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San Pasqual stakeholders sue officials By Tigist Layne

straight razors, shaving, safety measures and chemicals used in the shop, according to Jones and Stainback. Other professions with more specific disciplines have less than 1,600 training hours, but under the bill those would be reduced. Stainback said another issue is allowing licenses from other states as those requirements from another state don’t match California. Jones said SB 803 is a copycat bill and versions have been passed in Texas and other states, while Ohio is currently reviewing the bill. Also, Stainback said the bill would be enacted on Jan. 1, 2022, and through the industry into chaos for students already enrolled with specific curriculum to follow. Stainback said much of the industry went underground when they weren’t classified as essential work-

ESCONDIDO — Residents, alumni and staff of San Pasqual Academy sued the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency and the California Department of Social Services on Tuesday for trying to shut down the high school for foster youth. The school, which has been a residential home for dependents of the Juvenile Court system for 20 years, is the first of its kind in the nation. In March, the state ordered the county to close the academy by Oct. 1 after changes to state law sought to reduce the use of congregate care facilities in favor of home placement. Last month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors entered into a new agreement with the state that will allow the academy to stay open until June 2022 if the county agrees to stop sending foster kids there. However, the academy’s residents, alumni and staff say that’s not enough. The lawsuit, filed by attorneys Charles LiMandri and Paul Jonna of LiMandri & Jonna LLP, claims “the action to shut down San Pasqual Academy, is a violation of Equal Protection Guarantees of the California Constitution and of the Foster Youth Bill of Rights.” It also alleges that California’s Continuum of Care Reform Act, passed in 2015, mandates that San Diego and California continue operations at San Pasqual Academy. That legislation abolishes the use of group homes for foster youth in many cases, but it contains a specific exemption and mandate for the continued operation of San Pasqual Academy as a lawful and appropriate placement for foster youth. The lawsuit names as the defendants Kimberly Johnson, director of the California Department of Social Services; the Depart-



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A large bison herd roams Marine Corps Installations West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in April. Camp Pendleton was given 14 Plains bison from the San Diego Zoo in the 1970s and today, the bison herd consists of approximately 90 animals. Along with another herd on Santa Catalina Island, the herd on Camp Pendleton is one of only two wild conservation herds of bison in all of California. STORY ON PAGE 7. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dylan Chagnon

Safari Park tigers may have COVID By City News Service

ESCONDIDO — A group of Sumatran tigers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is suspected to have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID19, prompting the closure of that park’s Tiger Trail habitat, zoo officials said Aug. 3. Some of the tigers have had a cough, and an in-house SARS-CoV2 PCR test yielded a positive test result from fecal samples. Zoo veterinarians are awaiting confirmation of the test results by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. Because of the animals’ tight social grouping, the wildlife health and care teams are operating as if all six tigers who reside at the Safari Park are exposed. They are TURN TO TIGERS ON 5

Barbers, hairstylists uneasy over state bill By Steve Puterski

REGION — A new bill racing through the legislature could radically change the landscape for barbers, cosmetologist, estheticians and manicurists. A number of local barbers and the owner of the Palomar Institute of Cosmetology in San Marcos, Ray Stainback, are rallying against Senate Bill 803, authored by Richard Roth (D-Riverside), which would reduce the number of school hours, eliminate practical exams and change other current requirements for the industry. Fred Jones, legal counsel for Professional Beauty Federation in Auburn, and others said the bill is being driven by corporate entities such as SportClips, Great Clips, JC Penny Salon and others to lessen the requirements in order to hire more employees. “The premise of the bill is unfounded,” Jones said. “It basically looks at our industry as a menial

EAST 2 WEST Cutz manager and barber Jarred Powell, above, and other barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians and manicurists are worried Senate Bill 803 will radically change their industries. Photo by Steve Puterski

trade with not a lot of consumer harm implications. When you’re dealing with cuts and shaves and chemicals, you’re dealing with lots of consumer harms. On top of that, you’re dealing with an artistically demanding industry.” Stainback, meanwhile, she his students undergo 1,600 hours of training, or

about 10 months, before they can apply for their license. The training includes hair, nail and skin care. Under the proposed SB 803, he said those hours would be slashed, including those for more specific skillsets. Barbers also undergo 1,600 hours of training, which includes cuts,


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Ousted post commander Pageant champ shares anti-bullying credo finds a new Legion home By Steve Puterski

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ESCONDIDO — Former Escondido American Legion Post Commander Michael “Mick” Sobczak is still an American Legion member and has transferred to a new post after being removed as the commander of J.B. Clark Post 149 in May due to social media posts that surfaced showing his affiliations to the Proud Boys. In January, the Union-Tribune first reported that Sobczak was removed from two national leadership roles by the American Legion after photos shared on two social media accounts showed him wearing a Proud Boys jacket and marching with other Proud Boys at a Dec. 12 pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C. In a separate video shared on a Facebook account under the name “Mick Florio,” Sobczak bragged about a physical altercation with an anti-Trump activist during a protest in Yorba Linda in Orange County. Sobczak was also linked to a Parler account under the name “Mickey Knuckles.” Parler is a social networking app that hosts many political conservatives and some who have been banned from other social media platforms. Beginning Feb. 16, Sobczak had been the subject of a “trial” by Post 149 leaders that would determine whether he would be removed from his position or from the post altogether. John Smartt, the post’s former 1st vice commander who was directly under Sobczak in the chain of command, told The Coast News via email in May that the trial concluded on May 22. “Michael Sobczak is no longer Commander of American Legion Post 149. Additionally, he appeared at the Evidentiary Hearing that was scheduled on May 22nd at the Post and through his attorney, provided a copy of his transfer out of Post 149 effective May 20, 2021,” Smartt wrote in the email. According to the administrative hearing disposition obtained by The Coast News, Sobczak initiated his transfer to Hemet Post 53 just two days before the conclusion of his trial. Sobczak’s lawyer cited Post 149 bylaws that state that the post can only conduct an administrative hearing on their own post members, and because Sobczak was no longer a member, he believed they did not have the jurisdiction to conduct the hearing. Additionally, The American Legion Department of California Administrative Hearing Manual does not preclude a member from transferring posts while involved in a disciplinary action. Sobczak refused to participate in the conclusion of the hearing process and left. Post 53’s service officer, Ronnie Imel, confirmed that Sobczak joined the post and has rejoined the American


Legion Riders. Imel seemed to know very little about Sobczak’s apparent ties to the Proud Boys. “The fact is the man didn’t do anything wrong. He might’ve been in bad company, but in terms of doing anything wrong … the American Legion has him in good standing right now,” Imel said. “I happen to know because I went to a California meeting where he was almost selected to be the president of the (American Legion) Riders group.” The American Legion Department of California meeting was held the weekend of July 18. “He was in high regards at the meeting. The president of District 21, the president of the Riders group — all of these people sat with him, shook his hand and gave him hugs,” Imel said. “As far as I’m concerned, it appears that he is in good standing with the American Legion.” A source who requested anonymity told The Coast News that Sobczak arrived at the meeting with a Proud Boys license plate frame on his motorcycle and the words “Proud Boys” on his helmet. A separate source who also wished to remain anonymous told The Coast News that Post 53 has allowed Sobczak to sell streetwear featuring “Micky Knuckles,” his former Parler account name, at post events. In January, Sobczak was removed from his position as dean of the American Legion College as well as from his seat on the national board of the American Legion Riders, according to statements sent to The Coast News by The American Legion Department of California and from a national representative of the the American Legion. Though Sobczak still doesn’t hold any national appointments, it is up to members of the post to decide matters locally. The Legion’s National Resolution 407 (passed in 1923 and reaffirmed in 2017) states, “The American Legion considers any individual, group of individuals, or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law.”

CARLSBAD — After years of bullying and selfdoubt, a Carlsbad woman has forged a new path, sharing her past experiences to help others overcome similar obstacles. Ashleigh Pates, 28, was recently crowned Miss Collegiate America at the 2021 Miss Collegiate America Scholarship Pageant in Little Rock, Arkansas. And with her coronation, Pates received a new Jeep Wrangler Sport courtesy of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Little Rock, Arkansas, and two college scholarships from Midland University and Livingston Foundation, among other prizes. Pates started her bachelor’s degree later than most students, although she’s earned two associate degrees when she enrolled in Western Carolina University’s online program in fall 2019. Pates’ platform for the scholarship pageant was BRAVE — building respect and values for everyone, a message that stems from when she grew up in Washington state and was harassed so much as a middle schooler, she transferred schools. Pates recalled the

ASHLEIGH PATES of Carlsbad recently won the 2021 Miss Collegiate America Scholarship Pageant in Arkansas. Photo by Amelia Blaire

abuse continued online, as well. “It was pretty much anything and everything they could think about,” Pates. “It was anything they could attack me for, they would.” Once Pates graduated high school at 18, she packed up and moved to California, eventually landing in Carlsbad. She’s worked as a dental hygienist for several years, a job she said she loves. But Pates also has a

passion for personal training, as in her youth she spent countless hours playing sports, most notably softball. Pates said her active lifestyle helps keep her mind sharp and her passion for physical training makes her feel good. Despite her success, Pates still carries some emotional scars from her childhood when other kids would steal her clothes, shout insults and engage in online attacks against her. Pates said she never knew why she was a target, but figured it had to do with her being a tomboy, her sporty look, speech patterns and the way she dressed. Looking back, Pates wished she’d confronted some of her abusers. In 2015, Pates came across the Miss High School America Scholarship Pageant Organization and was transformed. She found purpose in competition and eventually won the California state pageant and national competition. “To get mentally stronger, I turned to personal development and that’s something I’m passionate about,” Pates said. “Getting your mental health where it

needs to be so when those negative things are said about you, it doesn’t affect you.” As she’s matured over the years, and with her physical training in her back pocket, Pates said it provides her with an opportunity to help others. After all, she said, “who doesn’t feel better when they work out?” The flexibility from her office job will allow her to also pursue her physical training business on the side. Additionally, Pates created her own website, which features her self-published children’s book, “Brynn the Brave,” a story about a brave molar named Molly who fights against "Paula Plaque" and her gang of plaque bullies. The book helps teach kids about the importance of healthy teeth, bullying and how to help others who are being bullied. As for her academic career, Pates is currently majoring in business entrepreneurship at WCU. As part of her win, she also earned a renewable scholarship to Midland University in Nebraska to pursue her master’s degree.

