The Inlad Edition, December 9, 2022

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Possible TB exposure at CSUSM

SAN MARCOS — Students and staff at Cal State San Marcos may have been exposed to tuberculosis this fall semester, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced on Nov. 23.

HHSA Public Health Services and CSUSM officials have worked together to identify and notify those who had a higher risk of exposure to tuberculosis and will be providing no-cost testing to individuals at increased risk for infection. The period of exposure was from Aug. 30 to Nov. 8.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer. “Most people who become infected after exposure to tuberculosis do not get sick right away. Some who become infected with tuberculosis will become ill at some point in the future, sometimes even years later.

“Blood tests and skin tests are effective to determine whether someone has been infected,” she said. “All those notified of a high risk of exposure are encouraged to receive no-cost testing.”

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that is transmitted from person to person through inhalation of the bacteria from the air, which are spread when someone sick with TB coughs, speaks, sings or


‘They put all of our kids in danger’

Parents seek accountability amid swim teacher’s sex abuse case

SAN MARCOS — In the weeks since news broke about sexual abuse charges against a former instructor at Callan Swim School, parents of past students as well as former staff members say the San Marcos school should face consequences for putting children in potential harm’s way.

Nicholas Piazza, 19, is facing two charges of child sexual abuse, one related to an alleged incident in July 2021 while Piazza was working at Callan and another when he was working as a private swim instruc-

2021, but was released on bail and later prohibited from working with or being around children. He was arrested again in September of this year following reports from the second accuser and is being held without bail.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office plans to pursue these charges in one trial, with the next hearing scheduled for Dec. 6.

they ignored “sexual deviance” shown by Piazza as early as 2020.

While Piazza appeared to stop working at Callan in October 2021 following his first arrest, the families he worked with did not know anything about his charges until around a month ago and said staff at the school would explain away his periodic disappearances prior to his arrest and afterwards.

Vista council gets heated, OKs project Accusations fly at Camino Largo vote

VISTA — A controversial housing development was approved during a Dec. 6 special meeting of the Vista City Council.

Mayor Judy Ritter and Councilmen John Franklin and Joe Green supported the development during a contentious meeting at which Councilwomen Corinna Contreras and Katie Melendez discussed campaign donations from the applicant to Franklin, the city’s mayor-elect, and questioned his motivations.

The two councilwomen also questioned whether Ritter and Green, who both work in real estate, have ever taken advantage of their positions on the council to sell homes based on projects approved by the council.

Ritter sharply responded to Contreras’ suggestion with, “zero.”

The project consists of 46 single-family homes at 2123 N. Santa Fe Ave., east of Guajome Regional Park, and is known as the Camino Largo project, is. The council’s action also includes a zoning change from agricultural to residential.

tor in Rancho Santa Fe in September of this year.

Piazza was arrested on the first charge in October

The parent of Piazza’s alleged 2021 victim has also filed a separate civil lawsuit against Callan Swim School, claiming that

“I was super frustrated, because we weren’t told, they were not trans-

“I’m not surprised I’m receiving information that this project has campaign financing motivations related to it,” Melendez said.

“I’m a community-based representative. It’s not an

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Taite Tephabock, a senior at Escondido High School, holds up a baby goat at the school’s Winter Wonderland event on Dec. 3. Students raise goats and other livestock on the school’s 6-acre FFA farm. Story on Page 3 Photo by Samantha Nelson A PARENT has sued Callan Swim School in San Marcos, claiming it ignored “sexual deviance” shown by Nicholas Piazza, 19, a former instructor, as early as 2020. Photo by Laura Place
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— Escondido High School’s Winter Wonderland returned last weekend with Santa, goats and lots of goodies for sale at the high school’s farm.

Winter Wonderland is one of several events the agricultural department students organize throughout the school year to raise money and interest in the work they do on the farm.

Students welcomed the community with an array of Christmas lights, produce for sale that they grew, floral arrangements and wreaths that they created, and an assortment of other goods like tamales, pozole, bread, pies, champurrado and hot chocolate.

Santa and his elves also made a guest appearance along with a few baby goats in Christmas sweaters at the event’s petting zoo. Students raise goats and other livestock on the farm, including chickens, pigs and cattle.

County COVID-19 cases on the rise

REGION — The number of people hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in San Diego County has jumped to 333, an increase of 32, according to the latest state data.

As of Saturday, Dec. 3, 33 COVID-positive patients were being treated in intensive care, an increase of three from the previous day. Available hospital beds decreased by 16 for a total of 193.

Meanwhile, signs of any potential Thanksgiving surge of COVID-19 and the flu won't show up until this week’s data is released, but cases for both illnesses are continuing to trend upward in San Diego County, according to the Health and Human Services Agency.

COVID-19 cases will surpass 10,000 for the month of November, exceeding the 7,482 cases recorded in October, according to the agency.

Flu cases are also continuing to increase, reaching 2,694 last week, up from 2,375 the previous week. For the season to date, San Diego County has recorded 12,946 cases of the flu com-

pared to 424 at this time last year.

The HHSA encouraged San Diegans to get their flu and COVID vaccines before the peak holiday period. It takes two weeks until the body reaches full immunity from the vaccines.

A fully vaccinated person can still contract and transmit COVID, but health officials say the vaccines offer protection against developing severe symptoms that can result in hospitalization and even death.

“The time to act is now,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county deputy public health officer. “Get your flu and COVID vaccines as soon as you can and keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday season. And remember that masks help reduce spreading both the flu and COVID-19.”

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are widely available across the region at pharmacies, medical centers and clinics. The two vaccines can be administered during the same visit, health officials said.

An additional seven deaths and 3,455 COVID-19 cases were reported in the

Gas prices continue to drop

REGION — The average price of a gallon of selfserve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Wednesday to its lowest amount since Feb. 15, nine days before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent shock waves through the oil market that led to record highs.

The average price dropped 5.1 cents Wednesday to $4.717, its 26th consecutive decrease and 59th in 63 days since rising to a record $6.435 on Oct. 5, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

The average price has fallen $1.718 over the past 63 days. It is 26.1 cents less

than one week ago and 78.4 cents lower than one month ago, but 7.7 cents more than one year ago.

“Gas prices are dropping sharply,” said Andrew Gross, an AAA national public relations manager. “But with oil being the main ingredient in gasoline, OPEC+’s move could slow this decline. However, the gas price will likely soon be lower than it was a year ago.”

OPCE+, a group of nations that allied with OPEC to cut production to boost oil prices beginning in 2016, announced plans Sunday to stick to its oil production cuts rather than taking steps to take more supply offline.

last week, increasing the county's cumulative totals to 5,569 deaths and 942,177 infections.

The 3,455 cases reported in the past week were higher compared to the 3,084 infections identified the previous week. None of the deaths in the past week had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Three additional flu deaths were announced, increasing the county’s seasonal total to eight. None of the most recent deaths had received a flu shot, according to the health agency.

Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness increased to 11% of all visits, compared with 10% the previous week.

All of the work involved to plan and organize Winter Wonderland is part of the fun for FFA students.

“The kids get really into it,” teacher Marc Reyburn said. “They love giving back to their community and working with the younger kids.”

For Kelsey Hoeffliger, a junior and FFA officer, organizing Winter Wonderland and other events like Pumpkin Fest in October is all about creating memories, making friends, learning leadership skills and giving back to the community.

“You grow amazing friends and amazing memories,” she said.

Sophomore and fellow FFA officer Georgia Borland noted the event is great for showing younger students who are reluctant to get involved at first what they’re missing out on.

“Once the first years see all the fun, we wrangle them in,” Borland said.

Students like Hoeffliger

and Borland consider themselves fortunate to have such a sizable FFA program.

With its 6-acre farm, Escondido High School boasts

one of the largest high school agriculture programs in Southern California. Having a farm right on campus — especially that size — is unheard of for most schools in the region.

“It’s the coolest classroom a student could have,” Reyburn said.

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Winter Wonderland started two years ago as a drive-through fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the restrictions then, the event still went well and kept the Future Farmers of America students involved.
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California fares well in ‘Great Resignation’

Millions of Americans have quit their jobs each month over the last year and a half — essentially ever since vaccines reduced the frequency and intensity of bouts with most variants of COVID-19.

At the same time, some California cities emptied at generationally high rates, with San Francisco the best example, losing more than 6% of its populace to the new white-collar reality of working at home, with location almost completely irrelevant.

Workers can be in Montenegro as easily as Montebello, and hardly anyone will know the difference.

Holiday stress busters

41% of those polled are stressed by the holidays. Fortunately, there are many ways to bust holiday stress. Set realistic goals. Your expectations should correspond to your circumstances, time and money. Don’t try to outdo family and friends. You don’t have to impress anyone.

