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State’s new voting maps are finalized

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A 3-week-old, female giraffe calf at the San Diego Zoo has been named Mawe (“maw way”), meaning stone in Swahili. She was born to first-time mom Saba and, at birth, she weighed a little under 150 pounds and stood approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall. Mom and baby are doing well. There are fewer than 100,000 giraffes estimated left in their native habitats across the world, a decrease of more than 40% over 20 years, according to the zoo. Photo courtesy San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

REGION — California's electoral maps for the next 10 years are in. The independent redistricting committees for the state and county approved their final maps with significant changes across the state, including North County. The new maps take effect starting with the 2022 elections. Since the process to gather the 2020 census numbers was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each commission had just months to complete the new maps. For example, County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer's district saw some significant changes, gaining more southern coastal cities and losing inland territory. “While I am saddened that District 3 is losing some incrediTURN TO MAPS ON 18

High school drama teacher continues her father’s legacy By Samantha Nelson

VISTA — Mackenzie Scott literally grew up in Rancho Buena Vista High School’s theater. As a three-year-old, she painted shapes in the corner while her father, Mark Scott, directed plays and musicals. Several years later, Mackenzie graduated from the same performing arts program. Today, Mackenzie, 23, has returned to Rancho Buena Vista to carry on her father’s 30-year legacy as the school’s drama teacher. Mark Scott started teaching MACKENZIE SCOTT has followed in the footsteps of her father, Mark Scott, by leading the Rancho Buena Vista High School drama program. Mark taught drama at the Vista high school in theater at the school for 30 years. His daughter was one of his pupils. Photo by 1989. Samantha Nelson Over three decades, Mark



REGION — After more than a year of vigorous debate, the SANDAG board of directors on Dec. 10 approved its 2021 Regional Transportation Plan, a robust and controversial transportation plan to help meet state-mandated climate goals. The vote, which was 11-8 along party lines, calls for $162.5 billion in development and improvements to the region’s transportation system and transit lines to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or GHGs, over the next 30 years. However, the plan's most hotly debated funding mechanism, a mileage fee for every driver, appears to be hanging in the balance as the board voted to direct SANDAG staff to eliminate the controversial road user charge in a potential future update. The fee proposed charging motorists 3.3 cents per mile beginning in 2030. “This is a historic day, a historic plan and a historic vote,” SANDAG Chairwoman Catherine Blakespear said. “This centers on climate for the first time ever. It’s critical to invest in our under-invested communities. It’s an economy-building plan and the investments are important for those transit-dependent and want transit.” According to SANDAG, the agency will “immediately” work on advancing projects such as relocating the rail line corridor off the bluffs, advancing the central mobility hub for direct


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Popular trail named after slain San Marcos resident By Stephen Wyer

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council has voted to name a popular hiking trail in San Marcos in honor of Aris Keshishian, a 20-year-old San Marcos resident who was murdered outside his home earlier this year. In a 4-1 vote at their meeting Tuesday night, the council voted to officially name the nearly one-mile trail around the perimeter of Discovery Lake the “Gratitude Trail, In Memory of Aris Keshishian.” The city will begin erecting signs designating the new trail name around the lake in early January, according to city mayor Rebecca Jones. Jones said that the council’s decision was a significant step in helping ensure that Keshishian is properly remembered and honored, as well as in helping his family and the community at large heal from a tragedy that the mayor said had an impact on the entire city. “I think that as a city council, it’s important to have a compassionate aspect to our job, it’s not always setting policy, but sometimes it’s leading our community in healing when you have a tragic situation like what happened with Aris,” Jones said. “His family has been grieving, our community has been grieving, and this is a small step…reminding people that we lead you with

THE VIEW from the nearly 1-mile trail around Discovery Lake in San Marcos, which will be renamed the ‘Gratitude Trail, in Memory of Aris Keshishian.” Courtesy photo

our hearts and show that we care about you, and that’s a really important part of government that can’t be set aside.” Noting that Keshishian—who lived in the Stone Canyon community just south of Discovery Lake— had often traversed the trail around the lake during his lifetime, Jones said that the trail’s name was well-suited both in both honoring the deceased and in emphasizing the gratitude that local residents feel for living in San Marcos. “Naming the trail in this way both provides a long lasting memory of Aris for his family and friends and reminds people of the fortune that we have to live

in the community of San Marcos…I feel like this says a lot about our community, that we want people here to be both united and grateful.” Council member Ed Musgrove echoed the mayor’s comments, expressing that the 20-year-old’s death had united San Marcos both in shock at the crime itself as well as in the community rallying around Keshishian’s family in the aftermath of the tragedy. “Tragically, this young man brought together our entire city and this entire region once the story broke about what happened,” Musgrove said. “It really brought our community together and got us thinking

about what we are doing with some of the negative aspects of social media and how we need to really look after our young adults, just the things we need to consider in keeping our community safe.” In addition to Jones and Musgrove, council members Randy Walton and Sharon Jenkins voted in favor of the resolution to name the trail. Councilwoman María Nuñez was the sole dissenting member of the body in declining to approve the resolution. Nuñez said that she voted no because of her concerns that the resolution to name the trail had not followed proper council policies and procedures in place

when it comes to naming or renaming public spaces. Specifically, she said that the application submitted for the proposal had not been first considered by the city’s Community Services Department, the body that the council’s policy recommends to review such proposals. Additionally, the councilwoman said that she was not sure of the connection between this specific situation and the criteria that applications to name public spaces must meet in order to be approved. “This event is such a loss, I can’t imagine what the family is going through—it’s a loss for the city and a loss for the family, but for me…

we didn’t follow our own policy here… and also I didn’t see what the connection was between this family and this individual to this prominent space for our city and for our parks,” Nuñez said. Keshishian passed away in August after being attacked and stabbed to death outside of his home on the 1100 block of Via Vera Cruz while walking his dog in the neighborhood. 20-year-old Kellon Razdan, an elementary school classmate of Keshishian, was subsequently arrested in connection with the murder. Authorities have not publicly stated what motive Razdan may have had for the attack. Razdan, who has pled not guilty to first-degree murder, has remained in custody since his arrest and has a preliminary hearing in the matter has been set for Feburary 28, per the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. According to a GoFundMe page set up by Keshishian’s father in the aftermath of the tragedy, “The attacker was an elementary school friend who premeditated Aris’s murder and caught him in his most vulnerable moment. According to the medical examiner, Aris was viciously stabbed 46 times as he tried to defend himself.” His last words, the page reads, were “Tell my mom I love her.”


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DEC. 24, 2021

Style and the better word


By Scott Chambers

stumbled over this sentence the other day. “The amount of people in need far exceeds the amount of government resources available to help them.” See the problem? “Amount” of people should be “number,” right? The rule is simple: For things that can be counted, use “number”; for those that can’t, use “amount.” So, the number of jokes, but the amount of laughter. The use of “the amount of people” has been spreading like crabgrass. Today, I put it in quotes, stuck it into Google, and got 293 million hits. Sure, “number of people” still got 540 million hits, but the gap is narrowing. Should this trend continue, we may soon reach the tipping point and have to retire the rule entirely. The old nag will have to be put out to pasture, to munch on crabgrass. So what? As with other such usage rules, this one describes a mere stylistic convention

that is somewhat arbitrary. After all, the meaning of the offending sentence is fundamentally the same whether “amount” or “number” is used. In the grand scheme of things, it is a matter of little importance. Most matters are. The voice of reason whispers, “Let it go.” Funny how that voice sounds so much like my wife’s. Still. It all starts with the individual. The person. Not the tribe. Not the party. Not the group. The rights, the responsibility, and the agency, all belong first to the person, to the one. Not to the many. So when we speak of people, we are not speaking of an undifferentiated mass. People are not a lump, not a gelatinous blob. People are distinct individuals, each entitled to respect and dignity. People can count, which means that they are sentient beings. And they themselves count. That is to say they matter, as human beings, regardless of their group affil-

iation or particular intersectional ribbon rack. They can also be counted, one by one, and sometimes even be counted upon, to stand up for themselves, and, sometimes, for others, or even for humanity. Looked at this way, to refer to a group of human beings as an amount is to objectify humanity. It is an insult. When there is a choice, then, our language should convey respect to people and be employed to reinforce their individuality. Here is a practice sentence: The number of people in need exceeds the amount of government resources available to help them at least in part because people have an endless appetite for free stuff. While the choice of a particular word is often merely a matter of style, style matters. Now, please get off my lawn. Scott Chambers is a cartoonist at The Coast News.

