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Schools confident in security

Battle over road user charge rages By Steve Puterski

CSUSM, Palomar say they’re ready in case of cyberattack By Stephen Wyer

REGION — As cyber and ransomware attacks are on the rise against higher-learning institutions, North County colleges and universities say they are confident in their ability to withstand such intrusions. According to Jacob Doiron, a cybersecurity researcher at San Diego State University, colleges make ideal targets for hackers for a whole host of reasons, chief among these being a lack of funding for cybersecurity at schools as well as the relative openness of college networks that allow tens of thousands of users to connect to systems at any given time. “Criminals want to go after targets that have a balance of low security and a high need to pay the ransom quickly…universities have a need to get everything back online quickly, and university and college IT and security departments tend to be chronically underfunded,” Doiron said. Doiron added that even well-funded college IT departments are at a significant disadvantage due to the open nature of a college network — it takes just one unwitting user clicking on a malicious link to give cybercriminals the foothold they need in the system. “You have so many users at a college who may or may not be well trained when it comes to cybersecurity…it’s likely you can get a least one person to click on a phishing link just given scope and scale…there’s so much complexity to keeping the network protected every time, and the hackers only need to succeed once,” Doiron said. Cyberattacks against higher-ed institutions have skyrocketed nationwide in TURN TO CYBERATTACK ON 5

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Artist Julia Anthony, above, last week put the final touches on her sprawling mural at the Escondido Public Library. Photo by Chris Kydd

Anthony’s vibrant mural, right, entitled “Escondido Vision,” can be viewed on the west exterior wall of the Escondido Public Library on Kalmia Street. Photo by Tigist Layne

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REGION — In a reversal, at least three Democrats on the San Diego Association of Governments expressed concern with road user charges during the Dec. 3 Board of Directors meeting. Encinitas Mayor and SANDAG chairwoman Catherine Blakespear, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis released statements prior to the meeting, with Gloria and Blakespear each saying during the meeting the per mile charge should be taken out of the 2021 Regional Plan, also known as the 5 Big Moves. Blakespear said the plan must be approved by the end of the year per state law, although if passed it leaves SANDAG staff with little time to make significant changes to the scope of the proposed plan. The transportation plan is a long-term vision to meet state requirements to address congestion, access to jobs, education and healthcare, according to SANDAG. The final version has a heavy investment in transit with goals of increasing ridership between 7% and 8% and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. “I’ve heard from countless San Diegans about this plan,” Gloria said. “We have received a resoundingly clear message that a road charge is concerning. I share that concern. I don’t think this particular part of the plan we should be considering.” San Marcos Republican Mayor Rebecca Jones, whose city was the first to pass a resolution in opposition of any new taxes, charges or fees imposed by SANDAG in October, questioned the authenticity of the statements. She TURN TO USER CHARGE ON 6


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’Tis the season for holiday fun, and Wild Holidays at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido offer views of amazing wildlife amid twinkling lights. Visit Santa and take a holiday expedition of light and travel through places that glow and twinkle, including Firefly stilt walkers, shown above, holiday tunes and seasonal treats, every weekend through Jan. 2. Courtesy photo

Her treatments got me back out playing with the kids Local acupuncturist is helping patients overcome their chronic pain and joint issues and getting them back to enjoying the things they love!

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att R. from Vista had an ache in his shoulder after a fall and was feeling frustration with the time it was taking to heal. “After nearly four months, I was beginning to think it would never get better.” Chronic pain affects many people and can be difficult to deal with. Whether it’s shoulder, low back or knee pain, it can keep patients from doing the hobbies and activities they love. More than 25 percent of people in the United States experience some sort of debilitating, chronic problem. Chronic pain is defined as pain that is present for longer than three months. It can be consistent or come and go and can happen anywhere in the body. It can present in the form of arthritis, back or knee pain, cancer pain or neuralgia pain, etc. The most common symptoms are: •aching •burning •shooting •stiffness and throbbing

To make matter worse, chronic pain can lead to other issues such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. “It doesn’t matter what time I came home from work, I always love to shoot hoops with the kids, but my shoulder pain was keeping me from spending that time with them. I was so tired during the day because I wasn’t able to sleep well. Every time I move, the pain woke me up,” said Matt. Fortunately, Matt found Dr. Jennifer Antoine from Acupuncture Wellness in San Marcos, who is using the time-tested science of acupuncture along with technology originally developed by NASA that assists in increasing blood flow and expediting recovery and healing to treat this chronic problem. After treatments, Matt was back in the driveway with his kids. “I was shooting and blocking like I did in the past, and it felt good to be back out there with them creating memories and

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Charity scams: How to avoid a holiday season of misgiving

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By Summer Stephan

uring the holiday season, we often reflect on what we are thankful for and how we can help others in need. Many of us get into the spirit of charitable giving and want to help organizations with generous donations for taking care of our community. But not all charities are real: Some are scams. Last year, the District Attorney’s Office received numerous consumer and charitable organization complaints about scammers posing as charities requesting money from donors during the holidays. One person, for example, pretended to be from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and set up a booth outside of a grocery store to solicit money. He had no connection with the real charity, though, and was attempting to scam victims. In another case involving a person our office prosecuted, a woman went door-to-door across the city soliciting money for a fake charity named “II Chance.” The scammer told potential victims that she was from the legitimate charity “Second Chance,” a great organization that gives justice-involved men, women and youth the life-saving resources they need to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and incarceration. So how do you determine if charities are real or fake? Here are some tips: • Number one is asking questions. • Ask if the charity is registered with the Attor-

ney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. All charities operating in California including telemarketers soliciting donations are required to register. Search www.org. ca.gov/charities. If they aren’t registered, don’t donate. • If donating to a national charity outside of California, ask

if they are a registered public 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS? What is their Employee Identification Number, (EIN)? If they don’t have one, do not donate. You can use also use the Tax-Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) tool at www.irs.gov to locate a charity’s exemption status. • Donate to charities that you know and trust. • Don’t assume that charities are part of a bigger organization without asking questions. Many organizations just like the Boys & Girls Clubs scam mentioned above will use well-established charitable organizations to mislead the public. • Google it. Do your research about the organization. Find out how your donation will be used, but also be aware of look-alike websites. You can also search www.charitynavigator.org and www.give.org for a list of legitimate charities. • Don’t be pressured by telemarketers’ tactics or

even threats. • If they are not going to give you time to ask questions or do your research, don’t donate. Urgency is a red flag. Legitimate charities are willing to wait for you to do your homework. • Don’t be pressured by doorknocker charities. Often, people will go door to door asking for money for charitable causes but remember the Second Chance scam. • If you decide to donate, never give out your Social Security number or other personal identifying information. • Do not donate by check. In the scam mentioned above, a donor gave the scammer a personal check with her bank account number. • Always protect your personal identifying information. Credit card donations are the safest way to donate and will document your donation and can be disputed and easily canceled if you later discover your donation was compromised. If you suspect you were scammed out of a donation: • Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission. • File a consumer complaint with the California Attorney General. I hope these tips you will help you avoid the grinches this holiday season. On behalf of our entire team at the District Attorney’s Office, which is dedicated to building safe and healthy communities, we wish you a joyful and safe holiday season. Summer Stephan is district attorney of San Diego County.

