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Suit challenges Palomar Health provider switch
Vaccine-or-test effort sparks ‘lively debate’
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ESCONDIDO — A citizens group that alleges the Palomar Health District violated California’s open meeting law when it awarded contracts to a new emergency care provider filed a lawsuit Aug. 13 against the health care district and its board of directors. Citizens to Save Palomar Health alleges the health care district violated the Brown Act when it awarded key emergency, hospitalist and intensivist contracts to Emergent Medical Associates and its sister company Benchmark earlier this year for staffing at Palomar’s hospitals in Escondido and Poway. The agreement replaces the one Palomar Health held with Vituity Healthcare & Medical Staffing Services, which was in place for more than 40 years for emergency doctors. The plaintiffs, who seek to void the health care service agreements with EMA and Benchmark, allege the vote to approve them happened without proper notice to the public during a special mid-June closed session meeting. “The vote to approve the services contract was a culmination of a secretive backroom process that excluded the public and certain board members, excluded/disregarded the opinions and recommendations of Palomar Medical Staff, and failed to provide the public with the most basic notice,” according to the lawsuit filed Aug. 13 in San Diego Superior Court. A Palomar Health spokesperson declined comment, saying the district does not comment on pending litigation. In a June statement announcing the agreement, Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen said EMA was selected “through a competitive process because they are most aligned with Palomar TURN TO PALOMAR ON 18
wanted chargers, and I said, ‘Absolutely.’” In Carlsbad, the city is preparing to open its own supercharging station with Tesla, with 16 slated to come online at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets on Paseo Del Norte. Carlsbad has another
REGION — At least 120 people addressed the San Diego County Board of Supervisors during a contentious 4 1/2-hour public hearing Tuesday night, Aug. 17, after county leaders and public health officials this week recommended that all employers begin requiring COVID-19 vaccines for their employees or require weekly testing for the virus. The county has already instituted such a policy for its employees. County employees unwilling or unable to receive the vaccine will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing and are required to wear masks while indoors, according to the county officials. At various times during the meeting, board Chair Nathan Fletcher reminded people not to be disruptive. “We have a lot of folks who want to be heard today, and we want you to be heard,” Fletcher said. “But you don’t have the right to interrupt the comments of other individuals.” As they had in June, the vast majority of the speakers took the board to task over policies such as mask and vaccine mandates and said they would remember those during the next election. Many said a mask mandate was too hard on school
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MAYOR REBECCA JONES christened the city’s first Tesla supercharging station with her own Tesla on Aug. 17 at the Creekside Marketplace on San Marcos Boulevard near state Route 78. Photo by Steve Puterski
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Fastest Tesla station in North County seen as economic driver By Steve Puterski
SAN MARCOS — For the past year, Mayor Rebecca Jones and electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla have been setting the stage to install the company’s fastest supercharging station. On Aug. 17, Jones was the first to plug in her Tesla at the city’s, and North County’s, first installation
of the fastest Tesla supercharging station, at the Creekside Marketplace on San Marcos Boulevard and State Route 78. Jones said the station will be a driver for the city’s economy, marketplace, electric vehicles and infrastructure for future clean energy projects. The station has at
least 20 chargers, up to 250 kilowatts, and can reach a full charge in 20 minutes. The station is open 24 hours. “Tesla chargers are typically economic drivers,” Jones said. “When I first started talking to Tesla and found out they were looking at San Marcos, they asked me if we
Officials tout climate priorities in $1 trillion infrastructure bill
LOOKING FOR ART? The second phase of the Esco Alley Art project was unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 14, in downtown Escondido. The mural project features work by local artists, including “Rise and Shine,” right, by Carrie Foster.
By Steve Puterski
REGION — A sweeping, and bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure was passed by the U.S. Senate last week and is headed to the House of Representatives. While a House vote is not expected until Aug. 23, per media reports, White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and U.S. Reps. Mike Levin (D-49) and Scott Peters (D-52) toured San Di-
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San Marcos resident to compete in Miss California USA By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — San Marcos resident Isabel Amayrani Rhodes has been selected to represent the city at the Miss California USA/Miss California Teen USA Competition as Miss San Marcos USA. Rhodes, a Cal State San Marcos alumna, was born and raised in Fallbrook, but moved to San Marcos to attend CSUSM. “I’m beyond excited to represent our lovely San Marcos,” Rhodes said. “I’ve grown into a confident woman and I owe it to the experiences I’ve had in San Marcos. This is my home, and I hope to make it proud.” The 27-year-old has chosen mental health awareness as the platform she would like to focus on. “My platform is mental health awareness because it has shaped such a huge part of who I am today. Although I am at my most stable point in my life, I had moments where I no longer felt mo-
tivated to keep going,” ing her legal education, she Rhodes said. “I am diag- plans on becoming a sex nosed with post-traumatic crimes prosecutor. “Overall, I want to let others who struggle with mental illness that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Rhodes said. “I am here to support others and remind them that they are more than enough.” The competition, which will be held next month, will be Rhodes’ first ever pageant. “I am a bit of an adrenIsabel Amayrani Rhodes aline junkie and love to do stress disorder, bipolar II, things outside of my comborderline personality dis- fort zone,” Rhodes said. “I order, ADHD and bulimia. lacked confidence and figTwo years ago, I had experi- ured participating in a pagences that led to attempting eant was probably the most death by suicide.” effective way to break out She became certified of my shell.” in Mental Health First Aid during her time at CSUSM and is now a crisis counselor through Crisis Text Line and an advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She plans on attending law school. After complet-
I am here to support others and remind them that they are more than enough.”
Girlbossing Inc. will produce and conduct the upcoming competition to qualify two young women from California to advance to either Miss Teen USA or Miss USA and ultimately Miss Universe. “We actively encourage young women in the state of California to give back in their communities and advocate for issues they feel passionately towards,” Girlbossing Inc. CEO Robin Ross-Fleming said. “Our organization is committed to providing new opportunities for women in media, entertainment, modeling, fashion, beauty and more, at our events through- ISABEL AMAYRANI RHODES, a Cal State San Marcos alumna, out the year, and the actual will represent San Marcos in the Miss California USA competition in September. Courtesy photo weekend of competition.”
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County mails 1.9M recall ballots By City News Service
REGION — More than 1.9 million ballots for the Sept. 14 gubernatorial recall election are arriving in the mailboxes of San Diego County registered voters. Early voting is underway at the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but the registrar urges residents to take advantage of the convenience of voting by mail. Voters can return marked ballots in the prepaid postage envelope to any U.S. Postal Service office or collection box. Voters who return their mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service can track it by signing up online for “Where's My Ballot?” Voters also have the option of dropping off ballots at one of 131 mail ballot
drop-off locations around the county, a list of which can be found at sdvote.com/ content/rov/en /elections / return-to-trusted-source. html. In addition to mail ballots, 221 in-person voting locations will be open across the county for four days — Sept. 11-13 — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All locations again will be open on Election Day, Sept. 14, when hours change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ballot will ask voters two questions: — Do you want to recall the governor?; and — If recalled, who do you want to replace him? Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. If more than 50% of voters vote to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, then the replacement candidate with the most votes would be elected.