A wonderful holiday season doesn’t have to be expensive. Set a manageable budget and stick to it. Determine before you go shopping how much you will spend on food and presents. Entertaining doesn’t have to cost a lot. Sumptuous meals can be prepared without expensive ingredients. Use your imagination and creativity.

If there are lots of people on your gift list, contact them and agree to a maximum cost for each gift. They will probably appreciate a pre-set spending limit as much as you will. Consider making your own gifts, such as baked goods or crafts.

A variety of free or low-cost activities are available. Many communities provide holiday programs such as parades and winter carnivals. Informal gatherings with friends and family can be lots of fun without obligating anyone to host a big party.

Accept relatives and friends for who they are. Put aside differences; don’t try to resolve them during gatherings. Bringing up past issues will not add to the seasonal joy.

Divorced parents need to be extra sensitive to their children’s emotions. Make children’s needs a priority and avoid using them as pawns. Children want to spend time with both of their parents so work together to facilitate reciprocal visitation.

If you are hosting a meal or party, ask each guest to bring a dish. Delegate responsibilities to your spouse and children. Everyone will feel included and no one has to carry the full load.

Don’t snap at others. Have rules and guidelines for older children returning home for the holidays. Ask guests to supervise their children if they get too rambunctious.

Plan ahead for what you want to accomplish before the holiday rush starts. You can pace yourself if you have enough time. Spreading out activities leaves you calmer and more relaxed.

Prioritize what you want to accomplish. Organize your time to allow for the most important tasks. Say no to requests that don’t fit your plans. Be flexible.

Make time for yourself. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating proper-

ly, exercising and getting enough sleep.

It’s normal and OK to feel sad during the holidays. Life is unpredictable and brings many changes. Don’t compare today with the good old days from your past. Take charge of your life. Don’t act like a victim. Spend time with supportive and caring people. Help others by volunteering. Whenever you bring a smile to someone’s face, you will feel better too.

Make realistic resolutions. Set goals you can accomplish. Don’t abandon your resolutions after a few weeks. After the holidays, actively working toward your goals will keep you positive and focused on the good in life.

Bryan Golden is the author of “Dare to Live Without Limits.” Contact Bryan at or visit

This creates unprecedented worker mobility all over the country, as huge numbers take months or years off and survive on savings or fortunes accumulated via stock options over the last 15 years.

It also causes many of the “help wanted” signs appearing in the windows of myriad workplaces, from post offices to Starbucks, small bakeries, customer service telephone centers and restaurants.

It means shorter menus, too, as cooks and chefs are hard to find. It’s also a time of finding your own merchandise at big box stores, helpful salespeople now scarcer than ever.

Radio ads even offered $3,000 signing bonuses to new bus drivers in Los Angeles, treatment normally reserved for individuals with specialized abilities and training.

Since California leads the nation in almost every social and economic trend, good or bad, the expectation might be that more folks are resigning their jobs here than anywhere else. That presumption would be dead wrong.

New findings from the WalletHub website, which tracks a variety of economic trends, show California ranks as the No. 38 state in resignations. Just 2.53% of workers here have quit their jobs over the last year, the website found.

Florida, whose governor continually compares his state to California, ranked fourth in resignations, as almost twice as high a proportion of its populace quit.

Texas was 28th, while Alaska led the great resignation, with a 4.7% annualized rate of departures. Maybe it’s the cold, dark winters and physical isolation that comes with living in most parts of that physically huge state.

Why is California faring better than the vast majority of other states in this societal upheaval?

It may be the long experience of the tech indus-

california focus

try with gig workers, who for many years have moved around frequently while hunting for ever greener pastures.

Where in most states there is a large pay gap between job shifters and long-term workers, that is much less common in California.

Nationally, says the Cantabria economic blog, the average pay differential is 7%, with — for example — the median salary for established software development managers at $131,000, while new hires in the same job get a median pay of $143,000 regardless of age or experience.

To avoid that differential, which can spur resentful longtime employees to search for new jobs, companies must constantly grant raises and bonuses to existing workers so newcomers don’t outpace their pay. If those firms then hit unexpected hard times, it can lead to layoffs, which lately have hit companies like Meta and Salesforce.

The almost constant upward momentum all this created over the last 20 months is one reason U.S. wages overall rose 4.7% in that time.

Many California companies are long accustomed to these phenomena, which created massive new wealth for youthful high-tech workers at companies like Google and Apple and Hulu.

Most Silicon Valley companies see to it that longer-term employees are at least as well off as new hires. Failure to do that would lead to shuffles and a much higher California resignation rate.

Women, too, are using the great resignation to eliminate much of the longtime pay gap between themselves and men. CNBC reports 85% of women workers believe they deserve pay increases and 65% think the resignation wave gives them more leverage to get them.

Of the 47 million Americans who quit jobs in 2021, most of those responding to surveys cited better pay and benefits as reasons. It’s still unknown if women actually reduced the pre-existing 18% pay gap between them and white males in similar jobs.

All this may be inconvenient for businesses, but it’s also providing bonanzas for many thousands of workers.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds pauses sportsbook plans

Prop 26 failure freezes statewide sports betting

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Fairgrounds has halted plans to launch a potentially lucrative new sportsbook after the failure of a state proposition that would have legalized in-person sports betting at private horse race tracks and tribal casinos.

The 22nd District Agricultural Association, the board managing the fairgrounds, voted in the fall of 2021 to make sports betting a permitted activity at its off-track wagering center pending the passage of Proposition 26.

Ultimately, the proposition was one of two sports betting measures soundly defeated in this election, being rejected by over twothirds of California voters. Proposition 27, which sought to legalize online sports betting statewide, faced an even more decisive loss with 80% of constituents voting “no.”

Following the election, Fairgrounds CEO Carlene Moore said the Fairgrounds would shelve all efforts for the new sportsbook at this time. This includes finding

an operator to manage the planned first-class sportsbook, where sports wagering could have taken place simultaneously with horse race betting at the racetrack.

However, she said the

Fairgrounds is open to the possibility of trying again if another sports wagering measure comes before voters in the future.

“If California voters are supportive of sports wagering in the future, the

22nd DAA remains interested in the opportunity to further its mission to connect our community through shared interests, diverse experiences, and service to one another in an inclusive, accessible, and safe place

Woman loses suit over C-section allegedly done minus anesthesia

REGION — A woman who was given an emergency cesarean section — allegedly without anesthesia — at an Oceanside hospital lost a medical negligence and battery lawsuit this month against the federal government.

Delfina Mota, who was 25 years old at the time, was admitted to Tri-City Medical Center in 2017 while just over 41 weeks pregnant, with the intent of inducing labor.

When the fetal heart rate could not be read, Dr. Sandra Lopez, an obstetrician from the federally funded Vista Community Clinic, called for the C-section.

While Mota had initially been given a local and epidural anesthetic, she alleged in her lawsuit that the effects had almost entirely worn off by the time Lopez ordered the

C-section and that the Pitocin administered might have caused the baby’s distress.

The government contends Lopez performed “pinch tests” to determine whether Mota had any sensation and found she did not. Mota denied any such tests occurred.

By the time the C-section was ordered, attempts to summon the anesthesiologist were unsuccessful and Lopez decided to proceed with the surgery.

The government wrote in its brief that the doctor “was confronted with an obstetrical emergency in which minutes and even seconds make the difference between delivering a normal, healthy baby and a child with lifelong catastrophic disabilities.”

In Mota’s trial brief, her attorney contends Lopez never obtained Mota’s consent regarding the de -

cision and that Mota “adamantly voiced her strong opposition” to it without anesthesia, while the government alleged Mota was advised of the situation and agreed to it.

Mota alleged that once the surgery began, she screamed in pain and pleaded with Lopez to stop.

The anesthesiologist arrived mid-surgery and administered an anesthetic, which Mota’s attorney alleged happened “too late to prevent the incredible pain and suffering.”

Mota’s baby, a daughter named Cali, was born healthy.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia, who presided over a bench trial regarding the lawsuit, ruled in the government’s favor.

In his written ruling, the judge said that while Mota did not receive general anesthesia, she had received other forms of an-

esthesia prior to the operation.

Though the judge conceded she “suffered,” he wrote that “in a stressful circumstance, she consented to an emergency procedure without general anesthesia with her expected child in peril.”

He also wrote that Mota’s screams and pleas — which were reportedly heard by her fiancée and sister outside the operating room — were not confirmed by the other nurses and no one in the operating room witnessed Mota refusing to undergo the procedure.

“The court accepts that plaintiff, her fiancée, and her sister believe what they are saying, but the court believes their recollection of events are the product of the stress of the moment and the lack of perception of the events as they unfolded,” Battaglia wrote.

Aztecs to play Middle Tennessee St. in Hawaii Bowl

REGION — San Diego State announced Monday it has accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl Dec. 24 to face Middle Tennessee State in a matchup of 7-5 teams.