alifornia’s ballot initiative process has never been more effective or beneficial to voters (who are also utility customers) than since the strongly consumerist Proposition 103 passed handily in 1988. Now the San Diego-based Sixth District state Court of Appeal has brazenly tried to gut a major part of that law, which made the insurance commissioner an elected official and has saved insurance customers more than $110 billion in excessive charges, an average of about $3.4 billion a year. No other state has a similar law, and the judges moved to overturn a big part of it in a dispute over delayed car insurance premium refunds from State Farm Insurance resulting from overcharges during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not only State Farm that’s refusing so far to refund money paid while rates were based on pre-pandemic driving habits. So far, state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has asked companies for $5.5 billion in voluntary rebates, but only $1.9 billion has been paid. State Farm’s share of the unpaid $3.6 billion balance due to almost every driver in California comes to about $100 million. The company wants to prevent that payout from becoming mandatory. This is one area where part of California’s cost of living should be lower than anywhere else. No other state limits rate increases and allows refunds where justified. But the appellate decision maintains voters in 1988 never meant to permit the insurance commissioner to order refunds, as Lara and several previous commissioners have done. Voters, said the ruling, were “not concerned about rate manipulation.” This was an absurd assertion, since Proposition 103 is almost exclusively about precisely that nefarious practice. “We were out to prevent people from getting fleeced by insurance companies,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the Consumer Watchdog lawyer who authored the law. “So this decision could not have gotten the issue more wrong.” Rosenfield is appealing the ruling to the state Supreme Court, citing two prior decisions from that court which unanimously upheld the insurance commissioner’s right to order justified refunds. But he’s not certain the state’s highest court will even take the case, since several new justices have arrived since the most recent ruling on this issue, repeatedly raised by

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insurance companies hoping to get a statewide decision exactly like the one from San Diego. “Californians passed Proposition 103 to protect themselves against arbitrary rates and discriminatory practices by requiring insurance companies to keep rates and premiums fair at all times or else be accountable to the insurance commissioner,” Rosenfield said. But State Farm, Mercury Insurance and some other companies have never stopped trying to return California insurance law to something like what applies elsewhere. So far, that effort has failed. But the insurance industry, never short of lawyers, keeps on fighting and the San Diego decision is the most favorable one the companies have ever won. The issue of whether insurance commissioners can order refunds is important, but it’s nowhere near as vital as Proposition 103’s giving the commissioner review power over rate increases, a provision that would be at risk if this ruling prevails. Amazingly, the San Diego court held that Proposition 103 never intended to protect consumers — despite that being the entire theme of the Proposition 103 campaign and its application for more than 30 years. Rather, the court said voters intended to protect insurance companies. Now the only folks who can overturn this astounding, unfounded conclusion are the seven justices of the state Supreme Court. Serendipitously, three of them — Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Martin Jenkins and Justice Joshua Groban — are up for voter approval or rejection next fall. The three will be subjects of yes-or-no votes on whether each should be permitted to serve another 12 years. If the no side prevails on any of them, that justice would be removed and replaced by a new appointee named by whoever wins the concurrent vote for governor. For sure, yes-or-no votes should hinge in large part on how the justices rule on Proposition 103. That’s because any judge voting either not to take the case or to uphold the San Diego decision would essentially be saying the voters’ will counts for nothing. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.


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Escondido council allocates $17,500 to redistricting group By Tigist Layne

VISTA CHAMBER HONORS STUDENTS

From left, Ryker King of Alta Vista High School, Belle Melendy of Guajome Park Academy, Dlainey Nakamoto of Rancho Buena Vista High School, Maesoon Rahman of Mission Vista High School and Kimberly DeLaCruz of Vista High School are the December recipients of the Vista Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Program. Winners will speak at the Rising Star breakfast hosted at Vista Elks Lodge #1968. Courtesy photo

No follow-up yet on San Marcos vendor ordinance By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council almost approved a strict set of regulations for street vendors in October, but tabled the issue after a council member changed her vote. It is still unclear when the council will revisit the issue, if at all. On Oct. 12, the council reversed an earlier decision approving restrictions on sidewalk vendors and talked about workshopping the issue after facing backlash from some San Marcos residents. Just two weeks earlier, the council had voted 3-2 to approve the resolution. Deputy Mayor Sharon Jenkins changed her vote at the second reading of the ordinance after hearing public comments from dozens of enraged residents and community services organizations. The other no votes came from council members Maria Nuñez and Randy Walton. Walton, who was adamantly against the ordinance from the start, told The Coast News that a

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the past couple of years, with the FBI issuing an advisory warning earlier this year. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of ransomware attacks on colleges around the world doubled, and cybercriminals’ average ransom demand tripled, according to intelligence reports by two cybersecurity firms. Just over one year ago, Cal State San Marcos was the victim of a major cyberattack that threatened to compromise vast amounts of data kept in the school’s critical systems, according to Kevin Morningstar, the school’s Dean of Instructional & Information Technology Services. While the attack was ultimately thwarted with the help of a third-party cybersecurity team, the incident heightened the impor-

workshop has still not been scheduled, even though Jenkins had requested that the council workshop the issue as soon as possible. Tess Sangster, economic development director for the city, said the council didn’t actually vote on a motion to hold a workshop. The proposed regulations covered licenses and permits, operating conditions, prohibited activities, hours of operation and more. It also required that vendors obtain multiple different licenses and said that vendors may have to show proof of insurance. Public speakers, including Alliance San Diego, Sierra Club North County, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and more, all argued that the ordinance would be detrimental to immigrant and minority communities, as well as low-income families. “This ordinance would disproportionately impact immigrants and people of color and further penalize individuals for being low income,” said Patricia Montance of taking a proactive approach to ensuring the integrity of the university’s online systems, said Morningstar. Since last year, CSUSM has deployed a multifaceted cybersecurity strategy to stop further intrusions, the dean said. One crucial element to this strategy has been the universal implementation of multi-factor authentication—an online mechanism whereby a user must provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity before being granted system access. Secondly, Morningstar said that security around the college’s most critical systems has been tightened and layered, with some administrative systems being so secure that a user has to be physically present on campus in a specific location to use them. Third, the school’s sys-

dragon from Alliance San Diego. “Sidewalk vending is a culturally significant means of income for immigrant families and an accessible entry into entrepreneurship for low-income individuals.” Many speakers also argued that the ordinance was too strict, citing restrictions on how far away (in feet) vendors must be from the curb, from any buildings, from other vendors, from bus stops, from fire hydrants, from public restrooms, from major intersections, from a public trash can, etc. City Manager Jack Griffin said that staff recommended the ordinance after the November 2020 election cycle where the city saw multiple politically motivated vendors pop up that prompted a lot of complaints citywide. “We would have liked, last year when those popped up, because they came out of nowhere, to have had a little bit more ability to be more organized and managed about where they set up and how they set up,” tems are now segmented in such a way that even if, for instance, an administrator’s username and password credentials are stolen, the compromising of one system will not result in the entire network being similarly compromised. This type of “network segmentation” is crucial in a successful proactive approach to cybersecurity, Doiron said. If systems are not properly segmented, a single security breach in the network can allow hackers to “tunnel” from one system to another and potentially significantly increase the amount of damage done. For instance, a hacker with initial access just to the school’s learning management system could subsequently gain access to the college’s registrar system or the accounts payable system. At Palomar College in

Griffin said. “It’s more of a recent history issue, but I think it would be naïve to not see that again in the future.” “I don’t think there’s anything in here that any of those vendors would have found to be so onerous that they wouldn’t set up shop in San Marcos, and I think our fee structure is far less than most other cities that have attempted to regulate that,” Griffin added. A similar situation occurred in the City of San Diego in 2019, when former Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed a vendor ordinance to keep vendors out of tourist heavy areas. The city immediately saw backlash from street vendors and residents who argued that the ordinance would disproportionately impact immigrants and people of color. Cities like Oceanside, Coronado and National City already have vendor regulations in place. The City of San Diego still does not, but is expected to consider regulations, once again, as early as next week. Escondido, administrators have implemented a variety of added security measures in recent years, including network segmentation, multi-factor authentication, and increasing cybersecurity awareness among students, staff, and faculty, according to Mike Day, the school’s director of information services. Day credited Palomar not having a major cyberattack in seven years to a recent concerted effort to bolster cybersecurity in a whole host of areas. “We have a lot of tools in place here from Endpoint security to DLP (data loss prevention)...we’ve implemented robust system firewalls, email encryption, and a variety of threat monitoring tools in place…we have very robust rules when it comes to access to our systems,” Day said. The awareness element

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido City Council met on Wednesday, Dec. 1, to hear a report on the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) and approve funds for enhanced public outreach on redistricting. After hearing from the chair of the IRC, Robert Case, the council decided to allocate $17,500 to the commission for public outreach, a significant decrease from the $50,000 the commission asked for at the last council meeting. In January, the council approved a budget of $200,000 for the commission. Last month, the commission asked for an additional $50,000 to offer real-time translation services to those attending hearings online, as well as an increased marketing budget. At the November meeting, Councilman Mike Morasco and Mayor Paul McNamara expressed concerns about the amount of money that was being requested after an already significant budget was allocated to the commission. They invited the chair of the commission to explain the budget request in person. “We just want to remind everyone that we were vetted by a panel for a reason, and certain attributes were taken into account: trustworthiness, integrity and a high degree of competency,” Chase said, speaking in front of the council.

