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APRIL 29, 2022

E. Barham Dr. project heads to City Council

Escondido eyes sales tax bump as deficit grows

By Laura Place

By Samantha Nelson

SAN MARCOS — A new housing project could be in the cards for eastern San Marcos after the Planning Commission approved the 151-unit Hallmark townhomes project along East Barham Drive this month. The project, along with a proposed rezone, conditional use permit, specific and general plan amendments, multifamily site development plan and tentative subdivision map, was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission on April 4 and is now scheduled to go before the San Marcos City Council as soon as May 10, according to Planning Division Director Joseph Farace. Project plans propose a mix of two- and three-story townhomes containing oneto five-bedroom units, a central recreation building and open space areas, all on a vacant 10.5-acre grass lot at the city’s eastern edge bordered by single-family homes to the east and the Grace Church property to the west. The project was guided by the city’s 2021 Hallmark-Barham Specific Plan, created with San Diego housing developer Hallmark Communities, which plans out specific residential uses for the lot. Hallmark Communities president Chris Hall said he was pleased to see the project approved after being in the works for around 2½ years. “(With) the fact that the project was unanimously approved at Planning Commission and the city is in high demand for housing, we’re thinking it’s going to be well received at the end of the day,” Hall said. “We are projecting to be a middle-income price point, which is the most-needed part of the housing stock.” If approved, the Barham Drive condos will be one of the higher-density products in a line of housing projects from Hallmark Communities. The compaTURN TO PROJECT ON 12


One piece, for example, features newscasters on national outlets. However, the male caster is a bulbous, yellow caricature sitting beside his female anchor, who has purposefully enlarged breasts — his nod to yellow journalism, a form of writing that sensationalizes facts. “This show is about censorship and censorship in the media,” Gary said, calling out those who follow skewed reporting. “The media does not promote anti-war stuff.” Some may remember a long-ago newscast reporting the defacement of the Hollywood sign with a peace sign. Now, decades later, the former attorney can admit it was him. However, Gary said that the true story was missed and fabricated. The pressure and hur-

ESCONDIDO — With the city’s budget future in dire straits, Escondido’s City Council is once again weighing the option of placing a sales tax increase measure on the November ballot. The city’s current sales tax rate is 7.75%, which includes 7.25% for state and a half-cent for the county’s Transnet program. The city receives only 1% of that tax. Escondido is expecting an $8 million deficit starting July 1, which is projected to grow to $23 million by 2036. “Operating revenue has not kept pace with the growing cost of municipal services,” said Christina Holmes, the city’s finance director. Staff presented options ranging from a half-cent to full one-cent sales tax increase as part of findings from a revenue subcommittee, which included Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilmember Mike Morasco, that evaluated the possibilities of a potential sales tax measure. There are four scenarios for the proposed tax rates. Under the half-cent measure, Escondido would “survive” and generally maintain its current level of services with an increase of $14.1 million annually; under the ¾-cent measure, Escondido would “stabilize” and have capacity to increase some levels of service with an additional $21.2 million; and under the one-cent measure, the city could “thrive” with $28.3 million in additional revenue. According to Deputy City Manager Chris McKinney, with a one-cent sales tax increase, Escondido could greatly improve its road quality conditions to be on par with the rest of the San Diego County. Escondido’s roads are currently the lowest ranked in terms of quality among cities in the county. The fourth and final



Darla Ogle, 2, digs into the vermicomposting wagon last Saturday during the Earth Day celebration at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park. The annual event, which returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, gives children and adults alike a hands-on introduction to the environment. Story on Page 9. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

THE GALLERY WHERE ANYTHING GOES Backfence Society’s hands-off approach thrills anti-censorship Vista artist By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — The Backfence Society is granting wishes, at least for some artists. The nonprofit is dedicated to community engagement through art by offering programs and granting weeks-long residencies to regional artists — a majority of whom are from Vista. “If I could do any show, you’re looking at it,” said Stephen Frank Gary, the gallery’s featured artist for April, arms open looking at his works displayed at the gallery at 110 S. Citrus Ave. Gary’s exhibit, titled, “Artistlooseination Hippieshit; Make a Better World. Peace is an Action Verb,” remains on display at the Backfence Society gallery through Saturday. It is a mixed-material dedication to peace and the First Amendment.

STEPHEN FRANK GARY, a Vista-based artist whose work promotes peace and the First Amendment, stands in front of some of his work at the Backfence Society gallery at 110 S. Citrus Ave. in Vista. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

While peace is a lifelong obsession to the self-proclaimed hippie, fighting censorship has taken an increasingly large role in his art.

Using digital art on canvas, wood, paint, or metals — or a combination — Gary forces the viewer into an uncomfortable position, his position.


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APRIL 29, 2022

Students learn ups, downs of agriculture By Jacqueline Covey

ESCONDIDO — A year roiled by inflation and supply-chain issues provided students of the Future Farmers of America program at Escondido High School an opportunity to learn firsthand about the real challenges facing the agriculture industry. Students in the school's Future Farmers of America program are responsible for the purchase and maintenance of their livestock — students may choose up to three animals ranging from steers and swine to sheep and goats — which they show at county fairs and sell at the end of the year. But just like professional farmers, students aren't immune from volatile economic times. In 2021, agriculture market watchers reported that hog, cattle and chicken feed increased more than 10% in each category due to inflation, with pig feed increasing the most at 14%. Additionally, student profits over the last few years have been less than desired. “Livestock costs are increasing and the students weren’t making enough profit in the last few years,” said Marc Reyburn, EHS agriculture teacher. "So, we felt the need to lower those costs.” To lower the students' costs, the Escondido Unified School District and agriculture boosters stepped up to facilitate profit grabbing for students, said Kim Deile, treasurer for Escondido High School Ag Boosters. Students now have access to three-grain bins filled with livestock feed for between $4 and $5 per 50-pound bucket (courtesy of Lowes). The silos, filled every other month, are helping keep costs down and products available to students. Reyburn said the savings amount to roughly $200 per student. “Agriculture is not for the weak-hearted,” said Rowlynda Moretti, of Carrisito Ranch in Julian, explaining that the increases in feed costs are high, but change is normal. "You’re definitely not in control of grain prices, we’re not in control of how much it’s going to rain. You have no idea what’s going to come at you [as a farmer]." Depending on the type of feed, the cost can range from $25 to $35 per 50-pound bag. “Some are even more than that,” Reyburn said, who remembers paying $6 for a bag of feed when he was in Future Farmers of America more than 20 years ago. The program's students are learning to strategize with the inevitable ebbs and flows of agriculture, just like their professional counterparts. In San Diego County, other hog managers have seen so much as a $1.50 jump in feed bags over the past year. Marty Koontz, who operates Grazin Pig Acres with his wife Nancy,

Deal means full midway at county fair By Laura Place

ESCONDIDO HIGH STUDENTS Georgia Borland, 14, and Joey Serrano, 15, head to the pens to feed their hogs. Serrano says the FFA program has been an “amazing” experience and has been excited to learn about livestock and how to take care of large animals. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

THE FARM PROGRAM at Escondido High School has 60 students, none of whom entered the program with an agriculture background. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

said he has loosely considered getting a silo to relieve some of the pressure. “That’s the major benefit of these ag programs,” Moretti said, “it’s learning how to keep a book and how

to keep track of your costs. “We want them to make money, that’s the whole point. They’re learning firsthand how to make money and learning how to manage profits and loss,”

she said. Samantha Santos, a senior at EHS, pays about $100 a year now to feed her goats. This year she hopes to make around $500 for her goats, which she based on her four-year experience. The most she has sold a goat for is $800. Santos, like the 59 other students in Escondido High School's farm program, does not have an agriculture background. This demographic largely mirrors the farmers of San Diego County, who live on the edge of urban and rural influences. “I live in a city, before this, I didn’t know how animals were taken care of,” the goat intern explained, adding the Future Farmers of America helped her find her future career. Now, Santos plans to go to college to become a veterinarian for large animals. She’s not the only one, either. Shelley Kreeger said her son, Fisher, is the chicken and tractor intern with the Future Farmers of

America. Interns become the go-to helper in their designated section on the school's farm. Fisher’s involvement with the meat birds and equipment ignited a positive change in him that made his mother beam — one that many of the students felt toward their involvement. “It’s not every day you get a bunch of kids willing to scoop up poop,” said James Shoopman, a freshman hoping to make $600 in his first year at EHS. For sure, though, Shoopman said, he plans to stay involved with agriculture throughout his life.