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Cash bail issue is the key to state’s 2nd-biggest recall
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Living with the virus
s the delta variant starts to encompass San Diego County and our case numbers rise, I think it’s important to take a step back and look at the data in hopes of returning to normal. Prior to my time on the Board of Supervisors, I was an airline pilot and an engineer and in all my training I looked at data and evaluated it. As cases rise again, it’s time to look at the data. Vaccines work well at protecting against COVID-19, including reducing the severity of symptoms that can be caused by the delta variant, and I encourage everyone who wants one to get one. Of those hospitalized as COVID-19 cases since March 1, 2021, 97.6% were not vaccinated and 2.4% were vaccinated. Unfortunately, the vaccines aren’t the complete, definitive answer. Israel, which was one of the first countries to inoculate their people, has seen a surge of COVID-19 and has reinstated mask-wearing and quarantine mandates. Stanford University announced last week that they will require weekly COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been reported to be just 42% effective against the Delta variant and Dr. Fauci stated last week it is likely that everyone will need a COVID-19 booster shot. So, where does this leave us? COVID-19 is here to stay. Thankfully, our numbers are nowhere near the peak of last fall and earlier this year. Unfortunately, our hope that a vaccine would allow us to return to normal has not come to frui-
around the county jim desmond tion. We must learn to live with this virus. We must allow a choice for parents to return kids to in-person learning. We must allow business owners to continue to operate and provide jobs, and we must get the workforce back to work to provide for their families. As far as businesses mandating vaccines, that’s their choice. I’ve always believed the government should stay out of the way when it comes to telling business owners how to operate. I thought the government mandating business closures in 2020 went too far. Similarly, I’m not one to tell businesses how to open. Let the consumers decide. If people want to go to a business that requires customers to be vaccinat-
ed, let them. If people don’t want to, let them also. I’m against workplaces mandating vaccines for their employees, as you’re forcing people to choose between getting inoculated or providing for their family. I’m glad to see most entities (like the County of San Diego) allowing the option to be COVID tested weekly for anyone not vaccinated rather than mandatory vaccines. If you test negative, you return to the office, if you test positive you stay home. We must change our mindset and realize that COVID-19 is here to stay, whether it’s the delta variant or any other variant. COVID-19 may start to look more like the yearly flu, where a shot is needed to ward off a new variant. Regardless of what the future may hold, COVID-19 will be around for a long time, and it’s time we all learn to live with this virus. Jim Desmond represents District 5 on the County Board of Suypervisors
n case George Gascon, the embattled district attorney of Los Angeles County, wonders why recall fever has made him the No. 2 target among California officials, he need look no further than cash bail. No, Gascon did not order his almost 1,000 deputies to stop seeking cash bail for all defendants. Rather, he ordered them not to try for it on those accused of misdemeanors, “non-serious” felonies or nonviolent felonies. So accused murderers, most rapists and some assault suspects will still be held on bail in the nation’s most populous county, in accordance with the lopsided statewide vote last fall against Proposition 25, which aimed to ratify a new state law ending all cash bail. But anyone who thinks only minor crimes are among those Gascon ordered his deputies to exclude from bail is in for a surprise. Offenses legally defined as “nonviolent” and “non-serious” include things like solicitation to commit murder, many felony assaults, felony domestic violence resulting in a traumatic condition, resisting a peace officer, molesting a child over 15 and sexual penetration of a mentally or developmentally disabled person. Most Californians would consider any of these crimes both serious and violent — but Gascon wants anyone accused of them released onto the streets on their own recognizance. Most folks would probably also believe a suspect arrested for sucker-punching an elderly Asian woman in a hate crime may have committed a serious offense. But that suspect would be freed pending trial if deputies follow Gascon’s orders. One result is that some Gascon deputies are staging a campaign of passive resistance to their boss’ order. They sometimes remain silent when judges ask whether or how much bail a prosecutor wants assessed. The silence leaves judges free to impose bail where they believe it’s justified. Gascon also demanded immediately after assuming office late last year that his deputies cease asking for enhanced sentences in gang-related crimes. His rationale is that the great majority of those lengthened sentences are imposed on minority defendants, mostly Blacks and Latinos. But what if that’s who
commits most gang-related crimes? Is it racist to recognize reality? Yes, recall fever is afoot across California, with local officials facing petition drives seeking their ouster from many city councils and school boards, among other offices. No doubt, much of this is due to the recall drive against Gov. Gavin Newsom, which heightened realization that disgruntled voters can reverse election outcomes if they can drum up enough support. But the Gascon recall drive probably would have happened even if Newsom weren’t being targeted, because of the dramatic nature of his actions, which cause large numbers of crime victims to live in fear of repeat offenses by suspects set free soon after their arrests. Those fears are legitimate. Recidivism is commonplace among convicts supposedly rehabilitated in state prisons. A very recent 34-state federal study found three-quarters of released convicts are arrested again within five years of their release. So it’s easy to imagine how many more repeat crimes are likely to come from people arrested for very harmful crimes and then quickly released without bail. It’s true Gascon, like Chesa Boudin, his San Francisco counterpart, opposed cash bail during his election campaign. But it’s reasonable to argue that as a public official, he nevertheless must act according to the voters’ wishes, as made known very clearly in their votes on ballot measures. But Gascon sneered at voters from the moment he took office, issuing light-sentence orders for serious criminals on the absurd theory that letting them out sooner will cause them to be better citizens on release. He’s correct that most enhanced sentences are meted out to minorities. But no one has ever proven those sentenced did not commit serious crimes. In fact, most crimes by Blacks and Latinos are committed against others in the same groups because angry and frustrated people are more likely to lash out against those physically closest to them. Giving them easy outs and own-recognizance release while awaiting trial will not lower crime among minorities. Doing that will take massive changes in education, health and other areas of public policy. If Gascon wonders why the recall drive against him has been so vigorous and his poll standing so low, he need look no further than those realities. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com.
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Escondido eateries receive federal COVID relief funds By Tigist Layne
CREWS HAVE STARTED to take apart the former Palomar Hospital campus in downtown Escondido. The hospital will be torn down from top to bottom over the next seven months to make way for the new Palomar Heights residential and commercial project. Photo by Samantha Nelson
Teardown of former hospital begins By Samantha Nelson
ESCONDIDO — City officials bid farewell Friday, Aug. 6, to the former Palomar Hospital downtown campus, which will be torn down over the next seven months to make way for the new Palomar Heights residential and commercial project. For nearly 70 years, the hospital has served the residents of Escondido and nearby North County communities. The site was previously home to Escondido City Hall before it became a hospital in 1953. The 13.54 acres of land will be transformed into Palomar Heights, a project that will construct 510 residential units and up to 10,000 square feet of commercial and office space. Lance Waite, a principal with project developer Integral Communities, said the project promises a farmers market, coffee shop, sky lounge bar and restaurant area that all will be open to the public. Residents, meanwhile, will have access to the site’s gym, collaborative work spaces, resort-style pool, dog park and proximity to downtown activities. “The real focal point as you drive east on Grand Avenue is a public restaurant sky lounge that sits 75 feet tall,” Waite told The Coast News. Waite also said Palomar Heights would carry on the former hospital’s decades-old tradition of displaying its Christmas tree lights on the very top of the tallest building in Escondido. Developers of the project hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the former hospital, inviting members of City Council, staff and other local businesses to attend. Councilmember Joe Garcia, who is also a pastor, delivered a prayer at the groundbreaking ceremony, followed by Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco, who also gave a speech in honor of
the site’s history and future. “Our community today will bid farewell to a piece of our city’s history and welcome a transformative project that will further enhance our downtown area,” Morasco said. “Once completed, Palomar Heights will become a meeting place for residents and visitors alike to inhale the beauty of this amazing city through a 360-degree view from atop the sky lounge.” According to Waite, Palomar Heights will help address the city’s housing shortage and would also help to support local businesses. “It will bring nearly 1,000 new residents to the streets of downtown Escondido,” Waite said. City Council approved the project in a 3-2 vote in January. Morasco, Garcia and Tina Inscoe all agreed that the development could attract families and help revitalize the area. While the project has received support from the Chamber of Commerce and city officials, some groups have questioned its lack of affordable housing opportunities and density. Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilmember Consuelo Martinez both voted against the project due to its lack of affordable housing. The Coast News previously reported that the mayor was so strongly opposed to the project that he didn’t even want his name associated with it. The Sierra Club of North County Group demanded that a larger project with at least 900-1,000 units with a “significant percentage of affordable housing” be included. Additionally, the Partnership for Downtown Escondido wants to see a “better plan” than the Palomar Heights project, which the group argues will “limit the collective vibrancy and economic potential” of downtown. According to Integral Communities, the 510 units
will be “attainably priced homes” ranging from 600 to 1,875 square feet in a “walkable, thriving mixeduse community.” The development will include 258 for-rent apartments, 90 senior apartments for ages 55 and up, and 162 for-sale row homes and villas. Now sitting quiet, dark and vacant with the exception of construction crews, the former hospital building will be torn down beginning from top to bottom over the next six to seven months. Building the new project will take roughly two more years after demolition. Crews have already started taking copper and
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other materials out of the old building to be reused in the new one. “We’ll reuse as much as possible,” Waite said. Morasco reaffirmed his support of Integral Communities at the ceremony as the project begins “transforming the old into the new.” He encouraged everyone else to do the same. “These walls will today be torn down to make way for the promise of tomorrow, the promise of new business, new life, new connections and collaborations, and finally the promise of rejuvenating downtown Escondido,” Morasco said. “I think everyone is excited to see that.”