“So I hope no one feels like you’re writing a blank check to a kid outside of a toy store.” McNamara expressed his appreciation to the commission for being flexible in their request saying that the taxpayers thank them. “As you go down these meetings, you may find the need for more money for more outreach … so I want to encourage you to come back if you need more,” McNamara said. “We just didn’t want to give you $50,000 and say spend it wisely — it’s so the people watching can know where it’s going.” Councilmembers Consuelo Martinez and Joe Garcia emphasized the importance of public outreach in English and Spanish to ensure that every community and resident has access to the information, as well as the importance of translation services for those tuning into meetings online. In January and February, the commission will hold a series of public hearings throughout the city to discuss potential redistricting maps, resulting in a final map that must be forwarded to the City Council for approval by April 15. Escondido residents are encouraged to provide input about their communities by attending one of the commission’s public hearings or by reaching out to the commission directly at https:// www.escondido.org /independent-districting.aspx.

Autopsy: Vista jail inmate OD’d By City News Service

REGION — A 24-yearold inmate who died after falling ill at Vista Detention Facility last summer succumbed to an accidental drug overdose, authorities reported Dec. 6. Deputies found Ronaldino Estrada of Escondido unconscious and unresponsive in his cell at the South Melrose Drive jail on the morning of July 5, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics took Estrada to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Postmortem exams have determined that Estrada died from acute fentanyl intoxication, with hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease as contributing factors, Lt. Thomas Seiver said. Estrada had been jailed three days prior to his death on suspicion of DUI causing bodily injury.

of the school’s approach is crucial, as campus users who are educated about the dangers posed by hackers will be less likely to click on malicious links or be fooled by email scams, Doiron said. “User education is a big one, just getting everyone to adopt that mentality that security is everyone’s responsibility…the weak link with cybersecurity is usually humans—a lack of knowledge, a lack of information, and a lack of training.” At Palomar, a concerted effort by school officials to educate campus members on issues of cybersecurity seems to be paying off, Day said. “More recently in just the last year, students and employees seem to be more aware about this stuff; when they get a suspicious email they report it and say this looks weird, is this for real… that’s because of our educa-

tion campaign and communication,” he said. Day expressed confidence in Palomar’s ability to withstand future cyberattacks, while acknowledging the gravity of the threat posed by increasingly sophisticated hackers. “We’re fairly confident but we just always have to be on the lookout,” Day said. “Folks are getting sophisticated these days with their attacks.” Day also echoed Doiron’s point that IT departments at many colleges, including Palomar, are underfunded and understaffed, putting them at a disadvantage in the fight against hackers. “They’ve [the cybercriminals] got a lot more resources than us, a lot more tools…and we’re a prime target because of the openness of our networks and the rich data that’s in our systems,” Day said.


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Library mural ode to city By Tigist Layne

GEORGE AND CYNTHIA WEIR have been named 2021 Escondido Legends by the Escondido History Center. Courtesy photo

Weirs honored as Escondido Legends By Staff

ESCONDIDO — In the seventh of eight 2021 Escondido Legend biographies, the Escondido History Center introduces the Weir family. The Center will present a $1,000 honorarium, in their names, to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido. George Weir was born in Escondido and has lived there all of his life. His wife, Cynthia, was born in Michigan and moved to California at age 2. After graduating from high school in San Diego, her family moved to Escondido. George and Cynthia married in 1994. George Weir was active while attending Escondido High School, graduating in 1972. He served as associated student body vice-president, was involved in the Key Club, the Cougar Knights, various sports, the high school orchestra and band, and had time to become an Eagle Scout. He attended San Diego State University, majoring in Spanish and zoology, graduating in 1979. Cynthia attended Palomar College, taking classes in accounting, theater, and interior design, earning an AA Degree. Marriage and motherhood sidelined further formal education, but she studied painting, especially watercolors, and eventually taught art classes at the Poway Adult School and several other venues. Cynthia also served as vice-president of a local private school board. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the California Center for the Arts, after having served as the board chair for four years, and cochair of the Women’s Art Council. She has a passion for the arts, interior design, landscape design, architecture and when time allows, playing the mandolin. Much of what The George and Cynthia Weir Family Foundation has sponsored is centered on a faith-based giving of their time, talent and treasure. They have pursued these ideals to the benefit of Escondido and its citizens. George W. Weir Asphalt Construction volunteered to fill hundreds of potholes throughout Escondido, at no cost to the city, beginning in 2010. The Weir family sponsored the skate park at Kit

Carson Park and worked to create the Heritage Garden in downtown Escondido. The Weirs have a wide range of separate and concentric philanthropic interests. They have donated hundreds of turkeys to the annual Thanksgiving celebration for the local Salvation Army and funded its winter shelter program. The pair are founding members of the California Center for the Arts and provided their cranes for installing the Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture exhibit. They have sponsored concerts and events such as the Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland festival, as well as spearheading several exterior renovation projects. They provided for the disposal of 150,000 yards of rock and soil for the construction of the new Palomar Medical Center. Their wide-ranging patronage has led them to support the Alternatives Medical Clinic, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, orphanages in Baja California, Mexico, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse and other national and international faith-based organizations. The Weirs have supported many athletic, music, grad nights and scholarships for the local Escondido high schools. They also provided the labor and equipment for installing the rubberized track at the Bob Wilson Stadium and Chick Embrey Field. The Weirs have been recognized by many organizations the years. They are founding members of The Escondido Charitable Foundation and are honorees of the Rotary Coeur de Cuisine. The Escondido History Center has established a Dec. 8, 2021, application deadline for the next round of Escondido Legend $1,000 honorariums, provided by Jack Raymond. Applications, for of each of the eight 2021 Escondido Legends honorariums, are available from high school counselors, at the History Center’s office in Grape Day Park (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or at escondidohistory.org. The presentation of the honorariums is planned for Jan. 26, 2022.

ESCONDIDO — A mural commissioned by the Escondido Public Library Foundation back in May has been completed by local artist Julia Anthony. The massive work of art can be viewed on the west exterior wall of the Kalmia Street Library building. The final image depicts a young girl reading on the grass, with the rolling hills and vineyards of Escondido laid out behind her. She is surrounded by flora and fauna that are native to Escondido, and to her right, is an image of the historic Escondido Library that dates back to the 1890s. The foundation titled the mural “Escondido’s Vision,” as it aims to highlight the unique beauty and attributes of the City of Escondido. “It’s about embracing the beauty that makes Escondido what it is,” Anthony said. “But also, to me, the main focus of the mural is actually the girl reading,

and to me personally the mural is about knowledge is power,” Anthony said. “If I could send a message to the community, it would be that knowledge is power and we gain our knowledge from reading, hence why the library is such an important feature in any city, but especially in Escondido.” The recently completed mural is very colorful and vibrant, as Anthony was hoping for from the start. “The community’s response has just been wonderful. There’s so many people, especially this past weekend, who would actually pull in with their cars and stop to talk to me and thank me for creating something so beautiful for the community. That’s always really rewarding when you’re creating something and it actually makes an impact,” Anthony said. Anthony, who had previously lived in Escondido for 30 years, said she took the project on because it

had a personal connection for her. She also had some help from a few local artists who volunteered their time to assist Anthony. When the mural was first commissioned 6 months ago, two designs were up for consideration, and Escondido residents were able to share their input. In a poll that was active from May 26 to June 7, community members could express their opinions on which of the two designs they want to see at the library. Jack Anderson, the president of the Escondido Library Foundation, said that the mural will serve as a landmark for the library and for the City of Escondido. Anthony also previously created the Wild Beauty of the Savannahs mural in the Escondido Library’s children’s area in May 2010, as well as a fresh and salt water ocean mural at Oceanside Public Library in April 2011.