DEL MAR — The 2022 San Diego County Fair will return to an independent midway model for its popular carnival under an agreement reached between the 22nd Distwrict Agricultural Association and carnival operators Talley Amusements and Ray Cammack Shows in court last week. Plans for the carnival fell into jeopardy this month when a judge granted an injunction stopping the 22nd DAA from carrying out their master carnival contract with RCS for the upcoming fair, following allegations of favoritism in the request for proposals process. After hours of conversations over the Easter weekend with San Diego Superior Court Judge F. Ronald Frazier, all parties agreed to return to the independent midway format used in the past, with different games and rides offered by multiple operators rather than being handled by just one. The decision was announced Monday, April 18. “With this resolution, reached by the 22nd District Agricultural Association, Ray Cammack Shows and Talley Amusements, the 2022 Fair will proceed with an independent carnival midway, offering a full array of rides, games and food,” 22nd DAA spokeswoman Jennifer Hellman said in a statement. “The resolution is consistent with prior independent midways held at TURN TO FAIR ON 6

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APRIL 29, 2022

The women behind van Gogh’s art, legacy


By Sheila Cameron

ecently, I surrounded myself with the artwork of Vincent van Gogh in a truly wonderful immersive experience depicting his art, color and light at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I found myself asking, “How did Vincent van Gogh’s art survive and occupy his niche so beloved in the history of art today?” More research revealed the determination and devotion of Johanna van GoghBonger, often referred to as “the other van Gogh.” Johanna was the wife of Theo van Gogh, a successful art dealer and Vincent’s younger brother. Johanna soon came to realize, understand and respect a deep bond between the two brothers — a bond that came to be shared by the three of them. Prior to their marriage, Johanna, also from the Netherlands, studied English and attained the equivalent of a college degree before teaching at a pair of girls-only schools. At some point, Johanna’s brother Andries introduced her to Theo van Gogh and they were married in April 1889. The newlyweds moved to Paris where she was surrounded by an exciting new world of art and artists. The couple’s son, Vincent Willem, was born the following year. Johanna was to describe these 21 months as the happiest and most enlivening period of her life. Theo supported the family, which allowed Vincent to devote all his time to painting. Johanna shared in this generous spirit and commitment to the artist’s work. Sadly, Vincent passed away at the age of 37 and his brother, Theo, died just six months later in January 1891. He was 33 years old. Johanna would describe the 21 months of marriage to Theo as the happiest and most enlivening period of her life.

Johanna was left with an infant son, 400 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 200 drawings, approximately 2,100 letters from Vincent to his brother Theo and another few hundred of Theo’s letters to Vincent. The translation of these letters began the lifelong work by Johanna to illuminate Vincent’s words and spread his art to the world. Johanna relocated to Bussum, a village in the Netherlands, opening a boarding house to support herself and her young son. She reestablished her artistic contacts and worked hard to translate the Van Gogh brothers’ letters from Dutch to French and later, English. Johanna also organized exhibitions of Vincent’s canvases and loaned his art to exhibitions around the world. She published the first three volumes of the brothers’ letters in 1914. These published letters revealed Vincent’s expression and interpretations of his paintings, which gives us deep insight into his passion while creating his art. In 1915, Johanna moved to New York City, translating Vincent’s letters into English and attempting to develop the American interest in his art. She left disappointed in 1919, but soon Vincent’s work was acquired by American museums. Today, “Starry, Starry Night” – at first one of his most ridiculed, and now most beloved canvases — hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Johanna kept almost all of Vincent’s paintings, hanging some of the works in her home and keeping others in a walk-in closet. In 1959, her son, Vincent Willem, negotiated with the Dutch government to take over the collection and protect it in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Today, van Gogh’s descendants own none of the

artist’s works, stating the art is for the world to see. Helene Kröller-Müller, a German art collector and philanthropist, is another woman whose life and passion for Vincent’s art helped create his legacy. Although these two women were contemporaries, there is no indication they ever met. The nexus between them was through the wellknown art dealers Cassirer and Bremmer, whom Johanna van Gogh-Bonger entrusted with much of Vincent’s art, and who also sold a large number of van Gogh’s works to KröllerMüller. In fact, Kröller-Müller was one of the first collectors to recognize the genius of van Gogh, amassing more than 90 van Gogh paintings and 185 drawings — second only to the collection of the aforementioned Van Gogh Museum. Kröller-Müller also amassed works by modern artists such as Picasso, Braque, Diego Rivera, and Seurat, Paul Gabriel, among many others. In 1935, Kröller-Müller and her husband, Anton Kröller, donated their entire collection, over 12,000 “objets d’art,” to the Dutch people and opened their property to the public in 1938. The couple’s 75-acre estate, home to the KröllerMüller Museum in Hoge Veluwe National Park, is Netherlands’ largest national park. Without the grace and existence of these two women — one who saved, documented, translated and shared van Gogh’s art and the other whose buying power, art appreciation and generosity amassed a national collection — we might be saying: Vincent who? Beyond van Gogh has been extended to May 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Sheila S. Cameron is a former Encinitas mayor and council member.

n some parts of California, there is definitely a housing crunch: small supplies of homes for sale, prices that escalate even when population has apparently stabilized and high prices that exclude most Californians as buyers. But a massive, multimillion-unit shortage? Maybe not. At least, so suggests a scathing springtime report from the nonpartisan acting state auditor. “The (state) Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has made errors when completing its needs assessments because it does not sufficiently review and verify data it uses,” the report deadpanned. Maybe that’s why as he campaigned in 2018, Gov. Gavin Newsom insisted California would need 3.5 million new housing units within eight years just to keep up. That would have been more than 400,000 homes, condos and apartments every year, all supposedly getting snapped up as increased supply caused prices to fall. None of this has happened. Housing construction never has topped 110,000 units per year during Newsom’s tenure, and a good share of those stand vacant. Newsom’s administration now says California needs 1.8 million new homes by 2030, a huge drop in his needs assessment after less than four years. What happened to the other half of what Newsom said was needed? Maybe the need never existed. Those earlier numbers stemmed in part from expert estimates that California’s high growth would continue indefinitely. We now see that is not automatic. Fewer newcomers mean less need for new homes. But the auditor’s report suggests even the 1.8 million housing units Newsom now says are needed by 2030 may be a gross exaggeration. One look at all the vacancy signs on apartment buildings and condominiums in major cities informally suggests this. But HCD does not lower its estimates of need. The department’s regional need figures, in turn, produce threats of lawsuits from appointed state Attorney General Rob Bonta against city after city, demanding they grease development permits for hundreds of thousands of new units. The demand against Los Angeles, for example, is that it immediately OK about 250,000 new units. It’s as if Bonta has not seen the auditor’s report indicating the figures he uses

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are flawed. If he hasn’t read it, he is incompetent. If he has, he is dishonest. How real are the numbers on which the estimates and the resulting legal threats rest? Here’s a bit more of what Auditor Michael S. Tilden reported in a dramatic document so far studiously ignored by politicians: “HCD does not have adequate review processes to ensure that its staff members accurately enter data that it uses in the needs assessments.” Which means leading state officials continually spout unsubstantiated, possibly phony, estimates of housing need. This should discredit any lawsuits Bonta threatens against cities. For the auditor’s finding means the state housing agency estimates have no proven basis. All this is vital to California’s future because the estimates are already forcing cities to approve much more housing than they need, reacting to lawsuit threats and the possible accompanying loss of millions in state grant money. That, in turn, could produce future slums, or at least thousands of future short-term rental and temporary corporate housing units. But it won’t help prospective homebuyers get into markets where the median price now tops $800,000, in part because construction of just one average California unit costs more than $500,000. The auditor in effect says that when Newsom and Bonta cite housing need figures, they essentially spread fake news. For sure, when the state bases policy on unreliable or imagined information, it can do great harm. Just that appears likely soon, as passage of laws like the densifying 2021 measures known as SB 9 and SB 10 rested completely on HCD’s unsound information. Far better would be for the state to concentrate instead on making housing out of converted office space vacated during the pandemic. That, at least, would not ruin any current neighborhoods. In short, California will suffer irreparable long-term harm if it keeps basing housing policy on false or unreliable information. Email Thomas Elias at


