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Escondido sales tax hike makes ballot


Council compromises with ¾-cent measure By Samantha Nelson

ESCO ALLEY ART, an outdoor mural project off Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido, will unveil 15-plus new pieces — the fourth phase in a multiphase project — on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. in the alley south of Grand between Broadway and Kalmia. The event will feature live music and an opportunity to meet the artists. STORY ON PAGE 14. Courtesy photo

SMUSD expanding Fallen Vista firefighter honored TK starting this fall By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — New state eligibility requirements will allow more children this fall to enter transitional kindergarten in the San Marcos Unified School District, which plans to steadily increase eligibility over the next three years to achieve the state’s goal of universal early education. While the district’s transitional kindergarten program was open only to children who turn age five by December 2, the age cutoff for this school year now extends to February 2. The eligibility window will gradually widen each year until fall 2025 when all four-year-olds can enroll in transitional kindergarten in San Marcos Unified. While some families may opt to keep their children in private preschools or at home until they are

ready for kindergarten, the state-mandated change offers a cost-free alternative for many families seeking free early childhood education. With this expanded eligibility, transitional kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-23 school year across the district’s 10 elementary and K-8 schools has increased from last year by around 30%, or 83 students, according to district spokeswoman Amy Ventetuolo. However, this number is subject to change until school begins in mid-August and sites see how many students attend. “We’re expecting a little bit of an increase, but who knows — with TK or K, we don’t really know for sure until the school year starts,” said Deputy Superintendent Tiffany CampTURN TO SMUSD ON 15

INSET: Andy Valenta, a Vista firefighter who died of cancer at age 33 in April 2021, has been added to the wall of fallen firefighters at the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento. LEFT: Capt. Miles Sweeney of the Vista Fire Department presents Valenta’s widow, Caylie, and two daughters with the flag from the July 30 ceremony. Also on hand were members of Vista Fire Fighters Local 4107. TOP: The limestone wall lists over 1,400 names of firefighters who have died in the line of duty since California became a state. Courtesy photos

ESCONDIDO — After years of discussion, voters will see a new ¾-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. In late July, the City Council approved a ¾-cent sales tax ballot measure with the goal of using additional funds to maintain and improve public safety services throughout the city. It was the second attempt to get a tax measure on the ballot after a 2020 attempt failed. Staff had originally proposed a one-cent tax measure, which tested well among more than 1,000 voters in a survey conducted this year. Approximately 63% of respondents indicated they would favor a one-cent sales tax increase that would remain in effect until ended by voters. Through a compromise, the City Council passed by a 4-1 vote the ¾-cent sales tax measure to end in 15 years. To get the measure on the ballot, the council needed at least four votes. Councilmember Joe Garcia voted against the ballot measure. “After reviewing the staff report and all the materials with it, at this time I don't feel there are enough protections of the taxpayers here in Escondido to move forward with this,” Garcia said. City officials have debated a sales tax increase for some time in response to its budget woes. The city’s state-required public employee unfunded pension liability fund obligates Escondido to pay between $15 and $22 million annually until 2044. A ¾-cent sales tax increase would raise Escondido’s current sales tax rate of 7.75% to 8.5% and would generate approximately $21 million annually. At least 50% of that would be used to support police and fire; to maintain infrastructure, parks and buildings; and to address homelessness. The council also voted to add language to the ballot measure that would cite reducing TURN TO SALES TAX ON 6


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Alzheimer’s Association discusses “10 Warning Signs” at Silvergate San Marcos SAN MARCOS, CA – August 5, 2022 – More than 30 attentive seniors and family members turned out for an informative presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego to discuss the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” on Tuesday, June 28th at Silvergate San Marcos -- the area’s premier senior living community. “Caregiving for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or memory loss at home is often overwhelming and exhausting for family members,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, Executive Director for Silvergate San Marcos. “We partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to share resources with seniors and their families in order to help them assess a loved one’s cognitive status and navigate the path to better care, which is all anyone wants for their mom or dad.” Speaker Rebecca Turman, Program and Education Specialist for the San Diego Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, gave attendees a comprehensive overview of the top 10 warning signs to watch for as well as an update on the latest research under development for families concerned about a loved who may be experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, key signs to look for include: 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks 4. Confusion with time or place 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing 7. Misplacing items and losing the ability to retrace steps

8. Decrease or poor judgment 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities 10. Changes in mood and personality Turman continued to say that although the scientific community is no closer to a cure, early detection is now possible and depends largely on seniors being assessed by a physician at the onset of one or more of these key warning signs. Families are encouraged to note what they’re seeing, become educated and seek guidance from trusted sources like the Alzheimer’s Association. “I came to this event today to learn more about this troubling disease because I have a dear friend who is starting to experience memory loss issues that have me concerned,” said Joyce Jablonowski, a local senior who received Silvergate’s invitation to hear about what constitutes symptoms versus what can be considered normal challenges with aging. “I wanted to know what to look for so hearing about the warning signs in Silvergate’s presentation today and then touring a professional memory care environment was really helpful. I now know how to find the support she needs.” Guests also heard from David Nelson, Marketing Director for Silvergate San Marcos. “Although we all continue to hope for a cure to Alzheimer’s in our lifetime, until that day, what we do know is that there is a lot seniors can do now to help delay the onset of dementia-like symptoms. Staying active, developing new friendships, continual learning, and proper nutrition all help the brain stay healthy. Independent senior living communities like Silvergate San Marcos specialize in just that.” After the presentation, guests were able to tour Silvergate’s newly remodeled Memory Care Suites, a separate building on the property specifically designed for

seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and memory loss. Participants were introduced to Silvergate’s unique concept of “neighborhood” design which provides a more personalized, home-like environment where residents enjoy the highest level of comfort, engagement, and supervision without the possibility of wandering in corridors or long hallways. About Silvergate San Marcos With one of the highest caregiver-to-resident ratios in the senior living industry, Silvergate San Marcos’ experienced memory care team provides high-touch care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With more eyes on fewer residents, families can rest assured that the greatest standard of care and the highest level of supervision will ensure the safety and security of a loved one residing at the community’s Memory Care Suites. For those actively looking for a proven memory care solution for their loved one, families can call David Nelson, Marketing Director for Silvergate San Marcos, at 760-744-4484 for more information about the community’s Memory Care Suites or visit

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RITA SAUCEDA is heading to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana after earning a full-ride scholarship from national nonprofit QuestBridge. Courtesy photo

Prestigious scholarship sends Del Lago grad to Notre Dame By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — In just a few weeks’ time, recent Del Lago Academy graduate and small-business owner Rita Sauceda will travel across the country to begin college after earning a prestigious scholarship to pay for it all. Sauceda learned about the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship last summer before her senior year of high school. Her school counselor, Jose Ramirez, encouraged her to apply. QuestBridge is a national nonprofit organization that connects low-income students with some of the top colleges and universities in the country. For recipients like Sauceda, the scholarship covers a full, four years of paid tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and travel expenses — a scholarship worth over $200,000. Sauceda applied for the scholarship despite being nervous about some of those top colleges being so far from home. She had been looking at colleges that were closer and more affordable for her family.

“I knew my family was going to do everything possible to see me go to college, but I didn’t want to burden them,” she said. As a student at Del Lago Academy, Escondido’s public magnet school, Sauceda was highly involved and active in several extracurricular groups. She was president of the MEChA Club (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), a student organization that promotes higher education and appreciation for Chicano/Latino culture and history. She was also involved in the Associated Student Body (ASB) and was a member of the Random Acts of Kindness Club. Sauceda dances with two ballet folklorico groups outside of school, Ballet Folklorico Caliztlan in Escondido and Wa-Kushma Folk Production in Chula Vista. As a young entrepreneur who wanted to help out her family during the pandemic, Sauceda ran a toy shop with her aunt out of Mexicali as well as her own screen-printing business in her home in Escondido.

