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APRIL 1, 2022

VUSD takes deep dive on school bond

49th hopefuls spar over ballot designation By Stephen Wyer

REGION — 49th Congressional District candidate Brian Maryott has officially changed his ballot designation after a complaint filed by Republican primary challenger Supervisor Lisa Bartlett alleged the former San Juan Capistrano mayor misled voters about his professional employment status. Per documents published online by the California Secretary of State’s Office, Maryott changed his job title from “Certified Financial Planner” to “Businessman/Nonprofit Executive” for the June primary ballot. Maryott and Bartlett are vying to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) to represent the 49th District, which includes Vista, in Congress. In a statement issued Monday, Bartlett claimed state officials had forced Maryott to change his ballot designation as a result of a complaint her campaign had filed last week. “The decision by the Secretary of State to force Brian Maryott to change his ballot designation only further confirms what we already knew – Maryott is deliberately misleading voters and pretending to be someone he’s not,” Bartlett said in a statement. However, Maryott’s campaign strongly denied Bartlett’s allegations and said he voluntarily made the change as a result of issues unrelated to the complaint. “We recently and pro-actively amended our ballot title with the Secretary of State’s office, making a change unrelated to any threats from desperate candidates,” said Megan House, Maryott’s campaign manager, in a statement. “The CFP Board of Standards does not allow Certified Financial Planner professionals to advertise our credentials without the trademark, and the SecreTURN TO 49TH ON A7

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an additional 290 acres for cut eucalyptus production, which brings its total acreage to about 700 acres. (This is in sharp contrast to the average farm size of 4 acres in San Diego county, nearly 350 for the state and 440 nationwide.) “[We] continue to survive through innovation, diversity and a stubborn commitment to the principles of sustainability and hard work,” said Craig Kolodge, SPVS manager of business development and sustainability. The Frank Konyn Dairy is approaching business and stewardship a little differently. Typical soil in the area contains less than 1% organic matter. Organic matter is a major indicator in soil health. This small percentage of microbial livestock is

VISTA — Parents of one elementary school in the Vista Unified School District showed out for the first workshop in its bond reprioritization process. In a special VUSD Board of Education meeting last week, members began breaking down the needs and priorities of its Measure LL Facilities Bond. “Recently, like every school district, we have experienced dramatic cost associated with building,” Superintendent Matt Doyle said. “As a result of that, we need to revisit the list of projects and have conversations with the board about what we can fiscally accomplish given the fact that there is significant cost escalation.” Prior to the Wednesday, March 23, meeting, the board had already begun reconsidering its project list. One such move impacted the $17.2 million project to replace the portable classrooms at Beaumont Elementary School. Although knowing there would be backlash from the community, the board voted in February to pause the project citing multiple complexities with the site’s facilities and scope of the project. This decision, followed by other bond project amendments, helped lead the board to reconsider its facilities bond entirely. During the first of three hearings, four parents of students at Beaumont Elementary spoke out against the pause and called on the board to show up for their children. “I don’t even know why we are saying pause,” said one parent, Adriana Diaz, adding that, “It’s not okay that we’re telling our children that that is the kind of school you go to because of your socioeconomic status.” “We’re not telling them,” she said. “They



CHOW NOW, BROWN COW: One of the hundreds of cows at Konyn Dairy Farms in the San Pasqual Valley of Escondido, which practices regenerative agriculture to build soil health that ultimately helps feed the herd. Photos by Jacqueline Covey

County’s last dairy farm Konyn Dairy Farms in Escondido stays afloat on milk, manure By Jacqueline Covey

ESCONDIDO — The last dairy farm in San Diego County nourishes its underground livestock just as much as its happy cows and heifers above. Where there were once more than 100 dairy operations in San Diego County, two remain on record, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. However, The Coast News confirmed that T D Dairy in Ramona is in the process of selling its herd — leaving the hundreds of cows at Frank Konyn Dairy as the last of their kind in the area. T D will continue to survive, though in other ways, showcasing an ability to pivot and adapt that is naturally grown in the farmers of San Diego County. In 1962, Holland-born Frank Konyn Sr. estab-

COW MANURE helped create a unique composting business, San Pasqual Valley Soils, that has become an integral part of the survival of Konyn Dairy Farms.

lished a dairy in the San Pasqual Valley of Escondido on 250 acres leased in an agricultural preserve through the City of San Diego. Now, decades later the Frank Konyn Dairy is long-standing, self-sustaining, and the last dairy

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Escondido council approves new electoral map

Stone Brewing wins $56M in trademark suit

By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — After a several-month process, the Escondido City Council has approved the city’s new electoral map based on new U.S. Census data and community input. Since converting to electoral districts in 2013, Escondido City Council is required to redistrict its map one every decade and no longer than 120 days after recent census data is released. The city established an Independent Redistricting Commission to handle the task, which first met at the beginning of 2021. Several public outreach meetings were held beginning earlier in January to gather community input regarding the redistricting process. Several different visualizations of maps were introduced throughout this time, and the one that received the most approval was Map Visualization 2E. Council unanimously approved Map 2E as the final map during a special meeting on March 16. The new map adjusts the four districts based on factors required by federal law, including maintaining relatively equal populations, keeping communities contiguous and compact, protecting communities with shared interests, and protecting racial/ethnic minorities. As The Coast News previously reported, Escondido is required to maintain at least one district whose majority is a racial/ethnic minority. District 1 met that requirement with a 53.64% Latino population but failed the equal population requirement, as the district’s overall population was significantly smaller than the other three districts. Under the newly approved map, District 1 will have a 53.61% Latino population and 37,457 people. District 2 will have 38,358 people, District 3 will have the most with 38,821 people, and District 4 now has the smallest population of the four districts with 36,880 people. Resident Pam Albergo wrote a letter to Council expressing her support for Map 2E. “I believe Map 2E has been developed after the

By City News Service

THE CITY COUNCIL approved Map 2E as the city’s new electoral map. Escondido was required to maintain at least one district whose majority is a racial/ethnic minority, and District 1 meets that requirement. Courtesy graphic

redistricting committee listened to all of the input from the community and found what I believe is the best map that reflects the city’s current population and its changed needs since our last map was developed in 2013,” Albergo’s letter read. “This map will give a voice to our agricultural community in District 2, our urban core in Districts 1 and 3, and our transportation corridor in District 4.”


REGION — Blaming a shortage of drivers, the North County Transit District announced on March 25 that it will temporarily reduce Breeze bus route frequency in Oceanside, Vista and Escondido begining this weekend. Starting Sunday, April 3, weekday routes impacted by the temporary schedule change include routes 302, 303, 318, 332, 350, and 351/352. Those routes, which normally operate with 15to 20-minute peak frequency, will instead operate with a 30-minute frequency

at certain points of the day. According to NCTD, there will no changes to the span of service, meaning the first and last trips of the day will remain the same. No such changes are planned for Sprinter or Coaster schedules. The complete list of temporary schedules is available at https://gonctd. com /maps-schedules / schedules/. The changes will remain in place “until further notice,” NCTD said. Routes are expected to be restored as more staffing becomes available.





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REGION — A San Diego federal jury awarded local craft brewer Stone Brewing $56 million on March 25 in its trademark infringement trial against beer giant Molson Coors. The lawsuit alleged Molson Coors’ Keystone Light rebrand in 2017 confused customers by prominently displaying the word “Stone” on its packaging, and that the alleged infringement cost Escondido-based Stone millions of dollars. Attorneys for Molson Coors argued that the “Stone” nickname has long been a part of Keystone marketing, and that customers were unlikely to mistake Stone’s craft products for a “budget beer” such as Keystone. In an online statement, Stone co-founder Greg Koch celebrated the legal victory, saying, “This is a historic day for Stone Brewing, and for the craft beer industry. Molson Coors threatened our heritage, but we stood up to that threat. “They will put the ‘Key’ back in ‘Keystone’ ending their hostile fouryear co-op of the Stone name. Cheers to our fans, friends and supporters who believe in the good that craft beer brings. This is your win, too.” In a statement, Molson Coors said it would evaluate its appeal options. “It’s been clear all along that there is no credible confusion between Keystone Light and Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale or any of Stone Brewing’s other products,” the statement read.