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APRIL 29, 2022

Vista moves to reinstate inclusionary housing rules By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — In the upcoming months, the Vista City Council will consider staff recommendations related to a new inclusionary housing rule to help reach state goals. At a special workshop on April 19, the council voted 3-2 to move forward with reinstating an inclusionary housing policy that would establish a minimum requirement of affordable units for residential developments greater than 20 units. Mayor Judy Ritter and Deputy Mayor John Franklin voted against the motion. Councilmember Joe Green made the motion directing staff to explore different baseline per-

We all deserve a safe place to live that is truly affordable for working families like mine.” Tony Martinez Vista resident

centages, including the possibility of an 8% overlay citywide, but a 20% overlay in transportation zones, which would, in turn, provide developers with a 20% density bonus, among other possible requirements and guidelines. While the actual policy won’t be before the council for at least a few months, the topic is already receiving attention from members of a faith-based civic leadership group, San Diego Organizing Project. “I probably would not be able to buy a home in Vista,” said Luz Godina, a Vista resident and representative of the San Diego Organizing Project. “I probably wouldn’t even be able to afford rent.” Godina’s parents bought their first home in Vista in the 1970s, as did she when she was able. She worries that others in the community are being priced out of homes and encouraged the council to consider moving forward with a rule that allows residents to “live with dignity.” This wouldn’t be the first time Vista had such a rule in place. The city’s inclusionary housing rule, first established in 1985, required 6% of units developed to be dedicated to low-income residents. Then in 2006, the council adopted an in-lieu fee which gave developers the option to pay a fine instead of integrating lower-income units. In 2015, after some legal back-andforth on the state level, the city of Vista repealed its inclusionary housing policy.

Now, per the 2021-29 Housing Element, the city must provide 2,561 new housing units to keep up with population growth. About 1,200 of those units must be geared toward very low to moderate-income families. Since 2021, 540 units have been added to the housing market, according to John Conley, the city’s community development director. “I don’t think any of those were affordable or at least a small number,” Conley said. “Most of the current (Regional Housing Need Allocation) cycle we’re in has been market rate.” The Regional Housing Need Allocation, or RHNA, is a process that designates areas for the potential development of affordable housing — it does not involve the production of the units, but rather sets a minimum. Councilmembers Corinna Contreras, Katie Melendez and Green agreed that a possible inclusionary housing policy could be one way for the city to reach its goal. “There’s just not enough affordable housing in Vista,” said resident Tony Martinez. “We all deserve a safe place to live that is truly affordable for working families like mine.” In 2008, Martinez came close to losing his house. He was enrolled in school, working part-time and putting in hours filling out applications for housing assistance. Then with the support of his congregation, he was able to remain in his family home. Several members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church who are also representatives of the San Diego Organizing Project, including Godina, spoke in favor of the possibility of the council pursuing an inclusionary housing policy. Contreras said the city should step in to help alleviate the “irrational” imbalance between average income and the price of housing. However, not everyone on the council is convinced the inclusionary housing policy will achieve the goal to increase affordable housing options. To Franklin, the math doesn’t add up. Only 4.3% of those who are eligible would benefit, according to Franklin’s numbers. “The waiting list is thousands,” Franklin said, noting that half of the city's 100,686 residents would qualify for affordable housing based on income levels. “What is the realistic likelihood that they’re going to access (these units).” Franklin said that regardless of the policy imposition, builders will always tack on a profit margin. “But that’s not the problem,” he said. “Who TURN TO VISTA ON 6

ESCONDIDO POLICE used two Lenco BearCats — a type of heavily armored personnel carrier typically used by military or SWAT forces — during a December incident when a murder suspect was killed in a shootout with officers after a vehicle pursuit. Photo courtesy Escondido Police Department

Escondido police OK’d to use ‘military’ equipment By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — City Council approved the Escondido Police Department’s request for use of military-grade equipment as defined in a new state law going into effect May 1. Signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last September, AB 481 requires law enforcement agencies to seek city approval to fund, acquire and use what it defines as military equipment and create a policy that dictates how the department can use the equipment. According to staff, the law broadly defines such equipment to include commercially available tools such as drones used for scouting purposes only. “They are not the same kind of drones the military


scenario considered was if no new revenue measure is put in place. In that scenario, the city would be forced to make severe cuts, including potentially losing 10 police officers, 12 firefighters and a whole fire station. Residents would also see a huge reduction in road maintenance and debris removal from homeless encampments. Meanwhile, under a one-cent increase, the city could hire as many as 25 to 35 police officers, which would put its staffing up to par with the rest of the county. It could also hire 12 firefighters. Beyond fixing its deficit, Escondido also needs a whopping $250.17 million in infrastructure improvements. “The infrastructure needs of Escondido are daunting,” McKinney told the council. Though a one-cent sales tax increase would not

uses to shoot missiles in foreign countries,” said Police Chief Ed Varso at the April 20 council meeting. Besides drones, Escondido Police have the following pieces of equipment that falls under AB 481: a robotic platform, incident command vehicles, an armored personnel carrier, breaching equipment, patrol and SWAT rifles, flashbangs, chemical agents like tear gas, a long-range acoustic device and 40-millimeter launcher that shoots a foam-like material and not real bullets. Varso noted that the department’s only piece of defined military equipment that is actually lethal is the rifle; the rest, meanwhile, is used to create more opportunities for non-lethal

outcomes. The police department does not have mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles; Humvees; track armored vehicles; weaponized aircraft, vessels or vehicles; firearms or ammunition of .50 caliber or greater; or firearms designed to launch explosive projectiles. Most of the military equipment the department does have is rarely used, with the exception of drones, which were used about 120 times in 2021. Varso said that the drones allow police officers to hold back at a safe distance while surveying the scene of an incident ahead of time to better plan the safest approach to the situation. Varso gave the example of an incident in November

2020 when a man was pacing in front of the Wells Fargo bank in the Felicita Town Center with a machete and a handgun. The police were able to use a drone to survey the area and watch as the suspect put both of his weapons down first before having police officers move in to make the arrest. In place at the scene was an officer holding a patrol rifle, another holding the launcher and another driving the armored vehicle. Though the law is broad in its definition of what is considered military-grade equipment, some council members felt that the law is good for the sake of transparency. The police department recently held a com-

begin to cover that cost, it could help the city become more financially competitive when it comes to grants and bonds that could address such needs. “One of the challenges our staff face with obtaining federal and state grants is that they all require matching funds, and we simply don’t have the resources to even match the grant funds,” McKinney said. “With more revenue in place, we’d be more competitive to accept a number of these grants because we’d have more matching funds.” He also said that the city would be able to enter into more “responsible” debt services to address infrastructure needs because it would be able to show that the money could be paid back. To gauge community sentiment, the council gave direction to staff to issue a survey to residents asking what kind of sales tax increase, if any, they would be willing to accept.

“That would be the logical next step in this conversation,” City Manager Sean McGlynn said. One of the major items growing the city’s current deficit is its yearly payment for the state-required, public employee unfunded pension liability fund. Though the city has made attempts to lower its annual pension payment through reduction in benefits for employees hired after 2012, the costs continue to grow and range between $15 million and $22 million annually until the payments are completed in 2044. Morasco, who has in the past opposed a sales tax increase, said the city could look at pension obligation bonds to help with those payments. Councilmembers Consuelo Martinez and Joe Garcia noted their concerns regarding a sales tax increase along with current rising inflation rates and other costs of living. “We’re already paying

more for everything,” Martinez said. Still, the numbers look bleak heading forward. “It’s very depressing to see the numbers and that each year the deficit gets worse and worse,” Martinez said. “I know the city already operates very lean and I don’t see where we could make up for these deficits so I see why we’re exploring this.” Martinez cautioned that going forward with the survey, the city needs to be careful with the spreading of misinformation regarding a potential ballot measure. “We need to remind folks that City Council cannot raise your taxes, only voters can,” she said. To place a sales tax increase on the ballot, it must receive four yes votes from the five-member council. Deputy Mayor Tina Inscoe said that she wants staff to explore implementing a sunset clause that would eventually end any sales tax increase.



