to check out are taking note of Chelsea for free through the new an eBike for free to expe- Adair, a fourth-generation SANDAG Youth Opporturience the ease of using an salon-owner and one of nity Pass pilot program. electric bike all weekend. 25 stylists hand-selected Eligible riders will need There is no cost to register to create runway fashion a Youth PRONTO app acfor the pass, which grants styles for models at the Arts count or card to participate in the program. Download riders unlimited 60-minute Hearts Fashion show. the PRONTO app, register trips. an account, then convert FRESH GELATO INDUSTRIAL SALE An’s Hatmakers Ge- the account to Youth at sdA San Marcos indus- lato Shop opened its sec- building sold for ond shop March 12 at 1555 ty-pass. $5,575,000 on March 18, Camino Del Mar #115 in 2022, Commercial Asset Del Mar, first floor of the NEW CSUSM DEAN Cal State San Marcos Advisors announced. The Del Mar Plaza., with an ex21,867-square-foot building ecutive chef who has over has announced the appointis occupied by two tenants 15 years of experience as a ment of Ronald Ramirez as and located at 692-694 Ran- gelato consultant in France, the next dean of the College of Business Administration. cheros Drive, San Marcos. Italy, and Spain. Ramirez will start in his The buyer, Rider Street, position on July 1, taking LLC, was represented by TOP STUDENTS Mike Conger and Brian Jen• Jesse K. Yu of Del over from Ben Cherry, who kins of Commercial Asset Mar, majoring in general has served as interim dean Advisors along with Joe An- engineering; Kennan R. since August 2021.


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The Republican Club of North County welcomes two local candidates, RCNC member Armen Kurdian, a candidate for Vista City Council District 4, and Jen Telles, a candidate for Vista Unified School Board of Education, at 11:30 a.m. April 20 at El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. Cost: $30 per person. Cash or check only at the door (credit cards not accepted). For more information and lunch choices, call or text Barbara at (760) 212-9995. STATE OF NORTH COUNTY

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Grown has announced the kick-off event for its American-Grown Field-to-Vase Dinner Tour April 21, hosted at the Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. Tickets start at $300 on Eventbrite. For more about participating farms, floral designers and chefs – and for reservations, tickets and travel info – visit RESUME WRITING

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1270 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, with free activities for the kids, live music, a GrowGetters plant sale, food and vendors. Children can make recycled art, handle worms and compost, paint Earth Day rocks and visit the Children’s Garden. Event is free.


Cal State San Marcos has received two grants totaling almost $250,000 from the Conrad Prebys Foundation to support the university’s burgeoning innovation ecosystem and to help provide immersive virtual reality training to students. The new grants come in two parts. The first one, in the amount of $136,800, is to support CSUSM’s faculty innovation fellows program. The second grant, for $100,000, will be used to pilot interdisciplinary virtual reality courses in CSUSM’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. SAVING THE VAQUITA

First in San Felipe, then days later in Mexico City, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Mexican Navy demonstrated the enhanced Operation Milagro partnership that is giving the vaquita, the world’s most endangered cetacean, a significantly improved chance for survival. Mexican authorities and leading researchers are working together to protect the vaquita by preventing and removing illegal fishing gear inside the Vaquita Refuges. CALL FOR GRAND JURY

The California Grand Jurors’ Association issues its annual call for citizens who want to make a difference as a local government watchdog to apply for service on their respective county’s 2022-2023 civil grand jury. For more information, go to . To apply to serve as a juror, check out the website of the Superior Court in San Diego County. Kumeyaay cultural sharing, live animals, activities for kids, guided walks, and more. Meet at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve upper parking lot. More information at torreypine. org/.



The Escondido Library’s eARTh and Crafts will celebrate Earth Day for ages 8 to 12 from 11 a.m. to noon April 23 with a presentation by the San Dieguito River Park Rangers. Then create two nature-based crafts.

Register for a free virtual resume workshop, hosted by Ashley Watkins from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 21. Adults may register at register. 4296757722523613963? mc_ cid=1b18e20b2f&mc_eid= GREEN TRANSPO EXPO 1fc57f17f5. Escondido Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Green Transpo Expo April 23 at the Westfield TAX DEPARTMENT HIRING North County Mall, 272 E. The California Depart- Via Rancho Parkway, Esconment of Tax and Fee Ad- dido, with a “Cars & Coffee” ministration is hiring. Pro- meetup from 9 to 11 a.m. spective job candidates can and an education forum and learn how to join CDTFA vendors from 11:30 a.m. to 4 at the April 22 Spring 2022 p.m. Visit escondidochamField Office Virtual Recruit- ment Open House. CDTFA and follow on Instagram @ is looking for accounting, greentranspoexpo. business administration, business management or fi- NATURE AT TORREY PINES nance backgrounds. Torrey Pines Docent Society and the Torrey Pines Conservancy will hold a special Earth Day event from 9 EARTH DAY FESTIVAL a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23. See Celebrate Earth Day at all things nature-related,



Discover local food movement, preserving urban-facing agriculture and local growing and production that sustains San Diego farming. The San Diego County Farm Bureau will be hosting a tasting and education event, from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Carlsbad Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Grazers will taste locally grown and curated bites and beverages while learning about the many facets of local agriculture. Tickets are $55 at Must be 21 or over.



The Escondido Library celebrates Día De Los Niños, Día De Los Libros for ages 5 to 12, with bilingual stories, songs from Mexico, tissue paper flower bouquet and paper bag puppet crafts from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 30 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

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VUSD board weighs designs for Bobier Elementary By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — Now through the end of June, subcontractors and engineers will walk the schools in the Vista Unified School District to identify problem areas and upgrades needed at each site. At its April 7 meeting, the VUSD Board of Education considered six concept developments that would replace the 21 modular classrooms at Bobier Elementary School, a project budgeted in the first phases of the Measure LL Facility Bond. The board also approved an amendment to its services contract with Ruhnau Clarke to include a full site topographic and boundary survey at Bobier for $22,990 and a line item for reimbursable expenses up to $5,000. The increase brings the contract from $1,216,000 to $1,243,990, which is funded through the bond program. The weekly walkthroughs — which started with Beaumont Elementary School, Monte Vista Elementary School and Foothill Oak Elementary School — offer industry professionals the opportunity to take a deep dive into the sites. At its meeting last week, the board approved an amendment to its services contract with Ruhnau Clarke to include a full site topographic and boundary survey for Bobier Elementary School for $22,990 and a line item for reimbursable expenses up to $5,000. The increase brings the contract from $1,216,000 to $1,243,990, which is funded through the bond program. In an effort to avoid previous mistakes and to remain fiscally transparent, Superintendent Matt Doyle invited the board — and the public — into the finer details of project bidding for Long Range Facility Master Plan. It is a roadmap “to make