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APRIL 1, 2022

Common-sense housing solutions for the homeless


By Daniel Hare

he State of California has a top-down mandate regarding housing for the “unhoused” called “Housing First.” Proponents claim this is the first step toward recovery and is the “compassionate” way to deal with the roughly 161,000 people who live on our streets. According to some recent studies, up to 75% of homeless individuals are suffering from either mental illness or addiction. A recent homeless clean-up effort in San Diego had some 180 “street residents” picked up trash and scavenged belongings at sites around the city. Despite extensive contact with social workers, the event only netted seven people who took them up on government services connecting them to resources. The notion that an addicted person can deal with their infirmity without mandatory intervention remains a standard debate among the “nonprofit” profiteers, who are seemingly less interested in long-term results as they are growing the number served in their mission statements and regular pleas for “more funding for this social ill.” But grants and donations are seldom tied to metrics of success, instead making the displaced comfortable living in squalor amid an endless cycle of dependency. Also, the notion of “compassion” has earned us multiple district attorneys who forgive good old-fashioned misdemeanor thefts up to $925, rarely prosecuting homeless individuals engaged in low-level criminal behavior. While professional nonprofits and consultants advocate for more services, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there

is a significant waste of resources as many recipients simply cycle through various programs and end up back on the streets. Often for the homeless individual, there is no personal accountability or sense of responsibility for their own circumstance. According to Chris Megison at Solutions for Change, the average cost of public services (law en-

caseworkers and resources ready to be employed? The county, state and feds have plenty of land away from our neighborhoods that protect the residents from the degradation of our neighborhoods, that could be utilized. The Duwara Consciousness Foundation is developing a new model, purchasing 120 acres of land to build a “regener-

Will our local governments invest in a model that deals with homelessness holistically as opposed to more expensive Band-Aids? forcement, child welfare, hospitals, etc.) has been estimated at approximately $214,000 over two years. There are successful models, each somewhat different from the other. One example is Vista’s Solutions for Change, which has a 93% success rate for those who complete its 700 day “Solutions Academy.” The nonprofit’s motto is “Get up, suit up, show up,” offering entrants common-sense life skills, job training (how to get and grow a job) and help repairing damaged personal relationships, etc. Solutions for Change also runs a farm, teaching “important work values and preparing people for re-entry into the workforce.” The organization gets to the root causes of homelessness, committed to each person’s success and recovery. Lastly, at the end of the day, housing for the unhoused is a land-use issue. What about a simple RV park with security, bathrooms, and a food facility that can also be a centralized location for

ative forest farm” co-op where each farmer will become part owner, earning a share of profits and dividends. Room and board will be offered through work or monetary exchange, providing a 10-by-12-foot living space with a solar panel for light and heat in a community setting. The initial cost is around $5000 compared to upward of $700,000 for a state built studio! In Austin, Texas, Community First Village has created a similar model, providing affordable housing for the disabled and chronically homeless. Will our city and county governments be wise with our tax dollars and invest in a model that deals with homelessness holistically as opposed to more expensive BandAids? Ironically, I’ve not heard any local discussions about identifying land for RV parks to help shelter the homeless. Why not? Where is the common sense in governance? Daniel Hare is an Encinitas resident.

ery quietly, the University of California’s faculty has for almost half a year been considering putting at risk the institution’s tax exempt status and its longstanding impeccable credentials as an impartial source of reliable information. This is not the first time UC has seriously contemplated a harebrained move — and sometimes those moves actually get made. Only last year, for one example, UC decided it would no longer require prospective freshmen to take standardized exams like the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or those of the American College Testing Program (ACT). Instead, UC admissions now rely primarily on high school grades, meaning all high schools are considered equal, even though every parent in California knows there are vast differences in quality of curriculum and instruction. Amazingly, the faculty that votes on these sometimes fashionable and politically correct moves is loaded with folks holding Ph.D. degrees from the world’s top universities, with a fair sprinkling of Nobel Prize laureates among them. This group’s latest senseless proposal, kept mostly quiet until a UC Santa Cruz professor let the cat out of the bag early this month, would allow academic departments to take official stances on political issues of all kinds. This proposal originated last fall in a letter from the head of UC’s Committee on Academic Freedom to the system-wide Academic Senate’s top official. “Departments should not be precluded from issuing or endorsing statements,” said the letter from UC Berkeley law professor Ty Alper to fellow Berkeley professor Robert Horwitz. The letter admitted “such statements are sometimes ill-advised and have the potential to chill or intimidate minority views.” But it said that’s OK, so long as minority views are explicitly included as addenda and the names of those voting for the official statement are revealed. Of course, those very actions do chill minority views and would influence hiring of new faculty, who in UC’s confidential processes could easily be weeded out because of political views. Officially sanctioning such statements on issues from elections to international affairs to scientific beliefs would essentially make UC departments political institutions. That could quickly cost the university its tax

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exempt status, which now gives alumni and other donors large and small tax writeoffs for every penny they contribute. It’s not as if individual faculty members don’t already have complete freedom to express any idea or thought they like. That’s how, for just one example, former UC professor Linus Pauling became known as “the father of Vitamin C” and also won a Nobel Peace Prize for his activism in favor of nuclear disarmament. Similar policies of complete individual license at the California State University system (which would surely imitate any actual UC action on the current proposal) allowed Ku Klux Klan ally Kevin McDonald, long blasted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others as a “racist” and an “anti-Semite,” to remain a psychology professor at Long Beach State until he retired. They allow some departments at San Francisco State to be almost completely politicized, too, even if those departments don’t officially adopt the ideas preached by some of their more vocal faculty members. It’s not as if departments don’t already go rogue sometimes, with stances on Israel’s policies, climate change and other issues. Departments may call these positions official, but under a UC policy in effect since 1970, they’re not. The policy states that “The name, insignia, seal or address of the university or any of its offices or units shall not be used for or in connection with political purposes or activity.” The policy also bans political campaigning on campuses. That’s the way it should and must be, if UC is to be sure of maintaining both its tax status and its reputation for impartial intellectual honesty. If anything, the current effort by Alper’s faculty committee ought to serve as a warning to UC’s Board of Regents to be more vigilant in enforcing its longstanding and upstanding policy. Otherwise, why pretend the university or its departments are impartial observers or analysts of anything at all, from vaccines to political candidates? Email Thomas Elias at


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An interview with San Marcos’ Jones By Stephen Wyer

SAN MARCOS — Public servant. Community-oriented. Authentic. Concerned citizen. While San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones’ party affiliation is Republican, she prefers to define herself in terms unrelated to party politics but instead through measures that improve the lives of ordinary citizens. “The truth is that whenever you pick party over people, you’re not serving the community,” Jones said. “When you look at the City of San Marcos we have a lot of people in different political parties, and I don’t want anybody left out…Once you start bringing parties into the mix you’re disenfranchising people, which is why I don’t like labels. If somebody labels me, call me someone who cares for the community and wants to put people first.” In a sit-down interview with The Coast News, Jones shared her takes on a variety of issues affecting North County residents, from affordable housing to public safety to her reelection campaign. The following is an excerpt. For the full interview, see thecoastnews. com. Affordable housing & homelessness When it comes to homelessness, Jones touted the city’s progress on the issue, noting that San Marcos currently has one of the lowest rates of homelessness in San Diego County. The mayor credited the low homeless population to the city’s considerable efforts in recent years toward investing in affordable housing developments. San Marcos currently boasts 2,300 units that are deed-restricted for affordable housing, which comprises over 7% of the city’s total housing stock. On top of this, San Marcos has 1,000 mobile home units that are designated as affordable, which are mostly reserved for seniors at risk of experiencing homelessness, Jones added. Much more affordable housing is coming down the pipeline as well, including the Alora project on Richmar Avenue, which will provide housing to 100 low-income residents and families. Jones also talked about the Villa Serena development, which will provide 148 apartments all ranked as affordable by standards of Area Median Income. “We were able to get the county to work together with the developer and they’re going to set aside 7-9 units for just foster youths,” Jones said. “This is a huge deal because a lot of times you turn 18 and you have nowhere to