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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 50-year ranks from 11 a.m. to 3 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.



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 making and paper bag puppet crafts, 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 30 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.


MainStreet Oceanside is bringing back Mother’s Day Is Sweet, Downtown Oceanside’s spring tasting with dessert and beverage pairings at Sweet Stops from 2 to 5 p.m. May 7. Tickets $30 per adult for dessert tastings only, $40 for dessert and craft beverage tastings, and $10 per child at mainstreetoceanside. BELGIAN WAFFLE RIDE, a 135-mile cycling event, is this com/mothersday. weekend, April 30-May 1, in San Marcos. Courtesy photo


ern, food including bitterballen (rolled croquettes), patat (french fries with PARKINSON’S SUPPORT The La Costa chapter sauces), frikandel, poffertjes, a Heineken beer of the North County Parkinson's Support Group garden and more. will meet in person from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7807 Centella, Carlsbad. SpeakSTAR WARS WEEK er Leslie Salmon presents It’s Star Wars Week “Yoga Therapy for Persons at the Escondido Public With Parkinson’s.” Full vacLibrary May 2 to May 7 at cination or natural immuni239 S. Kalmia St., Escondity is required for participado, for all ages. Build your tion. Masks are optional. own droid, May the Fourth Be with You Star Wars Day celebration, stories and art and a comic book day.





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the Fair and addresses the issues raised by the Court’s recent injunction ruling. Discussions will continue over the next week concerning the midway layout plan which the parties have committed to resolve.” John Moot, the attorney representing Talley Amusements in an ongoing lawsuit against the 22nd DAA alleging corruption,

favoritism and bid-rigging during the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ selection process of a master carnival operator for last year’s county fair, said the litigation will be stayed until after the fair, with conversations to resume in July. “Everybody put aside their differences to make sure we had a full and complete carnival for 2022,” Moot said. “It will be determined after the fair is over how we proceed forward af-

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.




Carlsbad invites the community to come together for LunaFest from 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 7 at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. Enjoy fun, food, wine and craft cocktails. $65 includes Fiesta dinner. Tickets are available at



The San Diego Zoo Safari Park invites guests to celebrate in full color, with an escape into nature. Spring Safari will feature Butterfly Jungle, allowing guests to experience wildlife up close daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 8. For adults looking to upgrade their seasonal experience, a Mimosa Wildlife Safari will be available on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit https://sdzsafaripark. org/spring-safari.



Now is the time for early 50% off purchase of FunPass tickets or a Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day wristband for the San Diego County Fair coming in June at Purchase a Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day wristband now, and save $4, plus two free games.

Ivey Ranch Park has a new fundraiser, a 5-stop Motorcycle Poker Run to Julian July 17 and are looking for participants. You can register to ride at /secure /cause_ pdetails/MTQwMDc3. Or you can take part as a vendor or event sponsor at /secure /cause_ pdetails/MTQxNDcy. Ivy Ranch provides equestrian BEST OF BLOOMS activities for individuals The Vista Garden Club with and without special will host its 86th annual needs. Standard Flower Show May 13 and May 14 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace, Vista with floral FREE FOOD IN ESCO designs, photography, and Feeding San Diego, to- educational and horticulgether with Neighborhood ture exhibits featured. For Healthcare will provide times and information, visit nutritious food to Escon- dido residents at no cost. vistagardenclub.

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ter this. No one has given up any of their positions in the case.” The timing of the agreement gives the Fairgrounds little time to spare to complete plans for the fair, scheduled to begin June 8 and run through July 4. During a previous board 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. The event typically draws 1.5 million people to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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he Red Cars of early Southern California would still be rolling today if more people felt like I do about driving — and yet the easiest way to find me is to check my front seat. Occasionally, I even long for the New York City subway. I didn’t relish too many other things about my two years in Queens, but I never missed having a car. Yeah, I know. That’s nigh on to heresy in these parts, but there you are. This basic distaste for being behind the wheel was exacerbated by my children hitting the age where they required endless chauffeuring. Not just one or two environmentally sound trips a day. Oh no. Now we needed to go cross-town to new friends’ houses and back again, to the basketball courts, the gym, the movies and then the pizza place, and then the video store and then the mall and then, and then. To and from, back and forth, times two children. I felt like I needed a pit crew waiting in my driveway as I raced home just long enough to unload one group of kids and load up another. It is clearly nature’s way of getting parents ready to actually let their teenagers take the wheel. Meanwhile, my aversion to the California state hobby led me to reconsider the local train system. I have had pretty good luck with my train travel, but I have recently heard troubling tales of trains arriving and leaving half an hour earlier than scheduled. I began taking trains first when I was forced to live in the wilds of Los Angeles and later when



pays for the (inclusionary housing) mandate?” Franklin fears that residents in multi-family units will end up footing the bill. He figures, if inclusionary housing is adopted, the lowest income earners in the city will be faced with a lottery system that serves a small number of residents. “How do you look at the people that earn the least in the community and say, ‘We’re going to lay a tax on the housing that you’re trying to afford,’ ” Franklin said. “We’re going to make it more expensive for you to afford, but there’s going to be this great benefit that one in 20 of you are going to mathematically qualify for.” Green’s math is a bit different, adding that the

pressed to return there to visit friends. The difference between taking the train and driving myself was that when I drove, I arrived at my destination with teeth clenched, hands clammy and every map I own spread out in the front seat. The friend I was visiting greeted me, relaxed and gracious. When I took the train, my friend arrived to pick me up with teeth clenched and hands clammy and I greeted her, relaxed and gracious. Still, the quintessential difference between a land where rapid transit is king and one where it is an afterthought can be seen in the comparison of New York’s Grand Central and Los Angeles’ main terminal. The latter is lovely with its long, marble-floored hallways, immense ceilings and carved moldings. But unlike the constant bustle of Grand Central — a main artery of transportation for the East Coast — L.A. always has an emptiness with echoes of L.A.’s bygone pre-auto heyday. We do have some terrifically convenient stations now from Solana Beach to Oceanside, but I can’t quite let go of my original vision that my trip should be something like the Orient Express. Instead, my last trip included a dozen teenagers who never sat down or spoke below a shout from Fullerton to L.A. Coming home it was a troop of Brownies. I kept wishing the pilot would tell them to fasten their seat belts. Meanwhile, because the train does not stop outside my house, I remained chauffeur extraordinaire, standing ready to leave every 15 minutes to everywhere. I was glad they sold food at the gas stations. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer working on a “Driving Miss Daisy” future. density bonus can be used as leverage to entice developers to build units that would fall under the inclusionary housing rule. A density bonus is currently an incentive to developers to build affordable housing and in return receive building incentives from the city. “If you come into my city, then we’re going to have you do the density bonus to provide inclusionary housing,” Green said. “I am not going to take eight units out of (a hypothetical) 40 units the way it’s zoned, I am willing to change the zoning.” Contreras also pointed out that an inclusionary housing policy does not mean development isn’t profitable. The council will consider a policy after the staff investigates and develops a formal proposal.


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Las Vegas man dies in car wash mishap Local groups to run Route 78 initiative By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — A man died this month after exiting his vehicle in an automated car wash on East Valley Parkway. On the evening of Friday, April 15, Rene Tactay Jaime, 56, told family he was leaving for a bit to go to the store and wash his vehicle, a 2014 Scion XB. He lived in Las Vegas but had lived previously in Valley Center and was visiting family in the area at the time. Jaime arrived at Pearl Car Wash at 2189 E. Valley Pkwy that night and entered the automated car wash. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, Jaime stepped out of his car for an unknown reason. The car then rolled forward, dragging and trapping Jaime between his vehicle and part of the mechanized car wash. Sometime later another driver pulled in to use the car wash and found Jaime unresponsive. Police told Flash News Media


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ESCONDIDO POLICE believe that the car wash on East Valley Parkway was not activated at the time that Rene Jaime, 56, became trapped by his vehicle. Photo by Samantha Nelson

at the scene that an alarm had been going off for as long as 30 minutes before Jaime was discovered. Escondido police’s preliminary investigation showed that the car wash Oceanside businesses. HUGO FINALIST