Vista woman killed in Carlsbad shooting By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — A 28-year-old woman was killed and a 27-year-old man was injured after a latenight shooting on July 31 at Holiday Park in Carlsbad. Law enforcement identified the deceased victim as Sarah Reese Martinez, of Vista, but declined to release the man’s name due to the “sensitivity” of the case. At least three shots were fired after 11 p.m. at

the park on Eureka Place according to one source. But Carlsbad Police Department Lt. Christie Calderwood said the number of shots is still under investigation. Calderwood said both victims were standing outside a vehicle when shots rang out. Carlsbad Police is still investigating whether there are one or more suspects. Nearby residents are encouraged to share any

surveillance recordings in an effort to help identify any potential suspects. Calderwood said no motive has been established for the shootings, although detectives are “working around the clock and following every lead.” Carlsbad paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed the victims to a hospital, but the woman was pronounced dead, while the man is still recovering, Calderwood said.

“There is a lot of stuff going into this one,” she said about the investigation. “We’re really trying to protect the integrity of this one.” No suspect description was provided. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Ronald Dement at 760-931-2146 or Sgt. Ryan Opeka at 760-931-2139. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

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roughts are a fact of life in California and shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Yet somehow we don’t seem capable of preparing for them. We are now in the second year of severe drought, and much of California’s agriculture, especially in the Central Valley, is facing devastation. The State Water Resources Control Board will soon vote on an “emergency curtailment” order that will prevent thousands of the state’s farmers from using major rivers and streams to irrigate their farms. Cutbacks on this scale are unprecedented and will affect our food supply. California agriculture produces one-third of the country’s vegetables, two-

thirds of its fruits and nuts, and generates about $50 billion in annual revenue. We are the nation’s breadbasket, but this bounty is endangered by a lack of political will to build the water storage and conveyance facilities we so obviously need. This could have all been avoided. In 2014 voters approved a $7.1 billion water bond, which included $2.7 billion earmarked for new dams and reservoirs, but few projects are underway. California’s largest dams and reservoirs were built before 1979, and most were built between 1945 and 1968, when the state’s population was less than half its current size. One new dam, the Sites Reservoir, is moving forward, but construction is unlikely to begin before 2024.

I have consistently supported and introduced legislation to expand and modernize the state’s water infrastructure. The needs of agriculture and our population centers can be met, even during droughts, but policies must be adopted that allow us to take full advantage of our scarce water resources. We need more storage, conveyance, reclamation and desalination facilities. And we need them to come online quickly. But first, we must develop the political will to build them. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

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The root of California’s homelessness problem We need to get to the root of the homelessness issue once and for all, rather than attempting to solve the problem with presumptions. These individuals undoubtedly have gone through some very difficult and traumatic experiences and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. While that might be the intent behind the efforts to aid the homeless so far, their needs are still not being met. In The Coast News, Thomas Elias wrote in his California Focus column, “Is permanent housing the real

homeless solution?” that 70% of homeless persons, from a prominent example in San Francisco, declined the offer of permanent refurbished housing quarters. This confirms that for those 70% of homeless individuals, housing quarters were not deemed as a critical issue that needed to be solved. Therefore, in order to address the issue of homelessness, we must first understand what the real problem is and what services are of most help for these individuals.

Continuing to invest money in solutions that are not thoroughly vetted is both a waste of time and money. What should happen is that communities begin to include homeless individuals in the conversation to understand what the priorities are for them. These needs may change from community to community, but the first step would be engaging them within the conversation. Maria Jensen Oceanside

Take mass transit money and buy electric cars The $163 billion for SANDAG’s “5 Big Moves” is more than enough money to buy an electric car and a solar charging system for every household in San Diego County (approx. $144,000 each). Not only would this provide people with something they would actually use, it would also provide the addi-

tional benefit of auto-mobility. The finest public transit system ever envisioned could never come close to the convenience, flexibility, freedom, and safety that comes with having your own car. As a transportation option, private automobiles are better by far than public transit.

They empower individuals to make their own choices about their own schedules and destinations. If this money is spent on public transit, we will still see empty buses and trains rolling all over town wasting fuel. Giles Blair Carlsbad

he changes will not be immediate if California’s Legislature this month should pass the two most sweeping housing bills before it and then they are signed into law either by Gov. Gavin Newsom or someone who might replace him after the Sept. 14 recall election. But come back in 40 or 50 years, and most California cities would look very different if these bills passed. Cities would be bigger, housing would be cheaper (after inflation is factored in) and living conditions would be more crowded than ever before. Neighborhoods filled with single-family homes on distinct lots would be far more rare than today. That is, if enough water and energy can be found to make these changes possible, two problems that grow larger and less predictable the longer the current drought continues and the more often dry spells recur in an era of expanded climate change. Those realities are all but sidestepped in the lengthiest and most seemingly authoritative academic study yet on the likely effects of Senate Bill 9, likely to have earlier effects than its companion bill, Senate Bill 10. SB 9 would allow any owner of a property zoned for one residence (R1 zoning) to subdivide their lot and replace the one house there now with two duplex structures. One home becomes four, and there’s nothing neighbors or city and county governments can do to stop it if SB 9 becomes law. A homeowner who chooses to sell their property to someone else planning to remake it will likely take away more cash than from simply selling to a new occupant of the same home. But nearby properties would likely lose value if neighborhoods become dotted with duplexes, producing heavier traffic, more smog and other environmental impacts. Of course, no one will know those impacts very precisely in advance if this bill passes, because such smallish new multi-unit developments would be exempted from the environmental analyses required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The companion bill,

SB 10, could create even more densification, as it allows city councils and county boards to override local land use restrictions in approving housing developments of up to 14 units on existing R1 lots. But building would not be by-right with automatic approval unless local governments voted for that. All this would have relatively little impact for years to come, if you believe the newest study from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. Study co-author David Garcia, the center’s policy director, notes that SB 9 excludes property in wildfire risk areas, historic zones and lots sized under 2,400 square feet. Because of this and high construction costs, the study says only about 6% of all California R1 properties would be affected, with no more than 700,000 new housing units created, none in the affordable category. It may or may not be significant that the Terner Center has major funding from mortgage holding companies and developers. Those interests would want to downplay potential impacts of SB 9, which would enlarge markets for both mortgage holders and developers. Garcia noted that the Terner study’s estimate of slightly less than 6% of single-family homes being affected would rise considerably if either construction costs or land prices were to drop. So far, every major Republican candidate to replace Newsom in the recall election has promised to veto both SB 9 and SB 10 if given the opportunity. Said Doug Ose, a GOP recall candidate, real estate developer and former three-term congressman from the Sacramento area, “Local land use decisions are always best left up to local governments.” But Newsom has not indicated what he would do if either or both bills pass. Newsom has been a strong advocate for building more housing in California, pushing in his 2018 campaign for developing 3.5 million new housing units by 2025, a goal that’s nowhere near realization. So despite his silence, it’s likely he would sign both measures. The bottom line: SB 9 and SB 10, or either one by itself, would make California more crowded and less green than today, and would eventually make major changes in the lifestyle that has drawn many millions to this state. Email Thomas Elias at

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CSUSM to provide Apple devices to incoming, transfer students By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — California State University at San Marcos is one of eight CSU campuses participating in a new initiative that will offer an iPad Air, Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio to all incoming first-year and new transfer students. The California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success (CSUCCESS) initiative will provide devices for up to 35,000 first-year and new transfer students at eight campuses.

Kicking off this fall, students will be provided with this iPad bundle for the entirety of their undergraduate experience at CSUSM. “CSUCCESS will assure that students have immediate access to innovative, new mobile tools they need to support their learning, particularly when faced with the lingering effects of the pandemic,” CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro said in a statement. “The new initiative will establish a foundation for their achievement and has

the potential to play a key role in eliminating stubborn equity gaps among our talented and diverse students.” Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSUSM followed a hybrid learning model for the entire 2020-21 school year. During that time, the university loaned 669 laptops, 191 hot spots and 176 other pieces of technology to students alone to ensure equal access. Kevin Morningstar, dean/chief information officer for CSUSM’s Instructional & Information Tech-

nology Services, told The Coast News that this particular program is about providing a common device and creating a common learning experience for all students. “While CSUSM continues to loan out equipment to any student who doesn’t have a device, the CSUCCESS program really builds beyond that, by ensuring that every incoming student has the opportunity to receive a high-quality and reliable personal computing device to support their academic achievement,” Morningstar said.