Not long after applying, Sauceda found out she was a finalist for the scholarship, at which point she was asked to rank her top school choices. By December, she was matched to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Notre Dame is a private, Catholic university that is ranked 19th among National Universities , according to U.S. News & World Report. Sauceda didn’t think she would end up getting a full ride. Even after learning that she was a recipient, the reality didn’t really set in until the scholarship paid for her and her mother to visit the university in February. Sauceda was impressed by what she saw. “When I first saw the school, it kind of gave me Harry Potter vibes,” she said. “It was really fancy.” She also liked the people she met along the way, many of them fellow scholarship recipients, and others from the university who warmly welcomed Sauceda and the other students to TURN TO SCHOLARSHIP ON 15

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With change upon us, new county budget helps prepare


By Terra Lawson-Remer

f you told me three years ago I would spend weeks on end isolated at home, gas would cost $6 a gallon, I’d be watching a war in Europe, and reproductive freedom would be illegal or close to it in a majority of the nation, I wouldn’t have believed you. But the reality is that our world has changed — and this change is being thrust upon us from all directions. With the right planning and investments, we can weather that change — and create a stronger, more resilient San Diego County. This was my goal when I voted last month to approve the County of San Diego’s new $7.35 billion budget. It’s a resiliency budget — an investment plan to make sure that San Diego is ready not only to respond to the change we’re experiencing but to enact the change we need. The new county budget furthers the work we’ve done, and continue to do, to make county government more equitable, sustainable, responsive and representative of our communities. As we feel the heat from rising temperatures, this budget invests $100 million to fight climate change, expand county parks and community gardens, acquire land for the preservation of natural habitats, plant trees, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and set up “cool zones” around our region for you to enjoy air conditioning for free. As we grow more concerned about sewage in our oceans, this budget invests $40 million in improving our stormwater infrastructure to keep pollution from our cities from flowing onto our beaches. As we see people struggling on the street, perhaps talking to themselves, this budget pays for new Mo-

THE COUNTY BUDGET includes money for new Mobile Crisis Response Teams staffed with trained psychiatric clinicians. Courtesy photo

bile Crisis Response Teams staffed with trained psychiatric clinicians to respond quickly — allowing our sheriffs and police officers to focus on fighting crime. As we are squeezed by inflation and need a little extra help to make ends meet, this budget will fund new resources to help residents access food and health care through programs like CalFresh and Medi-Cal. As we witness wildfires more frequently threaten our homes, this budget bolsters our firefighting fleet with a new dual-engine helicopter with the ability to fly at night and carry more water and emergency responders. But we’re not waiting for danger to arrive at our doorsteps — we’re also investing $2 million to reduce the risk of wildfire through vegetation management, improved evacuation routes, and fire breaks. And as we venture out more to reconnect with our neighbors, you can experience the millions of dollars in funding set aside in this budget to support

vital programs, such as 24hour rapid testing to measure beach water quality; $250,000 for San Dieguito Park to improve the safety of the bridge and rehabilitate the three lookout towers; and $6 million for land acquisition, design, and environmental review for the long-awaited San Dieguito Local Park — a new 5-acre park that will include a soccer field, court sports, and a playground. If you know an organization that is doing important work that should receive funding, please have them reach out to me at terra.lawson-remer@sdcounty. We are a resilient region — and this budget reflects that spirit. We can’t always control what comes our way. But we will continue to work hard locally to be prepared for winds of change, no matter where they come from, so we can chart a better future for us all. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer represents District 3 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

he idea that oil companies and gasoline refiners could gouge Californians — and other Americans to a lesser degree — by as much as 100% of the previous price of gasoline seemed utterly preposterous until February. That’s when President Biden slapped an embargo on Russian oil, depriving California refineries of between 2% and 3% of the supplies they had been using. Average pump prices instantly rose from $4.70 per gallon across the state to above $6. Later, in some places, prices even topped $9 per gallon, about twice their price just six months ago. That’s gouging, pure and simple. Yes, the worldwide price of oil was up, but not in anywhere near such large proportions. Many citizens are still making excuses for oil companies, but their financial reports make it clear they are reaping windfall profits in the billions of dollars. Now comes a new report that indicates the money motorists are losing to the cartel-like oil industry is just a fraction of what consumption of oil and gas really costs us, when all the wrinkles and ripples are figured in. How does $10 trillion by the year 2045 sound? That’s the figure arrived at by the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group, whose analysts are the first to even attempt figuring all the expenses that are and will be created by use of oil and natural gas over the next 20 yearsplus. The report gains credibility from the fact that Consumer Watchdog is the outfit whose 1987 ballot initiative curtailing insurance prices in California now saves people here more than $3 billion per year. That’s an average of almost $80 per year per Californian, of all ages and ethnicities. So it can be a mistake to ignore the group’s oil cost estimates, as virtually all California media have since issuance of the report in late spring. Here are just some of the annual costs listed in the report from use of oil and natural gas over the next 23 years: $94.2 billion from wildfires and drought; $1.4 billion in heat-related deaths indirectly caused by California oil wells; $339 billion for smog controls. That’s a total annual cost of $434.6 billion for using and drilling petroleum, or $10 trillion over 23 years, about 70% more than it costs to run the federal government for one year — including huge

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programs like Medicare, Social Security and the military. Are those figures realistic? Look at the wildfire number: Despite all its mitigation moves of the last 25 years, California is the No. 2 emitter of greenhouse gases among U.S. states, surpassed only by Texas. The state Air Resources Board says 85% of the greenhouse gases produced here stem from production and use of fossil fuels, helping further both dry conditions and extreme heat that have exacerbated the state’s pre-existing problems with wildfires, vastly driving up property damage, lives lost and firefighting costs. “One third of the costs of drought (and the fires it furthers) can be attributed to greenhouse gas emissions caused by (burning) fossil fuels,” says the report. Global warming driven by oil use will add to the costs listed, too, by raising sea levels and destroying further billions of dollars in property before 2045. Then there’s the smog mostly created by both vehicles and oil- or gas-fired electric generating plants. Costs of treating emphysema, not to mention creation of electric vehicles and other smog-fighting measures, already amount to more than damage from wildfires. It all makes the state’s efforts to cut greenhouse gases via a cap-and-trade program, smokestack filters and other tactics look puny. What’s more, the estimated $10 trillion, 23year cost of using and drilling oil and natural gas does not include what motorists spend for gasoline, the price of which has fallen from its peak, but is never again likely to sink to pre-February levels. All these numbers matter only if their sheer shock value causes actions. But that’s not likely, as this report now looks to be ignored, just as the state auditor’s springtime report on the unreliability of California housing need estimates never spurred so much as a word of reaction from either Gov. Newsom or state Attorney General Rob Bonta. Email Thomas Elias at


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Bobier Elementary upgrades enter construction phase By Samantha Nelson

NATHAN EUGENE MATHIS, 67, pleaded guilty this year to fatally stabbing 75-yearold Richard Finney of Escondido. Courtesy photo

Man gets 15 years to life for ’86 killing

VISTA – School board trustees have moved forward a plan to use Measure LL facility bond funds for construction of much-needed upgrades at Bobier Elementary School. In 2018, voters approved a $247 million bond initiative to repair and upgrade classrooms across the Vista Unified School District. The board has already committed $128 million of those funds to various proj-

ects. In late July, the board approved using Measure LL bond funds to move Bobier Elementary School into the construction phase of its long-awaited upgrades, work that’s expected to cost about $57 million. Trustee Rosemary Smithfield said moving forward on Bobier was a “no brainer” given the many problems facing the campus, noting ceiling blocks falling on students and past

problems with mold. “I don’t want us to stop again on Bobier,” Smithfield said. “It’s bad.” During the design phase of Bobier, the process was paused due to roadblocks that required further geotechnical analysis. “Now with more information we’re bringing it back to an active phase,” VUSD Superintendent Matt Doyle said. The board is also considering using some or most

of the remaining Measure LL money on upgrades at Beaumont Elementary School. Like Bobier, Beaumont’s campus has required further geotechnical analysis due to a stormwater runoff problem allowing water into the classrooms. Both Bobier and Beaumont are expected to have portable classrooms replaced by permanent structures. Beaumont, however, will require additional work to address roofing and mold

I-15 gunfire, police chase end in arrest

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ESCONDIDO — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a retiree in Escondido more than 35 years ago was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison. Nathan Eugene Mathis, 67, was arrested in April 2018 at his home in Ontario in connection with the death of 75-yearold Richard Finney, who was stabbed around three dozen times at his East Mission Avenue apartment. On the morning of Nov. 13, 1986, Finney was found dead in a living room chair at his home, according to Escondido police. Money, jewelry and other miscellaneous items belonging to the victim had been stolen. Though knives, fingerprints and blood were located inside Finney’s apartment by investigators at the time, the case went cold until technological advances allowed for further examination of the evidence. According to Deputy District Attorney Tom Manning, Mathis was tied to the crime scene by a bloody handprint and a fingerprint found on the knob of a sink inside Finney’s home. After Mathis submitted his fingerprints for a job application as a security guard, investigators were able to match his prints to those left at the murder, the prosecutor said. The case was reopened about two years prior to Mathis’ arrest. Earlier this year, Mathis pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder count. At Mathis’ sentencing hearing, two of Finney's granddaughters spoke of the impact the killing had on them and their family, particularly their mother and uncle who died before knowing the outcome of the investigation. “You had 30 years of living after you killed my grandpa,” Gina Curry told Mathis, who did not make a statement at the hearing. “You had a life, a marriage, family and career. Did you ever think of my grandpa or our family?” Curry said her mother and uncle “never got over” their father’s death, which TURN TO KILLING ON 15

issues in its existing building. For now, the plan is to gather additional information on next steps for Beaumont before the board commits Measure LL money to the project. Staff is also expected to bring back additional details about the district’s fire alarm and communication systems as well as its sewer systems to determine if those areas also need to be prioritized for funding.