Encinitas local, Lorelei Marcus, 18, has been named a Hugo Finalist achievements for North San Diego County. Send information and is the youngest of the award finalists. She got her via email to community@ nomination in the Best Fan Artist category. The Hugo award is for excellence in WHERE TO WINE AND DINE! The Coast News will the field of science fiction be publishing a Restaurant and fantasy. & Winery Guide for distribution in October 2022. STAR STUDENTS • Liesl Fox of Carlsbad The glossy magazine will be distributed throughout was recently initiated into the coastal communities of The Honor Society of Phi North County San Diego, Kappa Phi at the Universias well as out through Ran- ty of North Carolina, Wilmcho Santa Fe and Temecula ington. • Ray Cheverton of Wine Country. Restaurant owners and marketers can Carmel Valley was recentparticipate by calling their ly inducted into Emerson Coast News advertising College’s Gold Key Honor rep, or by contacting Steve Society. Bliman at (310) 486-1638. In addition to 20,000 mag- SUPPORTING UKRAINE azines, the publication will Del Mar businesses are be available to the Coast hosting fundraising opporNews’ 200K+ website read- tunities to help the peoers at, ple in war-torn Ukraine. and promoted in weekly Viewpoint Brewing Co. is Food & Wine newsletters. launching a new beer with To supplement the local au- proceeds donated directdience, distribution will be ly to Ukraine through a made in high-end resorts partnership with Commuand travel destinations to nity Organized Relief Efensure advertisers capture fort. Visit the brewery or both the vacation and stay- https://viewpointbrewing. cation markets throughout com/. Beeside Balcony is the region. trying to raise $50,000 to empower Ukraine refugees through donations to World RISING STARS The Oceanside Cham- Central Kitchen. Donate ber hosted its Rising Star at Program student recog- team/413233. nition breakfast April 19 to recognize high school VID DIRECTOR NEEDED seniors Jasmine Perez Vista Irrigation Dis(Surfside Educational trict board of directors is Academy); Maya Juache looking for a new director (Oceanside High School); to replace the late Paul Doand Ariyan Perdue (El rey. The position represents Camino High School), who division 3, which includes have overcome significant central and northeast porchallenges in their life, tions of Vista and unincorbut who have managed to porated areas of the counkeep, or get back on track ty of San Diego; bounded with their education. The on the north by Townsite chamber is also focused on Drive and East Vista Way, engaging with educational on the west by State Route partners to ensure a strong 78 and south and east by workforce pipeline for Woodland Road, Buena

did not appear to be activated at the time. Paramedics took Jaime to Palomar Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. Creek Road and Foothill Drive. Applications must be submitted to the District headquarters by 3 p.m. May 23. Interviews will be held on June 1. Directors must be registered voters and live within the division they represent. Find applications and a map of division 3 at, or at the district office, 1391 Engineer St., Vista or call (760) 597-3128. MIRACOSTA GROWS

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REGION — Route 78 cities have passed management and marketing of the region’s business ecosystem into the hands of two North County agencies. Innovate78 is an economic initiative first started in 2014 as a means of creating business strategies focused on business retention and expansion along state Route 78 in North County. The cites of Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad and Oceanside partnered to start the initiative. These cities work together under Innovate78 to attract companies to the region and provide information and education on what the next steps for a business should be. Prior to this year, the five cities had contracted the San Diego Regional Economic Development Council for activities related to Innovate78. Recently, the cities have shifted the responsibility to the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) in a new agreement. den Hall for Nursing and Allied Health April 27 at the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. The new structure will provide training facilities, simulation spaces, including patient and operating rooms, and hands-on skills labs and classrooms outfitted with the latest healthcare technologies to support degree and certificate programs for several in-demand healthcare fields, including nursing, kinesiology, nutrition, and health education, and careers in medical administrative

As part of that contract change, the cities issued a request for proposals earlier this year for marketing and communication services to help support SDN EDC’s

work for Innovate78. After receiving 17 responses, the cities chose Carlsbad-based JPW Communications. Both SDNEDC and JPW Communications will be paid $100,000 annually, with each city contributing $20,000 to each contract. The cities rotate responsibility for managing contracts related to Innovate78. This year, the city of Oceanside will manage the contract with JPW Communications for its services. “The purpose for the transition of the contract was to bring the services to a North County organization,” said Jennifer Schoeneck, Escondido’s deputy director of economic development,

during a presentation to the City Council on April 20. Though the cities were satisfied with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Council’s work under Innovate78, Schoeneck said they wanted to bring the dollars to the local area once it was financially possible. For Escondido, Innovate78 is an important part of the city’s economic development work. Schoeneck said one of her priorities is bringing more attention to Escondido businesses. Former Councilmember Ed Gallo, who also spoke at the April 20 council meeting, wants Innovate78 to bring more attention to building the life sciences industry in Escondido. He said Escondido was one of the first cities to support and fund the initiative. The San Diego region is home to more than 700 life sciences companies and 88 research institutes. Major companies like Genentech, Thermo Fisher Scientific, DJO Global and Gilead Sciences maintain a presence along the Route 78 corridor.

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edu/icoc or by contacting Heather Sutton at hsutHELP OVERSIGHT PANEL or (760) Palomar College is 744-1150 ext. 2116. Applicaseeking local residents to tions must be submitted by fill two vacancies on its In- 4:30 p.m. May 13. dependent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC), MATCHING GIFT FOR PETS which reviews the expenA generous animal lovditure of Proposition M er is offering to give Ranfunds. The College needs cho Coastal Humane Soresidents to fill the follow- ciety $100,000 to help the ing two vacancies on the people and pets it serves. committee: One member It now needs other supportactive in a support organi- ers to match it. To make zation for Palomar College a donation, visit Rancho and one member active in Coastal Humane Society at a bona-fide taxpayers as- 389 Requeza St. or log on sociation. Applications can to, or call (760) be obtained at palomar. 753-6413.

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Alta Vista Botanical Gardens’ Earth Day celebration returns By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — After a twoyear coronavirus hiatus, the family-friendly Earth Day celebration returned on April 23 to Vista, welcoming visitors from all over the region to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens and the flourishing property atop Brengle Terrace Park. Celebrating its 13th year, the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens hosted a plant sale, lessons on sorting trash, as well as Folklorico dancers from Rancho Buena Vista High School and other performances. The free event is a yearly opportunity to learn to avoid negatively impacting the environment, even in small ways. Children could learn about endangered habitats, vermicomposting, and creative ways to recycle. Hands-on activities such as worm and cotton discovery, eggshell mosaics and “How I can help the Earth…” pledge stations were scattered around the children’s garden. “The gardens are gorgeous and peaceful,” said Brittney Aladetohan, who brought daughters Maya, 2, and Makaya, 5, to the event. “We compost at home, but then having to go to the activity was great.” Aladetohan said she recycles and looks for ways to decrease her waste, and she found another way to recycle while at the event. Strawberry baskets —

FOLKLORICO DANCERS from Rancho Buena Vista High School performed during the Earth Day celebration on April 23 at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

the green plastic ones often containing the berries — make great bubble wands. “I never would have thought to do that with them,” Aladetohan said. “You’re reusing them instead of buying something at the store.” Earth Day is a way of bringing people to the gardens, said Nancy Jones, or “Farmer Jones,” the director of children's programs at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. And once people are here, the learning can start. Alta Vista is an interactive space dedicated to engaging the community in preserv-

ing endangered habitats. It’s a place where art meets nature, as trails guide visitors around thoughtfully placed sculptures. But it’s also a center for adults and children to get a hands-on education on the environment. “It’s a good place for kids to get a good start. It’s important to get kids in the garden,” Jones said. Membership has grown with exceeding interest, and likely with help from Jones’ interactive teaching style. The Alta Vista Botanical Gardens nonprofit now has more than 900 members, which is nearly double

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here all their lives and never knew the gardens were here.” And once residents find the gardens, it's easy to love. “It’s all volunteer-run,” Murphy said, pointing to a kiosk and information board that was built through volunteer organizations. “These are all volunteer projects. The whole community comes to help us.” The Vista High Environmental Club and Character Leaders groups brought back Earth Day Rocks! — a paint-a-rock project. Also, the Woman’s Club of Vista supported the earth-friendly mosaic corner, which used recycled eggshells and tape for children’s creations. Both are long-time supporters of the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Most vendors, too, are long-time supporters of the nonprofit. This is the 13th year the San Diego Beekeeping Society has sparked childhood and adult interest with its show hive, honeycomb and honey. John Christopher, a member of the society, said that while the Earth Day event draws attention to preserving bees, it also is a place for future beekeepers to connect. “Events like these have real value,” he said, “because it helps get the word out about the resources available for beekeepers. “And the more beekeepers, the better.”