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ESCONDIDO – Several restaurants in Escondido recently benefited from a federal COVID relief program that doled out more than $28 billion in grants to eateries that were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. “This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023,” according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). More than two dozen Escondido restaurants received grants, according to the SBA database, including Cocina Del Charro, The Grand Tea Room, Gluten Not Included, Cute Cakes, Plan 9 Alehouse and more. The restaurant industry has lost around $290 billion in sales since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), with around 90,000 restaurants shutting down permanently across the U.S. Restaurants are also now seeing a hiring shortage across the U.S.,
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leaving many businesses scrambling to find enough employees. Cocina Del Charro, a family-owned Mexican restaurant located on W. Valley Pkwy. has been operating for 40 years. Thanks to the RRF, the restaurant received a grant of more than $290,000. “We pride ourselves on serving our community,” the restaurant’s website says. “Our dedication is to the customer which we work so hard for and enjoy serving for years to come.” Most Escondido eateries received funds ranging from about $10,000 up to $400,000 with a few exceptions. Hollywood Wings LLC is listed in the database as receiving almost $2 million, followed by Fresh Buffet, Inc., which received about $1.3 million. “The success of the RRF so far is, in large part, because the SBA focused on making the program simple and accessible,” NRA Vice President Sean Kennedy said in a statement. “We appreciate how swiftly they were able to establish a program unlike anything they had administrated before, and believe it has the structure to sustain additional funding.” Though the funds have been expended for the RRF, another bipartisan bill called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act of 2021is in the works and, if passed, could be another opportunity for restaurants and eateries to get back on their feet.
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San Marcos to help local nonprofits By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — The City of San Marcos recently announced a $3 million COVID-19 Nonprofit Community Grant Program in an effort to help nonprofit organizations that serve San Marcos residents and have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The city debuted the program last week, which will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a federal COVID-19 relief program. The parameters for the ARPA explain that cities can use the funds to help businesses that were negatively impacted by the pandemic, to provide premium pay for essential workers, to make provisions of government services or to make investments in infrastructure. San Marcos is collaborating with the North County COVID Relief Fund to administer the grants, and will rely on leadership from the Coastal Community Foundation, Impact Cubed and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation throughout the program process. Program Administrator Sharyn Goodson told The Coast News that the application is now open and that funds administrated will depend on community needs, each nonprofit’s size and each nonprofit’s needs. “COVID has really been very difficult for everybody, and nonprofits have suffered as well. They're on the front lines of needing to help the most vulnerable members of our community,” Goodson said. “At the same time, their fundraising has really been impacted because they haven't been able to have their regular in-person events or meet with donors in person. So, it’s been tough for them to bring in the funds that they need to bring in to support that extra demand.” The city will receive a total of $18.3 as part of the federal COVID relief program and received the first half on May 19, with the second half expected in May 2022. The City Council also allocated funds to address the Fiscal Year 21/22 budget deficit, assistance to the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for tenant improvements, the previously planned Climate Action Plan (CAP) Electric Vehicle Charger Grant Program, the conversion of the remaining balance of Business Sustainability Program (BSP) loans into grants, and the creation of the COVID-19 Non-Profit Community Grant Program.
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Inland K-12 students returning to campus By Tigist Layne
REGION — Students from San Marcos Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, Escondido Union School District and Escondido Union High School District have already returned or are returning to in-person learning and, for some, it will their first time on campus in more than a year. San Marcos Unified (SMUSD) students returned to full-time, in-person instruction beginning Tuesday, Aug. 17. In compliance with Assembly Bill 130, SMUSD is also offering a K-12 independent study option us-
ing an online platform that allows students to follow a self-paced curriculum from home. Families who opt out of in-person instruction may choose this remote online learning platform instead. In returning to in-person instruction, SMUSD and the other school districts will need to follow guidelines outlined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). These include universal handwashing and hand sanitizing protocols on all campuses and the requirement of face coverings while indoors for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Physical distancing require-
ments have been lifted. The start of the school year comes amid growing controversy regarding face coverings in schools. In recent weeks, a group of parents based in San Diego filed a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to end the mask mandate for schools. “I recognize that opinions vary on the use of masks for our students while indoors, but to begin the year we will be following CDPH guidance, until such time as those requirements are changed,” said SMUSD Superintendent Andy Johnsen. The district is expected to fully resume all athletics
and extracurricular activities, as well. Escondido Union (EUSD) students will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 24, with full-time, in-person learning. Those who are unable to return to in-person learning due to health concerns will be offered an independent study option. Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) students returned to in-person instruction on Aug. 10. Both Escondido districts have also committed to protocols like regular sanitizing and cleaning, handwashing stations, and a mask mandate for students and staff.
“The state has not given school districts or schools the discretion to make face coverings optional, or to create their own standard for enforcement. We are required to enforce this mandate, as we would with any law, regulation, or policy. We continue to follow state guidance to ensure the safety and well-being our students and staff on all our school campuses,” EUHSD Superintendent Anne Staffieri said. Vista Unified students began their school year on Wednesday, Aug. 18, with a Vista Virtual option for anyone who opts out of fulltime, in-person instruction.
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LEAGUE HELPS MILITARY KIDS On Aug. 28-29, Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will team with six other Assistance League chapters to provide new clothing and other items to military families at Camp Pendleton. This will be the 17th consecutive year of the program called Operation School Bell. The event is expected to serve 500 military children. To comply with COVID safety measures, it will again be an outside drive-through format. Visit alrsd.org. Courtesy photo
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It’s almost time to ride the waves in the 16th annual Surf Dog Surf-AThon Sept. 12 at Del Mar Dog Beach, 3902 29th St, Del Mar. The annual event hosts more than 70 surfing dogs competing for Best in Surf, while raising funds for orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Find more at https://animalcenter.org/surf-dog-surf-a-thon. ELDERHELP WANTS ROOMIES
Elderhelp solutions for living, a nonprofit, offers the city of Vista’s HomeShare, a roommate matching service connecting those with a spare room to those looking for alternative housing options. To learn more, visit elderhelpofsandiego.org or call (858) 748-9675.
for Life is offering a free, hands-on driver training that focuses on young drivers’ skills and the dangers of distracted driving, is offered from 7:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Manheim, 4691 Calle Joven, Oceanside. Newly licensed drivers or teens who hold a valid learner’s permit can participate. Registration is now open at https://tinyurl.com/ FordDSFL-CA. WALK FOR STRENGTH
t takes a fair bit to amaze me these days, but it happened. To the point, I brushed my daughter’s Siberian husky (which shares my abode) yesterday, and I am certain I have never seen so much hair come off one animal. It just seemed bottomless. Of course it’s August, and she is a breed meant for polar regions, but wow, just wow. I was reminded of sharks and their endless rows of teeth. There seemed to be a never-ending supply of this black dog’s white undercoat. When huskies shed, it is called “blowing their undercoat.” If I were a teacher, I would give that student an A for descriptive language. And I thought what was coming off in bales was not really an undercoat. It seemed like a middle coat, just the first coat under her topcoat, before you get to
as MacEntee in webinar format to the DNA interest Group, sponsored by North San Diego County Genealogical Society, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Free but registration is required at nsdcgs.org. For questions e-mail webmaster@nsdcgs. org.