The initiative aims to provide common devices to all incoming students every year, which will eventually allow every student on campus, at every level, to have access to these devices. CSUSM students who register for the opportunity will receive their devices the week of Aug. 23. The other CSU campuses participating in the program are Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy and Northridge. “I am convinced that

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Sheriff Gore won’t seek re-election City News Service

REGION — San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced July 29 that he will not seek election to a fourth term in the post next year. Gore, 73, whose current stint as sheriff ends in January 2023, said it had been “an honor and a privilege to serve the people of San Diego County.” “I am grateful and humbled by the continued community support that I have received for the last 12 years,” he stated. “Being your sheriff is one of the most rewarding experiences of my law enforcement career — rewarding primarily because of the extraordinary men and women in the department, who work tirelessly every day to keep San Diego the safest urban county in the nation.” Gore joined the agency in 2004, serving as assistant sheriff of its Law Enforcement Services Bureau before being appointed undersheriff by then-Sheriff Bill Kolender in December 2005. Upon the mid-term retirement of Kolender in 2009, the county Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Gore to serve out the remainder of the four-year post. Gore was elected sheriff in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department, Gore spent 33 years with the FBI, where he rose to the level of assistant director and served as special agent in charge of its San Diego and Seattle field divisions.

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true and consistent student success depends on having a modern, and more importantly, reliable, computing device in our students’ possession beginning on day one and continuing throughout their college experience,” Castro said. “We aspire to have additional phases of the initiative that will expand access in the future to more new and current students at other CSU campuses.” Students can visit the CSUCCESS website for additional information about the program.

By Tigist Layne

TO MAKE WAY for the Palomar Heights project, the old Palomar Hospital will be demolished beginning today. Palomar Heights will include 510 residential units and 10,000 square feet of commercial/office space. Photo courtesy Palomar Heights

Demolition next step for Palomar Heights project By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The demolition of the old Palomar Health hospital in downtown Escondido will commence on Aug. 6, marking the start of the Palomar Heights project, a new urban lifestyle community. Integral Communities, the developer of the project, will celebrate the first milestone of the project with members of Escondido’s business community on Friday. The site consists of about 14 acres of land at the eastern end of the downtown area, on both sides of Valley Boulevard, and generally bounded by E. Valley Parkway to the north and E. Grand Avenue to the south, according to the city staff report. The development will



quarantined as a group in their usual, shared habitat. The potentially affected tigers are not showing any concerning signs of illness other than an intermittent cough, fatigue and occasionally decreased appetite, and have not required treatment. The zoo’s veterinary team of specialists will continue to monitor them closely and treat symptoms as

include 258 apartments for rent, 90 senior apartments earmarked for residents 55 and up, as well as 162 row homes and villas for sale. The project’s commercial space will include a breakfast café, a retail farmer’s market, a collaborative workspace, a Sky Lounge bar and restaurant, a dog park and recreation amenities. Palomar Hospital, which has been at the site since 1953, will be demolished to accommodate the project. “It really is a milestone in the redevelopment of different parts of the downtown and the goal of getting residential development down there will be a great asset to the community because it will provide more of a customer base for the

businesses downtown,” said Adam Finestone, Escondido’s interim director of community development. The project went in front of the City Council in January and was approved on a 3-2 vote, with council members Mike Morasco, Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia in favor, and Mayor Paul McNamara and Consuelo Martinez voting against. Critics of the project point to its glaring lack of affordable housing. However, the city of Escondido is one of only two cities in the county that does not have an inclusionary housing requirement. “We designed the project to meet the demands of the market, which is a variety of housing types, so there’s no deed restricted affordable housing,

but there’s homes that are smaller in size that will have lower rents, and that’ll meet a segment of the market that has a higher rate of affordability,” said Ninia Hammond, project manager with Integral Communities. Hammond said they expect homes to be delivered around the first quarter of 2023. “We're most excited about the fact that we're bringing housing to downtown Escondido. It will bring a substantial amount of tax revenue to the city, but it will also bring shoppers and diners to Grand Avenue and downtown Escondido, and those businesses that made their way through the pandemic,” Hammond said. “They survived, and it’s really time for them to flourish now.”

they may arise. “This suspected exposure of the tigers at the safari park, and snow leopards at the zoo, highlights the challenges of containing this virus and how important preventative vaccines are to protect the wildlife in our care,’’ the statement read. “Wildlife health and care teams at both the safari park and zoo have been working as fast as they responsibly can to vaccinate the animals most at risk for contracting the virus.’’

In late July, a male snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo preliminarily tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The leopard has fully recovered from his symptoms, but snow leopards will remain quarantined in their habitat until further notice. All susceptible species at the Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo are scheduled to have received their first vaccine within the coming days, a statement from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance read.

Some of the tigers have received their first dose of a recombinant purified spike protein vaccine, intended for use in protecting animals against SARS-CoV-2. Infection appears to have occurred before the first dose was able to convey any immunity. The full benefit of the vaccine is generally expected sometime after the second dose is received — about three weeks after the first dose is administered. Vaccinations used in

REGION — A San Diego-based group of parents filed a lawsuit last week against the State of California in an effort to end the mask mandate for schools. The Let Them Breathe initiative is now awaiting an initial hearing date. Sharon McKeeman, a Carlsbad parent and founder of Let Them Breathe, was part of the parent group that sued the state and several school districts last year in an effort to reopen schools for in-person learning. “It was very apparent to me that even though our kids were back to an in-person education, their academics, their mental health, their social development was all still really suffering because of the mask mandates, and Let Them Breathe has always been about choice,” McKeeman said. “So if a child wants to wear a mask, that should be their decision, but if a child, at this point, wants to unmask, that should also be okay.” The lawsuit names Gov. Gavin Newsom, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, state Public Health Officer Tomás Aragón and the state’s Safe Schools for All team leader, Dr. Naomi Bardach, as defendants. McKeeman said case has been assigned to Judge Cynthia Freeland, who also presided over TURN TO MANDATE ON 18

some species include those designed to protect wildlife against rabies, West Nile virus, seasonal influenza, measles and canine distemper. Vaccinating wildlife is a common practice around the world and has helped to ensure that endangered and threatened species like black-footed ferrets, California condors, gorillas and cheetahs are protected, the statement read. The origin of the possible tiger exposure is being investigated.


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Escondido council votes against green infrastructure plan By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, July 21, to discuss whether to submit an application for grant funding for the green infrastructure plan and add it to the city’s work plan. A source of grant funding was recently identified, but the council did not authorize staff to submit an application for the grant. At the city level, green infrastructure includes “greening” streets, buildings, waterways and parking lots, as well as establishing new parks and open spaces for recreation, according to city staff.

If implemented, green infrastructure would be installed in the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) Priority Investment Neighborhoods. These are neighborhoods that are moderate to lower income, and would be prioritized in the implementation process. According to the staff report, benefits of green infrastructure include improved walkability and use of public transit, less crime and more traffic safety, lower impact of extreme heat events and it aligns with Escondido’s CAP. The grant would have been funded by the California Resilience Challenge.

The council heard several public comments on the issue, including one from the Escondido Creek Conservancy urging the council to move forward with the plan. “Every resident should have the ability to experience the restorative benefits of nature within walking distance from where they live,” said Ron Forster of the Escondido Creek Conservancy. “Nature is resilient, and with proper planning, we can quickly and economically bring green spaces … to our most urban areas.” The council voted 3-2 against the motion. Councilman Mike Mo-

rasco opposed adding green infrastructure to the work plan, suggesting that the city is already working on implementing a lot of those measures in the city’s General Plan, the Climate Action Plan and the Parks and Trails Master Plan. “All of these, staff is already working on, all are already taking an extensive amount of time and cost to the taxpayers,” Morasco said. “I’m confused why we would want to add an additional layer and create an additional commission. … I believe that we’re already delving into that and attacking that and we don’t have the funding for it right now.”


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Del Mar’s One Paseo invites the whole family to a Summer Surf Fest11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at 3725 Paseo Place, to celebrate the San Diego surf culture, and Del Mar's adjacent beach community. It will feature live music by Woodie and the Longboards and a classic car show provided by San Diego Woodies, a custom VW van converted to a vintage photo booth, a local ecology pop-up, an art installation, beach games, and more. BUS THROUGH HISTORY

The Encinitas Preservation Association is again hosting the historical bus tour from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7. Meet at the 1883 one-room schoolhouse at 390 W. F St., Encinitas. The tour includes stops at Olivenhain Town Hall, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and a drive through the old Ecke Poinsettia Farm. Tickets $65 at


Tickets are available now for the Vista Community Clinic annual gala, being broadcast virtually at 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Registration is free at Guests will have access to bid on auction items, enjoy hula dancing and learn more about what VCC does.

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The two-day Longboard Surfing Club Contest & Beach Festival in Oceanside is Aug. 7-8 at the Oceanside Pier and Amphitheater, 301 The Strand North. Professional and amateur VETS’ GOLF CHALLENGE OperationGameOn ensurfers will compete for bragging rights, including the “King and Queen of the Pier” event Aug. 7. The heats begin about 10 a.m., with the finals concluding around 2 p.m. For a com- courages you to register plete schedule of events, check out Courtesy photo now for its 15th annual Cup

hosting a Summer FUNdraiser, with food, drinks and live music with April and the Funk Junkies, from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at Viewpoint Brewing, Del Mar. Tickets are $50 at

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Tickets are on sale for the Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s annual Rock & Roll Poker Tournament, set for Aug. 28 at Tickets. Proceeds support the club’s music program.