Fentanyl trafficking is out of control By Marie Waldron

According to the CDC, over 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in the 12 months ending in April, 2021. That’s a new record, exceeding the previous record of 93,331 in 2020. That is not acceptable. Much of this increase is driven by fentanyl, a drug similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent. Treating drug-addicted persons can break the cycle of dependency for many, and can significantly reduce overall crime rates and recidivism. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 653, which recently became law, to support Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for persons incarcerated in county jails and under community supervision. While effective, treatment is just one tool. Those

trafficking in poisons like fentanyl need to face severe legal consequences. Over the past several years, legislation has been repeatedly introduced in both the Assembly and Senate to crack down on drug trafficking. The bills would have substantially increased penalties, including imprisonment in county jails for up to 13 years. Other legislation would have allowed a manufacturer or distributor of controlled substances, including fentanyl, to be charged with voluntary manslaughter or murder, if trafficking resulted in death. One of my bills, AB 3105, made trafficking a detectable amount of fentanyl subject to life imprisonment without possibility of parole (depending on circumstances) if a death or great bodily injury resulted

from use of the drug. But AB 1305, like most recent legislation to increase penalties for drug trafficking, failed in the Public Safety Committee. While Sacramento legislators seem to agree that those addicted to fentanyl and other substances should receive treatment, the majority can’t bring themselves to increase penalties for the drug dealers responsible for so much death and devastation. That must change. For more information and resources on the fentanyl crisis, please visit: facts-about-fentanyl. Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Escondido, San Marcos and Vista.

n a de facto basis, Californians have had a right to shelter for many

years. But plenty of unhoused people have never had the opportunity to exercise that right and plenty of others just aren’t interested. Together, these two populations make up much of the approximately 160,000 homeless population in this state on any given night. Giving them a formal right to shelter would permit any of the unhoused to go to court and demand a roof over their heads; never mind who might have to pay for that. This suggestion comes from Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, a former president of the state Senate who has long fought to improve life for the mentally ill. The right for individuals to demand their localities provide some sort of shelter is one new aspect of Steinberg’s proposal, not yet adopted by his own city council. In a formal sense, this Steinberg proposal is novel. But in a de facto world where tent cities of the indigent homeless line streets in many California cities, it’s not. Many cities and counties have expended billions of dollars trying to create housing for the homeless, from large shelters to hotel rooms to colonies of tiny homes. By voting for hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds to create housing for the unsheltered, Californians essentially created a right to a roof even though it was never directly voted on. Legislators in 2020 voted to make this a formal, legal right, but Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed it, saying it might cost too much to house everyone who needs a domicile. What’s really novel about the Steinberg proposal is that besides giving everyone the right to shelter, it also imposes an obligation on the homeless: If this plan is adopted, they would suddenly have an “obligation to accept housing” where it’s offered. But many thousands of the unhoused want no obligations. They know moving into shelters or tiny homes or sanctioned tent villages in spots acceptable to local governments and residents generally comes with rules. These might cover drug abuse, sanitary standards or a requirement to accept counseling. Many homeless individuals have told this column they’d rather stay

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that way than accept one or another such obligation. Which means the Steinberg plan, despite the sense in Sacramento that it’s unique, is not — except that it would require the city to provide enough housing for everyone who needs it in either permanent structures or other places deemed acceptable. A key to this plan is the promise that outreach workers (not police) would contact every homeless individual in the city, trying to convince them to accept shelter. If that effort is carried out and fails, the city would then be permitted to remove encampments to keep streets sanitary. One thing that’s unclear: Could Steinberg’s plan stand up in court to challenges based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Martin v. Boise decision and its ban on removing individuals from public property for sleeping or living there — so long as shelter beds have been made available. What is clear is that despite all that’s been spent on trying to solve homelessness, and despite plenty of happy talk from politicians, the problem is larger than ever, this state containing more than onefourth of America’s total homeless populace, the weather perhaps attracting many of them. It’s possible the Boise decision may have to be challenged and loosened, with new villages for the homeless then being built on vacant land at the peripheries of urban areas. Under that circumstance, persons who refuse to move into shelters because they don’t want rules might be compelled to move away from many places where they now congregate. For sure, the problem now is reminiscent of squeezing silly putty: Every time a homeless encampment is closed, another one seems to spring up nearby. The bottom line: There is little reason to deny the unhoused a right to shelter, so long as they accept that shelter and don’t persist in living on sidewalks or in parks. At the same time, it may be time for a stricter, but still quite humane, alternative for those who refuse to exercise their de facto right to a roof. Email Thomas Elias at

DEC. 24, 2021

Supervisor recall faces uphill battle

San Marcos council backs land use initiative By Stephen Wyer

By Bill Slane

REGION — Despite winning her seat by more than 16 points in last year’s election, County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer is facing a recall initiated by local political action committee Undivided San Diego. The Escondido Times-Advocate first reported news of the recall filing. Lawson-Remer represents District 3, which includes the coastal North County cities of Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach; San Diego’s Miramar neig hborhood; and Escondido. The recall effort need LAWSON-REMER will over 40,000 signatures by May 12 to force a recall election for the first-term supervisor’s seat. In a statement provided to The Coast News, Lawson-Remer said the organizers of the recall effort are political extremists. “Unfortunately, anti-vaccine radicals are now trying to hijack our local democracy by pushing a dangerous recall to overturn the 2020 election and impose their extreme views on all of us. A recall would cost San Diego County taxpayers $2 million dollars on an unnecessary election barely a year after District 3 voters elected me to the Board of Supervisors,” she said. The recall was originally filed in September and one of the names on the original filing was Escondido business owner David Chiddick, who participated in rallies in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, the day of the insurrection. Mike Johnson, president and secretary of Undivided San Diego, told The Coast News this week it is unfair to characterize supporters of the recall as extremist or radical. “It just seems like she came in very divisive,” Johnson said. “When she got into office, she made it clear right away that she wasn’t going to be accountable to the people. She never opened an office in the district, which she was more than capable of doing.” Johnson and others started Undivided in November. According to filings with the Registrar of Voters, the group’s stated goal is to “educate and support the people of San Diego County to become more politically active in local issues regardless of party. Focus on liberty and nondiscrimination.” Lawson-Remer easily won her election to the Board of Supervisors after defeating incumbent Kristin Gaspar in a high-turnout election, a result that gives the supervisor confidence her recall proponents will not reach the number of signatures required to force a special election.