STEVE PRINCE, of Ruhnau Clarke Architects, presented the Vista Unified School District board with six concept plans for the replacement of the 21 modular classrooms at Bobier Elementary School. The district recomended the sixth plan, pictured. Courtesy rendering

sure that we design and understand exactly what we have and that we’re very careful as we move forward on things,” said Grace Chan, a bond program manager. Ruhnau Clarke Architects, a Riverside-based firm, is helping the district in carrying out that plan at every district school. “As well as the support sites,” said Chan. “All the pieces of property and facilities that the district owns, [the board needs] to make sure you do a thorough, thorough investigation and planning for that.” Bobier Elementary will serve as the model for future site

assessments and planning within VUSD — and what Steve Prince with Ruhnau Clarke Architects found at Bobier shows facilities improvements are never surface level. Prince and a team of engineers found a host of necessary modifications during a facility condition assessment. One of the more notable problems, though, is the sticky floors in Bobier classrooms. Climbing up the west hillside, Prince found visual evidence of sliding as he felt himself, “sinking” into the ground. At the top of the hill, he found the culprit to the gummed sur-

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face: A residential, concrete V drainage channel was cracked in several places. “So what is happening is all the water coming from the residential site is coming down the hillside,” he said. “Water was coming through the hill and hitting the classroom buildings and causing the floor to stick… because the water is vaporizing up through the building.” The teams also found other issues, which ranged in severity. The more consequential being the intense grade change on site, with others being an HVAC system with a few years of life left.

Lake Elementary schools in Vista, who taught her own children and her students to think clearly, logically and methodically to figure things out. In over thirty years of teaching, I’m sure she helped shape hundred, if not thousands, of young minds. In her teaching days she also enjoyed tennis, jogging, Jazzercise and organic gardening. She enjoyed a very full and active time of retirement with her wonderful husband Gil as they danced, traveled, walked and talked on Cardiff beaches, calling each other “Darling” every day. Dixie is survived by her loving husband Gill, sister Pam, children: Michael, Michele, Catherine; grandchildren Coral Mike, Evan, Randy, Max; great grandchildren Emma, Isabella, Davin, Cole and Ann Dixie. Rest in Peace Mom. Godspeed.

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Other enhancements are in reference to ADA requirements and infrastructure updates. While speaking with teachers at the school, Prince said that one educator became emotional at the disjointed playfield and hard courts and traffic safety issues during pickup and dropoff. Supervision of children in these areas is difficult, teachers told Prince, and widening visibility is a top priority. After his on-the-ground research, Prince came back to the district with the six possible plans for the site. Each has plans for new construction, heavy modernization and light modernization – with varying price tags. The most costly project was roughly $74.6 million and included a full-campus replacement. While the lowest concept plan cost was $43.7 million. This option included new builds, but budgeted for slightly more rehabilitation projects over new construction than in others. Chan told the board that the district recommends the sixth plan, which has a projected cost of $57 million. It includes a new building for classrooms and administration, a new multipurpose room or heavy modifca Many of the concept plans saved facilities onsite, though each included the construction of permanent classrooms that reach the required square footage required by the state. There are some issues at the site that need to be rectified to fall into compliance with state or federal law, however the board has some discretion on how it wants to modernize the buildings to keep up with its code. “I am not a real advocate of tearing things down just for the sale of tearing things down…if there are good bones then I want to try to save them if we can,” Prince said, adding that Bobier had some of those “good bones.”

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On Catalina Island, the climb is worth it

THIS DECORATIVE ARCH, part of the substantial Wrigley Memorial at the gardens designed by his wife, Ada, used many local materials in the construction. The colorful ceramic tiles were made by a Catalina Island company, founded by Wil- IT’S A 30-MINUTE hike from downtown Avalon via Avalon Canyon Road to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden on Cataliam Wrigley, Jr., and have been popular with tourists for de- lina Island. Idyllic campgrounds, which combine the best of the natural world with proximity to town, are situated along this cades. Photo by Jerry Ondash shaded thoroughfare. Photo by Jerry Ondash


ith a trusted map in hand telling us where on Catalina Island we can venture on our e-bikes and where we can’t, we set out from Brown’s Bikes near the boat dock and head south on Pebbly Beach Road. Riding an e-bike takes a little getting used to. We are newbies with these battery-powered bicycles, which are growing exponentially in popularity. A Google search yielded imprecise-but-impressive numbers: In 2017, about 263,000 e-bikes were sold in the United States. Just a year later, that number was 400,000. Experts predict that by 2023, there will be 130 million e-bikes cruising the world. Family and friends

hit the road e’louise ondash who own them love them. I’m a little more cautious when it comes to embracing e-bikes, partly because I feel guilty about riding a bicycle that requires notso-much pedaling. But I must admit, whizzing uphill with little effort is kinda fun. Flying down Pebbly Beach Road, we put Avalon in our rear-view mirror (which we don’t have but could use) and ride through a tourist-free part of the island. This means little four-wheeled traffic,

a good thing for two e-bike novices. Later we cruise up Avalon Canyon Road, which leads to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. We decide to visit the next day on foot. It’s a 30-minute walk from the Bellanca, where we are spending two nights and three days. The 40room, nautical-themed boutique hotel gives guests a bird’s-eye view of Catalina’s comings and goings from the new rooftop deck. I discover that the lowgrade, uphill walk to the memorial and garden requires more energy than pressing the throttle on an e-bike — which is probably a good thing. We need to work off the lunch we enjoyed at Bluewater Grill (killer wa-

terside views and perfectly cooked fresh fish), and we must earn our upcoming dinner at the casual, congenial Lobster Trap. The extensive menu and busy, welcoming bar make it a locals’ favorite. Both restaurants are gluten-free friendly. Walking the road allows us to take in the details of the route, including an idyllic campground that combines the best of nature with proximity to Avalon. Once through the garden entry, we can see the impressive Wrigley Memorial at the far end, lording over the garden’s 38 acres, which is divided into five plant zones. The memorial pays tribute to Chicago chewing-gum millionaire Wil-

liam Wrigley, Jr., who purchased Catalina Island in 1919 and invested millions to make it “a playground for all.” His family still owns the property and manages it through the Catalina Island Company. It was Wrigley’s wife, Ada, who made the garden her project in 1935. She focused on propagating plants that are native to California and the Channel Islands, but Catalina’s temperate climate makes it possible to grow plants from all over the world. Californians will find many of the specimens to be familiar, but probably grander than what grows in home gardens. East Coasters and Midwesterners will find the collections exotic. At the top of the me-

morial, made largely from materials from the island and iconic, colorful Catalina tiles, our climb is rewarded with a commanding view of the garden and beyond to the ocean. I’m not sure why the Wrigley family decided to move William’s remains from here to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, because this seems like a suitable and celestial place to spend eternity. We are grateful to soak in the ambiance of the landscape for something less-than-eternity and thankful that our return hike to the Bellanca Hotel is all downhill. For more photos and information, visit www. /elouiseondash.