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SAN MARCOS 14U, 1OU ALL STARS GO TO WESTERN NATIONALS The San Marcos Girls Softball 14U All Stars, above, went 4-2 at last week’s B Western Nationals, a 25team tournament in Corona. The team qualified with its performance at the state tournament in Lancaster earlier in July. Right, to raise funds for their trip Western Nationals to Salem, Oregon, the San Marcos 10U All-Stars sold flowers last month at an Albertsons in San Marcos. The team finished 2-2 at last week’s tournament. Courtesy photo (above); Photo by Laura Place (right)

Vista ‘wish list’ items to get boost from state By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — In a lucky draw of available state funding, two unfunded capital improvement programs are getting construction schedules a little bit faster. Last month, Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath announced $3 million in state allocations toward a recreation center and electric vehicle charging stations in the city of Vista. The city has yet to receive the funding pending further instruction from the state, but $1.6 million has been set aside to remake a current substation of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department into a community center at Luz Duran Park. And $1.4 million is slotted for additional charging stations. The “wish list” projects originated from a list of unfunded capital improvement projects. The city’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) budget funds the acquisition, construction and maintenance

of all major capital assets and public infrastructure. Andrea McCullough, the communications officer for Vista, said that the city’s five-year CIP plan generally breaks down major projects into what can be funded and when. Many times the unfunded wish list can be reconsidered with the availability of grants — or Assembly members. Boerner Horvath reaches out to her district regularly, inquiring about projects the city may want or need, McCullough said. “We defend our kind of a ‘unfunded wish list’… and what we could do with that [funding], and then she does what she does and we get a notice that it’s been funded.” Boerner Horvath’s office could not be reached regarding how these projects are going to be funded or why Vista was chosen. This is not the first time the city received funding from the state for unfunded projects. In 2021, Vista re-

ceived $5 million to replace the Old Taylor Street Fire Station, $3.5 million for the Civic Center solar project and $600,000 toward Brengle Terrace Park. McCullough said, however, that funding doesn’t necessarily mean movement on a project. “It takes a while,” she said. “We just have to wait for the state as it goes through [the] process. When we receive the funds … then we can go out with the RFP,” or requests for proposals. The state-level process could take several months. City staff decided to submit the electric vehicle and community center proposals, because of their practicality and alignment with city goals. As the state shifts toward electric vehicles, McCullough said, the need for additional charging stations is inevitable. “We have state regulations we need to follow and we need more electric

vehicle charging stations in the city,” she said. “So this would be great if we could build them in different areas.” The relocation and revamp of the sheriff's substation was a project that seemingly makes good civic sense. Currently, families that enjoy Luz Duran Park face a law enforcement building that isn’t readily accessible to the public. State money will fund the overhaul of a city-owned building at 986 Vista Village Drive. In its place, an opento-the-public center will be erected at the Luz Duran Park location. This project is part of a city aim to enhance quality of life through parks and recreation. “One of the [Vista City Council’s] goals is parks,” McCullough said, “and they were looking at the different parks and they realized that maybe … something open to the public would be better in that area.”

REGION — A motorist suspected of firing a gun at another driver July 25 on Interstate 15 in the far northern reaches of San Diego County, causing minor injuries, was arrested following a freeway pursuit, authorities reported. The alleged road-rage shooting south of Rainbow Valley Boulevard was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. It was unclear what prompted the gunfire, which left a 57-year-old Murrieta man driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck with cuts from flying shards of glass, CHP public-information Officer Hunter Gerber said. As officers responded to the reported crime, they saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspected shooter’s car heading south on the freeway near state Route 78 and pulled it over. Though the suspect, a 28-year-old Rialto man, was initially compliant, he drove off as the CHP personnel approached his silver Mercedes-Benz CLK230C coupe. The ensuing pursuit passed through the Pala, Bonsall and Hidden Meadows areas before reaching Escondido. There, the fleeing driver — who had two passengers riding in his car with him — exited onto Via Rancho Parkway, where the Mercedes veered across the offramp and crossed onto an adjacent on-ramp, crashed into a Mini Cooper, overturned and struck a guardrail. Following the collision, the suspect jumped out of his car and made a failed attempt to escape on foot, Gerber said. Officers chased down the man and arrested him on suspicion of felony evasion of police, hit-and-run, possession of illegal narcotics and burglary tools, and assault with a deadly weapon. Investigators found a loaded gun in the Mercedes, Gerber said, The driver of the vehicle struck by the suspect's car, a 59-year-old Escondido man, was treated at Palomar Medical Center for minor injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.


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Get tickets now, as Silvergate San Marcos invites local seniors to join residents for a day trip excursion to Monserate Winery in Fallbrook Aug. 25. Depart at 10:30 a.m. at Silvergate, 1550 Security Place, San Marcos. Return approximately 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. To RSVP, Call (760) 744-4484 or email Monica Castaneda at CATHOLIC FRIENDS

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend a TGIF Concert in the Park, Calavera Hills Park, Carlsbad Aug. 5; have happy hour/ dinner at Miguel’s, 4S Ranch Aug. 9 and walk the Oceanside Strand Aug. 11, with meal to follow at Bagby Beer Co. Reservations are required at (760) 696-3502. FUN WITH FROG AND TOAD

The Escondido Patio Playhouse, to promote its Aug. 19 play, “A Year With Frog And Toad’ is hosting sneak peeks with songs from the show, stories from the children's books by Arnold Lobel and games. The Escondido events are at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at a Frog & Toad Tea at the Grand Tea Room, 145 W. Grand Ave. (tickets at; at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the church at 1917 E. Washington; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St.; 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, 320 N. Broadway; 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12; 4:30 p.m. at the Escondido Public Library and 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at storytime at the Barnes and Noble, 810 W. Valley Parkway.


MiraCosta College students can get support preparing for the fall 2022 semester at any of three Welcome Fest events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6, at the San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 13, at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside. BREAST MILK DRIVE

TrueCare’s annual Breast Milk Drive and Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6, with the University of California Health Milk Bank, at TrueCare’s San Marcos Health Center, 150 Valpreda Road, San Marcos, to provide safe, nutritious, pasteurized human donor milk to babies in need. Pre-registration required at University of California Health Milk Bank portal, uchealth. Attendees can pick up bags of fresh produce, diapers, goodie bags for mothers and babies and educational materials while supplies last.

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The city of Escondido Nonprofit Relief Fund is now accepting online applications at grant-for-escondido-nonprofits. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Aug. 11. To apply, nonprofits must be located in or serve the city of Escondido. Priority consideration will be given to nonprofits serving or located in the city’s Opportunity Zone. GENEALOGY MEET

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saw Bart Simpson. I hung out briefly with Boba Fett and Darth Vader, a zombie, some large machine-like creature, some very buff centurions, and I even rubbed elbows with Seth Green. If you don’t know who Seth Green is, well, then you are seriously lacking in coolness. Even I, who has been known to score pretty low on the cool meter, remembered him as the son of “Austin Powers’” Dr. Evil, who got told to “Zip it!” However, I did lose points because I didn’t know exactly why Green was signing autographs on the Comic-Con exhibit floor. It involves adult cartoons too strange even for me. If you need details, just ask someone between 18 and 25. Meanwhile, it turns out I have been a Comic-Con fan for years, but just didn’t realize it. The signs were all there. Basically I am a huge fan of imagination and whimsy …. and Comic-Con is pretty much Whimsy Central. I have been known to find any excuse to wear a costume and am quite comfortable looking a little ridiculous. I love science fiction and especially science fiction movies. I have been a “Star Trek” fan since the first season, a “Star Wars” fan as well. The clincher is that I was as big a fan of my children’s cartoon shows as they were, from “Rescue Rangers” to “Invader Zim” to “Angry Beavers.” When my godson gave me the heads-up to buy my ticket months ago, I decided to go for it, before a) I was really too old to walk from one end of the Convention Center to the other and/or b) the rumors come true and the iconic event leaves San Diego for


the city’s pension obligations with the funds as well. Garcia, Morasco and Deputy Mayor Tina Inscoe felt that adding the language would be more transparent to voters. Adding the language went against recommendations from both staff and True North Research, a third-party consultant that conducted the sales tax survey, which indicated the move would be risky because the language was untested. Voters in the survey also indicated that reducing pension costs with the funds was on the lower end of their priorities. Instead, residents identified wanting additional public safety efforts, infrastructure improvements and actions addressing homelessness to improve Escondido’s