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said several board members have raised the issue of a mileage charge, or tax, since the plan was released last year. She, along with others, also questioned how adding on a road user charge and tax increases will help middle class and low-income drivers who must drive to work. Others worried about residents in East County who drive into urban areas and would be in more financial stress with added costs. The road user charge was increased to four cents per mile, which is a twocent increase over the prior plan. Also, Jones worried about two proposed halfcent tax increases in 2022 and 2028. The 2022 measure must qualify for the ballot first and a coalition of labor unions and out-of-state design firms are leading the effort to gather enough signatures. “I am shocked by these comments because for two years we’ve been talking about this,” Jones added. “Many of the board members have repeatedly said road user charges are not OK. I think this is a complete confusion tactic.” Additionally, SANDAG released the final plan on Nov. 30 with the board expected to approve it during its Dec. 10 meeting. Jones, along with Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Del Mar Mayor Terry Gaasterland and Oceanside City Councilman Chris Rodriguez, called for a 90-day delay so their city staffs could review the more than 1,000-page document. Hall, and others, said the plan will cut major highway and road projects originally planned through the first TransNet tax passed in 2004. Those include further widening of I-5, interchanges with SR

MANY NORTH COUNTY road projects, including along the 78, are expected to be scrapped as part of the SANDAG Regional Plan. Photo by Steve Puterski

78 and widening SR 78. Rodriguez said it appears SANDAG is heading down the same path as it has previously with proposed tax increases and funding for large-scale plans, while Gaasterland said gas taxes and the road user charge should be separated with the state taking the lead on those processes. According to the plan, many of the improvements in North County come in the form of managed lanes, or toll roads, on state Route 78 and interstates 5 and 15. The managed lanes would leave just one dedicated lane open to all motorists, while the other lanes would come with another charge. Jones said she could not vote in favor of the plan for those reasons, along with no clear funding mechanisms locked in place. Should the board remove the road user charge, it would eliminate more than at least $10 billion in funding. Additionally, a majority of the board has also called for free transit for all by 2030, which would eliminate at least another $14 billion from the plan, while leaving the North County Transit District and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System in fi-

nancial distress as those agencies are projecting to have a 40% operating budget shortfall until 2048. “TransNet is not supposed to fund all of transit,” Blakespear said. “Transit costs are funded by recovery boxes and grants. We can’t rebalance these different buckets without knowing how they all operate.” The cost of the plan, per the final draft is $172 billion, although those calculations used 2020 dollars. In year of expenditure, the cost rises to $269 billion, which accounts for inflation and increases in labor and materials costs, according to a clarifying email from SANDAG. Edward Spriggs, a City Councilman from Imperial Beach, said there has been a rise in inflation since 2020 and SANDAG should revisit those numbers. The difference in road user charges between the two funding categories is $10.2 billion. Passenger fares, meanwhile, account for between $12.8 billion or $21.1 billion in projected revenue. In addition to San Marcos, Vista, Escondido and Oceanside all have passed resolutions in opposition to the proposed new charges, while Del Mar was split.

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am vindicated. I am not alone. A recent survey result said that the holiday chore people hate the most is wrapping presents. Just hearing that was the best Christmas gift I could get. I have been known to snort derisively at survey results, being very skeptical about how many people really were asked and where, and who — unless, of course, I agree with the results. This one has my full support. I have been the joke of our family for decades because of my slap-dash method of gift-wrapping. I only use tissue wrapping paper and go heavy on the tape, in every direction. My corners are not neatly folded, my ribbon ends are not even. The best I can do is keep it color coordinated. I think I may be lacking in fine motor skills. I know I am lacking in patience, and suspect that is the real issue. Wrapping gifts does not bring out the artist in me. It is too screamingly time consuming during a season when time is precious. I also chafe at the fact that a gorgeously wrapped gift gets 10 seconds of admiration, followed by complete destruction. And, of course, I have always been the one who wraps the majority of the gifts. My husband apparently hates wrapping even more than I do. My solution is to spread the gifts, paper, tape, ribbon, scissors and tags all across my counterpane and then turn on a holiday baking show. I am reasonably distracted from the foldand-cut, fold-and tape, tape-and-retape, try to tie a single-handed knot routine by visions of sugar plums. Oh, and I always have some sugar plums at hand. It’s rumored I have eaten an entire tin of peanut brittle during a wrapping binge. There are, however, no credible witnesses. Cocoa, eggnog or chocolate will do, as well. I find myself wondering if that is why Santa is so chubby. I suspect the elves, having made the gifts, also refuse to wrap. Pass those sugar cookies. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer sporting holiday paper cuts. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.


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County launches homeless outreach teams By Tigist Layne

REGION — The County of San Diego recently announced the creation of homeless outreach teams made up of social workers and other specialists that will specifically address the needs of homeless individuals in North County cities. The initiative was announced in a recent press conference by Supervisors Tara Lawson-Remer and Jim Desmond, along with elected city officials representing different North County cities. As part of the county’s newly adopted Framework to End Homelessness, the new program will encourage collaboration between cities and shift outreach from law enforcement to trained social workers. “Homelessness is particularly challenging in North County,” Remer said at the press conference. “We have eight cities, and each city has a different plan, different staff and different resources. But starting today, for the first time, we are coordinating outreach across city and county lines so we can get people help and housing faster than ever before. It’s one united, collaborative effort to help the 1,500 people in North County without a home.” A highlight of the new program is an emphasis on shifting homeless outreach away from law enforcement. According to Remer and Desmond, this will be another way of building

REGION — Authorities on Tuesday publicly identified a Camp Pendleton Marine who was struck and killed by a vehicle this week as he was aiding a motorist in a disabled SUV on Interstate 5 near where he was stationed. USMC Lance Cpl. Alberto Lucio, 20, stopped alongside the southbound side of the freeway in the area of Las Pulgas Road shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday to assist the strand-

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A HOMELESS man sleeps on a sidewalk in Encinitas. The county is launching homeless outreach teams to address homelessness in North County cities. Photo by Jordan P. Ingram

trust with homeless individuals. “Homeless outreach is human outreach,” Remer said. “Too often we don’t look at people experiencing homelessness as people. That has been made clear by the fact that many unhoused individuals do not actually want to use the array of homeless services that we have available. Simply, there’s a lack of trust between social service providers and the people we want to serve.” The 17-member outreach teams will have 10 social workers to do case management, five specialists from the county Health and Human Services Agency to connect people with

various services and two licensed clinical social workers. “We’ve been pushing for this for quite a while, so it’s a step in the right direction,” Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara said. “We’ve started something that will help us work cooperatively with the county and with the other cities, and I think we’ve come to an agreement that homelessness is a regional issue.” McNamara added that the program will also work in collaboration with homeless outreach organizations like Interfaith Community Services, which is headquartered in Escondido. “Interfaith and other

similar organizations were key to this process because those organizations are, from a solution point of view, where the rubber meets the road,” McNamara said. An outreach team will be stationed in Escondido, with another team launching in Oceanside in January 2022. Countywide, a Homeless Crisis Response System report from 2020 by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless found the number of first-time homeless people in the county increased from 2,326 in 2019 to 4,152 in 2020, a 79 percent jump. The previous year saw a 6% decrease from 2018.