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Rabbi Greenberg offers a weekly Torah portion Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad Jewish Center, 1930 Sunset Drive, Vista. This DOG DAYS OF SUMMER The Pupologie Cardiff will also be on Zoom: JewDog Days of Summer is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8, at Encinitas Community GENEALOGY TIPS “Periodicals and PERPark, 425 Santa Fe Dr. Cardiff-by-the-Sea. There will SI: Using Periodical Litbe dog contests, live music, erature in Genealogy Refood trucks and drawings. search “ will be discussed Adopt a dog at Rancho by former genealogy librarCoastal Humane Society’s ian Mary Van Orsdol at the “Rescue Row'' and the San North San Diego GenealogDiego Humane Society of- ical Society’s Intermediate fers pet microchipping. To Class in a webinar from 10 volunteer to work the event, to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Free visit but registration is required list/2021/3/29/cardiffs-dog- at days-of-summer.

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A Celebration of Life for Father Joe Carroll is SUMMER FUNDRAISER open to the public, 10:30 Encinitas 4 Equality is a.m. Aug. 10 at the San Di-

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Councilman Joe Garcia and Councilwoman Tina Inscoe were the other two no votes, while Mayor Paul McNamara and Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez supported the initiative. The council also voted 3-2 not to allow Planning Division staff to work with the Planning Commission on the items in the work plan. Martinez also gave a presentation on business sign regulations during COVID-19 in preparation for discussing whether to keep relaxed regulations in place. The council will discuss these regulations at a future meeting.

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Episode three of Encinitas’ Meet Your Government Officials series will air at 5:30 p.m. Aug.12 to discuss a “Homeless Action Plan.” Government officials presenting include Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Principal Planner Jennifer Gates. Hear the city’s vision, latest updates, and what to expect as the Homeless Action Plan progresses. Register at register/9074. GET HEALTHY

tists teaching science, at its Mobile STEAM Lab, and STEAM Discovery Center every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 through Nov. 20. at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum in Encinitas. 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

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“Peppa Pig’s US Adventure Tour” coming to The Shoppes at Carlsbad Aug. 14 and Aug. 15. It is free but first-come, first-served. Reserve up-front tickets at en /events /peppa-s-us-adventures-tour-36719.html, for the only SoCal stop for this traveling interactive show highlighting Peppa’s big journey to America later this year.

Meet a new health specialist, take advantage of free screenings and learn more about healthy living and well-being. The Oceanside Chamber's annual North County Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 9 am to 1 pm. Aug. 12 in the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza at 300 N. Coast Highway. SEASIDE SATURDAYS The Health Fair will run Because everyone concurrently with the Down- wants to be seaside on a Sattown Farmers' Market. urday, Del Mar Village has launched Seaside Saturdays on the second Saturday of every month - a walkabout SUMMER STEM FUN event with business speLabRats offers scien- cials, sips, tastes, sidewalk

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Challenge on the driving range at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16, with plenty of chances to make a holein-one, food, beverages, live music and a chance to meet veterans. Register at https://operationgameon. org/. OperationGameOn provides golf for veterans’ rehab. TEE OFF FOR UCP

Be a part of the UCP Golf Classic to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County set for Aug. 16, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. Entry fee is $325 per person and includes lunch, green fees, golf cart, awards dinner, tee prizes and refreshments. For more information call (858) 5715365 or sign up at ucpsd. org or golf2021.

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Gelson’s will host an online cooking class at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 featuring Chef Gino Angelini and his wife Elizabeth. Cost is $49.99. Attendees will receive a cooking kit, with all ingredients. RSVP and pre-pay for the cooking kit at angelini. The kit will be available for pickup on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 from Gelson’s Del Mar and Gelson’s Carlsbad. Communication with zoom details will follow.

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had some blood drawn this morning for a routine checkup, and it made me smile all day. Why do I grin after having a large needle in my arm? Because, as always, the technician absolutely lit up when I showed her my arm. Early on, I noticed my hands were not only large, but also possessed veins like a power lifter. I got a fair number of good things from the spin of my parents’ gene pools, but at first blush, having large, protruding veins didn’t seem all that swell. Let’s just say I never finished that application to be a hand model. For me, giving blood as an adult is like winning a beauty pageant. Those fabulous, ropey veins that bedeck my hands and arms suddenly become a marvelous thing to behold. They are the joy of any nurse looking to plant a needle into them. Those who draw blood for a living unfailingly burst into an ear-to-ear grin when I lay my arm on the table. “Now that’s the kind of veins I love to see,” said one. “Wow. This will be easy,” another quipped. I blush demurely, as if they had complimented me on an adorable, little nose or lovely, thick hair. I think my scientist husband saw my veins as a terrific addition to his gene pool. The poor man has dreadfully skinny, slippery, impossible-to-get-a-needle-into veins. And just to make things worse, he is O-negative. Everyone wants his blood, but anytime they try, his entire arm bruises. Sadly, my daughter got her father’s veins. My son hit the blood bank’s jackpot, though, with my veins plus his dad’s O-negative blood type. The bloodmobile nurses know him by his first name. I suspect he gets an extra doughnut. Pair those above-average veins with our Irish, lily-white skin and we become the blood-drawer’s dream — like Mapquest in high def. You want blood. Here’s the spot. You can’t miss. I want you all to remember that, and appreciate it, the next time you see my legs in a pair of shorts. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer taking whatever superpower she can get. Contact her at jean@

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OhMy! Creative’s ribbon-cutting has been moved to 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at 535 Encinitas Blvd., #116, Encinitas. OhMy! Creative is a Party-in-a-Box shop, exclusively online. PROJECT PERFORMER OPENS

Kayla Schaffroth invites the community to the grand opening of her new in-person business, Project Performer. Enjoy an afternoon of musical theater and acting workshops, refreshments. Project Performer is a one-stop training studio catered towards up-andcoming performers (ages 8 to 18), so that they can book the roles they want, gain acceptance to their dream schools and thrive. E-mail i n fo @ project per for mer. com. Masks will be required for the indoor workshops. AL’S TURNS 30


T he C oast News - I nland E dition dean’s list at Linfield University included Claire Harris of Carlsbad and Kelsi Mikayla Otto and Alexander Chachas of San Diego. • Caitlin Walker of Oceanside and Robert Renkin of Encinitas were named to the spring 2021 trimester dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic. • Dane Thoreson of San Diego was named to the chancellor’s list at Troy University for the summer semester/Term 5 of the 2020/2021 academic year. • Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester included Hannah Loly and Lucas Polidori of Rancho Santa Fe, Ariana Chadha, Kate Chang, Annabel Xu, Andrew Wiesley, Andrew Xuan, Owen Hansen, Maggie Basinger and Maddie Yu of San Diego, Maria Clark of San Marcos, Ilona Eaton of Del Mar, and Mason Kohn of Solana Beach. BBB SCHOLARSHIPS

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Al’s Café in the Village, 795 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, is celebrating 30 years of home-style breakfasts and lunches. Locally owned by Al and Barbara Wanamaker, Al’s Café in the Village persevered and survived thanks to a very dedicated and loyal staff, many of whom have been with Al’s for nearly 10 years. They are open every day from 6:30am to 2:00pm and offer takeout and delivery. Visit GOLD AWARD FOR SERVPRO or call (760) 729-5448. Juan Araya and Jose Araya of SERVPRO of NEW FACE AT PACE North Vista/San Marcos, Gary and Mary West received the Legacy Gold at PACE announced Azaria award at the company's Taber as its new Center 52nd annual convention, Director for its Adult Day held July 23. Health Center in San Marcos, serving San Diego PET FOOD GIVEAWAY North County seniors. Taber Rancho Coastal Huis a Vista resident. mane Society had another swift and successful pet BEST REGIONAL HOSPITAL food giveaway July 24. U.S. News and World RCHS President Judi Sanzo Report named Palomar was joined by Danielle from Medical Center Escondido "I'm a Keeper" rescue in to its “Best Regional Hospi- Los Angeles. Danielle drove tals” list today and revealed an hour and 45 minutes for the medical center had the food. Along the way she achieved a “High Perform- stopped to get gas....and she ing” ranking in six proce- rescued a dog living in a dure areas, including hip trash heap in the gas station replacement, knee replace- parking lot. ment, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke and COPD LIBRARY HAS FRIENDS (Chronic Obstructive PulIn July, the Friends of monary Disease). the Oceanside Public Library presented a check for HONOR GRADS $56,750 to Oceanside Public • Bryn Middlebrook of Library. The check is a porCarlsbad graduated magna tion of $85,000 pledged by cum laude and with univer- the Friends to the Library sity honors in business and for 2021. The Friends, a Dani Aizenman of Del Mar non-profit all-volunteer orgraduated with a master ganization, was founded in of arts in biology at Miami 1971 to raise funds to augment the Library’s budget. University in May. • Geneva Marie Sanchez of Carlsbad earned NEW COACHES AT CSUSM her doctorate in education A third and final round from the combined program of coaching hires by Cal with Cal State San Marcos State San Marcos Athletics and UC San Diego. Sanchez welcomed A.J. Robinson teaches sociology classes at as assistant softball coach, Cal State San Marcos and LPGA golfer Tiffany Joh as National University. assistant men’s and women’s golf coach and Matt BerTOP OF CLASS gandi as assistant baseball • The spring 2021 coach.