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JANE PUNZAL, of Lutchi and Mary Restaurant in San Marcos, prepares small plates of Filipino pork belly, an authentic dish from the island of Sibu, on Sunday at the Hilton Del Mar for the 25th annual Meet the Chefs event benefiting Casa de Amparo. The event helps raise money for Casa de Amparo to fund programs for foster youth and young adults. Photo by Laura Place

Chefs, donors help foster youth By Laura Place

DEL MAR — Eighteen of northern San Diego County’s best chefs brought an array of delicacies including gumbo, ceviche, barbecue and more to the Hilton Del Mar on Sunday afternoon to benefit nonprofit Casa de Amparo in their fight against child abuse and neglect. The annual Meet the Chefs event, currently in its 25th year, raises around $125,000 to fund crucial programs for foster youth and young adults in Casa de Amparo’s programs. The nonprofit offers a short-term residential therapeutic program, a residential campus called Casa Kids in Oceanside, and transitional housing program New Directions for recently emancipated individuals ages 18 to 25. After being canceled in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 precautions, the poolside fundraising event returned with hundreds of auction items ranging from wine, dinners for two and overnight getaways, a VIP reception for top donors, and the main event — food from a variety of local restaurants waiting to be sampled. “This event raises much-needed funds for the work that Casa de Amparo does,” said nonprofit CEO Michael Barnett, noting that the pandemic made fundraising more difficult in recent years. “We found that over half of foster youth became homeless in the first year of turning 18. Once they’re 18 … there’s no support for them. What Casa de Amparo does is try to give them hope.” Private chefs, longtime restaurant owners and

founders of new eateries offered small plates of food to attendees, all eager to get the word out about their business while also contributing to Casa de Amparo’s cause. Jane Puntazal and Edmundo Batuigas worked quickly to serve plates of traditional Filipino pork belly to guests, giving them a taste of the cuisine served at their San Marcos restaurant Lutchi and Mary. Batuigas said it was the first time they had been invited to Meet the Chefs. “It’s exciting — it’s a big break for us,” he said. Another chef at the event, Golden Door Luxury Resort and Spa executive chef Greg Frey Jr., said their San Marcos business has worked with Casa for nearly a decade. While they are not a typical restaurant open to the public, Frey said they donate leftover food like bread and oranges from their country store and farmstand to participants in Casa programs and also offer financial support. “Our neighborhood is our community. We’ve been fortunate to provide some support,” Frey said. “There are times when we’ve got an abundance [of food] not sellable from a retail perspective, but still very good to eat.” Also present alongside eateries like Dolce Pane E Vino in Rancho Santa Fe and Valle restaurant in Oceanside were chefs from Casa de Amparo’s Kitchen, who cook three meals a day for youth participating in the nonprofit’s residential programs. Chef Priscilla Mendez said they generally serve between 40 and 50 youth

and teens each day depending on enrollment and have to communicate with them about their likes and dislikes to ensure they have a good experience with the food. “The kids come from a lot of trauma, and there’s a lot of food trauma. I have to kind of build that relationship with them, and I had to use my “mom experience”

with cooking for my kids, to listen to what they did and didn’t like about it,” Mendez said. “It’s not just cooking for them, it’s understanding where they come from, too.” Casa de Amparo is also in the process of jump-starting a new facility, the 16-bedroom Teen Wellness Center adjoining the Casa Kids campus, with a $14 million fundraising goal.

ince new vintages and brands have flooded the wine market, Taste of Wine has made exciting new discoveries and made a list of the best of the best for you to sip and savor. Actually, we could have done a top 100 with all the coveted new wines out there, but for now, here’s five wines each. From California, I have two Napa Valley gems, and one from Sonoma and the Sta. Rita Hills Central Coast. Finally, we’ll dip into a “la familia” Italian beauty from Tuscany. All wines are rated excellent and each list is listed alphabetically. All right, time to open the bundles and pop the corks! • Abstract, Orin Swift Red Blend, Napa Valley, 2020. $30: Finding this bottle may be the easiest part of your discovery. The label is crammed with a collage of zany photos, from Elvis Presley to a young Queen Elizabeth of England. Once opened, the drinker is confronted by a Rhone-style wine with a blend of grenache, petite sirah and syrah, melded equally and seamlessly. A deep purple bouquet dominates with plum and boysenberry.

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REGION — In late 2018, brothers Tommy and Charlie Gordon were kicking around the idea of opening a brewery. For years, they had been brewing their own beer at home and every time they went on vacation, craft breweries were a must-see stop on the agenda. So, when the pair read THE GORDON BROTHERS, Tommy and Charlie, were part of the first cohort of MiraCosta’s BrewTech Program. Today, that MiraCosta College in they run Blue Fire Brewery & Tasting Room in San Marcos. Oceanside was launching a new program for future Courtesy photo

Craft Brewing Technicians, they jumped at the opportunity. Joined by about a dozen other students, Tommy and Charlie were part of the first cohort of the MiraCosta College BrewTech Program. “In a lot of ways, the BrewTech Program was the catalyst for our business (Blue Fire Brewery & Tasting Room in San Marcos),” Tommy said. “We were able to take our idea and start

putting actionable steps behind it.” MiraCosta College’s BrewTech Program is designed to train students to become productive brewers while gaining confidence in the brewhouse, cellar, or packaging line. With an on-site brewery, the class provides students with the tools they need to become turnkey brewery technicians. “The best part is that the course is led by some-

one who owns and operates his own brewery,” Tommy said. “During each class, you’re learning real-world skills that can be applied to any part of the beer business.” Over the course of the 280-hour program, Tommy and Charlie learned about everything from fermentation science to lean business practices at a brewery. And once they completed