Soroptimists of Vista & North County Inland are raffling off a 4-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico. Tickets are $20 at soroptimistinternationalvista@ gmail.com or call (760) 6839427. Drawing is Sept. 23.
small talk jean gillette another dense bottom layer. Research proved me wrong, alleging they only have two layers of coat. I suspect this dog may be a mutant of sorts. In any case, I removed another entire dog worth of hair before she got bored and walked away. I had only brushed one side. My next chore was grabbing the marvelous mini-vac and chasing tufts scattered throughout the house. My research site explained huskies “blow” their undercoat twice a year and it takes three to five weeks. That’s if you are brushing them regularly. call (760) 804-1969.
EXPLORE THE TORAH
Join Rabbi Greenberg offers a weekly Torah portion Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. This will also be on Zoom: Je w i s h O c e a n s i d e . c o m / zoom.
HUMANE SOCIETY HIRING
San Diego Humane Society is hiring in a variety of fields. The private nonprofit animal welfare organization is looking for candidates who will support its mission to Inspire Compassion and create a more humane San Diego for LAGOON GALA Get tickets now for animals and the people who “Grease – Lagoon is the love them. To apply, visit sdWord,” the Agua Hedionda humane.org/careers. Lagoon Foundation’s Discovery Gala 2021 from 5:30 LOOK INTO DNA The DNA Foundations to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Class, sponsored by North Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific San Diego County GeneDrive, Carlsbad. The multi- alogical Society, will be scene extravaganza will held in live webinar via immerse attendees in all GoToMeeting format 10 DNA FOLLOW-UP things “Grease” For more a.m. Aug. 25. Stacey Sand“I Received My DNA information or to purchase ers will present, “Genetic Results: Now What?” will tickets, go to aguahedionda. Networks and Clustering.” be presented by Thom- org/discovery-gala-2021 or Free. Register at nsdcgs. Local San Diego families will come together at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21 to participate in the international annual Walk for Strength to raise funds for and support research for Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes. Register at creatineinfo.org/walk. Meet at Cannon Park, 100 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, and walk along the coast on Carlsbad Boulevard, between Cannon Avenue and Tamarack Avenue. The event is organized by Carlsbad-based Association for Creatine Deficiencies.
It smacks of sweeping the Sahara. I fear you can scarcely finish removing one “blow” before the second fur hurricane begins. And one bullet point painfully noted that Siberian huskies do shed more than their husky counterparts. Of course. I am determined to get that old coat out so the poor creature can manage the warm days ahead. Fortunately, our house has lots of tile floors and doesn’t get much sun, so it’s as husky-friendly as it gets in these parts. Now we just need three or four more dogs to keep her busy enough to tire her out. Hairless Chihuahuas, perhaps? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who goes nowhere without a sticky roller. Contact her at jean@ coastnewsgroup.com. org. For questions contact email@example.com.
GIFT OF SIGHT
The North San Diego County Lions Clubs are hosting “Lions Gift of Sight” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 at 410 W. California Ave., Vista. It will offer free vision screenings and refurbished eyeglasses. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 405-7385. POKER FUNDRAISER
The Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s annual Rock & Roll Poker Tournament is set for Aug. 28. Register at bgcvista.ejoinme.org/Tickets. Proceeds support the Boys & Girls Club’s music program.
CALL FOR VENDORS
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens has put out a call for vendors for its Oct. 16 Fall Fun Festival. This family day is a free event. They welcome crafts, jewelry, food and business sales booths. Vendor booth space is $40. Apply at altavistabotanicalgardens.org.
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Escondido council OKs 2021-29 Housing Element By Tigist Layne
ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Aug. 11, to discuss and approve its sixth cycle 2021-2029 General Plan Housing Element and associated amendment to the Community Health and Services Chapter of the General Plan. The Community Health and Services Chapter is required to be amended to incorporate policies related to environmental justice. According to the staff report, this amendment will “address recent changes in state law with an expanded focus on environmental justice goals, policies and objectives.” The Housing Element includes a profile and analysis of the city’s demographics, housing characteristics and housing needs, as well as a review of the constraints to housing production and preservation. It also examines and identifies the city’s housing needs, as well as resources and strategies needed to meet the city’s housing objectives. The council heard dozens of public comments with suggestions regarding increasing green space, keeping housing away from highway pollution, and closer looks at accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and affordable housing regulations. Lori Holt Pfeiler, CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, commented on the city’s need for more affordable housing. “We encourage the growth of new development to provide a greater array of housing types. It’s important to provide housing for all income levels, but I believe that housing for middle-income levels is really critical. We need to continue to support building for middle income families — our teachers, our firefighters — so that
our own grown children can stay here in our city,” Pfeiler said. Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez also echoed this sentiment, adding that houses in her district are slowly becoming less and less affordable for median-income families. Councilman Mike Morasco emphasized that the plan and state law require that all members of the
It’s important to provide housing for all income levels, but I believe that housing for middleincome levels is really critical.” Lori Holt Pfeiler
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community should be considered when it comes to housing. “Our responsibility is to make adequate provision for the housing needs of all economic segments of the community. We have a lot of focus on low income, but we need to be looking across the entire spectrum of housing needs for our community,” Morasco said. Members of the Carpenters union also spoke and suggested that the city add an apprentice carpenter program. The Escondido Community Housing Coalition also urged the council to reinstate the city’s Housing Commission. The Housing Element was approved 5-0.
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STARS OF ‘STELLALUNA’
New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad presents a fully staged production of “Stellaluna,” performed by teenagers and young adults with neurodiversity and perfect for all ages, including North County residents Ethan Marr, who plays Stellaluna; Jacob Brown, Rachel Ford, Kenton Makings, Nora Ryder and Alfredo Verde. BREWER’S BIRTHDAY
Culture Brewing is turning 4, from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at 629 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Swing by to join them as
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• Taraneh Barjesteh of Encinitas will work with the Savannah River National Laboratory in materials science research with three other University of Alabama students to conduct STEM research and technical projects at Department of Energy's National Laboratories and facilities this
Sheriff’s fentanyl video criticized By Tigist Layne
SAN MARCOS — Medical experts and toxicologists are speaking out after a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly overdosed last week following a seemingly brief exposure to the drug during a search and seizure. The Sheriff’s Department released bodycam footage of the July 3 incident on Aug. 5 in a news release titled “The Dangers of Fentanyl – Public Safety Video.” According to the department, Deputy David Faiivae and his field training officer, Corporal Scott Crane, seized what deputies said was confirmed to be synthetic opioid fentanyl, which resulted in more than 36,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The footage shows Faiivae standing near the fentanyl and quickly collapsing to the ground. Crane then administered naloxone, also known as Narcan, to Faiivae. The FDA-approved drug is meant to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. “My trainee was exposed to fentanyl and nearly died,” Crane said in the video. The video ends with Sheriff Bill Gore warning that “being exposed to just a few small grains of fentanyl could have deadly consequences.” The story, however, drew criticism from medical experts and toxicologists who claim that the video perpetuates misinformation about the drug. Ryan Marino, medical director for toxicology and addiction at University Hospitals in Cleveland, gained attention for his tweets regarding the incident, saying that the only way to overdose on fentanyl is from injecting, snorting or ingesting it. Marino told The Coast News that he had two main concerns when watching the video. fall.