Marine, 20, fatally struck while helping couple on I-5 By City News Service

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ed driver and his passenger, who had been involved in a solo crash a short time earlier, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and California Highway Patrol. While he was trying to help the driver — whose SUV was stalled in traffic lanes with its lights off — and his companion get safely off the roadway, a southbound box truck smashed into the crashed vehicle and hit Lucio. The serviceman died at

the scene. The driver of the SUV and the woman who had been riding in it were hospitalized for treatment of serious injuries, the CHP reported. No other injuries were reported. Lucio, a native of Smithville, Tennessee, was a military policeman with USMC Security and Emergency Services Battalion. “Lance Corporal Lucio performed a noble and selfless act by stopping

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2022 will be available for pick up at Solana Center for Environmental Innovation located at 137 N. El Camino Real. Fifty-gallon barrels are on sale for $97, with a final cost of $62 after a $35 rebate from water wholesaler Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Rebates on rain barrels and other water-saving measures are available at socalwatersmart.com. A roof with a 2,000-squarefoot surface area can capture 300 gallons from only a quarter-inch of rain. Visit solanacenter.org/purchase-rain-barrel for more information and to order rain barrels.

Applications are still open for the Escondido Public Library Teen Advisory Board. Find an application at library.escondido.org/. RAIN BARRELS Applications due at 6 p.m. Olivenhain Municipal Dec. 18. Water District has partnered with neighboring water districts - San DieSCHOLARSHIPS Vista Irrigation District guito Water District, Santa offers high school seniors Fe Irrigation District, and up to six scholarships rang- Carlsbad Municipal Water ing from $1,000 to $3,000. District - to offer discountThe scholarship encourag- ed rain barrels to area reses students to learn more idents this winter. Rain about water-related issues barrels ordered by Jan. 31,

on Interstate 5 to provide critical aid to a person in need,” said Col. John Black, commanding officer of the Camp Pendleton-based battalion. “Lance Corporal Lucio gave his life in the service of others. His actions epitomized servant leadership and personified the very best in our emergency-services personnel.” Lucio’s military awards include a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Medal.

REGION — Nearly one million self-employed Californians may be on the hook to pay back their unemployment benefits from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the California Employment Development Department. The state's employment department recently announced it is requiring self-employed workers to prove their eligibility or return the money with a possible 30% penalty, according to a release. If a claim for pandemic unemployment assistance, or PUA, started in 2020, the documents need to be from the 2019 tax year, and if the benefits claim began in 2021, tax documents need to be from 2020. According to the department, proving work history can be done by uploading a choice of documents through UI Online, such as a tax return, business license, business receipt or invoice, W-2 form or paystub for those who worked for an employer. The state's Employment Development Department, or EDD, is also continuing to remind pandemic unemployment assistance recipients of the federal requirement to prove self-employment or employment work history. Last year, Congress extended the pandemic benefits and required proof of eligibility due to rampant fraud. In California, the EDD has lost $11 billion due to fraud, with the state blaming pandemic unemployment assistance and the self-employed for much of the fraud. Former California Labor Secretary Julie Su said that of the $114 billion paid out to claims, 10% has been confirmed lost to fraud, with another 17% identified as potentially fraudulent. A Jan. 28 report by California State Auditor Elaine Howle found that “EDD did not take substantive action to bol-

board designer Dick Brewer books. and is looking for funding at indiegogo.com/projects/ FOOD FOR RESCUES dick-brewer-documentaRancho Coastal Hury#/. mane Society received 28 pallets of pet food and CSUSM BBALL supplies Dec. 1, that were For the first time as distributed to qualified an NCAA member, the Cal pet rescue groups the next State San Marcos men's day. The giveaway consistbasketball team (5-0, 1-0 ed of mostly dog food with CCAA) is nationally ranked some cat food and litter and as the Cougars came in at 350,000 “Poo Bags” availNo. 22 in the D2SIDA Top 25 able for the rescues. The National Media Poll Nov. 30. supplies for Rescue groups comes from Chewy.com are donated through Rescue BOOKSTORE OPEN The Friends of the Bank operated by Greater Oceanside Public Library Good Charities. The generhave reopened their Am- al public may come to the azon Bookstore, offering RCHS pet food bank on Satbook lovers an opportuni- urdays. ty to purchase gently used SURF FILM NEEDS FUNDS books and help support NOMINATE FOR MLK AWARD Filmmaker Gerry Lo- the Library’s programs. To The city of Oceanside pez is making a feature doc- access the site, visit ama- is seeking nominees for umentary film about Surf- zon.com/shops/check_out_ the 2022 Martin Luther

ster its fraud protection efforts” to safeguard its unemployment insurance program, “resulting in payments of $11.4 billion for claims that it has since determined may be fraudulent because it cannot verify the claimants’ identities.” Additionally, the department’s “uninformed and disjointed techniques” to prevent fraud placed the agency at “higher risk” for criminal activity. A second audit report also found that “EDD’s inefficient processes and lack of advanced planning led to significant delays in its payments” and the agency’s “poor planning and ineffective management left it unprepared to assist Californians unemployed by COVID-19 shutdowns.” The federal PUA program was a new benefits program created by the federal government for the first time during the pandemic in 2020 to aid those who were not eligible for traditional state unemployment insurance, such as those who were self-employed or could not work because of COVID-19. According to media reports, about two million people have already submitted documentation to prove their self-employed status. To expedite payments early in the pandemic, the EDD did not require proof or documentation upfront. Claimants must submit proof of work history even though the program has now expired and even if the claimant returned to work and was no longer collecting benefits before the program expired. Under federal rules, claims filed for benefits on or after January 31, 2021, will have 21 days to submit proof or request an extension. Claims filed before January 31, 2021, will have 90 days to submit proof or request an extension. King, Jr. Community Service Award. Any resident of Oceanside or member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton may be nominated for the award. There are no restrictions as to race, ethnicity, age or type of volunteer service. Nomination forms are available at ci.oceanside.ca.us/ gov/ns/housing/mlksa.asp. The deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 28. MILESTONE VICTORY

Cal State San Marcos Women’s basketball Head Coach Renee Jimenez, recorded her 200th career win as the RV/NR Cal State San Marcos women's basketball team (4-1, 2-0 CCAA) clinched a 71-65 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-5, 0-2 CCAA) Dec. 2.


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Holiday gifts for the traveler in your life hit the road e’louise ondash

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hile the pandemic-weary world has not returned to what we now call “normal,” and while we are confronted daily with news about virus variants and new regulations governing where and how we can go, we are certainly traveling more now than we did at

this time last year. They also keep the dirty We are stepping out al- nicely separated from the beit with more caution and clean in your suitcase. forethought. Here are a few T h e things that inner zipcan make pered mesh travels at bag means any time that at the a bit more journey’s hassle-free. end, just turn the STNKY bag bag inCut your side out plastic bag and let habit, elimthe dirty inate waste laundry and make slide out. Throw the laundry day at the end of bag in the washer, too. Inyour trip (or anytime) easi- structions say you can even er with these laundry bags wash and dry clothes in the humorously called STNKY. bag. (You go first.) Two siz-

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So, what makes a cocktail a holiday cocktail? cheers! north county

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all is gone. I know because pumpkin spice is on the clearance rack. I’m feeling less and less motivated to heat up apple cider with a nip of brandy, and all of sudden everything is peppermint flavored. For my feelings on eggnog — it is gross — find a copy of last week’s Cheers! North County column. Which means I need to find a new seasonally appropriate cocktail to drink. In doing some research, I was confronted with the following question: What makes a drink a winter holiday cocktail and not just, say, a regular drink I could order in late May? The answer doesn’t pop up when you Google it. What does come up is a series of holiday cocktail lists from every food and drink blog on the planet. Want to know what Southern Living suggests you serve at your next holiday mixer? Look no further! Wonder what holiday cocktail Snoop Dogg claims as his own? You can find that easily. Yet, the parameters of the holiday cocktail remain evasive. I peruse the lists looking for commonalities. The word “zesty” gets thrown around, as does “creamy” and “frosty.” They are code words for the most common ingredients.