sultant Chardonnay had notes of caramel and apple with a creamy mouthfeel. • Daou Family Estates, Estate Soul of a Lion, Paso Robles, 2019. $175: Master winemaker Daniel Daou produced another outstanding vintage of Daou’s flagship wine, “Soul of a Lion,” dedicated to Daniel and co-owner Georges Daou’s father. The 2019 vintage experienced good dormant rain and mild temps during harvest allowing extended hang time. Like all Souls, the 2019 benefits from tight-grained French rosewood barriques (wooden barrels made famous by Bordeaux vintners), 22 months of barrel aging, and additional bottle aging until release. The hardest decision you will make is when, where, and who you will share this out of world Bordeaux blend with estate free juice, primarily cabernet sauvignon (78%), with black fruit on the palate, floral notes, ultra-high phenolics, and a 97 point Robert Parker score. • J Lohr, Cuvee Pau, Red Blend, Paso Robles, 2015. $50: The J Lohr Cuvee Pau blend replicates wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux, mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot along with accents from cabernet franc, malbec, and petit verdot. The 2015 J Lohr had all the varietals except for cabernet franc with cassis and black fruit on the nose, plum on the palate, and smooth finish due in part to the equal 18 months in both barrels and bottles. J Lohr recommends decanting an hour before enjoying within the 2022 to 2027 timeframe. • McClean Vineyards, Red Blend, Paso Robles, NV. $18: I always like providing at least one good value, under $20 wine, in my top 5. McClean Vineyards NV Red Blend is my pick this go around. I found this super diverse bargain blend, syrah (25%), zinfandel (20%), cabernet sauvignon (18%), grenache (14%), malbec (12%), and mourvedre (11%) at Costco. Both times I popped a bottle, I had it with beef where it paired well.


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as petite sirah, carignane and ,ataro for added pop. • Sanford Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills, 2017. $20. In the Sta. Rita Hills of California's Central Coast in 1971, it all began with Sanford. This cool-climate chardonnay is the whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in French oak for a lovely textured citrus and apricot flavor. Learn more at • Viticcio Chianti Classico Reserva, Tuscany in Italy, 2016. $22. The last 3 harvest years in Italy were the best in a decade and Viticcio’s Chianti Classico 2016 was the best of the trio. Crafted from select Sangiovese grapes and hand-harvested, aging took place in small French oak barriques for 24 months. At the winery, you will experience a state-of-theart tasting as good as any in California, and they’re open 7 days a week with full facilities. Salute!

Rico’s Top 5 Picks When I look at my selections, Paso Robles claimed four of my five discovery spots with three reds and a white and another white coming from Sonoma coast. Some of these turned out to be rediscoveries for me, ones I had in the past but was great to get reacquainted with newer vintages. • Cass Winery, Viognier, Paso Robles, 2021. $29: Cass is known for French DNA with Paso Personality. I first enjoyed this wine a few weeks ago at Family Winemakers, when 2021 was launched. The 100% viognier is cold fermented in stainless steel creating crisp minerality with pear, honeysuckle, and apricot on the nose that extends to the palate with grapefruit hints on the finish. Great with fettuccine Alfredo or scallops. • Chalk Hill, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2019. $26: I was excited to see that Wine Spectator also thought highly of this one as one of its Top 100 of 2021. Aged sur lie (“on the lees”) for 11 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels where the juice is kept in contact with the dead yeast cells and is not racked or otherwise filtered. The re-


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Orange Glen teacher leaves impression on print students By Samantha Nelson

SHOPPERS AT the 30th annual San Marcos Spring Fling and Street Festival on April 3 purchase baked goods from Fullerton vendor Dolce Monachelli’s Gourmet Specialties. Photo by Laura Place

Spring Fling returns in full force Via Vera Cruz, attendees were greeted by a beer garden and live music stage, featuring performances from San Diego County bands, such as The Band Hangman. By Laura Place Between the live music and the bounce houses at SAN MARCOS — Apthe far end of the market, proximately 200 vendors a sea of vendors offering and thousands of shoppers handmade jewelry, clothtook over several blocks of ing, candles, soaps and othVia Vera Cruz on Sunday, er goods awaited the crowds April 3, for the 30th annuwho turned out despite the al San Marcos Spring Fling cloudy weather. and Street Festival, with La Mesa-based vendor vendors offering food and Nichoël Adams Dean could wares against the backdrop be seen chatting with cusof bounce houses, live mutomers as they browsed sic and more. her hand-stamped metal The annual Spring jewelry, dog tags and othFling festival is organized er handmade treasures in by the San Marcos Chamher tent. Along with the ber of Commerce, with supreturn of more consistent port from the city itself. business, connecting with After COVID-19 canpeople face-to-face is a joy celed the event in 2020 that Dean said she missed during the pandemic. “It’s been great, a good turnout of people,” Dean said, adding that this was her first time at the annual Spring Fling event. “My business took a huge direct hit [during COVID-19], but thankfully I had a good social media presence. I love doing events too because I get to ‘people.’” Other vendors, like soapmaker Mayra Corts Bugarin of Temecula, started their business during the pandemic. While Bugarin did not experience the harsh transition from the pre-COVID era for her business, she said the loosened restrictions in recent months have been beneficial for her sales of fragrant soaps and balms. “At the beginning, we had a lot more restrictions. Now, people have a lot more freedom to walk around and smell things and touch things, which is good,” she said. Local representatives including San Marcos City THERE WAS no shortage of handmade goods, including Councilman Ed Musgrove soaps, candles and balms, at the 30th annual San Marcos and Mayor Rebecca Jones Spring Fling and Street Festival on Sunday along Via Vera were also present Sunday, Cruz. Photo by Laura Place taking time to connect with

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and limited its operations in 2021, Sunday’s market marked a happy return to pre-pandemic times for many residents and vendors alike. According to Melanie Jamil, the chamber’s director of events, this year’s festival was modeled after the weekly farmer’s market, with the addition of dozens of crafters and booths for nonprofits, local businesses and city services. “Last year we did it on a much more modified basis at a smaller location. Now, we feel comfortable inviting the public back,” Jamil said. “People are just so excited to be feeling more confident to be going back to normal, or as normal as possible.” Upon entering the festival from the south end of

residents as they did their shopping. “We set up the event in 2021, and it was a good turnout, but not like this. It has just been nonstop,” Musgrove said. “The consistent theme is, ‘It’s great you guys are doing this because it’s great to get out to be with people and do a little shopping.’”