Irrigation limits set for Inland water customers By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — In observance of growing drought conditions statewide, the Vallecitos Water District has declared new water conservation requirements for thousands of customers in San Diego County’s inland area under a Level 2 drought alert. Vallecito’s residential and commercial customers will now be limited to irrigating two days per week of their choosing from November to May, to be increased to three scheduled days per week from June to October, according to district spokesman Chris Robbins. Restrictions went into effect April 21 and will last “into the foreseeable future” for the approximately 109,000 residents in the Vallecitos Water District, which covers San Marcos, Lake San Marcos, portions of Carlsbad, Vista and Escondido and several unincorporated North County communities, according to the district. “This action will help San Diego County keep as much water as possible in storage,” Robbins said. “Vallecitos has sufficient water supplies for its customers, even if drought conditions persist. This is TURN TO WATER ON 11

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Santa Rosa resort shows variety, volatility of Mother Nature hit the road e’louise ondash


ometimes Mother Nature can be downright cruel. Just ask Chris Connell, grounds and garden manager at Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa. He and his crew of three planted 10,000 tulips between early January and early February, “with the goal of getting them all to bloom around the same time frame, which ideally would be the end of March and into April,” Connell says. Connell is guiding us around some of Vintners’ 92 acres that make up the long-established resort, a destination for those eager to explore Northern Sonoma County’s wineries and other attractions. The hotel’s annual tulip bloom is a major event that requires fairly precise calculations. “Sometimes this means planting one of the shadier flower beds a week or two weeks ahead of the flower beds that get more sun,” Connell says. “For instance, the front entrance faces west, so I plant the north-facing flower bed two weeks prior to planting the south-facing bed.”

THESE SURVIVING TULIPS are some of the 10,000 that were planted in January and February at Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa. Unseasonal high and low temperatures and a torrential rainstorm destroyed many of the blooms. Gardeners will try again next year. Photo by Jerry Ondash

So, this part of the Grand Plant went well; what happened next didn’t. “We had a challenging year… with Mother Nature and our tulips,” Connell says with incongruous calm. “First off, most of the month of January and February had above-average temperatures. February had a string of five or six days at 15 to 20 degrees above average. These warmer temps caused our tulips to start growing sooner than anticipated.” This caused about half of the tulips to break ground and begin to form

flowers. Unfortunately, “the warmup was followed by a weeklong cold snap where temps dipped into the high 20s at night. (This) led to some delay in flowering and caused some tulips not to flower at all.” And then… “Mother Nature decided to bring us some much-needed water right when most of our tulips were in full bloom — threefourths of an inch (in a short time).” Upon our arrival at the hotel, we could see how the downpour had surgi-

cally decapitated hundreds of the blooms. Oddly, like a post-tornado landscape, there were fully blooming tulip beds standing just feet from the beds with green, leafy stalks still standing but headless. “We order the bulbs from Holland and usually keep them refrigerated at least 10 weeks (before planting),” Connell tells us. “Next year, I think we’ll keep them cool for 15 weeks.” And perhaps order the tulips earlier, too. “This year we had some

supply-chain problems. During the pandemic, everyone decided to be a gardener. That’s great, but it made it more difficult for us to get what we wanted.” Despite all this, there were still enough tulips intact to satisfy enthusiastic photographers and those who just wanted to revel in the glory of spring. As Connell escorted us about his kingdom, we marveled at the blooms’ variety, brilliance and color, and the perfectness of the survivors. The flowers also stood taller than I remember from

springs long ago. “My guess, after a little research is, yes, the tulips are probably taller than they were 50 to 100 years ago,” Connell says. “Tulips have had ongoing breeding and hybridization for well over 500 years in Holland alone.” The Tulip Kingdom is not Connell’s only responsibility. The Vintners’ property supports 300 olive trees that provide oil for the hotel’s three restaurants and for purchase; 97 espaliered fig trees (branches trained to grow on a framework) of five varieties; blackberry bushes; 300 tomato plants of rotating variety; and 20 fruit trees (Asian pears, Gravenstein apples, pluots and Santa Rosa plums). To come next spring: peaches and nectarines. “(My job) is a constant dance of give-and-take that I’m happy to do with Mother Nature,” Connell says thoughtfully. “I don’t look at it as a bad thing when we lose our tulip blooms or plants due to unexpected weather changes. I look at it as a challenge to adapt and try again next year. I’ll work with our bulb provider to find tulip varieties that will hold up better in whatever Mother Nature may throw at us next.” For more photos and conversation, visit www. /elouise.ondash. Have an adventure to share? Email eondash@

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San Marcos HS students hold farmer’s market for local, global causes By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — On a regular weekend, the parking lot at San Marcos High School is quiet and largely unoccupied. On Saturday, April 16, however, the area was filled with life as students gathered with friends and small businesses sold handmade goods and food to hundreds of attendees. The school grounds were the site of a farmer’s market benefit event organized by students in teacher Tara Razi’s U.S. history class, with proceeds going toward the global clean water nonprofit, The idea for the market was born back in October when Razi tasked her students with identifying a global and local issue and writing about how they would address it. The class then voted on one local and one global cause to support via volunteering and fundraising, and they selected the San Diego Humane Society and “The kids wanted to do



due largely to the fact that Vallecitos now receives a portion of its water directly from the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which is a local, drought-resilient supply.” The first three months of 2022 were the driest on record, bringing California into an expected third year of its current drought. Optimism resulting from heavy rainfall in October and December 2021 has since been eclipsed by faster-than-expected snowmelt in early 2021, reducing the Sierra Nevada snowpack — a crucial state water source — to just 38% of average, according to California Drought Action. As a result of record drought conditions, the State Department of Water Resources has reduced anticipated deliveries from the State Water Project to 5% of requested supplies, and in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring local water districts to reduce water usage by approximately 20%. The Drought Level 2 alert was brought before the district board on April 20 in response to the statewide executive order and approved in a 4-1 vote, with board member Mike San-

SAN MARCOS HIGH’S art club set up a vendor table to sell members’ custom paintings and digital prints during an on-campus farmer’s market benefiting Photo by Laura Place

something where the community could come together and help the businesses impacted by COVID,” Razi said. “The market was all them — they were the ones reaching out to vendors and small businesses.” Dozens of booths run by local businesses as well

as students selling their handmade wares were set up in rows. Members of the school’s art club pulled together a table with their own paintings and digital prints for sale, as well as a station for attendees to make their own buttons and keychains.

nella dissenting. Board members discussed the potential confusion the restrictions might cause for customers, noting that San Diego County itself is faring better than other areas in terms of water supply and conservation. However, in the face of worsening drought conditions, the state has administered a sweeping executive order that is not tailored to the needs of each county. “I know we’re completely powerless for the most part in this, but I don’t want us to make our customers suffer any more than they have to when we have plenty of water in San Diego because they’re paying more for that reliability,” Sannella said. The district’s water supply is also supplemented by deliveries from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the San Diego County Water Authority. Along with limiting their days of irrigation, customers must also continue avoiding permanently-restricted activities including irrigating between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or within 48 hours of rain, allowing excessive runoff during irrigation, hosing down hardscapes, not using a shut-off nozzle when washing cars,

and not fixing leaks within 48 hours of discovery. Commercial customers also face permanent restrictions; restaurants can serve water to diners only upon request, and hotels must provide the option of not laundering linens and towels daily in order to conserve water. “Regardless of Level 1, Level 2, Level nothing, these are always in place,” Robbins said of the restrictions. The new irrigation restrictions do not apply to nurseries, commercial growers or agricultural water accounts, according to the Vallecitos Water District. To learn more about the Level 2 drought alert and associated restrictions, visit

Senior Thomas Williams used the market as an opportunity to officially launch his business, Thomas Doodles, selling hand-painted canvas tote bags. He was also eager to support water. org once he heard the event would benefit that cause in particular.