• Saige Metsch, School of Nursing, and Zoey Metsch, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, both of Carlsbad, earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2021 semester at the University of Kansas. • Katherine Potz of Carlsbad has been named to Purchase College’s dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester. Potz is studying dance. • Alexander Chachas and Kelsi Mikayla Otto of San Diego and Claire Harris of Carlsbad were named to the Linfield University spring 2021 dean’s list. CONGRATS TO GRADS
SHERIFF’S DEPUTY David Faiivae speaks about his alleged fentanyl overdose in a public safety video released by law enforcement. Some toxicologists have said the video gives misinformation about the drug. Screenshot
“Fentanyl toxicity, and any opioid overdose, is a purely clinical diagnosis meaning that it is made based on a specific set of symptoms. The affected officer never stops breathing on his own, which would be the hallmark of opioid toxicity,” Marino said. “The fact that his pupils remain normal size and he has rigid arms and even seems to sniff in when the naloxone is sprayed only add to this point.” Marino added that it is “physically impossible” to overdose from fentanyl exposure, meaning that simply touching fentanyl could not cause overdose, or get into the air to cause overdose from proximity, due to its well-known low vapor pressure. “Reports like this one also advance the narrative that people who use drugs are contaminated or contagious and not only impede appropriate responses that they get when they experience an overdose (either
avoiding resuscitating then due to concern for “exposure” or delaying with unnecessary and wasteful PPE) when time is critical. And equally disturbingly these claims are used to increase criminalization of people who use drugs,” Marino said. In this particular incident, some medical experts are even speculating that Faiivae may have had some sort of panic attack or PTSD episode related to being in close proximity to the dangerous drug. Iain McIntyre, the former chief toxicologist at the San Diego County medical examiner’s office, told The Coast News, however, that, although he thinks a fentanyl overdose is improbable in this case, he also didn’t see signs of a panic attack while watching the video. “I don’t believe it can be absorbed through the skin in a powder form – in liquid form, more likely. I believe it is possible to inhale, but it would have to
istration and Taylor Larie Sidney of Solana Beach received a Master of Science in Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island.
marketing partners, CSBimpact and Simpler & Simpler, received the Gold Award in Rebrand/Brand Evolution category, accounting for 83 percent of all new member growth in 2020 among area credit union competitors, despite the COVID-induced slowdown. In addition, Mission Fed and its partners received a Silver Award in the category of Broadcast for Credit Unions Across the Nation with assets of $1B for its new community-based commercial, “Good for you. Good for all.”
O’SIDE EXPANSION AWARD
The city of Oceanside is being awarded $1.06 million for its planned Well Expansion and Brine Minimization Project from the Federal Bureau of Reclamation under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act Desalination Program. The City had also received $2.623 million from the Bureau of Reclamation in 2018 and combined with this latest award, the total grant funding for this project totals $3.683 million. The project is anticipated to yield an additional 450 acre-feet of local water supplies per year.
• Dane Thoreson of San Diego graduated from Troy University during summer semester of the 2020-21 academic year. • Margaret Jaurigue of San Diego received a HONORS FOR MISSION FED Master of Business AdminMission Fed and its
be a very potent powder,” McIntyre said. “I believe fentanyl could do that, but I do agree with what the experts are saying now that I don’t think anyone’s ever seen it.” “Some experts said that sounds more like a panic attack, but it did not look like a panic attack to me, but no one can know unless they do the appropriate testing,” McIntyre continued. “The guy looked pretty calm, he didn't show any signs of anxiety. He just fell backward.” A study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy back in June shows that “many officers nationwide falsely believe skin exposure to fentanyl on-scene is deadly.” The study, conducted by researchers at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, and UC San Diego, and published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, “highlights a concerning lack of knowledge in law enforcement departments about the lack of danger posed by fentanyl exposure through the skin.” “Family members may be more likely now to be more cautious with this sort of reaction, but then I saw the alternative is that, you know, some first responders might become more paranoid and more fearful of handling these things, and that’s a reasonable response,” McIntyre said. The San Diego County Sheriff’s department could not be reached for comment but released the following statement along with other documents on Aug. 10: “We have received inquiries into the authenticity and accuracy of the video message. The video was created from an actual incident involving our deputy as he processed a white powdery substance that tested positive for Fentanyl.” The Sheriff’s Department also released the incident report, lab results from the white powder, and computer-aided dispatch report from the incident (or call for service record). rejuvenate. SOLANA CENTER HAS PLANS
Following the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Solana Center, 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, offers a range of services to assist in mitigating climate change through proper waste diversion, creation of healthy soils, watershed protection and conservation, including reducing global food to prevent the production of warming methane gases and counter climate change. For more information, contact NEW SPA DIRECTOR jessica.toth@solanacenter. Ocean Pearl Spa, in the org or call (760) 436-7986, Westin Carlsbad Resort & ext. 713. Spa, at 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, has an- TABER JOINS PACE nounced the appointment of Gary and Mary West its new Spa Director, Kerri of PACE, announced Vista Calver, who is overseeing resident Azaria Taber as its the reopening of Ocean new Center Director for its Pearl Spa. The Ocean Pearl Adult Day Health Center in Spa is reopening its doors to San Marcos, serving San Dithose looking to unwind and ego North County seniors.
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Santee museum tells story of biblical creation hit the road e’louise ondash
t’s feeding time at the Creation and Earth History Museum in the East County city of Santee. An attendant hauls a large plastic bin of greens through a camouflaged door to the right of a wall of aquarium-like enclosures. The glass boxes are home to snakes, a turtle, a legless lizard, fish, a tarantula and a few other creepy-crawlies that are hiding under rocks and logs. One large enclosure holds a half-dozen fluttering birds, and on an opposite wall is a sizable glass window displaying a few hundred butterflies. The colorful specimens blanket the wall. The back of one of the snake enclosures opens and the attendant slides a large “tweezers” holding a blackand-white mouse through the space. The mouse dangles, wriggling, above the snake, who feigns disinterest. The snake next door is offered the same bi-monthly treat. His mouse is cowering in the corner, probably seeing his life flash before him. Sorry, but I can’t look. I know it’s the Circle of
A TYRANNOSAURUS REX greets visitors at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee. Creationists maintain that dinosaurs were aboard Noah’s Ark and that the universe and our solar system were created in six days about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. Scientists and astronomers say the universe is more than 14 billion years old. Photo by E’Louise Ondash
Life and all that, but I’m going to move from this room, which illustrates Day 5 of biblical creation, to other sections of the museum that argue further against the theory of evolution. The thermometer reads 90 degrees here in Santee, so the air-conditioned museum is a welcome refuge. The purpose of the museum, according to the website, is to “provide scriptural and scientific evidence that reinforces the biblical account of creation … and (to offer) educational and evangelistic opportunities through interactive museum experiences and activities.” Exhibits in the 10,000-square-foot facility argue for a literal, six-day creation of the Earth, which believers maintain is only 6,000-10,000 years old. For instance, the Grand Canyon was created in a relatively short time as a result of the Great Flood, which was survived only by Noah and his family and the animals that were onboard the ark, including some dinosaurs. We begin our journey through the museum in the rooms that represent the six days of creation. Each room represents one day of the “young earth’s” creation and presents a voluminous amount of text on the walls. My husband returns for a free portable chair that visitors need if they want to spend time reading all of the text.