Rivera-Lacey takes helm at Palomar College District By City News Service

SAN MARCOS — Star Rivera-Lacey began her tenure as the Palomar Community College District’s superintendent and president last week, following her appointment by the district’s governing board on July 6. “The Palomar College community is looking forward to begin working with Dr. Rivera-Lacey as we return to more on-campus classes and activities,” said Governing Board Vice President Mark Evilsizer. “This is a time of rejuvenation after a long and difficult pandemic. We look forward to working together to engage and support students to complete their educational goals.” The board also ap-


proved a new contract with Jack Kahn, who has been serving as interim superintendent/president and will return to his former position as assistant superintendent/vice president for instruction. Rivera-Lacey previously served as assistant superintendent/vice president of student services at

Palomar, and was most recently serving as the vice president of student services at the San Diego College of Continuing Education, the noncredit division of the San Diego Community College District. “I am looking forward to starting as the new superintendent/president of the Palomar Community College District,” said Rivera-Lacey. “I can’t wait to re-engage with former colleagues and to build new relationships with those I have yet to have the privilege of working with.” The governing board announced Rivera-Lacey’s appointment during a special meeting on June 23, following a lengthy national search and recruitment process.

During her 23-plus years of administrative and leadership experience in student services and instruction at community colleges in the San Diego region, Rivera-Lacey was named as an Aspen Institute Rising Presidents Fellow for 2020-2021 and a National Community College Hispanic Council Fellow in 2018. “As the new superintendent/president, my priority will be to work closely with the governing board and the campus community to prepare for the upcoming academic year,” she said. “The summer semester is the perfect time to rethink, reset, and recharge in preparation for the start of the fall semester.”

Camp Pendleton longtime home to bison herd By Staff

CAMP PENDLETON — Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was given 14 Plains bison from the San Diego Zoo from 1973 to 1979. Now, the bison herd consists of approximately 90 animals. Along with another herd on Santa Catalina Island, the herd on Camp Pendleton is one of only two wild conservation herds of bison in all of California. While the main herd consistently holds around 40 to 50 bison, there are multiple bachelor herds scattered throughout the base. They roam between the Delta and Charlie training areas, the Zulu Impact Area and Case Springs. The Camp Pendleton Game Warden’s Office monitors the bison population on base, keeping track of

CAMP PENDLETON bison as seen in 2019. The base hosts one of only two wild conservation herds in the state. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Cortez

their genetic diversity, overall health, and total population. They expected about 15-20 calves to be born this year. Bison can grow up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. While it may seem that their massive size would slow them down, they are incredibly agile for

their size, being able to run at speeds of up to 35 mph. The Game Warden advises base patrons to maintain a distance of 150 feet while observing them. “There is a bison management plan put in place and we follow it extensively,” said Mike Tucker, the chief game warden for MCB

Camp Pendleton. “We give them the space they need to live naturally and would only intervene in certain situations.” The game wardens on Camp Pendleton focus on protecting the environment while also prioritizing Marines’ capability to effectively train. As long as animals are not a threat to training, to public health, or to the health of the ecosystem, they are free to live out their natural lives. “About 50 years ago, the San Diego Zoo entrusted Camp Pendleton to care for this herd, and we’ve done an excellent job in doing so,” said Tucker. “We’ve done a great job in maintaining the environmental security of many different species, and will continue to do so as long as they call our base ‘home.’”

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Kové Hard Yerba Mate brings you a ‘party in your plants’ cheers! north county

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ard lemonade, hard seltzer, hard kombucha, and now hard Yerba mate? That’s right. It’s not surprising that innovation in alcohol is happening here in San Diego. Kové Hard Yerba Mate is the world’s first alcoholic yerba mate company and recently opened their first tasting room. Yerba mate is a caffeinated, infused herbal drink that was originally brewed by the Guaraní people in what is now Paraguay before growing in popularity during the European colonization of South American regions in the 1500s. I reached out to the founders, Alex Montelbano (CEO), Josh Makler (COO) and Ryder England (CCO or Chief Creative Officer) to learn more about what inspired them to create a new space in the market, how they navigated opening during Covid, and what inspires them in the moment. Cheers!: Hey Guys, thanks for getting me up to speed with on what’s going on at Kové Hard Yerba Mate. You just recently opened in a new space adjoining Thorn Brewing in Barrio Logan, but we’ve been in a pandemic for 15 months. What has the past year been like for the team, and what does it mean to you to be open now? Josh Makler: The past year has definitely been a tough one. We all left our jobs during the pandemic to work on starting this business, and we had no idea how hard it was going to be. We launched the product in November of 2020, and did everything we could to get it around town and start to build the brand. With most things being half opened at the time,

KOVÉ HARD Yerba Mate co-founders, left to right, Josh Makler, Ryder England and Alex Montelbano. The San Diego-based hard beverage company has carved a unique pathway in today’s growing alcoholic drinks market. Photo courtesy of Kové Hard Yerba Mate

we focused on hitting smaller market liquor stores and a few restaurants. We tried out doing a heavy DTC [Direct-to-Consumer] push as well with online shipping of our products, but that was extremely tough to do as a new brand with not many people who knew about the product. All in all, we continued to push through and grow the brand. Now as the world has opened up we have grown into many larger grocery stores and draft restau-rant accounts totaling about 150-200 different points of retail in San Diego. We have also been dis-tributing our products into distribution in Oregon, Northern California, and Nevada. Cheers!: Why yerba mate, and how did you go about turning this into an alcoholic beverage? What was the R&D process like, and were there any surprises?

Josh: We had tons of experience with alternative beverage products, and understood how to fill a gap and the amazing varieties that are coming out nowadays. We all had been drinking yerba mate as a coffee alternative and enjoyed the social and cultural sig-nificance it had. It is exciting when you can make a product from something that has an amazing story and culture behind it. We tested multiple different levels of Yerba mate brews and ferments to get their flavor and caf-feine levels perfect. We wanted to put forward a brew with caffeine levels just around 10mg. At one point we had 25 different one-gallon jugs fermenting with different levels of mate and different types of yeasts. Definite surprises came when we started experimenting with different cuts of yerba mate as well,

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and we landed on using some that were just right for the flavor profile we were looking for. Cheers!: For someone who isn't familiar with the Kové brand, will you explain the theme or vibe, and what inspired you to pursue that style? Ryder England: We are constantly inspired by the natural world. That is what shaped the unique and simple ingredients of our hard yerba mate, and also inspired the bold creative design of both our cans and tasting room. There is an amazing opportunity here to shape a new category in the alcohol space. Collaborating with different creatives and communities allows us to come forth as a brand with a human element. Amazing stories of sustainability, art, and adventure are all around us, our goal is to connect our audience with these things while having a good time doing so. Both alcohol and yerba mate are beverages that represent community, craft, and culture.

“Party in your plants” is more than a catchy slogan, creating both a vegan and gluten-free product with trust-worthy ingredients, we strive to make a beverage everyone can enjoy. Cheers!: I believe all three founders worked at Juneshine. How did your time over there inspire this next step, and what made you decide to make the leap into your own venture? Josh: As a founding member of the Juneshine team, I learned a great deal of knowledge about how these types of new alternative alcohol products can have an amazing impact and place in the market. I was a part of the companies growth from the start and learned how to grow the brand and company, but got to a point where I wanted to do my own things and have a bit more control of the narrative. [With] this knowledge and yearn for doing something of our own, I partnered with Alex and we eventually brought in Ryder to manage the creative direction of the brand and company. Cheers!: You have a new collab, Hoppy Troppy, with Thorn Brewing, but if you start adding hops is it more beer or more yerba mate? Josh: Haha, No. We are all “hard yerba mate” all the way and completely gluten-free, but we love using hops for the amazing qualities they can bring to our flavor combinations. Look out for more awesome hoppy flavors in the future. Cheers!: I’m way up in Carlsbad. What is the best way for North County residents to get their hands on some Kové? Josh: Find us at many of your local markets and restaurants! Some examples would be Frazier Farms Markets, Valley Farms Markets, Seaside Market, Nectarine Grove, and Fish 101’s Cheers!: Anything else you want readers to know about Kové Hard Yerba Mate right now? Alex Montelbano: You can find us at and on Instagram @kove.yerbamate.