“That’s the one that intrigued me,” he said of the nonprofit. Many of the vendors were also relatives or friends of San Marcos High School students and alumni. Yaeko Sato said she decided to sell her handmade masks, tablecloths and pouches, many in traditional Japanese kimono-style prints, at the event after hearing about it from her kids, who are current and former SMHS students. “Customers usually come online, but it’s nice to see the customers in person. I’m so happy that my daughter and her friends came,” Sato said. All of Razi’s U.S. history students were in attendance to volunteer at the event. Junior Kayla Langis said she and her classmates were relieved to see it all come together and excited to have such a good turnout. “It’s really nice to see everyone coming together and everything actually coming to life … and to see all the hard work coming to-

gether,” she said. Langis also took the lead in organizing activities and volunteering for the class’s project involving the Humane Society. She and other students organized a supplies drive for the animals, created handmade dog bandanas and toys, started an Instagram account featuring a “Pet of the Week,” and spent time with animals at the shelter, along with raising hundreds of dollars for their operations. “We tried to do a bunch of things to help them out,” she said. San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Andy Johnson said it has been exciting to see events returning to the campus this year following COVID-19 shutdowns, from fall athletics to new student activities like the market. “As the months go by, more and more events start happening. It’s been phenomenal, and it feels more and more like normal,” Johnson said.




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A PROPOSED 151-unit housing project at 943 East Barham Drive in eastern San Marcos, shown in a conceptual illustration, was approved by the Planning Commission on April 4. Courtesy rendering



ny recently completed the 24-townhome Mission 24 residential project along Mission Drive and the Borden Glen 22-home community on Borden Road. According to Hall, townhomes in the Barham Drive project are intended to be sold but could also be available for rent, depending on the status of the market. Due to the density, costs are likely to be lower than the company’s other projects. “The density will lend itself to a lower price point product. It’s a concern for a lot of buyers and renters, so I think we’re going to be

able to satisfy some of the need that’s out there,” he said. The City Council will need to approve a rezoning of the site from a mixeduse to a specific plan area zone to allow for residential development. Under the city’s Housing Element, new housing projects must include affordable housing units for certain income levels or pay in-lieu fees to go toward future affordable housing projects. Hallmark Communities will pay an in-lieu affordable housing fee of around $1.5 million to the city rather than developing low-income units on-site, Hall said. During public hear-

ings regarding the project over the past two years, an ongoing concern from nearby residents has been the potential impact on traffic along East Barham Drive and the nearby State Route 78 interchanges. A traffic study for the project anticipates an additional 1,200 daily trips on average. “At high traffic times it is nearly impossible for vehicles exiting Grace Church and the small homeowners’ community to turn left onto Barham,” one resident said in 2020. The traffic study found potentially significant impacts on the level of service near the intersection of Rancheros Drive and the westbound 78 on-ramp, and

city staff recommended the addition of a traffic light at the intersection. However, that improvement would require the approval of Caltrans, according to staff. Despite concerns, city staff maintains that the project will be a good fit for the area. “The Hallmark-Barham Specific Plan Area proposes a multi-family residential development, which constitutes an appropriate transition from the neighboring single-family communities and the commercial (church) land uses,” a staff report states. City Council meeting agendas are posted on the city’s website at

munity meeting to inform residents how the equipment is used and even show it to them in person. The meeting was helpful for Councilmember Consuelo Martinez, who said she learned that the armored vehicle isn’t armed at all but rather just a large truck with a bulletproof shell. She also learned the difference between what type of equipment the police have versus what kind of equipment the military actually has. “I know when I hear that military equipment is in the hands of the police, it does raise concern so I learned that distinction when I went to that meeting,” Martinez said. But resident Marisa Allen believes that the police department shouldn’t have chemical agents like tear gas. “The use of military equipment like tear gas and bean bags by police to disperse crowds has escalated peaceful protests throughout the country,” Allen said. “Such equipment has no place in Escondido and its availability only encourages officers to see the people they are meant to protect and serve as enemies.” According to Varso, the police department’s policy is that tear gas is to be used to force suspects out from hiding places and to disperse riots. The department’s long-range

acoustic device, another controversial tool, is only allowed in emergency situations to gain the attention of a large crowd or to send out an emergency message as per its new policy. Much of the equipment is also purchased through grant funding rather than with money from the city’s general fund. Anything purchased with a grant must first gain council approval. As for any other purchases, the police department follows the city’s code, which dictates what they can purchase without council approval depending on the cost. Varso said he cautions his officers to think about what technology makes the most sense for the department both in terms of use and cost. This means that even though there might be available funding for an item, it doesn’t necessarily mean the department should acquire it. “I do not believe we should be asking for new tools just because the funding is available,” Varso said. “It has to make sense.” Mayor Paul McNamara said he was impressed with the police department’s report. “You can really tell there is a lot of thought put into what equipment you are going after,” McNamara said. “We need to make sure our officers are safe. The equipment you’ve gone after is not militarizing the EPD or the city, this is just good common sense.”

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Food &Wine

Fallbrook’s new destination winery Beer Spotlight: Paige McWey Acers taste of wine


By Jeff Spanier

t the end of March, the I Like Beer Team was lucky enough to sit down with Paige McWey Acers, executive director of the San Diego Brewers Guild. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the San Diego Brewers Guild is committed to growing and strengthening the craft beer community. McWey Acers was kind enough to bring along some beer from Thorn Brewing Company, and over a couple of beers, we were able to hear her story. ILB: Welcome to our show! Paige: Thank you for having me. ILB: What should we start with? Paige: The Thorn Brewing Michelada. It’s their Barrio Lager with pure tomato juice, lime juice, ocean clam juice, Worcester sauce, and hot sauce. It’s a good summertime beer. ILB: Paige, tell us a little about your journey in the craft beer industry. Paige: Yes. I am coming up on my ninth year with the Guild. Prior to being with the Guild, I worked in a law firm. And I worked at a craft-centric restaurant in North Park right when that was booming on 30th Street. And so I had been exposed to the industry, and we would have beer dinners, and the brewers would come in. And I really liked having that community-driven industry be a part of the restaurant. I found the San Diego Brewers Guild was looking for an administrator to help with their organization, daily tasks — that type of thing. And then, as the position grew, I became full-time, and I’m still here. ILB: We just read about the 2022 San Diego Brewers Guild hop blend that has been created in celebration of the Guild’s 25th anniversary. Congratulations on that! Paige: Yes, we’re excited to get some beers made out of that release this summer. ILB: Ok, on the topic of drinking great beers, we are not going to put you on the spot to pick your favorite brewery, but let’s ask this: what’s your go-to beer style? Paige: Brown ales. Definitely a gateway beer for entering craft beers. Not a lot of them around… the Alesmith Nutbrown. [You] can’t go wrong with that beer. It’s definitely a staple for me. And Pizza Port Chronic is another one, an amber, but another favorite. ILB: Tell us a little about the goals and vision of the San Diego Brewers Guild.

red blend of montepulciano, aglianico, sagrantino and negroamaro, 2020 Cellar Select Montepulciano and Monserate’s flagship 2019 petite sirah that Mund says, “Stains your teeth, clothes and soul.” While Monserate continues to evolve its Fallbrook gem, it currently has much to offer for weddings, private events, wine, and food that will continue to refine into its destination winery. Thank you for the red carpet treatment. More information at