small talk jean gillette a more spacious spot in Orange County or L.A. If I am required to drive past that Orange County border to get to something, even Comic-Con loses its attraction. It was a day full of youthful exuberance and a visual feast. (I try to expose myself to youthful exuberance as often as possible in hopes of absorbing some subcutaneously.) I’m not sure what tickled me the most. It might have been the street signs outside the Convention Center written in Klingon. It could have been seeing trailers in serious surround sound. Or maybe it was the two or three adorable attendees who actually complimented my green hair. Well, sure. You can just go to Comic-Con looking normal, but it’s an opportunity lost. I should have gone as Medusa, who was featured this year, looking very like me before my shower. But even with my minimal effort, seriously costumed people chatted and joked easily with me. If you are willing to set aside a workday, maybe paint your hair green, and stand in endless lines, you have, apparently, earned their respect. I loved that the exhibits range from established stars to upcoming creative minds trying to break into the business. And you never really know — either one might be standing right next to you. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who will be brushing up on her Klingon. Contact her at quality of life. Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilmember Consuelo Martinez were both opposed to adding the language; however, they voted in favor to get four votes. “I don’t think it’s a good idea, because it’s untested,” Martinez said. McNamara questioned how the tax would work to reduce pension obligations when the city is already required to pay it. “We’re not really reducing the pension debt,” the mayor said. “It’s a bill — something we have to pay.” Meanwhile, without additional revenue, the city could be forced to make cuts to police, fire, road maintenance, homeless encampment cleanups and other service areas, cuts that McNamara said would impact the city’s quality of life.


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Vista honored for efforts on homelessness Filing period open By Jacqueline Covey

VISTA — The city has been recognized for its continued efforts to battle homelessness. The International City/ County Management Association named Vista’s Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness a recipient of the 2022 Local Government Excellence Award in Community Health and Safety. “The street is no place for any person to live and a compassionate society does not allow for anyone to live on the street,” Vista Deputy Mayor John Franklin said. The ICMA is a century-old agency with more than 11,000 members dedicated to improving resident quality of life through municipal government. The ICMA’s annual Local Government Excellence Awards, open to U.S. and international jurisdictions, will be presented in September at the association’s annual conference in Ohio. This year, 14 municipal programs and five individuals received awards. Vista is one of two cities from California on the list. “Good for the city,” said Paul Webster of the Hope Street Coalition, a leader in advocating for the unhoused. “They took a realistic view of what they could actually do. They not only invested in a social



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• Sydney Bourassa of San Diego has made the dean’s list for the spring 2022 semester at Emmanuel College in Boston. • Caitlin Walker of Oceanside has been named to the spring 2022 dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic. • Carthage College in Wisconsin has named Danielle Aiello of Carlsbad to its dean’s list for the spring 2022 semester. • Katherine Potz of Carlsbad has been named to the Purchase College (New York) dean’s list for the spring 2022 semester. BASKETBALL STANDOUTS

Jayce McCain, Blake Seits and Lyle Sutton of the Cal State San Marcos men’s basketball team were named to the 202122 National Association of Basketball Coaches Hon-

what services were being used. “We have implemented every good idea,” said Franklin, who is persistent about keeping homelessness a priority in the city. “We’ve held listening sessions with the community. … We have listened to every good idea that’s been brought to us.” Franklin said that he and his colleagues on the City Council have only turned down one — which included offering rides to an out-of-city shelter — due to practicability and limited transportation space. “But we did acquire a van for our social worker,” Franklin said, adding that safe transport of belongings and pets is a major key in connecting an unsheltered person with a housing resource. Webster said that while the city’s goals to improve quality of life and prevent/ reduce homelessness are not necessarily innovative, the application of methods is commendable. Vista relies on various funding sources to carry out its strategic plan, including local, state and federal funding to provide services, and is always on the lookout for grants and collaborations within the county. There is a plethora of funding available to

cities through grants and state/federal dollars, money that sometimes has repercussions. “Some cities may look at dollars available, and commit to ambitious programs,” Webster said, “and the problem is they spend a lot of money, obligate the city, and then these programs don’t pan out.” Webster said that Vista does a good job of working within its authority and knowing when to collaborate. The city also emphasizes collecting data. Data on civic connections and appeal to services is one topic Franklin brings up in City Council meetings when discussing the strategic plan and other programs to address homelessness in Vista. He explained that thorough data collection helps the council make better decisions. It also highlights the need in the city for resources. From October 2020 to March 2022, city staff made 289 unique contacts with people and offered shelter. Overall, there have been nearly 2,000 contacts. Franklin said that the city will keep its momentum and look for opportunities to connect with other local governments in North County for a regional outlook on homelessness.

a sports cards and coffee lounge, combining the love of sports and memorabilia with pour-over coffee, has opened at 267 N El Camino Real, Encinitas. Open every GREAT GRADS • Sierra Ruth Steffen of day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Encinitas recently graduat- and Sundays from 10 a.m. to ed from the United States 5 p.m. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. Steffen earned TETRAHEDRON PRIZE a Bachelor of Science deScripps Research Progree and a commission in fessor Chi-Huey Wong, PhD, the U.S. armed forces. has been awarded the 2022 • Ricardo Sotelo of Tetrahedron Prize for CreOceanside graduated from ativity in Organic SynthePark University in spring sis for his pioneering work 2022. in glycoscience — or, more • Joshua Friedman of familiarly, the study of comSan Diego earned a mas- plex sugars and their role in ter’s degree in pharmacog- physiology and disease biolenomics from Manchester ogy. Wong’s discoveries and University in Indiana. technologies have funda• Elizabeth R Bruch of mentally shaped our underDel Mar was named to the standing of complex carbodean’s List at the University hydrates and glycoproteins, of Alaska Southeast. as well as uncovered new • Chun-Hsiang Yang therapeutic strategies to and Ian White of Carlsbad, treat major diseases. Stephen Cioffi of San Diego and Lin Welsh of Encinitas HOUSING FOR FOSTERS received diplomas in May State Sen. Patricia from the Rochester Insti- Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) aptute of Technology in New plauded San Diego County York. for securing housing funds • Emerson College to assist young adults in graduates included Alyssa foster care find suitable DeVries of San Diego, Law- housing. The California rynce Cecio of Carlsbad and Department of Housing Taina Millsap of Encinitas. and Community Development oversees the Housing SERVING AT SEA Navigators Program which A 2007 Escondido High allocates approximately $5 School graduate is serving million in grants to counin the U.S. Navy as part of ties based on each counthe world’s largest inter- ty’s percentage of the total national maritime warfare statewide number of young exercise, Rim of the Pacific. adults aged 18 through Petty Officer 1st Class Ja- 21-year-old in foster care. mie Trapasso is a yeoman aboard USS Essex, current- NEW IN NORTH CITY ly operating out of San DiFounded by Maya ego. Madsen, the vegan Maya’s Cookies opened its second COFFEE & CARDS storefront at North City, Ross Coffee & Cards, 250 N. City Drive, San Mar-

cos. Wynston’s Ice Cream has also opened its flagship store at North City. Draft Republic North City added weekend lunch + live music and Copa Vida North is serving summer cocktails.

THE CITY is being honored this year with ICMA’s Local Government Excellence Award for its efforts to combat homelessness. File photo

worker to do the appropriate outreach, but also to get valuable information back to the city to make sure what they’re committed to is actually working.” Vista’s Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness was developed in 2018 — the same year the City Council first placed homelessness as a top priority, as it would again in 2021 — and aims to tackle homelessness in a “tailored to Vista” fashion, according to the plan’s site. For example, Vista found social workers best suited its unhoused population. It has since boosted its outreach team — internally and through external contracts — and focused on ors Court while the Cougars also earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.


Helen Woodward Animal Center took part in the rescue of over 4,000 beagles, pulled from a lab-testing breeding facility in Virginia in July. On July 24, HWAC welcomed 43 of those beagles to its animal shelter at 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe. Make an appointment to adopt at animalcenter. org/beaglerescue. UPDATED RAILS

Metrolink put into service a refurbished passenger train car featuring new and improved passenger amenities designed for a more enjoyable, productive and safe ride. The train car is the first of 50 slated for renovation. Enhancements include features that make the train cars easier to clean, such as vinyl seating and non-carpeted flooring, as well as enhanced air filtration and UV lighting for bacteria, air pollutant and virus protection. PET FOOD GIVEAWAY

Rancho Coastal Humane Society got help July 23 from Camp Pendleton Marines to give away 19 tons of Mars Petcare dog and cat food donated through the Goods Program operated by Greater Good Charities. In about an hour, the 38,000 pounds of food was loaded and on the way to helping feed pets waiting to be adopted throughout southern California.

for San Marcos races By Laura Place

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos voters will see candidates for city, school district and community college district races in the Nov. 8 General Election, with several individuals bidding for available positions. The election filing period opened July 18 and closes Aug. 12. Those interested in running for city positions must file with the city clerk, and those running for school and college districts must file with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. If the incumbent for a position that is up for election does not file by Aug. 12, the filing deadline will be extended by an additional five days. There are three seats up for election on the San Marcos City Council, two seats on the San Marcos Unified School District board and three seats on the Palomar College Board of Trustees. The seats of Mayor Rebecca Jones, District 1 City Councilmember Maria Nuñez and District 2 City Councilmember Randy Walton are up for election in November. Jones, who has served on the council since 2007 and as mayor since 2018, will face two challengers in this year’s mayoral race — Walton, who has served on the council since 2018, and 24-year-old resident Jake James Henry. The mayor is an atlarge position while the City Council seats are elected by members of the district they represent. With no incumbent running for Walton’s District 2 seat, three individuals have stepped up and pulled papers for the position as of last Friday. These include Vallecitos Water District representative Mike Sannela, Jay Petrek, who was appointed to a two-year term to fill a vacant seat on the City Council in 2018, and Marine Corps veteran Lionel Saulsberry.