go…they are very vulnerable to being homeless or even trafficked because they don’t have that support system in many cases.” Serena Villa is set to be completed in the fall of this year. Transportation Jones made it very clear that she’s for forward-thinking solutions but not in favor of some of the current proposals on the table in San Diego County. In particular, she reiterated previously expressed opposition to SANDAG’s Regional Transportation Plan, which was passed in December. The plan imposes significant taxation costs on middle-class North County residents while doing virtually nothing to actually improve regional transit infrastructure, Jones has argued. In addition, she says the plan conceptually ignores how most North County residents commute on a day-to-day basis. “People still want their independence,” Jones said. “When I think about my city, in particular, I think we’re a bedroom community, many of my residents have to leave the city to go to work, have to get kids where they need to go…have to get our kids to soccer games, after school dance classes, all these things are important to parents. There’s a complete disconnect with (SANDAG) in terms of the actual transit needs of this community.” Looking Ahead Jones emphasized that she’s immensely excited by the economic growth she’s seeing in San Marcos right now as well as a number of infrastructure and development projects that she says will be vital to the city’s continued growth and prosperity. “There are so many things that I’ve worked on for years that are now coming to fruition,” Jones said. “It’s an exciting time and I’m so blessed, there are so many things that are finally happening that I’ve seen from inception to becoming reality…what a cool place our city is becoming and I get to be a part of that.” An interview with Escondido’s Paul McNamara will appear in a future edition.


Ring in spring at the annual Spring Fling & Street Fair, hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, along Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Grand Avenue in San Marcos. This family festival has something for everyone, including 200-plus crafters, retailers and other vendors; inflatables and carnival rides; food and drink, including a beer and wine garden; and two stages with live music and local bands. Courtesy photo



know it, they see it.” Beaumont Elementary School, built in 1959, has an enrollment of 514 with 87% categorized as “socioeconomically disadvantaged,” according to the state Department of Education’s California School Dashboard. The parents argued that stopping work at Beaumont during the first phase goes directly against the VUSD board’s goal to provide equitable access to education and innovation. “We are a school of underprivileged and overlooked children,” said Amanda Remmen, a member of the PTA with four children who have attended the school at one point. “Beaumont is their safe space and yet our facilities are not a safe space.” Measure LL, passed in 2018, authorizes the district to issue and sell $247 million in general obligation bonds at a rate of about $33.15 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The bond is a series of construction and facilities maintenance projects with a long-term scope into 2035. The district has had successes over the first couple of years of the bond — completing projects at 12 schools — despite a few bumps. Doyle said, for example, that renovations to Bobier Elementary School at one point were paused and have since restarted. Bobier Elementary was built in 1956 and has an enrollment of 570, with more than 96% labeled “socioeconomically disadvantaged.” However, there are several reasons to reassess bond projects. Funds are tightening up, even though the most recent projects were generally completed at or under budget. The district is finding the cost of construction and

We are a school of underprivileged and overlooked children. Beaumont is their safe space and yet our facilities are not a safe space.” Amanda Remmen Beaumont ES parent

supplies have increased between 20% and 30% in some cases, Doyle said. Also, the initial bond valuation was based on a collection of wants and needs reported by employees of the schools. “Those original estimates were done by folks that were not architects or contractors,” said Doyle, who was not superintendent at the time. “So, they were true estimates.” Now, the board is taking a step back to “be thoughtful” about the challenges facing the district. “We care deeply about Beaumont,” Doyle said. “We are absolutely committed to Beaumont and all of our schools, but sometimes we have to make adjustments.” Doyle added that on April 4 a team of architects is scheduled to visit the elementary school to gather additional information. Directly after public comment, the board went to work reassessing the project list. With 53 flashcards — representing the listed items — the board was faced with the categories it created for itself in the beginning stages of the bond. The flashcards described the project but left

off the name of the school that would receive the work, a way to hone in on which categories of projects the board found most important. The goal of the bond is “to repair, upgrade, equip classrooms, science labs, local school facilities supporting college readiness, career preparation, math, science, engineering, technology, skilled trades; repair aging classrooms/ schools including deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical; improve student safety/school security,” as stated in the bond language. The Board of Education has flexibility in naming, removing, and altering projects, so long as the changes stay within “the spirit of the bond,” according to Doyle. “I am hearing things tonight from speakers that … I didn’t hear about then, and they probably didn’t exist that many years ago,” said board member Rosemary Smithfield, “but things get worse and worse

and worse and now it’s a problem.” Smithfield questioned whether the project list reflected the true needs of the district, which is something the board intends to investigate as it moves forward in the reprioritization process. In its three-hour meeting last week, members found that projects were mainly related to three of the six categories listed in the facilities bond improvement plan: Categories C, D and E. Category C includes safety and security improvement projects; Category D, projects to modernize or improve building systems and infrastructure; and Category E, projects to meet academic and safety standards. The next bond workshop is on April 21 at 5 p.m. and will focus on the bond's financial status and funding sources, as well as members’ finalizing the prioritized needs and categories. The final workshop is May 11.



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Everything you need to know to have a winning entry in this year’s flower show will be the Vista Garden Club topic at 1:45 p.m. April 1 in the Azalea Room at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fingertip lunch at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30 p.m., and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit or e-mail Vistagardenclub@


Local PetSmart locations are offering free photos with the Easter Bunny from noon to 3 p.m. April 9. Whether furry, scaly, or somewhere in between, all COUNTY RESIDENTS are invited to participate in a photo contest sponsored by the Friends pets (and kids!) are welof the Oceanside Public Library, with the only condition being photo entries need to depict come. images taken in Oceanside. Details under April 1. Courtesy photo

County Fair. Enjoy “Heroes Re-Unite!” at the San Diego County Fair, June 8 to July 4. For all the details, visit PHOTO CONTEST The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library are hosting a photography FARMERS’ MARKET HOURS Spring is in the air, and contest open to San Diego County residents for images the Carlsbad State Street taken in Oceanside. Entries Farmers’ Market has longer accepted April 1 through market hours from 2:30 to 7 May 15. The entry fee is a p.m. through November. $10 donation for two images or an $18 donation for five images. For additional information and to submit en- VOLUNTEER FOR EARTH DAY tries, visit osidefriends.wix. Lend a hand at Earth com/contest. Day Festival 2022 April 26 at Alta Vista Botanical GEM & MINERAL SHOW Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace The Vista Gem and Drive Vista. To volunteer, Mineral Society’s Spring students contact carolejay@ Gem and Mineral Show will and adults contact be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through April 3 at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Tick- PARKINSON’S EXERCISE ets and information at visA free Parkinson’s group exercise class meets from noon to 1 p.m. April 4 and the first Monday of each month at NeuroLab MIRACLE BASKETS 360, 2146 Encinitas Blvd., Bring joy to Miracles Suite 110, Encinitas. Regisfamilies by helping to de- ter at (760) 704-8237. liver baskets. Learn more about the April 2 “Spring SUPPORT FOR PARKINSON’S Basket of Miracles” event A Parkinson’s Support at Fol- Group meets from 10 a.m. low on Instagram @Mira- to noon April 4 at San RafaclesForKids to see how your el Church, 17252 Bernardo efforts make a difference. Center Drive. The featured speaker is Scripps Nurse 20-YEAR CELEBRATION Practitioner, Mary Carol Casa de Amistad, a non- Reeder, who will present profit 501(c)(3) youth devel- "Palliative & Hospice Care. opment organization, is cel- Call (760) 749-8234 or (760) ebrating 20 years in North 518-1963. County. Sowing Seeds of Success will be held at the Carmel Mountain Rancho Estate at 5 p.m. April 2 with ADULT BALLET a welcome reception, opporA beginning/intermetunity drawing, dinner and diate adult ballet class for music from the Peter Pup- ages 18+ will reopen at ping Duo. All funds raised the Encinitas Community will benefit the students at Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Casa de Amistad, commit- Drive, from 6:30 to 7:45 ted to removing barriers p.m. April 5. Register in to academic success for un- person or online at Encinderserved K-12 students in by March North County. To purchase 29. For information visit tickets, visit casadeamis- or call (760) 943-2260.