This will be the 12th time in 13 seasons the Aztecs will be playing in a bowl. They withdrew from consideration in the shortened 2020 COVID season.

San Diego State coach Brady Hoke said at his reg-

ularly scheduled Monday news conference he was excited to have his team play in Hawaii.

“I haven't been to Hawaii in a while. The only times I’ve been is for football games, so why not keep the streak going?” Hoke said. “Playing Middle Tennessee State, they’re a good football team offensively. They will play with some tempo.”

Hoke said his team

will spend “about six days” in Hawaii and “come right back” to San Diego the evening of the game.

This will be the first edition of the Hawaii Bowl to be played at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The game was played at Aloha Stadium from 2002 to 2019.

The game was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 game was canceled after Hawaii withdrew due to injuries and COVID-19 issues.

The Aztecs lost to Air Force, 13-3, Saturday to end a three-game winning streak.

The Aztecs have a 7-8 record in bowl games in the Division I era, including a 38-24 victory over UTSA in the 2021 Frisco Bowl and a 42-7 victory over Cincinnati in the 2015 Hawaii Bowl.

with an emphasis on agriculture, education, recreation, and entertainment,” Moore said.

Even more than race tracks, propositions 26 and 27 spelled out major impacts for tribal casinos.

The majority of California’s tribes supported Proposition 26 and opposed 27, warning that the expansion of online sports betting would impact the sovereignty of tribes which depend on income from casinos.

Advertising for both measures focused heavily on tribal support, and often failed to mention sports betting — and in the case of Proposition 26, race tracks — at all. Campaign spending on the two sports betting measures was among the most expensive in the state’s history, with over $300 million spent on advertising by supporters and opponents of both propositions.

Over 30 states have legalized sports betting in some form, but for now, that possibility remains out of reach for California at least until the next election cycle.

“It’s clear voters don’t want a massive expansion of online sports betting, and they trust Indian tribes when it comes to responsible gaming,” said Mark Macarro, Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Indians in San Diego County. “As tribes, we will analyze these results, and collectively have discussions about what the future of sports wagering might look like in California.”

San Marcos teen reported missing returns home safely

SAN MARCOS — A 13-year-old girl from San Marcos is safely back home with her family after being missing for 11 days, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reported Friday, Dec. 2.

Sofia Nicole Corbisiero left her San Marcos home on foot on the evening of Nov. 20 following an argument with her mother and was reported as an at-risk missing juvenile. News of her disappearance garnered significant attention on social media.

A week and a half after leaving, Corbisiero

called her mother last Friday afternoon to tell her she was coming home. The department thanked the public for their assistance.

“We appreciate the public and media’s help in keeping an eye out for Sofia,” Lt. Kevin Ralph said. “She is currently safe with her family.”

On the night she left, Corbisiero was seen via camera footage at the Oceanside Transportation Center with another individual. Ralph said the department did not have information about where Corbisiero had been during the time she was missing.




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VISITORS PLACE bets on Opening Day of the summer horse racing season at Del Mar Racetrack this year. The Del Mar Fairgrounds will halt plans to build a new sportsbook after California voters struck down Proposition 26, which would have permitted sports betting at racetracks and tribal casinos. Photo by Laura Place


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Don’t mess with … Massachusetts? small talk

Enjoy one from the archives.

There are, of course, so many reasons to love living in laidback Southern California, but I began to appreciate it from an entirely different perspective after my son moved to Boston for college.

I do love Boston, love to visit it, but the state of Massachusetts is one tough cookie. The lawmakers there simply brook no nonsense, mister, and haven’t since colonial times.

If you’re in Mass., you had better mind your P’s and Q’s, be prepared to toe the line and take the consequences of your actions, and I don’t mean maybe.

The first thing I heard about was the brothel law, which allegedly prohibits sorority houses because groups of women, living together, is just suspicious.

The actual zoning code law says no more than four unrelated students, of any sex, may share an apartment or house.

No actual mention is made of brothels. But still, no monkey business, missy.

My son also learned there is no option for traffic school in Massachu-

However, you don’t need to carry proof of insurance in your car. Your registration is proof. I rather like that one.

Much of their attitude apparently stems from when they were one of the original 13 colonies, and apparently there hasn’t been time to clean up some of those older laws on the books.

Be aware that there is still no hunting on Sundays, and many cities and counties observe “blue laws” that prohibit the sale of liquor on Sundays.

In addition, witches are still banned from Massachusetts and it was illegal to be an atheist or to “reproach God” there.

It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients, eat more than three sandwiches at a wake or use tomatoes in the production of clam chowder.

You’d best just watch your mouth and your manners, young man. If you can’t control yourself, you’ll end up living in New York.

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The “Be a Santa to a Senior” trees are up at local Walmart’s and will be up until Dec. 11. Visit a tree, choose an ornament and fulfill a gift request for a senior. “Be a Santa to a Senior” spreads holiday cheer with those who may be feeling isolated this time of year. More information at loc/146/#physical.


The Television Academy Foundation has announced applications are open for its 2023 Summer Internship Program in Hollywood for media arts college students nationwide. The program offers approximately 50 paid, eight-week internships at top entertainment production companies. Online applications are being accepted through Jan. 19, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PST) at


BE WiSE applications are now open. BE WiSE invites girls in grades seven and eight from all across San Diego County to engage in STEM learning experiences in collaboration with the region’s research, industry and academic institutions. BE WiSE is committed to developing a community of young women engaged in science learning. Visit be-wise.


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Heroes of Vista 2023 is calling for nominations. Know of a business or non-profit that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for the 2023 Heroes of Vista at https://form.jotform. com/222986316336159. Nominees must be current Vista Chamber Members.


Dec. 10, San Marcos children and their families will be part of the 26th annual Toys for Joy event at Rock Church San Marcos, 1370 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos. Toys for Joy was founded by the Rock Church in 1996 to partner with local churches and community businesses. Families have been selected by schools and partner agencies to attend this event. Visit


Cardiff Resident and AARE Realtor Barbara Marsh has donated $21,000 to Escondido Adventist Academy Principal Darena Shetler. AARE clients have a say as to what nonprofit receives funds based on a percentage of the broker’s commission. The company follows the business model of Generous Capitalism and donates up to 20 percent of its top-line profits to charities as a form of tithing.


McDonald House Charities of San Diego in its mission to provide a “home-awayfrom-home” for families with a child in a medical crisis, the 12th annual Hoehn Motors luxury car raffle named Thomas Downey of San Marcos as the raffle’s 2022 grand prizewinner and raised more than $400,000. Downey wins his choice


The problem with drinking and driving is the MOURNING after.

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In loving memory of Debra Marie Zomparelli, of Oceanside, passed away Nov. 30, 2022, after a prolonged illness. She was 67. She is survived by her sister, Wendy Zomparelli.

Wendy wishes to thank Richelle Hazlett and Debbie’s many loving friends for their care and support in recent years.

Following Debbie’s wishes, her ashes will be scattered at sea by Telophase Cremation Society.

Friends may see the boat from the Tunaman’s Memorial in Shoreline Park at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, January 6, weather permitting.

Donations may be made to the San Diego Humane Society.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drunk drivers account for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities, equaling more than 10,000 deaths each year. The decision to not drink and drive or to be a designated driver can help save your life AND the lives of others.

We’ve all heard, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” Since we think of you as our friends and neighbors, we’d like to remind you that a designated driver will help you be around to celebrate for many more years...not just this year’s holiday season!

Please Celebrate Safely!

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Are you interested in being a commissioner for the new County of San Diego Arts and Culture Commission? Fill out an application at sandiegocounty. gov/content/sdc/cob/bcac. html and send it to bcc@ These are ongoing positions chosen by and changing with the newly elected county supervisors. Two commissioners are sought from each of the five county districts plus three youth members (ages 16 to 24 at the time of appointment) who shall be nominated by the Chief Administrative Officer.

The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation has launched a public service advertising campaign highlighting the openings of specialized adult Sickle Cell Disease clinics across the state. If you or a loved one is in need of care, or if you are interested in learning more about the NCSCC, visit https://sicklecellcare-ca. com/about/.


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The city of Encinitas Winter 2022-23 Virtual Recreation Guide features instructional classes, sports leagues, and senior programs, as well as winter break camps like cooking, science, surf, skate and an Encinitas favorite - Seaside Day Camp. Also, find information about visual and performing arts, parks, and places to play in Encinitas. Visit

Oregon-UNC in Holiday Bowl, first football game at Petco Park

By City News Service

REGION — Oregon will face North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28, the first football game to be played at Petco Park, organizers announced Sunday.

The game will be the 43rd edition of the Holiday Bowl and first since 2019. The 2020 game was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. UCLA withdrew from the 2021 game hours before the planned opening kickoff “due to COVID-19 protocols within the Bruins’ program,” according to the university.