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VISTA’S LONGTIME economic development director, Kevin Ham, was honored for advancing the growth of the Vista Business Park and revitalizing downtown. Courtesy photo

Economic development group names award for retiring Vista official Ham By Stephen Wyer

VISTA — A regional economic development group recently honored Vista’s Economic Development Director Kevin Ham, who is retiring at the end of the month, with an award in his namesake. Erik Bruvold, CEO of San Diego North Economic Development Council, announced the inaugural “Kevin Ham Impact Award” during the organization’s third annual awards luncheon on Thursday at the Seabird Resort in Oceanside. The yearly honor will be awarded to “an individual, public or private sector who catalyzes positive change in North County by bringing people together to do ‘big things.’” “This award is designed to draw attention to and celebrate people in the economic development sphere in North County who are getting things done,” Bruvold said. “We wanted to have this as an opportunity to call attention to those successes, to celebrate them and make sure that people know about them.” Ham, who leaves his post at the city after 21 years, said that he was “honored and humbled” by the award. “I think that at the end of our careers we all hope that we’ve had an impact on those that we work with, so to have an award be named for oneself that is the impact award is quite humbling,” Ham said. In addition to spotlighting several North County businesses and programs, including Alila Marea Resort in Encinitas and the Escondido Grand Avenue Project, the group also honored health care providers Tri-City Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Palomar Health and Scripps Health for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bruvold, who presented the award to Ham at Thursday’s event, said that

KEVIN HAM is retiring at the end of the month after 21 years in Vista. Courtesy photo

no one was more deserving of the honor than Ham, whom he called North County’s “dean of economic development.” Bruvold credited Ham with helping advance the growth of the Vista Business Park and revitalizing the city’s downtown area, among other accomplishments. “(Ham) was instrumental in a whole variety of ways in advancing the Vista Business Park and that’s been a key employment area in all of North County, with around 8 million square feet of industrial space,” Bruvold said. “Kevin really understood the importance of the business park and leaned into seeing it succeed.” Vista City Manager Patrick Johnson echoed Bruvold’s sentiments, noting the progress of the Vista Business Park was largely due to Ham’s hands-on approach in building close relationships between the city and small business owners that make up the sector. “If you look at the vacancy rate in the Business Park, it’s in the 4th percentile rate, with commercial vacancies under 15%, and overall health of Vista businesses has been really strong even coming out of the pandemic,” Johnson said. “More than anything it’s just the relationship he has with the business community, he really partners with them and just doesn’t

settle with businesses coming to Vista but he continues that partnership…his networking has just been huge and that’s allowed him to make a big mark in the business community.” Both Johnson and Bruvold also praised the retiring development director for his work in transforming the city’s downtown area. In addition to the growth of both the downtown corridor and the business park, Ham said that he’s proud that his office was able to facilitate the creation of Innovate78, an economic partnership between the cities of Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido and San Marcos. The initiative aims to reduce competition over attracting new businesses between individual cities and has played a pivotal role in spurring business creation and incubation in the entire region, Ham said. But just as important as his entrepreneurial character, Bruvold said it was Ham’s ability to bring about collaboration and partnership that had an impact on the region and made him deserving of Thursday’s award. Prior to his appointment as the city’s development director in 2001, Ham worked in both the public and private sectors at various levels. After working for the State of California for several years, he co-founded an electronic equipment maintenance business that still operates in Kearny Mesa. Ham later served as the executive director for the Coronado Transportation Management Association and subsequently was Coronado’s director of economic development. While retirement for him is “bittersweet,” Ham said that he looks forward to continuing to do some consulting work in the public sector, volunteering locally, traveling Europe and becoming fluent in Spanish.

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council has voted to support a ballot initiative that asserts the authority of local municipalities and city governments over state law in matters of land use and zoning regulations. In a 3-2 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting, the council adopted a resolution that formally endorses the “Brand-Huang-Mendoza Tripartisan Land Use Initiative” — an initiative that if passed, would amend California’s constitution to allow local jurisdictions to override state housing laws. Backers of the proposal are currently pushing to get the initiative on the ballot as a state proposition for the 2022 election. Mayor Rebecca Jones, Councilman Ed Musgrove and Councilwoman Sharon Jenkins voted in favor of the resolution, while Councilman Randy Walton and Councilwoman María Nuñez voted against it. Jones said adopting the resolution is an affirmation of the idea that local governments, rather than state legislators, ought to be in charge of determining the character of their communities through land use and zoning laws. “This is about preserving the uniqueness of our community…the initiative is an effort to take back our power in keeping our communities special, in keeping them the way that they were intended. The government has no business in playing a role in how we grow and legislate our communities,” Jones said. The text of the Brand-Huang-Mendoza proposal stipulates that “city and county land-use and zoning laws (including local housing laws) override all conflicting state laws, except in certain circumstances related to three areas of statewide concern: (1) the California Coastal Act of 1976; (2) siting of power plants; or (3) development of water, communication, or transportation infrastructure projects.” Furthermore, the law would “prevent state legislature and local legislative bodies from passing laws invalidating voter-approved local land-use or zoning initiatives” as well as “[prohibiting the] state from changing, granting, or denying funding to local governments based on their implementation of this measure.” The initiative is in part aimed as a rebuke of Senate Bills 9 and 10, signed into law in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom. SB 9 allows for homeowners to build a second unit on their lot or split their property and develop up to a total of eight market-rate units (two duplexes and two ADUs) on lots previously zoned for single-family residences. SB 10 permits cities to adopt ordinances allowing developers to build up to

10 livable units on virtually any residential lot. Critics of the bills argue that the laws will not only exacerbate the cost of housing in California but will also lead to increased gentrification in suburban communities and weaken the ability of middle-class families to build wealth through homeownership. In addition to these concerns, Jones argued that such legislation robs local municipalities of their autonomy by imposing sweeping state standards on every city and county regardless of the unique needs and characteristics of individual communities. “The state continues to pass legislation that takes a one-size-fits-all, broadbrush approach, and that doesn’t work for most communities, in fact, it hinders us from keeping the uniqueness of our community in ways that are important to us,” Jones said. “Some legislator who lives up in northern California has no idea what matters to San Marcos and what makes this community special, so we’re going to take back our power and not let you dictate what we should be doing locally.” Walton said that he voted against the resolution both because the initiative has not yet been formalized on the ballot and because he feels as though there are ambiguities about how the proposal would play out legally if state and local statutes were to conflict. The measure would have to receive 1 million signatures to qualify for the ballot next November. “I don’t really have an opinion yet on the initiative because it’s brand new, but my contention is that to ask the city to take a position on something that hasn’t even qualified for the ballot yet is premature,” Walton said. Walton also criticized the resolution itself, which was sponsored by Jones, calling it overly broad and cryptic. “The resolution was ambiguous and made statements that didn’t have evidentiary support…it’s bad form for the city to take a position on something that isn’t even well-formed yet,” Walton said. “It’s an example of the mayor being political instead of advancing real policy.” Even if the initiative makes the ballot and is passed, Walton said that he thinks that the measure as it stands now would likely lead to litigation in courts because it pits the authority of local governments against state lawmakers. “The state has certain inherent powers that this law challenges. I’m fairly certain that the initiative would be challenged in the courts if it came to it,” Walton said, adding that he was personally not sure of how the initiative would play out in practice if a state and TURN TO INITIATIVE ON 9


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Escondido salutes ‘Lefty’ Mitchell Outside the box gift ideas


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ESCONDIDO — In the eighth 2021 Escondido Legend biography, the Escondido History Center introduces Lloyd “Lefty” Mitchell. The Center will present a $1,000 honorarium, in their name, to an outstanding senior from a high school in Escondido. Lloyd “Lefty” Mitchell, during his 21 years of community service as chief of police and city manager, established the foundation of Escondido today and now is 2021 Escondido Legend. Lloyd McIntyre Mitchell was born in Oakley, Utah Jan. 10, 1907. He was dubbed “lefty” for his left-hand pitching in high school and at the University of Idaho where he received a degree in chemical engineering. After receiving additional training in electrical engineering in the early days of radio in Kansas City, MO, he and his wife, Dottie, made the big move to California in 1934. Prior to the Second World War, Lefty worked for the Mutual Broadcast System in both San Diego and Los Angeles. During the war, he worked for Raytheon on board U. S. Naval ships, installing radar. After, he was able to rejoin his family on the ranch in his beloved Escondido. In 1946, Lefty joined the Escondido Police Department as a radio repairman. After a scandal in the police department, Mitchell was asked to take over the position of chief of police. During his tenure, the department became modernized and departmentalized. Known as a proven