The Carlsbad Village Makers Market is back from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2, at St. Michael’s by-theSea Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, for a day of artistry and live music. For more information, visit Carlsbad Village Makers Market or Instagram @ carlsbadvillage COUNTY FAIR IS COMING

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An Aphasia support group, for individuals with difficulty communicating after a stroke or a brain injury, meets from 11 a.m. to noon April 5 and the first Tuesday of each month at NeuroLab 360, 2146 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 110, Encinitas. Register at (760) 7048237. TUESDAY CHESS

Here in San Diego, sumChess play continues mer starts at the San Diego at the city of Carlsbad Se-

nior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in room 107. All skill levels are welcome, games are casual and non-rated. Masks optional until further notice. For more information, call (442) 339-2650. CSUSM OPEN HOUSE

tas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department presents the Spring Programs and Summer Camps Guide at SPEAK ITALIAN!

Italian classes begin in April at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Students can choose among eight courses from beginning to advanced levels. Registration is open at the Italian Cultural Center’s website,


Get tickets now for the Community Resource Center 27th annual tea fundraiser, Tea by the Sea, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. April 23 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas. The event will feature a silent auction, raffle, afternoon tea service and a short program by Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney. Individual tickets are $125 at tea and registration closes April 20.

Join CSUSM Extended Learning from 4 to 6 p.m. April 5 at 288 Campus Way, San Marcos for a spring semester open house with a tour their interactive learning spaces and talk to their ambassadors about the creative collaborations GUNNER FUNDRAISER and teaching methods for The 10th annual Carlsstudents at all stages of life E-WASTE PICKUP bad Spirit Benefit Concert in the Extended Learning All businesses in San will take place from 2:30 Building at Cal State San Diego County are eligible to 7:30 p.m. April 10 at the Marcos. for a free Business E-waste Carlsbad Discovery Cenpickup. Sign up by April 8 ter, 1580 Cannon Road, for the third Wednesday of sponsored by the Aron the month pick-up on April Gunner Memorial ScholarNEWCOMERS CLUB 20, Visit ship Foundation. Donation The Carlsbad Newcom- free-compost-workshops for is $10 at the door. All proers Club welcomes Tonya more information. ceeds provide scholarships Danielly, executive director for Carlsbad High seniors. of Ivey Ranch Park at 9:45 For more information, visit a.m. April 6 at Carlsbad nior Center, 799 Pine Ave., SPRING STREET FAIR Carlsbad. Ivey Ranch Park The 37th annual Enis dedicated to encouraging cinitas Spring Street Fair the interaction of those of returns to Downtown Enci- BUTTERFLY JUNGLE all ages, with and without nitas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The San Diego Zoo disabilities, by providing April 9 and April 10 on Safari Park invites guests educational and recreation- Coast Highway 101, from D to celebrate in full color, al activities. For more infor- Street to J Street. Parking with an escape into nature. mation, visit carlsbadnew- at Moonlight Beach, City Spring Safari will feature Hall, Pacific View Elemen- Butterfly Jungle, allowing tary (600 3rd St) and Park- guests to experience wildSTEM AT BOOKMOBILES ing Lot B (SW corner of life up close daily from 9 Oceanside Public Li- Vulcan and E St). The Beer a.m. to 6 p.m. through May brary invites you to visit the Garden will be open Satur- 8. For adults looking to upSan Diego Children’s Dis- day and Sunday from noon grade their seasonal expecovery Museum’s Mobile to 5 p.m. rience, a Mimosa Wildlife Exhibits from 3:30 to 5:30 Safari will be available on p.m. in bookmobiles April EASTER FOR KIDS Saturdays and Sundays. 6, at John Landes Park, Eggstravaganza, and Visit https://sdzsafaripark. 2855 Cedar Road; April Easter celebration, for chil- org/spring-safari. 13 and April 27 at Crown dren two to 10, will be held Heights Resource Center, at 9 a.m. April 9 at the Vil- CATHOLIC FRIENDS 1211 Division St., Oceans- lage Church, 6225 Paseo The Catholic Widows ide. The mobile exhibits are Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. and Widowers of North hands-on, portable exhibits Parents can reserve spots at County support group, for set up outdoors to engage those who desire to foster children in STEM-related aganza. The free gathering friendships through various challenges. For more infor- will feature face painting, social activities, will meet mation, call (760) 435-5600 a petting zoo, egg hunt, bal- for dinner and Karaoke, or visit oceansidepublicli- loons and crafts. Coyote Bar & Grill, bad April 11 and walk the WILDFLOWER WALK North Bluff Trail, Carlsbad PARKINSON’S SUPPORT Batiquitos Lagoon will with meal to follow Pelly’s The La Costa chapter be hosting a “Wildflowers Primo, Carlsbad April 14. of the North County Par- and Plants of the Lagoon” Reservations are required kinson’s Support Group walk at 10 a.m. April 9 (760) 696-3502 will meet in person from 1 about the native plants to 3 p.m. April 6 at Christ along the lagoon trails. LIONS CLUB BASEBALL Presbyterian Church, 7807 Meet at the deck in front The 71st annual Lions Centella, Carlsbad with of the Nature Center, 7380 Baseball Tournament, feaa presentation on "Music Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. turing North County high therapy for persons with For more information, visit schools, will be held April Parkinson’s." 11 to April 14. The tournament is free and open to the FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PAT public. For times and locaThe North San Diego tions and more information, SUMMER CAMPS AND MORE County Friendly Sons of The city of Encini- St. Patrick will meet for an TURN TO CALENDAR ON A11






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’m convinced we are about to be taken over by small, creepy bugs. If it isn’t the head lice at school, it’s ants at my house, inside and out. I have held my ground thus far, but a careless crumb or pat on the head could turn the tide. And just the mention of either makes me itch for days. The resilience of head lice continues to astound me. We are not in the Middle Ages. We are an advanced civilization and most of us have hot and cold running water available and lots of soaps, salves and chemicals at our disposal. And yet, every year, without fail, normal kids from normal families turn up with head lice. We have conquered polio, measles and a dozen other fatal diseases, but these revolting little creatures just won’t go away. I wonder where exactly they hang out between the time each child checks out clean and the next breakout six months later. And the ants will take the day by a combination of numbers and stealth. Every time I work in the garden, I end up with one crawling in my hair or up my arm. I’m pretty certain if you could X-ray my house and yard, you would find a giant ant farm under every surface. There is no predicting their house attacks. Sometimes it’s because of extreme heat. Sometimes it’s because it has rained. Sometimes I think they just do it to annoy me and remind me who’s really in charge. Two weeks ago, I came downstairs to a moving feast for 1,000 across my kitchen counter. This was even more of a surprise, because it is really hard to spot them on my new, ant-colored granite. The next week, I discovered they had opened up a day spa all the way around the edge of my hot tub. I swear I saw one getting a manicure. I took after them with my best baking soda and broke up the party, but the cleanup was copious. And I know they haven’t gone far. They are simply biding their time, in sneaky ant fashion, until I look the other way. I’m wondering if I can’t rally the army of spiders in my yard for a full web counteroffensive. Do I need a license for a pet anteater? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is not at one with nature just now. Contact her at


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Vista cleanup ordinance returns tax funds to cannabis businesses By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — To alleviate pressures on cannabis businesses, the City of Vista cleaned up its rules to return hundreds of dollars in overpayments back to local dispensaries, and to collect some missing fees. When voters passed Measure AA in 2018, several sections in the Cannabis Business Tax Code — relating to refunds, apportionment and appeals — were left out for later consideration. During its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the Vista City Council adopted an ordinance that adds four sections to its cannabis business tax, including an administrative process for businesses to collect overpayments. In its annual audit, the city found a need for those parameters as there were several instances of miscalculated tax payments from cannabis businesses. Many overpaid the city, while there were some underpayments. “The measure intended the mechanics of the tax would be observed and later enacted on by the council,” said Vista City Attorney Darold Pieper. “Now that we’ve had a couple of years