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Paige: We are a trade association, so the breweries are members of our organization, and we serve our members by providing advocacy, when needed, educational programs, marketing, and promotion. ILB: That’s all the good stuff. Let’s get to something serious. Coming out of very needed and honest reports of mistreatment of women, people of color, and other minority groups last summer, what role has the Guild played in helping make the brewery industry a fair, safe environment for everyone? Paige: Going back to education, we’ve created two very important educational sessions for our members. One is women in beer, where we’re going to have a panel of women and men to talk about the roles women play in the industry, how they can advocate for themselves, and how allies can advocate for them. How can women continue to play an important part in the industry as they have over the last several years? We also have bystander training: a workshop where brewery employees will have an opportunity to go through this training to learn how to properly react when they are witnessing something [inappropriate]. ILB: That’s great work. Paige: Yes, giving people the tools to feel empowered to say something is really important. We want to continue to provide educational opportunities like those two sessions. We also put together a code of conduct that we’re releasing to our members that will be accompanied by resources for both employers and employees, and guests. So if they are to witness something, or be exposed to something, or have an experience that they need to report, we want to make sure that people have the types of resources that they felt like they didn’t have before. And we want to be able to provide that as a value to our membership, but also our overall community. Be sure to follow Jeff’s beer adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ade Work, owner of Monserate Winery in Fallbrook, grew up in the Gird Valley area playing golf at the Fallbrook Golf Course dotted with 100-year-old oaks and towering sycamore trees. In 2016, when the 56-year-old property closed due to hard times, Jade and his wife and co-owner, Julie Work, knew the open area was destined for something big. It is fitting and ironic that Jade’s career included his becoming a pro golfer and then later creating a golf course construction company, Integrity Golf. Later that year, the Works put an offer in to rescue the property from a Beverly Hills speculator with a track record of purchasing distressed golf courses to build sprawling housing developments. Additionally, since purchasing the property, the Works have been able to establish a conservation easement guaranteeing the space remains undeveloped. The dilapidated and shuttered golf course went months without being watered, killing all the grass. It would have taken millions of dollars to replant grass and reestablish the irrigation. After pouring over spreadsheets for hours, when the Works purchased the property in late 2016 for more than $4 million, they decided to turn the 116-acre property into a vineyard and winery. In 2018, after many meetings with county planners to “grease the skids,” Jade submitted plans to transform the former golf course into a state-of-the-art destination location. Plans include the main facility that houses a commercial kitchen to support a restaurant and tasting room with outdoor patios as well as a 41-foot decorative tower along with three events centers. One event center is dedicated to wine production including a barrel room, crush pads, and bottle storage room that will also provide bridal/groom suites. Another event center also accommodates brides and grooms with accouterments for guests. A third venue also provides bride/ groom suites as well as a barn for events. With land in hand, plans in the works, it was now time to find a winemaker, especially one skilled in viticulture. Justin Mund, a graduate of Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo with degrees in viticulture and fruit science, found the Works and

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the Works found Mund. With extensive experience in winemaking and wine growing from Sonoma County to the Central Coast and more than a decade in San Diego County, he was a perfect fit for Monserate. Frank and I have known Justin for years and were excited when he reached out to us for a tour at Monserate. “I was excited to come to Monserate to focus on planting, growing, and making estate Italian wine using state-of-the-art irrigation and trellising,” Mund said. Last year marked the first full production year for Monserate and the vintage produced more than 178 tons of fruit. Mund said he loves the location of Monserate in the Gird Valley, noting, “The north winds drain into the valleys, and along with the Santa Margarita River, keeps the area cool.” During our tour, Justin was kind enough to take us through eight barrel samples starting with the 2021 Monte Luna (White Moon). Despite it being 100% Montepulciano, the saigneestyle winemaking with stainless steel fermentation keeps this wine white in color with hints of peaches and crisp acidity. Next, we had the Fiore, an estate-grown 100% falanghina with tropical notes. We then tried a new wine, the Greco di Tufo, that had some stainless fermentation and barrel fermentation in new French Oak. We all loved this honey-colored beauty that should be a big hit. We then shifted over to the reds sampling the following 2021s: Barbera; Montepulciano with big fruit taste; Sagrantino with bold flavors of black, blue and red fruit with espresso on the nose and will benefit from the tannins continuing to settle; Aglianico with hints of anise and licorice, and a late harvest montepulciano dessert wine that was already tasting great. Joining us in the barrel room was Josh Work, vice president of Monserate. I suspect that Jade and Ju-

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dles of censorship in galleries and in the media is frustrating, Gary said. Since becoming a working artist, Gary has collected several instances of feeling misunderstood or overlooked in the art world. Gary said he has memories of his work even being removed from displays. “The media should be helping people like me,” Gary said, adding that his work reflects the money-poisoned media industry. “It’s silencing voices like mine, the anti-war groups. … There’s some deep things we need to talk about.” One of those issues he discusses is the impact of war on civilians. In one piece, titled “16 seconds after the bombing of Hiroshima (wait),” Gary calls on viewers to consider disarmament, a policy

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THE ARTIST Stephen Frank Gary, whose work is on display at the Backfence Society gallery through Saturday, repurposed an old law enforcement coat to promote his peace message. Photo by Jacqueline Covey

protection against nuclear warfare. “We’ve been waiting for too long, and I am here to talk about it,” Gary said. Gary’s pieces are to 9 p.m. April 30 at the Leucadian Bar, 1542 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. There will be live bands including Arise Roots, Dylan Keawe, Bear Brass Band, Kut U Up, Yovee & DJ Robi, outdoor seating, multiple bars, food and more. WESTERN TUNES


The Belly Up Tavern presents The PettyBreakers — a Tom Petty cover band — onstage at 9 p.m. April 29, at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and Information, visit or (858) 481-9022. BEE BOP THEATER

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meant to move and transform the longer a viewer sits at a piece, new discoveries popping up with each new look. And other galleries stifle his passion, he said. The Backfence Society “allowed me to do whatever I wanted,” said Gary, who used that creative freedom to hang installations and write titles on the walls. “I don’t feel filtered. … How about the walls? Where else do you find that? At Backfence — a place endearingly on a mission to “Make Vista weird,” according to President Natalie Vaga. The gallery encourages artists to explore their unique point of view and push forward conversations in their community. After graduating from the University of Texas with a fine arts degree, Gary headed to the coast — a place he’s always loved.

Since 1969, the surf-loving artist ripped through the beaches of San Diego County but settled in Vista. From 1999 to 2016, he was a lawyer in Oceanside. He said that he never received any complaints nor was any disciplinary action taken against him during his active years as a worker’s compensation and personal injury lawyer. But, he said, he was disbarred for not paying his bar dues. The California Bar Association “just wanted more money,” he wrote in an email to The Coast News. “So adios amigos.” Then, Gary dove head first into his art. Gary is a local eccentric — donning a homemade “peace” officer badge upcycled from an old law enforcement overcoat. Some may have seen his calls for freedom around the world. With works such as a multifeet peace wheel and other

peace sign sculptures, Gary has made a stand for peace in Washington, Paris and other major cities. In Vista, the Backfence Society gave him the keys to stay local and be free in his work — like it does with all of its resident artists. The Artist Occupancy Program is a rotating exhibit featuring local artists in the Clubhouse Gallery. Running anywhere from a few weeks to three months, artists spend at least 15 hours a week at the gallery exhibit, with minimum curation from the gallery. Backfence has been supporting collaborative arts since 2011. However, the group didn’t move to its Citrus Avenue location until 2017, where it continued fostering creative lessons and collaborations. The residency program started in January 2021 by President Sarah Spinks and art-

ists Christina Curiel and Joseph Curiel. “It’s a safe space for artists to come,” said founder Spinks, who now sits on the board of her art collaborative 501 3(c). Spinks met Vaga several years ago through the Alley Art Festival, which is a gathering of musicians, writers and artists in the area. Since then, the two, along with the rest of the Backfence team, have worked to bring together creatives to foster limitless creation. “We try to be there for all artists,” Vaga said. “All artists have their own rainbow. Sarah has been able to create a place of creative expression for everyone to have a rainbow to shine under.” This year the Art Alley Festival will be held in partnership with the Vista Art Foundation at the Green Oak Ranch on June 11.

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April 30 join Sounds & Sips from 5 to 7 p.m. at 3725 Paseo Place, San Diego, with a free live performance by the San Diego Symphony String Quartet. Harland Brewing sips will be available for purchase for $4, while glasses of local wine will be available for AT THE TAVERN $6. The Mountain Goats will play the Belly Up Tavern at 8 p.m. May 2, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. LATIN SOUNDS For tickets and information, Besos de Coco, a trio visit or with a tap-dancer, dou- (858) 481-9022. Tickets $49 ble-bassist and classical gui- to $79. tarist/vocalist, will perform






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Limited Terms available. No down payment required. Offer may vary by location. Other rates and payment terms available. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, direct/email offer or promotional offer unless allowed by that offer. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. Length of contract is limited. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. See participating retailers for details. Must take delivery from retailer stock by April 30, 2022.

Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2022 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.

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(760) 438-2200

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 4/30/2022. CoastNews_4_22_22.indd 1

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T he C oast News - I nland E dition

APRIL 29, 2022

NEVILLE ALLEYNE, MD Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

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