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LLOYD ‘LEFTY’ MITCHELL served as chief of police and city manager in Escondido. Courtesy photo

administrator and able organizer, Lefty established training programs, a merit system for advancement, formed the Mounted Police Posse and the Motorcycle Drill Team. It was during his time as chief of police that he realized the need for an organization that provided healthy outlets for boys in Escondido. Out of this need, Lefty and other leaders of the community started the Escondido Boys Club (now known as the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego). Lloyd Mitchell, with his proven administrative record, was appointed city manager in January 1956. Escondido benefited from his vision and guidance to keep pace with the population growth that was to follow. During his 12 years as city manager, Lefty established the city’s public works, accounting, personnel and recreation departments.

He oversaw the purchase of land for Kit Carson Park and planned the city’s sewer treatment plant. During a period of drought in the late 1950s and 1960s, Lefty was aware that current climate conditions did not represent the frequent flooding which regularly occurred along the Escondido River, but he also knew that a planned flood control system was needed to ensure the city’s growth. Although controversial, Lefty helped plan and push for a successful channel project, which was amusingly dubbed “Mitch’s Ditch,” to pave the way for our city’s growth. Lloyd “Lefty” Mitchell, with a career and life of community service had a Boys and Girls Club campus named for him as well as a conference room in the current Escondido City Hall. He was truly a “community treasure” and is now honored as a 2021 Escondido Legend.

information and to register, $22, and youth $10 to $14. visit Children under 2 are free. To reserve entry times and for additional information, SEAHORSE TOURS In time for winter visit break, Birch Aquarium botanic-wonderland.htm. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San SEASONAL SEA WORLD Diego is relaunching its BeSeaWorld San Diego’s hind-the-Scenes Seahorse Christmas Celebration is Tours. The hour-long, pri- open now and runs through vate tour, led by an ex- Jan. 2 with a Christmas pert ocean educator, takes cirque show, meet Santa, groups of up to six peo- Rudolph and Sesame Street ple behind the scenes to friends. Feel snow falling, explore seahorse babies, plus holiday fireworks. learn about Birch Aquar- Tickets $69.99. ium’s breeding program, and care of these unique fish — including an opportunity to feed them. WHO’S YOUR HERO? Schedule a tour at aquariIt’s time to nominate a business, organization programs /behind-scenes- or person who is doing tours. great things for the Vista Community. Deadline to nominate is Jan. 3 and winners will be announced GARDEN LIGHTS UP March 18. Submit a nomSan Diego Botanic Gar- ination at form.jotform. den will be transforming com/212996197005058. its garden into a twinkling, holiday oasis as Botanic Wonderland from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 26 through Dec. SWAMI GARDENS REOPEN The Self Realization 30, with the last entry at Meditation 8 p.m. Advanced purchase Fellowship of timed-entry tickets is re- Gardens, 215 West K St., quired. Adult tickets $18 to Encinitas, have reopened.

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o, I’m not finished with my holiday shopping yet either. My husband keeps forgetting what day Christmas falls on and I burned the last batch of cookies. I know there are others out there who’ve only made it through two-thirds of your list and are standing poised and frustrated, trying to find that one-of-akind gift for that ever-present person who just seems to have everything. If you live in North County, you are in luck. This may be the year to forgo the sequined sweater and bad ties that only address the outer self. In this northern portion of our fair county, we tend to eschew the gathering of tawdry possessions. Here we focus on feeding the inner self, and the inner self is in for a heck of a holiday. Consider these few suggestions that can be had right in our neighborhood and, I suspect, absolutely nowhere else in the U.S. east of Mission Valley. Some of these will be hard to wrap, but I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t find a duplicate under the tree. After the last couple of years we’ve had, and masks

small talk jean gillette going back on, we probably are feeling frazzled, burned out, befuddled or just cranky. No Chia Pet or box of chocolates is going to set that right. They need something to “soothe the savage breast” and knock out some road rage. First, somewhere in Encinitas, you can order up a gong bath. If that doesn’t work, you can try singing crystal bowls in Solana Beach. Both specialties suggest you will soon be awash in cleansing, healing sound waves that will take what you shouldn’t have and give you what you haven’t got. It beats having to argue with your HMO. Nearby, in the same neck of the woods, you can order up a session of brain gyms. These don’t make you sweat. These kick open the pathways to the mind. While they remain firmly convinced that they already know everything,

this may be all teenagers need to get in their stockings this year. Or for just $145, you can send your sweetie to a special seminar that promises to show you how to gather your resources and get your life back on track. While it sounds just lovely, if I had $145 to spend on a single present, I might actually have resources and considered my life nicely on track. For others of you who subscribe to the F.A.O Schwartz catalog and tend to consider buying the hisand-hers, gold-embossed foot warmers, you might consider the discovery of beauty and spiritual nourishment promised by an “off the beaten path” trip to France. It offers quality time in small, mountain villages and close interaction with French natives. If they will cook for me, I’m in. Consider a wine-andpaint class or a healing Ki massage. The recipient may not really like it, but I bet she’ll be too relaxed to complain. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer considering a three-day bubble bath. Contact her at jean@

Man selling forged art gets 3 years By City News Service

and individuals between 2018 and 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors allege Harrington gave prospective buyers letters from people who said they obtained the artworks, in which they claimed to have received the pieces from Hambleton himself. On one occasion, Harrington had a person speak directly with a buyer and

make similar claims about obtaining art from Hambleton. Harrington also photoshopped pictures to make it seem like the people who obtained the artworks personally knew or met with Hambleton, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Hambleton, who died in 2017, was known in part for his “Shadowman” paintings.

The gardens hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Mondays.

from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of the Sunset Market at Corner of Coast Highway and Pier View Way in Oceanside. Enjoy one-stop holiday shopping and dining with additional retail vendors, hot foods from around the world, gourmet gifts, chilCATHOLIC FRIENDS The Catholic Widows dren’s’ activities and live and Widowers of North music. County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will HOLIDAYS AT BIRCH Dec. 29 for lunch at MiThrough Dec. 31, Birch guel's, Carlsbad. For ad- Aquarium at Scripps Inditional information call stitution of Oceanography (760) 696-3502. will host “Seas ‘n’ Greetings” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New TEENTASTIC Join the TeenTastic- Year’s Day). Enjoy fesFunTime for ages 12 to18, tive photo opportunities from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at throughout the aquarium, the Escondido Public Li- holiday music and an interbrary, 239 S. Kalmia St., active scavenger hunt. Escondido. Get together and have fun with friends with an escape room game, a craft project, tasty treats PARKINSON’S SUPPORT and a giveaway. The Inland North County Parkinson’s Support Group for people with Parkinson’s and their care WINTER MARKET partners meets from 10 a.m. Discover eclectic holi- to noon Jan. 3 at San Rafaday gifts from 200 artisans el Church, 17252 Bernardo and merchants at Holiday Center Drive. The featured Gift Markets Thursdays speaker is Rex McCoy who

will present “Hospital Stay Preparedness.” Discussion sessions will follow the presentation. Call (760) 7498234 or (760) 518-1963.