ESCONDIDO — When it comes to leaving a lasting impression, either in print or in person, Orange Glen High School teacher Aled Anaya knows exactly what to do. Anaya discovered his interest in print and design while taking a printing class as a student at Escondido High School. At the time, Anaya said he ANAYA wasn’t very motivated to do well in school and only signed up for the class to make up for lost credits. But he quickly realized his love for the art. “As soon as I walked in and saw what people were doing, I really loved the creative aspect,” Anaya said. The printing class eventually led Anaya to take on an instructional assistant role in Orange Glen’s printing, graphics and design program after graduating high school in 2010. A few years later, he began teaching the program and has been there since. Besides his love for print and design work, Anaya was also inspired to become a teacher by members of his family who worked

as educators in Mexico but couldn’t continue to do so once they immigrated to the United States. As a teacher, Anaya introduces his students to various printing methods and equipment available in the industry, such as heat pressing stickers and t-shirts, laser engraving keychains, or designing and binding books. Students in the printing, graphics and design pathway also help oversee print needs for the entire school district. Recently students started working to help the Orange Glen Skate Club by researching how to make skateboard skins. Last fall, Anaya worked with the city to get his students’ murals in Washington Park. Not only are students learning how to print their art, but they’re also learning entrepreneurial skills they could use in a professional format. Mia Funk, director of College and Career Readiness in the district, said Anaya is “his most authentic self with students,” which helps him to build better connections with them. “Aled leads through relationships,” Funk said. “He honors students’ cultural heritage and legacy, he fosters an environment in the classroom where students feel welcome and part of a community.”

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American Legion Baseball again proving to be a hit sports talk jay paris


efore Padres great Tony Gwynn was a Baseball Hall of Famer, he played American Legion Baseball. Before Randy Jones became a Padres Hall of Famer, he was an American Legion player. “Randy still talks about those American Legion days as some of the best times he had in baseball,” said Carlsbad’s Peter-Rolf Ohnstad, Jones’ weekly golf partner. “Even all these years later.” Fast-forward to the present and American Legion ball, a youth baseball program for ages 13-19, is finding a new pulse in the area. That includes North County, where teams are being established as well as



work on in 2022,” Morones said. Under the CAP’s increasing building energy efficiency strategy, one of

being formed. “The reason why we are seeing a resurgence, and why we brought it back, is because parents had an appreciation for the opportunity for their kids to play out there without paying $3,000 for travel ball,” Ohnstad said. The emergence of travel ball, where players pay to play and coaches are paid to coach, helped deliver a haymaker to American Legion. Ohnstad, who is the American Legion Baseball commissioner for San Diego and four surrounding counties, doesn’t count himself as a fan of travel ball. He believes it turned into a cash cow for coaches trying to balance teaching youngsters baseball while being compensated for their services. “With travel ball, the coaches make money and I don’t think it is the best program out there for where some of the kids are today,” Ohnstad said. Some of those kids are long on dreams but short on the measures completed is reducing electricity use in streetlights. The city retrofitted more than 1,000 streetlights with LED lighting between 2020 and 2021. Two ongoing performance metrics include

cash. The American Legion Baseball model gives them, and everyone else, a chance to play minus reaching for an ATM card. “I think it is coming back strong because of the venues we are playing at and that we do not require players to pay to play, which I think is kind of crazy,'' Ohnstad said. “What we found out is so many kids

don’t have the money for travel ball.” American Legion Baseball has cache as more than 55,000 players participate nationwide and its championship game is broadcast nationally. It’s been around since 1925, with countless major leaguers having American Legion Baseball on their resumes. Ohnstad, a former

Navy pilot who retired as a captain in the Merchant Marines, is hoping to match last year’s total of 22 teams hailing from San Diego County high schools. That includes squads from Oceanside, El Camino, Escondido and San Pasqual. Each team is tied to an American Legion post, which marries baseball with our veterans and is anything more patriotic than that? Ohnstad is the commander of Post 416 in Encinitas, but its “home” team consists of players from La Jolla Country Day. Post 416's bunch is coached by John Edman, whose son, Tommy, is a Gold Glove-winning infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. “When we first brought it back a lot of folks hardly knew what American Legion Baseball was,” Ohnstad said. He beats the drum while beating back the notion that American Legion Baseball is somehow inferior to other summer programs. He notes that cham-

planting and maintaining 2,802 trees at new developments by 2030 and 4,076 trees by 2035. “Trees are really our best partners in combating the climate crisis,” said Anna Marie Velasco, a resi-

dent who also served on the community advisory group reviewing the CAP process. Velasco mentioned several priorities the group wants the city to focus on over the next year, including planting more trees as well as developing a zero-waste plan to reduce plastic waste. She noted that most of the cities along the state Route 78 corridor have zero-waste plans except for Escondido. “We’re not going to meet our goals unless we really tackle the plastic problem,” she said. Velasco and other residents also pressed for the city to create a Climate Action Commission to help steer the city’s CAP progress. Councilmember Joe

Garcia was concerned about the city falling behind in its CAP progress. “I just want to make sure we don’t fall behind because this is a document that took everyone a long time to get to this point and there are a lot of requirements for us,” he said. Some residents feel the city still hasn’t done enough to combat climate change and is running out of time to make a difference. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), climate model simulations have projected the average global temperature to rise between 2 and 9.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 to 5.4 degrees Celsius) by 2100. This is caused by heat-trapping gasses like carbon dioxide that are gen-

erated by human activities. Burning fossil fuels are the biggest contributor to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Councilmember Mike Morasco disagreed with the idea that climate change is the city’s current top priority. “We can afford to do what we’re mandated to do by the state,” he said. “We don’t need to be going above and beyond what we can afford.” Though the city still has plenty to tackle with the CAP, the plan itself scored the highest among neighboring jurisdictions whose CAPs were also evaluated by the Climate Action Campaign. “It’s affirming that we have a good plan,” said Deputy Mayor Tina Inscoe.


tasting room in San Marcos. On the advice of their BrewTech Program instructor, Mike Stevenson, they focused on creating a space that emphasizes “lean” principles to make the most out of their space and utilized brewing techniques that fit their passions.

Today, Blue Fire Brewery & Tasting Room in San Marcos serves as a destination for all beer and craft beverage lovers in the community. Since its creation in 2018, the BrewTech Program has helped numerous graduates follow in the footsteps of the Gordons. Several students have gone on to open their own breweries, with many more taking on jobs with established brands across San Diego County. Just a few years young, the MiraCosta College BrewTech Program is already an award-winning initiative. Students from one of the recent cohorts won the Grand National Championship title in the 2021 U.S. Open College Beer Championship. For more information about MiraCosta College’s BrewTech Program, call (760) 795-6820 or email

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pionship games are played on Division I college fields, with the University of San Diego playing host to the local winners. Securing that site in the summer, when it's filled with youth baseball camps that generate revenues, was tough, until Ohnstad played his American Legion card with Ron Fowler, the former Padres owner whose name graces the USD venue. “He played American Legion ball back in Minnesota,” Ohnstad said. Want to play as well? Registration is open at for the summer season. “I never got to play,” Ohnstad said. “I was drafted at 17 and went to Vietnam while my buddies were back home playing American Legion ball.” Ohnstad was flying, instead of flying out. Now he’s determined that no other teenager misses out. Contact Jay Paris at and follow him @jparis_sports.