Nuñez was also elected to the council in 2018 and is the only person who has pulled papers for her position. Up for election in the San Marcos Unified School District is the Area E seat of trustee and board president Stacy Carlson and the Area C seat occupied by trustee Sydney Kerr. The only individual who has pulled papers is Sharyl Cavellier for Area E. The Palomar College Governing Board has three seats up for election this November — the Area 1 seat held by Mark Evilsizer, the Area 4 seat held by Kartik Raju and the Area 5 seat held by Norma Miyamoto. San Diego Asian Americans for Equality co-founder and Californians for Equal Rights Foundation President Frank Xu has pulled papers for the Area 1 seat. Small-business owner and Ramona Community Planning Group representative Michelle Rains has pulled papers for Area 4. Evilsizer has announced his intention to retire this year after 20 years of service on the governing board. Raju was appointed to the governing board in 2021. Miyamoto was elected to her first board term in 2018 after serving as dean of the Arts, Media, Business and Computer Science Division at the college for nearly 20 years. No one has pulled papers for the Area 5 position as of Friday. The official list of candidates who have filed paperwork will be announced after the Aug. 12 filing deadline. Information about candidates for City Council races is available via the city clerk. Information regarding candidates for school district, community college, and service district races is available via the San Diego County Campaign Docs website at southtechhost i / Sa n D iego County/CampaignDocsWebRetrieval.



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Butterfly farm disputes group labeling monarch ‘endangered’

A MONARCH butterfly perches on a branch July 29 at Butterfly Farms in Encinitas. Photo by Steve Puterski By Jacqueline Covey

ENCINITAS — A group’s recent “endangered” declaration of the monarch butterfly has caused a bit of a local stir, especially among experts in Encinitas. The “endangered” label by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a global team of environmental experts, picked up national attention after a July press release drew the public’s eye to a severe population decline of the orange-and-black migratory butterfly — a more than 90% drop in four decades. However, the monarch is not endangered in the United States, at least not yet. This year, the monarch has been determined a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act in the United States by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. And in the fiscal year 2024, the pollinator’s status will be reevaluated for final determination, according to Cat Darst, an assistant field supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ventura. Scientists have noted declines in monarch populations overwintering in Mexico (from Canada) and California (Colorado). The eastern, larger group is measured by its density and has seen a drastic loss in hundreds of millions by the acre in the past 20 years. The California monarch has declined from 4.5 mil-

lion butterflies in the 1980s to fewer than 2,000 in 2020. “That’s a really serious population crash,” Darst said. Darst said the Fish and Wildlife Service is aware of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s "endangered" designation for monarchs but explained that does little to set legal protections for the butterfly. “There’s been a steep and dramatic decline in western migratory butterflies,” Darst said. “We have already determined that it is a candidate [for an Endangered Species listing] and will do a full reassessment of the science in 2024.” However, not all in the butterfly world would welcome an “endangered species” designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Adding species to the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act is “solely based on the biological status,” Darst said and required thorough species-specific assessments. Once listed, an animal can be either endangered (close to extinction) or threatened. “It’s not a fact that they’re coming into extinction,” said Pat Flanagan, of Butterfly Farms in Encinitas, noting an uptick in both migratory populations (east and west) last year. Flanagan finds it strange the international group’s release received so much attention. Flanagan said that while much data

exists on the monarch, many conservation methods are theory-based. In 2021, the North American migratory monarch saw a notable population increase, according to the Monarch Joint Venture, which will submit its research during the species assessment for 2024. In its Monarch Research Review, the organization noted the western monarch population has grown to almost 250,000 from 2020, still dramatically below historical records. Butterfly Farms, incorporated in 2013 by Flanagan and Tom Merriman and located on Saxony Road, works in partnerships with Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, the University of California Los Angeles and other universities and conservation experts to research sensitive, threatened and endangered butterfly species — including the monarch. Flanagan said the group’s article is “not borne out by the migratory numbers,” adding that the western population may also be seeing a shift in its movement. According to Flanagan, non-migratory monarchs, and those that are choosing not to migrate, are not being counted. “There are reports of monarchs around all year and big populations in San Diego, especially on the coast and in L.A. along the coast,” Flanagan said. However, Darst said research has found resident butterflies may be a sign of disease and is not a population that could maintain monarch butterflies over time. Though an endangered or threatened listing in the United States is based on scientific findings from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies, Flanagan isn’t sure it would help. Unlike his work with the endangered Laguna Mountain Skipper, a butterfly that lives high in the mountains, Flanagan said

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Last large printing press in county closing doors By Jordan P. Ingram

VISTA — The last largescale commercial printing press in San Diego County is closing its doors. Advanced Web Offset, or AWO, a printing company operating in Vista since 1989, informed its customers last week the private corporation has merged with Orange County-based Advantage ColorGraphics, one of the largest sheetfed and web offset printers in the western U.S., according to the company’s website. As a result of the merg-

er, the company’s full web offset production facility in Vista, which produced everything from newspapers and magazines to catalogs and inserts for clients across the San Diego region, will permanently shut down operations on Aug. 12. Several local publications, including The Coast News and Pickett Fence Media Group, will now consider whether to remain with Advantage ColorGraphics or find a new web offset printing press outside of the region to handle their larger


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ADVANCED WEB OFFSET has operated in Vista since 1989, but will cease operations Aug. 12.

orders. A letter notifying cusAdvantage ColorGraph- tomers of the new merger ics declined to comment on indicated printed materials the deal. will be produced from Advantage’s printing press in Anaheim in the next two weeks. “We are proud to share with you that, after 33 years of business, Advanced Web Offset has decided to merge our business with a company that has the same business ethics and talents...that we do,” the letter reads. “Other than your publications coming off a different press, your account files and history including your aging’s along with your print and delivery windows will remain as you now enjoy.” The written notice, authored by Tom Ling, owner of Advantage ColorGraphics, and AWO’s vice president Dan Armstrong and general manager Chase Shoemaker, also states the printing company “will conto service Assets_10.25x7.25-071122pdfx1a.pdf 1 tinue 7/11/22 3:06 PMyour account as we transition each of you


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into Advantage’s modern expansive operations.” A spokesperson at Advanced Web Offset confirmed the North County printing press would no longer be running after Aug. 12 and declined to disclose which publications would be impacted by the change citing confidentiality reasons. Web offset printing is a high-volume printing tech-

nique where large rolls of paper are fed through a web press, also called a roll-fed press. The uninterrupted stream of paper forms a “web” through the machine. Plated images containing text and photos are inked and transferred (or “offset”) to a rubber blanket before they are stamped on the rolls of paper running through the machine.


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Sharing is caring at CoLab Public House in Vista


By Jeff Spanier


the monarch populations wouldn’t be best protected under a plan implemented by the Endangered Species Act. Under the Endangered Species Act, an animal or plant is prohibited from various public interactions. “Nobody can go near it; nobody can get involved in any way,” Flanagan said. “With monarchs, people can get involved; people can create habitats in their garden. I don’t know how much a listing would affect that … or what would it mean if people weren’t able to get involved in monarch conservation.” The extreme population loss of the monarch butterfly across the continent can be

unique and cool to offer.” Over an exceptional 1000 Steps IPA, Emsick shared his thoughts on the shared venture: “This is the definition of a rising tide raising all ships–we all want to succeed together.” Laguna Beach Beer has dedicated the space for their barrel-aged program. I tried the Aztec Tomb Stout aged for 13 months in a Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey barrel. It was the first beer created on site. It was divine. Generous vanilla accompanied by more subtle coconut and cacao blended together into a rich, but not too sweet, pastry stout. Something curious happens on the back end of each sip. “The Guijilo chiles give it a flickering ember of heat on the back,” explained Emsick. A few steps away, I met Chris Banker, head brewer for Barrel and Stave Brewing. Banker has enjoyed success as a home brewer, but this was the big reveal for brewing on the CoLab system. Barrel and Stave attributed to several stressors, including loss of habitat, changing climate and the use of insecticides. There’s been a 40% decline in all insect species worldwide – which seriously impacts the environment. To help maintain butterfly habitats, residents can plan native nectar plants. Be sure to avoid planting tropical milkweed and plant coyote bush instead. Experts also say it’s crucial to pay attention to the planting cycle and where to plant to best aid the monarch’s life cycle. Encinitas butterfly farm disputes group’s ‘endangered’ label for monarch “I think awareness is at an all-time high, and we need to keep it there,” Flanagan said.

offered a surprising variety of styles. Banker walked me through his peanut butter hefeweizen. “I’ve tried to recreate the flavors of a peanut butter and banana sandwich with this beer,” explained Banker. “I’ve dialed back the clove notes and really leaned into the banana and breadiness.” It was a unique beer that I entered into with no preconception of what it would deliver. I ordered a second immediately. The first batch brewed by Barrel and Stave was a traditional Kolsch that also impressed.