This will be the first time an ACC team has played in the Holiday Bowl. Under an agreement an-

nounced in 2019, the ACC will supply a team for the game at least through 2025. The agreement was supposed to begin with the 2020 game.

The Ducks will be playing in the Holiday Bowl for the fourth time and first since 2008 when they defeated Oklahoma State 42-31.

Oregon (9-3) lost its season opener to Georgia 49-3, won its next eight games, then lost two of its next three, including a 38-34 loss to rival Oregon State in its regular-season finale Nov. 26.

The Ducks were 15th in The Associated Press poll released Sunday. The Tar Heels (9-4) were unranked.

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Eddie Lee Pendleton, Gale Pendleton Spagnolo and Lesta Vogel, the great grandchildren of Maj. Gen. Joseph H. Pendleton, stand next to the Maj. Gen. Joseph H. Pendelton monument on Camp Pendleton, unveiled Dec. 1. The monument is dedicated to Pendleton’s efforts to establish a permanent Marine Corps presence in Southern California. Pendleton, who served in the Marines for 40 years, died in 1942 in Coronado. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl, Nataly Espitia
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Valley High School teacher helps students change mindsets

ESCONDIDO — Monica Lee has been leaving a lasting impression on students at Valley High School for over a decade.

As the head teacher of the continuation high school’s responsibility training program (RTP), Lee guides many students to better value themselves, their educational experience and their community. The class focuses on restorative practices that give students opportunities to learn better habits and see purpose in what they learn.

“It’s basically a mindset change,” Lee said.

Every student transferred to Valley High School must complete the nineweek RTP course. Many of these students deal with factors outside of school that they can’t control, such as family problems, poverty or the pressure of gangs.

“We teach them cop -

ing strategies,” Lee said. “We also teach them about mindfulness and self-care, that it’s OK not to be OK, and if you’re not OK we’re going to support you here on our campus.”

Some of Lee’s students have made poor choices in the past, but the RTP course helps students overcome those mistakes.

“We talk about dealing with responding to failure,” said Lee. “We talk about our failures so that we know that we’re not alone. Our goal is to show students that somebody believes in them, because sometimes they don’t believe in themselves.”

Many of Lee’s students learn a lot about themselves while taking the class. While beforehand the students may have not cared as much for school, after taking the course many realize how much they want to graduate and move forward

in life.

Teaching the class has also helped Lee realize her passion for the course and what its lessons mean for her students.

Lee took over RTP in 2012 from Steve Atwood,

who taught the program for years. She first began substituting in the class in 2008 and was asked to take over by Atwood a few years later, eventually leading to her being named California Continuation Education


appropriate change to our General Plan.”

Nearby residents also voiced their displeasure and contempt for the project, and by extension, Ritter, Franklin and Green. They noted how the Planning Commission unanimously voted against the project, citing concerns over riparian impacts, loss of agriculture, open space and traffic.

Contreras and Melendez both said they were upset a special meeting had been called with Contreras saying the meeting should’ve taken place on Dec. 13, when the new council is seated.

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Both said they have issues with the project, noting many of the residents’ concerns, but also engaging in debate with Franklin over high-density high-rises the women have championed in other areas.

Association Teacher of the Year.

Before taking over RTP, Lee worked as an AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) tutor for eight years after graduating from San Pasqual High School. AVID prepares students, particularly those who are underrepresented, for college eligibility.

Though Lee felt she was a mediocre high school student who didn’t see much purpose in some of her classes, her path led her to earn a degree from Cal State San Marcos and a teaching position at Valley. She previously dreamed of becoming a Hollywood actress, but watching Atwood work with students inspired her to change course.

“There isn’t a day I don’t want to be here,” Lee said. “When I can’t be here, I still try to be here.”

Lee is currently mentoring Charlie Mejia, a new

teacher who will add more RTP classes to the program. It will be the first time the program has two teachers.

“It’s great to have a new teacher come in with the same passion,” Lee said.

The RTP class has also brought back as AVID tutors former students who are currently pursuing degrees with intentions to come back to teach at Valley. Lee enjoys seeing former students out in the community thriving following graduation.

Beyond RTP, Lee runs the Rotary Interact Club on campus and a popular All About Me weekly cooking class after school. She has also coached football, basketball and soccer over the years.

“I’m always trying to get my students involved in the community,” she said.

“I think it’s important to give back. I was brought up to do that.”


— The majority of the five-person Palomar College governing board will be made up of newcomers following the results of the Nov. 8 election.

The board oversees the functions of the 31,000-student community college in San Marcos, with trustees elected to four-year terms.

Judy Patacsil, a professor at San Diego Miramar College and a licensed psychotherapist, will serve as the new representative for Area 1 overseeing the district area south of Highway 78 and west of Interstate 15.

Patacsil held the lead

over opponent Frank Xu with 53.7% of the vote; 20-year incumbent Mark Evilsizer did not run for reelection.

Ramona restaurant owner Michelle Rains defeated incumbent Kartik Raju in the Area 4 race, representing the eastern area of the district from the I-15 to the Salton Sea. Rains earned 56.9% of the vote over Raju, who was appointed to the board in fall 2021.

Incumbent Area 5 trustee Norma Miyamoto was defeated by challenger Jacqueline Kaiser, a regional director for MetLife, who earned 52.4% of the vote. Area 5 covers Fall-

brook, east Oceanside, Bonsall and Camp Pendleton.

Miyamoto was elected to her first term on the board in 2018.

“On behalf of the Palomar College community, I want to welcome our new trustees to the Governing Board and thank our outgoing trustees for their service to this institution,” said Superintendent/President Star Rivera-Lacey. “We look forward to working together to further our mission, and to the future success of Palomar College.”

New board members will be sworn in during the college’s Dec. 13 meeting.

Regarding campaign finances, Contreras said Robert Thorn, CEO of California West Communities, gave $1,000 in March to Franklin’s mayoral campaign, while Chris Kim, another individual with financial interests in the project, also gave Franklin $1,000. Franklin said that he’s known Thorn on a “personal level” for at least 10 years and that this is the first project Thorn’s company has brought forward in Vista.

both received tens thousands of dollars in their own campaigns from independent expenditures. Independent expenditures can aid a candidate without their knowledge during a campaign with advertising, mailers, social media posts and other forms of courting

paign statements. You’ve received tens of thousands of dollars in independent expenditures from a single industry trying to change the law.”

Regardless, Ritter and Franklin stressed the city is in a housing crisis and these homes can help with

breathes. people with frequent and prolonged indoor exposure to a person who is sick with TB should get tested.

Individuals who would like more information on the potential exposure can

contact Cal State San Marcos at csumasone@csusm. edu or the County TB Control Program at 619-6928621.

The number of annual TB cases in San Diego County has decreased since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years. There were 192 cas-

es reported in 2020 and 201 cases in 2021.

As of the end of October, a total of 150 cases have been reported this year. An estimated 175,000 people in San Diego County have latent TB infection and are at risk for developing active TB without preventive treatment.

These comments were on the heels of Contreras speaking about Senate Bill 1439, which expands the 1982 Levine Act by prohibiting local officials from voting on contracts for 12 months after accepting more than $250 from a party involved. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1.

“This vote should not be happening today,” Contreras said. “This meeting should’ve happened on Dec. 13. I’ll leave it to the public why this meeting was rushed.”

Franklin, meanwhile, shot back by saying how


Melendez said she received money from independent expenditures regarding marijuana but has never been in contact with those in control of an independent expenditure.

“It is absolutely the opposite of respect to impute motives that are other than stated by your colleagues, which is what you and others have done,” Franklin said. “I do not go to the lengths of bringing cam-

inventory. Additionally, the project comes with a down payment assistance program for lower-income residents.

Green said the project is next to Sandalwood, which is twice the density and has worked well for the city.

Contreras and Melendez, meanwhile, stressed sprawl development is not ideal and denser projects with more stories would open up green spaces.

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THE ELECTION brought three new members to the Palomar College board of trustees, from left, Judy Patacsil, Michelle Rains and Jacqueline Kaiser. Courtesy photos/Coast News graphic MONICA LEE, who teaches the Valley High responsibility training program, has been honored as California Continuation Education Association Teacher of the Year. Courtesy photo CONTINUED FROM FRONT THE CAMINO LARGO project at 2123 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Vista features 46 single-family homes in various styles, including the Farmhouse. Courtesy rendering
This vote should not be happening today. This meeting should’ve happened on Dec. 13. I’ll leave it to the public why this meeting was rushed.”
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Emily DeVries is on ice skates for the first time and predictably, it’s not easy.

The 9-year-old San Marcos resident is employing a child-sized walker to help keep herself upright. Her friend Mia Bugge, who has skated a few times more than Emily, is also trying to help.

“It’s challenging,” says Emily, who has been at it for about 20 minutes.