THE ‘FIRST LIGHT FLANNEL’ is a holiday cocktail created by San Diego-based First Light Coffee Whiskey. Photo courtesy First Light Coffee Whiskey

Cranberries are popular, though not as popular as cinnamon sticks, dashes of allspice, or candy cane garnishes. The occasional apple cider cocktail seems to have slipped into December despite clearly belonging back at Thanksgiving. It is, however, winter, and when I see the word “warmer,” my interest is piqued. It was a frigid 55

degrees when I went to get coffee this morning. I remind you that my upbringing was entirely in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. I have experienced truly cold winters that inspired brother scuffles over the better heating vent in the living room. But somehow the chill of the Pacific Ocean air flowing past me as I traversed North County just

after dawn cut through my flannel coat and tore into the core of my humanly warmth. As I wrapped my hands around a molasses, housemade vanilla bean syrup and cinnamon latte from Camp Coffee in Oceanside, I let the steam soak up into my beard, and warm my cheeks, I was given a brief glimpse into my future. I’ll save you the sus-

Jack in the Box to acquire Del Taco in $575M deal By City News Service

REGION — San Diego-based fast-food giant Jack in the Box announced an agreement Dec. 6 to acquire rival Del Taco, based in Lake Forest, in a $575 million deal. “We are thrilled to welcome Del Taco, a beloved brand and proven regional winner, to the Jack in the Box family,” Darin Harris, CEO of Jack in the Box, said in a statement. “This is a natural combination of two like-minded, challenger brands with outstanding growth opportunities. Together, Jack in the Box and Del Taco will benefit from a stronger financial model, gaining greater scale to invest in digital and technology capabilities and unit growth for both brands. “This acquisition fits squarely in our strategic pillars and helps us create new opportunities for the franchisees, team members and guests of both brands.” Together, Jack in the Box and Del Taco operate more than 2,800 eateries in 25 states. Del Taco has about 600 fast-food outlets

in 16 states. “We are excited to have found a partner in Jack in the Box that shares our vision for the future and has the (fast-food) expertise to further accelerate Del Taco's growth,” Del Taco President John D. Cappasola Jr.

said in a statement. “In recent years, we have uniquely positioned Del Taco as a leader in the growing Mexican (fast-food) category, expanded our digital capabilities to enhance consumer convenience and focused on growing the

brand through franchising, resulting in eight consecutive years of franchise same store sales growth and an accelerating new unit pipeline.” The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022.

pense. It was me a few hours later at happy hour pouring two fingers of coffee whiskey into a steaming mug of hot chocolate. That alone, wouldn’t make for a great column, but I also had an epiphany. Holiday cocktails become holiday cocktails when they are imbued with the spirit of the season. Sure a crumble of peppermint stick or a dash of cinnamon might make that martini glass pretty, but it is the joy and love and care that the bartender or barista or Auntie Sharon infused that drink with that made it a holiday cocktail. In a year in which we’ve gone through cycles of growing closer and further with those all around us, the holiday cocktail gives us all the ability to share a little warmth with the family, friends, delivery drivers, and downstairs neighbors we love. All you need to do when you make it, be it a white winter margarita or a can of beer from the nearest local brewery, is believe the spirit of the season is flowing through you, and maybe get enough to share. I reached out to Ryan Espi and David Elizondo, the founders of First Light Coffee Whiskey, for some holiday cocktail recipes that might keep me warm. They obliged with a

classic and a new original. Enjoy. First Light Holiday Coffee Ingredients: • 1½ oz First Light Dark Roast Coffee Whiskey • 8 oz hot coffee • 1-2 drops peppermint extract • Top with oat milk or Irish cream liquor, if desired First Light Flannel: A Holiday Cocktail Ingredients: • 1 oz First Light Original Coffee Whiskey • 1 oz scotch • 1 oz apple cider • ½ oz Bruto Americano • ¼ oz lemon juice • ½ oz allspice dram • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake over ice and strain. Garnish with orange peel if desired. *** Don’t forget! The Roast! West Coast coffee podcast has returned for a third season. Stream the newest episodes on The Coast News Podcast page, and be sure to follow Cheers! North County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Got an interesting story about your drinking adventures? Reach out! I want to hear it.

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Holiday H appenings YMCA brings holiday joy to military families By Samantha Nelson

CAMP PENDLETON — The holiday season is a joyous time, yet also a time of financial burden for many families, particularly young, active-duty military families who are often barely scraping by. To make sure everyone has the most wonderful time of the year, the Armed Services YMCA with the help of civilian donations provides hundreds of military families and thousands of children with toys, bikes, gift cards and more each year. Executive Director Samantha Holt said the base’s branch of the Armed Services YMCA will serve more than 600 families alone this year through its Santa’s Workshop event on Dec. 14 and 15. YMCA volunteers and staff will set up a large, 40by-40 foot tent and stock shelves with toys, bikes and other gifts for children at the YMCA’s site on base. The toys are sorted by gender and age as well as by day to keep the selection fair and the shelves full for both days of the event. Families come in and “shop” for three to four gifts per child just like they would in a store, but at no cost. Once the two workshop days are over, whatever toys

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS Ron and Jan Zacharias, left, with board member Liz Rhea and her husband, George, prepare a supply of donated toys and gifts to be given to young military families for the holiday season at Camp Pendleton’s Armed Services YMCA. Photo by Samantha Nelson

are left will be packaged up and sent to the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, where there is a smaller number of families living there. Holt said most of the toys or money donated to buy toys and gift cards come from civilians. “Many of them have

been donating for years, which is absolutely amazing,” Holt said. Some military families can also sign up for the YMCA’s Secret Santa program. Participating families write a wishlist of gifts, and then are “adopted” by a civilian family who buys those gifts for them.

These holiday programs are only two of several different programs that the Armed Services YMCA runs throughout the year to help young, military families. The YMCA also provides a diaper and food distribution program, emergency financial support, childcare, afterschool programs, military ball gown giveaways and scholarships. Holt said these programs aim to strengthen the military family as a whole by helping these young families who don’t always have the support system they need when they first move here. Holt said one of the biggest struggles for military families is being away from their own families, which is why the Armed Services YMCA strives to build a support system through the people it serves on base. Oceanside Councilmember Chris Rodriguez recalled how the Armed Services YMCA helped him and his young family when they moved to base in 2002. “I had heard about them through Command,” Rodriguez said. “For my wife they provided a ball gown, bunk beds for my kids, and a whole tree full of presents that we never would have been able to afford. They really blessed us.” Rodriguez said he and many other young families struggled when they first moved to base. “We had nothing, we had to build from scratch,” he said. “We were living paycheck to paycheck.” Holt also remembers moving to base as a young military spouse and struggling with being alone and without resources. “I know what it’s like to come here and be on your own, and with lower rankings the pay is obviously lower, so I understand what it’s like and what our families go through,” Holt said. “It’s nice to be able to connect those families with resources who can help them to be successful as a military family.” While similar in its core values, the Armed Services YMCA is different from the main YMCA organization specifically in its focus on aiding young military families by supplementing needs like childcare and extra support. There are several branches of its kind across the United States on or near military bases, including three in Southern California with the one on Camp Pendleton, another in San Diego and a third in Twentynine Palms. The Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton is accepting money, gift card and toy donations for its holiday program until Dec. 10. Those who wish to donate can contact the office by calling 760-385-4921.

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DEC. 10

THEATER IN YOUR STOCKING

The North Coast Repertory Theatre offers a $125 gift certificate for the 2022 season for $100. Call the box office at (858) 4811055 or visit North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach RADIO CHRISTMAS PLAY

The Oceanside Theatre Company, presents “A Christmas Carol. A Radio Play,” Dec. 10 through Dec. 19 at the Historic Brooks, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets, $30 for adults, $22 seniors, $15 student/military at oceansidetheatre.org or (760) 433-8900. A lively re-telling of Dickens’ classic with live music and Christmas carols. COVID-19 policy requires proof of vaccination or COVID test plus all patrons required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. ‘ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE’

Get tickets for North Coast Repertory Theatre’s holiday event, “Always… Patsy Cline” through Jan. 2. The show is based on a true story of Patsy’s friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, who continued a correspondence with Cline to the end of her life. Tickets at northcoastrep.org.