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The Rancho Santa Fe Country Friends, a 68-year-old nonprofit, has announced the co-chairs of Art of Fashion, its annual runway show and luncheon set for Sept. 15 at the historic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Co-chairs Sandy Nolan, Keilene Hayward, and Melissa Wilkins were chosen for their accomplishments and commitment to The Country Friends. Each year, TCF also selects honorary chairs, recognized for their dedication to the organization. The Country Friends provided $100,000 in emergency funding last year to 10 nonprofits. LEADING NOTE HONORED

Camille Hastings, with Leading Note Studios in Encinitas and San Marcos, was awarded the National Music School of the Year 2021 award March 22. Leading Note Studios competed with more than 300 schools nationwide to win the “Clash of the Titans” nomination through the Music Academy Success Systems. FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Carlsbad Educational Foundation announce that eligible seniors in the class of 2022 can receive one of nine generous scholarships totaling $45,000. The largest award is $15,000. Onethird of the scholarships will be awarded specifical-

THE CITY COUNCIL adopted an ordinance last week that updates the cannabis business tax code. Coast News graphic/File photo

of actual operations, we are in need of having some of those mechanics set forward.” Cannabis business owners must pay an annual tax to operate in the Vista. However, the series of taxation in place isn’t always straightforward. There is a series of federal and state taxes owed — which includes an excise tax of 15% to distributors — and locally enforced costs on cannabis and cannabis-related products.

In Vista, there is a marijuana cultivation tax at $14 per square foot, and gross receipts of marijuana businesses at 6% on manufacturing and distribution, 7% on medicinal retail, 7% on adult-use retail, and 1% on testing. Products that are not cannabis-related, such as a battery, are not taxed at a city level. This is one area payments start to get tricky, as not all points-of-sale machines can differentiate be-

dent Declan Bretz of Carmel Valley earned a spot on the New England Women’s and Men's Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Academic All-Conference team for 2021-22. Bretz is LIBRARY SEEKS TRUSTEE The Oceanside Public majoring in sports commuLibrary Board of Trustees nication. is seeking an engaged and community-oriented Board TOP TEACHER member in a vacancy for a Santa Fe Christian three-year term. Library Schools teacher John SalyTrustees are appointed by er was selected for KYXY the mayor, with the consent 96.5’s Tribute to Teachers of the City Council, from ap- award contest, which honplications submitted to the ors local educators and City Clerk. To apply, fill out coaches who make a difan application at oceans- ference in the community. Salyer, a 35-year educator LBTAPP or download the and department head at application and mail a hard SFC, specializes in broadcopy to City Clerk’s Office, cast television and media City of Oceanside, 300 N. creation. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054. NEW CYCLING STUDIO Grind House Cycle has TING WRAPS IT UP moved into the front half of Ting’s City Manager the building at 449 S. Coast Tim Barnes and Solana Highway, as of March 1, Beach Chamber of Com- and has opened up a new merce’s Executive Director cycling studio. Jamie Johnson announced Ting’s fiber network is now FRESH FOR EVERYONE complete across Solana Everytable has opened Beach, meaning that resi- in Vista at 620 Hacienda dents and businesses across Drive. Everytable has a the community can now ac- mission to make fresh, nucess the power and oppor- tritious food accessible to tunities of fiber. The Solana everyone, everywhere and Beach fiber build began in helps support healthy eatDecember 2019 and was ing at an affordable price, led by Ting partner, Netly. with a zip code calculator Ting’s city-wide network that prices meals based on passes over 7,000 service- particular area’s median able addresses. household income.

tween these items. Flora Verde, one of the first dispensaries to receive businesses permits in Vista, applauds the council for taking action. Co-owner Justin Christman said that Flora Verde intentionally overpaid, but that isn't the advice every business is getting. “It’s a technological mess, it’s an accounting mess,” Christman said. “The reason we overpaid is we chose to err on the side of

caution because not a lot of this is clearly spelled out.” Between struggles of accounting for when the cannabis business tax applies and interpreting rules at various levels of government, “It’s an absolute nightmare,” Christman said. The City Council, coming to a similar conclusion, adopted an appeals process for the cannabis tax code. The city added a section to define those funds and created a route with the tax ad-

ministrator to get out of the city’s debt. The ordinance also allows the city to impose a 25% penalty if nonpayment can’t be resolved. Businesses, though, now can appeal those disputes through the ordinance. “In speaking with a couple of business owners, I know they’re excited that there’s an appeals process so that if there’s any dispute on accounting between our audit and the numbers that (the businesses) have, we’ll actually have a process for it,” said Councilmember Joe Green, who represents District 2. According to the ordinance, any cannabis business can file an appeal of any tax, interest or penalty with the city clerk within 15 days of the due date. (Cannabis businesses in Vista are subject to a monthly tax bill.) At that time, a public hearing will be set, preceded by consideration and destination by the council. The ordinance adopted last week includes adding language to Chapter 7.10 of Vista’s city code. The new sections are Debt, Deficiencies and Assessments; Refunds; Apportionment; Appeals to the Cannabis Business Tax Chapter.

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• Abilene Christian University announced the selection of Andrew Kramer of San Marcos to participate in its Summer Scholars, a study abroad opportunity for rising high school sophomores and juniors. • Emerson College stu-


The newest San Diego PACE site celebrated its ribbon-cutting March 19 at 1840 West Drive, Vista. San Diego PACE, a division of San Ysidro Health, Inc., is a specialized health plan that provides high quality, compassionate care to adults age 55 and older.

ORANGE COUNTY Supervisor Lisa Bartlett filed a complaint March 21 with the California Secretary of State against fellow Republican candidate Brian Maryott, alleging his proposed ballot designation as a “certified financial planer” is “false, misleading and unlawful.” Both candidates are vying for the 49th Congressional District seat currently held by Democrat Rep. Mike Levin. Courtesy photos/The Coast News graphic



tary’s office does not allow the use of trademarks.” In response to a request for comment, the Secretary of State’s Office issued the following statement regarding its decision to change Maryott’s ballot designation, clarifying that the agency made its decision independently and not specifically based on Bartlett’s request. “We don’t approve/ disapprove a ballot designation based on 3rd party complaints. We do receive them, but don’t base our review on them,” said Joe Kocurek, a representative for the state office. “We review the ballot designation worksheet and any accompanying materials provided by each candidate, then we reach out to a candidate if we find there is an issue of any sort with their proposal. We spoke with this candidate and we came up with a ballot designation that was acceptable for him and us.” Maryott has previously denied any wrongdoing

in his campaign filings, arguing that his certification as a financial planner still remains active. Maryott acknowledged that he no longer practices financial planning or provides investment advice and that he is not active with any brokerage. According to relevant state codes, a candidate’s profession as listed on the ballot to voters must be that individual’s current occupation or vocation. “In order for a ballot designation…to be deemed acceptable by the Secretary of State, …each proposed principal profession, vocation or occupation submitted by the candidate must be factually accurate, descriptive of the candidate’s principal profession, vocation or occupation must be neither confusing nor misleading,” the law reads. “… The candidate’s proposed ballot designation is entitled to consist of the candidate’s current principal professions, vocations and occupations.” According to Robert Stern, a retired attorney and former elections counsel to the Secretary

of State’s Office, the successful result of Bartlett’s complaint is a win for her campaign, as such ballot designation challenges are rarely so swiftly resolved. What impact the challenge will have on the June primary is unclear however, at least for now, Stern added. “It’s very unusual for the Secretary of State to deny a candidate’s occupational status,” Stern said. “I’d guess it only happens a handful of times each year. So yes, it’s a win for the candidate filing the complaint. It’s also significant in the sense that voters get a lot of information from the three-word title candidates use to describe themselves on the ballot. If a candidate doesn’t raise a lot of money or isn’t as well known, that can really be something that identifies you to voters and lets people know who you are.” Bartlett’s campaign may also challenge Maryott’s new ballot designation as a businessman/nonprofit executive with the Secretary of State, according to her campaign manager Tim Lineberger.