The girls and their parents have come out on this crisp December night to enjoy Winter Wonderland, a holiday event staged by the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort at Lake San Marcos.

“This is a fun holiday activity,” says Michael DeVries as he watches his daughter slip and slide across the rink.

“I think they did a wonderful job with the

decorating,” says Alexis Bugge, Mia’s mom. “I’m impressed.”

Besides the (faux) ice skating rink, Winter Wonderland offers a North Pole train; hayride around the Lake San Marcos neighborhood to see the lights; a

giant Christmas tree; stars and ornaments scattered around the grounds; a light tunnel; hot food, sweet treats and cocoa; adult beverages served in flashing, plastic snowballs; lots of lights; and at certain times, crafts for kids and visits with Santa.

“I’ve been seeing (the ads) for probably a month and I came last Thursday,” says Victoria Wood of Elfin Forest, as she and her family enjoyed burgers and other fare around a fire pit on the Lakehouse grounds. “This is their first time. I love Christmas movies and I feel like I’m in a Christmas movie. This has a small-town feel.”

Sherri Dolan, a Carlsbad realtor, admits her flashing-snowball cocktail was a bit of a splurge, but after all, it’s the holidays.

“I just came from the Leo Carrillo (Ranch Historic Park) tree lighting ceremony,” she says with a high level of enthusiasm. “This area has a great vibe. I’d like to live here.”

For those who want to celebrate the holidays or anything else with up to eight friends and/or family

shore of Lake San Marcos

members, there are “glowing igloos,” which can be rented for two hours. The $400 cost includes a seasonal charcuterie board, dessert platter (serves eight) and two bottles of wine.

Briana Wilhite of Palm Desert found this the perfect way to celebrate her wedding with seven friends

“from my different walks of life,” as well as the birthday of one of these friends. The group was seated on pillows around a low table, sharing laughs, stories and food and wine.

This is the first year the Lakehouse has staged Winter Wonderland, located on the shore of Lake

San Marcos. The event is open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 15; and daily 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 16-Jan. 1, excluding some dates. Check schedule or call 760-7440120.

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The Friends of the Cardiff by-the-Sea Library invite you to their holiday half price book sale in the Book Nook and Community Room. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 & Dec. 10 at Cardiff by the Sea library, 2081 Newcastle Ave, Encinitas.


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill, 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


Palomar College Planetarium host two shows every Friday with its “The Sky Tonight” program. 7 p.m. at Palomar College, 1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos.


Conductor Christopher Dragon and the San Diego Symphony perform “Noel Noel.” FREE. 7 p.m. at Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego.


The comedy of Chelsea Handler. 8 p.m. at San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego.


Jungle Bells will be ringing this holiday season at San Diego Zoo. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego.


Each Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy a festive light show and magical snowfall at The Forum Carlsbad. 5 to 8 p.m. at The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad.

DEC. 10


Frederick Handel’s celebrated musical masterpiece “Messiah” Part I, Advent and Christmas excerpts plus the Hallelujah Chorus, will be presented in concert. 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Church of the Nativity, 6309 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe.


Batiquitos Lagoon will be hosting Katie Hentrich, Carlsbad’s CAP administrator speaking on “Carlsbad on Climate Change.” 10 a.m. at Batiquitos Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Ln, Carlsbad.


The New Pornographers perform the album “Mass Romantic” with Liam Kazar. 9 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


Join the docent-guided, moderately strenuous, long-distance educational hike at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve from in front of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido.


Enjoy a holiday concert that celebrates the season as North Coast Singers presents nondenominational favorites with two performances. 1 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


Enjoy the 2nd Saturday Vieness Piano Duo in the

Turrentine Room for all ages. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido.


“Education, entertainment, empowerment, elucidation, and, ultimately, enlightenment through guided disassembly of your broken stuff.”. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad.


Center Library, 330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Dec. 10 at Mr. Peabody's Bar and Grill, 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


Club rides every Saturday morning. 8 a.m. at San Marcos Restaurant Row, 1020 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos.


Each Friday and Saturday evening, enjoy a festive light show and magical snowfall at The Forum Carlsbad. 5 to 8 p.m. at The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad.

DEC. 11


Join us on the second and third Sunday of every month for free Interpretive Nature Walks. Walks are moderately paced on the lower creek trail and begin in front of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido.


concert. 7 p.m. at San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego.


A celebration of the hope, light, magic, and mystery, of the birth and life of Jesus Christ. 7 p.m. at Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe.

DEC. 13


The Venice Christmas Show at the Belly Up Tavern. 8 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


The Hidden Valley Vista City Council of Beta Sigma Phi International will hold its’ annual Christmas luncheon meeting. $30, 11:30 a.m. at Meadowbrook Village, 100 Holland Gln, Escondido.


KSON’s 6 Man Craig Morgan, Brett Young, Michael Ray, Riley Green, Bailey Zimmerman & Shane Profitt. 4 p.m. at House of Blues, 1055 5th Ave, San Diego.


Jane Austin’s “Pride & Prejudice.” 7 p.m. at La Costa Canyon High School theater, 1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad.


The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will host its Books Galore and More!. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Oceanside Civic

The Coaster Holiday Express departs from the Oceanside Transit Center and takes passengers on a festively decorated train and be entertained by carolers and more. $20. Dec. 10 & 11 at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at NCTD Oceanside Transit Center, 235 S Tremont St, Oceanside.


An exploration of the themes of home, love, collective memory, and strong women, “Black Rootedness, A Poetry Reading” builds community across continents through verse. $10$15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.

The Coaster Holiday Express departs from the Oceanside Transit Center and takes passengers on a festively decorated train and be entertained by carolers and more. $20, 10:15 a.m. at NCTD Oceanside Transit Center, 235 S Tremont St, Oceanside.


Best local foods and fresh produce in North County, every Sunday!. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Paul Ecke Central School, 185 Union St, Encinitas.

DEC. 14


Starting Nov. 9, the State Street Farmers Market will have its Fall/Winter hours in effect and will close one hour earlier than usual. 2:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at State Street Wednesday Market Carlsbad, 2907 State St, Carlsbad.


A catered lunch, fellowship and friendship in honor of the Christmas season. $20, 11:30 a.m. at Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo

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Bay Wine & Food Festival brings guests to ‘awesome’

The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returned last month for an iconic coastal celebration of wine, food and culture. While each of the six days was action-packed, the most significant days saw the Grand Decant, Grand Tasting and Grand Fiesta.

Frank and I were excited to see familiar faces and discover new wineries over the weekend.

Friday’s Grand Decant included over 100 wineries from all corners of the world, including Louis Latour from Burgundy, France, with most wineries hailing from Napa Valley/Sonoma, the Central Coast, Temecula and San Diego County.

When first entering the Grand Decant, we were able to catch up with Encinitas-based Burtech Family Vineyards. Burtech's '21 rosé is a 91-point Wine Enthusiast winner. We also saw Carol Shelton to enjoy her Monga Zin, one of Frank’s recent Top 5 discovery wines.

We also had a chance to enjoy wines from Temecula’s Falkner, South Coast Wineries and Howell Mountain Vineyards, where we were

able to catch up with Mike Beatty and his winemaker Bryan Kane. Howell Mountain's cab francs and cab sauvs always impress and the 2018s they were pouring maintained their tradition of excellence.

A limited number of guests were able to take advantage of the Grand Decant LUX area featuring premium wines and gourmet appetizers. Louis Latour, Chateau Montelena, and Steven Kent are a short list of premium wineries.

Louis Latour’s Mick Cameron, Western Regional Manager and Dannytza Rodriguez were a wealth of information as they walked us through tastings of their Chateau De Blagny Chardon-

nay with a floral nose with hints of citrus and grilled almond on the palate before we tried the Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne.

The Charlemagne vine-

yard faces southeast, providing maximum sun exposure in addition to late harvests making the Charlemagne a premium Grand Cru. We then shifted to reds for the

Alexe-Corton Pinot Noir, followed by the Grand Cru Corton Grancey Pinot Noir. All four were delicious wines.

On either side of Louis Latour was iconic Chateau Montelena, famous for their winning at the 1976 Judgement of Paris. George Blankensee, Montelena’s estate director, was spoiling guests with library 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon.

On the other side was sixth-generation winemaker, Steven Kent Mirassou of Steven Kent Winery, indulging guests with their Livermore wines. It’s worth noting that his son, seventh-generation Aidan Mirassou, assists with winemaking.

While I was familiar with their wines, this was the first time I tasted them. The Kent tasting lineup included their 2019 L’Autre Cote Cab Franc, The Premier Cab Sauv, and Lineage Red Blend (90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot, and 2% cabernet franc). Across from Kent Winery was Chef Ron serving duck fat smoked salt caramels, which was perfect with the Latour, Montelena, and Kent red wines.