Regarding the CoLab, Banker said, “we’ve all been helping each other out with storage, with sharing ideas and brewing approaches.” The third brewery is a standard in North County, Breakwater Brewing from Oceanside. The brewery’s flagship beer, DMJ, is a traditional West Coast IPA. The new facility has allowed the company to increase production of this tried and true beer. Head brewer, Sean Quinn, shared the history of the 15 year old DMJ IPA: “It’s our original recipe. It’s the old school west coast

style, a little more caramel malt, simcoe and citra hops to deliver that piney flavor.” “And to tie this all together, you’ve got to have good food,” Deutsch said. Baby’s Badass Burgers, known for their food trucks and Shark Tank success, has opened their first brick and mortar location inside the CoLab Public House. Not one to miss an opportunity, Banker paired a beer with the Baby’s original Beauty Burger--the Beauty and the Beast Altbier. While the Grand Opening of the CoLab House still

awaits finishing touches by Propaganda Wines Company, the spot is already a hit. And the Hop Highway experience has gotten even better! The CoLab Public House is located at 2129 Industrial Court in Vista. The brewery also hosts private events. Jeff Spanier is the host of I Like Beer the Podcast, available wherever you get podcasts. You can also follow the ILB team’s adventures on instagram @ilikebeerthepodcast and the website

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Like Beer the Podcast joined the CoLab Public House for its soft opening on July 22 in Vista. The venture, spearheaded by Joe Deutsch, has taken some time to come to fruition, but the public was ready and the reception was impressive. Sharing is caring could be the motto of the CoLab Public House. The space, located in Vista off the 78 freeway, features three breweries, a winery and an eatery. The goal is to provide a family-friendly space. “We wanted to be family friendly,” said Deutsch. “Not just a place for wine drinkers, or beer drinkers, but a place for families to come out and have fun. We’ve got a gaming system set up to entertain kids while parents can have a great time together.” The opening was a hit. Right from the moment the doors opened, the people poured in. Every brewery had a line and the many tables and spaces filled up quickly. “It reminds me of a grown up food court!” said Julie, a patron. A key to licensing such a venue is each entity must make at least fifty percent of their product on premises. “Everybody is a producer on this site. Wine is made here. There’s a barrel aging program and a brewing system shared by the brewers,” explained Deutsch. The three breweries include Laguna Beach Beer Company, opening its first San Diego County location. Co-owner, Christian Emsick, sat down with me to go over the brewery's line up of beers and discuss its decision to join the Vista beer scene. Emsick explained, “We are hoping for a warm reception. I’ve been coming to Vista since I got into craft beer, and we’re excited to be a part of this community. We feel we have something

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Serious BBQ at Up in Smoke


very few years, when I discover a new BBQ joint, I feel compelled to give a brief education on its true definition and clarify the difference between BBQ and grilling. Yeah, I’m one of those freaks who tends to correct the well-meaning friend who invites me over for a “BBQ” when he is simply grilling burgers or the like. It’s pretty simple: BBQ involves cooking and flavoring low and slow with smoke, and grilling involves cooking over a hot open flame. I won’t even get into the charcoal versus gas grill debate … because there is no debate. Charcoal rules! So, there you go, it’s quite easy; next time you throw something on an open flame, tell your friends to join you to “grill some hot dogs and burgers” or whatever the case may be. So now that we have all that cleared up, there’s a new-to-me BBQ joint in San Marcos called Up in Smoke BBQ. And I don’t know of anyone of a certain age who does not automatically reference the classic Cheech & Chong movie, “Up in

lick the plate david boylan Smoke,” which, if you have not seen it, is the classic stoner culture movie good for a few laughs. Up in Smoke BBQ started as a food truck in Escondido in 2012, when they began serving meaty sandwiches outside of breweries, office parks and events. The first thing I noticed and appreciated about their newish (2019) Up in Smoke BBQ restaurant location was that it is tucked in the back of a random bunch of buildings off of San Marcos Boulevard, a little rough around the edges with a long bar and a few tables inside and picnic tables out on a deck. Nothing fancy here, folks, and that’s a good thing when it comes to BBQ joints. Any place serving authentic BBQ that is sparkling clean in a modern environment should invite skepticism. There also should be the scent of burning wood

BEEF RIBS and onion rings with a side of coleslaw at Up in Smoke BBQ in San Marcos. Photo via Facebook/Up in Smoke

wafting in the vicinity, which was the case at Up in Smoke. There is a full bar, but I prefer a Coke with my BBQ. But if your preference is booze with your BBQ, they have you covered. I love the introduction to the menu, titled “Meet the Meats.” It’s there that they describe, in detail, their dry-rubbed, then 11-hour-smoked chopped or sliced beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis-style pork ribs that are brined for 24 hours before smoking, superior Angus beef back ribs, pork belly that is smoked




then crisped on the grill, braised chicken and one of their signature dishes: the burnt ends. They come from the point half of the beef brisket, a slightly fattier piece of meat, cut into smoky chunks of goodness, seasoned with a dry rub then grilled. I heard folks travel from the far reaches of San Diego for these. And while on meat topics, they have an American Wagyu Burger. These are the foundations of the various combination dishes, so they have the meats. The house BBQ sauce is honey bourbon, so it has a

sweetness to it that I prefer. Mains include several platters where you can mix and match your choice of meats and sides or have the meats served on fresh greens or all mixed up into their fabulous mac and cheese. The sides are co-starring here, with the coleslaw and baked beans standouts among an excellent lineup. We got a side of steamed broccoli to balance the meat fest we were embarking on. The portions of the sides are enormous, with one side of beans efficiently feeding two people and maybe three. My companion ordered the three-meat sampler with

sliced brisket, pork belly and pork ribs. Everything on that plate was smoked to perfection and plenty moist. I went with the pulled pork sandwich topped with their fabulous coleslaw, which was like a cowboy Reuben — smokehouse style — and I loved it. Ribs are available on their own, and they are all smoked to perfection and then finished on the grill with BBQ sauce on request only. I love that touch as the grill caramelizes the BBQ sauce, making me happy. The crazy thing about Up in Smoke BBQ is that besides the full BBQ menu, they have a lineup of burritos, mostly stuffed with their BBQ meats, along with burgers, chili, wings, hot dogs and even a couple of salads. And yes, if you have a vegan in tow for whatever reason, they have that covered with vegan meatballs and an impossible burger. There is an extensive dessert menu that, upon my return, I will have to save room for as these are some serious eater portions, folks. Big hearty plates of everything did not leave a sliver of my imagination to consider dessert. I’d give Up in Smoke a try at 925 West San Marcos Boulevard or at www.

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hat’s 12 inches tall, has 10,000 feathers and turns blue in the

water? The answer is a little blue penguin, and 15 of these nuthin’-but-cute birds are settled into their new home at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Visitors can watch the little blues as they torpedo through the clear water, hop and waddle onto the rocky “shore,” a duplicate of their native habitats in southern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. The Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins, named after the exhibit’s largest donors, is a multimillion-dollar, 2,900-squarefoot habitat that features an 18,000-gallon pool, multiple cozy burrows, a sandy beach and plants native to their home habitats. The enclosure is designed so visitors of all sizes, ages and abilities can

THE NEWEST exhibit at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla features little blue penguins, 12-inch tall natives of southern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Courtesy photo/UCSD

LITTLE BLUE PENGUINS are covered with tiny feathers that act as a wetsuit but are not blue. The feathers refract light in the blue spectrum, giving the coat an iridescent-blue look. Courtesy photo/UCSD

see the 2- to 3-pound penguins above and below the water line. The names and personalities of each penguin are posted on a nearby wall, and color-coded bands identify which ones are on display.