Pure Project brewery adds Vista location By Steve Puterski

VISTA — Opening two taprooms during a pandemic is quite the feat. For Pure Project, the craft brewery is now adding Vista to its list of locations with its July 30 grand opening. Dubbed Pure Project Vista, the company bought the building at 1305 Hot Spring Way, just east of the intersection of Melrose Drive and Sycamore Avenue, which will also serve as the company’s new headquarters, according to Makenna Barris, director of marketing. Nestled along the “Hops Highway,” the 14,000-square foot building includes production lines, a 2,500-square-foot taproom, two outdoor sections and the ability for Pure Project to integrate its sustainability goals, Barris said. For the grand opening, Pure Project Vista had a specialty stout beer called Topkapi, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with pistachio, honey and Graham Crackers, Barris said. “We’re really excited to be here and meet the neighbors,” she added. “It really is a nice neighborhood with a good vibe.” Pure Project, which has four other locations and a fifth coming to North Park in the fall, opened its Carlsbad location in July 2020, just as a new round of restrictions were levied by the state and county due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, while Pure Project was getting its Carlsbad location off the ground, the company had already laid the groundwork in Vista. They closed on the deal in the winter to purchase the building, which used to house production for Iron Fist Brewery, Barris said. Since the building was already fitted for a brewery, Pure Project renovated to its style while still producing its beer over the past several months, she added. The highlights are a 15-barrel brewhouse, canning and bottling lines, 20 taps, outdoor seating and to-go services. “This is the first property we own,” Barris said. “It gives us a lot of exciting opportunities. It really is a great location.” Another advantage of the location, she said, is the proximity to residential neighborhoods and business parks. The brewery will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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ico and I review many Italian restaurants. Not only do we have a preference for these lusciously delicious places where the wine and food join hands in pleasing its patrons, but we also have a passion for all of them. I have never met an Italian restaurant I didn’t like, and for some of them, I have quickly fallen in love. One of the first clues to love at first taste are the appetizer and dessert menus. Focusing on these delicacies is as good as it gets. What wins me over as I range through the appetizer choices is a gastronomic flavor that once tried, becomes an indelible favorite. Prosciutto means ham, but this kind of ham is an Italian delicacy made with only the most flavorful parts, with sea salt seasoning and lots of experience in using the dry-cure process. Prosciutto has been produced in Italy since ancient Roman times. Prosciutto “cotto” refers to cooked, cured ham, and prosciutto “crudo” is a raw, cured style, preferred by the majority of Italians. They knew that the low humidity and gentle breezes in the Northern Italian Alps were ideal for curing meat and are still held in high regard today. There are two brands of prosciutto: Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region, and San Daniele, in the Friuli Venezia region. Only small details separate the two major names. Both will bring happiness to your palate. Curing or aging of the ham is at least a year before going to market.

taste of wine frank mangio Prior to that, the legs of pork are left to rest from 60 to 90 days. With these two hams, the aroma is fragrant, the muscle color is pinkish and the fat marbling is white. Both have sweet, slightly salty, intense aromas and are delicate to the palate. Serve either with Italian bread when possible and Chianti Classico wine, or another style of Sangiovese red wine. Try it with figs, melon and fresh Italian cheeses like mozzarella or burrata. Prosciutto rises to the occasion as a filling for tortellini pasta. Finale: Tiramisu The Italians call it "dolce." The menus of America will title it dessert. Only one dessert on my request list will merit the title of dolce — tiramisu. Tiramisu may be the most famous and loved dessert in the world. The word tiramisu means “cheer me up," although some translate it as a more appropriately “pick me up,” since it is loaded with coffee and a liquor guaranteed to lift your spirits. Ask the restaurateur if it can be served with Vin Santo, an Italian dessert wine known as the “holy wine.” Tiramisu consists of ladyfingers (or "savoiardi" in Italian) bathed in coffee and a touch of brandy. They

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Still searching for son, local mom helps other families By Samantha Nelson

ESCONDIDO — In the search for her missing son, one local mother is helping other people around the world find their missing loved ones through the use of drones and by spreading awareness. Olivia Tosic last heard from her son, Skylar Peterson Tosic, on Aug. 30, 2015. At the time, Skylar was a 20-year-old Palomar College student who lived with his mother not too far from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Pasqual Academy, the area Skylar was last known to be. Tosic’s son had texted her the Friday before his disappearance about two friends he had started to hang out with who he felt were a little “too funny.” He didn’t come home that Friday night or Saturday, but when he came home that Sunday, Aug. 30, he was covered in dirt as if he had been hiking, which his mom thought was strange considering Skylar wasn’t a nature lover. “He’s such a good kid,” Tosic said. “We never argued, never had problems at all, so it was all very odd and uncharacteristic of him.” He soon left home again and didn’t text his mother until later that night about two women who supposedly had passports and wanted him to travel with them. The strange text message

SKYLAR TOSIC, a Palomar College student from Escondido, was 20 when he went missing Aug. 30, 2015. His mother, Olivia Tosic, recently organized a live music fundraiser featuring Daring Greatly, left, to help her search efforts for her son as well as other missing people. Photos by Samantha Nelson

appeared to cut off mid-sentence just before Skylar explained where they were going. She immediately contacted the police to report her son missing. Nearly six years later, with the anniversary approaching, Tosic is still looking for her son. Skylar disappeared a day after Elijah “Bear” Diaz, also 20 at the time, was either forcibly taken or left voluntarily from his home in El Cajon. Diaz and Skylar Tosic did not seem to know each other or have any friends in common, an investigation showed, but their cases were aired

simultaneously on Investigation Discovery (ID) channel’s “Disappeared” television series. In 2018, Olivia Tosic started the Sky Alert Foundation, an effort to help find both her son and other missing people through the use of drones. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed the nonprofit’s growth, but Tosic is back full force with new partnerships and fundraising events to help her grow the organization and reach her goal of $39,000 to develop an app that would deploy drones in search of missing people. Tosic also plans to build

a website and is currently looking to find sponsors for the foundation. The drone application is still a work in progress, but Tosic is helping to find people in other ways through her own investigative efforts as well as through word-of-mouth, sharing posts on social media and fundraisers. Recently, Tosic teamed up with a company that plans to wrap its semitrucks with flyers that Tosic has created to help search for her son. On Aug. 1, Tosic held a fundraiser for the organization at Flawless Bistro

& Bar in the Hidden Meadows community and owned by Chef Lauren Lawless, a contestant on Season 8 of MasterChef and Season 19 of Hell’s Kitchen. The band Daring Greatly performed for the fundraiser that took over the restaurant that nearly filled its huge patio for the evening. Tosic, a music industry publicist and journalist, has a particular knack for bringing people together for a good cause and a good show, according to Toni Ortega. Ortega, who volunteered at the fundraiser, has known Tosic for more

than a decade and considers her a best friend. “I’m one of her righthand girls,” Ortega said. While Skylar is Tosic’s driving cause, her efforts extend beyond just her own search for her son to help others find their loved ones as well. “It’s really easy for people to help her because of her compassion and love,” Ortega said. “She’s doing it for all the right reasons.” To find out more about the Sky Alert Foundation, visit TheSkyAlertFoundation on Facebook, @advocate.dee on Instagram and @sky_missing on Twitter.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Moonlight a well-oiled machine By E’Louise Ondash

VISTA — Jenna Lea Rosen was born to play Belle. The actor, who stars in the Moonlight Amphitheatre’s ( production of “Beauty and the Beast,” came into the world while her parents were on the road performing in the production’s first national tour, which opened in late 1995 and closed in 1999. Rosen was born in 1998. “My mother (Heather Hoppus) played one of the Silly Girls and worked until she was six months pregnant with me,” said Rosen, who calls Seal Beach home. “My father (Grant Rosen) was the Stunt Beast on the tower and a swing (an understudy for multiple roles). My parents have done many national tours all over the world.” Rosen’s theatrical roots extend even further. Her grandmother owned a songand-dance studio in Orange County for 35 years, so Rosen grew up with the performing arts. Her first role, when she was 4 years old, was Molly in “Annie.” “(The studio) was the most wonderful environ-


JENNA LEA ROSEN and Michael Deni portray Beauty and the Beast in the production of the same name at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre. The popular Disney musical will play through Aug. 8. Due to ticket demand, two extra performances were added. Photo by Ken Jacques

ment to grow up in,” she said. “I loved performing. It’s all I ever wanted to do. Playing Belle is a dream come true for me. She was demand, two extra performances have been added.

New Village Arts brings blues guitarists, The Rick Holmstrom Band and Nathan James at 7 p.m. Aug. 6, at The FlowAUG. 6 er Fields, 5704 Paseo Del FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Norte, Carlsbad. Tickets Come down to the at Museum Of strom-james/. Art for the First Friday Art Walk: Music At The Museum with Whitney AUG. 7 Shay from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. LIVE AT THE LAGOON 6 at 704 Pier View Way, Hear live music by Oceanside. Free general MandoBasso at the Buena admission. Explore the ex- Vista Audubon Society's hibitions for free starting Nature Center from noon at 5 p.m. and stay for the to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at 2202 S. free concert. The music Coast Highway, Oceansstarts and cash bar opens ide. The event is free; doat 6:30 p.m. nations are welcome. For more information, visit DRAMA AT BROADWAY or call Vista’s Broadway The- (760) 439-2473. ater opens “Blurred at the Edges,” a story of Dr. John TOMMY & THE PAINKILLERS Langdon Down and mental Get tickets now for health care in 1887, Aug. Tommy Castro & The Pain6 through Aug. 8, 340 E. killers, performing at 8 Broadway, Vista. Ticket p.m. Aug. 17 at the Belly are $15. All shows play Fri- Up Tavern at 143 S. Ceday and Saturday at 7:30 dros Ave., Solana Beach. p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $24-$42 at bellyup. Tickets at broadwayvista. com. biz/order-tickets.html. Cowboy Jack performing live vintage country music on acoustic guitar and harmonica from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Arrowood Golf Course, 5201-A Village Drive, Oceanside. ‘BEAUTY’ AT MOONLIGHT

so to be able to come back and play Belle has been so wonderful.” Judging by the enthusiasm of the opening night

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Throughout “Beast,” the cast works like a joyful, well-oiled, music-anddance machine. The ensemble pulls off some amazing dance numbers (credit choreographer Bill Burns), especially considering many of the cast of 35 are outfitted in awkward costumes that transform them into household items. Think clock, candelabra, teapot, flatware, dishes, chest of drawers, and salt and pepper shakers. One lucky, talented ensemble member demonstrates that even cheese graters can get their groove on. Rousing numbers that leave you wanting more are “Be Our Guest” (reminiscent of the elaborate Busby Berkeley musicals); “Gaston,” which cleverly uses beer steins to accentuate the beat; and “Human Again.” Kudos to the lighting designer (Jean-Yves Tessier), sound designer (Jim Zadai) and projection designer (Jonathan Infante) for creating an environment that gives us France in the mid-1700s with favorable enhancements. For tickets, visit www. or call (760) 724-2110.