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ESCONDIDO — An Escondido man who pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for selling $1.1 million of forged art he claimed was created by acclaimed artist Richard Hambleton was sentenced Dec. 10 to three years in prison. Jason Harrington, 38, admitted to selling forgeries to at least 15 galleries

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“Growing Fruits and Vegetables” will be the Vista Garden Club topic with Master Gardener Diab Hammond at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Azalea Room at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Fingertip lunch at noon followed by business meeting at 12:30, and program at 1:45 p.m. Visit or e-mail GEM FAIRE

The Gem Faire returns Jan. 7 through Jan. 9, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $7 weekend pass. For more information, visit or call (503) 252-8300 or e-mail

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Judge: Foster youth school to stay open By Stephen Wyer

COUNTY SUPERVISORS approved the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan during its Dec. 8 meeting and will move forward with a 200-foot extension of the runway. File photo

County OKs Carlsbad airport master plan By City News Service

CARLSBAD — San Diego County supervisors on Dec. 8 unanimously approved a master plan for the McClellan-Palomar Airport near Carlsbad, including a lengthening of the runway and safety enhancements. After an hour-plus public hearing, followed by numerous questions from supervisors, the board adopted a master plan that: • Extends the runway 200 feet at both ends, taking the runway over 5,000 feet and allowing for commercial/passenger aircraft based on Federal Aviation Administration guidelines; • Directs staff to work on a configuration, which would need future board approval, that would shift the runway north and extend it up to 800 feet, allowing aircraft with longer wingspans to better move around the airport; and • Directs staff to continue to work with the FAA on noise concerns, which could include allowing “quiet hours” for takeoffs and landings, or letting the county charge fees if pilots don’t comply with quiet hour requests.


County staff members will also produce a sustainability plan for all airports, including McClellan-Palomar, which is located three miles south of Carlsbad. The county has owned and operated the airport for 41 years. In 2015, supervisors directed staff to update the airport’s master plan. In 2018, the board approved a master plan update, only to rescind it after a Superior Court judge ruled the plan didn't consider how airport noise would affect surrounding communities. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer proposed the county work with the FAA on noise concerns, and also for a shorter runway designation. “This is an issue that is so incredibly important to people,” she said. “The middle ground is the way to go.” Supervisor Jim Desmond, a retired Delta Air Lines pilot, said his priorities are to ensure the airport is safe and operates as quietly as possible. Desmond said he was very excited about a future airport sustainability plan. Supporters said an air-

gram. As part of his selection, Dr. Wang will receive $180,000 in grant funding to lead an educational initiative to help first responders Business news and special improve the care they delivachievements for North San Diego County. Send information er to patients on emergency calls. He is one of 10 palliavia email to community@ tive care leaders from across the United States selected HOMETOWN HEROES for this year’s leadership Is there a local busi- group. ness in Vista that you love and think deserve more HOT CHICKEN recognition? Then nomRetail Insite announced inate them for Heroes the lease of Dave’s Hot of Vista at form.jotform. Chicken in the former Suc om / 21 2 9 9 619 70 0 5 0 5 8 . shiya space in the Escondido Deadline to submit nomina- Promenade, 1200 Auto Park tions is Jan. 3. Way, Escondido. Dave’s Hot Chicken specializes in hot PALLIATIVE CARE GRANT chicken tenders and slidDavid Wang, M.D., a ers, offered at seven various palliative medicine physi- spice levels, and sides of cian affiliated with Scripps house-made kale slaw, mac Health, was recently ac- n’ cheese, and french fries. cepted into Cambia Health Don Moser, Jeff Drew and Foundation’s Sojourns Matt Moser of Retail Insite Scholar Leadership Pro- represented the landlord,


port expansion would be economically beneficial. Josh Hochberg, an executive with the Carlsbad Jet Center facility, said lengthening the runway would be safer by allowing pilots to take off and reach their desired altitude more quickly. “There's an old saying in aviation: ‘There's nothing less useful than the runway behind you, or the altitude above you,’” Hochberg said. Clayton Lackey, also of Carlsbad Jet Center, said the facility was just renovated and employs more than 160 people. He noted that the airport also accommodates flights for fire safety and organ donation. Alex Gertson of the National Business Aviation Association said the airport is an essential economic engine for the region. “We must nurture this valuable county asset — not suffocate it,” he said. Opponents of the expansion cited noise and jet fuel pollution concerns and said the airport doesn’t serve the general public. Frank Sung, a Carlsbad resident and member of Citizens for a Friendly Airport, said no plan can

mitigate additional greenhouse gases or other types of pollution, or handle more traffic on failed roads near the airport. He added that an expanded plan is very unpopular with area residents, with 2,200 of them having signed a petition against it. “Let’s have some straight talk here — this expansion isn’t about safety, this is not about bringing commercial passenger service to North County — it’s all about unloading corporate and private jets from San Diego International and possibly bringing freight operations to (Palomar),” Sung said. Another opponent said expanding the airport would hurt low-income residents the most. She asked if the board cares “more about us, or corporate interests and those of the ‘1 percent’?” Peter Anderson of the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club reminded supervisors that the county is already under a court order to produce a new climate action plan, and said any proposed airport expansion would harm that effort.

and Don Moser represented opened at The Forum at the Tenant in this transac- Carlsbad Dec. 23 offering tion. optical and sun eyewear and a retrospective art book, “The Alphabet of ART at SKATEBOARDS DONATED Magneto, a skateboard Warby Parker.” and longboard company in Carlsbad, ran a campaign NEW DIRECTORS with Bustin Boards in NoVista Irrigation District vember where every pur- board of directors elected chase helped donate skate- Marty Miller as its presiboards to Toys for Tots. The dent and Paul Dorey as its company will donate 432 vice-president for 2022 at its children's skateboards to annual organizational meetToys for Tots to the Marines ing. Miller, who has served Dec. 16, from its warehouse, on the board of directors 6131 Innovation Way, Suite since 2008, represents divi100, Carlsbad. sion 1, which stretches from Gopher Canyon Road to Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. BRONZED BUMS The Encinitas Cham- This will be the third time ber of Commerce welcomed Miller has led the board Bronzed Bums tanning salon since being elected. with a ribbon cutting Dec. 22 at its 613 Westlake St., Suite TOP STUDENT 131, Encinitas location. Hannah Burke of Oceanside was named to the University of Sioux Falls’ WARBY PARKER EYEWEAR A Warby Parker store Fall 2021 dean’s list. Burke

ESCONDIDO — San Pasqual Academy, a foster youth program in Escondido, will be allowed to stay open at least temporarily after a San Diego judge granted a petition that keeps the program from being closed while the case goes to trial. In March, the school, which has also served as a residential home for wards of the Juvenile Court system since 2001 and is capable of housing nearly 200 kids on-site, was ordered to close its doors by Oct. 1 by state and county officials. A group of former academy students, staff, and volunteers subsequently filed a lawsuit with the San Diego Superior Court in August, asking the court to declare the state’s decision unlawful and to order that the program be allowed to remain open indefinitely. On Dec. 3, Judge Robert Dahlquist granted a preliminary injunction in the case that will allow the academy to stay open at least until the case goes to trial and a final decision is issued in the matter. Attorneys for the academy hailed Dahlquist’s decision as a victory that they say is a crucial step in allowing the program to continue to serve the foster care needs of San Diego County. “Now that this injunction has been issued, there’s no reason to believe that this place won’t be open indefinitely,” said Charles LiMandri with LiMandri & Jonna LLP, the law firm representing San Pasqual Academy. “This decision provides the basis for the state and the county to continue to operate a one of a kind extremely successful facility for teenagers who are the most in need of it and the most disenfranchised foster youth with nowhere else to go.” LiMandri said that he expects a permanent injunction to be issued reaffirming the preliminary decision once the case goes to trial