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putting in work to loosen up the soil and retain what little water and nutrients it can in San Diego County. The Frank Konyn Dairy group practices regenerative agriculture, which builds soil health. More than 15 years ago, a pile of manure sparked a unique composting business that would become an integral part of the survival of the Konyn Dairy, which is now owned and managed by Frank Konyn Jr. By 2007, SPVS became a state permitted composting facility, converting cow manure and recycled landscape trimmings into soil amendments for organic farming and landscapers in the county. But the dairy doesn’t just supply this unique compost. In order to feed its massive herd, Foraging Manager Ernie Klemm and his team apply compost — some in part stemming from zoo waste — to the forage acreage at Konyn Dairy Farms. Frank Konyn Dairy now leases about 700 acres, 300 of which are dedicated forage land to help sustain the cow’s diet. Driving through its land, which is nearby several other farms, one may notice Klemm’s fields don’t buckle in the way his neighbor’s do. Locally, when it rains, some may see rain puddle and run off fields, gardens or lawns. When soil is compacted, water has nowhere to go but out. However, when soil is healthy, water can infiltrate the soil and

CRAIG KOLODGE, manager at San Pasqual Valley Soils, walks around Frank Konyn Dairy, on Old Milky Way in Escondido, which is home to hundreds of cows in a self-sustaining system that uses its land to help feed the herd, and uses herd waste to supplement revenue to stay afloat. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

soak into the ground. One percent increase in organic matter has the ability to increase water storage potential by more than 20,000 gallons, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council. For six years, Klemm has land-applied locally produced compost from SPVS

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to increase and sustain organic matter between 4 and 6 percent on both irrigated and dry-farmed fields of Konyn Dairy Farms. This has resulted in a “tremendous increase in water holding capacity of the amended soils” Klemm said, “although not nearly enough to offset the reduced rainfall in the area.” “Alfalfa takes 19 to 32 inches of water to grow a harvestable crop,” Klemm explained. The jump in water retention on Konyn Dairy Farms’ compost-amended fields allows alfalfa to be cut up to 10 times per year. Typically, without compost-amended fields, farmers can average between four to six cuttings per year. Even despite reduced rain events this year, Klemm said the dry-farmed crops are maintaining steady production. At Konyn Dairy, forage crops are responsible for approximately 15% of the nearly 150 pounds of feed in

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KONYN DAIRY FARMS maintains about 300 acres of forage land that helps feed the cows at the dairy. It takes about 150 pounds of feed to feed one cow. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

the cows’ diet. (A small — but growing — percentage of feedstock to support the dairy’s young developing cows comes from recycled grains from more than a dozen local breweries, as well as discarded bakery goods and fruit pulp from local juice businesses.) “Feed to support the dairy is the largest cost for sustaining this livestock operation in San Diego County,” Kolodge said. “The amount and cost of food needed to support quality milk production is an ongo-

ing challenge to all dairies, especially one’s located outside large, rural agricultural communities.” “[Konyn Dairy] functions on a sustainability model that depends on diversification and attention to not only the health of the dairy cows, but also the health of the local land,” Kolodge added later. Like the Konyns and many others in North County, Klemm comes from a long line of farmers. Even though Klemm joined Konyn Dairy Farms

less than a decade ago, Konyn Sr. predicted Klemm would one day join his operation when he was only a teenager. In the 1930s, his grandfather immigrated from Zurich Switzerland to Imperial County and set up a dairy farm, which he would later move to Mission Valley in San Diego County. Then, under the name Sweet Haven Dairy, the family was forced to relocate through the process of eminent domain in 1974, eventually landing in Fresno. Today, Klemm’s cousins still operate a successful milking farm with approximately 2,000 cows. Urban sprawl has taken bites out of the county’s agricultural land for decades and is expected to continue. While San Diego may be the eighth largest city in the United States, its agricultural preserve remains a unique and vibrant part of the future of farming locally. “The long-term goal of the dairy … the soils and farming operations is to continue to be a valuable resource for sustaining the values associated with the survival of local farms,” Kolodge said. Support from the urban communities within which the farm co-exists is an essential piece to that, he said, adding that the dairy would eventually like to start making products on site for those in the community. “We can only accomplish that with strong support from the city and local citizens committed to the survival of local agriculture,” Kolodge said Through the San Diego County Farm Bureau, Kolodge is holding a webinar on the balance between urban and agricultural communities. For information, visit the SD Farm Bureau’s website.


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On Santa Cruz Island, California before Californians hit the road e’louise ondash


ur boat into Scorpion Cove was a half-hour late in docking, but no one cared. Reason for delay: whales and dolphins. As we neared Santa Cruz Island, the largest of five islands in Channel Islands National Park, the captain of our Island Packers ferry spotted the spouts of a pair of gray whales cruising south to the warm waters of Baja California. “Whales at two o’clock,” came the captain’s call over the loud speaker. And with that, the hundred or so passengers quickly shifted to the starboard side of the boat. Soon after, the first of hundreds of dolphins began leaping from the ocean and racing alongside the ferry for fifteen minutes, delighting all the day-trippers who got a bonus for the price of their ferry ticket. We had planned to meet friends from Colorado for our one-day trip to Santa Cruz Island in late February, but they had to cancel. In the end, we were glad we hadn’t. After disembarking, we were greeted by a park volunteer who explained

THERE ARE PLENTY of scenic trails with expansive views on the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, one of five in Channel Islands National Park, about 25 miles off the California coast. Spring brings a plethora of wildflowers, and the island provides visitors with an idea of what California looked like 200 years ago. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

the rules of visiting this pristine island. The most important one: Take out everything you bring in, and that includes trash. “There are no trash cans here,” he said to emphasize the point. “None.” Visitors also must bring all they need, including water, and you won’t find the usual national park visitor center, cafeteria or gift shop. What you will find is

a piece of California that looks like it did before 40 million inhabitants lived here. We wanted to explore some of this nearly pristine real estate, so we set out on a circular trail that took us through Scorpion Canyon and past remnants of the family ranching enterprise that was a part of the eastern third of Santa Cruz Island until 1984. The Nation-

al Park Service completed the purchase of this portion of the island in 1997. (The Nature Conservancy owns the western two-thirds.) Even though they are considered an invasive species, we appreciated the stand of eucalyptus trees that provided ample shade for a while. We then apparently took a wrong turn or missed some signage because the trail turned to a

steep ascent that that took us up and across Montañon Ridge. The mistake brought us to the highest accessible point in the park. At 1,800 feet, we could see almost 360 degrees. Recent rains had transformed the island into various shades of emerald, and spring flowers were emerging to create spots of texture and color on these 62,000 acres of preserve.

And with the crystal-clear conditions, it seemed as though we could reach east and touch the mainland, about 25 miles away, and Anacapa Island, also within the park’s boundaries. From this vantage point, it was easier to see that, like much of California, the Channel Islands were created by tectonic forces that thrust them out of the ocean about 5 million years ago. The islands have always been separate from the mainland, which is why they claim 145 species of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Fortunately, five of the islands, their submerged lands and the waters within one nautical mile of each island, are protected by the National Park Service. As we descended on the trail, we passed areas closed to hikers because of the damage from the 2020 Scorpion Fire, which burned 1,400 acres. It was good to see that the fragile earth was already showing signs of regeneration. Back at the historic ranch, a couple of bold island foxes, unique to Santa Cruz Island and once on the brink of extinction, patrolled the real estate beneath our picnic table, hoping to score some visitor leftovers. They looked as content as we felt. For more photos and conversation, visit www. /elouise.ondash.