Day 2 was the Grand Tasting. We were excited to see the premier Brandt Beef food section return this year. Ranch45’s beef sandwich on fresh bread was mouthwatering. Other restaurants of note throughout the Grand Tasting were ARLO, STK San Diego, and Solare.

Saturday also allowed us to visit wineries we missed on Friday. Those of note included Paso Robles’ Niner and Austin Hope, named Wine Enthusiast’s Winery of the Year, Sangiacomo with their outstanding 5 Clones Pinot Noir, and Rutherford Ranch.

Being a foodie, one of my Grand Tasting highlights was the interview with Wolf, Sub Zero, and Cove’s corporate chef Joel Chesebro. Chesebro shared his thoughts on making cooking relaxing and therapeutic, especially during the holidays — something he refers to as Kitchen Therapy.

Chesebro suggested shopping for ingredients early and having them staged and ready for cooking. Next, he recommended “cooking from ingredients.” Recipes are good to use but cooking from ingredients using your experience can add flair and personalize a dish.

Third, make proteins simple and executable. He suggested that large pieces of meat should be prepared after coming to room temperature. For a standard-sized turkey (less than 16 pounds), this can take 3½ to 4 hours. Chesebro also advised resting meats before carving.

These two simple steps can make the difference between dry and juicy meats.

Fourth, he recommended using convection ovens. Convection ovens use a fan to distribute the heat resulting in more even cooking.

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Eggnog is still gross. Or maybe it’s not that bad after all.

cheers! north county

ryan woldt

Once again, Thanksgiving marks the unofficial opening weekend for eggnog (egg nog is also acceptable). It is time for my annual rant against the gag-inducing holiday cocktail of creamy alcoholic milk, egg and booze.

But this year, I’m going to mix it up a bit.

As I was trying not to gag while filling my grocery basket with both non-alcoholic and pre-mixed alcoholic eggnog cocktails — one more example of how my love for my wife knows no bounds — I realized that despite my pure, unadulterated disgust for this popular holiday concoction, I had not tasted any in many years.

With that realization came a crushing awareness, a thought, and frankly, a fear. What if I was wrong? There are plenty of foods and drinks that I once despised but now delight in. Whiskey, broccoli, cauliflower, tequila, and fancy

Store-bought eggnog has likely been pasteurized. If you make it at home, be sure to use pasteurized eggs or make sure you’ve heated your egg base to at least 160° to prevent any salmonella from forming.


• 12 large egg yolks (pasteurized)

• 1 pound granulated sugar

• 1 quart milk

Eggnog recipe

• 1 quart whipped heavy cream

• 1 liter of booze: Brandy is recommended, but dark rum, bourbon, or whiskey will do just fine.

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon, and clove spices to taste


1. Start whipping the egg yolks in a bowl.*

2. Add the sugar as

you whip those eggs, and keep whipping until the mix thickens like porridge

3. Stir in the booze.

4. Stir in the milk.

5. Chill for at least three hours, but I recommend overnight.

6. Fold in heavy whipped cream. This means using a spatula to blend the chilled mix and heavy cream.

7. Dust with your chosen spices to taste.

mustard, to name just a few.*

I am not a person who can turn back the clock. Once the cocktail glass of awareness has been broken in my brain, it cannot be rebuilt. That is where you find me today. I’m in my favorite typing seat (the right side of the blue couch). There is a small measure of two eggnogs, one with alcohol and one without, in front of me. I am going to drink them. I think I am going to consume them. I have been sitting here looking at them for some time.

But first, an interlude for those who may have


missed my previous annual rants.

Commonly accepted history credits the British for drinking a warm, curdled milk, wine, and spice drink called “posset” that evolved into eggnog in the Americas in the middle of the 1700s. The Brits, as we all know, are considered exemplars of taste.

To make modern eggnog, you need eggs, egg whites, or yolks. The recipes vary. The eggs are whipped free of their sins until frothy and mixed with thick whipping cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and booze.

You might add spices that appeal to you to make it your own. Add brandy, whiskey, or even spiced or dark rum. Eggnog is best made in bulk, like paint or asbestos. Interlude over.

As a columnist, I’m given so many words each week. Every single one is like a child that I must love and nurture before putting out in the world. Every word in this column has been a servant to my procrastinative nature because I really, really, really do not want to try this eggnog.

My arms feel like weighted blankets, and lifting them, grasping the

give hope

Thanks to a generous matching gift from the Resource Partners Foundation, gifts to San Diego Humane Society by Dec. 31 will be doubled — up to $500,000 — to save twice as many lives.

Every donation will provide animals like Ruby with safe shelter, lifesaving medical care, behavioral training, rescue from cruelty and neglect, and more.

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Silvergate San Marcos wins 2023 Caring Star Award

SAN MARCOS — December 23, 2022 — Silvergate San Marcos proudly announces the retirement community’s received the prestigious 2023 Caring Star Award for outstanding care in senior living by, a leading senior living referral service and the nation’s top site for retirement community reviews. This is the third award for excellence that Silvergate has garnered in the last year, including one from SeniorAdvisor. com and San Diego Union Tribune whose readers cast their votes for “Favorite” in the region.

"We strive daily to provide the highest quality care and services for our residents, and this award validates our delivery on that promise,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, Executive Director of Silvergate San Marcos. "Silvergate is one of only two community in San Marcos to win this award. Our 25 years of experience in caring for seniors, the longevity of our staff, our hands-on local ownership, and the outstanding care we offer are all reasons why we continue to be recognized by organizations like On behalf of our community staff and leadership, we want to thank those who shared positive feedback about us.”

Online review sites help Americans research and select the best senior living communities. Seniors and their families often turn to


Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe.

DEC. 15


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Dec. 15 at Mr. Peabody’s Bar and Grill, 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


Rancho Coastal Humane Society will hold a groundbreaking for its new Medical Center and Humane Education Center. First step will be to knock down our old Education Center. 11 a.m. at Rancho Coastal Humane Society , 389 Requeza St, Encinitas.


Enjoy a holiday concert of Handel’s “Messiah,” performed by the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Advanced Orchestra. 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St, Carlsbad.

DEC. 16


Two performances, Earthless and Birth, onstage. 9 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


The North Coast Sym-

the internet and consumer reviews when narrowing their options among senior living communities in their area.

They rely on these peer perspectives as much as personal recommendations from friends, geriatric professionals and medical personnel.

“Congratulations to Silvergate San Marcos for being among these highly-rated communities achieving such significant praise from their customers in online reviews,”’s CEO, Jim Rosenthal said. “They stand out as being among the best and most experienced in senior living care in the nation.”

To be considered for the award, Caring Stars communities meet a set of criteria based on ratings and reviews from senior living residents and their family members. Some of the positive feedback that led to

phony presents “Holiday Gems,” a performance of festive holiday music. $12, 7:30 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


Live Entertainment. 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Dec. 16 at Mr. Peabody's Bar and Grill, 136 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas.


Palomar College Planetarium host two shows every Friday with its “The Sky Tonight” program. 7 p.m. at Palomar College, 1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos.


“Not Your Normal Nutcracker” flips the script on the classic holiday favorite set to musical selections from Tchaikovsky, starring Oceanside native Beth Megill. $35, 7:30 p.m. at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.


Holiday Spectacular. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.

DEC. 17


Join the docent-guided, moderately strenuous, long-distance educational hike at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve from in

Silvergate San Marcos being named a Caring Star of 2023 includes:

“We recently moved our 96-year-old Mother into Silvergate San Marcos. Mom didn’t want to move, but she agreed to. While she was still at her home, she was saying that she was ready ‘to go’. After a week at Silvergate, she is saying she has a new lease on life and thinks she can make it to 100!” said Debi Van Doren, whose mother resides at Silvergate and recently left touching online review about the community. “I stayed with her at Silvergate to help get her settled and I am very impressed. Everyone that works there is very kind and compassionate, it feels like a family. The food is delicious and there are always activities to fill the day. Thanks to Silvergate for creating such a caring, nurturing environment.”

front of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido.


Join local author Pete Peterson in celebrating the launch of his new novel, “Leave the Night to God.” Holiday carols, finger foods, fun and reading by new writers. 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido.


Encinitas Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 6 p.m. at Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas.


The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is a fast 13.1mile course finishes at the Torrey Pines State Beach. 7:30 a.m. at San Diego Holiday Half Marathon, 14455 Penasquitos Dr, San Diego.

DEC. 18


Join us on the second and third Sunday of every month for free Interpretive Nature Walks. Walks are moderately paced on the lower creek trail and begin in front of the Elfin Forest

“We are proud to be among the top family-rated communities and care providers in the nation,” said David Nelson, Marketing Director for the community. “The bar for standards had been raised this year, and we knew only the best communities would be recognized this award season. We are overjoyed by all the positive feedback we received online, and very proud of our amazing team of nurses, caregivers, and administrators who rose to the occasion by providing such great quality of care to our residents and their families.”