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Downtown Vista Specific Plan. As proposed, the developer seeks to reduce the rear yard setback to 10 feet from 15 feet, exceed the downtown maximum building height by 17 feet, and eliminate the required 10-foot setback above two stories adjacent to one- and two-story buildings. “What good is our building height regulation in the city if it can be overrun by the state," Commissioner Looney asked Vista's Principal Planner Michael Ressler. “I know there are legal ramifications but what’s the cost?” “We’re losing the uniqueness of our city due to Sacramento or to the federal government. If we don’t have a voice in our own city.. why do we need [the plan],” Looney asked. Jim Ellis, who owns The Film Hub at 170 Eucalyptus Ave, echoed that sentiment later in public comment, adding that variances are a wonderful tool for development. “You just have to be careful about the precedent it sets," he said. “People love coming [to Vista], they love spending time here, and we don’t wanna take away from that. The city could limit the height and other concessions, however, not without passing the test. Factors that would permit the city to refuse the concessions include identifiable or actual cost reductions, a public health or safety problem, an environmental problem, etc. However, Drakos aims to avoid legalities, he said, stepping forward to interject the commissioners. “We’re only a few months into this,” he clarified. “We don’t intend to pursue [a lawsuit]. Before we go down this path, our intent is to hear your concerns. “ Teetering on the edge of Vista’s historic downtown and residential zoning, the new build would include open space amenities, public art space, as well as improvements to infrastructure to and around the site. As part of the Housing Element rule, California municipalities must assess and grow with housing needs every eight years.

A RENDERING of the proposed Park Avenue Apartments in Vista. The development exceeds the city’s height limits for downtown but state housing law may override those limitations. Rendering courtesy of KTGY

According to Vista, more than 2,500 new units should be added to the residential stock by 2029. Of those units, 1,205 must be affordable to those with very low to moderate incomes. But some residents believe the city is moving in the wrong direction to fulfill its needs. In its latest 2021-2029 Housing Element on the city website, a community survey revealed issues with an oversaturation of apartment developments, affordable housing (rental and ownership), and issues with the development of a wide variety of housing types. Edward Watkins, who has lived on Oceanview Drive since 1961, has lost his view to other recent developments, such as those on Santa Fe Avenue and Vista Way. He and other residents in the area feel as though they're losing their property value in addition to their Vista. “My family built this house up on the hill,” Watkins said. "And as with all Vista houses, they built it for the beautiful view to last for years. You’re surrounding us with all this high-density housing." Julia Shriver also grew up attending New Community Church in Vista. Her family has lived in the neighborhood behind the historic downtown since 1926. She believes the developer would be remiss not to reflect the current building’s Spanish influence and to heed the public’s concern

THE NEW COMMUNITY Church of Vista, at 165 Eucalyptus Ave., will be moving to a new location soon to accommodate a smaller congregation, according to city officials. The church is working through a contract to sell the land to an apartment developer. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

about traffic safety and building height. “We're told that it would be a blend of old and new, that it would keep a lot of the charm from the downtown area,” said Wendy Molling, who also lives on Oceanview Drive. “I don’t see that happening, especially with the size of the building.” Park Avenue Apartments has yet to be submitted as a formal application, as the developers continue to garner interest. The preliminary review consisted of renderings of the building design and orientation in the lot. The review did not include floor plans, a size-toscale rendition of the proj-

ect or a traffic study. The latter may be required at a later date but is not expected before an official application is submitted. However, traffic was a hot talking point for both the commissioners and the public. The major concerns are increased traffic drawn to the two-lane Oceanview Drive and the lack of parking for the new residents and downtown patrons. Lucette Tommasini has resided on Oceanview Drive since 1980. Tommasini said the road, which connects Civic Center Drive and South Santa Fe Drive, turns into a “racetrack.” “This is going to be an environmental hazard with

the traffic and with the burden on the neighborhood,” Shriver told the commission. “So think about that, don’t let the developer tell you … we tell the developer what we won’t accept.” Another Oceanview resident agreed, adding that the downtown area will feel the pressure that comes with adding more residents that need to park. Judy Furey added that the church parking lot has historically served as overflow parking serving the downtown on weekends and events. The project also calls for 236 parking spaces. The parking allowances follow state law and are not considered a concession. However,

the commissioners and the public stressed concerns about overflow parking. Commissioner Aguilera questioned the parking space allowed for the project, which includes 236 spaces on-site, which is nearly 100 short by city standard, though there are an additional 52 parking spaces planned for offsite public parking. “One of the things that we need to be mindful of is we have so few parking spaces, and we know we’re gonna have more cars onsite,” said Commissioner Looney. “We have to be mindful that the businesses have adequate parking for the future.” Drakos said that the parcel lends itself to the city's goals. Within the Downtown Vista Specific Plan, a tool for developers and property owners, the city sets out guiding principles to set the downtown as a commercial and cultural hub. Some of those goals are to create a “lively” mixeduse environment and to foster connections in those areas with improved parking, walking and biking networks. However, residents from neighboring Oceanview Drive are less than optimistic that the complex would benefit the area. Some even question whether the plan or the heart of Vista was considered in these early stages. “This does not fit,” said Oceanview resident Moneca Shelhoup. “No.” The Shelhoups built the home Moneca and her husband share in 1948. “Have some pride,” Moneca said, with some emotion behind her voice. "Think about our city, think about the people that live here, the people that built this.” The Vista Planning Commission recommended Drakos amp up public outreach, provide design specifics, and possibly consider a blend of modern with the Spanish-style architecture of historic downtown Vista. Drakos and his team will go back to the drawing board with hopes of eventually submitting the project for official application. The New Community Church, according to Ressler, is downsizing to a location on Santa Fe Drive.

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The Beatles vs. Stones Tribute Show - A Musical Showdown, returns to the Belly Up on April 15 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit or call (858) 4819022. The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Jumping Jack Flash against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance.


In April, The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, features the “Local Color: Primarily Yellow” exhibition. The Innerspace Gallery features PhotoArts Group’s “Abstracts,” in Expressions Gallery I a solo show of Carmen Saunders’ Photography “Layered Landscapes and Waterscapes,” Expressions

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Gallery II Bob Weller’s solo show “Abstractions on Grand,” in the In-Between Gallery are oil painters Pat Hunter and Wayne Adachi.

songs and duets by mezzo-soprano Maria Caughey and accompanist Yewon Lee at noon April 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.



A seated show, an evening with American singer-songwriter and musician Marc Cohn, will be at the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. April 20 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit (858) 481-9022.