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THE FLOWER FIELDS at Carlsbad Ranch opened March 1. In addition to colorful rows of the traditional ranunculus flowers, the annual attraction will be adding new features this year, including sunflowers, blueberries and Spanish olives. The Flower Fields is open seven days a week until May 8. Photos by Steve Puterski

Carlsbad’s Flower Fields in full bloom with new offerings By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — After a late winter storm helped jump-start the season, visitors have flocked to the roughly 50 acres of blooming ranunculus flowers at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch since its March 1 opening. Fred Clarke, general manager at The Flower Fields, along with Paul and Liz Ecke, played host to a media day on March 16. During the tour, Clarke de-

scribed the site's recent expansion to include more offerings, such as blueberries and sunflowers, while the Eckes gave a brief history of the land and fields. “That weird weather we had in November allowed the crop to catch up with itself,” Clarke said. “We got 21 acres in full bloom, which is unusual to have so much blooming early. It’s real nice now.” Several years ago, the fields added two acres of

blueberries, which guests are invited to pick every so often, stripping the bushes bare in mere hours, Clarke said. Due to the popularity of allowing guests to collect seven varieties of blueberries, Clark said they are adding two more acres. “We’re still having fun with Mother Nature on when the blueberries will ripen for us,” Clark said, saying more blueberries are on the way. “We’re hoping to offer

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blueberries one day a week (for picking). We did a Blueberry Sunday, and it was a mob scene.” This year, The Flower Fields will also feature a new floral attraction: sunflowers. According to Clarke, the site has planted seven acres of sunflowers on the north end of the fields, many of which are expected to bloom in late April. Clarke estimated the sunflowers to grow approx-

imately 5-feet high. And unlike the rows upon rows of delicate ranunculus, The Flower Fields will allow guests to walk through the sunflowers. The massive garden also offers olives and olive oil from a Spanish varietal, along with topiary artist Jennifer Colburn, who created a butterfly sculpture garden. Clarke said also stock flowers have been planted near the American flag flow-

er display. The stock flowers, he said, are “highly” fragrant. “We’re trying to see how they look and the public reaction to them,” Clark added. “That will be in late April and May.” Also, Strawberry Shack at Carlsbad Ranch and Pizza Trolley, a converted trolley with a pizza oven, will reside at The Flower Fields. The Flower Fields are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 8.


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Vista council finalizes new electoral map with slight changes By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — The city has selected its new electoral map, moving forward after only slight changes to its district boundaries, to satisfy federal law. The new district map moves about 1,700 residents in the Emerald neighborhood from the city’s District 3 to District 4. Every 10 years, community input and data from the U.S. Census help reshape municipal lines to form voting districts. Vista’s first-drawn maps became non-compliant when 2020 data reflected a bump in population. Over the past decade, Vista gained about 10,000 people, according to the U.S. Census. But that gain threw off a federal population-deviation limit on districts. So now, District 4 extends beyond Sunset Drive — its previous perimeter — to Melrose Drive to make THE NEW DISTRICT map moves about 1,700 residents in the the districts more uniform. Emerald neighborhood from District 3 to 4. Courtesy image It’s a “logical” move,





Stonebrooke Church Vista will host a free Spring Easter Party for grades one through five, regardless of religious background. Parents are also welcome. Pizza, games, prizes, Bible story and candy from 2:20 to 6 p.m. April 13 at 145 Hannalei Drive, Vista. Party concludes at 4:30 p.m., late pick-up until 6 p.m. To register, visit Questions, call (760) 583-9000.



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. STRAWBERRY FEST

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A Spring Egg Hunt is planned from 10 a.m. to noon April 16 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Adding to the fun of 20,000 eggs, this year’s event will feature Kathryn the Grape live 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 re-

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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

Deputy Mayor John Franklin said. “We had a mind toward making as few changes as possible so that residents didn’t scramble to figure out which district they were in,” Franklin said. This is the second time the council has seen a district map change in five years. In fact, the city only drew its first lines in 2017. Up until then, Vista City Council members were chosen by a citywide, or atlarge, election. In Feb. 2017, Shenkman & Hughes wrote a letter alleging the city's atlarge elections did not fairly represent their communities in violation of the California Voting Rights Act. The Malibu-based law firm called on council members to draw municipal lines and switch to district voting to fairly represent the community. The letter stated Vista’s at-large system diluted “the ability of Latinos, (‘a protected class’), to elect candidates of their choice

or otherwise influence the outcome of Vista’s council elections,” as posted on the city website. Current census data reflect that more than half the city’s population is Latino or Hispanic. In addition to Vista, the law firm came after a number of North County cities, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and San Marcos also received letters. To avoid facing legal challenges and high penalties, the city enlisted the public and National Demographics Corporation to draw maps for consideration. After several hearings and communities meetings, the council decided on a map that split the city into quadrants — north to south and east to west — which again showed to be the most logical. “It just happened that each council member already lived in each of those areas,” Franklin explained. In 2022, Franklin’s dis-

trict went from 22,568 to 24,28, while District 3, represented by Katie Melendez, decreased to 23,911. Franklin said he understand the goal of forming the districts, voters now can directly interact with someone who represents their area. It also places pressure on council members, as now their districts are the sole voters for their seats. However, Franklin and his colleagues have always felt responsible for all residents of Vista. “All of us feel the duty to represent the entire city,” Franklin said, adding he does feel direct accountability for those in his district. Elections for the mayor seat and to represent District 1, currently held by Council Member Corinna Contreras, and District 4 are set for November. The term for District 2, represented by Council Member Joe Green and District 3, represented by Katie Melendez, ends in 2024.


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IPAs got nothing on North County blonde ales


By Jeff Spanier

n San Diego, the IPA reigns supreme, no doubt. It is evident in the number of IPAs available even within a single brewery. IPAs, the all-important (and dominant) beer style, has helped build the San Diego beer scene. There is a style that flies under the radar, especially in the North County breweries. A style that can go underappreciated in more than one way — blonde ale. Firestone Walker has branded their blonde ale, “805,” as a lifestyle beer that defines a bucolic central coast. But the I Like Beer the Podcast Team has found that San Diego North County blonde ales offer excellence and variety in the subtle, nuanced manner of the style. 805? No, thanks. I’ll take 760. Blonde ales may seem innocuous and maybe even mundane. And many fans of the style like it for its perceived simplicity and drinkability. But just while many West-Coast IPAs taste the same (seemingly) but are quite different to the discerning consumer, the blonde ales in North County offer a similar array of flavors, approaches, and experiences. I toured North County tasting blonde ales, discussing the style with local brewers, and discovering what delightful, delicious options can be found right here at home. The first stop was to Oceanside Ale Works to speak with Mark Purciel. His Buccaneer Blonde is possibly the oldest original blonde ale craft-brewed in San Diego. It offers a fuller body than some of the others I tried, with notes of honey, almond, and (if you close your eyes and search for it) hazelnut. The balance of slight hop bitterness and malty sweetness is exceptional. “It is a delicate balance,” says Purciel. “I don’t want it too big, so I lager it in the Brite tanks at 38 degrees. It’s one of the more difficult beers to make because any imperfection is

the blonde ale can be found in Pizza Port’s California Honey Ale and Legacy Brewing’s Strawberry Blonde. Pizza Port’s take on the style has the most crispness with a Kolsch-like smoothness. The honey, harvested locally, is much more prevalent than the subtler hints in Oceanside Ale Works ale. For palates that prefer a sweeter beer, it will delight. Legacy Brewing Company, located in Oceanside, tweaks its traditional blonde ale by adding plenty of strawberries. The result is a refreshingly light, crisp beer with plenty of strawberry flavor–no subtle hints on this one. These beers represent a sampling of the amazing non-IPA varieties found in North County. Each brewer has taken the core style of the blonde ale, that seemingly innocuous brew, and found ways to craft the beers into something surprising for the discerning drinker willing to investigate subtlety and nuance. In North County, the blonde ales are having plenty of fun! MELODY CAMPBELL, culture and events manager at Carlsbad’s Burgeon Beer, toasts a blonde ale, a style of beer growing in popularity at North County craft breweries. Photo by Jeff Spanier