About Silvergate San Marcos

Located in a serene setting within the city of San Marcos, Silvergate is a full-service retirement community offering independent living, assisted living or memory care.

As a senior living community with a broad spectrum of care, and decades of experience in the industry, Silvergate is proud to have been recognized for its superior service levels and for making a difference in the lives of seniors right here in San Diego County. For information about availability and pricing, call David Nelson to arrange a private tour of the property at 760-7444484. Silvergate San Marcos is located at 1550 Security Place, San Marcos, CA 92078. www.SilvergateRR. com/SM.

Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido.


Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us at One Paseo on Dec. 18 to enjoy hot cocoa with Kris Kringle himself. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 18 at One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Pl, San Diego.


Come get into the holiday spirit with Camp Christmas! $10-$17, 5 p.m. at Pine Valley Camp Christmas, 8668 Pine Creek Rd, Pine Valley.


“Not Your Normal Nutcracker” flips the script on the classic holiday favorite set to musical selections from Tchaikovsky, starring Oceanside native Beth Megill. $35, 7:30 p.m. at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.


“Life of the Sofa” opens at the Vista Broadway Theater. 7:30 p.m. at Vista Broadway Theater, 340 E Broadway, Vista.

DEC. 19


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City releases 250M gallons from reservoir

REGION — The city of San Diego released around 250 million gallons of water from Hodges Reservoir into the San Dieguito River over a two-day period last week.

The water release, using valves in Hodges Dam, began Monday and is intended to reduce the reservoir's elevation by around 2 feet to 275 feet, according to the city.

For safety reasons, the California Division of Safety of Dams requires that the water level at Hodges Reservoir be capped at 275 feet — 40 feet below the spillway. The dam captures water from the San Dieguito Watershed, which extends 248 square miles and is the largest watershed feeding city reservoirs.

“The city will continue to monitor weather forecasts, rainfall and the water level at Hodges Reservoir to determine if additional water releases need to be planned during the rainy season,” said Juan Guerreiro, director of the city’s public utilities department.

To reduce the amount of water that must be released, the city is coordinating with the Santa Fe Irrigation District and the San Dieguito Water District to maximize use by local water systems. The city is also coordinating operations with the San Diego County Water Authority,

cial guest Los Straightjackets. 8 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


Half-price sale in the Escondido Library Friends Bookshop. Cash only. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido.

DEC. 21


The Christmas with the Beatles show returns featuring the award-winning tribute band, Abbey Road. 8 p.m. at Belly Up, 160 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach.


San Diego’s City Ballet “Nutcracker” returns to the stage with live music by the City Ballet Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21-23 at California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido.


Express yourself through art. Each session will feature a different art project using supplies such as paint, clay, wood, and paper. All materials provided, but supplies are limited. 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Escondido Public Library, 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido.


Starting Nov. 9, the State Street Farmers Mar-

the regional water wholesale agency, according to the public utilities department.

A project to make repairs at Hodges Dam has been ongoing since May. That project also requires a lower water level, necessitating the closure of boating and fishing at the reservoir.

Hodges Reservoir is normally closed to the public from November through February, but the San Dieguito River Park trails and facilities around Hodges Reservoir are open and have remained open to the public.

The repair work will likely continue into spring 2023, which means access may be limited moving forward.

The city-owned Hodges Reservoir is primarily used to store water for drinking purposes. It was created with the building of Hodges Dam on the San Dieguito River in 1918.

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David Arkenstone offers neo-classical compositions with strings, flutes, and percussion. 7:30 p.m. at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside.


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A joyful event for families, audiences can expect an uplifting and magical performance complete with a 3D animation. $15, 6 p.m. at The Ritz Theater, 301 E Grand Ave, Escondido.

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parent,” said Ashley (not her real name), a parent whose son was taught by Piazza at Callan for several months in 2021. “It was just, the level of dishonesty was shocking.”

Different stories

Parents of Callan students as well as former employees told The Coast News that they recall Piazza being pulled from the pool sometime from late July to early August 2021, but that he was back in the pool by mid-August and into September.

Court documents indicate that around this time in 2021, detectives were investigating the first case of alleged child sex abuse by Piazza and had advised swim school owner Brett Callan to pull Piazza out of the water in early August. However, court documents state that Piazza was back in the pool within a week.

“They told me he was out of the water because of COVID,” said Kimberley Palmer, who worked at Callan during the summer of 2021. “Then they said he tested negative and said he was allowed to go back in, but I had no idea that he was doing that to students.”

Palmer, who typically worked summers at Callan in between school semesters, said she only learned what happened when news of his second arrest came out last month, and that it disturbed her.

“It broke my entire heart,” she said. “For the owner and Nick’s mom to know exactly what’s happening, and put him back willingly around those kids, what the f---- are you thinking?” she said.

Ashley recalled Piazza briefly being gone around August with little explanation and then resuming lessons with her son until October. She was told by then-pool manager Larissa Oden — Piazza’s mother — that Piazza had left to focus on his firefighting career. Ashley said Oden then went on to take over lessons for her son.

Oden did not respond to requests for comment from The Coast News.

After Piazza left Callan, Ashley said he texted her in May 2022 to offer private lessons for her son over the summer. In the texts, shared with The Coast News, Piazza states “[I] definitely am still teaching as a private instructor” and that he “would be more than happy to do privates for you guys.”

She declined at the time, but said she still trusted him enough that she did refer some of her friends to him.

When she learned about the charges against him, Ashley said she couldn’t believe it, and then felt panic set in thinking that something could have happened to her son.

“Initially, it was just like disbelief. I was like, this has got to be some kind of joke, this can’t be right. I feel like we knew him, we saw him twice a week for several months. And on top of that, having his mom then [as an instructor] for the fol-

, 19, is facing two charges of child sexual abuse, one of which allegedly occurred while he was working at Callan Swim School in 2021.

lowing year … I felt like we knew them,” she said.

Finding out that Callan officials had allowed Piazza back in the pool in 2021 after being told about the abuse investigation was even more unbelievable.

“Callan, they knew, they knew what they were doing. They put all of our kids in danger,” Ashley said.

Even after her son stopped working at Callan following his charges, Oden herself continued to work as general manager until around late September of this year, according to parents whose children were taking lessons at Callan at the time.

Raquel Smith, whose daughter took lessons continually at Callan from late 2020 up until they pulled out of the school in October, said Oden was essentially in charge of the entire school and that owner Brett Callan was rarely on-site.

“He is never, ever, ever, ever there. Larissa ran the show. It is her swim school,” Smith said. “She was the face of Callan, she made the schedule, she ran the whole thing.”

Weeks after the news came out regarding Piazza’s abuse both at and outside of Callan, Smith received a voicemail from the school that acknowledged that a former employee was facing charges of criminal activity involving a minor.

However, the Oct. 23 voicemail obtained by The Coast News stated, “To be clear, Nicholas Piazza was not working for Callan Swim School at the time that this event allegedly occurred,” and made no mention of his previous child sex abuse charge related to a Callan student from a year prior. Smith found this dishonest.

“They were claiming he was never employed when either of the allegations happened against him,” she said.

Previous red flags

While the District Attorney’s Office is not pursuing charges against the school at this time, the civil lawsuit filed by the parent of Piazza’s 2021 accuser states that the school retained Piazza as an employee despite earlier red flags preceding her son’s abuse.

In the suit, filed in mid-October, the parent claims that Piazza faced criminal charges in October 2020 related to “performing

a sexual act with the family dog” during the time he was working at Callan, and was allowed to be rehired months later.

“Callan Swim School holds itself out to patrons as ‘the safest place for your child to learn to swim,’” the suit states. “Yet it knowingly employed and exposed countless children to a sexual predator, which ultimately caused plaintiff, a vulnerable then-six-year-old boy, to suffer sexual abuse at the hands of his swim instructor.”

The Sheriff’s Department inmate detail log shows that Piazza is facing an unnamed charge in juvenile court. However, the District Attorney’s Office as well as the juvenile court have declined to comment on whether it is the same charge referenced in the lawsuit, since it allegedly occurred in 2020 when Piazza was a minor.

An attorney representing Callan Swim School denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

“We will be filing our responsive pleading in due course. For now, suffice it to say that we look forward to proving that the allegations against Callan Swim Schools are not true and clearing the company and its owners’ names. In the meantime, the school will stay focused on providing the safest and best experience for our students and parents,” said attorney David Baumgarten.

An attorney for Piazza declined to comment on the allegations regarding the dog, stating that he is not a party to the suit.

Former Callan general manager Amy Moreno — who has come forward with other concerns about Callan’s handling of Piazza’s situation — confirmed that she discussed this specific incident with Piazza’s mother as well as owner Brett Callan at the time.