Should you want to explore further but don’t have time to read everything on the walls, there are takehome pamphlets featuring topics like “Noah and Human Etymology”; “Mount St. Helens and Catastrophism”; “The Meaning of ‘Day’ in Genesis”; and “Mutation and Natural Selection Are Insufficient to Have Brought About Any Emergence of Present Living Kinds from a Simple Primordial Organism.” To summarize this last heading, mutations in species are always harmful, so there is no way a species could both evolve and survive over billions of years. This is another argument that supports the creationist’s view that the Earth is only 6,000 years to 10,000 years old. After the-six-days-ofcreation rooms, we walk through other exhibits that include an age-of-the-earth cave, an Egyptian-era room, a human anatomy exhibit, a dinosaur-discovery zone, a timeline of the Earth’s history and more. We head back into the 90-degree day with a fistful of pamphlets. We feel so much luckier than those mice in the snake enclosures when, in the late afternoon, we make it all the way to North County on the 15 without hitting major gridlock. For more photos and commentary, visit facebook. com/elouise.ondash.
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North County Wine Company toasts 11th year
enior Editor Frank Mangio and I were onsite to celebrate the 11th anniversary of one of the region’s premier wine shops — North County Wine Company in San Marcos. Owner Jim Tobin and bartender Chuck had a packed house with friends of the wine shop, including the original 12 customers with special wine glasses along with other customers taking advantage of the NCWC anniversary top-shelf tasting. I love the atmosphere that NCWC creates, especially with its regulars. It is like a scene out of “Cheers.” For example, customer Steve Dewitt cooked up a couple of pans of Pistachio-topped salmon served with an equally good pasta salad that he shared out to about 40 guests. The highlight of the event was Jim and Chuck using sabers to open two bottles of champagne. A quick flick of a saber across the bottleneck catching the top seam shears off the top and makes for a spectacular show. Equal to the sabering were the spectacular wines that Tobin selected for the anniversary tasting. Guests enjoyed 2017 Niner Fog Catcher Red Blend, Paso Robles, $100; 2018 Penfolds Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $70; 2015 Immortal Slope, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, $70; 2016 Meyer Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $63, and the 2018 Eleven Eleven X-I, Bordeaux Red Blend, $80. Additionally, Tobin had several add-on options, including a half glass of 2015 Opus One for $35. Some of these delicious wines are sure to make our Top 10 list at the end of the year. (Note: Wine prices listed are NCWC prices and not winery retail prices.) DAOU Family Estates is planning a five-course dinner at NCWC at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. The dinner will include five wine selections, each paired with a dinner course by featured chef Erin Sealy and DAOU rep Roman Palumbo. Cost is $90 plus tax and gratuity. Contact Erin at email@example.com or call 619823-3541. Congrats Jim on serving the North County community with exceptional wines, service, and fair prices for the past 11 years! See northcountywinecompany.com. — Story by Tech Director/Writer Rico Cassoni
Vista’s Bambucha Kombucha thinking big
’m continually amazed at all the new brands and products coming out of San Diego, and the continued push to grow from local entrepreneurs. Bambucha Kombucha has been bringing its raw, unpasteurized, probiotic-filled kombucha’s to farmers markets, cafes and markets around town since 2017, but that wasn’t enough! The Vista-based company expanded into the hard kombucha game, having recently dropped its first alcoholic kombucha lineup — Tropical Guava, Blueberry Vanilla and Hawaiian Hibiscus. I asked CEO Michael Zonfrilli what that felt like and why being a chef might be an advantage when developing a new beverage. Cheers! Hey Michael, congratulations on the new (lineup of) hard kombucha. It’s always exciting to pursue a new adventure, but we’ve been in a pandemic for 15 months. What has the past year been like trying to start Bambucha, and what does it mean to you to be officially out there in the marketplace now? Michael: Thanks, Ryan! We are very excited to add our hard kombucha line to our non-alcoholic flavors. This past year has been challenging, but even though many of our restaurant and corporate customers had to close temporarily, we are very grateful for all the support we received at our grocery and other off-premise accounts. Bambucha was very lucky that we were already canning our kombucha for retail, and my heart goes out to the many breweries that relied solely on keg and taproom sales. Since launching our hard kombucha, with Karl Strauss as our distributor, we have thankfully seen our amazing restaurant partners reopen and offer our products both on tap and in cans. Cheers! Why is/was it valuable for you to be a chef during the research & development process, and were there any surprises creating the alcoholic version of your kombucha?
VISTA-BASED Bambucha Kombucha uses whole food ingredients in its hard kombucha, like real blueberries in its Blueberry Vanilla. Photo courtesy of Bambucha Kombucha
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ryan woldt Michael: As chefs, we are always pursuing the best possible flavors and most positive experience for our consumers. In addition to understanding and achieving desired flavor profiles, chefs are also very familiar with ingredient sourcing, food safety and sanitation, and developing products with disciplined and methodical methods. These skill sets have really helped us as a company and continue to guide our craft. In professional kitchens, we would say that we are only as good as our last plate, and this philosophy keeps us moving forward and trying to get better with every batch of kombucha we brew. Kombucha is alive and
every ferment has its own unique qualities that we need to tweak and balance to make consistently delicious. Fortunately, that is what chefs do! Cheers! For someone who isn't familiar with the Bambucha brand, will you explain the theme or vibe, and what inspired you to pursue that style? Michael: Bambucha is a Hawaiian slang meaning BIG, and is a reference to the big, bold flavors we are trying to achieve in our kombucha. As for the vibe, even though we take our kombucha brewing seriously, we want our customers to kick back island-style, chill out and enjoy every sip. Cheers! Bambucha is positioned as a premium product. What separates it from the other hard kombucha on the market right now? Michael: First, I want
to say we have much respect for other kombucha brewers and are honored to be part of this growing community in San Diego. Bambucha is a certified organic premium product for several reasons. First, our flavors are developed from a perspective deeply rooted in culinary traditions, guided by classic ingredient pairings that are exciting but also approachable. Second, we use whole food ingredients that we process in-house. Produce like real blueberries, juicy chunks of mango, fresh roots of ginger and turmeric, and lime leaves from a local biodynamic farm are just some of the ingredients that differentiate our drinks. Lastly, our kombucha is a raw, unpasteurized product that needs to be refrigerated. It is more costly for us to stay in the cold chain
from production to consumption, but we believe people appreciate our commitment to quality. Cheers! What is the best way for North County residents to get their hands on some Bambucha? Michael: Our first choice would be for our local customers to purchase Bambucha at one of our retail or restaurant partners. I wish I could give a shout-out to all of them, but we are sold in over 300 locations throughout Southern California. Natural grocers like Jimbo’s, Lazy Acres, Frazier Farms, Cardiff Seaside Market and Just Peachy carry us currently. Local restaurants include Nectarine Grove, Haggo’s Tacos, Goodonya Organic Eatery, Beach Plum Kitchen, Belching Beaver, Birdseye Kitchen, Tony’s Sports Bar and Grill, Viewpoint Brewing and Gonzo Ramen, to name a few. We are offered on tap at most San Diego farmers’ markets, sold through Kombucha Cares, where a portion of all sales go to help feed San Diegans in need. Also, check out our online store, where you can order Bambucha and have it shipped for free right to your door. Cheers! Anything else you want readers to know about Bambucha right now? Michael: We want everyone to know that most of our team consists of North County locals, and even as we expand to other regions, we greatly appreciate the love and support of our local customers. Thanks! Follow @BambuchaKombucha on Instagram and Facebook for updates on where to find their alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) kombuchas. If you like craft beer, you probably also love a good cup of coffee. Pour a mug and check out the most recent episodes of the Roast! West Coast coffee podcast featuring interviews and coffee education with great local coffee professionals.