New Village Arts, Oceanside Theatre Company, The Seabird Resort and Piper partner to offer farm-to-table dining and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” through May 1 at 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets at


Soprano Abla Lynn Hamza will be the Wednesdays@Noon concert from noon to 1 p.m. April 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The Wednesdays@Noon concerts are free.



Through June 1, the Carlsbad Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, will host “Les Paul Thru the Lens,” a traveling gallery of photos highlighting the life and career of music industry icon, inventor and musician Les Paul. Featuring 24 blackand-white photographs, it chronicles Paul’s life. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Visit



The Oceanside Public Library is hosting a series of free Art Making classes for older adults at El Corazon Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 19 and April 26 in-person at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive. Taught by artists Joanne Tawfilis and Linda Kallas,



The San Diego County Fair, beginning June 8, has announced its concert lineup. Visit OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART features the photography of Don Barletti (“Elusive Moments, Enduring Stories”) through May 1. Courtesy photo

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ries” through May 1 and by James E. Watts, “Storyteller” through July 1 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside.



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Vista teacher’s book draws on sweet family tradition By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — If you’re turning another year older in a day, a certain fairy may be on her way. Third-generation Vista resident and educator Jana Anderson captures the magic of childhood in her book released in March, “Lollipop Fairy: A Sweet Birthday Tradition.” The book opens with a young girl hugging a brightly-colored heart, signing “I love you” in American Sign Language while holding a lollipop. The little girl reminds children that they are loved all year, but a birthday is a day that “is all about you, a day that tells us how much you grew.” In a world where magic exists, and love is plentiful, children grow lollipops on their birthdays with seeds delivered the day before. The story is based on a longtime tradition in the Anderson house. Anderson started it for her two sons when they were small children. “The night before your birthday, you get the number of seeds you’re turning, and you plant the seeds by midnight,” Anderson told The Coast News. “Then, you go to bed, and the lollipops grow by the morning.” Today, Anderson’s sons, ages 15 and 17, have yet to celebrate a birthday without a lollipop garden sprouting in their name. “It’s just been the most beautiful thing because every birthday they would look outside… even now with my 17-year-old … he gets up and I see him poking his head out… and I am like ‘See, you still look, you still look,’” Anderson laughed.


In 2021, Anderson gave herself 45 minutes to write a book. So, she sat down, wrote and the story of the Lollipop Fairy just flowed. “It just came to me,” Anderson said. “I just put it out there.” While her creative breakthrough was rewarding, Anderson was able to use her education and love for teaching to publish a children’s book. Anderson attended the University of North Texas, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in special education. Once a public school teacher in Vista, Anderson is now a literacy specialist and special education teacher at an online charter school that offers a program for children with dyslexia, a learning disability that causes people to have difficulties with language skills, such as reading. As a literacy specialist, Anderson knows time with family and reading aloud is essential for childhood development, and another key to that is representation. The “Lollipop Fairy: A Sweet Birthday Tradition” draws in readers with the brightest and boldest

LAST MONTH, Vista educator Jana Anderson published her children’s book, “Lollipop Fairy: A Sweet Birthday Tradition.” Courtesy photo

rainbow hues of candy. The book’s characters represent many diverse backgrounds and cultures, which may be attractive to children looking for themselves in modern stories. “A child wants to connect with the characters,” Anderson said, “Especially a lollipop fairy, that should matter to all children. I wanted a book that had represented as many children as possible.”

And so far, she’s already seen it benefit others in the community. While attempting to sell the book to a store, Anderson left with a piece of what it means to have representation in the arts. “[The seller] went, ‘Oh my God, that looks like me. Do you know how few characters I see in a book or my daughter can say look like me,’” Anderson said. “It stuck with me.” Looking at her own experi-

ence, Anderson said she had a loving but “different childhood.” “No matter where we were at financially, no matter what was going on, my birthday was always special,” Anderson said. One birthday she remembers particularly well. At the time, Anderson’s father was suffering from homelessness, and the two hadn’t been able to see each other for a long time. “(But my father) showed up on my birthday,” Anderson said. “As a child, my birthday was never forgotten. I just knew that I wanted [my kids’] birthdays to be something that they always remembered and they felt special.” And so, she planted her lollipop garden made with seeds and lollipops she found around town. “It’s so easy for any parent — foster parents — you don’t have to have the book. You can grab a bag of lollipops from the dollar store and make [a child’s birthday] magical,” Anderson said. In the end, “Lollipop Fairy: A Sweet Birthday Tradition” is for her family. To Anderson, publishing a book was an essential piece of herself to leave behind for her children and future grandchildren. And even when they’re older, she hopes that magic lives on. “No matter where they’re at, no matter what they’re doing, somehow someway they’ll see a lollipop,” Anderson said. “And no one will know it’s me, but they’ll know. It’s like something to keep the sweetness forever in a small little way.” Find “Lollipop Fairy: A Sweet Birthday Tradition” online or at

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UCSD: E-cigs alter body’s organs By City News Service

REGION — E-cigarettes alter the inflammatory state of multiple organs in the body, which can influence how they respond to infections, according to a report published Tuesday, April 12, by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Daily use of pod-based e-cigarettes alters inflammation in multiple organ systems including the brain, heart, lungs and colon, the researchers found. Effects also vary depending on the e-cigarette flavor, and can influence how organs respond to infections, such as SARSCoV-2. The study, published Tuesday in the journal eLife, is the first to assess Juul devices and their flavorants in a multi-organ fashion. “These pod-based e-cigarettes have only become popular in the last five or so years, so we don’t know much about their long-term effects on health,” said senior study author Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander, associate professor of medicine at UCSD School of Medicine and section chief of pulmonary critical care at Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. More than 12 million adults in the United States use e-cigarettes, with the highest rates of use among those aged 18-24.