in several months (an exact trial date has not yet been determined). The California Department of Social Services and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency had ordered that the academy be closed in accordance with the California Continuum of Care Reform Act (AB 403). That law, passed in 2015, mandated that “group” or “congregate” homes like the San Pasqual Academy be closed or converted to short-term residential centers, with the goal being to prioritize the placement of juveniles within traditional foster families instead of group homes. While San Pasqual Academy is licensed by the state as a group home, county and state lawmakers were able to work in a provision — referred to as Section 121 — to AB 403 that specifically allowed the academy to remain open under conditions specified in the bill. Subsequently, in 2016, the county and the state agreed to allow the academy to run as a pilot program at least through the end of 2021. However, in a memo to the county issued in February, the state claimed that Section 121 was only meant to keep the academy open temporarily, and ordered the county to close the facility by October. In his preliminary injunction, Dahlquist ruled that the state had misinterpreted Section 121, writing that the state failed to carve out an appropriate licensing category that the academy could fit into. The state Department of Social Services declined to comment on the ruling. “We are currently reviewing the ruling and the Board of Supervisors will make the determination on what next steps to take,” said Sarah Sweeney, a spokesperson for the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.

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Vista girl reports kidnap attempt By City News Service

VISTA — Authorities were investigating the reported attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl in Vista on Dec. 17. The Roosevelt Middle School student told investigators she was walking to a bus stop in the area of Georgia Lane and West Los Angeles Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Monday when a white van with no license plates passed her, then made a U-turn and stopped near her, according to the Sheriff’s Department. At that point, a man with “spiky” brown hair got out of a passenger seat in


the vehicle, told the teenager in Spanish to get into the van and grabbed her by the shoulder and backpack, the girl told authorities. “She says she was able to escape by striking the man with her elbow,” sheriff’s Lt. Dave Buether said.

“She then ran to the bus stop, and the van drove away.” The student described the would-be abductor as a thin Hispanic man wearing sunglasses and dressed in black clothing, including a sweatshirt and scarf or mask over the lower part of his face. She was unable to provide a description of the van driver, Buether said. Anyone with information was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or visit Tipsters eligible for cash reward and may remain anonymous.



babysat by high schoolers,” Mackenzie said. “This is my second home.” Mackenzie’s respect for her father only grew over the years as she watched him leave an indelible impression at the school. After witnessing her father’s success, she wanted to impact others just like her father had for countless students. “The way he communicated and received so much respect and love made me want to be respected,” Mackenzie said. “I want to be loved, and I want knowledge and to share the knowledge and to impart wisdom and love to those who sometimes don’t always receive love.” Rancho Buena Vista’s theater program welcomes everyone regardless of their background, who they love or what they look like. “They came here because it was a safe place,” Mark said. “We often refer to the drama room as a sanctuary — if you’re out amongst the quad dwellers and you feel threatened, if you need a Band-Aid or a dollar, you come in here.” Mark started a drama program at Madison Middle School and Mackenzie officially became her father’s student. For seven years through middle and high school, Mackenzie and her fellow drama partners learned theater from Mark. After graduating from Rancho Buena Vista and her father’s drama program

DEC. 24, 2021 in 2016, Mackenzie went to study theater at Hofstra University in New York City. She had several opportunities lined up for her upon graduation until the COVID-19 pandemic struck. With the pandemic in full swing, Mackenzie packed up her things, rent-

I grew up on the floor here, babysat by high schoolers. This is my second home.” Mackenzie Scott

Rancho Buena Vista drama teacher

ed a car and drove across the country back home. Mark retired the following year and the school’s drama program was under new leadership. At her father’s suggestion, in 2020, Mackenzie began working as a stage tech teacher at the school while taking online courses to earn her teaching credentials. During that time, she also worked as a student-teacher for early high school English. “I was doing homework along with my students who I was assigning and grading homework for,” Mackenzie said.

Once completing her credential, she applied for the open drama teacher position there. She got the part. Just a few months in and Mackenzie has already proven herself as a perfect fit. She completely reorganized the program’s costumes, props and other equipment, and carries on her father’s strong theater tradition. “She’s resurrected the program,” Mark said. “This program was on life support.” Though her group is small and mostly consists of underclassmen, they are a passionate bunch and every one of them wants to be there. Even the drama boosters are thrilled about having Mackenzie Scott take over after her father. “Mackenzie is following in her father’s footsteps,” said Marie Hayes, a drama booster member. “She’s doing a fabulous job, not just with the production aspects but also with her maturity, wisdom and care for the students.” For Mark, seeing his daughter take over the very same stage where he spent hours with students rehearsing scenes and practicing songs is the ultimate legacy. “I enjoyed my time here and it just does my heart a great service to know that my daughter has now taken the reins of this horse that I so dearly loved,” Mark said. “She’s doing incredible work and I’m just really proud of her.”

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!


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

hanging out! I even started keeping up with them again.” If you’re feeling the same frustration with chronic pain that Matt did, contact Dr. Jennifer Antoine at Acupuncture Wellness today to see how she and her team can help you. Dr. Antoine is now accepting new patients, and an initial consultation is required to determine whether you are a good candidate for her personalized and comprehensive treatments. Call (858) 312-9319 today to schedule!

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Getting the hang of travel souvenirs


stopped buying souvenirs from our travels many years ago, partly because I realized that we had enough stuff, and partly because the TSA and the airlines began restricting the number of carry-ons and/or charging mightily for checked luggage. The current rules definitely discourage bringing aboard those giant stuffed animals, boxes of pineapples and other bulky souvenirs. Now when I see something appealing or unique, I take a picture — so easy and cheap to do with digital photography. I have made one exception, though: Christmas ornaments. I now dedicate my souvenir hunting to mostly unbreakable tree ornaments that represent the places

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. A popular way of conveying Christmas is to put a Santa hat on animals of the region. Moose, otters, bears, reindeer, crabs — they all wear Santa hats on my tree. I carried this home from Myrtle Beach, S.C., in November 2007. The entire coast was celebrating the season.

CZECH REPUBLIC This wooden lady dressed in traditional Czech clothing was purchased in Prague. Our family visited for a week in 2002, prior to traveling to Slovakia. There we met for the first time my husband’s cousins who had been separated from their American relatives for years because of the Iron Curtain.

CAPE HORN (CHILE) Some ornaments are not really ornaments, like this fob purchased from the wife of the lighthouse keeper at Cape Horn at the tip of Chile. It was the only trinket available in this remote spot. Many people sail around Cape Horn but only a few make it to the top of the small, rugged island because weather is usually fierce. We got in and out between freezing rain, caustic winds and hail.