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my favorite Disney character and (the production) has one of the best scores in musical theater. I haven’t been on a stage in over 15 months,

audience, some of them dressed as Belle lookalikes, this “Beauty and the Beast” could sell out. In fact, two shows have already been added to the schedule. From the opening bars, Rosen’s voice maintains a smooth clarity that blankets the night air like a magic mist. Her co-cast members are as remarkable. Michael Deni puts forth a Beast with a range of emotions and a voice with full reverberation. Michael Paternostro (Lumiere) and Jerald Vincent (Cogsworth), both veterans of earlier “Beauty and the Beast” productions, with Bets Malone (Mrs. Potts), keep the story moving with their rhythmic and humorous banter and energetic songs. The audience can’t seem to get enough of Evan White’s self-centered, obnoxious, chauvinistic Gaston, whose preening and double-jointed strut are scene-stealers. Zane Camacho, who plays Gaston’s partner in crime, Lefou, is possibly the most athletic person on stage. He takes a marathon of punches, hits, trips and falls, and still manages to bounce back.


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Resident helping Cox Conserve in California Cox Communications is helping its parent company, Cox Enterprises, reach some ambitious goals through its national sustainability program. And Escondido resident, and Cox Communications employee, Eddy Morano is at the heart of those efforts. Through the Cox Conserves program, the company aims to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and be carbon and water neutral by 2034. Cox is confident it can achieve these goals with the help of employees like Morano who are passionate about environmental health. Morano is the facilities manager for Cox Communications in San Diego and a board member for Cox Conserves’ California chapter. Morano, who joined Cox in 2012 after a 24-year career in the Air Force that included multiple tours in Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan, is focused on the sustainable operations “pillar” of Cox Conserves. The California Cox Conserves Council works with other Cox Conserves chapters across the company’s national footprint to make an environmental difference. “We collaborate on ideas to find ways to meet the waste, carbon and water goals,” Morano said. “On a bi-weekly basis, we brainstorm and develop ideas for what we can do better in the

our business, but our community and environment. That’s one thing I believe we do very well at Cox.” Interested in a job at Cox? Visit

EDDY MORANO is an Escondido resident and a Cox Communications employee. Courtesy photo

future. Then we take those ideas and do an analysis on what needs to be done to achieve them. Then it’s just a matter of aligning ourselves with other committee members, and getting direction and funding if needed, to make sure that whatever we do has a positive outcome.” Morano’s position as facilities manager – overseeing 700,000 square feet of property in California – gives him special perspective into how to make progress toward Cox’s sustainability goals. Some specific projects

that are currently underway: • Implementing water efficiency projects to reduce water consumption • Installing Cox’s first integrated battery storage and solar system, which will reduce enough annual carbon emissions to power 93 homes (equivalent to the emissions of 121 cars) • Installing energy-efficient LED lighting “It’s important to find better ways of doing things and become better stewards of the resources that are under our care,” Morano said. “Cox’s focal point isn’t just

Computer/E-waste Drive – Cox Store in Escondido To help keep harmful electronic waste out of the landfills and help local students and families in need of computers, Cox Communications and the California Cox Conserves Council are partnering with Computers 2 Kids for a “Back-to-School Computer and E-Waste Drive.” The weeklong drive kicks off Saturday, July 31 with a drive-through dropoff from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cox Communications main campus, 5159 Federal Blvd. in San Diego. The public can also drop off their unused computers and e-waste from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday Aug. 2 through Friday, Aug. 6. at the Cox Solutions Store in Escondido, 1264-A Auto Park Way. For a list of accepted e-waste, visit https:// w w w.c 2 s d k .o r g / re c ycling-events/.


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Children’s museum reopens indoor hall By Tigist Layne

ESCONDIDO — The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido reopened its indoor exhibit hall last week for the first time since the start of COVID-19 last year. Since closing its indoor exhibits in March of 2020, the museum has been operating exclusively with its outdoor Discovery Garden. In addition to closing to the public, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum also had to postpone its annual spring gala, and cancel all special events, field trips, spring camp and outreach activities. On July 22, guests were invited to experience creepy crawlers and life's littlest creatures up close, explore a traditional Argentinian home, and leave their mark on a giant chalkboard wall. “The indoor space is a huge part of the hands-on learning aspect of the museum, and it has a lot more of the world culture, art and science activities that we really strive to incorporate into everything we do,” said Marketing and Events Manager Kathleen Sandoval. “It was really amazing to have families and children back on site.” All museum guests ages 2 and up are required


lery presents local artist CJ Troxell through Aug. 9 at 818 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. You can see his murals around San Diego, including the Mt. Fuji sunrise in the alley between D Street and E Street, Encinitas. STREAMING AT NCRT

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents “Dr. Glas,” a psychological thriller by Jeffrey Hatcher and featuring Daniel Gerroll, through Aug. 15, as the finale to its streaming season. Tickets at showtix4u. com/event-details/52194. ESCO MUNICIPAL GALLERY

Visit the Escondido Municipal Gallery corner of creativity at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. EMG offers multiple galleries with ongoing art displays. Gallery hours: Tues. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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SAN DIEGO Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido has reopened its indoor exhibits for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo

to wear masks inside and social distancing among family groups is strongly encouraged. There are also new procedures and increased cleaning practices, including multiple hand washing and sanitization stations throughout the museum. The museum also features a redesigned lobby, including a new entrance, new floors and updated walls. “This was something that was highly anticipated among many of our guests.

We were constantly getting questions about when we were going to reopen the space,” Sandoval said. “So I think families are really excited to come back in and, you know, nothing but positive reviews that we've heard.” The reopening saw dozens of families who were eager to visit the new indoor exhibits with many families expressing how excited their children were to get back inside. Starting Aug. 3, the

hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets are $39 at (858) 481-1055 or Tuesday Night Comics is rated R.

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The Broadway Theater Stage Door Cabaret salutes the troops with a USO TribAUG. 11 ute Show starring The PinGUITARS AT NOON Ups, Aug. 13, 14 and 15 at The New West Guitar 340 E. Broadway, Vista. Trio will perform a free Tickets at broadwayvista. concert at noon Aug. 11 at biz/order-tickets.html. the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The trio, Perry Smith, John AUG. 14 Storie, and Jeff Stein, per- RESORT ART SHOW forms original music and The Alila Marea Resort jazz, blues, folk, and Ameri- & Bliss 101 present local cana styles. artists from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 14 at 2100 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. AUG. 12 Meet the artists and see BEACHSIDE CONCERTS a live art demonstration. The Belly Up Tavern Originals and prints will be presents Thursday night for sale. concerts from 6 to 7:45 p.m. through Aug. 26 at Fletch- PATIO POPS er Cove Park, 140 S. Sierra The North Coast SymAve., Solana Beach. Aug. 12 phony Orchestra presents features The Bayou Broth- Patio Pops, an outdoor coners. Bring beach chairs, cert at 4 p.m. Aug. 14 on the blankets, picnics. No alco- patio at the San Dieguito hol, pets, tobacco or BBQs/ United Methodist Church, grills. For more information 170 Calle Magdalena, Enand the complete calendar, cinitas. Tickets at the door: call (858) 720-2453 or city- $10 general, $8 seniors/ dents/military, $25/family max.

The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is seeking art submissions for its Oct. 8 “Save the Ocean” juried art show, at Escondido Munici- FLIX AT FOUNTAIN pal Gallery. To submit art, The Carlsbad Village visit surfingmadonna-save- Association is hosting free Flix at the Fountain on Thursday nights through TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS Aug. 19. Seating begins at Prayer Dudz presents 6 p.m. Bring low-backed Tuesday Night Comics, chairs and blankets and a

museum will also be open during the week once again from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and guests will no longer be required to make reservations. “It’s everything we’ve been working toward,” Sandoval said. “Altogether, it’s been 14 months of closure for us, and we’re excited to finally be able to offer what families and children come to us for, which is an immersive experience where kids can learn and explore and have fun.”