Meet Katie of “overall quiet demeanor (who is) a very pleasant bird… (unless) males start getting into a squabble around her.” Then she “fights back ferociously.” Katie also is likely to “eat an impressive amount of capelin (a small

fish), mind her own business and pick the nicest nest.” Nero, on the other hand, is most likely to “push the females out of the way,” while Magic, another male, has a fun personality, loves on anyone who gives him attention, and is likely to be “the first to investigate something new.” Benefactors named Katie, Nero, Magic and three other penguins. One penguin — Azulito (Spanish for “little blue”) — was named in an online contest and won the prize for the most easygoing penguin who gets along with everyone.

Educational Opportunities Pivot Charter School San Diego hosts an open house for prospective families San Marcos, CA - Pivot Charter School San Diego is hosting an in-person open house on Tuesday, August 30 at 5:30 PM to give prospective new students and their families the opportunity to learn more about Pivot’s unique programming, meet Pivot’s caring and credentialed teachers, and ask any questions about enrollment for the 20222023 school year. “We’re excited to welcome the community to our resource center and give prospective families a look inside what makes Pivot special,” said Gail Coloyan Gonzales, a lead teacher at Pivot San Diego. “Our staff works extremely hard to make sure that our online/ hybrid learning is not only effective and cutting edge, but is also fun and interactive for our students.” During the open house, participants will have a chance to connect with Pivot teachers and explore the resource center. Staff will go over frequently asked questions, and provide time to speak one-on-one with attendees. Pivot is passionate about personalization, and is known to help students take control of their education and advance the speed at which they graduate. If your student is struggling in a traditional classroom environment, needing ad-

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ed students.” The open house will be held at the Pivot San Diego resource center at 1030 La Bonita Dr., Suite 100, San Marcos, CA 92078. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with Adrian Heredia via email at or call (760) 591-0217. Along with the in-person open house, Pivot San Diego is also hosting multiple virtual information nights in English and in Spanish throughout the summer. Those interested can sign up at About Pivot San Diego Pivot San Diego is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited charter public school serving students TK-12 in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties. At Pivot, we work hard every day so that our students struggle less and learn more. Pivot’s custom curriculum and collaborative resources define success, develop confidence, and change lives. Like the students who find new opportunities here, we are focused yet flexible— with caring teachers who address students’ individual needs and cultivate academic independence in a safe environment.

Penguins are a fairly common site in zoos, but only a few exhibit little blue penguins, including the Dallas World Aquarium, Bronx Zoo, Adventure Aquarium, Louisville Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo. The birds at Birch Aquarium are “happy, thriving and adapting nicely to their new surroundings,” according to Kayla Strate, the aquarium’s lead penguin aquarist. “Eventually, we’re hoping the penguins will form a successful breeding colony.” The little blue penguin isn’t just another pretty face, though.

“Penguins are great indicators of environmental changes in the ocean and will help Birch Aquarium to better connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet,” said Harry Helling, the aquarium’s executive director. If you can tear yourself away from the little blue penguin exhibit, there are plenty of other things to see and do at the bluff-top aquarium: the seahorse and seadragon exhibit; the always-mesmerizing jellyfish tank; and the ceiling-high kelp-forest tank, home to dozens of fish and other sea creatures of all sizes and colors. A stroll out the rear door to the patio offers an opportunity to explore touch tanks filled with sea cucumbers, starfish, urchins and baby sharks. The patio also offers an arresting view of the La Jolla coastline, which reminds us why we pay a premium to live in San Diego County. If visiting the aquarium isn’t possible, watch the little blues via the live webcam. For more discussion and photos, visit Have a travel experience to share? Email eondash @ coastnewsgroup. com.

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ESCO Alley Art set to unveil additions to mural project By Staff

ESCONDIDO — ESCO Alley Art is a multi-phase outdoor mural project off Grand Avenue in Escondido with the goal of creating public art and continuing to make the city of Escondido a destination for the arts, community, and vitality. This phase – with an additional 15-plus pieces — will be unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. Presented by the Escondido Downtown Business Association, the project launched last summer in three phases, unveiling a total of 33 large paintings in the alley south of Grand Avenue between Broadway and Maple. On Aug. 13, additional pieces will be revealed in the alley south of Grand Avenue between Broadway and Kalmia. The communi-


NEW WORK by local artists will be unveiled Saturday, Aug. 13, in downtown Escondido.

ty is invited to see the newest additions to the project and enjoy live music. It’s also a chance to meet and talk with the artists. The project coincides with Escondido’s monthly

“2nd Saturday Art Walk,” celebrating Escondido’s vibrant arts and culture. The self-guided tour includes the wondrously eclectic art galleries of Escondido’s historic downtown, as well as

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interactive arts, theatre, museums, and educational experiences all around the area. “The beauty of this project is that it is outdoors for all to enjoy,” said Carol

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11 and Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Visitors can purchase tickets (which include general admission) for a Concert: Finnegan Blue concert July 28, A concert on the Lawn: Billy Lee and the JukeTones Aug. 11, Wine in the Garden Aug. 25 and the Peter Pupping Band Sept. 8. Tickets at


The Summer Sunday Concert series at MoonKnow something that’s going light Beach continues free concerts from 3 to 5 p.m. on? Send it to calendar@ beginning Aug. 7 with er’s Hand (rock) and the Rayford Brothers (50’s/60’s classics) Aug. 21. More inAUG. 5 formation at EncinitasPark‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’ Ovation Theatre pres- ents “The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy” HAVE A LAUGH World-touring comediwith shows at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 an Max Amini brings a new and Aug. 6 and Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 and 2 p.m. Aug. 7 set of comedy at 8 p.m. Aug. and Aug. 14 at Howard Bru- 13 to Laugh Factory San Dibeck Theatre at Palomar ego. 432 F St,. San Diego. College. Tickets and details Tickets $35 to $65 at at TEQUILA TIME

Glamor, food and the fine spirits of agave converge at Venue 808 from 5 to 8 p.m. After Party Social at 9 p.m. on Aug. 5 at 808 J Street, San Diego. Includes tequila tasting, over 50 expressions of tequila, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and access to seminars. Tickets $149 at

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Dark Alley Dogs & The Drowning Men & Shake Before Us 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit MORE MUSIC

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2022 concert series at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla, continues with “A Weekend in Paris: The Salon and The Masquerade” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall; “A Weekend in Paris: Le Conservatoire” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6; and “Artist Lounge: Tessa Lark” at 1 p.m. and an open rehearsal at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Concerts run through October. Tickets and concert list at


The North Coastal Art Gallery invites art lovers to a reception at 3 p.m. Aug. 7 for its 70th annual Open Show at the Village Faire Plaza which runs through Sept. 4.

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OVATION THEATRE presents “The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy,” opening tonight, with additional shows this weekend and next at Palomar College’s Brubeck Theatre. Above, Nick Siljander as Gomez Addams and Ben Garon as Mal Beineke. Photo via Facebook/Ovation Theatre ‘MISTER HOLMES’

“The Remarkable Mister Holmes,” is on stage at the North Coast Repertory Theatre through Aug. 21 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Shows on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. and a Wednesday matinee at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

Get tickets now for Carney Magic Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 with sleight-of-hand virtuoso, John Carney, at the North Coast Repertory Theater, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. For tickets call (858) 481-1055 or visit RANCHO ART SHOW During the month of NEW SEASON August, local artist Margot New Village Arts Sea- Wallace displays for sale son Passes are now on sale her paintings at the Ranfor its inaugural season in cho Santa Fe Library’s Methe newly renamed Conrad dia Room, 17040 Avenida Prebys Theatre, sponsored de Acacias, Rancho Santa by the Conrad Prebys Foun- Fe. The show is open to the dation. More information at public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with local scenes, still life, seascapes, cityscapes and AUG. 9 more. CHEAP TRICK IN TOWN

Hear Cheap Trick and Sundays at Midnight on stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit

Rogers, co-owner of Stone & Glass, a local downtown business and project sponsor, and Escondido Downtown Business Association board member. “We believe that art should be for all,

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lana Beach. For tickets and information, visit A KIND OF HEAVEN

Running through Aug. 21, curated by Michael Pearce. “A Kind of Heaven” is an exhibition of recent paintings by Southern Californian visionary artists at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Tickets at open/Oceanside. ‘ARCHIVE’

Artist Bruce Turk exhibits, “Archive,” at the Civic Center Gallery, Encinitas City Hall, 505 Vulcan Ave., Encinitas through Aug. 28. An artist reception with live music and artist programing will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 23. Admission is free.