FINGER LAKES (N.Y.) This tiny canoe brings back my 2010 trip to New York state’s Finger Lakes Region. Skaneateles is one of the area’s many leafy, historic towns with old-growth trees and beautifully maintained, lakefront Victorian homes. Skaneateles was named for the nearby lake of the same name, and is an Iroquois term that means “long lake.” How to pronounce? Skinny-AT-les.

we’ve visited. Ideally, the trinket has the name of the destination on it and a place to write the year of the visit. Buying ornaments is ideal because it satisfies the urge to purchase something, the ornaments are affordable and small, and there is a designated place at home to store them. When the holidays roll around, I unpack the ornaments and enjoy the memories. Here are a few of my faPhotos by Jerry Ondash vorite Christmas ornaments – and happy holidays to all. 21SDG1093_Metallic Balloon Safety__Coast News + Inland Edition__Run Date: 12/24/21__4C__Trim: 8.525” x 10”

CLEVELAND Who doesn’t love the 1983 film “A Christmas Story”? In 2019, we toured the Cleveland house that was Ralphie’s home. But the neighboring gift shop is where the fans really spend their money. Although only the exterior was used in the movie, the owner (a former San Diegan) re-created the interior to mirror the film’s sets. The Leg Lamp is probably one of the film industry’s most famous props.


local statute conflicted. “There are lots of state laws regarding land use that cities don’t like — does this mean that now de facto all of these state laws are nullified? What about voter initiatives? If the city passes a law preventing the construction of apartment buildings and there’s an initiative state voters approve that contradicts this ordinance, does the city statute prevail under all circumstances?” Bill Brand, mayor of Redondo Beach and one of the initiative's co-sponsors, said that any legal ambiguities over the proposal’s implementation would be removed once enacted because the initiative amends the state constitution. “That’s exactly why we’re amending the constitution,” Brand said. "This has to be approved by the voters of California, and if we put this on the ballot and it passes, that’ll be the law. “When it comes to the legality of any initiative there can always be litigation, but that’s the reason why we’re amending the constitution — to make it clear that the residents and voters of California want zoning and land use regulations decided at the local level and not by legislators from all over the state.” In addition to Brand, the proposed ballot initiative is being co-sponsored by Yorba Linda Councilwoman Peggy Huang and Jovita Mendoza with the Brentwood City Council.


The way we celebrate these days has changed. But one thing hasn’t. Though metallic balloons seem harmless, they can actually be dangerous around electric power lines. The metal in the balloons can cause the line to arc and spark. So keep balloons securely tied down or weighted when outdoors. Always deflate and dispose of them when the party’s over. As we all return to our normal celebrations, think about using festive rubber or vinyl balloons instead.

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Murals, sculptures elevate North City neighborhood By Staff

SAN MARCOS — North City, a developing downtown hub in San Marcos, is celebrating yet another art installment to join a collection of creative sculptures and grand murals. The public artworks are strategically placed throughout the project for the local residents, as well as hundreds of visitors, who stroll through the community on their way to live, eat, work and play every day.

Public art has long been used to celebrate, define and inspire communities, which is why North City has partnered with local and regional artists to help transform the 200-acre mixed-use development. The program is designed to attract visitors, foster a sense of community identity, and provide a dynamic and creative environment for residents, students, and young professionals. A few of the whimsical

artworks visitors will find as they stroll the grounds of North City include: • “Batman Playing Checkers,” a recycled junkart sculpture from Patrick Amiot across from The Quad, a student housing project; • 100-foot mural of a “Grand Oak” photograph by Philipp Scholz Rittermann, a German-born, San Diego-based photographer with work displayed all over the world, positioned at the

exit of Mesa Rim Climbing Center, a rock climbing and fitness facility in North City; • “Cougar” sculpture by Alberto Bevacqua, a photographer and steel art fabricator based in Venice, in the breezeway of the Extended Learning Building in honor of North City’s partnership with CSUSM on the innovative building; • “Secret Panda” by local artist Hugo Fierro, which gazes over a Bamboo hedge in the paseo, meeting those who pass by with a curious gaze. Other works include custom steel benches in the Block C paseo; interior framing at Union Cowork, home to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce; custom front desk for Mesa Rim Climbing Center, and newly installed childhood reminiscent bead toy gate system next to the ‘SECRET PANDA’ by local artist Hugo Fierro in the North City forthcoming Draft Republic. urban neighborhood of San Marcos. Courtesy photo

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The Escondido Arts Partnership offers “Summation,” a year-end exhibition celebrating the artists’ vision, journey, and process, running through Dec. 31. In the Expressions Gallery I, “Nature Sings,” by Joyce Brettel and Judith Shadzi. In the InnerSpace Gallery the PhotoArts Group bring “The Final Take.” OMA BIENNIAL

The Oceanside Museum of Art presents its fifth biennial celebrating the best work by OMA’s Artist Alliance on display through May 1 at 704 Pier View Way, KATIE KAREL as Patsy Cline in “Always ... Patsy Cline” at Oceanside. Only 61 artNorth Coast Rep through Jan. 2, based on a true story of the works were selected from singer’s longtime friendship with a fan. Photo by Aaron Rumley nearly 900 entries.


that great idea in your head and turn it into an original play. Finished pieces will be read by professional actors on the last day of workshop. Students are asked to either be vaccinated or supply proof of a negative COVID test.

“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. THEATER CAMP org. The Broadway Theater in Vista is offering a Winter NEW VILLAGE THEATER Break Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 New Village Arts The- p.m. Dec. 27 thru Jan. 7. For ater debuts “Desert Rock details, visit broadwayvista. Garden” Jan. 21 at Sunshine biz/home.html. Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Subscriptions and tickets at DEC. 31 NEIL FOR NEW YEAR’S Are you a loyal “Diamondhead” who wants DEC. 26 to support the Magdalena WEEKLY JAZZ Ecke Family YMCA? Hear Hear the Jazz Jam with the “Sweet Caroline Tour,” a Mark Lessman every Sun- Neil Diamond cover concert day night at 6 p.m. at Mr. at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Peabody’s, 136 Encinitas Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Blvd., Encinitas. Ave., San Diego, starring Jay White and former Neil Diamond Band member, DEC. 27 King Errisson. Tickets are FINISH YOUR PLAY $45 at Join the Playwrights event/2021/12/sweet-caroProject Winter Workshop line-tour-starring-jay-white. for ages 12 to 16 from 1 to A portion of the profits will 3 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. go to the Ecke YMCA in En31, in-person at New Village cinitas. For those who do not Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., want to drive on New Year’s Carlsbad. Cost is $170. Take Eve, take the train or get a

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was going to write a heartwarming holiday column about sharing a beer with a stranger in the desert. “Sharing this beer with others actually brings me joy,” I wrote in my notes. One of my scribbles refers to the dropping temperatures and rising moon. Another explains how this burgeoning friendship started when I heard the crack of a can indicating our campsite neighbors were enjoying a beer of their own which led to a hearty, “Whattaya drinkin’?” After that, we were off to the races. I was going to write about how a beer can bridge divides. Outside of the choice to camp for a single night at Joshua Tree in temps that bordered freezing, my wife and I had very little in common with our neighbors. They were single-minded climbers pursuing boulders. We were just looking for a chance to take a hike and maybe read a book near a campfire. They were in their 20s, and we are…not. We made a full camp meal on our stove with a spot of whiskey and a beer. They ate what appeared to be ramen out of a pot. Then we shared a beer and none of those differences mattered. We learned about them. They learned about us. We laughed. We all shivered when the temps dropped below 40 but they shared some hardwood with us for the fire. We talked about camping and our shared love for nature and their passion for climbing. All this communing with strangers because I heard the crack of

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a beer can being opened. What I was going to write about this week was how beer can create friendships where none had existed before. Then I came back into civilization and I thought, “Ugh. Not again.” Coronavirus is rearing its ugly head again. Omicron is quickly becoming a dominant force. Misinformation is spreading. The mask mandates are back in effect but it was noticeable that almost no one besides the staff was wearing one at the local coffee shops and breweries I stopped into this week. I hope that was an aberration and not the rule because in a sign that I had entered the “upside down” (“Stranger Things” reference), almost everyone at Walmart this morning was wearing one. Back in civilization, I kept my head down while picking up holiday gifts of beer and whiskey and coffee. Back in civilization, I returned to cross the street when I saw someone else walking my way. Back in civilization, there is anger about politics, distress about climate change, fight-