Division Men, a Texas-bred husband-wife acoustic duo from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For all ages.

DEC. 12

COPPER HILL ART SALE

A charity art sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12, at the non-profit Copper Hill Independent Living and Learning Center, 144 Copper Ave., Vista, to support resident adults with mental health conditions. All painting prices start at $50 and are tax-deductible. All art for sale was created by former residents and artists associated with the Creative Arts Consortium. For more information, e-mail copperhillvista@ gmail.com SEASONAL SYMPHONY

The North Coast Symphony presents “Seasonal Splendor” 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Masks are required by the venue. Tickets available at the door: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/ military, $25/family max. For more information, visit northcoastsymphony.com. SAFE SANTA

Before the mall opens, The Shoppes at Carlsbad will host two “Santa Cares” events for special needs children and their families from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, lower level, near Macy's, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, providing a sensory-friendly, less hectic experience with Santa. Reservations are encouraged at theshoppesatcarlsSATURDAY CONCERT The Escondido Public bad.com/en/events/santaLibrary presents a 2nd SatTURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 14 urday Concert: with The

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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program delivers cheer By Staff

REGION — As isolation continues to impact local seniors, Home Instead of North San Diego renews the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. “Be A Santa to a Senior” supports older adults who may be overlooked, isolated or alone during the holiday season. The gifts collected, often necessity items such as toiletries, clothing, and blankets, make a big impact and help area seniors combat the holiday blues. “We’ve all experienced feelings of loneliness during the pandemic, and seniors are at a particularly high risk for isolation,” said Paul Dziuban, owner of the North San Diego Home Instead office. “‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ shows the older adults in our community that they are valued and thought of during the holidays.” This year, Home Instead looks to provide gifts

to approximately 300 seniors in the area. A “Be a Santa to a Senior” tree with ornaments will be on display at Wal-Mart at 732 Center Drive, San Marcos. The tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift, and return it unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached. Members of the community can visit  BeASa ntatoaSen ior.com a nd enter their ZIP code to view Wish Lists for local seniors on Amazon Business through Dec. 20. Home Instead will also collect monetary donations to purchase gifts to be delivered to seniors who might otherwise be overlooked this year. Donations can be made through the Home Instead Charities at BeaSantatoaSenior.com / donate/.


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San Marcos Christmas light display returns

DEC. 10

MAKE A WREATH

Communal café & shop, at 602 S. Tremont St., Suite 100, Oceanside, is hosting a workshop where Oceanside’s floral staff will teach how to make a Holiday Wreath from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets $120 at communalcoffee. com/events-3/wreath-making-workshop. Cost is. On Dec. 16, the shop will hold a cocktail workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $75.

GARDEN LIGHTS UP

San Diego Botanic Garden will be transforming its garden into a twinkling, holiday oasis as Botanic Wonderland returns from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 through Dec. 30, with the last entry at 8 p.m. Advanced purchase of timed-entry tickets is required. Adult tickets $18 to $22, and youth $10 to $14. Children under 2 are free. To reserve entry times and for additional information, visit https:// s d bg a rd e n .o r g / b ot a n ic-wonderland.htm.

DEC. 11

BBQ AND FOOTBALL

Veterans Association of North County is hosting its third annual barbecue in tandem with the 109th annual Army-Navy College Game Dec. 11 at 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Doors open at 11 a.m. with kickoff at noon. Game only: $30. Game and lunch: $40. Game, lunch and drinks (two draft beers, wine or soda: $50). Reserve a spot at https:// excelarace.com/army-vsnavy-football-game.html.

SAN MARCOS RESIDENT Bill Gilfillen has put on an iconic Christmas light display at his home on Knob Hill for more than 30 years. The display is back after Gilfillen took a break last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Tigist Layne By Tigist Layne

SAN MARCOS — The famous “Christmas on Knob Hill” light display has returned, to the excitement of San Marcos residents. Bill Gilfillen, the display’s creator and owner of the home, took a break from the beloved tradition in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. For more than 30 years, Gilfillen, an 83-year-old retired Navy flight engineer, and his family have hosted Christmas on Knob Hill at their home at 1639 Knob Hill Road. Until Dec. 30, passersby can gather to see more than 100,000 holiday lights cover the Gilfillen residence,

along with displays of Santas, reindeer, snowmen, sleighs, Disney characters, giant candy canes and more. One of his new decorations this year is a printed sign proudly displayed up front that outlines some of the Gilfillens’ values. It reads: “In this house, we believe Black lives matter. Women’s rights = human rights. No human is illegal. Embrace the science. Love is Love.” Gilfillen said it took 3 months to get this year’s display set up with lights and displays that he’s been collecting for 30 years. “The reason I started doing it was because when

BIRD WALK

The Batiquitos Lagoon Association will be hosting a bird walk on, at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 for winter waterfowl visitors. This event is free. Bring your binoculars and meet at the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. For more information, visit Batiquitoslagoon.org.

GEAR SWAP MEET

The Oceanside Yacht club is hosting a Watersports, Boating and All Kinds of Outdoor Gear Swap Meet from 7 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 at 1950 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside. The event benefits the Oceanside Juniors Sailing Program.

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I was young, growing up, the only thing that we had at Christmas time was going around and looking at the lights because I come from a very poor family,” Gilfillen said. “It was just plastic figurines and so forth at first, but it quickly grew to quite an elaborate display, and now we have people from

all over San Diego, Arizona and Los Angeles that come to see the display every year.” On Monday night, Gilfillen, wearing his mask, happily walked outside to greet the visitors, many of whom came from different cities and states. In previous years, families could

also enjoy a visit from Santa every night for about a week before Christmas. This year, Gilfillen tells the kids that come by that Santa won’t be at the house this year, but he will be at each of their houses on the night of Christmas Eve. “I just enjoy doing it. I love to make people happy. I just love people in general, like I enjoy interacting with people and it gives me a lot of pleasure to just see people when they walk up to the display to see their eyes light up and smiles come on their faces,” Gilfillen said. Last year, the Gilfillen family made the difficult decision to cancel the display for their safety and for the safety of visitors. The family issued a statement back in 2020, which was also written on a white board outside of their home: “To all our friends who visit Christmas on Knob Hill: For the first time in over 30 years, due to the virus and our concern for our families’ and friends’ well-being, we will not have a display this year. But we promise 2021 will be bigger and brighter.” Gilfillen delivered on his promise this year of a bigger and brighter display. The only thing they ask is that visitors wear their masks while enjoying the lights.


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The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Education Fund hosts Escondido Trails and Ales from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Sardina Preserve, then heading to Burgeon Beer Co. E-mail Simon@escondidocreek.org for more information. Limited to 30 applicants. Tickets $250 or $300 for two tickets.

DEC. 12

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

The Vista Community Clinic Holiday Homes Tour runs from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, this year marking 35 years. The tour will be held virtually, allowing everyone to see inside some of San Diego’s most impressive homes. The tour will also include a silent auction filled with holiday baskets and one-of-a-kind items. Everyone who purchases a virtual ticket to the tour will be automatically entered to win a special vacation gift. Tickets at SupportVCC.org.

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Plaza Paseo Real, Carlsbad hosts its Holiday Spectacular from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12 at 6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. This event is subject to change or cancellation based on restrictions in place at the time of the event. For more information, visit https://plazapaseoreal. com/events-and-promotions.