Gather, an arts nonprofit based in San Marcos, chose the San Diego County Chapter of Surfrider Foundation as the beneficiary of its new Art Forward program. The group commissioned five local, up-and-coming artists, including Lana Sylber (whose work is shown above), Charlie Hoesly, Kate Joiner, Nathan Gibbs and Danielle Donaldson, to create original works inspired by the theme of ocean conservation, and hosted a pop-up exhibit July 24 at North City in San Marcos. Gather donated 50% of proceeds to support Surfrider Foundation San Diego County. Courtesy photo

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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council recently approved a resolution to allow the Escondido Police Department to purchase a portable security tower that will allow officers to watch over large public gatherings and events, as well as crowded parking lots during the holiday season. The new equipment will be purchased using a $258,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, administered by the city of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. The police and fire departments were awarded the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant in 2019. UASI funds support regional efforts to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism or disaster, according to the report. For $220,000, Escondido will purchase the new SkyWatch mobile observation tower, allowing officers to monitor crowds from more than two stories high. The rest of the grant


ment of Social Services; Nick Macchione, director of the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency; and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency. The plaintiffs named are individual alumni, former employees and residents. Cecilia Blea, who graduated from San Pasqual Academy in 2006, is one of those plaintiffs. “Without San Pasqual Academy, it is unlikely I would have ever achieved a college degree,” Blea said. “The academy’s caring and nurturing environment allowed me to succeed, and my children are blessed to experience that same



ers at the beginning of the pandemic. Stainback said this bill would only push more underground. “Ultimately, it’s going to be damaging for our industry and lower the bar,” Stainback said. “It allows them to get less qualified people quicker. My primary focus is consumer awareness, consideration of students already in school and prospective students.” Manny Gonzalez, a licensed barber and owner of East 2 West Cutz in Oceanside, and Jarred Powell, a license barber and manager at East 2 West Cutz, said the bill also originally threatened to reclassify barbers, cosmetologists and others as employees, although Jones said that has been amended out of the bill, although Jones said some aspects indirectly target sole proprietors through reducing skills, education and training, as proposed in the bill.

money will be used to cover training costs for the new equipment. The new tower will replace the department’s existing tower, which is due to be replaced and lacks

equipment such as video cameras that will be included with the new model, according to Lisa Rodelo, business manager with the Escondido Police Department.

Several police departments throughout the county were also awarded portable security towers with observation systems. “The Skytower Watch system is a regional asset that is interoperable and deployable. All towers throughout the County will be standardized by make and model to ensure interoperability,” said the report. “The towers will be used to improve community safety at public events and in crowded parking lots during the holiday season.” According to anecdotal data from other departments and jurisdictions, similar surveillance systems are believed to be a deterrent to potential crime and may result in a lesser chance of criminal activity. Escondido’s surveillance will have an observation booth with tinted windows that can accommodate up to two officers at a time. The booth is attached to hydraulic lifts that can raise and lower the platform as needed. The tower also comes with camera equipment.

healthy environment. I am so grateful to be able to give back to San Pasqual Academy during our time here. If that is taken away from us — and all the others who have benefited from this program — that would be devastating.” At a news conference on Tuesday, plaintiffs’ attorneys LiMadri and Jonna shared data showing the academy’s success. The average graduation rate for all youth is 79% and for foster youth it’s only 45%. By contrast, youth attending San Pasqual Academy have achieved a 92% graduation rate for those in the program through their 18th birthday. Other various stakeholders, including alumni and staff, shared anecdotes

of the positive work the academy has done. “San Pasqual Academy is what family in the foster care system looks like and should look like,” said Tia Moore, director of San Pasqual Academy. “We are a foster home care level program that supports sibling sets, education, family, reunification, intergenerational relationships. … We support showing up for them, even when they age out of the system. San Pasqual Academy is more than congregate care; we are a community striving to rebuild the definition of family.” Ultimately, the San Pasqual Academy stakeholders are seeking that the court will order California’s Department of

Social Services to continue licensing and funding San Pasqual Academy as a home for foster youth. Sarah Sweeney, communications officer for the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, sent a statement about the lawsuit via email. “The County is continuing to explore options for the San Pasqual Academy campus that focus on ways to support foster youth. At the same time, we are working diligently to ensure a smooth, trauma informed transition toward a future where as many youths as possible live in a loving and supportive environment, while having access to services that help them grow and thrive,” the statement read.

Barbers, hairstylists and others in the industry were exempted under Assembly Bill 5, the law that upended independent contractors and has had more than 100 exemptions. One of the reasons for the exemption, Jones said, was the sizeable pushback from Black barbers and stylists. Gonzalez, meanwhile, said if the bill were to pass in its original form, he wasn’t sure his business would survive. Also, he and Powell said barber shops and salons are their own communities where customers become friends and where people come together. “I don’t know how it would impact my business model,” he said. “I have to figure that out. This hurts the tradition of barber shops. I grew up in a shop.” Jones said 80% of the industry are sole proprietors and is a viable pathway for those to climb up the socio-economic ladder, especially people of color, Black men and women in

general. In total, more than 600,000 people and 50,000 salons and barbershops in the state are licensed, Jones said. Powell, a Black barber, said it is important for those in the industry to remain independent and railed against the big chains pushing the bill. Still, Gonzalez and Powell said the bill’s targeting of reducing training requirements will have consequences down the road. Stainback said in time of a public health emergency due to COVID-19, it’s no time for the legislature to lessen its requirements on public health and safety for trainees and those who are licensed. The bill has been amended, in part thanks to Jones’ lobbying efforts. However, the bill still allows for the removal of the requirement for practical tests, that is on a person, Jones said. Also, the bill had capped educational hours,

but it was amended out of the legislation. Additionally, he said none of the 120 legislators have no experience in the industry other than being a customer, so it’s an educational process for them. Jones said one of the core concepts of the bill is to remove the licensure component. He said one goal is to preserve more upfront education and training and don’t remove the hands-on, or practical, exam. Want to make sure next generation is competent and professional. “The chains are looking for is just to hire anyone off the street, teach them how to do very basic cuts knowing that they are going to churn and burn and they’re going to have to get more in 18 months or two years,” Jones said. “Reducing all of the education, licensing and scope of practice to that single perspective will limit the options of our school graduates and next generation of licensed professionals.”

ESCONDIDO POLICE DEPARTMENT plans to purchase a portable surveillance tower similar to this one that will allow officers to monitor large events and gatherings. Such towers are believed to be a crime deterrant. Courtesy photo


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here has been a lot of grumbling about the ongoing changes in health policy when it comes to guidelines for living with the COVID-19 pandemic. Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Wear a mask indoors. If vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask. If vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask. Proof of vaccination is needed here but not there. Kids should wear masks at school. Masks will rob kids of their mental health. There aren’t enough vaccines. There are leftover vaccines. No need for a booster. You may need a booster. This can be maddening, especially if you are trying to plan travel. But let’s keep this in perspective. We are lucky to live in the United States and should recognize that the above-mentioned aggravations are First World problems. Look, millions of people around the globe live in sub-human conditions — damp, sweltering/freezing tents in refugee camps, the remnants of bombed-out buildings, or villages with no clean running water or sewage systems. There are families who count themselves lucky if they get one meal a day and who have no hope of getting an education or basic medical care, much less a vaccination against this ever-more-deadly coronavirus. To these people, getting paid to get vaccinated must seem sadly outrageous and damn unjust. As one of the fortunates, I am thankful for the vaccine and have concluded that being flexible is the key to surviving the roller coaster of daily pandemic news. As someone recently

THE ALPINE SLIDE at Big Bear Lake provides family fun at nearly 7,000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains, about a twohour drive from North County. Courtesy photo

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK in California was among the top three natural wonders that travelers missed most during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when travel came to a standstill. Photo by Jerry Ondash

suggested, we must learn to check daily COVID-19 updates just like we check the weather, because like the weather, this pandemic is ever-evolving, ever changing. We have to trust that experts from reputable sources (emphasis on “reputable”) are doing their darndest to keep up with new information about the virus and are advising accordingly.

And if you want to travel without stress and unknowns, get vaccinated. Until we achieve herd immunity (between 80% and 90%), there’ll always be roadblocks and uncertainty in the world of travel. So, during all those months that travel came to a standstill, what natural wonders were people most looking forward to seeing again?

*** The website Save On Energy out of the United Kingdom wanted to find out which of the world's natural wonders travelers were most looking forward to seeing again. To determine this, they searched variations of hashtags pertaining to natural wonders around the globe to see which were most popular on Instagram.

Niagara Falls, Yosemite National Park and Grand Canyon National Park came in at the top. Other destinations in the Top 10 included Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights, the Galapagos Islands, Mount Everest and the Dead Sea. The least sought-after natural wonders were the Amazon River, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. *** Summers here in Southern California are getting warmer, so where to go for cooler climes? At nearly 7,000 feet altitude, Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains might be the answer. It can be 20 degrees to 30 degrees cooler and offers plenty of family fun: waterslides, the Mineshaft Coaster and zip line-like roaring Eagle, and Alpine Slide. For those with a weak stomach, there are the go-kart track, putt-putt golf and video arcade. Plenty of hiking trails, including a portion of the Pacific Coast Trail, are available nearby in the San Bernardino National Forest. For more photos and commentary, visit facebook. com/elouise.ondash.



the lawsuit to reopen schools. The Let Them Breathe group is made up of almost 15,000 members throughout California and is quickly growing. “The vast majority of parents that we come in contact with are not just in support of mask choice, they are desperate for mask choice for their students because they see their children suffering behind the masks and they're becoming so incredibly concerned over the anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, learning loss, social withdrawal and the list goes on of the mental, academic and social impacts of the forced masking on our kids,” McKeeman said. California currently requires all adults and students to wear masks indoors in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Masks aren’t required outdoors, and exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for people with medical conditions. According to the CDC’s school guidance, masks are needed indoors when physical distancing is not possible. Some parents have expressed concerns on social media that if masks weren’t required, schools would be forced to implement physical distancing, which many schools have said they don’t have the space for, which would mean that not all students would be able to return to in-person learning. McKeeman, who has four children in the Carlsbad Unified School District, said they are “following the science” and believe that kids are at a lower risk of getting COVID. The CDC says children can contract and spread the coronavirus, but they are less likely than adults to show symptoms or get seriously sick from it. There is still no date set for the initial hearing.

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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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