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&Entertainment Esco Alley Art project downtown unveils new murals A rts
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ESCONDIDO — Phase two of the Esco Alley Art project in Escondido was unveiled on Saturday with 11 more murals by different local artists in addition to the 12 murals that debuted in June. The mural project, located in downtown Escondido off Grand Avenue on a historic 300-foot brick wall, is presented by the Escondido Arts Association and the Escondido Downtown Business Association. Carol Rogers, co-owner of Stone & Glass and one of the project sponsors told The Coast News that the concept for the project started with Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen and Bath, who collaborated with several local business owners, many of whom are Escondido-based artists. THE SECOND PHASE of the Esco Alley Art project was unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 14, in downtown Escondido. “I'm a firm believer in bring- The mural project features work by dozens of local artists. Photo via Esco Alley Art
ing art to the people,” Rogers said. "It introduces people to art who might never walk into an art gallery and it allows people to enjoy art without being intimidated by a museum environment, or feeling pressured by a gallery environment." The alley sits south of Grand Avenue between Broadway and Maple, and each painting is set up with a QR code with access to the story behind each painting and information about the artist. “I get the greatest feedback from people that talk about how fabulous it is that we've turned an alley into an art gallery,” Rogers said. “They love the fact that artists are able to express themselves with really very little construction. There was no theme. The artTURN TO ALLEY ART ON 13
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Lux Artist-in-Residence Christine Howard Sandoval will be the first ICA San Diego Artist-in-Residence with her exhibition ”Coming Home” running at Lux Art Institute Aug. 21 through Oct. 31, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Sandoval works with adobe and archival materials to trace the migration of her Chalon Ohlone ancestors
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Back to School — with Music! Start learning Music Early: Early musical training “One of the most beautiful things we can give our will develop the areas of children is music educa- the brain related to language and reasoning. tion.” — Gloria Estefan The left side of the Everyone loves and brain develops with music, enjoys music. Whether lis- and songs help imprint intening, playing, or singing, formation on young minds. we understand the gift that music brings personally A Sense of Achievement: Learning to play music and globally. Consider adding music on a new instrument can education to your schedule be challenging but achievby finding a local music able. Those who master school and enrolling in a even the smallest goal will group or private music ed- be able to feel proud of their achievements. ucation. Here are a few benefits that are considered some Kids stay engaged in school: Music is fun and enjoyof the top reasons to add music to your schedule this able. It keeps all children interested and involved. Fall. By Amber Flynn
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Better Self-Confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument build pride and confidence. Research also shows that music education can help students, even preschoolers, prepare for future endeavors. It also helps with enhanced language capabilities, improved memory, hand-eye coordination, study habits, teamwork, and enhanced mental processing and problem-solving abilities.
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The Belly Up Tavern presents a Thursday night concert featuring Brawley, 6 to 7:45 p.m. Aug. 26 at Fletcher Cove Park, 140 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnics. No alcohol, pets, tobacco or barbecues/ grills. For more information, call (858) 720-2453 or CONCERT ON THE GREEN The Village Church cityofsolanabeach.org. presents a free Concert on the Green from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Bring your lawn AUG. 27 chairs, blankets, and food SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Carlsbad Music Fesfor a twilight picnic. Enjoy live music by jazz musician tival is back Aug. 27 to Dante Fire on the lawn Aug. 29 featuring dozens across from The Inn at Ran- of artists including Son de cho Santa Fe on the corner San Diego, The Mattson of Avenida de Acacias and 2, Arooj Aftab, Systems La Flecha. For more infor- Officer, Calder Quartet, mation contact JanF@vil- Trouble in the Wind, Sunny War, Gyan Riley, Shahzad lagechurch.org. Ismaily, Art of Elan, Amadou Fall, Viento CallejeAUG. 23 ro, Shane Hall, Parque de Cometas, Sangam, VákTHE WORLD OF POP ART The Oceanside Muse- oum, Echo Mountain String um of Art is offering a two- Band and Chunky Hustle day workshop, “Contem- Brass Band in outdoor venporary Pop Art Painting“ ues in the Village of Carlsfrom 1 to 4 p.m. Monday bad, with the Festival Hub and Wednesday, Aug. 23 on the lawn at St. Michael's and Aug. 25, at 704 Pier by-the-Sea, 2775 Carlsbad View Way, Oceanside. Cost Blvd., Carlsbad. Tickets at is $90. All supplies for your carlsbadmusicfestival.org/. original artwork will be provided. ics, digital graphic novels, and manga in any web browser - phone or laptop. Download the app on your tablet or smart phone, or read in browser. Search the Apple app store or Google Play store for “Library Pass for Libraries.”
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On display now at the Escondido Arts Partnership Expressions Galleries at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, is a group show, “SoCals Best: Upstarts and Innovators.” The PhotoArts Group is exhibiting “Black and White” and a trio of talent in Gallery Too includes Linda Doll, Virginia Cole and Carol Mansfield.
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The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is seeking art submissions for its Oct. 8 “Save the Ocean” juried art show, at Escondido Municipal Gallery. To submit art, visit surfingmadonna-savetheocean.artcall. org.
LITVAKdance presents “Dancing Outdoors,” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, in the Garden Pavilion at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1550 El Camino Real, formerly Lux Art Institute. Come have a cocktail and join LITVAKdance at a family-friendly live dance with music by Montalban Quintet, Pete Polansky and Yale Strom. Tickets $10 to $25 at litvakdance.com/tix. BEACH BLANKET MOVIE
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SWALLOWTAIL SUMMER The next time you’re walking along one of North County’s many Escondido Creek watershed trails, keep an eye out for the western tiger swallowtail (papilio rutulus). These colorful butterflies are enjoying the last days of summer before disappearing until next February. For more on the Escondido Creek Conservancy, visit www.escondidocreek.org. Photo by Juan Troncoso
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has another charging station, albeit with a lower electrical output, at The Beacon La Costa on the corner of La Costa Avenue and El Camino Real. In San Marcos, though, Jones said the station will also help with the city’s Climate Action Plan and emission goals, bringing another benefit to the city. There are no current plans between the city and Tesla to install another station, but Jones said she is all for
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ists could paint about anything they chose to paint about. The diversity of it kind of, it represents the diversity of our city.” Tristan Pittard, owner of Mandala Creative and an artist featured in the Esco
more, including home installations. She said the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) will be slow, calling it range anxiety, if infrastructure, such as charging stations or home installations are slow to market or the investment by municipalities is slow. However, Jones said, she sees the value and is hopeful more EV infrastructure will come to the city. “It will bring people to our community … and it’s a great opportunity,” she added. “I think there is a lot of
excitement and opportunity in North County. It’s convenient for drivers, motorists and people in the city as well.” Christina Asai, membership director of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, echoed Jones’ comments and said the stations provide opportunities for those with Teslas and other electric vehicles. She said many navigate their trips along routes with charging stations, so San Marcos is now on the Tesla and EV map, but the possibility of other large-scale
developments would benefit more businesses. Asai said the door is open and, if the parties can come together again, suggested locations such as Cal State University San Marco. She said the stations are opportunities to increase resourcefulness. “I think it opens up the door for better, clean support,” Asai said. “We represent that intersection between residents and commerce. It’s nice to know that something like this is being brought to front of mind for those users.”
Alley Art project, told The Coast News that he’s hoping this project will be an important step in making art a more integral part of Escondido. “I wanted to find a way to not just paint murals, but help find, fund and facilitate murals and public art for other people,” Pittard
said. “I think public art is vital to a healthy society, you know, people who wouldn't normally be exposed to it, can be through public art.” According to Pittard, the goal of the project will be to carry this into Escondido’s future by expanding into different alleys, rotat-
ing art and artists and establishing the project as a staple in the community. The third phase of the project will be unveiled on Oct. 9 and will include work by even more artists from the community. For more information, go to www.escoalleyart. com.