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Investment group sells Vista retail space for $13.3M By Stephen Wyer

VISTA — A swath of retail space in Vista was successfully sold to new ownership on Tuesday for $13.3 million, according to parties involved in the sale. The 28,440 square ft. parcel of property sold Tuesday was the fifth and final parcel of the Vista Terrace Marketplace to be sold by the marketplace’s former owners, the Black Lion Investment Group, which has been selling off sections of the development since 2019, according to a press release from the firm. This last parcel was bought by Crow Holdings, a privately-owned real estate investment management and development firm based in Dallas, Texas. Under the ownership of Black Lion, the Vista Terrace Marketplace development (with all five parcels totaling 75,000 square ft.) has seen the arrival of a number of new successful chain retailers in recent years, including Sprouts Farmers Market, Jersey Mikes, Verizon, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Sports Clips. Locals should expect few if any changes to the shopping center under the new ownership, according to Vista economic development director Kevin Ham,

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VISTA TERRACE Marketplace will likely see few changes, if any, under new ownership. Former owners Black Lion made $40 million on the sale after needed improvements. Courtesy rendering

who expressed his view that Crow Holdings seems to have purchased the property as a long-term stable investment rather than with any intent to make further developments or improvements. Ham credited Black Lion with having made significant and needed renovations to the Terrace Marketplace since 2019, giving the site significant value as an asset to the new ownership. “Most of the developments

and improvements here have already been made. Black Lion really improved the value of the center…they invested heavily in this site and built the new Sprouts… now the site is over 90% developed with high quality tenants and a real active shopping center,” Ham said. Black Lion has made $40 million from selling off the five parcels of the development to various private entities since it completed

ety will hold its Museum Christmas party from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at 2317 Old Foothill Drive, Vista and is looking for volunteers to bring Christmas finger foods, sandwiches and desserts. If you are interested, contact Sandi Graham at (760) 630-6123 or grahammac1234@gmail.com.

Park Terrace Dining room. RSVP for lunch by calling (760) 643-5288 at least two days in advance. The week includes holiday music, bingo, crazy-hat day, a white elephant gift game day and an ugly sweater contest. $4 suggested contribution for seniors aged 60+, $8 for those under age 60.

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and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will host a Christmas Party lunch Dec. 12 at El Camino Country Club, Oceanside and meet for lunch at Chin’s in Vista Dec. 14. For additional information, call (760) 6963502. SPIRIT WEEK Gloria McClellan Senior Center is hosting Spirit Week at 11 a.m. from Dec. BRING A DISH 13 to Dec. 17 and a Winter Vista Historical Soci- Solstice Party Dec. 21 in the

DEC. 12

RETIRED TEACHERS’ LUNCH

California Retired Teachers Association, Area XI, Division 63 will meet for a holiday luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15

renovations on the shopping center in 2019, according to the press release. In a statement, the firm’s president Robert Rivani, credited these renovations and improvements to existing development as being responsible for the area’s success as a now-thriving retail center. “The success of our Vista Terrace Marketplace investment is emblematic of our broader strategy,” Rivani said. “We modernized

at Cocina del Charro, Escondido, with the Fallbrook Chorale. Cost: $20. CDC guidelines followed. RSVP to Nancy Stone at (760) 8051313.

DEC. 18 TEEN MOVIE

Friends of the Escondido Public Library are sponsoring “Teens go to the Movies” showing “Elf” with tasty treats and frothy beverages, for ages 13 to 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.

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the property through renovations and other improvements that added value and attracted internet-resistant tenants on NNN [triple-net] leases. The continued success of this shopping center will generate meaningful NOI [net operating income] for the new owners for the duration of their ownership.” The Terrace Marketplace property has been a local fixture and a retail center in Vista for nearly 70 years, but had fallen into a state of considerable disrepair when Black Lion originally purchased the site in 2017, according to Ham. “Before they [Black Lion] purchased the site, it was a haven for some very unsavory elements and graffiti…once they invested the money, time, and energy that they did into the site, it significantly improved properties in the surrounding neighborhoods and the community, and the amount of vehicle and foot traffic in the area has significantly increased,” he said. Led by Rivani, Black Lion is a privately held commercial real estate investment firm that primarily pursues commercial real estate in South Florida. Crow Holdings could not be reached in time for comment on this story.

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Christmas masterpieces from Vivaldi and Bach will be performed with choir, orchestra and soloists at “A Baroque Noel” at 7:00 p.m. December 12 at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. RSVPs are required at villagechurch.org/a-baroquenoel. Safety precautions require masks inside the church sanctuary regardless of vaccination status.

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best work by OMA’s Artist Alliance on display Dec. 18 through May 1 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Only 61 artworks were selected from nearly 900 entries.

DEC. 22 CITY BALLET

City Ballet of San Diego presents in-theater performances of “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both Dec. 22 and Dec. 23,at the California Center For The Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Tickets $32 to $99 at cityballet.org/performances/the-nutcracker/. NEW VILLAGE THEATER

New Village Arts Theater celebrates its 20th anniversary with two premieres, as they begin renovating their home theater. Through Dec. 22, “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas,” will show at NVA’s home, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. “Desert Rock Garden” debuts Jan. 21 at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Subscriptions and tickets at newvillagearts.org.

ENCINITAS ‘NUTCRACKER’

The Encinitas Ballet brings “The Nutcracker” alive, for a perfect holiday treat, at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $15 at EncinitasBallet.com. BLOCK PRINTING

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GOURD AND BASKET SHOW

The Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild has its art on display in the lighted case in the Encinitas Community Center now through Jan. 5 at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Community Center hours are Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The Senior Center is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Escondido Arts Partnership offers a Linoleum Block Printing class with Levi Radillo from noon to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Cost is $25, materials included. Reserve a spot by e-mailing mail@escondidoarts.org or call the gallery at (760) 480- THEATER CAMP 4101. The Broadway Theater in Vista is offering a Winter OMA BIENNIAL Break Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 The Oceanside Muse- p.m. Dec. 27 thru Jan. 7. For um of Art presents its fifth details, visit broadwayvista. biennial celebrating the biz/home.html.

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ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, is awarding grants to organizations that provide workforce development resources needed for economic growth in Escondido. In the 2022-2023 grant cycle, the foundation will award funding to programs that provide resources for job readiness, job shadowing, internships, vocational education, advancement opportunities and technology instruction. Local organizations can submit a letter of intent for projects in Escondido. The funding range is $15,000 to $35,000 for each group selected. According to Trudy Armstrong, director of regional outreach, seven to eight organizations will be awarded. “We do annual grant making that we grant out once a year that has a specific focus, and this year it’s workforce development,” Armstrong said. “We want to increase the skillsets of individuals to lift people up to better economic conditions. It can be entry level for students that are entering internships and that sort of thing, but we are hoping to, as we see people leaving the workforce, we want to help people get a new set of skillsets to advance in their careers

“We’re also looking for people that will provide services that overcome workforce barriers, because we found, especially during the pandemic, that childcare issues or transportation issues can prevent someone from moving up in their career.” Once organizations admit a letter of intent, the first step in the two-step application process, the foundation will evaluate their project proposal and determine which projects will be the most successful and make the most impact in the Escondido community. These projects should be achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for longterm sustainability. “We want to support and uplift Escondido and we are seeing a need to help people increase their workforce skills,” Armstrong said. “We talk to leaders in the community and organizations like the Chamber, the City of Escondido and other nonprofits to see what everyone sees as the emerging need for that year. “Behavioral health and mental health was last year after the pandemic, and now they want to move it forward to helping people really reenter the workforce at a higher level.” The deadline for applications is Jan. 24, 2022.

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AARON YUNG, MD Interventional Cardiology

SIXTY YEARS OF TREATING EV E RY CAS E L I K E IT ’S TH E

F I G H T O F YO U R L I F E .

BECAUSE TO US, IT IS. IT ALL STARTED WITH CARING. Medicine may have changed dramatically since we opened our doors in 1961, but our commitment to excellent patient outcomes has not. Over the years we have evolved into a regional healthcare leader while staying true to our mission of advancing the health and wellness of our community. Our work calls for us to care for the thousands of people who make up our community. But we never forget the individual lives we touch in the process.

QUALITY COMPASSIONATE CARE CLOSE TO HOME.

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