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he news of Chargers great Leslie “Speedy” Duncan’s death at age 79 came with sadness, appreciation and the recognition of two unlikely occurrences. Duncan was on the only Chargers team to have training camp in Escondido. Not only was the North County graced with its presence in 1964 but it was a squad like none that came before or after it. The Chargers were the 1963 American Football League champions. It remains the only summer the Chargers entered camp as a defending league champion. Among their players was a cornerback and return specialist in Duncan, although his brush with fame almost never happened. I covered many Chargers camps, but 1964 was even before my stint. But what a time I had meeting Duncan, while writing “Game of My Life San Diego Chargers.” Duncan was living with his daughter in Spring Valley when I shook his hand. It was clear to see why they called him Speedy, even at his advanced age. He scurried this way to grab an old picture, he went that way to uncover a scrapbook with yellowed clippings and

THE CHARGERS had training camp in Escondido but once, in 1964, when Leslie “Speedy” Duncan (45) was a long-shot to make the team. His passing this month at age 79 brings with it the memories of what he overcame to become an All-AFL and Pro Bowl performer. Photo courtesy of the Chargers

frayed edges. Duncan’s eyes sparkled when explaining how he intercepted this pass or brought back a punt that deflated one more opponent. What I also took from Duncan was his quest to outrun racism while being a Black athlete in the Deep South in the turbulent 1960s. The shifty Duncan made defenders miss while also seeking the balance that comes with equality. For Duncan, a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame, it was a breeze to sprint past those in uniform colors opposite of his. Not so getting past those stifling

his American dream of just playing football like those with lighter skin. My admiration for Duncan, a three-time All-AFL selection and later a Pro Bowler with Washington, was always keen. But after connecting with this human highlight film, my respect grew when learning of the hurdles he faced and how his determination never faltered. His story had an impact and maybe by telling it again, it’ll continue to do so. Duncan was a star in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but he wasn’t yelling “Roll Tide” despite scoring 26 touchdowns as a senior in leading

his squad to a 11-0 record. Many locals knew him, too, from the Tuscaloosa Country Club, where he was among its most popular caddies. But an opportunity for him to play football at the University of Alabama was a longer shot than a hole-inone on a par 5. “Shoot, when we went by and they were practicing, all they would let us do was maybe peek under the fence,’’ Duncan said. “I wasn’t going to be able to play there; no blacks did that back then. So I knew I was going to Jackson State.’’ Duncan thrived at the all-Black school in neighbor-

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ing Mississippi. But his senior year was derailed by a leg injury that sidelined him for the final seven games and torpedoed his chances of being selected by the National Football League or the AFL. “I got passed up in the draft,’’ he said. Al LoCasale, then a Chargers scout, knew of the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Duncan’s skills and he invited the free agent to Escondido for a tryout. Chargers coaches were soon shaking their heads and stopwatches: Duncan clocked a team-best 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. “The coaches said, ‘Run that again little fel-



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la because something ain’t right,’’’ Duncan said. Time didn’t lie, or stand still, when Duncan’s legs were churning. “I came here with 10 cents in my pocket and I would race anybody for a dime,’’ Duncan said. “I was trying to get the coaches’ attention.” What they saw was a force on both sides of the ball. What they also recognized was that Duncan looked like few others. “They had quotas for Black players and only kept so many,’’ he said. “But I told them, ‘I ain’t going nowhere and I don’t care what I have to do to make the club.’’ He did that, of course, while also moving the ball forward in race relations. Treating people right regardless of their skin color remains a work in progress today, because of what guys like Duncan did all those yesterdays ago. That’s something to remember when Alabama plays for yet another title in the coming weeks and the streaking Chargers aim for their first league championship since 1963. Black players now make up about 70% of NFL rosters. The checks they cash dwarf Duncan’s $12,000 contract, the one he signed in Escondido during that unlikely summer of 1964. Rest in speed, Mr. Duncan. Your integrity and drive will outlive all your statistics, as they should. Contact Jay Paris at and follow him @jparis_sports cost and proposed taxes and fees. Sseveral board members objected to proposed half-cent tax increases — two of which would be countywide and one in the city of San Diego for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System — saying it would be a burden on low-income residents. Vista Mayor Judy Ritter said she received about 5,000 emails regarding the proposed taxes and road user charge, with most residents voicing opposition against them. Ritter also balked at the proposed managed lanes, or toll roads, on the freeways, the potential for “value pricing” and the inability for most people to not be able to afford it. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones said managed lanes equal double taxation and the plan relies on mileage charges to generate $24.4 billion. The managed lanes would collect $19.2 billion, with sales taxes earning $27.8 billion. Jones questioned how the agency could make up for $12.8 billion in lost revenue if the board moved forward with free transit for all, as proposed by several board members. Jones said she wanted a balanced transportation plan, but this version is not the solution.


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JIM DESMOND speaks at Legoland in 2020. With the new maps, the supervisor’s District 5 would lose Carlsbad, Legoland’s home, and gain Escondido. Courtesy photo

moves to D3, while much of the eastern inland portion of the district has been reallocated to the coastline. D3’s new borders extend east of Solana Beach and Del Mar to Interstate 15 but now include La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Coronado. The boundary stops at Imperial Beach, which is in D1, represented by Supervisor Nora Vargas. D5 now covers more of East County to the south, while D2, represented by Joel Anderson, extends farther west including south of Escondido and northeast San Diego south of Poway. FEDERAL SEATS California lost one congressional seat due to a population loss of more than 130,000 last year, the first and largest population decline in state history, ac-

DEC. 24, 2021 cording to media reports. In North County, the maps have changed — notably in the 49th Congressional District held by Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano). The new boundary runs from south Orange County to parts of Del Mar. The district also includes parts of Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, along with parts of Fallbrook and Bonsall, while keeping Vista in the fold. The 50th District, held by Republican Darrell Issa, includes San Marcos, southern Escondido, San Pasqual, Rancho Bernardo and extends to the southwest to include La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Coronado. The 48th District, currently held by Republican Michelle Steel, covers North and East County south to the Mexican border. It extends west to include a part of Escondido, Valley Center, Ramona, Poway and south to Santee and Alpine. STATE MAPS The numerical order for the districts appears to have changed, as some representatives who serve in one district, now cover a “new” district in both houses of the California legislature. For the California Senate districts in North County, the new boundary for the 38th District runs from Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County south to Pacific Beach, covering most of the San Diego County coastline. The district extends west to cover parts of Bonsall and Fall-



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brook, along with Vista and Rancho Santa Fe to the east, and Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar to the west. The revised 38th California Senate District is currently held by State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), although she currently represents the 36th District. Bates is termed out and can't seek re-election. Presumably, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and political newcomer Matt Gunderson are vying for Bates' seat, assuming they have not been drawn out of the district. The 40th District now runs from the northern county line south through Valley Center, San Marcos, Escondido, Ramona, Poway, Mira Mesa, Miramar, parts of University City, Santee and Alpine. For the California Assembly, the new districts have chopped up North County cities along with reorganizing the districts. Oceanside and Vista are now part of the 74th District, which runs north through Camp Pendleton and includes San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. The 76th District moves inland and covers the cities of San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Santa Fe. The 77th District now covers the coast from Carlsbad south to Imperial Beach. The 75th District now runs from the northern county line south to the Mexican border and covers Valley Center, Borrego Springs, Ramona, Poway, Santee and Alpine. we are muddling through. It isn’t the heartwarming message I was hoping to leave you with but feels a little more appropriate to the mixed bag that has been 2021. Finally, when the opportunity arises to share a beer with a stranger in a way that feels covid-safe, I say jump at it. It will probably come with a story or a laugh and you may just walk away with a new beer friend. *** Stream the newest episodes of the Roast! West Coast coffee podcast 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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