Despite their popularity, research on e-cigarettes has been largely limited to studies of short-term use, older devices such as vape pens or box mods, and e-liquids with significantly lower nicotine concentrations than the modern rechargeable pod-based systems. Crotty Alexander’s team focused on the current most prominent e-cigarette brand, Juul, and its most popular flavors: mint and mango. To model chronic e-cigarette use, young adult mice were exposed to flavored Juul aerosols three times a day for three months. Researchers then looked for signs of inflammation across the body. The report’s authors saw the most striking effects in the brain, where several inflammatory markers were elevated including a brain region critical for motivation and reward-processing. The findings raise major concerns, the researchers said, as inflammation in this region has been linked to anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors. “Many Juul users are adolescents or young adults whose brains are still developing, so it’s pretty terrifying to learn what may be happening in their brains considering how this could affect their mental health and behavior down the line,” Crotty Alexander

said. Inflammation also increased in the colon, particularly after one month of e-cigarette exposure, which could increase risk of gastrointestinal disease. In contrast, the heart showed decreased levels of inflammatory markers. Authors said this could make cardiac tissue more vulnerable to infection. Researchers also found that while lungs did not show tissue-level signs of inflammation, numerous changes were observed in the samples, calling for further study on pulmonary health. The study also found that the inflammatory response varied depending on which Juul flavor was used. For example, the hearts of mice who inhaled mint aerosols were much more sensitive to the effects of bacterial pneumonia compared to those who inhaled mango aerosols. “This was a real surprise to us,” Crotty Alexander said. “This shows us that the flavor chemicals themselves are also causing pathological changes. If someone who frequently uses menthol-flavored Juul e-cigarettes was infected with COVID-19, it’s possible their body would respond differently to the infection.” The study can be found at articles/67621.

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The exhibition “Reimagined: The Artist’s Book,” highlighting pieces of art created from or inspired by books, through May 14 at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free.



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The Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Libary sponsor a rotating exhibit of works by local artists. The works are displayed in the library and are available for purchase through the artists. Through April 30, the Friends are featuring Rosemary KimBal. If you are a local artist interested in SUMMER DRAMA CAMPS exhibiting your work, conRegister for the Broad- tact Susan Hays at artists@ way Theater’s Summer Dra- ma Camps at The camps feature PETTYBREAKERS “Annie” June 13 to June The Belly Up Tavern 24, “Alice in Wonderland” presents The PettyBreakers June 27 to July 8, “Mary – a Tom Petty cover band Poppins” July 11 to July 22, onstage at 9 p.m. April 29, at “Wizard of Oz” July 25 to 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Aug. 5. Beach. For tickets and Information, visit or (858) 481-9022.



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Vista native’s belief in service leads him to duty on Navy sub By Alvin Plexico

NORFOLK, Va. — A Vista native is serving aboard USS New Mexico, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jarrod McGehee joined the Navy six years ago. Today, McGehee serves as an electrician’s mate. “I believe every able-bodied American citizen should do some kind of service,” said McGehee. “We live here so we should have some responsibility to take care of our land. That’s why I joined the Navy." McGehee attended San Marcos High School and graduated in 2010. Today, McGehee relies upon skills and values learned in his youth to succeed in the military. “I learned woodworking and metalworking in high school and college, which has helped my level of craftsmanship and desire to diligently make repairs,” said McGehee. “It created a strong foundation of understanding schematics.” These lessons have helped McGehee while serving in the Navy. Known as America’s “Apex Predators!,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically-advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid de-

fensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security. There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN),

I believe every ablebodied American citizen should do some kind of service.” Jarrod McGehee Petty Officer 2nd Class

ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN). Fast-attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; strike targets ashore with cruise missiles; carry and deliver Navy SEALs; conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. The Virginia-class SSN is the most advanced submarine in the world today. It combines stealth and payload capability to meet

Combatant Commanders’ demands in this era of strategic competition. The Navy's ballistic-missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. SSBNs are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles. The Columbia-class SSBN will be the largest, most capable and most advanced submarine produced by the U.S. — replacing the current Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines to ensure continuous sea-based strategic deterrence into the 2080s. Guided-missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform. Each SSGN is capable of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavyweight torpedoes to be fired through four torpedo tubes. Strategic deterrence is the Nation’s ultimate insurance program, according to Navy officials. As a member of the submarine force, McGehee is part of a rich 122year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking

ness practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. “The Navy is tasked with protecting national interests and defending our country,” said McGehee. With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy. McGehee and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service. “I’m proud of how we took our ship from an extended shipyard availability to one of the top operational deploying assets on the east coast,” said McGehee."I get to see all of my hard work come to fruition." As McGehee and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States JARROD MCGEHEE was born in Vista and graduated from Navy.” San Marcos High School in 2010. He’s an electrician’s mate “I have a steady payon the USS New Mexico, a Navy submarine. Photo by Mass check and have developed a Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christine Montgomery great camaraderie with my shipmates,” added McGethe fight to the enemy in the world that is taking on new hee. defense of America and its importance in America’s foAlvin Plexico is with allies. cus on rebuilding military the Navy Office of ComServing in the Navy readiness, strengthening almunity Outreach. means McGehee is part of a liances and reforming busi-

Planet Fitness to hold April 26 M arketplace News grand opening in San Marcos Easy ways to make an impact during Earth Month Marketplace News is paid sponsored content

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Throughout April, people all over the world will join together in celebration of Earth Month. At Cox, driving positive environmental change is one of the most important things we do (in fact, it’s why we’ve invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation projects since we launched our Cox Conserves initiative in 2007). You could say every month is Earth Month at Cox. Looking to make your own impact on our environment? Thankfully, local organizations are not only protecting our planet but also helping people, businesses and communities become more aware of how we can all take practical steps to live more sustainably. I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) takes this awareness a step further, providing innovative educational programs that promote environmental literacy for San Diego County students. Research shows that exposure to environmental topics from an early age helps kids develop into more informed and engaged environmental stewards. Cox recently supported ILACSD’s environmental education program for an entire school year. The program educated 23,000 local students about watersheds, ocean acidification, waste reduction, and resource conservation.

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SAN MARCOS — Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, will open its 14th club in San Diego County with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. The new club is located at 641 S. Rancho Santa Fe in San Marcos. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony are open to the public. Mayor Rebecca Jones, members of the San Marcos City Council, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and other local dignitaries and business leaders will attend the celebration. “We are very excited to open this San Marcos club and bring additional health and wellness resources to San Marcos,” stated Bill Fidler, One World Planet Fitness CEO. “With the addition of this club, Planet Fitness will now have locations throughout the 78 Corridor, so regardless of where you live, work, or play in the community, there’s a Planet Fitness ready for you.” Planet Fitness strives to provide an accessible, high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment known as the Judgement Free Zone®. Whether you’re a first-

time gym user or a fitness veteran, Planet Fitness aims to create a community where everyone is accepted and respected. The new 25,000square-foot club in San Marcos, fully equipped with COVID safety protocols in place, will feature state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, Black Card Spa, equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, and more. The club hours will be Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to prize giveaways, tours, and free food at the ribbon-cutting, the club is also offering discounted memberships for those who attend the April 26 grand opening. Planet Fitness was founded in 1992 in Dover, New Hampshire, and has become one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of Dec. 31, 2021, Planet Fitness had 15.2 million members and 2,254 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia. More than 90% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent businessmen and businesswomen.


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