A CHILLY glass of “Beauty College Blonde” at South O Brewing in Oceanside. Photo by Jeff Spanier

distracting.” Next, I headed to the coast to try the newest blonde ale in the county: South O Brewing’s Beauty College Blonde, named for their historic venue. This beer, which was released the day I came in, offers more breadiness than Buccaneer, with subtle notes of stone fruit and pear from the El Dorado hops. “We are pushing the boundary between blonde

ale and pale ale by playing with the hop profile,” says Head brewer Maurey Fletcher. On my quest to discover the nuances of the style, I spoke with Mackenzie Graham of Burgeon Beer Company, which of course, meant sampling another excellent blonde ale at the Carlsbad venue. The Burgeon version offers a slight taste of cracker with herbal notes. I wasn’t

sure what “herbal notes” were, but under Mackenzie’s guidance, I quickly noted the almost herbal tea flavor beneath the slightly sweet maltiness. “Our blonde ale pairs perfectly with food, especially spicy food,” explains Mackenzie. “It’s true to style, but you can definitely tell it's a craft beer. It’s made on a scale that maintains the integrity of craft beer.” Moving back east on Palomar Airport Road, I checked in with Mike Stevenson at Culver Beer (Carlsbad). Culver’s blonde has long been a personal favorite, and the name behind it, Mad Neighbor, is as good as the beer itself. Christened Mad Neighbor over parking issues, this is the “beer-flavored” of the local Blonde Ale offerings. “Mad Neighbor is our core and year around blonde ale and offers a well-balanced and refreshing pint without any aggressive

flavors. Finishes dry with a very slight sweet nutty malt presence that quickly fades,” explains Stevenson. Sweeter variances of

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Cafe, rooftop space planned for historic RSF building By Tigist Layne

RANCHO SANTA FE — Plans are underway to transform the historic Francisco Building in Rancho Santa Fe Village into a café, market and rooftop bar concept. The developer plans to preserve the historic building but hopes to bring new life into it. Called the New Francisco, the upcoming project will take over the building that was built in 1923 by Lilian Rice. Developer Matt Power said he hopes to have it completed by June 2023. So far, story poles have gone up at the site, marking

the outlines of the rooftop space, along with QR codes that visitors can scan to see renderings of the future project. Located on the corner of Paseo Delicias and Via De Santa Fe, the building was most recently a real estate office, and before that, a small grocery store. Power is from Australia but has lived in Encinitas for about 25 years. He opened MRKT Space in Encinitas last year, modeled after the first MRKT Space, which he opened in Australia. Power expects a La Jolla location to open sometime in the spring.

The ground floor of the New Francisco will be a MRKT Space, offering coffee, light breakfast items, sandwiches, flatbreads and more. Around the space, visitors can pick up basic grocery items like eggs, pantry items, wine, pasta and gourmet chocolate. The space will also feature a wine bar called the Village Vault where customers can store their own collections of wine and spirits. This space will also be available for private parties and dinners. Finally, the Rooftop in the Ranch will boast a cov-

ered outdoor bar and dining area with views of Rancho Santa Fe. Power, who has been fond of Rancho Santa Fe for years, said he’s excited for the opportunity to utilize such an iconic piece of the city. “The feedback has been good, I think everyone is very supportive of the project,” said Power. Power is working with the Rancho Santa Fe Association to develop final designs and is working through the Art Jury process for full approval of the concept plans.

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San Marcos man charged in Arkansas scheme By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — A San Marcos man is among four people charged in Arkansas with running an investment fraud scheme that allegedly took over $16 million from victims, according to an indictment unsealed March 23. Federal prosecutors allege that between 2013 and 2021, the defendants' Arkansas-based firm, The Brittingham Group, solicited investments from victims, in which they promised “exorbitant investment returns” that were never produced. The defendants are San Marcos resident Brian Brittsan, 65; Arkansas resident John C. Nock, 53; and Utah residents Kevin Griffith, 66, and Alexander Ituma, 55. The men are each charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Brittsan — described as a director of TBG — is accused along with Nock, TBG's founder, of directing victims to send money to bank accounts controlled by Griffith, Ituma and others. The defendants allegedly then “transferred the money through a complex web of bank accounts throughout the world.” According to the indictment, victims were falsely told that the firm had a New York City office, an exclusive bank investment program through an unidentified financial institution, and established credit line facilities with several companies.

REAL ID will be required by May 2023 By Staff

REGION — The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds residents that new federal regulations are headed our way that will affect air travel in spring 2023. Get prepared now with a REAL ID. Starting May 2023, you will need to show a REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, or other federally approved identification — like a passport — at TSA airport checkpoints nationwide or to visit secure federal facilities. Q: What is a REAL ID? A: A REAL ID is a driver’s license or identification card that is also a federally accepted form of identification. A California-issued REAL ID driver’s license or ID card meets these new requirements and is marked with a gold bear and star in the top right corner.

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Applying for a REAL ID requires one proof of identity document (like a birth certificate or passport), two California residency documents (like a bank statement or utility bill), your social security number and a trip to a DMV office. Your office visit will be

quick if before you go you fill out the online application and upload your documents. U.S. citizens and all legal residents of the US can apply for a REAL ID driver’s license or ID card. Individuals applying for or renewing an AB 60 driver’s license are not eligible to

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REGION — North County families with children who are quarantined and restricted to their rooms will delight in “Busy Bags” of activities prepared by members of The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC recently. The bags are filled with puzzles, books, playing cards, food treats, and toiletries to help children make it through their time in quarantine. Items to fill the 53 Busy Bags were donated by club members. Operation HOPE provides housing and training for homeless families and single women. This project focused

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‘Busy Bags’ made for quarantined kids on the families who were quarantined for COVID — which requires 10 days of isolation. Parents were exposed at their jobs, their children were exposed at school, and with the shelter’s strict testing protocols, families had to isolate. So … what's a mom to do in her room for 10 days with her kids? With a toddler? After hearing from the shelter’s director of development in January, and about their specific needs, the group collected donations from club members and businesses for two months. “Every time we posted

the announcement, members donated again,” said the club president. “Our club members met outdoors on a sunny day, wearing smiles and no masks. They unloaded six boxes full of donations from the back of the car, sorted and laid the array of donations out on the tables. Then whoosh! Those donated items just flew off the tables: puzzles, books, playing cards, hair bands, toothbrushes, hotel toiletries, hot cocoa, noodle soup ... and a few big-format coloring books.” Within 30 minutes, members packed the donations into bags and the back of the car was full again.

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Six boxes of donations became six boxes of filled bags. A member shared that this project “made me feel more connected to the community and very warmly welcomed by WCV ladies.” Delivery to the shelter of 53 Buzzing Busy Bags of treats was an occasion for more smiles. “They loved them!” reported the club president. All are welcome to join the Woman’s Club of Vista, now meeting in person each month. The next club meeting is April 13. Contact for meeting dates and membership information.

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REGION — Pop superstar Elton John announced Tuesday that he will perform a concert at Petco Park in San Diego in November as part of his upcoming farewell tour. The concert will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9. John's “Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour in North America and Europe” will begin May 27 in Frankfurt, Germany. He announced last year that his final shows in the United States would be at Dodger Stadium on Nov. 19-20, 2022. He updated the tour list Tuesday to add several shows, including the San Diego concert and another date at Dodger Stadium on Nov. 17. John, 75, will perform in Europe and New Zealand from January through at least July 2023, and has also mentioned that he would perform shows in Australia. Tickets go on sale April 6. More information can be found at www.eltonjohn. com.

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North Coast Symphony will present “Diamonds in Disguise” at 2:30 p.m. April 2, at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. Tickets at the door: $10 general, $8 seniors/ students/military, $25/ family max. For more information, visit


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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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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



North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” at 7:30 p.m. April 25 and April 26 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets at (858) 481-1055 or It stars David Payne, sharing an evening in 1963 where C.S. Lewis CLEAN COMEDY NIGHT hosts a group of American SHOWDOWN Hourchurch of San Mar- writers at his home near OxThe Beatles vs. Stones cos will be hosting a Clean ford. Music By The Sea returns with violinist Pavel Šporcl at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $20 at ticket-sales / MusicByTheS e a / 47 3 6 ? s ub C ategor yIdList=198.



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