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and by all. The works are eclectic by a variety of artists and we’re so proud of what Escondido has to offer.” 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. A team of volunteers regularly engages with local artists and Downtown Escondido property owners to provide both the art and outdoor gallery spaces for the enjoyment of residents and visitors of Escondido alike. This unique, outdoor art gallery not only offers a showcase for artists, but it adds to the growing economy of downtown Escondido. For more information on the project, visit bluegrass band, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. General admission $18. Tickets at and at the door. BACK TO THE ’80S

Rock to the hits of the ’80s with Tainted Love followed by DJ CG 8.0 starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at the BelCOMEDY AT BELLY UP ly Up Tavern, 143 S. CedA comedy night, fea- ros Ave., Solana Beach. For turing Rachel Feinstein, tickets and information, visZoltan Kaszas, Jarwan and it Kimbles Hume will be onstage at 8 p.m. at the Belly ESCONDIDO ART Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros The Escondido Art AsAve., Solana Beach. For sociation the Artists Galtickets and information, vis- lery will host a free recepit tion Aug. 13, open to the public from 4 to 6:30 p.m. NIGHTS AT GARDEN “Exhibition Escondido” San Diego Botanic Gar- will run through August at den hosts Summer Nights the Artists Gallery, 121 W. and will be open until 8 Grand Ave., Escondido. p.m. Aug. 11 with a Concert on the Lawn featuring Bil- MURAL, ART UNVEILED ly Lee and the JukeTones. The 8-foot-square Food from onsite vendors mixed media mural, “Intelduring these summer nights ligence,” by Tokeli Baker is available for pre-order on- will be one of many artists line. Tickets and full sched- featured at the Esco Alley ule at Art 2022 Phase I unveiling event at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Alley behind Grand AvAUG. 12 enue in Old Historic EsconNERD COMEDY dido between Broadway and Nerd Comedy comes to Kalmia. Enjoy food, DJ, ribCarlsbad from 7 to 8:30 p.m. bon cutting ceremony and Aug 12 at the Harding Com- more. Visit escoalleyart. munity Center Theater, com for more information or 3096 Harding St,. Carlsbad. to learn more about this artScientist-turned-comedian ists, visit Tim X Lee hosts the show. AMERICAN REGGAE

Hear American reggae with Common Sense, Hazmatt, DJ Riches and E-Dub starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For tickets and information, visit

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Lost Dog Street Band The nonprofit San Diego The San Diego Botanic takes the stage at 8 p.m. Garden Summer Nights of- Folk Heritage presents MoAug. 10 at the Belly Up Tav- fer extended hours, open un- haviSoul, a California-style ern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., So- til 8 p.m. on Thursdays Aug. contemporary Americana


Join the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League Madd Hatters to make a hat and other fun for kids from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13, at the North Coastal Art Gallery, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. ‘DIAL M FOR MURDER’

The Old Globe will stage “Dial M for Murder” through Aug. 28 with 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. performances in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. Tickets at

to merge preschool learning foundations with kindergarten standards so that the districts will do much of the work. “Unless we get more guidance, we’ll continue to develop our own standards. All the districts are in the same predicament, where we have to make our own,” Pacino said.



bell. “Anyone who wants to be here, we expect to see them.” The California Department of Education announced this timeline for the gradual expansion of transitional kindergarten last year, mandating it for all school districts in the state that offer kindergarten. While transitional kindergarten is not compulsory, it can provide early learners with valuable preparation for kindergarten and first grade, combining foundations from preschool and kindergarten. By making it available for free through public schools, state leaders hope to expand these opportunities to more children, especially those not already enrolled in other early education programs like private preschools. “Depending on where they are, the entrance into kindergarten could be jumping into cold water, or it could be a smoother transition. Kids learn how to share, learn how to work together, all of those things. It’s a lot of those intangibles that you don’t even think about, that you think they just know how to do, but they are taught,” Campbell said. “There’s a lot of social skills building, but also getting them ready for word recognition and numbers sense. All elements to prepare them for their compulsory first-grade education.” San Marcos parent Sandra Michel said her fouryear-old daughter is at a stage in her development where she would benefit greatly from a transitional kindergarten program. However, since her daughter does not meet the district’s age cutoff this year, their family will send



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KINDERGARTNERS at Double Peak Elementary School make Valentine’s Day crafts in February. This fall, San Marcos Unified School District begins a multiyear expansion of its transitional kindergarten program, allowing younger students to enroll. Courtesy photo

her to preschool three days a week and costly daycare on the other days. “We couldn’t believe the prices to a couple of preschools that we toured,” Michel said, noting that she would love to send her daughter to the San Marcos Unified program instead. “Absolutely, I would enroll her. She’s at a stage in her development where she’s curious about learning to write her name; when reading books, she wants to know what the words say.” REVISITING STANDARDS

San Marcos Unified has offered transitional kindergarten as part of a twoyear kindergarten program since 2011, putting them in a more favorable position than other districts starting from scratch to meet the new requirements. Cindy Pacino is part of the founding group of teachers that implemented the district’s transitional kindergarten program over was her return address on an envelope containing a birthday card. “Mr. Mathis’ decision to take the life of my granddad, with no regards for its effects on us, is inconceivable,” Hollis said. Before imposing the stipulated 15-year-to-life term, San Diego Superior Court Judge Carlos Armour said, “The question as to who did this heinous crime has been answered. The question as to why it was done, and how could somebody do this to somebody that was obviously unable to defend himself, may never be answered.” Sauceda encourages interested students to apply for the scholarship, just as she was encouraged by Ramirez, her counselor at Del Lago. “I don’t just tell students to apply, I walk them through the process,” Ramirez said. “I didn’t have someone walking me through the process of applying for college so I feel that it’s my responsibility to help students and create these opportunities for them.” For more information on the QuestBridge scholarship, visit

a decade ago. With a lack of existing curriculum at the time, Pacino got to work creating her own, writing six books, including a book about the first day of transitional kindergarten to read to students. “As teachers, we always want to purchase grade-specific books and picture books for our students, and there weren’t any, so that’s why I wrote one,” she said. Pacino now works as the district’s transitional kindergarten lead and a classroom teacher at La Costa Meadows Elementary School. She expects the program’s expansion to bring significant changes to the district, with more teachers and aides allocated to transitional kindergarten as enrollment expands. Kindergartners at DoStaffing requirements vary drastically just the two kindergarten levels, with a ratio of one adult per 12 students required for transitional kindergarten versus

one adult per 24 students in the second year. Transitional kindergarten teachers also need to have early education credits under their belt in addition to regular teaching credentials. The arrival of younger four-year-olds in the classroom means the district must also revisit all its teaching standards for transitional kindergarten, Pacino said. “We’ll be adding more standards, if not changing the existing standards because that’s a very large gap in 48-month and 60-montholds,” Pacino said. “Especially the social and emotional components, that is a very large gap in development. Next year, when our window rolls out to six months of the year, we’ll have so many more children that are so much younger that will have so many more social and emotional needs that we’ll need to meet.” The only guidance the state currently provides is

This year, the school district will offer transitional kindergarten in a.m. and p.m. sessions during the day. At La Costa Meadows, principal Mandy Bedard said this would be the first year they have two transitional kindergarten classes rather than just one. Other than that, preparations for the new young students involve figuring out schedules for recess and lunch and special schedules offering music and physical education programs. “We decided to have an a.m. and p.m. class, and we’re moving them into a larger room, so we have a larger shared space for the TK program,” Bedard said. “We’ve been full of excitement this year. For us, it’s really been a matter of, ‘how are our [classrooms] impacted, and how can we best support these incoming kids knowing they’ll be younger?’” While this year’s increase in students will be modest, San Marcos Unified leaders anticipate enrollment to grow as eligibility expands and as word about the new birthday cutoff continues to spread, especially to families who do not already have kids in the district. “I anticipate that we’re going to see the numbers increase for various reasons. I think the parents who have historically paid for private preschool are going to real-

ize, ‘Hey, this is a great opportunity to get my kids into these schools they’re gonna attend,’” Bedard said. “We’re really excited to be able to provide this for our community, to provide this equity and access.” While many parents are grateful for the option of free transitional kindergarten, many still face the need for childcare before and after school due to their demanding work schedules. Some schools offer an extended daycare program called Kids on Campus, which provides supervised care from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days. Parent Nicole Crozier enrolled her newly eligible four-year-old in transitional kindergarten and Kids on Campus at La Costa Meadows for the upcoming school year. However, she was left scrambling upon learning the school’s extended daycare program would no longer be offered at the site due to low enrollment. “Both [of us] parents work full time and were looking forward to public TK and childcare with the costs of living,” Crozier said. “After much complaining, they did offer us an intradistrict transfer to another school that had childcare available.” Ventetuolo said La Costa Meadows discontinued its half-day KOC program for the fall, but will continue to offer the full-day option. By the time all fouryear-olds in California are eligible in 2026, the number of students in transitional kindergarten classrooms statewide is expected to grow from around 100,000 to 600,000. More information about transitional kindergarten in the San Marcos Unified School District is available at

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