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medical exemption. And masks don't even stop viruses from being transmitted.” Audra Morgan, who has spoken against the county’s COVID policies at previous meetings, accused supervisors of violating their oaths. “We're coming after every single (expletive) one of you,” she told the board. More than few accused supervisors of not being in the chamber during the meeting or ignoring them. Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas left the chamber at some point and participated remotely during certain periods of the meeting. According to his spokesman, Fletcher left the dais “to help make sure people who felt like they were left off the speaker list were signed-up and allowed to speak.” L awson-Remer ’s spokesman said she had to leave the meeting for a certain period to care for her toddler. Eli Komai, a San Diego resident, credited county staff members with doing a good job listening to what he and others had to say. “We're not doing this for ourselves, we're doing this for our community,” he added. Another speaker asked, “How many rights
are you going to take away before we look at the facts?” Escondido resident Kevin Stevenson called in and said he had listened for nearly four hours to “unhinged death cultists.” Stevenson thanked Fletcher, Vargas and Lawson-Remer for their efforts to protect the residents. County resident Michelle Krug also praised Fletcher, Lawson-Remer and Vargas “for being real leaders, not just in this county but in the country,” in terms of COVID policies that protect residents. Supervisor Joel Anderson said it was important to hear people’s voices on both sides of the issue. “We had a lively debate today, and people came from long distances and waited a long time,” he added. Supervisor Jim Desmond, who has been critical of certain county restrictions, thanked Fletcher for leading the meeting. Desmond at one point also called out disruptive audience members. “You’re hurting your cause,” he added. Desmond added that he encourages people to get the COVID-19 vaccine but will also stand up for those who don’t want it. “I’m completely
against a mandated workplace vaccination. COVID is here to stay,” said Desmond, adding that residents will have to learn to live with the coronavirus and that the county needs to allow children to return to school, let businesses open and let people get back to work. Lawson-Remer said she was grateful for the process that everyone’s voice to be heard. “This is why we have open government,” she added. Following the hearing, the board unanimously approved allocating $104.8 million in federal and state Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds. The money will be spent to continue a wastewater testing program at schools and child care centers in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board also extended a contract for the Safer at School Early Alert System, a partnership with UC San Diego to test wastewater. The board also voted to approve $4.6 million in funding from the California Department of Public Health to “establish, expand and sustain a public health workforce,” according to information on the county board meeting agenda.
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WHITE HOUSE National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy speaks about the climate crisis at SDG&E headquarters in San Diego on Tuesday. McCarthy was joined by U.S. Reps. Mike Levin, right, and Scott Peters, as well as SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn. Photo by Steve Puterski
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strategies and mitigation capabilities, plus the desperate need for the country to update and upgrade all aspects of its infrastructure. Levin and Peters said SDG&E has shown its ability to innovate and its internal processes for mitigation and detection, with Levin saying the utility should be the standard across the country. The bill, meanwhile, according to the White House, pumps in billions to address public transit, rail, roads and highways, bridges, water, wildfires, broadband internet, electric vehicles, clean energy and electrical grid upgrades. All three called the climate crisis an “existential threat” and said it must be addressed now. “About 40% of the power SDG&E procures is from renewable sources,” Peters said. “We’ve had some success in Washington … and passed my bill, the USE IT Act (Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies), to push carbon capture.” As wildfires rage in Northern California, the blazes are burning towns, homes and more than 1 million total acres. Levin said drought conditions have worsened over the past five years, which accelerated devastating fires over the past several years. Mitigation efforts and new methods and technology outlined in the bill, and on a state level, can help reduce those threats over the years, he said. Additionally, Levin stressed the urgency to act quickly, citing a new report from the United Nations, with U.N. Secretary General António Guterres calling it a “code red for humanity.” Peters stressed another high priority is water and accelerating water recycling facilities, such as the massive Pure Water project in San Diego, which will recycle 83 million gallons of water per day by 2035, accounting for half of the city’s potable water. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2025. McCarthy, Levin and Peters acknowledged the water crisis in the West, notable with Lake Mead (near Las Vegas) being at record low levels, which forced a Level 1 emergency. This means Nevada and
Arizona must reduce their allotments from the lake. Additionally, Lake Oroville in Northern California shut down its hydroelectric generation this year due to low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Peters said these situations mean the federal government, or states, must look at building new storage facilities. Levin highlighted the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, noting the infrastructure bill will include desalination in areas in need and that are drought prone. “Drought frequency is increasing,” Levin said. “We have got to do all we can to tackle the root cause that is causing all these issues. The root cause is the climate crisis.” McCarthy, meanwhile, said the electrical grid must be modernized to allow for more efficiencies, reduction of use and preventing wildfires, which is also a massive contributor to airborne emissions. “It also looks at addressing the transportation sector … so it’s investing in transit, electric buses, airports and ports,” she said. “The next budget resolution is critical as well. We’re looking at the development of a clean electricity payment system … so the utilities get the hint that their job is to get to 0% (emissions) by 2035.” Walker Foley of Food & Water Watch said it is imperative for the Biden administration to act quickly and formulate a plan to tackle the climate crisis. He, along with members of the Sunrise Movement, attended two events on Aug. 17 featuring the three politicians, and stressed Biden must declare a national climate emergency. Foley said the infrastructure bill is a great start, although long-term plans and strategies must fall into place for the country to build out its infrastructure and tackle the crisis. They dubbed their national coalition “Build Back Fossil Free,” a play on Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. “It means using this opportunity and the funds … to take really bold action on climate,” Foley said. “We really think Biden has this tremendous opportunity to put us on the right path with what might be once-in-a-generation funding.”
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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido History Center last week began its annual Escondido Legends series, which will feature eight Escondido legends who have made an impact on the community. This will be the third year of this popular series that will conclude with a $1,000 honorarium presented, in each Legend’s name, to eight outstanding seniors from high schools in Escondido. Robin Fox, executive director at the Escondido History Center, told The Coast News that each legend will be announced either weekly or bi-weekly, and the scholarship recipients will be announced in October. “Education is probably the most important thing that we do; educating people about Escondido history and the lives of the people who’ve lived here and who have contributed to the community,” Fox said. “It's an honor to them and we want people to be aware of who they are.” Students must apply for the scholarship that they would like to be considered for. The scholarships are funded each year by Jack Raymond, an Escondido resident and philanthropist who was highlighted as a legend in 2019. “School is expensive, so this is just a way of helping high school seniors
REUBEN T. NELSON, who opened Escondido’s first full-service grocery store, Rube’s Country Corner, is the first of this year’s Legends. Courtesy photo
move forward in their careers or in their educational path, while also honoring the people who have contributed to Escondido and built it into the community that it is,” Fox said. Every senior student that receives an award will be a student at a high school in Escondido and will be recognized for participating in a variety of school activities and demonstrating leadership qualities while attending
high school. Volunteerism in the community is also highly important. Each student will receive the $1,000 honorarium, a framed certificate and an Escondido History Center Student Membership. The first legend highlighted last week was Reuben T. Nelson, also known as “Poor Ole Rube” or “The Nebraska Swede,” who passed away in 1991. Nelson opened Escon-
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dido’s first full-service grocery store, called Rube’s Country Corner, which featured a coffee shop, bakery, liquor department, meat department, produce, and a fully stocked grocery. Nelson was not only loved by the community but was behind one of Escondido’s most successful businesses at the time, and in 1983 he sold his business and storefront to the Albertsons chain for $3.3 million.
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