She stated that after hearing about the alleged sexual act with his dog, Callan ordered Piazza to be laid off through January 2021, at which time he was hired back after receiving a doctor’s note saying it was safe for him to be around children.

“I was intimately aware of it because Larissa said I was her friend, and she was telling me he [Piazza] had hashed out a deal with the DA to say that if he had no contact with police for a year, it would be expunged from his record,” Moreno said.

The suit also references a report made by a parent in early 2020 that Piazza had told her child to “reach toward his genitals” during a swim lesson. Moreno has previously stated that the parent did not want to pursue charges and instead moved her child to another instructor, but that she informed Brett Callan about the incident.

A hearing for the civil case has been scheduled for March 2023.

Anyone whose child may have been abused by Piazza is urged to call the Sheriff’s Child Abuse Unit at 858-285-6293 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-580-8477.

San Marcos Chamber


Meet Interfaith Community Services Chief Development Officer Varinda Missett

This week we are highlighting San Marcos Chamber member Interfaith Community Services. Their organization empowers people in need to stabilize and improve their lives through comprehensive programs, in partnership with diverse faith communities and people of compassion.

It was 43 years ago that a group of faith leaders came together for their neighbors as the needs of the community grew. This group of individuals was not only from different congregations but from different faiths entirely. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they all believed in a singular idea: if they joined together, the sum of their parts could make something entirely more meaningful. So, with that inspiration in their hearts, their pact became Interfaith.

We talked with Chief Development Officer Varinda Missett to learn more about the resources that Interfaith Community Services provides. What does your business do?

Interfaith Community Services connects unique people in need with comprehensive programs, support, and resources aimed at directly addressing the variety of challenges that cause and perpetuate poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness. Our committed case managers assist people in need with a level of compassion and dignity that is unique in our field as we seek to “help people help themselves.”

What services and/or specialty products do you provide?

Interfaith Community Services provides access to comprehensive and vital resources to meet the basic needs of community members to empower them towards independence.

We offer Case Management, Food Assistance, Shower/Laundry facilities, Vocational Development, vocational training for veterans, reintegration services, job placements, mental health assessments/counseling, bridge housing and emergency shelter, homeless outreach services, live-in detoxification, sober living support, post-hospitalization recuperative care, rental/mortgage assistance, Low-income affordable housing, and more.

What sets you apart from others in your industry?

Interfaith Community Services is the largest non-profit in North San Diego County and provides care with a level of compassion and dignity that is unmatched in our field.

What question are you asked most frequently by clients / prospective buyers?

Q: “Do you only provide services for the unhoused?”

A: No, we serve our entire community. Interfaith has programs aimed at assisting people experiencing a variety of challenges besides just homelessness.

Q: “Are you a religious organization?”

A: No, Interfaith Community Services is a 501© non-profit that was founded by a collaboration of different Faith organizations but is not operated by Faith Organizations. And while we do often work in partnership with Faith-based organizations, our services are available to all people regardless of faith, race, gender identity, or any other identity marker.

What is your favorite business success story?

Meet David, who will be a beneficiary of this year’s “Adopt-A-Family” Holiday gift-donation program

David is a diligent worker who wants to put his life together so he can be there for his family and experience the joys in life. David grew up in Lake Tahoe where he developed an appreciation for nature. He has a degree in History and was a deepsea diver for years, which prompted him to get certificates in vocational rehabs.

For a time, David owned several vocational rehab centers but after some challenging circumstances at work, he had to start selling off his businesses due to a loss of income. It was incredibly difficult for David and he turned to drug use to cope with the loss. He spiraled for a while and ended up in the hospital for 10 months, which was the beginning of him losing everything. Over the course of that time, David lost his family, his partner of 16 years, and their two adopted children. His life continued to unravel until David ended up homeless for 4 years. Eventually, David found Fraternity House. Fraternity House connected him with Interfaith, and with a lot of hard work, David overcame his addiction. David has been sober for over ten years now and has repaired his relationship with his mother and partner. He continues to develop and learn new skills and is grateful for a second

chance at life.

What motivated you to join The San Marcos Chamber?

The San Marcos Chamber and its many members seem to clearly share Interfaith’s commitment to community investment.

In San Marcos, what are you looking forward to accomplishing with the Chamber?

We are excited to explore ways to better partner with our community members to create opportunities for positive change in our area. This could include joint efforts at community development, tailor-made and unique volunteer opportunities, or other methods of community engagement/ support.

What’s your best piece of business advice?

Lead with respect and patience in all things. Staying true to your organization’s mission, team, and clients will always bring incredible benefits to everyone involved.

Is there additional work in San Marcos and the surrounding area that you would like to share?

Interfaith partnered with San Marcos TrueCare in Fall 2020. Interfaith and TrueCare saw an increase in need in the San Marcos community. During this time, Interfaith received COVID rental funds from the city of San Marcos. TrueCare was able to offer a workspace for Interfaith’s case manager to be closer to the community. Being closer eliminated some of the barriers our community faces such as transportation. For the past two years, Interfaith has continued to work closely with the city of San Marcos and TrueCare.

Interfaith provided $408,801 in rental assistance to prevent homelessness for 80 families consisting of 149 adults and 120 children. Interfaith received another grant at the beginning of 2022 from the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation to help our older adult population living in San Marcos. These funds are designated to prevent and house older adults residing in SM. The funds are flexible and they can be used for different purposes such as car repairs, medical bills, deposits, and rent assistance. The case manager works closely with the client to reach self-sufficiency. If there is transportation or a physical barrier, the case manager can conduct home visits. The goal of this grant is to serve 100 people to remain or obtain permanent housing. We continue to seek partnerships to support the community as much as possible.

Instagram: @interfaithcs

Facebook: Interfaith Community Services

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Restless Rams and Ewes might want to let others finish a current project while they start something new. But if you do, you could risk losing out on a future opportunity.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s creative forces start revving up as you plan for the upcoming holidays. Some practical aspects also emerge, especially where money is involved.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Moments of doubt disrupt your otherwise clear sense of purpose. Don’t ignore them. They could be telling you not to rush into anything until you know more about it.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A planned trip might have to be delayed. Plan to use this new free time to update your skills and your resume so you’ll be ready when a new job opportunity opens.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) A flood of holiday party bids from business contacts allows you to mix work and pleasure. Your knowledge, plus your Leonine charm, wins you a new slew of admirers.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might want to cut ties with an ingrate who seems to have forgotten your past generosity. But there might be a reason for this behavior that you should be in the know about. Ask.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful not to set things in stone. Much could happen over the next several days that will make you rethink some decisions, and maybe change them.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your plans to help provide holiday cheer for the less fortunate inspire others to follow your generous example. Expect welcome news by week’s end.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You’re in your glory as you start planning for the holiday season ahead. But leave time to deal with a problem that needs a quick and fair resolution.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) The upcoming holiday season provides a perfect setting for strengthening relationships with kin and others. A new contact has important information.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Instead of fretting over a cutting remark by a co-worker, chalk it up to an outburst of envy of your wellrespected status among both your colleagues and superiors.

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What does Susan Walker want as a gift from Santa in the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”?
Which famous rock band once called itself The New Yardbirds?
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Which TV sitcom’s theme song was “Thank You for Being a Friend”?
& DRINK: When was frozen food invented?
Which Disney princess is modeled after a real person?
What is the only human organ capable of natural regeneration?
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STATES: Which state’s motto is “Excelsior!”?
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glass, and bringing it to my lips seems no less a challenge than summiting Everest without oxygen. As I have said before, “Eggnog is gross. Prove me wrong.” Here goes.

Oh, son of a bean. Is that nutmeg? I love nutmeg. The non-alcoholic version is much, much sweeter than I recall. I can’t even taste the chicken placenta. It has very little scent despite the nutmeg and turmeric on the ingredient list.

Most importantly and shocking to me, I don’t hate it. I don’t love it, but, and this hurts in the core of my humanity, I can see the appeal.

The Old Fashioned Egg Nog cocktail hits me in the mouth like a locomotive, and a boozy one at that. This particular drink was made with a mix of

brandy and spiced rum.

The flavor is vaguely familiar, like Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor mixed with a generic purple cough medicine.

It smells like Christmas in a glass and has a slight caramel tint compared to the pure white of the straight ‘nog. It isn’t great, but I think that is due to the ratio of included alcohols, not the eggnog.

In conclusion, I haven’t been proven entirely wrong, but it seems to be a case where I’m not entirely correct. Please don’t tell my wife — a passionate imbiber of eggnog. I’ll never live this down.

* But not olives. Olives are still gross. High-five 9-year-old me.

Don’t forget to follow Cheers! North County on Instagram. Got an interesting story about your drinking adventures? Reach out! I want to hear it.


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